LIVE! From the XWA BattleZone in Chicago, Illinois (1500 Capacity) Broadcast exclusively on The Xperience!
MAIN EVENT: XWA WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP XWA Lord of the Ring Quarterfinals, Group Two
Angelica Vaughn vs. Jake Rogers (c)
While last round saw Jake get rattled by Dan Bennett with a big piece of metal, the end result sees him still moving on and holding his title! However, will Dan's harsh words and beating take their toll? And what of Angelica Vaughn? Will the ball of positivity take advantage of the situation and move onto the finals? Who comes out on top? Find out live!
WORD COUNT: 5000
-------- Deadline for matches is 18th July 2018 at 11:59 Eastern Standard Time. Voting will start at this time and conclude on 23rd July 2018 at 11:59 Eastern Standard Time. [CST is one hour earlier. GMT is five hours later.]
The semi’s! It’s where England and Belgium got knocked out nit so very long ago, but this isn’t Mother Russia, and it certainly isn’t soccer. No, we’re LIVE in the BattleZone in Chicago, with thousands of rabid fans eagerly anticipating the last semi-final, to see who will become part of the triple threat to determine this year’s Lord of the Ring.
The announce trio consisting of Emery Layton, Mark Sanction and Adam Fenric, from left to right, seems as full of burst and energy as they were at the start of the show, and the same goes for the fans. USA! chants and OBVS! chants compete for the most decibels as the camera centers on the announce desk.
◄Mark Sanction► “Welcome back Ladies and Gentlemen, and right now we’ll determine who the final entrant in the Lord of the Ring Final will be. Former Olympian and current XWA TV Champion Jake Rogers, or the leggiest and blondest of leggy blondes? Predictions, guys?”
◄Emery Layton► “Ooh, I love me some Jakey! He’ll bring the fight right to Angie. However, I gotta root for my fellow lass. Angie’s done some great things lately, and has been very close to many massive wins and titles. Tonight she’ll have her XWA Breakout moment, trust me on that!”
◄Adam Fenric► “Whilst I appreciate Emery’s sentiment, that’s just what it is… sentiment. Now, did Jake wrestle a perfect tournament? No. Did he escape by the skin of his teeth against Dan Bennett in the Quarter Finals? Yes!”
◄Emery Layton► “The correct term is OBVS!”
◄Adam Fenric► “Hush! But Jake is the XWA Television Champion for a reason, and from every beating he’s ever taken, he has emerged stronger than before.”
◄Emery Layton► “Like a Saiyan!”
◄Adam Fenric► “First of all, I don’t know what that is, and secondly, will you please let me finish?”
◄Emery Layton► “OVER NINE THOUSAAAAAAAAAAAAND!”
◄Adam Fenric► “JAKE ROGERS! MY PREDICTION IS JAKE ROGERS! Now can we please go to the introductions, please?”
As an annoyed Adam Fenric looks at the ring, so does the camera. From a zoomed-in hard cam perspective, we see the lovely Hana Ramierez, ready for action.
◄Hana Ramierez► “The following Lord of the Ring semi-final match is scheduled for one-fall!”
◄Crowd► “ONE FALL!”
◄Hana Ramierez► “And it is FOR… the XWA Television Championship!”
⇜VAUGHNEMOUS⇝ No, I won't give in I won’t give in 'till I'm victorious And I will defend I will defend!
As ‘Vaughnemous Domination’ erupts from the PA, the fans go wild. OBVS! chants almost drown out the theme song (much to the chagrin of Dan Bennett who WANTS TO HEAR IT ALL BECAUSE HE LOVES IT-> there’s my one per match) and an overhead spot shines down on a shimmering, gold-painted Angie, who slowly turns towards the crowd on her rotating platform, her arms spread wide.
As the theme song reaches its peak, the crowd start hopping down on the rhythm of their chant. Angelica walks down the ring, slapping hands, signing tees (not tits, ew), and she eventually takes off her golden headband before handing it to an excited young female fan, who immediately puts it on. One smile of pearly whites later, Angelica moves in, and rolls into the ring.
◄Hana Ramierez► “Introducing first, the challenger, from too many places to name here, standing at FIVE FOOT TEN, she is The Vaughnemous One… Angelica! VAUUUUUGHN!”
Angelica gets up into the corner to best soak in the adoration of the crowd. As her theme song dies down, we cut back to the announcers.
◄Mark Sanction► “She seems confident and ready!”
◄Emery Layton► “And she oughta be! Beating the Jester and Kelsey Spencer to get here isn’t easy. She’s got a lot going for her, this young lass.”
◄Adam Fenric► “Let’s just hope it’s not a case of ‘massive potential but too caught up in her out-of-the-ring activities-to-reach-it. She’s got her moments, but she has many… distractions”
◄Emery Layton► “Oh can it, she lives for this game! So what is she likes cat pics? She wrestles all over the world, she has a grueling schedule! She’s a hard worker, and whatever potential she has, she’ll reach it.”
And then, the opening strings of ‘Victory’ kick in.
Sweeping, majestic and grand, the theme song signals the arrival of the XWA Television Champion. Smoke shoots from the ground, turned red, white and blue by the overhead lights. And through steps Jake Rogers, in his star-spangled singlet, and with Rosie on his hand. The eagle shrieks and as Jake throws her into the air, her mighty wings flap. She takes off and starts circling the BattleZone!
◄Adam Fenric► “Is this safe??”
◄Emery Layton► “Who cares? Love me some Rosie!”
◄Adam Fenric► “Clearly you’ve never been pooped on by a bald eagle.”
◄Emery Layton► “Have you?”
◄Adam Fenric► “…why no, not at all.”
◄Mark Sanction► “I’d think the talons are the real danger here.”
But Rosie keeps a safe distance from the crowd. She soars and ascends to the rafters as Jake makes his way down the aisle.
◄Hana Ramierez► “And her opponent… From Boston Massachussets, he is the XWA TV Champion… Jake! ROGERS!!”
Jake sprints towards the ring and jumps on the apron. His hands catch the top rope and he corkscrews over it. In mid-air he unstraps the TV title from his waist and he holds it high into the air. USA! chants engulf the BattleZone, the proud Chicago natives always glad to see the star spangled banner represented with honor and dignity.
◄Mark Sanction► “Jake went through hell last time against Dan Bennett, who intentionally got himself DQ’d. I had a talk with him earlier, and he said he was extremely upset with the way Dan Bennett conducted his business… not so much because of the assault, but because he treated the TV title like a joke. Like something not even worth the effort. Jake has proudly carried that belt for some time now, and he very much wants to elevate it to a higher level. It’s why he chose to defend it in every round of Lord of the Ring. It’s do or die for him, and he will certainly feel he needs to prove tonight, against Angelica, that the TV title is worthy of going to war over.”
Jake and Angelica get in the middle of the ring as the referee holds up the title. Tonight’s prize, as well as a ticket to the final. They both spontaneously offer a handshake, and the match is underway!
◄Emery Layton► “Sportsmanship! See, it can happen even between a Canadian and an American Patriot.”
As the bell rings however, the two turn to business. Immediately taking a few steps back, both seem wary of each other. Angelica is known for playing a bit of a waiting game, like she did against the Jester especially, while Jake is known for bringing high octane offense. It comes as no surprise then that it’s Jake who makes the first move. Charging at Angelica, she throws up one of her long legs for a big boot counter, but he ducks underneath and comes to a halt behind her. Angie turns on her heel, but Jake immediately dropsaults her in the chest, sending her staggering backwards. Jake lands on his feet again and charges at her, driving his shoulder into her gut, picking her up and running over to the corner on the other side, ramming Angelica into the turnbuckles. She shrieks in pain from the two impacts at once, and Jake mercilessly starts ramming his shoulder into the her gut while holding on to the middle ropes, which provide grip and a means to gather maximum momentum.
◄Mark Sanction► “Jake Rogers, exploding right out of the gate! There’s little to no trace left of the brutal assault he suffered at the hands of Dan Bennett, is there?”
◄Emery Layton► “Ice baths, yoga, plenty of sleep,… He can take care of himself. Olympians know how to recuperate.”
The referee starts counting to 4, as Angelica is hopelessly trapped in the corner with no means to escape. Every punishing blow by Jake makes her gag, his muscular shoulder driving into her stomach at top speed. As the referee finally backs Jake up, who immediately complies with the referee’s call, she finally gets a bit of a breather. One clean break later, though, Jake is back on the offensive. But Angelica throws a boot up, this time hitting Jake in the face! Now it’s time for him to stagger backwards, and he backs up to the middle of the ring. Angelica takes a deep breath, rubs her tummy, and the explodes out of her normal stance. She hits Jake full in the face with a European uppercut, snapping his head back. Sh immediately follows it up with palm strikes to the heart, upsetting Jake’s heart rhythm to make it more difficult for him to breathe and function properly. The impact is massive, each strike a loud thud that send the TV Champion a step backwards. Jake is reeling from Angie’s strikes, and she backtracks, running the ropes before interlocking her fingers into a sledge and swings her double fist at Jake’s face, hitting him right on the nose! Jake goes down hard, and immediately grabs his face.
◄Emery Layton► “That stuff’ll bust a lad right open, let me tell ya!”
◄Adam Fenric► “Let’s hope not, this is no bloodsport. But Angelica did very well to come back after Jake had her trapped in the corner.”
◄Mark Sanction► “A bit of help from the ref, but you’re right, she looks as determined as I’ve ever seen her. Countering with a big boot, and those palm strikes was very effective. She’s relying on her strengths, and she’s very aware of what those are. She’s not the most athletic person on the roster by a long shot, but she has adapted her moveset to what she can do… And what she does, she does very well.”
◄Emery Layton► “If you were trained by Michael Kelly, you’re gonna be a good striker whether you want to be or not.”
The referee checks to see if there’s any blood involved, but Jake’s nasal integrity seems to have been preserved for now. He shakes his head and tries to crawl back to his feet, but…
◄Emery Layton► “INCOMIIIING!”
Angie sprints across the ring, her foot swinging as if she’s about to punt a football, in this case being Jake’s head! But the TV Champion sees it in time. He rolls to the side, avoiding the lethal Vaughnemous Kick just in time!
◄Mark Sanction► “Wow! Good reflexes. And very needed as well! That kick will take your head off! It’s what put away The Jester I the opening round!”
◄Emery Layton► “She did need clown shoes to do it.”
◄Adam Fenric► “CAN WE LEAVE CLOWNS OUT OF THIS?? Lisa Seldon is only one phone call away, I’ll have her put you on The List!”
Jake gets back to his feet as fast as he can and Angelica turns around. The two exchange a grin, knowing very well that this match could’ve ended then and there. They approach each other cautiously, and engage in a collar-and-elbow lock-up. Angelica gets the better hand, driving Jake back, but he traps her by using her forward momentum against her. Sidestepping, he knees her in the gut and into a headlock after she bends over. But Angie uses all her strength to push him away towards the ropes. Jake doesn’t turn his back to run them however. Instead, he jumps onto the middle rope and leaps sky high at Angie, corkscrewing in mid-air before hitting her with a crossed body that takes her down.
◄Adam Fenric► “Jake’s hybrid offense can be very hard to defend against, because he can fly as well as bruise.”
◄Emery Layton► “The Bruiserfly!”
◄Adam Fenric► “No, Em, just… no.”
Jake gets up, with Angie still down. He jumps into the air, forward while throwing his feet over his head. One standing shooting star later, which he delivered nearly effortlessly, he is right on top of a squashed Angelica again, who is starting to feel the impact of the heavy hitting blows to her body.
This time, Jake immediately hooks the leg for the pin…
Angelica gets her shoulder up! Jake has the look of a man who kind of expected it, but still feels a bit of disappointment. He doesn’t let it show for too long, however, as his eyes dart back and forth between Angelica and the corner. He wraps his massive arms around Angie’s upper arms and shoulders, interlocking his fingers. As if she weighed nothing, he lifts her up into a Full Nelson and despite being shorter than the 5’10 leggy blonde, the upwards momentum generated by his sheer power is so powerful it throws her at least two feet into the air before he sends her crashing back down with a Full Nelson slam. Angelica isn’t moving, but rather than go for the pin, he climbs to the top of the turnbuckle. And he calls for it![/color][/b]
◄Emery Layton► “This place is gonna feel a whole lot more FREE in just a few seconds!”
◄Mark Sanction► “Jake has Angie in his sights and he’s looking for the First Amendment!”
The crowd cheer, the OBVS! and USA! chants deafening, but Angelica gathers her wits sooner than Jake had anticipated. Upon viewing him in his position, a surge of adrenaline, powered by self-preservation, rushes through her veins. She quickly gets back to her feet and runs at the corner, pushing one of the ropes so Jake loses his balance. Rather than tumble to the ground below, the former gymnast has the balance and awareness to somersault over Angie and he lands square on his feet. But despite being winded and hurt, Angie is right on him, hitting him with a chop block from behind. Jake collapses to one knee and Angelica grabs both his arms, pulling them back. She places her foot on his spine and pulls away, putting pressure on his shoulders as much as she can.
◄Mark Sanction► “Angelica now targeting the limbs of Rogers, both his knee and his shoulder, which is still holding up surprisingly well, but for how much longer, you have to ask yourself?”
Angie applies more pressure with her foot and Jake groans in pain. It’s not quite painful enough to tap out, but Angie has him locked in a very tight grip. Jake leans forward to try and get some of the pressure off his back, but Angie’s foot simply follows. Jake leans deeper, but then Angelica releases his arms and uses the sole of her boot, drives Jake face first into the mat. Jake rolls over and Angelica is right on top of him for the pin!
Jake gets his shoulder up, but as he does so, he seems to favor it. The stress Angie put on it clearly unlocked a deeper, more lingering injury he sustained from his ‘match’ against Dan Bennett. Jake tries to sit up straight, but Angelica shoots for his mouth with her hand trying to lock in her deadly ‘EW!’ finisher, a mandible claw that put away Kelsey Spencer in the last match. But Jake counters by simply slapping her hand away. And he traps Angie’s arm, trying to lock her hand underneath his leg!
◄Mark Sanction► “Jake now, countering the EW! into the Patriot Act??”
◄Adam Fenric► “He hasn’t got it fully locked in though, and Angelica is putting up loads of resistance!”
Angelica iggles, pulls and squirms, trying to get out of Jake’s grip, knowing fully well that the Patriot Act was what won Jake the TV title in the first place. With all her might she pulls free and she crawls away, the relief clearly visible in her eyes as she stares at Jake. Jake grins again, knowing that this time, HE came very close to beating her. Jake and Angelica both get up, but Jake is faster. He charges at Angelica and takes her down again with a slingblade, rotating into the air. Both get up immediately after that, but Angie, having suffered another blow is disoriented. Jake rushes towards her, swinging his arm about for his renowned Meathook Clothesline. But Angelica bends backwards in a Matrix-like maneuver. She uses her arm to not fall down and push herself back to a vertical basis again. Jake runs past her, and he bounces off the ropes like he did earlier, going for a corkscrew crossed body, but Angie has him scouted this time. She kicks her height and brings her leg back down, swinging the other one up, hitting Jake with tons of momentum in the face with a Scissor Kick! Jake is knocked to the ground, and falls like a bag of rice, with a thud and unmoving. The crowd get to their feet, sensing something major is about to happen as Angelica backtracks, gearing up for the Vaughnemous Kick, the OBVS! chants take the upper hand! Angelica stalks Jake, waiting for him to get in the right position. Slowly he budges, before starting to… roll out of the ring. Sensing that Angelica was primed to hit her finisher, he made a wise decision.
◄Adam Fenric► “Smart. Collect yourself. Take a deep breath. Refocus. Regroup.”
◄Emery Layton► “But I wanna see kickings! Arsekickings! Headkickings!”
Jake rolls out and lands on his feet. His chest heaving, he rotates his shoulder a few times, trying to assess the damage. Angelica seems a bit disappointed Jake saw her coming, and she rolls out of the ring in pursuit as well. She chases him around the corner but as he sees her coming, Jake rolls back into the ring. He runs the ropes as Angie slides back in after him, and he hits her with a corkscrew elbow, right back to the gut he put some serious damage in at the start of the contest. Jake twirls and lands on his feet, but Angie doubles over and collapses on one knee, gritting her teeth and turning her eyes into slits, squinting due to the pain. With Jake now behind her, she realizes she’s in a vulnerable place, though. With a single leg squat she gets back to a vertical basis and she kicks backwards with a mule kick, hitting Jake in the abdomen, who stumbles backwards, but he hits the referee on his way towards the corner, squashing the man in stripes between his own muscle and the buckles.
◄Emery Layton► “Oi, no touching the ref! ‘t Was an accident though, hopefully he’s all right.”
◄Adam Fenric► “Honestly, these referees are made of glass these days! No, worse. Glass you can’t even cut yourself on if it breaks.”
Jake soon realizes what happened, and so does Angie. Both competitors stop and stare at each other for a second, neither really wanting to take advantage of an unfortunate accident such as this one. Angie, slightly haunched over clutching her abdomen and Jake, favoring his shoulder, don’t really know what to do. Angelica shuffles over to the ref and gets on her knees to check on his status. He seems pretty much out of it. Jake looks on from over Angelica’s shoulder, keeping both pairs of eyes direction on one corner of the ring.
At the other side of the ring, a short, buff blonde girl suddenly hops the barricade, slipping past the security. Wielding a kendo stick, she slides into the ring, and goes straight for Jake! She smashes the bamboo into splinters on the back of his neck, and the champion goes down. Indignant cries from the crowd wash over the BattleZone, and Angelica turns around, her jaw drooping at the scene in front of her.
◄Mark Sanction► “What’s this? What the hell just happened?”
◄Emery Layton► “Damned if I know! Who is this lass and what’s her problem, exactly? What’s she doing??”
◄Mark Sanction► “I… I think that’s Claire Rogers, Emery! ”
◄Adam Fenric► “Rogers? Relation?”
◄Mark Sanction► “I think she’s his sister! She must be! I… I’ve heard of her, but they’re so different from each other, I never would’ve made the connection!”
Claire laughs and twirls what remains of the kendo stick around, before smashing it into Angelica’s face as well. The Vaughnemous One goes down, and Claire raises the stick into the air, fibers hanging from its ruined shaft. The crowd rain down boo’s on her, but she seems to find it amusing. She throws the kendo stick to the side and rolls out of the ring, retrieving a chair from underneath.
◄Emery Layton► “Oi, security, where are ya!? She’s not on the roster, is she? She’s wreakin’ havoc out there! Get her or I’ma chase her off meself!”
But Fenric puts a hand on Emery’s shoulder.
◄Adam Fenric► “Not the time or place, Emery. This doesn’t concern us.”
Claire goes back in and she menacingly holds up the chair. Jake tries to get back on his feet. He looksat the assailant and his eyes grow three sizes. The look of pure shock on his face is palpable, and he stiffens up and his jaw simply drops in disbelief. He can’t believe what he’s seeing. His twin sister, assaulting him as he’s on his way to the biggest match of his life, with everything he has gained professionally at stake… And she’s ready to take it all away from him.
And she does it. Without hesitation. She brings the chair down, hitting him right on the skull. Jake collapses to the mat and she brings the chair down. Again. And again.
And again. She laughs at every blow, until Angelica gets back on her feet. A puddle of blood forms around Jake’s head as the canvas around him turns crimson.
◄Emery Layton► “C’mon Angie, get that wee bitch!”
Claire swings the chair at Angelica, but the Vaughnemous One dodges the blow. The two, who know each other from ACM where Angelica is the champion and Claire a former tag team champion, stare at each other until Claire surprises Angelica by hurling the chair at her. Angelica throws up her arms in defense and the steel bounces off of her, but Claire is right back on her. She picks up the chair and smacks a surprised Angie in the face. The leggy blonde goes down too, and Claire throws the chair to the side, dragging her by her wrists and positions her over her unconscious brother.
◄Emery Layton► “What’s she doing??”
Under the boo’s of the crowd she goes over to the referee. Grabbing him by the belt, she lifts him up effortlessly with one hand. Despite her small stature she is incredibly strong, and she throws the referee next to the pair, ordering him to count. Slowly, but surely, the referee recollects his awareness and does as instructed.
The bell rings, but there are no cheers. No boo’s. Just stunned silence and the laughter of Claire, who is having the time of her life. She grins one last time and salutes before exiting the ring, as EMT’s finally rush out to take care of Jake, who seems to be in a bad way.
◄Emery Layton► “WHAT THE… Can I curse? Screw it, I’m gonna. WHAT THE FUCK JUST HAPPENED?”
A hesitant Hana Ramierez raises the microphone to her mouth.
◄Hana Ramierez► “Your winner… Advancing to the Lord of the Ring Final and NEW XWA Television Champion, Angelica Vaughn!”
◄Emery Layton► “This is shit! This is absolute shit! Poor Jake, and poor Angelica! She didn’t want it like this! Not like this! Nobody will feel more guilty over this than her!”
◄Adam Fenric► “Well, what’s done is done. This Claire lady has some explaining to do, but for now, the situation is that Angelica Vaughn is the new TV Champion, like it or not.”
◄Emery Layton► “Like it? I don’t wanna like it! I wanna LOVE IT! Angelica is a good, hard-working lass who discovers an honor like this, but she got screwed out of getting to build her own legacy! Someone came in and stole her big moment for what… A family vendetta? She’s as much a victim, though I’m not saying Jake is any better off. Poor lad, first Dan Bennett batters him up, then we get this wee thundercunt…”
◄Mark Sanction► “Let’s… dial it down a bit on the cursing, Emery.”
◄Emery Layton► “Sorry. I’m mad, is all! Real mad!”
Angelica is slowly coming to. The referee pushes the title into her hands and she looks confused. Then she sees Jake, surrounded by EMT’s. It’s clear he’ll need stitches and possibly more. She bites her lip, worried about her former opponent. She has little attention for her newly awarded prize, instead asking if Jake will be okay. The EMT’s don’t answer her, just urge her to get back. As Jake is being tended to, Angelica looks at the title in her hands. This was supposed to be a dream come true. She looks over the top rope at Claire, who’s grinning on the outside. She now has a microphone in her hands.
◄Claire► “Well if it ain’t everyone’s favorite thin ass little stick figure, Angie Vaughn! What, I stole your big moment? You gonna cry now, like the pathetic weak ass ho you are?”
The crowd showers her with boo’s and Angelica throws her as dirty a look a she can muster.
◄Claire► “But look, this don’t concern you, aight? ‘s All ‘bout me and baby bro over there. You just got caught in the middle. But that ass tried to ruin my life! And I swore not too long ago I’d take everything from him. Everything he holds dear, like he ripped away what I hold dear! He’s gonna pay, and blood makes blood pay with blood, girl. So stay out of this if you know what’s good for you. Enjoy your title. And enjoy the Final. Try and make yourself relevant, and try doing it all by yourself for a change.”
The crowd is left in stunned silence, except for Emery, who seems to want to do nothing but to get out of her announce chair and attack Claire to give her a piece of her own medicine. Same goes for Angelica, but while the EMT’s are still working, she knows she’s also hurt, and a confrontation would likely just result in another beating.
◄Claire► “And if you’re wondering why I’m allowed here… Well, let’s just say I struck some deals. This ain’t over just yet. Baby bro and I are gonna go to war. And the BattleZone’s gonna be our playground.”
With one last grin, Claire starts walking away and the camera fades out.