Hana Ramierez: ”The following is a second round match of the two thousand and eighteen Lord of the Ring tournament and it is scheduled for a one-fall.”
”I’M A MOTHERFUCKING BEEEAST!”
The Southpaw Remix of ‘Beast’ hits the PA System as Jerod Barnez pops out from behind the curtain with his hands held high in fists. However, tonight, Jerod is not alone. Alongside him is James, the man hired to be Ace Acid’s handler, although Ace himself refers to him as Virgil for some odd reason. James holds the leash attached to Acid’s straightjacket collar, pulling the former 2WWF World Champion along. Jerod looks at his new ‘pet’, who wears a mask reminiscent of the one worn by Hannibal Lector. Barnez grins and begins his march to the ring, with James pulling along Ace behind him.
Hana Ramierez: ”Introducing first, from Detroit, Michigan and weighing in tonight at two hundred and ninety-one pounds, he is the first ever two-time Supreme Champion of XWA, ‘Supreme’ Jerod Barnez!”
Mark Sanction: ”Ladies and gentlemen, it is time for perhaps the most interesting second round Lord of the Ring match, as we’re about to put this man, Jerod Barnez, against the undefeated Kaida Kagome. As you can see, Jerod has with him a man in a straightjacket and mask, being leashed to the ring. In case you missed it earlier in the night, that man is Ace Acid, a legend of this industry. Ace was instrumental in the retirement of Jerod’s father two years ago, along with the other members of Elite and, honestly, I have no clue what Jerod has done to turn him into this … this zombie, we see today.”
Adam Fenric: ”I’ve heard of this Ace individual, but I’ve got to say, he can’t be all that he’s been spoken of if he allowed another to break him down so.”
Emery Layton: ”I don’t know, man. We know Jerod’s capable of some bad things. I just can’t imagine what kinda bad shit he did to that guy. Creeps me the hell out, anyway.”
Mark Sanction: ”Acid’s state left the audience speechless earlier tonight and we know there’s not much that can do that to XWA’s fans. Trust me when I say this, whatever happened to him, I doubt any of us really want to know.”
Upon reaching the ring, Jerod walks up the steel steps and enters the squared circle through the middle and top ropes. On the outside, James walks Ace to a corner of the ring and proceeds to tie Ace’s leash to the steel post. Once finished, James walks off, leaving Acid to stand in silence outside the ring. Back inside, Jerod stands on the middle turnbuckle and raises his fists again.
Mark Sanction: ”Look at that, he has Ace tied to the damn post like a dog! That’s a human being there!”
Adam Fenric: ”Perhaps he’s only a human being in appearance, anymore. I feel as though this man is nothing more than an animal now, caged by a straightjacket and waiting to be set on Jerod’s opposition at a moment’s notice.”
Jerod drops down to the canvas and takes off his sunglasses, nonchalantly tossing them out of the ring. He takes his shirt off and does the same with that. Barnez stands against a corner of the ring, taking a moment to stretch his muscles as his theme song dies down. Replacing it is “Turning Point” by Hidenori Shoji, as the arena’s lights go out. A shadowy figure appears at the top of the ramp, standing there until seventeen seconds into the song, when it fully kicks in and the lights turn on. The figure is revealed to be Kaida Kagome, leaning against a sheathed katana. Kaida makes her way to the ring.
Hana Ramierez: ”And his opponent, from Osaka, Japan and weighing in tonight at sixty-two point one-four kilograms, she is ‘Gokudo’ Kaida Kagome!”
Emery Layton: ”Ugh.”
Mark Sanction: ”Relax, Emery. I know you and Kaida have had some issues recently, especially after her threats earlier in the night, but try to remain calm. You’re here to call these matches, not get involved.”
Emery Layton: ”I know, Mark, I’m fine. She just urks me. I’m not a big Jerod Barnez fan by any means, especially after he eliminated me in the World’s Collide Rumble, but I hope he gives Kaida her first loss here tonight.”
Mark Sanction: ”It’s definitely a fascinating situation, these two facing off. Jerod is very accomplished here in XWA and, even before his ‘partnership’ with Ace Acid, he was considered a very dangerous man, yet Kaida showed us earlier tonight that she’s not intimidated by him in the slightest.”
Emery Layton: ”Well, why would you be when you’ve got the fookin’ Japanese mafia on your side? Christ, you got one of ‘em torturin’ a dude into being his slave and you got the other one with a Gaddamn army of gangsters at her disposal. This used to be a wrestlin’ show.”
Adam Fenric: ”What a ways it has come.”
As Kaida reaches the ring, she holds her katana horizontally and bites down its sheathed blade, but before she could jump onto the apron, her eyes wander off to the side where she sees Acid standing, unmoving and silent. The unnerving site would rattle most anybody, but Kaida turns her focus back to the ring and jumps up, grabbing the middle rope to get on the apron. Kagome turns to the cameraman, slowly taking the katana out of her mouth and letting out a sinister smile, before finally entering through the ropes. Kaida gracefully places her wooden katana on the canvas, allowing a ringside worker to transport it to the commentary table, where it won’t be in the way. ‘Gokudo’ rips her blazer off, exposing the dragon tattoo on her back. She turns her attention to Jerod, staring at him from across the ring.
Mark Sanction: ”Jerod verus Kaida, here we go.”
XWA referee Wayne Johnston calls for the bell as Kaida’s music fades out.
DING! DING! DING!
The two individuals step towards one another in the center of the ring, a staredown commencing. Jerod has his usual grin plastered on his face as Kaida looks at him with a noticeable lack of emotion, focused on sizing her opponent up, rather than attempting to intimidate him. Barnez speaks quietly, saying something to Kaida that isn’t loud enough to be picked up by the camera. Kaida’s eyes widen in anger and that’s all we need to know about what Jerod just said to her. ”KUSO KURAE!” Kaida shouts, as the action begins with the Japanese woman unloading on her much bigger opponent with a variety of fast, yet hard-hitting strikes, combining open palm hits, elbow shots and forearm attacks. Jerod, having not expected this sudden onslaught from someone he clearly came into this match underestimating, is slowly backed up to a corner of the ring as he tries, with little success, to block Kagome’s fiery offense. Once she has him cornered, Kaida swirls into a Spinning Heel Kick aimed at Barnez’s mid-section, which causes him to double over. Swiftly, she brings her foot straight up into his face, forcing him to shoot back to a vertical base, and she lands a second Spinning Heel Kick, this time connecting with Jerod’s jaw! Finally, Wayne steps in to break this up, as Barnez is in the corner, touching the ropes. He grabs Kaida and pulls her back, telling her to calm down as he does so. The undefeated newcomer obliges and Wayne lets go of her, but as Jerod takes a step out of the corner, Kaida rushes forward and flips into a Koppu Kick that knocks Barnez backwards and causes him to fall into a seated position against the bottom turnbuckle!
Emery Layton: ”Don’t know what the hell Jerod said to her, but Kaida’s pissed! Knowin’ him, he probably deserved it. Kaida’s absolute friggin’ gobshite, but I can’t say I don’t enjoy seeing this big oaf get knocked around.”
Mark Sanction: ”This is, quite honestly, not how I expected this one to start. I’ve never seen Jerod get taken to task so quickly before. Of course, with it being a first meeting between these two and Kaida’s insanely impressive time here so far, I’m not sure how I did expect this to start.”
Kaida continues the attack by stomping repeatedly on the seated Barnez, only stopping once the official intervenes again. She eases up, causing Wayne to back off for the time being. Kagome pulls her American opponent to his feet and grabs a hold of his hand, looking to Irish Whip him across the ring, but Jerod wraps his free arm around the top rope, preventing Kaida from being able to pull him away. The big man waits for her to stop tugging and, hurriedly, unhooks his hand to drill into her face with a forearm strike, causing Kaida to stumble backwards. Barnez shakes off the unfortunate start of the match for him and steps to his opponent, but she hits him with a straight kick to the stomach, doubling him over. She then grabs his head with one hand and uses her other arm to nail the former Supreme Champion in the cheek with forearm smash after forearm smash! Barnez, having enough of this, uses his sheer strength to push Kaida back with one hand, sending her flopping onto the canvas, where she quickly rolls back onto her feet and stares down Jerod from across the ring. The audience lets out light cheers for the early going in this match. Neither superstar is particularly liked here, so watching them beat each other up is perfectly fine with the fans.
Mark Sanction: ”As fast and hard-hitting as Kaida is, Jerod just showed there with one quick push that his strength is going to be a big problem for her in this match. He doesn’t have a glass jaw. Jerod can take a whole lot of hits and keep going. Combine that with the fact that he can out-power most, if not all, in XWA, things can take a turn for the worse at any point, for Kaida.”
Emery Layton: ”What a shame, that’d be.”
Adam Fenric: ”Regardless of your disdain for Kaida, or mine for that matter, this is a dangerous match for both involved and I’m very intrigued by how things are going early on.”
Jerod, and the audience as well, are surprised at what happens next. Kaida, under half of the weight that Barnez is, offers a test of strength. Skeptical at first, Jerod’s arrogance leads to him accepting with a laugh. They entwine the first pair of hands and Jerod looks at Kaida’s second hand, ready to hold onto that one as well, when suddenly he lets out a pain-filled scream caused by Kagome biting down hard on his finger! Wayne admonishes her and begins a five count; Kaida releases her grip at four.
Emery Layton: ”Did she just fookin’ bite him?”
Adam Fenric: ”An interesting strategy, to say the least.”
Enraged by Kaida’s antics and dominance thus far in this match, Jerod angrily throws a punch, but Kagome ducks under it and hits him numerous kicks to the side of his leg. She attempts to follow this up with another Spinning Heel Kick, but he catches her foot this time, surprising the Japanese wrestler. Barnez finally gets a good shot in as he throws her foot down and plows into her with an absolutely devastating short-length Lariat that practically takes her head off!
Mark Sanction: ”Kaida’s whole family could feel that one! Jesus!”
Barnez grabs Kaida by the hair and yanks her back to her feet, evening the ‘admonished by Wayne’ count with his opposition. He tosses her into the nearest corner of the ring with such little effort needed. The former Supreme Champion lays into Kaida’s mid-section with Shoulder Thrust after Shoulder Thrust, weakening her as much as he can before Wayne can count to five to force the break. Once he ends his barrage of attacks, Barnez pulls Kagome in and wraps his arms around her mid-section, proceeding to lift her off of the canvas and send her flying over-head with a Belly-to-Belly Suplex! The big man leaves Kaida no time to recover as he instantly begins pulling her back to her feet, briefly taking a moment to drill her in the side of her head with a stiff knee strike as he’s doing so. He grabs the XWA rookie by her throat and lifts her above his head, holding her in the air in Gorilla Press-fashion. As he’s taking clear control of the match, Jerod’s earlier anger begins to subside and gets replaced with a wave of confidence. This comes out in the form of an arrogant smirk on Jerod’s face, as he begins to toy with his opponent while simultaneously showing off his strength. Barnez starts using Kaida as work-out equipment, pressing her up and down while he does squats at the same time. He enjoys the moment for as long as he feels necessary, before finally dropping Kaida onto his shoulder and violently banging her into the canvas with an Oklahoma-style Slam. Jerod goes for a rather condescending pin attempt, pressing his elbow against her chest as he lies comfortably and fakes a yawn into his hand before resting his head against it during the referee’s count.
TW – Kick out!
Mark Sanction: ”Kaida started off this match brilliantly, but Jerod is now showing why he’s a two-time Supreme Champion.”
Adam Fenric: ”A bit too much showsmanship for my liking, but he’s managed to completely turn this thing around. That Lariat appears to be all he needed to take control.”
Emery Layton: ”I’ve got a pretty severe case of the eye rolls at Jerod turnin’ this match into a work out, but I’m definitely bloody enjoyin’ Kaida gettin’ her ass beat.”
Barnez gets back to his feet and wastes little time in continuing to dissect his opposition. From outside the ring, Ace Acid watches; his eyes darting back and forth between Jerod and Kaida while his mask hides the biting of his lips in anxious waiting. Jerod grabs Kaida by the head and lifts her to her feet, dragging her towards the nearest corner. He lifts the undefeated Kagome into a Scoop Slam, positioning her perfectly in front of the turnbuckles for what he has planned next. Although Jerod is a big guy, he’s known to be deceptively agile and, on occasion, he likes to take to the air for a certain move. It seems Jerod thinks now is as good a time as any to squash Kaida like a bug under his two hundred and ninety-one pounds. He steps onto the middle turnbuckle and makes sure his balance is perfect. With surprising grace for a man of his size, Jerod leaps from the second turnbuckle to the third, following up with a second leap into a back flip, looking to land the Double Jump Moonsault! As his descent is nearing its end, however, Kaida rolls inwards towards the corner, coming with perfect timing that allows her to roll into a kick that catches Jerod right on the jaw while the rest of his body hits nothing but canvas! The audience members pop for the athletic maneuver by Jerod, but even more-so for Kaida’s unique counter.
Mark Sanction: ”Excellent reversal there by Kaida! Just as Jerod looked like he was going to crush his opponent with surprising athleticism, Kaida showcased not just her agility, but her ring savvy as well.”
Adam Fenric: ”I don’t think I’ve ever quite seen an aerial move reversed in that exact way before. Quick in agility, yes; quick in thought, even more-so.”
Jerod rolls to the near set of ropes and begins using them to pull himself back to a vertical base as Kaida gets up on her own will, albeit somewhat slowly due to the barrage of offense she just had to endure from Barnez. ‘The Descendant of a God’ leans against the top rope as he tries to regain his bearings, but he gets no chance to do that as Kaida lets out a loud yell and drills Barnez in the side of the head with a Roundhouse Kick, knocking him over the rope he was leaned against and sending him flipping to the outside! ‘Gokudo’ drops down and rolls out of the ring on the side of the squared circle to the left of where Jerod was knocked out. Wayne begins a ten count. She stops as she steps on the outside floor, noticing the leashed Ace Acid in her path.
Emery Layton: ”Fookin’ tempt him, Kaida. Do it.”
Mark Sanction: ”What would he even do to her with a straightjacket on?”
Emery Layton: ”Shit, you’re right. Someone go unlock that thing.”
The two individuals look at each other, silently. They both stand there, not moving an inch. The arena grows quiet as the audience watches, looking to see what will happen next. Gradually, Kaida starts inching towards Ace as she stares directly into his cold, damaged eyes. Their pupils stay fixated on one another’s while Kaida nears the wrestling legend. Abruptly, she stops, mere inches away from the leashed man. She leans her head in towards his, gently. Their foreheads almost touch, when something happens. Ace Acid, the legendary competitor, the man who’s made a legacy for himself in this industry … flinches. With Kaida so close to his face, he begins shaking in fear. Is it because he’s near defenseless, unable to prevent her from attacking him if she so wishes? Is it because he’s no longer capable of what he once was? Perhaps it’s not out of fear for Kaida, but rather, out of fear for what Jerod would do if he knew Ace made a move without his order. Whatever the case is, this man – this icon – stands there, locked in a straightjacket, mouth covered by a mask, trembling in fear while Kaida stares directly into his terrified eyes. At first, Kaida’s expression turns to one of confusion. She had heard so much about who Ace Acid is and what he’s done in his career. To see a man such highly acclaimed for his talent and love of violence shuddering behind a mask, frightened so easily, she has to wonder just what it is that Jerod did to him. This look of confusion soon changes, however, as Kagome begins to smile. Shortly after, the smile turns to laughter. What amuses her isn’t Acid’s state, but, rather, the realization that Jerod is a lot more dangerous than she thought he is. And that … that makes this so much more fun for her.
Kaida pulls back from Ace, allowing Jerod’s servant to breathe just a little bit. She winks at him and then continues walking, leaving the broken man behind. At least, that’s what Ace thinks she’s doing. Once she steps out of Acid’s peripheral and he finally begins to calm down, Ace is floored courtesy of a Black Mass-style kick from Kaida, hammering him in the back of the head! The fans fill the arena with boos, feeling pity for the once-legend who’s been torn apart physically and mentally. Kaida’s lack of empathy and abundance of malevolence even sparks chants of ‘Fuck You, Kaida!’ in between rhythmic clapping, which only serves to further amuse her.
Emery Layton: ”What a friggin’ coward! He couldn’t have done anythin’ to protect himself there!”
Adam Fenric: ”I honestly don’t think Kaida would’ve hesitated to strike him even if he was freed. It was about sending a message.”
Emery Layton: ”Yeah, we’ll see about that if Jerod sets him free!”
The referee, now up to a count of six, yells at Kaida for attacking Ace, but she ignores his yelling. She does roll into and back out of the ring, though, forcing him to restart his count. Once Kaida makes it to Jerod, who’s nearing a vertical base by the ring, shaking off the cobwebs of this match so far, she grabs the unexpecting man by the back of his head and mashes his face into the steel post! Blood begins to trickle down Jerod’s forehead, but Kaida’s not done there. She turns Barnez around and presses her hand right across the new wound on his head, proceeding to slam the back of his head into the post now! Barnez slides down to a seated position, leaning against the poll. Kaida looks at the blood on her hand and smiles almost lovingly, proud of the sight. Wayne yells at Kaida again, but he continues his count when he realizes she really doesn’t care about what he has to say. She decides to up the ante, having realized she needs to be more brutal than she’s been after that interaction with Acid. Kaida reaches down and grabs the padding that protects the wrestlers from the hard, concrete floor beneath, and she begins to yank that padding up.
Mark Sanction: ”Jesus Christ, this is bad! Jerod’s been busted open from the steel post and this will make things a whole lot worse for him!”
Once the floor in that area has been efficiently exposed, Kaida rolls into and out of the ring a second time, forcing Wayne to restart his count again, much to his chagrin. She grabs Jerod by the ears, pulling him back to his feet. The Japanese wrestler proceeds to knee Barnez in the mid-section and she follows this up by wrapping her arm around his head in a Front Facelock. Kagome positions herself for a DDT, aimed at the exposed floor! Saving himself from a very bad situation, Jerod hurriedly pushes himself forward, driving Kaida back-first into the side of the ring and forcing her to let go! Barnez doesn’t bother continuing the attack and instead slides in the ring, looking for a moment to gather himself.
Mark Sanction: ”Jerod escapes what could’ve been a concussion, or possibly worse!”
Adam Fenric: ”It’s as if something in Kaida’s mindset had changed after that interaction with Acid. The way she threw Jerod’s head into the steel post there, it had an absolutely frightening sense of purpose to it. Exposing the floor like that, however … Jerod’s lucky he got out of there.”
Inside the ring, “Supreme” Jerod looks over to where Ace is supposed to be and his eyebrows burrow as he doesn’t see him. The Detroit native walks over to the edge of the ring and peaks outside to see that Ace is downed. ”What the fuck are you doing?!” shouts Jerod, unaware of what happened between Ace and Kaida. Just as he grabs the top rope to exit the ring, Barnez is stopped by a sharp stomp-like kick to the back of his knee from Kaida! Barnez’s leg buckles under the pressure and Kaida continues the assault with rapid, heavy-hitting elbow strikes aimed directly at the back of Jerod’s head, right where it hit the steel post moments ago. The strikes land precisely and with purpose, forcing Barnez into a dazed state. With him like this, Kaida pulls him away from the ropes and, in an attempt to put an end to this contest and guarantee herself a spot in the semifinals, Kaida applies a three-quarter Facelock and leaps into the air, attempting to spin her way into the Shikei; an Asai DDT that transitions into a Leg Scissors Dragon Sleeper – Kaida’s submission finisher! However, perhaps due to his adrenaline kicking in, Jerod spins as Kaida is flipping over him and catches her on his shoulders in a Fireman’s Carry! Hurriedly, the former Supreme Champion pushes Kaida up and transitions into a Powerbomb set-up. Fighting through the pain his head so heavily feels, Barnez rushes forward and, with serious power, throws Kaida off of his shoulders, sending her crashing into the corner with a Buckle Bomb! Kaida’s head snaps back into the top turnbuckle and she stumbles forward, almost about to fall, only to be stopped due to a spinning Jerod thrashing her with a Discus Elbow Strike that violently whips her onto the canvas! Despite their heavy disdain for Jerod, the audience cheers this big combination after Kaida’s actions on Ace. Jerod drops down on top of his opponent for a pin attempt, hoping this is it.
THRE – Kick out!
Jerod rolls off of Kaida and slams his fists into the canvas out of frustration. ”Motherfucker!” he can very audibly be heard shouting.
Mark Sanction: ”Kaida almost caught Jerod with the Shikei, but he came up with a great counter that nearly ended the match just then! Kaida is sure as hell a tough wrestler, but I almost expected her to stay down for the count after the absolutely brutal Powerbomb and Elbow combo.”
Emery Layton: ”She’s resilient, I’ll give her that.”
Jerod looks at Kaida and notes that she’s momentarily down, regardless of the kick out. He rolls out of the ring to check on Ace. The big man yanks his straightjacketed ‘friend’ back to his feet and scolds him. ”What the hell were you doing?! You watch the damn match! Don’t move unless I tell you to move!” Ace, frightened, unsteadily nods in agreement. Barnez scoffs and wipes a bit of blood from his head. He reenters the ring, leaving Acid behind, as Kaida is getting up with help from the ropes. Not wanting to give her time to breathe, Barnez grabs his adversary by her head and yanks her into the center of the ring. Holding her head down, Barnez lays into her with a flurry of knee strikes to the face, alternative between knees with each hit! Once he feels Kaida’s body start to go limp, he stops the bombardment of knee strikes and he places his hands under her arms. Jerod tosses Kaida straight up into the air, catching her on his shoulders and jumping into a ring-shaking Sit-Out Powerbomb! The move ends in a seated pin attempt.
THRE – Kick out!
Infuriated by yet another kick out, Jerod shoots back to his feet and gets in Wayne’s face, almost ready to beat some sense into the official but forcing himself not to, to avoid disqualification.
Mark Sanction: ”Both of these competitors have been through a lot in this match and it’s getting to Jerod.”
Adam Fenric: ”He needs to stay focused. Kaida’s down now, but she’s proven how incredibly dangerous she can be at a moment’s notice.”
Jerod tries to calm himself down. He turns his focus back to Kaida and attempts to pull her back to her feet, but she fights back. Several punches hit Barnez in the stomach, but it’s to no avail. All this does is anger him further and he grabs the Japanese wrestler by her throat with both hands, yanking her back to her feet and tossing her all the way across the ring! The momentum of the toss causes her to roll after the landing and she goes under the bottom rope, but she manages to keep herself on the apron by clutching at the rope in the last moment possible. Kaida begins using the ropes to get to her feet on the apron, unaware of exactly the position she’s in due to fatigue. Jerod, however, is precisely aware of her situation; standing on the apron directly in front of the exposed floor outside of the ring. With a sinister smile coming across his face, he kneels down, readying himself for a sprint as Kagome pulls herself back to her feet. Once the timing is opportune, Jerod bursts forward, looking to take her off of the apron with a Gore! Kaida somehow has the wherewithal to side-step out of the way, however, and catches the incoming beast with a kick to the head, leaving him draped over the middle rope!
Emery Layton: ”Holy bloody fook, man, that might’ve just ended Kaida right there! I hate the bitch, but I don’t want to see someone get hurt that much.”
Noticing that just outside this part of the ring is the area of the floor she uncovered earlier, Kaida begins to piece together a new plan. She pulls Jerod the rest of the way through the rope and onto the apron with her. The Osaka native attempts to lift Jerod onto her shoulders with a Fireman’s Carry, but the combination of Jerod’s weight and Kaida’s exhaustion prevent her from being able to do so. Barnez uses this moment of unsuccessful lifting to his advantage and catches Kagome off guard with a forearm strike to her mid-section, causing her to let go of him and clutch at her ribs. Hurriedly, Jerod punches Kaida in the stomach, forcing her to double over. He then places her headin between his legs, before lifting her onto his shoulders, looking to send her off of the apron and onto the concrete with an exceedingly treacherous Powerbomb! Some fans in the crowd audibly gasp at this potentially happening.
Mark Sanction: ”No, no, no!”
As Jerod turns to face the outside, Kaida speedily grabs the top rope and manages to pull herself into the ring and off of Jerod’s shoulders. Before Jerod can fully turn around to try to remedy this, Kaida nails him with a hasty Roundhouse Kick to the side of the head, nearly knocking Jerod off of the apron, but he manages to stay on by holding the top rope! Ready to cause some permanent damage, Kaida gets back onto the apron behind Jerod and applies a Waist Lock. She turns and looks to take Jerod to the floor with a German Suplex, but Barnez grabs the top rope both hands!
Mark Sanction: ”Now it might be Jerod going!”
The audience gasps again as Kaida desperately tries to pull Jerod off, but his grip is too strong. Thinking quickly, Kaida lets go of Jerod’s waist and pounds her fists on his arms, forcing him to let go just long enough for her to re-apply the Waist Lock and successfully pull him off the apron; the back of Jerod’s head slams into the concrete floor below off of the German Suplex! Chants break out all throughout the arena of the fans’ reaction to this excruciating move; ‘Holy Shit!’
Mark Sanction: ”Jerod Barnez just got German Suplexed all the way to the exposed Goddamn floor! Enough is enough with this match!”
Emery Layton: ”Holy shit is friggin’ right, man! Ouch!”
Adam Fenric: ”I don’t care how big and how tough that man is. With all the trauma his head has experienced so far in this match, to be slammed right onto the back of it just then, he’s not leaving tonight a victor and he may very well not be leaving tonight on his own two feet.”
Wayne opts out of beginning a ten count and instead slides right out of the ring to check on Jerod. Kaida brushes past him and rolls into the ring. She gets up and heads to the center where she spreads her arms out wide, posing with a smile like a warrior who just slayed a beast. “Gokudo” even begins laughing exhaustedly, something that she does even more once the audience starts raining down boos on her. From outside the ring, Ace peaks over the steel post and looks at Jerod with worry in his eyes. Those eyes soon widen, however, as he sees the big man push Wayne out of the way. Kaida’s laughing stops as she becomes confused by the audience’s sudden change from boos to cheers. She turns around and sees Jerod Barnez standing there. Blood has covered his face by this point, he can barely stand at the moment and his body is shaking from the pain in his head, but there he is, standing tall, much to Kaida’s chagrin. ”I’m still fucking standing,” Jerod exhaustedly says, as Wayne reenters the ring behind him and Kaida grinds her teeth with anger. Her expression changes in an instant, surprisingly, as she smiles, before responding, ”Not for long.” Kaida rushes forward, looking to take Jerod down with another Koppu Kick, but the big man manages to sidestep her. Wayne, however, isn’t so lucky. The referee is cracked over the head and taken down!
Mark Sanction: ”The referee’s been hit!”
Jerod takes this opportunity to rush towards Kaida, but Kagome, fully aware that the rules have just gone out the window, stops Barnez dead in his tracks with a very sharp kick to the groin, as quickly as she can! The audience boos the kick, seemingly having taken to Jerod’s side throughout the match.
Emery Bloody: ”Fookin’ ref’s been out less than five seconds and she kicks him in the dick!”
Adam Fenric: ”It’s clear Kaida doesn’t care about fighting clean. She just wants to cause as much damage as she can.”
As Jerod drops from the groin shot, a metaphorical lightbulb goes off over Kaida’s head. She slides out of the ring and makes her way to the commentary table. Emery instantly stands up, ready for a fight if Kaida tries something funny with her, although Adam tries to yank her back down, to no avail. Kaida looks at her and then looks at Adam. She smiles almost respectfully and looks back up at Layton. Emery’s confusion by the seemingly polite expression is dissolved quickly as Kaida launches, over the table, a big wad of spit right into Emery’s face! The former Supreme Champion angrily attempts to attack Kagome, but Adam jumps out of his seat to hold her back as Mark gets mixed up in everything as well. Kaida sarcastically waves at them and then grabs her wooden katana from the table. She unsheathes it and returns to the ring with it in hand and her focus set to Jerod, who’s now on a single knee, trying to get back up. Kaida briefly looks at Wayne to make sure he’s still down and, once confirmed that he is, she turns back to Barnez. The extraordinarily vehement being utilizes all of her strength to nail Barnez over the back of the head with the wooden katana; a strike so hard that it breaks the blunt object in half! A portion of the audience cringes at the brutality of this strike as Kaida notices the referee coming to.
Mark Sanction: ”Jesus H. Christ, she just broke a wooden katana right over Jerod’s head! How is he even conscious anymore?!”
Emery Layton: ”This is bullshit! She just spit on me and I can’t go in there and kick her bloody ass?!”
Adam Fenric: ”No, Emery, you can’t. There’s a very important tournament match happening. One that might well be over in a second here.”
Kaida hurriedly kicks the wooden pieces out of the ring to avoid a potential disqualification and then goes for the cover. Wayne, still on the canvas, sees this and crawls over to get a good view of Barnez’s shoulders, proceeding to count an unintentionally slow count.
THREE – Kick out!
Mark Sanction: ”How the hell did he kick out?!”
It’s now Kaida who angrily turns her attention to the referee. As Wayne slowly starts getting to his feet, she shouts at him in her native tongue of Japanese, but, eventually realizing that is getting her nowhere, she turns back to Jerod. Barnez, despite everything he’s been through in this match so far, is still getting up, currently on all fours. This suits Kaida just fine, however. An ominous smirk comes across her face as she leaps into action. Kaida rushes to Jerod and leaps into the air, pressing her boot against the back of his head and ramming him face-first into the canvas with the Yubitsume; a devastating Curb Stomp! Following this, instead of going for the pin, Kaida excitedly shimmers her way to the opposite side of the ring to create distance. She kneels down, ready to finally take Jerod out.
Mark Sanction: ”Yubitsume! And now Kaida is calling for the end, once and for all! If she hits the Shining Dragon, that has to be it!”
Emery Layton: ”Come on, ya big meathead, get her!”
Kaida waits surprisingly patiently, needing Barnez to get to a knee so she has something to step off of for her Shining Wizard-like finisher. Jerod begins to stir. His body shakes from the pain he’s in, but he continues trying to push himself back to his feet regardless. Despite the many bad qualities Jerod possesses, one of the few good ones has always been his resiliency. As he pushes and pushes to get himself back up, his mind races with thoughts of the Supreme Champion, Lx-Tim. He knows that this tournament is his ticket into not only a shot at the Supreme Championship, but a shot at taking Tim out like he’s wanted to do for so very long now. There’s no way he can lose this opportunity now. Finally, Jerod reaches a knee and Kaida is ready to strike. Just as she begins to move forward, however, Jerod uses everything he has left in his body – all the strength, all the adrenaline, all the will – and he bursts back to his feet, racing to Kaida and meeting her in the center of the ring with one of his most exhausted, yet hardest hitting Gores of all time! The crowd jumps out of their seats as Jerod crashes next to Kaida, having used up the very last bit of his juice. Fortunately for him, his arm landed draped over Kaida’s chest, officially making it a pin attempt.
Mark Sanction: ”Gore! Gore! Gore! Gore!”
Emery Layton: ”Oh fook!”
DING! DING! DING!
”Beast” plays throughout the arena as Jerod rolls off of Kaida, although he isn’t quick to get to his feet. Blood covers his forehead, along with sweat, as he stumbles while getting back up.
Hana Ramierez: ”Here is your winner, by pinfall, ‘Supreme’ Jerod Barnez!”
Mark Sanction: ”What. A. Match. These two tore each other apart tonight and, in the end, Jerod manages to end Kaida’s undefeated streak with one of the most brutal Gores I think I’ve ever seen!”
Emery Layton: ”Either one could have taken this one, but man – I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but I’m glad Jerod won! I better be able to get my hands on Kaida soon!”
Adam Fenric: ”Very impressive showing from both involved, personal disdain aside. I can’t imagine how Kaida will respond to this loss, however.”
As Ace’s handler James makes his way back down the ramp, Jerod staggers out of the ring, wanting to get as far away from Kaida as possible, now that this war is over. James unties Ace’s collar from the ring post and he, along with Ace, follow Jerod up the ramp. In the ring, Kaida begins to stir as she turns her attention to the ramp while still down. A look that can only be described as pure, unadulterated anger comes across her face. Being knocked out of the Lord of the Ring tournament isn’t what upsets her. Knowing that she threw all she did at Jerod and he was able to survive – that’s what upsets her. Nevertheless, it’s clear Kaida is far from done terrorizing the XWA roster. All that remains to be seen is who is next for her.