A bit of a quiet settles in as Bella waits patiently for someone to make their presence known, and after a moment, the quiet is dispelled by the Hall of Famer and Grand Slam champion, Dan Bennett, stepping out from behind the curtain, his glare fixated on Bella Quinn. With the few fans in attendance hurling hate at the man, he paces past the Glaswegian woman and toward the podium, where he looks out upon the many reporters with disgust. Tapping the microphone floating in his face lightly as a gentle sound check, he begins.
Well, hello there, Bella. Long time no see.
She opens her mouth to respond-
Hep-ep-ep, none of that.
Listen, I’m not here to take questions from you fucks out there in the audience, I am here to address the Scottish elephant in the room. So forgive me if I completely ignore your questions. Or not. It’s a free country.
He turns to the side, letting him both speak into the microphone and look back at the target of his ire.
Bella Quinn. Can you do me a favor, answer a question for me? Can you answer me the question as to why, in the eight months following Legends, there have, including Austin Carter, now been three challengers for the Supreme XWA Title that were NOT number one on the XWA Top Ten list?
Bella tries to reply, but he doesn’t even hesitate to let her do so.
No, better yet, can you explain to not only me, but the XWA Universe, just how our Supreme XWA Championship hasn’t been defended on either a Supershow or on Massacre SINCE MAY?!
The room fills with murmurs and Bella doesn’t even bother trying to interject her opinion, as she already knows Dan’s just gonna talk over her or interrupt her. She crosses her arms and stares back at him as he continues on.
...or how exactly two, TWO, people that have topped the XWA Top Ten since November have received their title shots? Those two being Smith Jones and Lx-Tim, who cashed in his opportunity and won that title off of Emery Layton at No Man’s Land, just for the uninformed out there.
A couple people boos that asshole Lx-Tim, but overall, a mostly silent group of stunned reporters look on and record the fracas.
It’s okay, Bella. I know what it is. You won this whole war thing last year with your merry band of underachievers and losers and now, now you think you can just rest on your laurels and give all your friends an easy way of it. That is, until I showed up. Because ever since I’ve been here, aside from Hammerstrap, I’ve had to face nothing but former and current champions, but never had a sniff at the Supreme XWA Championship. Why is that, Bella? Can you explain that one?
I believe I can. And it’s not what you want to hear.
Believe it or not, my dear audience, the truth is that Bella Quinn is good friends with Amy Taylor. The very same Amy Taylor that watched as I put her client, A.J. Morales, through a table and took his Hardcore Title from him in a match I DIDN’T ask for nor did I want, and a match that clearly benefitted the much younger and more agile Morales than myself. This very same woman had to watch as I, Dan Bennett, walked into Legends six years ago and, as every single advert and attitude said that the show was all about her then-husband, proceeded to demolish the man and take his XWA Heavyweight Title away from him.
How does that link to Quinn, when all of that is about Amy Taylor? Easily. Like I said before, she’s giving her friends an easy ride and for the majority of the last nine months, her friends SLASH clients have held gold. For example, Emery Layton was champion up until May, while facing people that hadn’t reached the top of the XWA Top Ten for their proper title shot, and when she finally did face those Top Ten guys, she was absolutely destroyed. Smith Jones left her in a heap, and Lx-Tim took her title.
He steps back, letting that one breathe. It’s something he’s said many times, but not directly to the face of the boss and certainly not to her in public.
So that’s my opinion. That’s why I believe that I’ve been left in the cold while people like Blake Archer, Jessica Tendonin, and now Austin Carter have been gifted a chance at a title that I’ve fought and clawed to get my chance at, only to be told, “You’ll get your shot next time, slugger!”. If I’m wrong, then by all means, Bella, please, correct me. Tell me what I don’t know. Explain to me and these people why Dan Bennett, the most tenured and most successful member of the current XWA roster, has not received a title shot in the year twenty-eighteen?
Or would admitting that collusion has occurred cost you your job? You know what, at this point, I couldn’t care less what your answers are. You're just gonna feed these people what you think they want to hear and continue to push your friends to the title and keep me in the corner.
You know what makes this all funny to me? At any point, I could have and likely should have left and gone to PRW, or WFWF, or anywhere else, and continued my hall of fame career wherever I went and let the XWA fail into oblivion like it had every right to do. Instead, I toughed it out, for thirteen years I've toughed it out. I just don't know if I should even be wasting my time being a huge draw and making tons of money for this company if it doesn't give a shit about me, which it clearly doesn't.
He steps back from the podium and turns to Bella Quinn, his lips tightened and his eyes narrow, almost as if he were an angry child glaring at his mother. As she stares back, nonplussed, she doesn't move or say anything. He stares for a second, then leans into the microphone...
...this is the part where you bring your ass over here, open your stupid fucking mouth and respond. Or didn't they teach you that in whatever gibberish broken English class you went to in Scotland?