Can you believe we are still in Australia?! It seems like a lifetime that we are still in this location, however it can seem that way since Tim has to look over his shoulder for an attack from anywhere. Ever since claiming the Hardcore Championship from Serena Maxwell, the merit of the name has been a detriment to his time. Ultimately that doesn’t matter though, because having the title outweighs every negative aspect of carrying the belt in his eyes. We find ourselves in Crown Melbourne, which is also referred to as Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex. It is a fabulous casino and resort located on the south bank of the Yarra River, in Melbourne, Australia. Crown Casino is a unit of Crown Limited, and the first casino of the now–international Crown brand.
Initially having opened in 1994 on the north bank of the Yarra, Crown Melbourne relocated and reopened on the south bank of the Yarra, in 1997. It remains one of the central features of the Southbank precinct of the Melbourne central business district. The entire complex has a space of 510,000 m² —the equivalent to 2 city blocks— making it the largest casino complex in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the largest in the world. The complex also hosts four hotels, Crown Towers, Crown Promenade, and Crown Metropol, with a fourth hotel approved for construction which is expected to commence in 2018.
In the lobby stands Lx-Tim, the Puerto Rican Hardcore Champion who is accompanied by his plucky cousin Grandeza. The Front Office Desk Personnel checks the family members identification and credit cards, with the lady staring at Tim as if she has seen him once or twice.
Lady at Desk: “Um...do I know you?”
Lx-Tim: “I’d be surprised if you didn’t. I’m Lx-Tim.”
Lady at Desk: “Who?”
Lx-Tim: “L. X. Tim.”
Lady at Desk: “Again, who?”
Lx-Tim: “Why you little motherfu…”
???: “Man that was a great spa! I love this place.”
Lady at Desk: “Oh hey, Gio! How you doin’ baby?”
Giovanni: “I’m doing great! This place really can relax a a guy.”
Lx-Tim: “Whoa whoa whoa WHOA! You’re telling me you know Giovanni Bianchi, a NOBODY! But me, LX-TIM, you don’t know anything at all?”
Giovanni: “Oh, hey Tim.”
Lx-Tim: “Don’t you ‘oh hey’ me! How the hell does she know you?”
Giovanni: “I actually came here a couple years ago with my ex girlfriend. Karen here had trouble with this ruffians who tried to mug her and I stopped them. We have been good friends ever since.”
Karen: “We sure have. So who is this Tim guy here? How you know him?”
Giovanni: “He’s actually a sort of coworker. A fellow talent in XWA.”
Karen: “Oh I get it. He must be something like your waterboy, that must be how I know him! Must of helped you out when you were on TV!”
Lx-Tim: “Bitch are you high on paint fumes!?”
Karen: “Oh hell naw. You need to settle down Nacho Libre.”
Giovanni: “Karen, please be kind to him. Get his stuff checked in. I have something I need to ask him.”
Karen: “Anything for you, hunny.”
Karen rolls her eyes at the Puerto RIcan and Grandeza leaves to take some of cases upstairs. Bianchi strokes his chin and stares at one particular piece of gold that is peeking out of one of Tim’s briefcases that remains on the floor right next to him.
Giovanni: “Well Tim, I wanted to inform you I hereby challenge you for that Hardcore Belt of yours!”
Lx-Tim: “Wha...you’re joking right? You can’t be serious.”
Giovanni: “I am.”
Lx-Tim: “You know who I am, right? Longest reigning Television Champ...fasted rising star in XWA...ring any bells!?”
Giovanni: “That’s precisely why I need to beat you for that belt. I take you down, suddenly I’m the one to talk about in XWA. Plus I’ll be lauded as a hero. Not just to Naples, but to the entire wrestling community.”
Lx-Tim: “Well I’ll give you this. You’re not entirely vanilla as I thought you were.”
Giovanni: “Yeah, and...wait, what?”
Lx-Tim: “So when should I schedule you?”
Giovanni: “I’m sorry. What do you mean schedule?”
Lx-Tim: “I came here so I can go ahead, relax at the casino and have fun gambling. If you plan on having a fight with me, you’re gambling more than I ever could here. Which is why I thought you will be smart and back down for now so I can have my fun.”
Giovanni: “That’s not happening…”
With that, Bianchi hurls a huge right hand into the jawline of the Puerto Rican to rock his world! Lx-Tim returns the favor, unfurling a slew of Knife Edged Chops across Giovanni’s chest. The staff runs to the back and hides away, all the while Lx-Tim and Bianchi duke it out. Bianchi isn’t anyone’s Good Son right now, proving how much of a bad boy he can be by driving a knee into Tim’s stomach to force him to lunge forward, before slamming Tim’s face down on the counter and into the ringing bell thrice. DING! DING! DING! “Attention everyone! Giovanni’s going to be your new Hardcore Champion” proclaims the Italian. Giovanni is here to show he isn’t just a Technical Titan. No, tonight he is here to show Tim and the world that he is The Hardcore Titan. The commentary team is nowhere to be found, probably because LX fed them a lie on where he is located. During the time Tim collapses to the ground, Bianchi grabs the Hardcore Championship Belt that is peeking out of the Latino’s briefcase and readies to use it. Giovanni cocks the Belt back, only to be wrapped around the waist from behind and German Suplexed by Grandeza! His cousin came out from the elevator just in time and tends to his familial counterpart to ensure his safety. The commentary team finally makes way into the lobby, microphones in hand with all their hook ups to make sure they can keep up with the action.
Novak: “Sorry we are late to the show ladies and gentlemen, but that arse Tim totally gave us the wrong place.
Delonge: “Guess he really thought no one was going to bother him. But now, looks like Giovanni is doing what he can to try and become Hardcore Champion. He’s going to need to do a whole lot to put someone like him away to get that strap.”
Getting up slowly, Giovanni escalates to a vertical base, which prompts Grandeza to fire forward like a torpedo seeking to destroy his proverbial ship. Grandeza ends up being hoisted high into the air, before being slammed down with his “Naples’ Landing” Double Edge Spinebuster directly into the tiling! Grandeza winces in pain and Bianchi rises up to his feet, only to be smashed across the forehead with the Hardcore Championship Belt! He drops down like a ton of bricks crashing down from demolition and The Latin Extremist is on the move. Grabbing Giovanni by both legs, he steadies near the glass door entrance and cascades backwards, catapulting the Italian athlete right through the glass! The shards rain down like the monstrous storm and small pieces prick small cuts into Giovanni’s body. Lx-Tim runs over to his kneeling cousin, ensuring he is doing just fine. Tim points that they should head out of the area, since he really just needs to avoid getting attacked or pin. A referee follows Tim and Grandeza, who escape through some doors that lead to the pool area. The area is completely spacious and they realize they can’t spot another exit door close by. Grandeza explains they should probably head through the doors they came through, before Giovanni has the chance to make a comeback. Grandeza opens the door and immediately gets Dropkicked hard into the chest, sending him reeling back! Tim winds his fist, but gets decked into the chin with a European Uppercut. With LX momentarily dazed, Giovannni twists about and knocks the Latino’s lights out with a thunderous Rolling Elbow!
Novak: “Dante’s Inferno! Giovanni looks like he isn’t quitting his hunt for the Hardcore title anytime soon. I do think he’s going to actually bring a real Hardcore element to this fight though if he plans on coming out the Champion.”
Delonge: “I think this is the most persistent I have seen Giovanni in a long time. Look at that face of determination.”
Bianchi rolls atop Tim with the referee running in, dropping down to make the count.
Giovanni looks thoroughly irritated as he isn’t a really ultra violent type of person, but he does want to make his mark in XWA history by adding his name down for a title reign. Thus he pulls Tim upward, ready to inflict more damage so he can capitalize. However, Lx-Tim alters his plans with stinging Knife Edged Chops across the chest. A reddish hue appears and becomes darker and darker with each slashing strike. Once Bianchi stumbles sideways, The Presentation of Devastation grabs the Italian superstar by the back of his head and slams his cranium against the closet wall! The Hero of Naples winces in agony and Lx-Tim attempts to slam his head one again, however The Good Son uses his foot to block the attempt. Driving furious Elbows into the Puerto Rican’s ribs, he forces the Hardcore Champion away from him before connecting a wild Superkick into Tim’s jaw to send him falling on his backside once again whilst hitting his head hard against the floor! Grandeza is up and running once again, on his way to assist his cousin to ensure his reign doesn’t find it’s end. Suddenly...Finiscilo! Giovanni unfurls his finishing Knee Kick attack unto Grandeza, who falls onto his cousin nearly knocked out. Bianchi gets up only to slip on poolside water, accidentally falling on his back whilst the referee realizes Tim is being unwittingly pinned by his cousin. He still has a job to do, so he actually begins to count.
Novak: “Oh dear Lord! Grandeza is now the Hardcore Champion! Bianchi’s literal slip up just altered Championship history in a way he couldn’t possibly imagine!”
Delonge: “How you think Tim is going to feel after he realizes his cousin in now the champion? This is not going to go over well for the cousins.”
Grandeza and Lx-Tim shake things off and the referee pulls the young cousin upward to raise his arm whilst informing LX that his cousin is now declared as Hardcore Champion. The History Maker’s eyes fill with rage and he explodes in his cousin’s face, demanding Grandeza to lie down for him so he can reclaim his Championship belt that rightfully belongs to him. Bianchi doesn’t take too long to get back up and reintroduces himself with his fist cocked back looking to drive it into Grandeza’s face. Tim’s fury knows no bounds though, since Giovanni was the instrument of him no longer being the Champion and spews out his infamous “Luminaire” Poison MIst into his eyes! Bianchi screams out in bitter woes, rubbing his eyes to get the mist out of his retinas. Little does he know he’ll have time to wash it out as Lx-Tim grabs The Good Son by the back of his neck and waist, tossing him into the pool water to get him out of the way! During the time Lx-Tim looms over Giovanni, Grandeza backs out of the pool area knowing he doesn’t want the brunt of Tim’s rage at the moment and returns to the lobby. Lx-Tim looks left and right and realizes his cousin left, which only pisses him off even more. Grandeza exits out from the lobby to the parking lot with the Hardcore Championship Belt in hand, thinking of if he should lie down for Tim after all. A car door opens and the camera veers over to show it is none other than The Plague Doctor himself, Adam Fenric! He has the Television Championship slung over his shoulder won from his cousin and Fenric stares at Grandeza, who now holds the Hardcore Championship Belt. Adam points at Grandeza, tilting his head quizzically and The Self Proclaimed Heart of Puerto Rico’s body language couldn’t be any clearer. Adam throws his Television Title Belt at Grandeza to catch him off balance, allowing the Austrian to dash forward, dropping Grandeza down with a stunning Spinning Wheel Kick! Grandeza scurries to his knees, desperately trying to exit out from the area, all the while Fenric is up closing in behind him. Grandeza at long last gains his footing, distraught and turned upside down from the attack. His inexperience knows no bounds and it shows, because he doesn’t know to motion a mounting defense or escape the area as initially planned. This simple hesitation costs him dearly, for Grandeza finds his head smashed right through a car window by none other than The Plague Doctor! The commentary team and referee find their way over and view Fenric positioning Grandeza in the Pumphandle formation. Lifting him upward, he transfers the Latino into a sickening Reverse STO directly into the asphalt, causing the young cousin of Tim to be clearly knocked out! Seeing the referee, he makes the cover as Tim comes into the scene to witness his cousin being pinned down.
Novak: “Cheese and crackers, Adam Fenric is the new Hardcore Champion!”
Delonge: “That may be so, but I have a feeling he’ll have to defend it sooner than he thinks!”
Novak: “Given that Fenric just laid out Grandeza with ease and he defeated Lx-Tim for that Television title, I don’t think he’s going down without a big fight!”
The History Maker charges at Fenric, who is clambering to his feet with the Hardcore Championship Belt in his hands. The Plague Doctor implements the same strategy he used to catch Grandeza off guard, throwing a Championship Belt to derail them from attacking him. The Puerto Rican’s reflexes actually end up catching Adam off guard, capturing the title in his hands before cutting through him like a scythe through wheat by means of a boisterous Busaiku Knee Attack into the face! Fenric is out of sorts, but composes himself soon, realizing he needs to get himself together to ensure he isn’t ensnared in any fashion from the Latino’s many future ploys. However, any plans all might have is instantly thrown out the window since Giovanni comes out into the parking lot, once again placing his bid in becoming the Hardcore Champion. Bianchi tries to put two and two together, trying to figure out who is currently the reigning Champion so once he does make his move, he does it against the correct athlete. He catches the attention of Novak, who motions that Fenric is currently the holder of the title. His eyebrows raises up, his face showing all that he can’t believe what has transpired thus far. Lx-Tim and Adam currently engage in a straight up brawl, striking one another with thunderous blows trying to get the better of one another. Adam slaps away an incoming fist, soon delivering an Enzuigiri across the temple to drop LX on his side! Giovanni grabs a trash can, raising it up at chest level and runs forward looking to smash it into the Austrian’s face. Too bad for Bianchi, who swallows a Dropkick that connects to the can, which smacks him across the facial features. He drops down and bangs his head hard once he makes ground, seemingly knocking the poor Italian out.
Delonge: “Man, that Giovanni just can’t catch a break! Adam is looking great as Champion though, fending off all these would be champions.”
Novak: “Where is Fenric running off to with the belt? Let’s follow him!”
The commentary team and referee run close behind him and make their way to the casino and the area is littered with slot machines, blackjack tables and more. Giovanni needs to steady any nerves he may have shooting in his body and grabs one of the drinks being passed around, gulping it down along with the olive. The door opens and there are the cousins both together once again, looking left and right for The Plague Doctor who is now no longer is sight. Lx-Tim raises his index finger at Grandeza, admonishing him to search Adam out and not screw up or else. Both separate and begin their search, where Grandeza looks at all the people sitting down just in case Fenric decided to camouflage himself in the crowd as if he is Ezio from Assassin’s Creed. Lx-Tim heads to the bar area and realizes he needs to make a bit of a scene in order to flush Adam out. The Portrait of Greatness thrashes bottles on the barkeeps table, scaring off all patrons of the establishment. Too bad for Tim, Adam actually had no plans on hiding for Fenric uses this moment of self distraction to strike LX against the back of his head with the Hardcore Championship Belt! Grandeza sees this and somewhat limps over toward Fenric, still feeling the pain from the previously administered maneuver that stripped him of the Hardcore Championship. Grandeza grabs one of the Craps Sticks and once he nears Fenric, winds up for the home run attack...and eats a kick in the stomach! Adam seizes the stick, raising it overhead and smacks it across the back of Grandeza’s neck, which causes it to snap in half! Grandeza plummets on his stomach, grabbing the back of his neck in agony whilst Fenric makes his move to exit the area once again. He doesn’t get the chance, since Lx-Tim is back on his feet with the Hardcore Championship Belt in hand. Tim taunts Fenric with a ‘looking for this’ motion and The Plague Doctor’s nostrils flare. Tim drops the belt, taunting once again with a ‘come on’ and Fenric takes the bait and both begin swinging at each other once again!
Novak: “These two are back at each other’s throats once again! Fenric needs to take care of this fast, before things turn even uglier than they are now.”
Delonge: “They already have: look! Giovanni just came through the doors with a Tire Iron!”
The Puerto Rican lights up Fenric with a Knife Edged Chop, before winding around looking for a Roundhouse Kick that is just shy of connecting. Fenric bust out some sweet jabs into Tim’s face, who therefore responds with a backhand across Adam’s face! Bianchi enters the picture, striking the Tire Iron into Tim’s side, causing him to buckle to his knees clutching his midsection in dire straits. Adam is cautious, knowing not to just head right toward a man wielding a dangerous weapon like that. Giovanni stalks Fenric, looking to smack his midsection as well, but ends up being tripped by Grandeza’s leg, causing him to drop the weapon and lunging forward, before getting captured in a Front Chancery and gets a DDT into the ground thanks to the crazy chain of events! Adam is slow to get up as he tries to find his wits about him, but this proves fatal for The History Maker flies forward with the Hardcore Championship Belt to repay Adam with a taste of his own medicine! The belt strikes hard, having him land awkwardly near a slot machine. Grandeza signals to Tim, basically saying he will keep Giovanni at bay while he tries to regain his championship status. Lx-Tim opts to end this as quick as possible, bolting forward like an inmate who just escaped fresh from prison, unfurling his infamous “Footnote” Punt Kick to knock Adam’s lights out! Tim drops down, covering Fenric for the pin.
Novak: “Lx-Tim recovers his championship!...and looks like he isn’t waiting up for Grandeza! His cousin is holding Bianchi down with the Tire Iron, making sure he doesn’t follow his Tim. What commitment!”
Delonge: “We got to follow him! Tim has the belt and is booking it out of here!”
The run after Lx-Tim outside and open the door, witnessing the Puerto Rican hopping in an uber with his championship belt slung over his shoulder. He closes the door and the driver puts the pedal to the metal, allowing LX to make his escape with the belt back in his clutches.
(Big thank you to DJS for allowing me to use his character in this posting. Looking forward to having the heat continue between the two and having them ultimately meeting once again down the road)