[VOTE] Lord of the Ring Opening Round: Kelsey Spencer vs. Shoju Kota

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[VOTE] Lord of the Ring Opening Round: Kelsey Spencer vs. Shoju Kota

Postby RevolutionJones » Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:44 pm

Lord of the Ring kicks off. The Summer is here, it's...
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Taped from the XWA BattleZone in Chicago, Illinois (1500 Capacity)
Broadcast exclusively on The Xperience!



XWA Lord of the Ring Opening Round, Group Two Match A

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Kelsey Spencer vs. Shoju Kota

Oh Gosh! Grab your tim-tams and cue up the Dollyrots cos Kelsey Spencer is back! Last seen in an XWA ring as part of the Layton & Fenric Invitational last September with her partner Rebecca Saint, Kelsey faces a brand new challenge as she enters the Lord Of The Ring Summer Tournament. But bright, young Kelsey isn't alone in her quest, as she'll need to get through a new face in the XWA World, the arrogant and brash "Athlete" Shoju Kota.

Has Kelsey got this one in the bag or can Kota make a massive impact in his first XWA appearance?


WORD COUNT:
4000

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Deadline for matches is 13th June 2018 at 11:59 Eastern Standard Time.
Voting will start at this time and conclude on 18th June 2018 at 11:59 Eastern Standard Time.
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Re: Lord of the Ring Opening Round: Kelsey Spencer vs. Shoju Kota

Postby KotaXShoju » Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:03 pm



As Yamazaki hits the speakers the fans who were well enough in the know to see how Shoju Kota acted on twitter, and the way he berated his fellow competitor, were booing the South Korean Soldier.

Mark Sanction: "Looks like we'll be seeing the newcomer coming out first."

Emery Layton: "Sure looks like it. Unless Kelsey got some way new music. I can't wait to see what this kid has. Always exciting to see a debut."

Adam Fenric: "I find myself inclined to agree with you there Emery."

Smoke filled the stage and a large spotlight lit up the stage underneath Kota. He knelt in the centre of it all, happy to soak in the vitriol, and happy to leave the fans waiting. He burst to his feet, spun on one heel, and as he faced the ring and stomped his foot down, the spotlight turned off, allowing the rest of the arena lights to brighten, and the smoke blew away from him. He smiled and looked around at the fans in attendance, choosing that since this was his debut for such a large company, to wear something... different for the occasion.

Emery Layton: "Somebody hit randomizer on the sims didn't they."

Adam Fenric:"What exactly are you going on about Emery?"

Emery Layton: "It's a video game Adam. Sometimes you dress up your characters."

He was dressed in Black pants with accentuating off-white pinstripes. They had been tucked into black boots with zippers on the side and the top rolled down so that they only reached the ankles. The insides of the boots where a black and red checkerboard pattern with a black eagle pin on the outside of the left boot. He was in a large burgundy jacket with double buttons and tails that went down to his mid-calf. Black fingerless leather gloves with the back missing. And as always, he had his black mouthpiece with his fang designs. That mouthpiece was paid special attention to as a large grin escaped him and the camera zoomed close up on his face. The World Class Athlete made his way to the ring, paying no attention to the fans as he slid into the ring. He didn't pop up to his feet, or even his knees though. He just laid on his back, looking up into the lights with his hands behind his head. He laid there.

Emery Layton: "Well that's... interesting."

Adam Fenric: "Base assumptions have to lead me to conclude that these are mind games from Kota. Maybe he's just indifferent to this endeavour though."

Emery Layton: "He better not be. He's facing one of the best in this damn business tonight.



Emery Layton: "Speaking of which! Here she comes. Blue Thunder herself."

Adam Fenric: "Your cheat sheet is showing."

The opening pop punk riff of "Ca In July" by The Bombpops hits, and as the drums kick in, Kelsey Spencer energetically bursts out from behind the curtain. She stands on the stage with a smile on her face, soaking in the cheers from the crowd for a moment. She couldn't be any happier to be here. She strides down the ramp with a spring in her step, slapping the hands of the fans and giving out a few hugs as she passes by.

Inside the ring is Kota, though apparently not for long. When Kelsey's music hit he barely turned his head to look towards the stage. As he saw here coming down the ramp he could be seen letting out a sigh as he started to roll. He logs rolled from one side of the ring to the other and slipped out onto the other end. Landing on his feet and stumbling towards the announce desk, draping himself over the top of it and looking at all three of the members of the announce team. He reached his hand out to Mark Sanction, apparently wanting Mark's headset.

Mark Sanction: "If either of you has any idea what's going on right now, I would love to know."

Emery Layton: "Give the man your headset Mark. I wanna hear what he has to say. Maybe it'll give us some insight on these antics of his."

Mark listened to his broadcast partner and handed over his headphones. Kota fiddled with them for a few moments before getting them on his head and holding the mic close to his mouth.

Shoju Kota: "나는 고양이를 싫어한다."

Kota took off his headphones and handed them back over to Mark Sanction. Making the man lean forward and put the headset back on Mark himself.

Adam Fenric: "Very insightful Kota thank you. Do you have an inkling of what he just said, Emery?"

Emery Layton: "I don't speak Chinese."

Mark Sanction: "Pretty sure he's Korean actually."

Kelsey comes to a stop before the ring takes a deep breath, then runs and slides into the ring beneath the bottom rope. She climbs the nearest turnbuckle and poses for one final pop before her theme fades out.

Everything is set for this match to begin. Except that Kota hasn't gotten back into the ring. He's standing at ringside, laying his head on his crossed arms. His body draped on the steps as he looks into the ring at his first XWA opponent. It's unclear what's going through his hair as he just looks disinterested in what's going on. The referee is talking to him, reprimanding the athlete and informing him that he has to actually get in the ring if he wants to win this match. Kota sighs and slides in, still not rising to his feet as he just lays his upper back against the bottom turnbuckle. He looked at the referee and told him to go ahead and ring the bell.As soon as the bell sounds Kota rolls out of the ring and slumps against the apron. He sits on the floor, looking up at the fans who couldn't be any more confused by what they are watching. He sits with his knees up to his chest, his arms wrapped around them and his jaw resting on top of it all.

Inside the ring, Kelsey Spencer is just as confused as the audience at what is unfolding, and before the referee can even begin to comprehend what was going on and begin his count, Kelsey makes her way out of the ring after him and begins standing across from the confusing athlete. The two exchange glances at each other. Shoju's expression, if nothing else, one of confusion. He cocks his head to the side, like a cat being introduced to another, he has no idea what to do with what is in front of him. In one fluid motion, Kota uncoils from his seated state and stands inches from Kelsey's face, and the strange athlete just begins to lick his lips and laugh to himself.

Almost background noise at this point the referee had reached a count of eight when Kota's plan came to fruition. Kota "snapped out" of his trance and rushed into the ring, Kelsey only stumbling for a moment of confusion before chasing after. Kota was still a strange being as instead of getting into a fighting stance, he reached the other side of the ring and laying against the bottom ropes, his left arm balanced on the ropes as he rested his head in it. A smirk crept across his face as he looked out at Spencer. Kota rose like a vampire to his feet and met Spencer in the centre of the ring. He bit his lower lip like a mad dog and leant back, forming his hand into a gun and placing it against Spencer's forehead. Spencer smacked away the brash athletes hand and the two finally locked up. The fans cheered for the proper start of this contest, their cheers died down when it was shown that Kota had won the tie-up and pulled Kelsey into a headlock. Kelsey immediately pushed Kota towards the ropes and broke out of the hold, sending Kota to the opposite side of the ring. Instead of a rebound off the other side though, when Kota was halfway through the ring, he started to drop to his knees and at the opposite side of the ring was draped over the middle ropes. His eyes were wide as he stared into the camera, laughing to himself as the camera's shot allowed the viewers at home to see Spencer groaning at even more childish acts from Shoju. He laughed audibly for the camera before rolling over the ropes and crawling into the corner and sitting on the middle turnbuckle. Kelsey waisted no time as she charged into the corner. The moment that Kota had looked up to where he thought Spencer was, Kota was bashed in the side of the head with a flying forearm smash. Spencer rushed away from the corner and ran to the opposite corner, bouncing off from that side of the ring she ran back and set up for a Monkey Flip out of the corner. As she pushed her legs up hoping to drop Kota on his back, The Love of the World managed to rotate further than Spencer wanted and landed in a seated position. He sat with his legs crossed and his right cheek resting in the palm of his hand.

Spencer didn't want to waste time, no longer letting these mind games get to her as she rolled to her feet and rushed to one of the ropes Shoju was facing. She rushed towards him full force and went for a shoot-kick. Kota dropped to his back, ducking under the kick, and let Spencer's lack of balance work to his advantage, she ran chest first into the ropes, and as she stumbled backwards Kota reached back with one arm and pulled her to the mat. The schoolboy cover got nothing but a one-count as Spencer kicked out. Both athletes once again scrambled to their feet, and both athletes shared glances with one another as they begin to circle in the middle of the squared circle. Kota went for a spinning sole kick but his leg was caught. He went for an Enziguri but his kick was ducked. He landed face down on the mat and Spencer immediately spun into a single-leg Boston crab. Spencer leant back, putting as much force into the hold as she could.

Shoju is able to grab onto the bottom rope, and the break comes quickly. Shoju doesn't get to his feet though. He uses the arm that grabbed the ropes to pull himself towards them, laying his head on them and looking up to the rafters once again. Spencer gets to her feet and simply rolls her eyes at more of the same from Shoju. The Love of the World smiles and lays his arms out to his side parallel to the ropes. He grabs the ropes at both sides and pushes himself over the bottom rope and outside of the ring; his body rolling overtop itself to land on his feet outside the ring. He stumbles backwards like a drunk and lands leaning against the apron. He continues to laugh and looks to his right, joking around with one of the fans at ringside before noticing Spencer coming out of the ring to target him once again. Shoju darts not into the ring, but under it instead. The fans, the referee, and most importantly Spencer, have no idea what is going on as at the opposite side of the ring he entered, Shoju pops his head from under the apron and stands up for all to see. Spencer darts after him once again, sliding into the ring, charging across and sliding out the other side only for Kota to dart back under the ring again.

Spencer isn't playing Shoju's game any more. She goes back into the ring, picks a corner, and waits. Shoju pops in and out from the ring, rolling into the ring at the corner and rolling out immediately to break the count as he continued going around and under the ring. Spencer walks into the centre of the ring, hoping to catch the young athlete when he rolls in the corner once again. Once Shoju once again attempts to slide into the ring Spencer quickly goes to grab him by the legs, barely getting a hold of his pants before getting a strong kick in the nose and losing her grip. Shoju rolls out of the ring and under the ropes again, and Spencer falls back to the centre of the ring to wait for him. She looks at the opposite corner as the one Shoju just slid into. As she continues to watch for The Reason The Sun Rises in the East the man himself slips out of the ring at the same spot he slid in. He slides back into the ring but instead of going for a sneak attack, simply walks up behind her and places his arm on her shoulder, laughing as she turns to see him there. She pushes him away from her, but the two both begin to laugh at that act, Spencer herself being less annoyed by this antic and more enamoured by his actions.

The two of them begin to circle each other once again and both are still smiling at one another as Shoju wobbles his head as the two go into another collar-and-elbow tie-up. Spencer manages to win this one and wraps around Kota's body. She gets full waist control on Kota, and by wrapping one of her legs around one of Kota she takes him down to the mat. She keeps him in a seated position and takes one of his arms. She steps one of her legs overtop the opposite arm of Kota's. Kota is fully stretched out across his chest and his abdomen. Spencer keeps Shoju in that hold for as long as she could before she sees it slipping. She takes the opportunity to clutch his waist even tighter with both arms. She deadlifts Shoju off the mat, keeps hold of both of Shoju's arms, keeping him in a straight jacket hold before slamming him back down to earth with the German suplex.

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Spencer keeps the bridge and goes for the pin. The referee gets to two and Shoju gets his shoulder up. Shoju rolls backwards and lands seated with his legs crossed once again. Spencer gets up to her feet and turns to face Shoju in his new position. He holds both of his arms out towards Spencer, his palms facing up. He curls his fingers, challenging Spencer to come at him. As Spencer gets close Shoju calls for a collar-and-elbow tie-up, still seated. She gets even closer and Kota pulls her into a small package roll up. The referee gets to a two count before Spencer picks her shoulder up. The two athletes both scramble up to their feet and there were no antics from Shoju this time. He instead just burst forward with a running knee strike that hit Kelsey hard in the stomach. Blue Thunder clutched at her gut and stumbled backwards into the corner. Shoju stomped into Spencer like hell's fury, aiming specifically for her abdominal area. He continues to stomp her further and further into the corner. A smile crosses his face as he sees her dazed in the corner.

Shoju rushes to the other side and slides feet first out of the ring, grabbing the post on his way and using his momentum to swing himself around, going immediately back into the ring and without missing a step at full speed. He leaps into the air and drills Spencer with a hesitation dropkick.

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The Blue Hurricane rolls out of the corner and Shoju drags her further into the ring before dropping a knee on her back. He places the centre of his knee on Kelsey's lower back and locks his hands under her jaw in a cravate lock. He leans back, stretching out her back in the modified camel clutch.

Shoju continues to try and hold her in place, but Kelsey keeps trying to crawl towards the rope. Shoju sees that he needs to keep Spencer still, and in an attempt to do so he takes the knee he has on her back and starts slamming it repeatedly into her back. Stopping her in her tracks and locking in the hold once again. Spencer still refuses to stop as she still goes to crawl her way forward. When Shoju once again lifts his knee into the air, Spencer reaches up and grabs Shoju around the neck. She pulls him over-top of her and breaks the old. The two get to their feet once again, Shoju turns back towards his opponent and is met with:

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A superkick!

Spencer moves forward ready to go for the pin, but the momentum of the kick leads to Shoju falling backwards through the ropes and out of the ring. Shoju rolls around on the floor and crawls to the steps, laying face first over-the-top of them. Spencer looks on at this from inside the ring, but as she sees the referee counting and the speed at which Shoju was going, she was scared of the count-out. This wasn't the way Spencer wanted to win this match. Spencer slides out of the ring and grabs Shoju around the neck, pulling him off the steps and preparing to throw him back into the ring. Shoju was simply playing more mind games though as in one movement he grabs Spencer by the back of the head, sweeps her legs out from under her, and slams her head first into the apron. Spencer grabs her nose, pain shooting through her skull as she was ill-prepared to fight back against Shoju grabbing her by the head and lifting her into the air. Shoju wastes no time before dropping her from the vertical position, falling onto his back and dishing out a vicious flatliner on the floor. Shoju is still hurt, having to grab the apron just to pull himself to a knee. As he gets to his full vertical base he grabs Spencer to her feet. He pushes her body into the ring, and barely before the ten count, both athletes get into the ring. Shoju drags Spencer's motionless body into the centre of the ring. It's only a two count before Spencer lifts her shoulder up. Shoju pulls her to her knees, placing her head between his legs and lifting her into the air. Shoju charges forward for his Sit-Out Powerbomb, but halfway through Spencer reverses the manoeuvre.

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Spencer gets to her feet, Shoju turns around, and The Blue Thunder drills him with a chop heard across the entire arena. The pain can be read across Shoju's face, but Kota responds to the chop with a big forearm smash to the side of the head. Spencer stumbles but responds with another chop to the chest. Shoju olds up a finger, telling her to wait one moment, and a few seconds later another massive forearm echoes around the arena. The two continue to trade blows, transferring chops and forearms back and forth between one another. As Shoju set up for what came out to be his 15th forearm, Spencer ducked underneath it, grabbing across his chest and shoulder. Spencer slammed The Love of the World into the mat with an STO. Kelsey sees her opportunity and drags Shoju into the centre of the ring. She grabs him by the legs, crosses one of his over the other, and flips Shoju into the Kelsey Cloverleaf. The referee gets into position, and Shoju is screaming in pain, trying to crawl, to force himself closer to the ropes. With each drag across the mat, he inches himself closer. The agony of the move reading like a book on his face. He's nearly there, less than a foot from the ropes when Spencer picks herself up enough to walk the hold back into the centre of the ring. Once there she wrenches back even further and the groan of pain from Shoju grows louder. This athlete refused to quit though. He continues to crawl, trying harder and harder to pull himself closer to the ropes. Once again he gets mere inches from the ropes, and once again Spencer goes to drag it back. Shoju has it scouted this time, however.

The second Spencer lifts up the second the pressure of the move lowers, Shoju pushes himself the direction Spencer was walking. Shoju rolled underneath himself, and as he lay on his back he looked up at Spencer and instead of breaking further out of the ring, lays his arms behind his head and looks up at her. Spencer goes to flip into the Cloverleaf again, but Shoju manages to keep the momentum going and do a full roll back onto his back. Spencer doesn't even attempt to go for the cloverleaf again. She drops Kota's legs and practically leaps forward to stomp his chest. Shoju managed to roll out of the way of the stomp, but before he could finish that roll Spencer grabbed him around the waist. She began to lift him up, dragging him to his feet. She places one of his arms around her neck and continues to go even further, going for the Blue Thunder Bomb. She swings Kota through the air, forcing him to make a complete 180. She goes to grab him by the waist and is caught out of nowhere with a Spike Hurricanrana.

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Both athletes lie face down on the mat, neither one moving. Neither one budging as the referee begins to count them both down. As the referee gets to five the first movement begins, Shoju moving an arm underneath himself to drag himself towards the ropes again. At the count of six Shoju gets himself closer and grabs the bottom rope as Spencer begins to stir as well. Shoju uses the ropes to pull himself to the corner and sits on the bottom one to break the count. He stares at Spencer as she kept trying to get to her feet, holding onto his back as he did. Spencer goes to a knee facing the corner Shoju was in. Shoju runs forward and clocks Kelsey with a Step-up enziguri. Shoju smiles as he looks at his downed opponent. He goes onto the apron and looks towards the corner, beginning to climb, but as he took the first step up the corner he drops to a knee on the apron. He grabs at his back, clearly still feeling the effects of the submission hold from earlier on in the match. Spencer is stirring in the ring as Shoju slowly climbs up the corner. As Shoju gets to the top he keeps one leg on the middle rope while the other is bent, his knee resting on the top pad. Spencer is up to a knee, and Shoju clearly looks irritated as he was planning to go for his Jacked Up finisher. Shoju points a finger-gun at Spencer as he calls her higher up. When Spencer is on her feet Kota leaps off the top rope and hits stunning Missile Dropkick directly targeting the back of Kelsey's head.

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Shoju gets back to his feet quickly, reaching his arms out to his side, letting out a scream and grabbing Kelsey up. He places his arm underneath the one closest to him and grabs the top of her neck. He waists no time picking her off the mat, getting her to his shoulders and rotating to slam her back into the mat.

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Shoju is riding high after he hits his finisher. He looks at Spencer's downed body and he places his leg across her chest and lifts her leg up and hooks it uderneath him.

One!
Two!
Three!

Your winner: Shoju KOTA!!
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Re: Lord of the Ring Opening Round: Kelsey Spencer vs. Shoju Kota

Postby Kelsey Spencer » Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:33 pm

The show returns from commercial break, showing a panning shot of the arena briefly until the lighting in the arena shifts; BANG YONGGUK’s Yamakazi blasts over the sound system. Smoke begins to pour onto the stage as a neon green spotlight shoots up underneath, catching it in ghostly patterns. In the midst of it all a figure can be made out if one concentrates their focus enough; the individual has their back turned to the ring as they pose and, as the smoke clears and the spotlight fades, most fans have identified the competitor and boo accordingly.

Hana Ramierez: “The following contest is a Lord of the Ring Opening Round Match, scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, from Busan, South Korea… Weighing in at 165 pounds… The “World Class Athlete”, SHOJU KOTA!”

The boos intensify as Kota spins around, with the arena lights transitioning to match the same shade of green his spotlight had moments ago. Kota stands with a cocky grin on his face while he looks out at the sea of people packed into the BattleZone jeering him with passion, his disrespectful remarks toward his opponent on social media evidently still fresh in their minds.

Mark Sanction: “Shoju Kota... certainly not the fan favourite here in this one…”

Emery Layton: “After what he said on Twitter? I don’t blame ‘em for booing him!”

Adam Fenric: “It’s been said many times, though. This isn’t a popularity contest. What matters most is what you do in that ring, and I for one am intrigued to see what this kid brings to the table.”

Kota strides down the ramp, only to stop halfway and lift his hands above his head; his wrists overlap one another as he points to the ceiling. Moments later, he continues his walk to the ring, leaping up onto the apron, the cameraman catching a great shot of him from the floor beneath him. Kota’s gaze traces around the audience before it settles on the camera -- he winks before performing an impressive flip over the top rope to land in the center of the ring. He drops to a knee and cracks his neck as his theme song fades.

Boos become cheers as the blistering guitar from “Ca In July” hits, and the cheers only seem to get louder when the drums of the song kick in at the precise moment Kelsey Spencer bursts out from behind the curtain with high energy. She takes a minute to take the moment in with a great big smile on her face.

Hana Ramierez: “And his opponent! From the Gold Coast, Australia… weighing in tonight at 124 pounds… She is “The Blue Hurricane”, KELSEY SPENCER!”

Mark Sanction: “Listen to this reaction! This may only be Kelsey Spencer’s second appearance in XWA, but she’s certainly a favourite among our fanbase!”

Emery Layton: “How can ya not like this girl? She’s got spunk, and she’s cool AF!”

Adam Fenric: “Tell me you did not just use an internet abbreviation in real life.”

Emery Layton: “It saves time!”

Adam Fenric: “It’s the same amount of sylla-- Know what? Never mind.”

She strides down the ramp with a spring in her step, slapping the outstretched hands of fans as she passes… even giving a hug to one lucky young boy in the front row! She comes to a stop before the ring, takes a deep breath, then runs and slides into the ring beneath the bottom rope. Kota - who’s now leaning up against the far turnbuckle - rolls his eyes and finds a neutral space to stare as Spencer climbs the ropes and poses for one final pop before her theme fades out.

Mark Sanction: “Two contrasting styles set to clash in this one: the young rookie Kota meets the experienced veteran Spencer. Hold on… what’s this now?”

Before the bell can sound, Kota approaches the center of the ring, prompting Spencer to meet him there. The South Korean star places his left hand behind his back and extends his right toward his opponent, apparently in a gesture of respect. Fans booing particularly loud to the left of the pair catch Kota’s attention, and he eyes them with a growing smirk. The general consensus from this 1500-seat capacity crowd is Spencer shouldn’t trust him; even Spencer seems hesitant at first, though she can’t bring herself to refuse. She warily accepts the handshake, which only proves to make the smug grin on his face even wider. Contrary to popular believe though, he doesn’t use it to take advantage -- instead, he lets the firm handshake linger for a few seconds. Both competitors stare each other down before Kota releases his grip, each of them returning to their respective corners at the referee’s request. The official calls for the bell.

Spencer and Kota circle each other in the middle of the ring, studying each other’s body language, looking for any kind of opening. Spencer’s reserved nature appears to her downfall in the early goings, as she hesitates a little too long in making her move, giving Kota the opportunity to latch onto his smaller opponent with a waistlock and drive her back into the adjacent corner. The official is right there to enforce the rules.

ONE!

TWO!

THREE!

FOUR!


With a palm placed firmly under her chin, Kota slowly begins to back out, taking full advantage of the referee’s five count, breaking right on four. He gives Spencer a playful little pat on the head before giving her space to breathe, an action which doesn’t go over well with the live crowd, who have no problem voicing their displeasure. Kota doesn’t seem to mind though, as he’s still grinning while Spencer glares back at him with a bird’s nest atop her head.

Mark Sanction: “It looks as though Kota’s just toying with Spencer! Do you think he’s not taking this seriously?”

Adam Fenric: “He did claim on social media that he was fishing for a reason to. That he was looking ahead to the Final.”

Kota shrugs as Spencer shakes it off, and the two resume. First, a collar-and-elbow followed by a shift into a side headlock from Kota… until it’s transitioned into a hammerlock by Spencer. Kota’s not trapped for long though, as he rears back and smacks Spencer in the cheek with a hard elbow. Kelsey instinctively releases the hammerlock and is vulnerable to an incoming headbutt from Kota…

...but she manages to step back and catch him in a front facelock! Fans come unglued, recognising this as the beginning of what could be the end!

Emery Layton: “Woahwoahwoah, guys! DDT! Kelsey’s set for the Deprivation DDT!”

Kota - from watching Spencer’s many matches over the past number of weeks, as well as gauging the reaction from the crowd - knows it’s time to get out. He drops to his belly and rolls out of the ring before Spencer even has opportune time to snap back with the move.

Adam Fenric: “False alarm.”

The World Class Athlete chuckles to himself as he strolls around the ring, playing it off like it’s nothing while muttering something in Korean. His opponent, on the other hand, patiently waits for him to get back between the ropes. Which he does…

...for a split second. As soon as he slides under the bottom rope, he’s back on the arena floor. He shakes his head as he strolls around, taunting particularly irritated members of the crowd as he passes them. Spencer’s having none of it though, as she slides out the ring behind him and hastily makes her way over to him -- she grabs him by the neck and bounces his head off the apron before tossing him back under the bottom rope.

Spencer shifts gears, firing on all cylinders to get an early lead. She delivers a series of knife edge chops to Kota, who toughs it out with a puffed chest. The blonde switches it up with a whip across the ring, and as Kota comes back towards her on the rebound, she ducks under to gain a little momentum; she catches him on the second rebound with a Japanese arm drag. Kota springs up to his feet out of the move, only to get hit with a standing dropkick to the face. Spencer goes for a quick cover off the landing.

ONE!


Kota kicks out quickly and with momentum clearly not on his side right now, the young rookie decides to scramble over to the nearest corner while the fans show their support and approval for Spencer.

Mark Sanction: “The veteran Spencer’s firmly in control of this match right now!”

Adam Fenric: “Impressive use of Kota’s impetus there, I must say.”

Emery Layton: “Yeah, I think one of my uncles had that.”

Adam Fenric: “What on Earth are you on about now?”

Emery Layton: “Same thing you are, man! The impe-thingie. Woah woah, look out!”

Kota’s managed to climb to his feet against the corner, but neglects to notice Spencer come barrelling towards him with a flying forearm smash that connects right on the bridge of the nose. But the Australian’s just getting started, hooking him around the neck and performing a running bulldog. Kota bounces face first off the canvas, where he quickly discovers he hasn’t got time to collect his thoughts; almost as soon as the last move was executed, Spencer’s already transitioning into the next -- a Fujiwara armbar!

The South Korean manages to pull his arm free and roll out of the way. He tries to use his speed to his advantage, but as soon as he charges for an elbow smash, he’s caught with a reverse side kick to the gut. Spencer whips Kota into the far corner and runs after him, jumping up to tuck the points of her boots into her opponent’s abdomen. Then, with one mighty heave, Kota’s catapulted across the ring in spectacular fashion courtesy of a monkey flip, and sent crashing down into a supine position.

Fans roar with approval as Spencer moves to the outside of the apron, both hands firmly grasping the top rope, sizing up her opponent. She squats down and launches herself up and over to perform her slingshot somersault senton…

...but Shoju sees it coming, and rolls toward the rope to avoid the move. While Spencer manages to roll through in order to avoid wiping out completely, she does favour her right shoulder for a split second; that surgically-repaired right shoulder that’s been a nagging injury since it occurred in 2012. Of course, Kota’s keen eye catches the moment she winces and sees his opportunity to strike.

Mark Sanction: “No water in the pool for Spencer on that one. Did you see the way she went to that shoulder? May have tweaked something there…”

Emery Layton: “That bung shoulder’s given her plenty of grief over the years I’ve known her, man.”

The competitors converge in the middle of the ring where Spencer attempts to keep her momentum going, unaware that Kota’s got plans of his own. Wasting no time, Spencer boots Kota in the gut and latches on again -- presumably looking for the Deprivation DDT a second time -- but The Love of the World has a different approach to countering this time. He spins out of the front facelock and holds onto Spencer’s right wrist before dropping back-first to the canvas, knees placed right where her biceps and triceps meet -- the sudden impact of the move no doubt putting incredible torque on the shoulder. Spencer holds her shoulder and flops around in agony for a few seconds after the move; an action that brings that smirk back to the World Class Athlete’s face.

Mark Sanction: “Spencer’s second attempt at the Deprivation DDT thwarted yet again by Kota! This time, with devastating results! I think Spencer’s hurt here, guys!”

Adam Fenric: “That scapula is a huge target on Spencer, and driving the double knees into that upper arm -- the humerus, which connects the scapula to the rest of the arm -- that has got to put Kota on a direct path to running away with this thing.”

Emery Layton: “Bet Kelsey’s ain’t finding anything “humourous” about that one, eh? Anyone?”

Adam Fenric: “...How do I put up with you?”

Just like that, the tide of the match has turned solely in Shoju Kota’s favour. He takes his time to pose for the cameras before he strides over to the grounded Spencer to get to work. He lifts his opponent to her feet and works her over with a couple of well-placed strikes; a knee to the gut has her double over in pain, but she only falls to her knees in front of him as Kota has a handful of her long blonde locks. With her hair still entwined in his fingers black gloves, Spencer is defenseless as Kota delivers a series of vicious elbow strikes to her forehead, much to the dismay of the XWA fans. Spencer seems out of it as Kota lets her go, watching her teeter to and fro while still kneeling in front of him.

All of a sudden, he takes off like a rocket, bouncing off the ropes behind Spencer to pick up speed; as he rebounds off the ropes on the side of the ring she’s facing, he pops up off her thigh with his left foot to deliver a devastating enziguri with his right!

Mark Sanction: “Holy cow! That sounded like a sniper rifle going off!”

Emery Layton: “Ch’yeah, no kiddin’! And poor Kelsey’s head nearly ended up in the third row!”

Spencer’s motionless after the sickening shot, and Kota wisely goes for a cover.

ONE!

TWO!


Spencer’s still alive as she rolls her good shoulder off the canvas. Kota appears to take note of this as he wrestles her to a seated position, hooking her injured arm underneath his leg as he locks in a sleeper hold.

Mark Sanction: “Shoju Kota firmly asserting his dominance here with this sleeper hold, arm bar-like maneuver. How smart is this kind of strategy, Adam?”

Adam Fenric: “Very smart. Keep control of your opponent. The most devastating moves in Kelsey Spencer’s arsenal these days are the Dragon Sleeper and that Deprivation DDT. Both of which she’s going to have a horrible time executing with only one arm.”

Emery Layton: “Somethin’ I find weird is she’s gone for the DDT twice already… I been in the ring with her before, and it ain’t like her to get that desperate to hit one move.”

Adam Fenric: “Hmm…”

The support of the fans wills the hearty Spencer to fight through the pain and get to her feet… but Kota’s prepared with a headbutt to the back of her skull. While Kelsey understandably reacts by clasping her hand to her neck, her opponent grabs a hold of her and drives her back down with a flatliner. Instead of going for a pin, he applies a Fujiwara armbar to deal even more damage to the shoulder. Kelsey’s cries are largely ignored by her remorseless opponent, who appears pleased to be in control of this contest; as he believed he should’ve been from the opening bell. Many fans -- particularly younger ones -- seem distressed by the howling anguish from their favourite; only Kota seems to be enjoying it, as he’s wearing a sly, smug grin while torturing the girl known as Blue Thunder.

Mark Sanction: “This hold has to be incredibly painful, if Spencer’s screams are anything to go by! If this continues much longer, the referee may have to look into stopping this match!”

The stubborn, headstrong Spencer refuses to give in -- and Kota realises she’s not going to tap out. He relieves the hold and gives her a moment to recollect herself; she immediately grabs at her shoulder and Kota shakes his head in response. He adds insult to injury when he places a boot on the head of a defenseless Spencer, and looks around at the crowd with an expression as if to say “This is it?” He scrapes the sole of his boot across the brow of Spencer and stands in the middle of the ring, posing just as he did during his entrance to a thunderous amount of jeers.

Mark Sanction: “Shoju Kota now becoming incredibly cocky here...”

Adam Fenric: “Indeed. Could come back to bite him in the you-know-what.”

Emery Layton: “Aww, c’mon! Just say ‘ass’!”

Adam Fenric: “I will not.”

Emery Layton: “How ‘bout ‘butt’? ‘Tooshie’?”

Adam Fenric: “Out of the question.”

Kota’s really turning up the heat now, closing in on wrapping this up; he drags Spencer by the hair and props her up against the ropes before whipping her across the ring; when she comes running back, she’s driven down to the mat with a perfectly-timed springboard clothesline that catches her flush in the jaw! She crumples to the canvas, where Kota goes for a pin.

ONE!

TWO!


Spencer manages to roll her left shoulder off the canvas. Kota remembers this from before, and swaps sides to put all of his weight on the left side of her body for another pin attempt.

ONE!

TWO!

THR--


Closer that time, but Spencer manages -- with great difficulty -- to shoot her right shoulder off the canvas just in time.

Adam Fenric: “Great strategy there, forcing Spencer to kick out with the injured arm.”

Emery Layton: “This kid’s a quick study, ain’t he?”

Out of what could be frustration setting in, Kota delivers a standing elbow drop to Kelsey’s sternum, followed by a quick stomp as he makes his way over to the nearest turnbuckle. He ascends to the top rope, ready to take to the air...

...meanwhile, Spencer groggily stumbles to a vertical base, unaware of Kota lurking behind her. Perched on the turnbuckle at her six o’clock, he waits for her to turn before he launches himself halfway across the ring for a thunderous missile dropkick! The force sends Spencer flying, and she performs an involuntary backflip before landing in a prone position by the ropes.

Emery Layton: “Holy guacamole! Now that’s a dropkick!”

Kota, though rocked by his own landing, pops up to get back on the offensive. He wastes little time making his way over to his motionless opponent, lifting Spencer up and holding her in a Half Nelson. One wink to a female fan ringside later, and he hoists her up for what must be the Setting Sun, Kota’s most devastating move…

...but Spencer has other plans! Before Kota can lift her fully onto his shoulders to perform the final slam, Spencer manages to hook her heels under his arms! With her legs tucked firmly in her opponent’s arm pits, Spencer rolls between Kota’s legs, using her momentum to perform a wheelbarrow victory roll!

ONE!

TWO!

THR--

The move stuns Kota, but not long enough to attain the necessary three count; he pops out of the pinning predicament, pushing Spencer back over his head in order to get himself to a seated position. Now he’s the one in the dark about what’s going on behind him, as Spencer’s already on her feet and sizing him up. Kota stands and turns… only to eat the sole of Spencer’s boot, courtesy of a jaw-rattling superkick! Kota hits the mat and Spencer stumbles, feeling the effects of the offense she’s had to endure for the bulk of the match. However, the crack produced from that superkick makes it apparent she wasn’t anywhere near as worn out as she may have been letting on.

Spencer desperately crawls over, hooking Kota’s outside leg for a deep cover.

ONE!

TWO!

THR--

Kota’s left shoulder shoots off the canvas at the last possible second! The crowd can’t believe it, and neither can Spencer, who sits in disbelief just a few feet from Kota, who’s no doubt seeing stars right now. She quickly understands that she needs to stay on the offensive and not give Kota an inch, lest she find herself in the same situation as earlier in the match.

She lifts her 40-pounds-heavier opponent to his feet and, although she’s already tried twice in this contest with no luck, Spencer’s geared up for her finisher once again.

Mark Sanction: “And it looks like the Deprivation DDT is being set up one more time! Could the third time be the charm for Kelsey Spencer?!”

As it turns out, the answer’s a no. Kota snakes his leg inside Spencer’s to block the execution of the move. He hooks his opponent around the neck and falls back to attempt a small package…

...in a move Spencer appears to have predicted! The scrappy Gold Coast native managed to push her feet up at the beginning of the counter to give herself the momentum needed to roll through into a small package of her own! Hugging her right arm to her chest with her left arm and both legs folding Kota up, Spencer holds onto the pinning predicament with all the might she can muster as the official slides into position.

ONE!

TWO!

THREE!


The fans erupt with elation as the bell sounds, and Spencer rolls out under the bottom rope. Her defeated foe stares at the referee with saucer eyes, asserting that he believed it was only a two count -- he disagrees, and the forthcoming announcement only confirms what everyone else believes to be true:

Hana Ramierez: “Ladies and gentlemen, your winner… KELSEY SPENCER!”

The pop-punk Bombpops anthem is heard for the second time in the BattleZone tonight. She’s bruised and battered, but Kelsey manages to show off her cheesy grin as the official exits the ring to raise her (healthy) arm in victory.

Mark Sanction: “Unbelievable! Spencer with the quick win here! What did we just witness?!”

Emery Layton: “I’ll tell ya what happened! My pal Kelsey just used her wits to get the W!”

Adam Fenric: “It would appear Spencer went for the Deprivation DDT numerous times early on to feel out her opponent’s reaction to it. Gauge his counters. When he had exhausted the majority of them, she used it to her advantage and caught him completely off guard. Experience wins the day.”

Emery Layton: “Hell yeah! Whew, what a match!”

The defeated Kota watches on from the ring - his smirk noticeably absent - as Kelsey makes her way back up the top of the stage, where turns back around and acknowledges the fans for their support one final time before taking her leave.
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Re: Lord of the Ring Opening Round: Kelsey Spencer vs. Shoju Kota

Postby DJS » Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:47 pm

Ladies and gents, this match is now open for VOTING!

You guys now have until the 22ND JUNE to vote on this and pick which one YOU think should be the canon match.

If you need help voting, use our template HERE.

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Re: [VOTE] Lord of the Ring Opening Round: Kelsey Spencer vs. Shoju Kota

Postby Dan » Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:16 pm

Shoju Kota

What I liked:

The entrances had pretty good banter between Emery and Adam. I felt like it could've used more Mark Sanction, but hey, to each their own. The opening to the actual match was pretty original, don't know if I've seen anything like that before with trying to trick someone into getting counted out. Plus, it's pretty annoying how non-seriously Shoju takes this match, but as annoyed as I was, I realized that that was pretty excellent heelishness. His constant staring up at the lights instead of engaging Spencer was funny, as was the hiding under the ring. Even in the Cloverleaf set-up position, he didn't take the match seriously. Really got across that Shoju doesn't give a fuck.

What I disliked:

Once the match started, the commentary vanished. I was hoping you'd continue it on, but after the Korean/Chinese bit with Emery, it was just abruptly gone. Also, once the action actually got started during the match, sometimes the pacing seems a little frenetic, allowing for very little down time. There were a few spots that kinda built the match, but without the commentary there and without much real pacing between high spots, there's not much feeling in this match. Yeah, we know they're hurting from the attack, but bring me into that feeling, make me feel it with them, because if it's just action, it's not gonna draw me in. The spot where it did come into play was the Kelsey Cloverleaf, but it felt glazed over at that point, used only in the pain on his face and the groaning. I had to re-read a few spots just to see the set up, especially when they ended up in a standing spike hurricanrana.

Personal Favourite Part:
Mark listened to his broadcast partner and handed over his headphones. Kota fiddled with them for a few moments before getting them on his head and holding the mic close to his mouth.

Shoju Kota: "나는 고양이를 싫어한다."

Kota took off his headphones and handed them back over to Mark Sanction. Making the man lean forward and put the headset back on Mark himself.

Adam Fenric: "Very insightful Kota thank you. Do you have an inkling of what he just said, Emery?"

Emery Layton: "I don't speak Chinese."

Mark Sanction: "Pretty sure he's Korean actually."



Nicely done with the humour. Although I'm not sure why he hates cats.


Personal Least Favourite Part:

Just the complete lack of commentary in general during the match was my least favorite part. Commentary really helps you to work the match and give pacing to spots that may need it, as well as explains what is going on and provides an extra line to the reader as to motives and, even, some comic relief at times. This match was posted pretty early, and I don't know what other things are going on for the handler of Shoju, but it just seems like there was a missed opportunity here.

Constructive Criticism for Next Time:

Try to pace it a little more, give us some insight into the characters and why they're doing what they're doing.

Final Comments:

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Kelsey Spencer

What I liked:

The action is nicely done here. I really like how Emery is written goofy. "Impe-thingie" actually had me giggling. Bringing in older injuries, especially with Spencer's friend on commentary, really added a bit of personality to that part of the match. I'm a big fan of the Anderson school of working a body part, to be honest, and to see someone write that kind of weakness into their match is a huge up for me. Also, who the fuck uses a victory roll any more?! I fucking LOVED it! Also, props for not finishing the match with an actual finisher. I feel like that's a lost art, so much so that I did something similar. Very well done.

What I disliked:

Lots of elipses and double dashes, when a comma could have easily been used, kinda got a little off-putting but not enough to bother me. And a few of the elipses suspense spots could have been separated by commentary or something between, kinda break up the moment so we the reader knows that something is going on during that hesitation, or that the build is important.

Personal Favourite Part:
Mark Sanction: “The veteran Spencer’s firmly in control of this match right now!”

Adam Fenric: “Impressive use of Kota’s impetus there, I must say.”

Emery Layton: “Yeah, I think one of my uncles had that.”

Adam Fenric: “What on Earth are you on about now?”

Emery Layton: “Same thing you are, man! The impe-thingie. Woah woah, look out!”



Yaaaaas. I loved your handle on the commentary in this, and this particular spot exemplifies it.


Personal Least Favourite Part:

Just like that, the tide of the match has turned solely in Shoju Kota’s favour. He takes his time to pose for the cameras before he strides over to the grounded Spencer to get to work. He lifts his opponent to her feet and works her over with a couple of well-placed strikes; a knee to the gut has her double over in pain, but she only falls to her knees in front of him as Kota has a handful of her long blonde locks. With her hair still entwined in his fingers black gloves, Spencer is defenseless as Kota delivers a series of vicious elbow strikes to her forehead, much to the dismay of the XWA fans. Spencer seems out of it as Kota lets her go, watching her teeter to and fro while still kneeling in front of him.

All of a sudden, he takes off like a rocket, bouncing off the ropes behind Spencer to pick up speed; as he rebounds off the ropes on the side of the ring she’s facing, he pops up off her thigh with his left foot to deliver a devastating enziguri with his right!



Because of when this occurred in the match, I legitimately thought you were going to bring up the arm injury then just drop it, because Kota did a move to hurt her arm then immediately launched into offense that didn't even affect said arm, with the knee to the gut, the elbows, and the enziguiri. Obviously, you did, but for a second, the offense against Kelsey made no sense to me compared to the spots before it.

Constructive Criticism for Next Time:

I like your style, just ease up on the cliffhangers maybe, or maybe give them more life with commentators between them? I don't know, just nit-picking at this point.

Final Comments:

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The Person Getting My VOTE:
Kelsey Spencer.
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Re: [VOTE] Lord of the Ring Opening Round: Kelsey Spencer vs. Shoju Kota

Postby Michael Swift » Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:01 am

Winner: Kelsey Spencer!

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