The Weeknd makes his way to the back, following the performance, as Hana Ramierez enters. XWA official Jack Tickles makes sure Kaida and the Miles siblings are on opposite corners of the ring before allowing Hana center stage.
Hana Ramierez: ”This following match is Three Stages of Hell and it is for the XWA Omega Championship!”
The fans continue to cheer ecstatically.
Hana Ramierez: ”This match will be contested with two out of three falls. The first fall will be a standard singles match. The second fall will be a submission match. The third fall, if it comes to that, will be a street fight.”
The idea of a street fight ending things just makes the fans cheer more.
Hana Ramierez: ”Introducing first, the challenger; being accompanied by his sister Alicia Miles, he is from Miami, Florida and he is weighing in tonight at two hundred and twenty-eight pounds. He is a former World Television Champion, Tag Team Champion and a six-time Piledriver Award winner, ‘One-Eighty’, Jo—“
Hana stops as Joey steps up to her and whispers something in her ear. He then backs up and lets her proceed.
Hana Ramierez: ”He is ‘No Soul, No Dignity’, Joey Miles!”
The fans let out a heavily mixed reaction, especially at Joey’s new nickname which is, of course, a reference to the contract signing for this match, where Kaida said that Joey lost his soul and his dignity when he attacked her in 2018, to which he replied, “Fuck my soul and my dignity”. Joey foregoes posing after his introduction and instead keeps his sights set firmly on Kaida.
Hana Ramierez: ”And his opponent, the defending champion; she is from Osaka, Japan and she is weighing in tonight at one hundred and thirty-seven pounds. She is a former Tag Team Champion, a five-time Piledriver Award winner and the reigning XWA Omega Champion, ‘Gokudo’, Kaida Kagome!”
Despite her focus being set on Joey and wanting to keep it that way, Kaida can’t help but crack a smile when she hears the ecstatic response to her name from the fans all around the packed Old Trafford Stadium. One of her five Piledriver Awards was for Villain of the Year, and yet, here she stands, on the biggest stage in XWA, with cheers filling up an entire arena for her. She’s come so far. But tonight isn’t about that. It’s not about her rise in stardom, it’s about getting back the brother she lost. And right now, he’s staring across the ring from her, next to his silent, masked sister. Kaida’s smile fades as Hana exits the ring and her focus is brought back to Joey. Alicia pats her brother on the shoulder and exits the ring. Jack asks both competitors if they’re ready to go and, while not darting their eyes away from one another, the two simply nod. Jack calls for the bell.
DING! DING! DING!
Despite the bell ringing and Jack backing out of the way, neither Kaida nor Joey are quick to move. It’s been over a year in the making and the time is finally here, but neither can bring themselves to attempt the first strike. Their eyes stay fixated on each other, as the fans cheer on the stare down, ready for this to finally happen. Finally, Kaida begins moving, as she slowly steps towards Joey. He returns, doing the same, and the two meet in the center of the ring, still just staring one another down. Some words are exchanged, but they aren’t picked up by the camera. Kaida began speaking first, talking softly, as her eyes showcase just how conflicted she is with this whole situation. A similar look is in the eyes of Joey as he responds and then he takes a deep breath. Finally, the action begins, as Joey lashes out with a stiff punch to Kaida’s face, and she returns with a punch of her own. Just as the fans were starting to quiet down due to the lack of action, the cheers pile right back up as the two go at it, exchanging punches with furious speed!
Mark Sanction: ”And we’re off!”
Matt Steel: ”Here we go, let’s watch a fight!”
Eventually, Kaida takes the upper hand as her strikes come just enough quicker, allowing her to get in multiple uninterrupted hits. She starts peppering her strikes with kicks and chops, as Joey starts to get backed towards the ropes. He tries to cover up, but it’s not helping much, as Kagome unleashes a flurry of hard hitting strikes until Joey’s back is finally pressed against the ropes. At this point, Jack steps in, telling Kaida to let him out of the ropes and she begrudgingly takes a step back. Joey, however, isn’t quite as honorable, as he uses the moment to quickly jab a thumb into Kaida’s eye. ‘Gokudo’ lets out an angry yell as she covers her eye, but Joey continues with leg sweep takedown that knocks Kaida onto her backside. She quickly sits up, but all this does is put her in position for a nasty knee strike to the face courtesy of her former tag team partner. With Kaida momentarily stunned, Joey motions towards Alicia on the outside and she quickly looks under the ring, in a very specific spot, before pulling out the traditional Mirage weapon; a baseball bat covered with barbed wire! The audience lets out a mixed reaction, some cheering the potential for this thing to get hardcore and others booing the bad plans Joey clearly has for Kaida, as Alicia slides the bat into the ring.
Mark Sanction: ”Oh no, what the hell?! Alicia’s giving Joey that damn bat! No, the referee’s gotta stop this!”
Matt Steel: ”Joey’s obviously going to get disqualified from the first fall if he uses that, but something tells me he’s alright with that.”
Joey picks up the bat and takes a moment to study it, as Kaida is getting back to her feet. Jack demands Joey get rid of the weapon, but Miles threatens to hit the referee with it, something even XWA’s top official wants no part of. Joey grabs a hold of the bat with both hands as Kaida reaches her feet, facing away from him. He raises the bat into the air and shoves it forward, jabbing the end of the bat – and the associated barbed wire – into the back of Kaida’s head with authority! The mixed reaction starts to become one-sided against Joey, as Kaida drops to the canvas, but Joey doesn’t stop there. Jack calls for the bell as Miles begins mercilessly attacking Kaida all over her back with the bat, forcing the barbed wire to create numerous cuts, as blood begins to soak Kaida, her top and the canvas.
DING! DING! DING!
Hana Ramierez: ”Kaida Kagome has taken the first fall by way of disqualification! The score is now one to zero in Kaida’s favor and the match moves onto the submission stage!”
Mark Sanction: ”There’s the disqualification and surprise, surprise, the bastard doesn’t care! Stop him, Jack!”
Matt Steel: ”He already disqualified him from the first fall, Mark. Up next is a submission match and, I don’t know if you know this one buddy, but those don’t have disqualification.”
Mark Sanction: ”This is such horse shit! Jack needs to do something about this!”
Jack does try to put a stop to the onslaught, but as soon as he gets in Joey’s way, Miles pushes him back and then aims the bat at him. ”Back the fuck off!” he yells, ”I’ll make her tap when I’m ready!” Reminding the official that they’re now in a submission match and he’s free to do whatever he wants with that bat, Joey then turns back to Kaida and sees her struggling to get back up. He swings the bat down on her back again, causing a grunt of agony from his former partner. Instead of pulling it back up, this time he grinds the bat along her skin, back and forth, causing the barbed wire to open wider cuts and forcing a more audible scream from Kaida, who tries unsuccessfully to grit her teeth and stay quiet.
Finally, Miles pulls the bat away from her back and then jams the end into the back of her head once more, with force, before he finally tosses the bat to the canvas. Jack steps in again at this point to ask Kaida if she’s able to continue. Joey allows her the opportunity to give up now, but the matriarch of the Kagome family has other plans in mind. Hurting and with blood dripping from her back and the back of her head, Kaida forces herself to all fours and then keeps forcing herself to get back up to her feet, shaking in the process as her body just wants to shut down. Once she’s nearly standing, Jack asks her again if she can continue, and this time she barks at him, ”Dekimasu!” Refusing to give in, Kaida stands upright and puts her hands up towards Joey, before motioning for him to come at her. For a brief second, it looks like Joey tries to hide a smile. Not an arrogant smile or a malicious one, but a proud smile.
Mark Sanction: ”Kaida’s not going down that easily! And, for most, that sure as hell wouldn’t qualify as easy!”
Matt Steel: ”Hey, more beating for her, I guess.”
Jack, unsure if he should allow this to continue, knows the crowd will be very upset if he ends things now after Kaida told him not to, so he shrugs and waves for them to continue. Kaida’s brave stance doesn’t do enough to help her physically damaged body, however, and Joey rushes in quickly for the kill. He drills her with a knee strike to the stomach before she could even think. This kneels her over and Joey is quick to take advantage. He jumps on top of Kaida and starts entwining body parts until he finally gets it applied; his Octopus Hold known as the 2019 Finisher of the Year, the Strappado! The fans jeer, but Kaida tries to fight out of it. However, once she begins squirming, Joey just adds to the brutality of the move. He pulls both of her arms back as far as he can and then swings his right arm around them, placing them under his armpit and facing a lot of extra pressure to her arms. Then, he raises his dangling foot up and presses it against the back of Kaida’s head, where there are still fresh wounds from the barbed wire-covered bat. Then, to make matters even worse, he begins raising and dropping that foot, stomping on the back of Kaida’s head repeatedly! Knowing that there’s still one fall left and the longer she’s in this, the less likely she’ll be able to do anything in that final round, Kaida taps her hands together by Joey’s armpit to let the official know she submits. Jack calls for the bell and then quickly jumps in to force Joey to break the hold.
DING! DING! DING!
Hana Ramierez: ”Joey Miles has taken the second fall by way of submission! The score is now tied one to one and the match goes to a Street Fight as the tiebreaker!”
Mark Sanction: ”This is disgusting! Absolutely disgusting!”
Matt Steel: ”Call it what you will, Sanction, but this thing is now tied and Joey’s looking a hell of a lot better than Kaida heading into the tiebreaker.”
Mark Sanction: ”I should’ve known him and his damn sister would pull something like this, Goddamnit!”
Joey relinquishes the hold and lets Kaida fall to the canvas, as he soaks in the boos, now coming at him in full force.
[This portion and the entrances posted by Rufus are both canon for the match. The deciding fall will be two separate posts and that will be what this match is graded on. Good luck, Rufus!)