[LDFC] Welcome to Serengeti

 

WELCOME TO THE SERENGETI | ZIGGY’S | WINSTON-SALEM, NC | 02.10.16

Geoff Penzer: Welcome to Winston-Salem, North Carolina! Welcome to Lion’s Den’s first supercard of 2016! This… is WELCOME TO THE SERENGETI! Hello everyone, I’m Geoff Penzer! Tonight, we’re coming to you from Ziggy’s here in Winston-Salem for a big night of wrestling! We’ve got eight matches on tap for you, including a double main event! All of the active LDFC Championships will be on the line. Scores will be settled and wars will be won. 16 of LDFC’s finest will step into that ring tonight. But only 8 will be able to walk out a winner.

In one of our featured contests, Jensen Banks will be going one on one with Prince MacRear. Banks holds MacRear and company responsible for the attacks on his good friends Emily Carter, Donovan Cross and Bree Nelson. Banks knocked Brody Watts right out of LDFC with a Bank Shot. The Crimson Baroness may have walked away with a victory over Banks. But she didn’t get away unscathed as she, too, got a Bank Shot. Now the biggest Bank Shot has been saved for MacRear himself. Will MacRear be taking a trip to Bank Shot City? Or will the “MacRearicane” destroy Bank Shot City in one fell swoop?

This one has been brewing for several months now. But finally, Emily Carter goes up against The Crimson Baroness. To say that these two cannot stand each other would be an understatement. The Crimson Baroness has made Emily Carter’s life here in LDFC hell for the last several months. The Baroness has seemingly been one step ahead, never allowing Carter to get a hold of her. Many challenges have been thrown in Emily’s away. Some she’s passed. Others, she’s failed. But tonight is Emily’s chance for payback. Will she be able to get her long awaited revenge tonight? Or does The Baroness have yet another trick up her in sleeve?

Then in our second main event, Nest will be defending his APEX Championship against Terrence Tillman. These two LDFC originals will finally be clashing one on one for the top prize in LDFC. Many claim that Tillman had the Triple Threat involving Nest and Song won at 3rd Strike. But now, there isn’t a third party. It’s just Nest and Tillman finally going at it in the ring. These two had been tamed up for months of Season 5 of Pride. But tonight, that goes out the window. Friendship goes out the window. Tonight is a battle to see who is truly at the top of the food chain here in Lion’s Den. Will the Leader of the Pride finally win the belt that’s alluded him all this time? Or will Nest defy yet another challenger?

We’ve got a ton of action for you tonight. We’ve also got Defiance and AIR star Adam Adonis in the crowd. Adonis mentioned on the last episode of Pride that he’s coming for the Carolina Cup. Now while there hasn’t been an official ruling on who will be defending the cup on behalf of LDFC, it looks like Adonis is here to scout potential challengers. Hopefully that’s all he’s doing and things don’t turn physical.

“Morning Glory” by Oasis plays, Butcher blasts through the curtains, soaking in the reaction. He glares around before talking to the crowd, letting out a big laugh. He slaps some hands along the way. He stops at the front of the ring as the lights strobe blue, white, and red.

Tony Allen: The following contest is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, from London, England! Weighing in at 238 pounds… BUTCHER!

He goes to his right, and runs up onto the apron, facing the crowd. He flings himself through the ropes, spinning around and kneeling down, leaning on the middle rope. He looks around with a smirk, he then points at himself and glares into the camera saying something into it. Butcher stands up and marches around the ring soaking in the atmosphere. He stops, and then stands in his corner, ready to go at it.

Tony Allen: And his opponent, hailing from south of the Canadian border in Mexico, Maine! Weighing in at 205 pounds! He is “THE PRIDE OF MEXICO, MAINE”… EL GRANDé MALO!

The house lights dim slightly as the gentle sound of a piano playing gives way and the beat drops. Bursting from behind the curtain, El Grandé Malo stomps his way out onto the stage bouncing in time with the music. He hops and jogs down to the ring, slapping the outstretched hands along the way, before sliding into the ring and heading for the nearest corner. He scales the turnbuckles and continues to hype up the crowd before dropping down and stretching while waiting for the match to begin.

Geoff Penzer: This one right here is a return match from several weeks ago when Butcher hit El Grandé Malo below the belt, leading to a disqualification. Even though Malo got the win, it wasn’t in the fashion that he wanted. He’s made no secret about his feelings towards Butcher and his actions inside the ring. But The Pride of Mexico, Maine isn’t the only one that’s spoken out against Butcher. So has newcomer Pedro Gonzales.

The match begins with Butcher and EGM locking up. After jockeying for position, Butcher moves EGM into the corner, where the ref gives them until the count of five to break it up. At the count of four, both men make a clean break. But Butcher is quick to catch EGM with a shoulder thrust to the midsection, which elicits boos from the crowd. He nails EGM with a series or knife edge chops. Butcher takes EGM and goes for an irish whip. But EGM reverses, sending Butcher into the corner. EGM charges into the corner and connects with a hangtime dropkick. As Butcher stumbles from out of the corner, EGM bounces into the ropes. When he comes back, he drives Butcher down with a two handed bulldog. The crowd cheers as EGM makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
Butcher kicks out.

EGM picks up, moves Butcher into the ropes and delivers a series of knife edge chops. He then takes Butcher and whips him into the far ropes. When Butcher returns, EGM drops down to the canvas. So Butcher hops over him before running into the ropes. When Butcher comes back, EGM leapfrogs over him. Butcher continues to run into the ropes. When Butcher comes back, EGM throws him down with a hip toss. Butcher gets back up, but EGM brings him back down with an arm drag. Butcher returns to his feet, but EGM returns him to the mat with another deep arm drag. After Butcher returns to a vertical base, EGM brings him down with an overflow arm drag to cheers from the crowd. Butcher gets back to his feet, but EGM runs and connects with a dropkick, knocking him through the ropes and to the floor. As Butcher gets up on the outside, EGM frantically waves his arms up and down before running into the far ropes. When EGM comes back, he readies himself for a dive to the outside. But he slams on the brakes as Butcher scurries out of the way. EGM drops down and rolls to the outside. He then goes after Butcher. But Butcher catches him with a boot to the midsection. After slamming him face-first onto the apron, Butcher shoves EGM back into the ring.

Geoff Penzer: Butcher was smart to get the heck out of dodge. Malo was starting to run away with this match. If he has connected with that dive out onto the floor, it might have been curtains for the Englishman.

After Butcher climbs up onto the apron, EGM nails him with a shoulder thrust through the ropes. He goes for a vertical suplex back into the ring. But Butcher slips down from behind. He then goes for a belly to back suplex. But EGM rolls over his shoulder and lands on his feet. He then runs at Butcher. But Butcher knocks him down with a European Uppercut. He makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
EGM kicks out.

Butcher picks up EGM and whips him into the ropes. When EGM comes back, Butcher throws out a lariat. But EGM ducks and runs into the ropes. When EGM returns, Butcher throws out a chop to the face. But again, EGM ducks and runs into the ropes. When EGM comes back, Butcher hoists him in the air for a Pop-up European Uppercut. But EGM counters with a headscissors takeover, which sends Butcher rolling to the outside. As Butcher gets up on the floor, EGM takes off and runs into the far ropes. When EGM comes back, he goes for a suicide die. But Butcher counters with a European Uppercut.

Geoff Penzer: Awesome counter by Butcher. He just countered that suicide dive with a European Uppercut in mid air.

Butcher up EGM and rolls him back into the ring. He makes the cover after rolling himself back in.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
EGM gets his shoulder up.

Butcher picks up EGM, snapmares him over and delivers a hard kick to the spine. He then reaches down, snatches up EGM and throws him down with a scoop slam. He makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
EGM gets his shoulder up.

Butcher picks up EGM, delivers a snap suplex and follows up with a knee drop to the throat. But instead of getting back up, Butcher keeps his leg pressed down across EGM’s throat. The ref then gives him until the count of five.

Ref: ONE… TWO… THREE… FOUR…

Butcher gets off of EGM. He picks up EGM and goes for an irish whip. But EGM reverses, sending him into the ropes. When Butcher comes back, EGM sets up for a back body drop. But Butcher stops and counters with a flowing snap DDT. He makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
EGM gets his shoulder up.

Geoff Penzer: Malo controlled the pace early on. But now Butcher is fighting his fight. No high flying. No unnecessary risks. Just pounding and grinding his opponent into the canvas.

Butcher picks up EGM and nails him with a headbutt that sends him stumbling into the corner. After heading into the corner, Butcher nails EGM with a blistering chop to the chest. He then takes EGM and whips him into the opposite corner. Butcher then runs across the ring and connects with a European Uppercut. He then irish whips EGM, follows him across the ring and rocks him with a European Uppercut that sends him slumping down in the corner. Butcher reaches down, pulls EGM up by his mask and motions for another irish whip. But he quickly delivers the Sleight of Hand. He makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
EGM gets his shoulder up.

Geoff Penzer: Malo’s tough. We’ve seen it all throughout Season 4 of Pride. But he’s really taking a beating in this one. He’s got to do something to get back into this match or this one isn’t going to last much longer.

Butcher picks up EGM and nails him with a headbutt that knocks him down to the canvas. Butcher reaches down, pulls up EGM by his mask and nails him with a forearm strike to the jaw. As EGM stumbles across the ring, Butcher closely follows him and nails him with a clubbing shot across the back of the neck. He then turns EGM around and goes for an irish whip. But EGM reverses, sending Butcher into the ropes. When Butcher comes back, he throws down EGM with an STO. The crowd boos as he makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
EGM gets his shoulder up.

Butcher picks up EGM and whips him into the ropes. When EGM comes back, Butcher leans forward to set up a back body drop. But EGM stops and counters with a kick square to the face. After Butcher stands upright, EGM connects with a jumping enzuigiri that turns Butcher inside out. The crowd cheers upon seeing Butcher sent down to the canvas.

Geoff Penzer: Malo knocks Butcher down! This is his chance to finally retake control of this contest!

After both men get back to their feet, Butcher throws out a haymaker. But EGM ducks. When Butcher turns around, EGM nails him with stiff kicks to the lower body. He then delivers a spinning back kick, following by a jumping faceplant. The crowd cheers as he makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
Butcher gets his shoulder up.

EGM picks up Butcher and whips him into the ropes. When Butcher comes back, he goes for a running big boot. But EGM catches his foot. After wagging his finger at Butcher, EGM spins him around. But Butcher uses the momentum to knock him down with a discus European Uppercut. The crowd boos as he picks up EGM and whips him into the ropes. When EGM comes back, Butcher knocks him down with a big boot to the chest. But instead of making the cover, Butcher repeatedly stomps the hell out of EGM’s chest. He then reaches down, snatches up EGM, runs and tosses him over the top rope…

… but EGM’s able to hang onto the top rope. After EGM pulls himself onto the apron, Butcher runs over to knock him off. But EGM pulls down the top rope, sending Butcher tumbling to the floor. After stepping back into the ring, EGM can be seen waving up Butcher. As Butcher slowly returns to his feet, EGM turns and takes off into the far ropes. When he comes back, the crowd cheers as he flattens Butcher with a leaping somersault plancha.

Geoff Penzer: Tremendous no-hands dive to the outside by Malo!

EGM gets back to his feet and thrusts his index finger in the air, which elicits cheers from the crowd. He then rolls back into the ring and crouches down. EGM eyes Butcher like a hawk while he stirs on the floor. As Butcher slowly returns to a vertical base, EGM takes off into the far ropes. When EGM returns, he hurls himself through the ropes…

Geoff Penzer: Suicide dive transitioned into a DDT! What a move by Malo!

EGM picks up Butcher and rolls him back into the ring. After rolling himself back in, he makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
The crowd sighs as Butcher gets his shoulder up.

Geoff Penzer: How is Butcher now out of it after that sui-, what’s this?

As EGM gets up to his feet, he sees Darby approaching ringside to boos from the crowd.

Geoff Penzer: Darby, one of FGA’s many new talents, has approached the ringside area and I have no idea why he’s out here. He has no business being out here.

EGM quickly points at the ref before pointing to Darby. But the ref tells him that Darby hasn’t done anything. EGM can be seen scowling as Darby innocently puts his hands up. EGM then points to his eyes before pointing to Darby.

EGM picks up Butcher and lifts him up across his shoulders for a fireman’s carry facebuster. But Butcher quickly elbows him in the side of the head before slipping down from behind. He wraps his arms around EGM’s waist to set up a German Suplex. But EGM runs into the ropes, hooks his arms under the top rope and jerks back, sending Butcher down to the canvas. After Butcher rolls back up to his feet, EGM connects with a superkick that dazes him. He then follows up with a roundhouse kick that staggers him. After Butcher drops down to one knee, EGM takes off into the ropes. When he comes back, he knocks Butcher down with a Busaiku Knee Kick. The crowd cheers as he makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
TH-NO!

Butcher gets his shoulder up.

Geoff Penzer: Butcher’s luckily to still be in this match after all those kicks!

EGM picks up Butcher and lifts him up for a brainbuster. But Butcher slips down from behind. He then throws out a discus northern lariat. But EGM ducks. When Butcher turns around, EGM kicks him in the midsection and follows up with a brainbuster across the knee. The crowd cheers as he makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
THR-NO!

Butcher gets his shoulder up.

Geoff Penzer: Another close call for the Englishman!

EGM picks up Butcher and whips him into the corner. He then runs across the ring and goes for a leaping double knee strike. But Butcher catches him, turns and sits him down on the top turnbuckle. He then connects with a jumping European Uppercut, sending EGM tumbling over the top rope and to the floor. The crowd boos as EGM appears is in obvious pain.

Geoff Penzer: Malo with the hard fall to the floor and he doesn’t look good at all. Now what’s Darby doing!?

While EGM’s on the floor, Darby makes his way over to him. The ref warns him not to attack but EGM. But once again, Darby puts his hands up. He then reaches down and pulls up EGM to roll him back into the ring. But EGM quickly swats Darby’s hands off of him and knocks him down with a roundhouse kick. The crowd cheers while Darby lays sprawled out on the floor. While EGM stares down at Darby, Butcher reaches over the ropes, grabs EGM by his mask and yanks him up onto the apron. He then throws out a right hand. But EGM blocks and counters with a right hand of his own. After a shoulder thrust through the ropes, EGM slingshots himself over the top rope and goes for a sunset flip. But after Butcher regains his balance, he reaches down, grabs EGM by the neck with both hands and yanks him back up. Once EGM is back to his feet, he swats Butcher’s hands off of him and cracks him with a forearm to the jaw. He then turns and runs into the ropes. When EGM comes back, Butcher knocks him down with a Pop-up European Uppercut. He then holds his arm back as he waits for EGM to return to his feet. Once he does, Butcher runs over and knocks him down with a Discus Northern Lariat. The crowd boos as he makes makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
THREE!

The crowd boos as “Morning Glory” begins to play throughout the venue.

Tony Allen: Here is your winner, BUTCHER!

Butcher gets his arm raised while the crowd continues to boo.

Geoff Penzer: Butcher picks up the win. But you’ve got to wonder how this match would’ve turned out had his fellow Englishman not strolled down to the ring. Speaking of the devil…

Darby gets in the ring and begins putting the boots to EGM.

Geoff Penzer: Darby’s looking for some payback after he got rocked by that roundhouse kick!

Darby mounts on top of him and hammers away with short range punches to the face. The crowd continues to boo as Butcher moves him out of the way and proceeds to put the boots to him. Darby then joins in. The bell sounds as the two Englishmen continue to put the boots to EGM until Pedro Gonzales races down to the ring with a steel chair in hand.

Geoff Penzer: Here comes Mexico City’s Favorite Son!

As soon as Pedro slides into the ring, the two Englishmen take a step back. Pedro never takes his eyes off of them as he helps EGM back up to his feet. The two Englishmen motion towards the two. But they stop and exit the ring.

Geoff Penzer: Butcher and Darby got their jollies by attacking Malo two on one. But my how things changed as soon as the sides were evened up.

The two sides continue to point at and argue with each other. Pedro is inviting them back into the ring. But the two Englishmen continue to head backwards up the aisle.

Tony Allen: Ladies and gentlemen, the following contest is scheduled for one fall. Introducing first, from Providence, Rhode Island, weighing in at 215 pounds … KEEGAN HIGHTOWER!

“Let The Bridges Burn” plays and Keegan comes out he has sunglasses on bedazzled of course. He walks down to the ring without looking at the fans he slides into the ring and takes his sunglasses off and hands them to the stage hand and tests the ropes.

Tony Allen: And his opponent, from Atlanta, Georgia … BECKY!

As pink lights begin to flicker around the venue, Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” begins to play over the sound system and Becky steps through the curtain with her fists clenched, she cracks her neck as she looks around the crowd, breaking for a second to smile and wave before her attention returns to the rings and she grits her teeth. Slipping her #BRUTAL mouth guard in, she slaps a few hands on her way to the ring, taking a few quick steps up the stairs and jumping in through the bottom rope to throw her fist in the air just once to a pop from the crowd, before turning to face her opponent.

Geoff Penzer: Two weeks ago on Pride, we saw Keegan Hightower attack Becky after her match. He says he was hired by The Crimson Baroness, but she’s remained fairly quiet about it all. Either way, Becky is looking for revenge for that sneak attack, and tonight she has Keegan one-on-one, so lets get this match underway.

The bell sounds to start the match as both competitors circle the ring for a few moments; the fans here at Ziggy’s are firmly behind Becky, chanting her name loudly, causing Keegan to dismiss them with a wave.

Geoff Penzer: Keegan Hightower certainly isn’t the most popular person in the arena tonight.

The two of them lock up collar and elbow, and Keegan immediately overpowers his opponent, pushing Becky back against the ropes. The referee calls for a break, which he gets by the count of four, before Keegan fires off a chop to the chest. And another. He sends her across the ring with an Irish whip, and catches her flush with a dropkick upon her return.

Hightower pops back up to his feet and struts around the ring, taunting Becky by telling her to get up. The fans continue to boo him as he poses with arms outstretched. Becky gets back to her feet and glares at Keegan before the two lock horns again. Hightower once again gains the advantage, pushing Becky back into the corner as the referee calls for the break. Again, Keegan goes for a chop to the chest, but Becky ducks under the arm and dives out of harm’s way! Suddenly Keegan finds himself against the turnbuckle as Becky fires off a couple of knife edge chops, followed by some forearm shots, then more chops to the chest. Much to the delight of the fans!

Becky goes for an Irish whip to send her opponent from pillar to post, but Keegan counters, feinting and going under the arm before executing an inverted atomic drop, and following up with a clothesline to knock Becky down. Keegan makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
Becky kicks out.

Geoff Penzer: Keegan Hightower managing to maintain control here in the early going. He has the obvious size and strength advantage, but Becky has the speed. It’ll be interesting to see who can win this one.

Hightower drags his opponent to her feet and pushes Becky back into the corner, whereupon he stomps at her midsection a few times. An Irish whip sends the youngster from pillar to post as Keegan charges after her – NO! Becky gets the boot way up high, catching Keegan square in the face! He backpedals a couple of steps as Becky props herself up on the middle rope before leaping, hitting Keegan Hightower with a diving neckbreaker!

The crowd pop as Hightower hits the mat, clutching at the back of his head as Becky pushes herself back to a vertical base. She kicks at her opponent a couple of times before lifting him up and applying a side headlock. But Keegan isn’t tired enough to fall victim to that. He fires off a couple of side elbows, just enough to loosen Becky’s grip before pushing her away against the ropes. But she comes back with a flying shoulder tackle! And down goes Hightower!

Geoff Penzer: She’s feeling the adrenaline flowing through her veins, what can Becky do here?

Becky gets back up in a hurry and runs against the ropes again. As Keegan stands up, he’s caught by another flying shoulder tackle. This time as she stands up, Becky poses for the fans, her arms raised up high as she draws a massive cheer from the crowd. She goes against the ropes again as Keegan stands up, just in time for her to hit the tilt-a-whirl headscissors, sending Hightower across the ring and out under the bottom rope. He stands back up on the apron, using the ropes to lift himself, but Becky charges in with a shotgun dropkick, sending Hightower tumbling into the aisleway!

Geoff Penzer: This match has spilled to the outside. But Becky looks to be going high risk.

The youngster is already climbing the turnbuckle as Hightower is laid out on the outside. He begins to stir, forcing himself back to a vertical base as he looks up at an empty ring. His attention is drawn to the turnbuckle as Becky leaps off, flying through the air with a cross body block all the way to the outside! Another pop from the crowd as, after a few moments, Becky has managed to use the nearest guard rails to pick herself back up.

She brings Keegan back towards the ring, rolling him in under the bottom rope as she goes for the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
Keegan kicks out.

Geoff Penzer: Near fall, but Keegan still has something left in the tank.

Becky helps her opponent back to his feet, only to get raked across the eyes by Hightower. The crowd boo, of course, but it’s enough opportunity for him to catch Becky with a boot to the gut. Hightower performs an Irish whip, sending the youngster against the ropes before attempting a clothesline – NO! Becky dives up and around the back as she counters with a crucifix driver!

Geoff Penzer: Game Over by Becky!

Another pin attempt as she hooks the leg.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
THR-NOO!

Hightower gets the shoulder up in time. Becky sits up in shock, but she’s undeterred. She drags Keegan up again and whips him towards the corner, following him in with a running dropkick. Hightower staggers out of the corner, only to get whipped to the other side of the ring. Becky poses for the fans before charging in with a Yakuza kick – NO! Hightower dodges the attack, and Becky finds herself in a precarious position. Keegan grabs her from behind, and promptly take Becky down with a high angle back drop!

Geoff Penzer: Becky missing the Fight Song, and suddenly Keegan is right back in this one.

Becky is dragged back to her feet and placed in a front facelock as Keegan takes a moment to catch his breath. He then proceeds to plant his opponent with a DDT! Her head bounces off the mat before she rolls over onto her back, and Becky looks to be down. Except Keegan isn’t done. He repeatedly kicks her in the midsection, before lifting her up again. Hightower promptly body slams Becky back down with authority, and covers with a boot on the chest.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
Becky kicks out!

Geoff Penzer: What a disrespectful cover.

Hightower, growing increasingly frustrated, drags Becky up by the hair and runs her into the corner head first. He repeatedly clothesline his opponent, driving the air out of Becky’s lungs before whipping her across the ring as hard as he can. Becky hits the far turnbuckle and staggers out towards the center of the ring again, but Hightower is already on the move. He hits the ropes behind her, and proceeds to plant Becky with a bulldog. All that followed by a lionsault, and Keegan hooks the leg for another pin.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
THR-NOO!

Becky gets the shoulder up in time, and Keegan is irate. He gets up and grabs Becky by the hair again, lifting her up. An Irish whip sends the youngster running towards the corner once more, as Keegan rushes in after her with an avalanche attack….

NO!

Geoff Penzer: Becky getting out of the way, and Keegan gets nothing but turnbuckle with that one!

Hightower staggers away from the corner clutching at his sternum, and Becky is ready for him with the Gimme an S! Face first, Keegan hits the mat, but Becky collapses next to him instead of going for the cover. She begins to stir, however, as the referee starts his count; she slowly crawls towards Keegan, draping an arm across his chest.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
THRE-NOOO!

A disappointed “ooh” from the crowd as Hightower gets the shoulder up, but even Becky looks shocked at that one. As she stands back up, however, Becky looks towards the corner – the crowd encouraging her – but Keegan is stirring. As he gets back to his feet, Becky grabs him around the head and delivers a standing shiranui, dropping Keegan in front of the corner.

So she climbs. Becky steps out onto the apron, and heads up to the middle rope before finally reaching the top rope. Becky steadies herself, trying desperately not to fall – but she doesn’t see Keegan leaping! With an adrenaline rush, Keegan leaps and shakes the top rope, crotching Becky on the turnbuckle.

Geoff Penzer: Could we be about to see The Makeover?

Keegan moves towards the corner and climbs up himself, standing on the middle rope as he hooks Becky in place for the top rope DDT – but the youngster is fighting, She punches Hightower in the face not once, not twice, but three times before he falls backwards! Keegan lands back first but rolls through to his feet as Becky leaps off with a hurricanrana – NO! Hightower catches her, spins and counters with a powerbomb! He lifts a foot up onto the ropes as he makes the cover!

Geoff Penzer: Not like this!

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
THREE!!!

Tony Allen: Ladies and gentlemen, the winner of this match, KEEGAN HIGHTOWER!

The referee raises Keegan’s arm high in the air as the crowd boo and jeer; Becky sits up in shock at the loss, unaware that her opponent screwed her over, as she glares up at the cocky, irredeemable Keegan Hightower.

Geoff Penzer: A cheap victory for Keegan Hightower, but I don’t think this rivalry is far from over. Becky almost had him at the end before Hightower put his feet on the ropes to steal this one.

Keegan laughs as he passes by Becky, making his way up the aisle with a smirk on his face as the youngster remains in the ring, glaring at him.

The show cuts backstage to where The Crimson Baroness is standing, tapping the tip of her cane against the floor; she’s ready dressed in her ring attire, right down to the top hat. But her gaze is focused on the floor as she speaks.

The Crimson Baroness: Finally, the night is upon us…

She says, raising her head to reveal a sly smirk across those ruby red lips.

The Crimson Baroness: The night where I finally get to put an end to The Brat. Because for the last seven months I have put up with her incessant chatter, and her mindless rants against me. Stating I have some kind of advantage over the other wrestlers here…

She shakes her head.

The Crimson Baroness: The harsh lesson that The Brat will learn tonight is that I got where I am here in LDFC through hard work. Whether it was defeating The Girlfriend, winning the Carolinas Cup, vanquishing Bree and Donnie…

The Baroness chuckles to herself.

The Crimson Baroness: Right up until now, when I get to break The Brat in that squared circle. As my Sweet Prince and I assume our places at the top of LDFC, once and for all. Tonight, Emily, you will learn that I do not fear you. I do not quake in my boots at the mention of your name. I seethe. My blood boils. And the anger I feel when I see you, Brat, will be the same force you feel as I tear you arm clean out its socket. And when I am done with you, you will truly know your place here. And that place is beneath me, Brat.

She says before walking away out of shot.

The match started as both competitors circled the ring. Credo tried to move in close, but he got caught by an arm drag, as Hana sent him across the ring. As they got back up, Hana hit another arm drag, and a third one, which she kept locked in with an arm bar. The luchador tried to escape, but could only manage to make it back to his feet as Song nailed him with a short arm elbow smash.

As the match entered the second minute, Song continued her assault, stomping at Credo as he got back to his feet. She soon backed her opponent into a corner, whereupon she unleashed a series of shoot kicks to the chest. An Irish whip sent Credo from pillar to post, before Song charged in with a calf kick. A pin attempt got her a one count.

Credo rolled out of the ring to gather his bearings, but Song caught him with a baseball slide that sent the luchador crashing against the guard rails. She slid out after him, peppering him with yet more shoot kicks to the chest as the luchador was backed against the steel structure. Before the ten count, Song performed a Russian legsweep on the outside, then rolled Credo back into the ring so she could go for another pin.

She only got a two count, however. Song moved around the ring, as she waited for Credo to get back up. The fans booed her apparent arrogance, but Song remained unmoved, her attention focused on the rising Credo. She hit him with a facebreaker knee smash, which sent Credo sprawling back against the ropes. As he bounced back, Song hit him with the ‘Rattler’s Bite’ (Savate Kick).

That wasn’t enough for Song, though. With the match about to enter it’s sixth minute, she paraded around the ring and waited for Credo to get back to his feet. As he pushed himself back to a vertical base, albeit bent over, Song drilled him with the ‘Adder’s Kiss’ (Scissors Kick) and covered him for the easy three count.

Winner: Hana Song

The match started early when Kellen attacked Mercy as she entered the ring. The crowd booed with displeasure as The Party Boy kept his opponent grounded with some vicious stomps. He dragged Mercy back to her feet and whipped her towards the corner, before charging in after her with an avalanche attack. Mercy fell down, but Kellen propped her back up before taking another run up. He hit another avalanche attack and went for a cover, but only got a one count.

Kellen dragged his opponent back to her feet and hit an Alabama slam. Mercy stayed down momentarily as Klein paraded around the ring, gloating about his domination. As he lifted Mercy back to her feet, though, he gets caught by a small package! Kellen kicked out just before the three, much to the crowd’s annoyance. Both competitors scrambled back to their feet as Kellen lunged forward with a clothesline. Mercy ducked under the arm and countered with an overflow arm drag, sending Klein across the ring. He got back to his feet, but only to get caught with a dropkick that knocked him through the ropes and onto the apron. As he got back to his feet, Mercy charged in with a clothesline that knocked The Leader of the D-Nation off the apron, and sent him crashing into the guard rail.

Before she could capitalize, however, Abby hopped up on the far side of the ring and distracted Mercy. The Australian went to knock Abby off the apron, but the valet got out of harm’s way. The two of them exchanged words until Abby got scared away by Mercy’s bodyguard, Grace.

Behind her, Kellen had climbed back into the ring as he took Mercy down with a series of German suplexes. Another pin attempt got Kellen a two count. He performed another bodyslam, dropping Mercy on the mat near the turnbuckle before he climbed up top. He went for a moonsault, but Mercy rolled out of the way!

Both competitors got back to their feet, albeit Kellen was dazed. Mercy hit him with a couple of European uppercuts, which rocked him where he stood. An Irish whip sent Klein against the ropes, but he came back with a clothesline attempt. And he missed. Mercy countered with a double knee armbreaker, followed by a bulldog as Kellen tried to get back up. She went for a pin and got a two count.

Mercy soon switched her attack to the leg, stomping at the knee and delivering a spinning knee smash. She tried for a single leg crab, but Kellen kicked her away and struggled back to his feet. Mercy charged at him, but got caught by a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker – NO! Mercy countered with a tilt-a-whirl headscissors to send Kellen across the ring. As he got back to his feet, Mercy ran against the ropes – but Heather grabbed her by the foot.

Mercy kicked her out of the way and rolled out of the ring after her, chasing Heather around the ring until Kellen’s valet came face to face with Grace. Or, rather, ran into a clothesline. Abby tried to catch the bodyguard by surprise, but Mercy was able to intercept with a spear. Williams rolled back into the ring and caught Kellen with a chopblock. The Party Boy dropped down and clutched his knee, as Mercy rolled him over with a single leg crab. He struggled to break free, but Kellen eventually tapped out.

Mercy and Grace celebrated her victory in the center of the ring as the crowd gave her a large chorus of cheers.

Winner: Mercy Williams

Clearly unimpressed by what he’s seen (especially with the last match), Adam Adonis gets up from his seat and exits the venue to a loud roar of boos from the crowd.

The scene takes place inside the ring showing Jessie Pederson standing inside the ring with a smile on her face. As she raises her mic up, she smirks before speaking.

Jessie Pederson: “Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome back my guest at this time, Katie Clarke!”

“My songs know what you did In the Dark” by Fall Out Boy hits and the crowd pops. As a few moments go by, jumping out is Katie Clarke with a smile on her face. Looking rather surprised by the warm welcome, she grins as she nods, taking it all in before heading herself down the ramp. As she slaps the hands of some fans making her way down, she grins sliding herself in the ring, nodding her head standing next to Jessie. Jessie looks over to get Hera mic, before Katie shakes her head smiling saying it isn’t necessary. As she smiles, Jessie looks before speaking.

Jessie Pederson: “Katie, welcome back! I can honestly say I speak for some of the people out here that we are surprised and absolutely happy to have you back! What’s going through your mind right now?”

Katie smiles, before nodding.

Katie Clarke: “Thank ya so much, Jessie! Honestly? The only thing running through my mind is how much I’ve missed this place. This place is my home. I have a lot to learn, and this is the only place I could ever see my self learning my skills. When I left I had to take time to myself to figure out what I wanted… And to be honest? I’ve lived each and every day regretting that decision. I’m never leaving this place again. Ever.”

Katie says as the crowd explodes with cheers. Jessie nods before looking back to her.

Jessie Pederson:
“Katie I am glad to hear that. Do you have any specific goals in mind?”

Katie Clarke: “Winning belts and somehow winning the lottery down the line.”

Katie says sarcastically as the fans laugh. She smiles before speaking.

Katie Clarke: “Nah but seriously. Ya know it’s been exactly almost a year before I signed with Lions Den? I’ve came across the likes of Nest, Terrence Tillman, Prince MacRear, Donovan Cross, Bree Nelson, Hans Kuntz, Laura Seville, and a bunch of other talented individuals. I am proud of what they have done and I have payed close attention. Now? It’s my turn to shine. I deserve it. And you all deserve it from me. At the end of the day I do this yes because I love it, but because you guys deserve to see a great show. You guys are what make us at the end of the day. I haven’t forgotten that, Jessie.”

The fans clap and cheer, making Katie smile larger. She turns to Jessie before she nods.

Jessie Pederson: “No wonder these people all love you! But Katie… It won’t be simple… Don’t you think you’ll have a target on your back from the gun since you’ve been here before?”

Katie nods, shrugging.

Katie Clarke: “I am a fighter. I always have been and I always will be. Of course I think that but I’m not worried about that. I will cross that bridge when I come to it, if it comes to it. I’m here to do exactly what everyone else is here to do…only succeed first. With the fans support by my side, and the chance to earn respect I give, I’m not worried. I’m just blessed that I get another chance to prove myself.”

Katie smiles, before Jessie nods.

Jessie Pederson: “Well that is a great attitude to go in with! Katie, good luck here and I hope everything works out for you. Great to have you back!”

Katie smiles, before her music cues up again as the fans cheer and chant her name as she waves out to them, blowing a kiss to them.

Tony Allen: Ladies and gentlemen, the following contest is scheduled for one fall and is for the OLD NORTH CHAMPIONSHIP. Introducing first, the challenger. Hailing from Gifu, Japan, weighing in at 242 pounds … He is THE STRONG STYLE SAVIOR, SHINTARO MAJIMA!

The arena lights dim as “Rhino Jockey” begins to play, before gold and reddish-orange lights slowly illuminate the entranceway. As the primal buzz of the bassline starts to build, the lights begin to flicker in sync with it, as the bassline grows and grows in its intensity until Shintaro Majima appears at the top of the ramp and walks towards the ring without a moment’s hesitation.

Majima reaches ringside and climbs the ring steps, stepping through the ropes into the ring, where he loosens his ring robeand standing in the nearest corner before removing his dark sunglasses and locking eyes with his opponent.

Tony Allen: And his opponent, from Los Angeles, California … She is the current reigning and defending LDFC OLD NORTH CHAMPION … SKYLAR CLOUD!

Lights start strobing as Skylar Cloud makes her way out through the curtain to a negative reception from the fans in attendance. She looks around, surveying the crowd before beginning her trek to the ring. Keeping a brisk but controlled pace, she zigs and zags, taking her time to forcibly high five as many unwilling fans as possible. She slides under the bottom rope once she reaches the ring, then pops up to her feet. After climbing the nearest turnbuckle, playing to the fans, she performs a backflip and lands on her feet. She then takes her corner to await the start of the match.

Geoff Penzer: Skylar Cloud set to defend her title belt against the man many predicted to walk away from 3rd Strike as the champion, Shintaro Majima. And I’m not taking anything away from Skylar’s previous opponents, but this is her toughest test to date.

The bell sounds to start the match and both competitors circle the ring. Skylar tests the ropes, bouncing back against them before she sets off in a jog, forcing ShiMa to up his pace as well. As they come together in the center of the ring, Majima lunges forward to try and grapple with his opponent, only to see Skylar duck under and tag his leg with a quick kick. Majima shakes it off and they circle the ring once again.

Majima closes in on his opponent, going for another collar and elbow tie-up, but again Skylar ducks under the arms and counters with a spinning back sweep kick, taking Majima down to the mat. A quick standing double foot stomp to the sternum connects before Skylar puts some distance between herself and her opponent.

Geoff Penzer: The Old North Champion trying to stick and move here in the first few minutes. She certainly doesn’t want to go toe-to-toe with Shintaro Majima; he has six inches and a hundred pounds over her, and hits like a steam engine.

Shintaro gets back to his feet, and that vein on his forehead is beginning to bulge slightly. He runs a hand through his hair as he paces the ring, trying to get in close, but Cloud keeps the distance between them. Majima goes for the lariat, but Skylar ducks underneath it. As her opponent spins around, the Old North Champion lands a jumping toe kick combo before running against the ropes for some momentum. As she comes back, Majima goes for another clothesline. It’s countered, though; Skylar shoots up and around with an overflow arm drag, sending Majima out under the bottom rope to the mats outside.

As he pushes himself back to a vertical base, the nearby fans taunt him about how he’s being outclassed. But ShiMa pays them no mind, and turns back to the ring in time to see Cloud hurtling towards him with a baseball slide into a headscissors takedown! And Majima hits the guard rail back first.

Geoff Penzer: Skylar Cloud maintaining that advantage, using her speed and agility to her advantage here. Shintaro really needs to find a way back into this otherwise it may be over sooner rather than later.

Skylar rolls back into the ring and poses for her ‘adoring’ fans, fist pumping in a similar manner to how Kellen Klein has been known to do in the past. So engrossed in the act is Skylar, that she doesn’t notice ShiMa roll back into the ring behind her. He clubs her across the back, sending Cloud staggering forward against the ropes. He spins her around and spreads her arms wide, exposing the chest, as ShiMa unleashes a vicious array of chops to the chest!

The referee finally intervenes, but Majima resorts to an Irish whip, sending Skylar running against the far ropes. As she rebounds off them, Majima rushes her, executing an STO to take the Old North Champion down to the mat! And the pin attempt.

ONE!
.
.
Skylar kicks out.

Geoff Penzer: Not even a two count. Skylar Cloud not letting Shintaro think he’s getting the better of her here.

Majima lifts his opponent back to her feet and double Cloud over with a knee to the gut, before landing some Kawada kicks to the head. But he doesn’t let her fall, instead hooking the leg and the waistband as he performs a fisherman buster! Skylar rolls through to a seated position, her face etched with pain. Even before Majima runs in with a soccer kick to the spine!

Geoff Penzer: Oh, I felt that one from here!

Majima throws Skylar back down to the mat and covers again.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
Skylar kicks out.

Undeterred, ShiMa lifts his opponent to her feet and whips Skylar towards the corner. As he charges in after her, however, Skylar vaults up on the turnbuckle and catches her opponent in a headscissors. Which works until ShiMa pulls her away from the corner so she hits the mat face first! Cloud gets pulled back to her feet again, and pushed into the corner. An Irish whip sends her from pillar to post, as Shintaro follows close behind with a running forearm smash! He doesn’t let her fall, though. Instead ShiMa whips her back from whence she came, and he nails Skylar Cloud with a Yakuza kick this time!

Geoff Penzer: He is ruthless once he’s inside that ring. Shintaro Majima wants to become the new Old North Champion, and he’s making sure everybody knows it.

Cloud slumps to a seated position as Shintaro sets off against the ropes, coming back with his patented noshinto knee strike. That’s before he drags Cloud away from the corner and goes for the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
THR-NO!

Cloud gets the shoulder up, and now that vein in ShiMa’s forehead is positively throbbing. Frustrated, Majima drags his opponent to her feet and whips her against the ropes. He lowers his head for the back body drop, but Skylar has the wherewithal to scout it, and counter with a boot to the face! Then she goes low with a dropkick to the front of the knee, and Majima goes down.

He crawls away towards the ropes, and Cloud does the same on the opposite side of the ring. As the Old North Champion gets to her feet, she spies Majima approaching and manages to catch him off guard with a drop toe hold, before driving his knee into the canvas from an elevated position! Skylar rolls her opponent onto his back and grabs the leg again, only to be kicked away with Majima’s free leg.

Geoff Penzer: Skylar Cloud may have found a way back into this match here. She’s been physically dominated for the last few minutes, but that knee may be her best bet in slowing down the challenger.

Cloud rolls backwards, coming to her feet on the opposite side of the ring as she takes a moment to catch her breath. But the challenger doesn’t want to rest; Majima gets back up as quick as he can – which isn’t necessarily quickly – and he charges at the champion. Skylar tries to side step him, but Majima catches her by the wrist and tosses her over the rope. But Cloud lands on the apron, unbeknownst to her opponent. ShiMa turns back to survey the scene, and gets caught by a high kick to the face. That allows Skylar the opportunity to grab Majima by the ponytail and pull him halfway out the ring, through the middle ropes. From this position she deliver a flurry of knee strikes, before performing a scissor kick to the back of the head!

Majima falls backwards into the ring, and Skylar scurries after him as she goes for the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
Majima kicks out!

Undeterred, Skylar goes back to the leg, performing an elbow drop down across the knee. Majima yells out in pain, over and over, as each of the four elbow drops land, before Skylar keeps it applied with a leglock. The referee checks for a submission, but it’s not forthcoming. Before too long, Majima manages to use his free leg to wrap around Skylar’s head, breaking the hold. But the Old North Champion is up first, and she’s going right back to the knee.

This time Skylar applies a spinning toe hold, putting further pressure on the knee. Majima tries to kick her away, but soon settles on manoeuvring towards the ropes to force the break.

Geoff Penzer: Majima saving himself from the submission hold that time.

Skylar releases on the count of four, but then proceeds to drag Shintaro away from the ropes. She grabs the leg again, looking for the figure four – NO! Majima kicks her away again, this time with enough force to send Cloud through the middle rope and to the outside!

The referee starts the count-out while, inside the ring, Majima is favoring that knee. He’s slow to get back to his feet, appearing to struggle to put much weight on it.

The count-out is up to four as Skylar stands back up on the outside. She climbs up onto the apron, before heading up to the top rope. Majima is just about on his feet, albeit doubled over as Cloud flies off the turnbuckle with a mushroom stomp to the back of the head! And the cover follows soon after.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
TH-NOO!

Geoff Penzer: Shoulder up!

Skylar looks to the official in disbelief, but the referee assures her it was only a two. The frustration is visible on her face as the Old North champion stands back up. Majima moves towards the ropes, using them to regain his footing as Skylar sets off against the far ropes for some momentum, rushing at her opponent – Majima lunges forward with a lariat though, knocking Skylar ass over teakettle!

Geoff Penzer: Kurimuzon Kasai out of nowhere!

Cloud hits the mat with a crash; the fans fall silent as they think they’ve seen the end … but Majima isn’t covering. He can’t! The Strong Style Savior has collapsed next to his opponent, holding at his knee as the referee begins the count-out.

ONE!

TWO!

THREE!

FOUR!

Geoff Penzer: Both competitors down, and remember Skylar Cloud will retain the title if it ends like this. But I pray it doesn’t…

FIVE!

Majima is stirring, moving slowly towards the ropes again.

SIX!

Skylar is showing signs of life.

SEVEN!

EIGHT!

Majima is just about to his feet…

NINE!

Skylar uses the ropes to get back to her feet as, on the other side of the ring, Majima does the same.

Geoff Penzer: They’re up!

Both competitors stumble towards the center of the ring as Skylar goes for a roundhouse kick, and misses. Majima ducks underneath and counters, grabbing Cloud by the arms before he tosses her overhead with a release tiger suplex! Cloud lands near the corner as Majima moves towards her again, still favoring that knee as he drags Skylar to her feet and places her in the corner. He delivers some repeated clotheslines, again driving the wind out of his opponent’s lungs before going for an Irish whip to send Skylar from pillar to post.

She hits the turnbuckles hard, but remains upright as Majima runs in – right into the big boot to the face! The Strong Style Savior staggers backwards, struggling to remain upright, as Skylar runs at him with the clothesline – NO! He hooks her under the arm and counters with an uranage! And a hook of the leg!

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
THRE-NOOO!

Geoff Penzer: Skylar Cloud somehow kicking out after that uranage! I’m not sure where she got the energy for that from.

Majima glares at the referee, but the official assures him it was only a two count. The fans are in disbelief as well, but The Strong Style Savior carries on regardless. He lifts Skylar back to her feet and hooks her arm and waist band. The Old North Champion soon finds herself hoisted up vertically…

Geoff Penzer: Kurimuzon Jigoku coming up!

NO!

Skylar drops down the back and lands on her feet! Majima turns around in shock, and he gets caught by a corkscrew roundhouse kick!

Geoff Penzer: The Anaconda Vise! The Anaconda Vise connects! This could be it!

Majima drops like a sack of potatoes, and Skylar drapes an arm across the chest…

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
TH-NOOO!

Geoff Penzer: Two and a half!

Skylar looks to the referee in disbelief, but he holds up two finger again. The champion runs her hands up her face then points to the sky, shouting out that the ‘Skylar Is The Limit’ as she forces herself back to her feet. Majima is beginning to stir, using the ropes to get back to his feet again before staggering towards the center of the ring. Skylar grabs him from behind with a rear waistlock, but Shintaro has the wherewithal to fight her off. He fires off a couple of back elbows to weaken her grip before going against the ropes for momentum – only to get caught by another Anaconda Vise!

Majima drops to the mat! Skylar pushes herself up to all fours, shaking off the cobwebs as she crawls over and hooks the leg!

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
THREE-NOOO!

The crowd can’t believe it! Skylar Cloud can’t believe it!

Geoff Penzer: I don’t believe it, how did Shintaro Majima kick out of that one!?

Not even the referee is sure how that wasn’t a three count, but Shintaro kicked out in the nick of time. Cloud is trying desperately to maintain her positive mental Skylarity, as she stands up and waits.

Majima grabs hold of the middle rope and pulls himself up again. And, again, he staggers towards the center of the ring as Skylar lies in wait; she connects with a third Anaconda Vise, and this time hooks both legs!

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
THREE!!!

Tony Allen: Ladies and gentlemen, the winner of this match and still the Old North Champion … SKYLAR CLOUD!

Geoff Penzer: She did it, but that took everything that Skylar Cloud had! Three Anaconda Vises were necessary to keep Shintaro Majima down, but Skylar remains the Old North Champion.

The referee hands Cloud the title before raising her arm in victory. The crowd, while impressed with the effort, continue to boo the champion for retaining the belt – not that Skylar pays them any mind.

Once the beat of “The Outside” by Red kicks in, the curtains are pulled open and Jensen Banks steps out, nodding his head, wearing his black hoodie over his head. As he bobs his head to his music, Jensen slowly makes his way down to the ring, even mouthing the words to his theme.

Tony Allen: The following contest is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, from Brooklyn, New York! Weighing in at 213 pounds… JENSEN BANKS!

He slaps hands with some of the fans before reaching ringside, where he slowly removes his hood from over his head and unzips his hoodie. Jensen tosses his hoodie to the side and quickly slides into the ring before going over to the nearest corner and climbing to the middle turnbuckle. Flashing a small grin, Jensen points to himself before dropping down and leaning in his designate corner, waiting for the match to start.

Geoff Penzer: Two down, one to go. Banks has knocked out Brody Watts with a Bank Shot. He’s knocked The Crimson Baroness out with a Bank Shot. The only one left is Prince MacRear. But you can bet that MacRear is going to avoid that superkick at all costs.

“I’M BRINGING SEXY BAAAACK.”

As soon as the beat of “Sexy Back” by Justin Timberlake hits, smoke smoothly pours up from the entrance ramp, masking the actual entrance impossible to see. Prince MacRear emerges from the smoke mid-sequence, a smug grin on his demeanor and jerking his hips. With a look on his face that can only mean he’s clearly enthused with himself, he does a twirl before continuing down to the ring. MacRear takes turns shouting at the sky, yelling at fans, and twerking his backside at every chance he gets while taking selfies with his iPhone.

Tony Allen: And his opponent, from Hollywood, California! Weighing in at 191 pounds! He is “THE SULTAN OF SELFIES”!…. PRINCE MACREAR!

As he reaches the ring, MacRear sprawls across the apron and poses, almost model like, soaking the attention from the crowd. MacRear waves the fans off and rolls toward the middle of the ring. He takes one more selfie. As soon as MacRear sits his phone down on the canvas, Banks attacks him from behind with a clubbing shot to the back.

Geoff Penzer: Banks gets the jump on MacRear!

The bell sounds as Banks pulls the robe over MacRear’s head, turns him around and mudhole stomps him down in the corner. He then yanks up MacRear, runs and tosses him across the ring. Banks marches over, yanks up MacRear and throws him down across the ring. Banks marches over, runs and tosses MacRear out of his coat. MacRear sent sent tumbling over the top rope and to the floor. While MacRear is writhing in pain on the outside, Banks takes the robe and proceeds to rip it down the back before tossing it onto MacRear.

Once MacRear gets up and sees his robe has been damaged, he lets out a guttural wail. While MacRear whines over his jacket, Banks runs along the ropes. When he comes back, he flips over the top rope and knocks MacRear down with a Fosbury Flop.

Geoff Penzer: Banks just flattened MacRear with that dive to the floor! Since the opening bell, this match has been all Jensen Banks and he doesn’t look to be stopping his onslaught any time soon.

Banks picks up MacRear slams his face-first onto the apron before shoving him back into the ring. As soon as Banks rolls back in, MacRear gets on his knees and greets him with a series of wild strikes. Once he returns to his feet, the crowd boos as he stomps away on Banks. MacRear reaches down, picks up Banks, places him in a side headlock and rakes his face along the top rope. Once MacRear lets go, Banks stumbles into a nearby corner. While Banks is still holding his face, MacRear comes up from behind and rakes him down his back. He then turns Banks around and unleashes a series of knife edge chops that echo throughout the venue. After sizing Banks up, MacRear delivers a hard slap across the face. When Banks turns back to him, MacRear nails him with a backhand slap across the face. He then yells at Banks, calling him a “nasty.” But MacRear’s diatribe is cut short as Banks grabs him by the throat, tosses him into the corner and unleashes a series of ballistic combinations to the torso. He follows up with an uppercut that sends spittle flying out of MacRear’s mouth. Banks then proceeds to mudhole stomp MacRear back down into the corner. He follows up with a foot choke while pulling down on the top rope. MacRear can be seen cringing while he helplessly kicks his legs. The ref gives Banks until the count of five to break the hold.

Ref: ONE… TWO… THREE… FOUR…

Banks lets go… only to choke MacRear again with his foot as the crowd cheers along.

Ref: ONE… TWO… THREE… FOUR…

Banks lets go. As he reaches down and slowly pulls up MacRear, the Sultan of Selfies rakes Banks across the eyes. The crowd boos as he takes Banks, marches into the nearest corner and slams him face-first into the top turnbuckle. After turning Banks around, MacRear unleashes a blistering chop. He then takes Banks and whips him into the opposite corner. But as MacRear runs across the ring, Banks ricochets out of the corner and knocks him down with a running shoulder block. MacRear gets back up, but Banks knocks him down with a clothesline. MacRear gets back up, but Banks knocks him down with another clothesline. Once MacRear gets back up, Banks throws out a Bank Shot. But MacRear, fearing for his face, quickly drops onto his back and rolls out of the ring.

Geoff Penzer: Banks went for the Bank Shot early. But MacRear wisely got the heck out of dodge.

MacRear tries to take a breather on the outside. As soon as Banks rolls to the outside, MacRear takes off running. But Banks isn’t about to let him get away. So the two lap the ring twice. MacRear then slides back in. As soon as Banks rolls back in, MacRear goes for an elbow drop. But Banks rolls back to the outside, causing MacRear to hit nothing but the canvas. When MacRear gets back up to his feet, Banks reaches in, grabs him by the ankle and yanks him down to the canvas. After Banks pulls MacRear to the outside, he throws out another Bank Shot. But MacRear quickly drops to the floor and rolls underneath the ring.

Geoff Penzer: MacRear is avoiding that Bank Shot at all costs.

Banks immediately yanks up the ring apron. But he can’t see MacRear. So he goes all the way to the other side of the ring. After kneeling down and holding up the ring apron, there still isn’t a sign of MacRear. While Banks continues to look for him, MacRear rolls out from one of the sides. The crowd quickly points to MacRear and yells out his location. MacRear quickly turns to the crowd, telling them to “shut up, you nasties” before shushing them. But it’s too late. As soon as MacRear turns around, Banks flattens him with a clothesline. Banks picks up MacRear and rams him against the edge of the apron. Banks then drops him with a right hand. After he picks MacRear back up, Banks kicks him in the midsection and rolls him back into the ring. But as Banks slides himself back in, MacRear continues rolling across the ring, underneath the bottom rope and back to the outside. At this point, Banks has had enough. So he runs into the ropes. When MacRear turns around, Banks flattens him with an elbow suicida to the outside.

Banks picks up MacRear and rolls him back into the ring. After he rolls himself back in, he makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
MacRear gets his shoulder up.

Banks picks up MacRear and whips him into the ropes. An impatient Banks motions for the Bank Shot. But Banks telegraphs the move, causing MacRear to grab onto the ropes to avoid the move. As MacRear heads out onto the apron, Banks runs over to attack. But he’s quickly doubled over by a shoulder thrust through the ropes. MacRear then slingshots himself over the top rope with a sunset flip. He tries to pull down Banks while Banks swings his arms. Once Banks regains his balance, he mounts himself on top of MacRear and hammers away with short range right hands to the face.

Geoff Penzer: Banks just continues to go to town on MacRear. I don’t think we’ve ever seen the Prince get beat up like this.

Banks picks up MacRear and whips him into the ropes. When MacRear comes back, Banks goes for a back body drop. But MacRear slips down from behind. He then wraps his arms around, Banks’ midsection. But Banks runs into the ropes, hooks his arms underneath the top rope and jerks back, sending MacRear to the canvas. As MacRear rolls back up to his feet, Banks throws out another Bank Shot. But instead of ducking or diving out of the way, this time, MacRear catches his foot. The crowd boos as he wags his finger at Banks. After taunting Banks, MacRear spins him around. But Banks uses the momentum to knock MacRear down with a rolling kesagiri chop. The crowd cheers as he makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
MacRear gets his shoulder up.

Banks picks up MacRear and whips him so hard into the corner that MacRear flips over the turnbuckles and ends up seated on the top turnbuckle. He then flips back down. After MacRear lands on his feet, he stumbles back towards Banks, who drives him down with a bulldog. He makes the cover..

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
MacRear gets his shoulder up.

Geoff Penzer: Banks continues to have his way with MacRear for the most part. MacRear has been avoiding that Bank Shot. But at this rate, it’ll only a matter of time until MacRear gets caught with it.

Banks picks up MacRear and goes for an irish whip. But MacRear reverses, sending Banks into the ropes. When Banks comes back, MacRear gives him an inverted atomic drop. While Banks is doubled over, MacRear takes him down with a spinning neckbreaker. The crowd boos as he makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
Banks kicks out.

MacRear covers him with another lateral press.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
Banks kicks out.

MacRear with yet another lateral press.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
Banks kicks out.

MacRear mounts himself on top of Banks and hammers away with rights and lefts. He then grabs Banks by the hair and repeatedly rams the back of his head against the canvas.

Geoff Penzer: MacRear now showing some signs of aggression after getting knocked around for who knows how long.

MacRear picks up Banks and whips him into the ropes. When Banks returns, MacRear lifts him up and falls back, delivering the Facial. A Banks slowly pushes himself off the mat and gets up on one knee, MacRear runs over and spikes him on the mat with the Uglified. The crowd boos as he makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
Banks gets his shoulder up.

Geoff Penzer: Hurricanrana driver sent Banks head-first into the mat. But only for a two count.

MacRear picks up Banks, marches into the corner and slams him face-first into the top turnbuckle. After turning Banks around, MacRear pummels him down in the corner with overhand punches. He then steps back and delivers a series of stomps to the chest before choking Banks. MacRear pulls down on the top rope while the ref gives him until the count of five to break the hold.

Ref: ONE… TWO… THREE… FOUR…

MacRear lets go and walks backwards towards the center of the ring. He lines up Banks before charging forward and connecting with BOOTY BOOTY BOOTY ROCKIN EVERYWHERE. The crowd boos as MacRear drags Banks from out of the corner before making the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
Banks gets his shoulder up.

MacRear sits up Banks and applies a rear chinlock. The ref asks Banks if he wants to quit. When Banks refuses to quit, MacRear transitions into a fish hook. Banks can be heard groaning as MacRear tries to rip his mouth apart. The ref quickly gives MacRear until the count of five to break the hold.

Ref: ONE… TWO… THREE… FOUR…

MacRear transitions back into a rear chinlock. The ref checks back in on Banks and asks him if he wants to give up. When Banks refuses to quit, MacRear transitions into an eye gouge. The ref gives MacRear until the count of five to break the hold.

Ref: ONE… TWO…. THREE… FOUR…

MacRear transitions back into a rear chinlock. The ref asks Banks if he wants to give up. But once again, Banks refuses to quit.

While Banks tries to fight through the pain, the crowd begins to rally behind him with…

BANK SHOT CITY!!! *CLAP-CLAP, CLAP-CLAP-CLAP*

BANK SHOT CITY!!! *CLAP-CLAP, CLAP-CLAP-CLAP*

BANK SHOT CITY!!! *CLAP-CLAP, CLAP-CLAP-CLAP*

…chants. Banks begins to feed off the energy of the crowd. He slowly begins to turn over onto his knees before getting back to his feet. Once he’s up, Banks nails MacRear with four elbows to the midsection, breaking the hold. He then runs into the ropes. When Banks comes back, MacRear knocks him down with a spinning heel kick. The crowd boos as he makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
Banks gets his shoulder up.

Geoff Penzer: Just when you thought Banks was about to make a comeback, MacRear was right there to cut him off.

MacRear picks up Banks and goes for a vertical suplex. But Banks slips down from behind and applies a sleeper hold. MacRear’s eyes widen as Banks cinches in the hold. He reaches out to the ropes. But he’s nowhere near them. Banks then tries to grab a hold of the ref, but the ref wisely steps back. Banks keeps the hold tightly applied as he tries to put MacRear to sleeper.

Geoff Penzer: MacRear can only fight this off for so close until it’s light out for him.

In a last ditch effort, MacRear reaches back, grabs Banks by the head and delivers a kneeling jawbreaker, breaking the hold. MacRear turns over and makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
Banks gets his shoulder up.

MacRear picks up Banks and whips him hard chest first into the corner. As Banks stumbles back, MacRear wraps his arms around his waist. He lifts up Banks for a German Suplex. But Banks turns it into a Shiranui. Cheers and applause are heard throughout the crowd as he makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
MacRear gets his shoulder up.

Geoff Penzer: Excellent counter there by Banks! But it only gets two!

Banks picks up MacRear and whips him into the ropes. When MacRear comes back, Banks sets up a back body drop. MacRear sees it, so he counters with a sunset flip. Banks rolls through it, gets back to his feet and throws out a low angle savate kick. But MacRear catches his foot. He then throws it down and then kicks Banks hard in the side of the knee. As Banks drops down to one knee, MacRear returns to his feet and runs into the ropes. When MacRear returns, he goes for a running thump. But Banks stands up, catches him in mid air and turns it into a Blue Thunder Bomb.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
TH-NO!

MacRear gets his shoulder up.

Geoff Penzer: Another great counter by Banks! But it only gets two.

Banks picks up MacRear and whips him into the corner. After massaging his knee, Banks runs into the corner. But he gets caught with a back elbow to the face by MacRear. As Banks stumbles back, MacRear kicks him in the midsection and delivers a snap suplex into the turnbuckles. The crowd boos as MacRear drags him from out of the corner and makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
TH-NO!

Banks gets his shoulder up.

MacRear picks up Banks and goes for an irish whip. But Banks reverses, sending him into the ropes. When MacRear comes back, Banks throws out a rolling kesagiri chop. But MacRear ducks, lifts Banks up across his shoulders and delivers a Go To Sleep.

Geoff Penzer: Damaged Goods!

The crowd boos as MacRear drops down and makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
THRE-NO!

The boos turn to cheers as Banks gets his shoulder up.

MacRear holds his hands on his head in shock. He holds up three fingers at the ref. But The ref holds two back at him. MacRear shakes his head before holding up three fingers at the ref. But again, the ref tells him that it was only two. MacRear stands up and stomps his feet before yelling that it was a three count. But the ref holds his ground and holds up two fingers.

When MacRear turns around, Banks rolls him up in a small package…

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
THR-NO!

MacRear kicks out.

Geoff Penzer: MacRear took his eye off his opponent and it nearly cost him.

After both men scramble to their feet, MacRear throws out a right hand. But Banks ducks and socks MacRear with a right of his own, knocking him down. MacRear gets back up, but Banks knocks him back down with another right hand. As MacRear gets back up, Banks takes him and whips him into the ropes. When MacRear comes back, Banks throws him down with a big back body drop.

Banks picks up MacRear and whips him into the corner. Banks runs into the corner, connects with a clothesline and goes for a bulldog from out of the corner. But MacRear shoves Banks off and into the ropes. When Banks comes back, MacRear sets up for a back body drop of his own. But Banks connects with a knee lift, sending MacRear stumbling back. While MacRear is dazed, Banks turns and takes off into the ropes. When he comes back, MacRear grabs him, runs and tosses him over the top rope…

… but Banks lands safely on the apron. MacRear turns and sees this, so he heads over to attack. But Banks doubles him over with a shoulder thrust through the ropes. He then plants MacRear with a slingshot DDT. He makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
TH-NO!

The crowd sighs as MacRear gets his shoulder up.

Banks picks up MacRear and whips him into the ropes. When MacRear comes back, Banks knocks him down with a jumping calf kick. MacRear gets back up, but Banks knocks him back down with a high knee. As MacRear turns over on the mat and returns to his feet, Banks runs over, hops onto MacRear’s shoulders, turns to face the same direction and ten spikes him with an inverted hurricanrana.

Geoff Penzer: Banks just planted MacRear with that poison rana. It might not be much longer until MacRear’s taken to Bank Shot City.

While MacRear stirs on the canvas, Banks heads into the corner and waits patiently. As MacRear starts to slowly get up, Banks lines up his shot. When MacRear finally turns around, Banks motions for the Bank Shot. But he has to pull back at the last second when MacRear pulls the ref into the way. The crowd erupts into boos.

Geoff Penzer: What the heck is MacRear doing!?

After Banks shoves the ref out of the way, MacRear quickly nails him with the Slapnut Mangos. When the ref turns around, he sees MacRear rolls him up with a small package.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
THREE!

Banks kicks out, but it’s just a second too late as the ref calls for the bell.

“SexyBack” blares throughout the arena as the crowd erupt in boos.

Tony Allen: Here is your winner, PRINCE MACREAR!

While he still grimaces in pain, Banks sits up and tells the ref that MacRear kicked him below the belt. But the ref tells him that he didn’t see it. Banks lets him know that it happened after he moved him out of the way. But the ref tells him that since he never saw it, there’s nothing he can do about it.

Geoff Penzer: MacRear just screwed Banks here tonight! The Sultan of Selfies was headed straight to Bank Shot City! But he had to pull the ref into Banks’ way, then low blow him to get the win! Unbelievable!

While Banks sits and stews over getting screwed over again, MacRear tells him to “fix your face, nasty.” He then shoos MacRear out of the ring before taking his iPhone and becoming entranced with what he sees. But MacRear quickly goes from duck faces to a state of shock when he sees Banks rising up behind him in his iPhone. MacRear turns around grips his selfie stick, turns around and swing for the fences. But Banks ducks and socks him with a right hand. The crowd cheers Banks scoops up the selfie stick and snaps it in half over his knee. He then snatches the iPhone from the cradle and chucks it over his shoulder, sending it sailing into the corner.

Banks readies himself as he waits for MacRear to get up. Once MacRear finally returns to his feet and turns around…

*THWACK!*

The crowd explodes in cheers as Banks hits MacRear with a Bank Shot.

Geoff Penzer: There it is! Bank Shot to Prince MacRear! Bank Shot to MacRear!

“The Outside” blasts over the PA as Banks leaves the ring and marches up the aisle, leaving MacRear out cold in the ring.

The soft melody of ‘Crimson’ by Morcheeba begins to play throughout the arena as The Crimson Baroness steps out from behind the curtain; her top hat is tipped forward, covering her eyes slightly as she poses, resting both hands on the head of her cane. The crowd immediately begin booing and jeering, letting The Baroness know exactly what they think of her. She begins her slow walk to the ring, shrugging off the hatred with a sense of nonchalance.

Tony Allen: The following contest is scheduled for one fall and it is the first of two main events! Introducing first, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! Weighing in at 124 pounds! She is THE CRIMSON BARONESS!

She climbs up the ring steps, urging the referee to hold the ropes open for her before she steps in under the middle ropes; The Crimson Baroness removes her hat and places it delicately in the corner next to her cane before she waits for the match to begin.

Geoff Penzer: The Crimson Baroness is as resourceful as she is talented. But she’s also as dangerous as they come. All you have to do is see the pile of bodies that she’s left in her wake. Tonight, she could very well add Emily Carter to that list. For months, Emily has been a thorn in her side as she’s defied The Baroness time and time again. Because of that, TCB plans on making Emily pay dearly in this one.

As the guitar strums at the beginning of “Come On”, the audience turns their attention to the entrance way. When the drums kick in, Emily Carter bursts through the curtain to a positive reaction from the crowd. Carter smiles before pointing to various fans in the crowd. She then makes her way down to the ring, slapping hands with the fans along the way.

Tony Allen: And her opponent, from Westwood, Massachusetts! Weighing in at 129 pounds! She is the current Carolina Cup holder… EMILY CARTER!

She then hops onto the apron before entering the ring. When the chorus hits, Carter climbs up onto the ropes and holds her hand up over her eyes, surveying the crowd. Carter smiles, nodding her head in approval as the crowd continues to cheer her on.

Geoff Penzer: Emily Carter has been the object of The Crimson Baroness’ disdain for months now. The Baroness was always able to get in several shots on Emily. But outside of one shove, Emily hasn’t been able to lay a finger on her. The Baroness has targeted all of her friends, pretty much taking them all out one by one. Tonight, all that’s left is Emily. If The Baroness gets her way, this may be the last time we see Emily Carter. But Emily’s got months of pent up frustration that she’s just dying to let out. Tonight, the fun may very well end for The Baroness.

The bell sounds as The Crimson Baroness and Emily Carter walks towards the center of the ring. The two arch rivals have an intense staredown. Emily can be seen scowling at The Baroness. TCB, meanwhile, balls up her fists. She can barely control her anger. The two combatants continue to stare each other down until their attention turns to the capacity crowd, which is shouting at the top of their lungs…

EMILY CARTER!!! *CLAP-CLAP, CLAP-CLAP-CLAP*

EMILY CARTER!!! *CLAP-CLAP, CLAP-CLAP-CLAP*

EMILY CARTER!!! *CLAP-CLAP, CLAP-CLAP-CLAP*

The Baroness turns back to Emily. The look of disgust on her face is priceless. Emily turns back to TCB and cracks a smirk. TCB begins trash talking Emily, asking her if she think she’s better than her. Emily answers. But she’s cut off mid-sentence by a lunging headbutt from TCB. The headbutt causes Emily to turn away and stumble into the ropes. The crowd continues to boos as TCB is quick on the attack, hammering away with clubbing shots to the back of the neck. She then switches to punches to the body before alternating between clubbing shots after body shots. TCB latches her hands onto Emily’s neck and begins choking her as she presses her up against the ropes. The crowd boos while the ref gives her until the count of five to break the hold.

Ref: ONE… TWO… THREE… FOUR… FIVE!

As soon as The Baroness lets go, the ref admonishes her for not breaking it up by the count of five. He gives her a warning before telling her that next time will be a DQ. But TCB doesn’t take his threat seriously as she just smirks in his face the entire time. But her smirk soon washes away after catching an elbow to the midsection. The crowd cheers as Emily begins fighting back, hammering away with a series of right hands. The right hands knock TCB back to the center of the ring. The Baroness throws a right cross. But Emily ducks and goes back to delivering right hands to the face. TCB then throws out a left hook. But once again, Emily ducks and nails her with a series of right hands. But Emily’s offense is cut short when TCB nails her with a knee to the midsection, doubling her over. She then takes Emily by the wrist, wrenches her arm and tries to yank it from out of its socket. The ref asks Emily if she wants to give up. When Emily refuses, the Baroness delivers another arm wrench, followed by a hard yank of the arm. This time, Emily drops down to one knee. The ref checks back in with Emily and asks her if she wants to give up. But again, Emily refuses to quit. She then rolls forward, leans back, kips up and kicks TCB in the midsection, doubling her over. She then takes TCB by the arm and steps over it. But before Emily can roll TCB over and apply the cross armbar, TCB counters with The Baronessplex. The crowd sits in stunned silence after seeing The Baroness hit her finisher this early. She crawls over and makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
THRE-NO!

Emily gets her foot on the bottom rope.

Geoff Penzer: The Baroness caught Emily with The Baronessplex! But she wasn’t worn down enough to be put away.

TCB picks up Emily, marches into the corner and slams her face-first into the top turnbuckle. After turning Emily around, she lights up her chest with a series of knife edge chops. She then steps back and chokes Emily with her foot. The ref gives her until the count of five to let go of the choke.

Ref: ONE… TWO… THREE… FOUR…

TCB reluctantly lets go. She then takes Emily and whips her into the opposite corner. She then charges into the corner, but Emily ducks and dumps her over the top rope…

… but TCB lands on the apron. When Emily turns around, TCB takes a swipe at her. But Emily ducks and connects with a hard shoulder thrust through the ropes, knocking TCB off the apron and to the floor. While TCB’s still on the outside, Emily runs into the far ropes. When she comes back, she flips over the top rope and goes for a Fosbury Flop. But The Baroness rolls back into the ring, causing Emily to crash onto the floor.

Geoff Penzer: Emily Carter just landed hard on the floor! She might have just knocked the wind out of herself.

The crowd boos as TCB rolls back to the outside and laughs at the sight of Emily curled up on the floor. She then proceeds to put the boots to Emily. The ref sticks himself through the ropes and calls for her to bring the action back into the ring. So The Baroness reaches down and pulls Emily up by her hair… only to throw her down on the floor with a mat slam. Emily immediately clutches the back of her head. TCB then turns to the ref and tell him, “oops, clumsy me.” The Baroness reaches back down, yanks up Emily by her hair and then slams her face-first onto the apron before shoving her back into the ring. After rolling herself back in, she makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
Emily gets her shoulder up.

The Baroness pulls up Emily by the hair and repeatedly nails her with knees to the midsection, doubling her over. She then bounces into the ropes. When TCB comes back, she goes for a scissors kick. But Emily moves out of the way. She then grabs TCB from behind and goes for a belly to back suplex. But TCB rolls over her shoulder and lands on her feet. When Emily turns around, TCB throws out a spinning backfist. But Emily ducks. When TCB turns around, Emily throws out a roundhouse kick. But TCB ducks. She then grabs Emily and goes for another Baronessplex. But Emily slips down from behind. She then grabs TCB and goes for a bulldog. But TCB shoves Emily off of her and into the ropes. When Emily comes back, TCB knocks her down with a Savate Kick. The crowd cheers as she makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
Emily gets her shoulder up.

The Baroness picks up Emily and rocks her with a forearm strike, sending her stumbling into the ropes. She then goes over, pulls Emily off the ropes and knocks her down with another forearm strike. After reaching down and yanking Emily up by her hair, TCB takes her by the arm, wrenches it and follows up with a hook kick. She makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
Emily gets her shoulder up.

The Baroness picks up Emily and whips her into the corner. TCB then runs over and connects with a clothesline. The crowd continues to boo as she steps back and delivers several shoot kicks to the chest. She then takes Emily and whips her into the opposite corner. TCB runs across the ring, but Emily nails her with a boot to the face, turning her away from the corner. After stumbling away from the corner, TCB turns around and runs right back at Emily. But this time, Emily catches her with a back elbow to the face. While TCB is dazed, Emily turns and springboards onto the middle ropes. But before she can even backflip and delivers the Emilution, TCB lunges forward, shoving Emily over the top rope and to the floor. The crowd boos as Emily looks to be hurt on the floor.

Geoff Penzer: Emily Carter takes another hard fall to the floor. This time after be shoved over the top rope by The Crimson Baroness. And you know the Baroness just has to be loving this.

As Emily slowly gets up on the outside, The Baroness runs into the ropes. When she comes back, she flips over the top rope and knocks Emily down with a Fosbury Flop. She picks up Emily and rolls her back into the ring. She then rolls herself back in before making the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
Emily gets her shoulder up.

The Baroness picks up Emily and goes for a vertical suplex, but Emily blocks it. So TCB tightens her grip before going for another suplex. But again, Emily blocks the move. After a punch to the midsection, TCB lifts her up for a vertical suplex. But Emily slips down from behind. She then wraps her arms around TCB’s waist. But TCB nails her with a hard elbow to the face, breaking the hold. TCB then runs into the ropes. When she comes back, Emily throws her down with a Japanese arm drag. TCB gets back up, but Emily throws her down with another Japanese arm drag. When TCB gets back up, Emily knocks her down with a dropkick. TCB returns to her feet, but Emily returns her to the mat with another dropkick. As TCB gets back to a vertical base, Emily goes for a third dropkick. But TCB side steps and swats her down. As Emily gets up on one knee, TCB runs over and goes for a Shining Apprentice. But Emily ducks. After TCB gets back to her feet, Emily gets up and wraps her arms around her waist. TCB then runs towards the ropes, hooks her arms underneath the top rope and jerks back, sending Emily down to the canvas. After Emily rolls to her feet, TCB charges at her, but Emily knocks her down with a roundhouse kick. The crowd cheers as she makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
The Crimson Baroness kicks out.

Geoff Penzer: The Baroness caught all of that roundhouse kick. But she was still able to kick out.

Emily picks up The Baroness, marches into the corner and slams her face-first into the top turnbuckle. After turning her around, Emily irish whips TCB across the ring, follows her into the corner and connects with a clothesline. She then takes TCB, whips her back into the previous corner and connects with another clothesline. Emily then pummels her down in the corner with a flurry of right hands. After stepping back towards the center of the ring, she lines TCB up before running into the corner and connecting with a hesitation dropkick. Emily gets up and marches back towards the center of the ring. She turns, runs back into the corner, jumps up and connects with another hesitation dropkick. Emily returns back to the center of the ring. After lining her up, Emily runs, leaps up and delivers a third hesitation dropkick right to the face.

Geoff Penzer: Did you see the way the Baroness’ head snapped back!? You can tell Carter put a little extra on that one.

After TCB slowly rolls out onto the apron, Emily goes over and pulls her up through the ropes. But once she’s back on her feet, TCB rakes her across the eyes. The crowd boos as she goes for a vertical suplex to the outside, but Emily blocks it. TCB then goes for another vertical suplex. She lifts Emily up, but Emily flutter kicks her legs, forcing her back down. So TCB lets go and throws out a right cross. But Emily ducks and counters with a shoulder thrust through the ropes. She then grabs TCB, runs and slams her face-first into the ring post. As TCB stumbles back on the apron, Emily runs along the ropes. When she comes back, she hops over the top rope, lands on TCB’s shoulders and delivers a hurricanrana off the apron to the floor.

Geoff Penzer: What a move by Carter!

The crowd cheers while Emily pulls herself up using the edge of the apron. After acknowledging the crowd with a nod, she rolls herself back into the ring. Once she returns to a vertical base, she waits for TCB to get up. When TCB begins to slowly get up on the outside, Emily takes off into the far ropes. When she comes back, she charges forward, hurls herself over the top rope and knocks TCB down with a somersault plancha.

Geoff Penzer: Carter just flattened the Baroness with that somersault plancha and this crowd is going wild!

Emily picks up TCB and rolls her back into the ring. She then rolls herself back in before making the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
TCB gets her shoulder up.

Emily picks up TCB and whips her into the ropes. When TCB comes back, Emily scoops her up from the side and delivers a backbreaker. She then picks up TCB, wraps her arm around her neck and delivers a snap suplex. She turns over and makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
TCB gets her shoulder up.

Emily picks up TCB, lifts her up from the side and delivers a belly to back suplex. She makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
TCB gets her shoulder up.

Emily turns TCB over into a prone position. She then stands on the back of TCB’s thighs and then locks her legs. She then reaches down, grabs TCB by the wrists and begins rocking back and forth. Once she’s got enough momentum, Emily rolls back and applies a surfboard stretch. The crowd cheers as TCB can be seen cringing in pain. The ref asks TCB if she wants to give up. But TCB refuses to quit. So Emily applies even more pressure, causing TCB to groan in agony. The ref asks her if she wants to give up. But again, TCB refuses to quit. So Emily rolls back, pinning TCB’s shoulders to the mat.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
TCB gets her shoulder up.

Geoff Penzer: The Baroness gets her shoulder up at two. You know Emily’s disappointed she didn’t get the submission there. Both of these grapplers would love nothing more than to make the other tap out.

Emily picks up TCB and moves her into the corner. She then delivers a knife edge chop before going for an irish whip. But TCB reverses, sending Emily into the corner. TCB runs across the ring. But Emily catches her with a back elbow to the face. While TCB’s dazed, Emily hoists herself up onto the middle ropes. But before she can jump off, TCB delivers a dropkick to the shin, causing Emily to slip down. Emily’s now trapped with her arms over the top ropes and her legs over the middle ropes.

Geoff Penzer: This doesn’t look good for Carter at all..

When TCB returns to her feet, she taunts Emily before delivering a hard slap across the face. While the boos continue, she taunts Emily before delivering another hard slap. TCB then steps back before…

*THWACK*

Roundhouse kick to the face. TCB then lines up Emily before…

*THWACK*

…she delivers another roundhouse kick to the face. TCB sizes up Emily before…

*THWACK*

… she delivers a third roundhouse kick to the head. While Emily’s dazed, TCB plants her with a jumping DDT. The crowd boos as she turns over and makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
TH-NO!

The crowd cheers as Emily gets her shoulder up.

TCB holds up three fingers at the ref. She then makes another lateral press.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
Emily gets her shoulder up.

Annoyed, TCB yanks up Emily, snapmares her over and delivers a series of shoot kicks to the back. The thud from each kicks reverberates throughout the venue. While Emily arches her back in pain, TCB runs into the ropes. When she comes back, she blasts Emily in the face with a Penalty Kick. The crowd boos as she drops down and makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
TH-NO!

Emily gets her shoulder up.

Geoff Penzer: Emily nearly got her head kicked clean off her shoulder with that Penalty Kick. With the force that the Baroness had behind that kick, you know that’s exactly what she wanted to do.

TCB picks up Emily and whips her into the corner. She then charges into the corner. But again, Emily catches her with an elbow to the face. As TCB stumbles back, Emily turns and goes for the Emilution. But TCB rolls forward. After TCB rolls back to her feet, Emily runs over to attack. But TCB knocks her down with a spinning backfist. The crowd boos as she makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
TH-NO!

Emily gets her shoulder up.

Geoff Penzer: The Baroness delivered yet another hard strike to the head. But give Carter credit, she’s not staying down. She keeps coming back. And you just know that’s just aggravating the Baroness even more.

TCB picks up Emily and delivers a vertical suplex. She then heads into the corner and begins to climb the turnbuckles. But as soon as TCB reaches the top, Emily runs over and shoves TCB’s feet out from underneath her. The crowd cheers as TCB ends up crotched on the top turnbuckle. Emily then grabs her and pulls her down into the Tree of Woe.

Geoff Penzer: What’s Carter setting up for here?

Emily steps out onto the apron and scales the turnbuckles with the intention of hitting a diving double foot stomp. But TCB quickly sits up from the Tree of Woe position, grabs Emily just before she steps out onto the top rope and throws her down with an an arm drag. While Emily’s down, TCB slowly sits back up from the Tree of Woe. She tries to stand up on the top turnbuckle. But once again, Emily runs over and shoves her legs out from under her. While TCB’s crotched on the top turnbuckle, Emily steps out onto the apron, climbs up onto the middle ropes and punches TCB in the face. But instead of hanging from the Tree of Woe inside the ring, TCB is hanging from the Tree of Woe outside the ring. As TCB slowly tries to sit up, Emily steps up onto the top turnbuckle.

Geoff Penzer: This can’t be good…

Emily jumps off and delivers a diving double foot stomp to TCB. TCB falls from the Tree of Woe, bounces off the apron and falls to the floor to an explosion of cheers. Emily picks up TCB and rolls her back inside the ring. After rolling herself back in, she makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
THRE-NO!

The crowd sighs as TCB gets her foot on the bottom rope. Emily places her hands on her head in disbelief.

Geoff Penzer: How was that not three!?

Emily picks up TCB, brings her into the corner and lifts her up onto the top turnbuckle. As soon as Emily gets to the second ropes, TCB begins to nail her with right hands to the midsection. But Emily stops her with a forearm strike to the head. She then climbs up onto the top ropes. But again, TCB begins throwing out right hands to the body. But Emily’s able to stop them with another forearm strike to the head. She then hops TCB shoulders for a top rope hurricanrana. But TCB thrusts her arms up, sending Emily flipping off and landing stomach-first on the canvas.

Geoff Penzer: Good counter by The Crimson Baroness! But who is going to strike first?

TCB stands up on the middle ropes and waves up Emily. As Emily slowly gets back to her feet, TCB dives off and plants her with DDT. The crowd boos as she turns Emily over and makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
TH-NO!

The crowd cheers as Emily gets her shoulder up.

TCB picks up Emily and whips her into the corner. She then charges across the ring, leaps into the air and connects with a hesitation corner dropkick. After Emily crumbles from out of the corner, TCB picks her up and plants her with a Snap DDT. But instead of going for the cover, TCB steps out onto the apron and begins climbing the turnbuckles. Once she gets to the top, she leaps off and connects with a diving splash on Emily. The crowd boos as TCB hooks the leg.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
TH-NO!

Emily gets her shoulder up.

Geoff Penzer: Another close call for Emily Carter.

TCB picks up Emily and goes for an irish whip. But Emily reverses, sending TCB into the ropes. When TCB comes back, Emily throws out a clothesline, but TCB ducks under, swings onto Emily’s back and spikes her with a Crucifix Driver. The crowd boos as she makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
THR-NO!

Emily gets her shoulder up.

TCB reaches down, grabs Emily by the hair with both hands and slowly pulls her back up to her feet. TCB violently shakes Emily before throwing out another spinning backfist. But Emily counters into a sleeper holder.

Geoff Penzer: Carter’s got the sleeper locked on!

The crowd cheers as Emily cinches in the hold. TCB can be seen flailing her arms around. She reaches out to the ropes, but she’s not close enough. So she reaches back, grabs Emily by the hair with both hands and pulls her down into a sitout jawbreaker, breaking the hold. After Emily slowly turns over and gets up on one knee, TCB runs over and connects with the Shining Apprentice. The crowd boos as she turns Emily over and makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
THR-NO!

Emily gets her shoulder up.

Geoff Penzer: Another hard strike to the head. But once again, Carter gets his shoulder up.

TCB picks up Emily and whips her into the ropes. When Emily comes back, TCB throws out a spinning backfist. But Emily ducks and runs into the ropes. When she comes back, TCB goes for a running clothesline. But Emily ducks and runs into the far ropes. When both grapplers come back, they knock each other down with a clothesline.

Geoff Penzer: Carter and the Baroness might have just knocked the wind out of each other with that collision in the center of the ring!

After checking on both grapplers, the ref starts his count.

ONE!

TWO!

THREE!

FOUR!

FIVE!

SIX!

SEVEN!

EIGHT!

TCB nails Emily with a right hand. Emily comes back with one of her own. TCB then delivers another right hand. But again, Emily comes back with one of her own. TCB then rears back and socks Emily with a right hand. Emily throws out a haymaker. But TCB ducks. When Emily turns around, TCB rocks her with a forearm strike. But Emily cracks her across the jaw with a forearm of her own. TCB nails her with another forearm strike. But again, Emily comes back with one of her own. TCB then nails Emily with yet another forearm strike. But again, Emily comes back with a forearm that wobbles TCB. After shaking off the blow, TCB comes back with two forearm strikes. Emily responds with three forearms. TCB comes back with four forearm strikes. Emily comes back with five. TCB then nails Emily with six forearm strikes. Emily comes back with seven. While TCB is dazed, Emily takes off into the ropes. When she comes back, TCB turns her inside out with a clothesline. The crowd boos as she makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
THR-NO!

Emily gets her shoulder up.

TCB presses her arm back down as she makes another lateral press.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
Emily gets her shoulder up.

The crowd boos as TCB mounts herself on top of Emily, grabs her by the hair with both hands and repeatedly rams the back of her head against the canvas

Geoff Penzer: The Baroness seems to be livid that she can’t put Carter away!

TCB pulls up Emily and whips her into the corner. TCB charges into the corner. But Emily nails her with an elbow to the face. She then turns, springboards onto the middle ropes, flips back and brings her down with the Emilution. The crowd cheers as she makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
TH-NO!

The crowd sighs as TCB gets her shoulder up.

Geoff Penzer: Carter finally hits her backflip sitout inverted DDT. But The Baroness beats the three count. These two competitors have been going all out. But neither wants to give up. They don’t want to stay down. There’s too much pride at stake.

Emily picks up TCB and goes for an irish whip. But TCB reverses, sending Emily into the corner. TCB charges into the corner. But Emily hops through the ropes, causing TCB to crash into the corner. As TCB stumbles back, Emily knocks her down with a springboard forearm smash. She then gets up, steps out onto the apron and points to the top turnbuckle to cheers from the crowd. She then scales the turnbuckles. Once Emily reaches the top, she leaps off, turns in mid air and crashes down on top of TCB with a Five Star Frog Splash. The crowd explodes in cheers as she hooks the leg.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
THREENO!

The crowd sighs as TCB gets her shoulder up.

Geoff Penzer: Not even the Five Star was enough to put the Baroness away! What must be going through Carter’s head right now?

Emily picks up TCB and goes for a vertical suplex. But TCB slips down from behind, scoops Emily up onto her shoulders and throws her down with the Crimson Bomb. The crowd erupts into boos as she makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
THRE-NO!

The crowd cheers as Emily gets her shoulder up.

Geoff Penzer: And now it’s Carter that avoids the three count after being hit with a finisher!

TCB picks up Emily and goes to deliver a Baronessplex. But Emily slips down from behind. When TCB turns around, Emily delivers right and left forearm strikes, followed by a Shoot Kick to the leg, followed by a Spinning Backfist, followed by a Pelé Kick. While TCB is dazed, Emily gets up and takes off into the ropes. When she comes back, she connects with a Busaiku Knee Strike. Emily slowly gets up and staggers into the ropes. As she leans against the ropes, she waves TCB up. Once TCB returns to her feet, Emily runs from off the ropes and knocks her down with another Busaiku Knee Strike. Emily crawls over into the corner. After reaching up and pulling herself up using the ropes, she turns and waves up TCB. Once TCB gets up and turns around, the crowd cheers as Emily charges from out of the corner and connects with another Busaiku Knee Strike. The third knee strike turns TCB inside out.

Geoff Penzer: Carter put something extra on that last knee strike. But she may have just exerted whatever energy she had left.

After checking on both grapplers, the ref starts his count.

ONE!

TWO!

THREE!

FOUR!

FIVE!

SIX!

TCB slowly pushes herself up off the apron as Emily turns over onto her stomach. She then slowly pushes herself up as well. TCB can be seen bleeding from the mouth after all those knee strikes. The two slowly rise to their feet as they lock eyes. TCB lets out a roar as she lunges at Emily. But Emily counters with a jumping DDT.

Geoff Penzer: Did you see out the Baroness’ head just bounced off the canvas!?

As TCB turns over onto her back, Emily steps through the ropes and scales the turnbuckles. Once she gets to the top, she leaps off and goes for another Five Star Frog Splash. But this time, TCB gets her knees up, causing the crowd to erupt in boos.

Geoff Penzer: Carter crashes across the knees of the Baroness!

Emily bounces off her knees and immediately curls up in pain. As TCB rises to her feet, she can be seen snickering at the sight of her rival in immense pain. She then stands over Emily before reaching down and slowly pulling her up by the hair. She tells Emily that “the fun ends.” But Emily quickly brings her down with a rolling cross armbar to an explosion of cheers.

Geoff Penzer: Carter Lock! She’s got the Carter Lock applied!

TCB immediately locks her hands. Emily tries to pull back with all her might. But TCB’s got her hands locked tight. So she raises up her left leg and repeatedly drops it down hard across the face of TCB. She then yanks back, breaking TCB’s grip. TCB can be heard screaming in pain as Emily hyperextends her arm. The ref asks her if she wants to give up. But she refuses to quit. So Emily arches her hips against the elbow, applying even more pressure. She then howls in pain as she feverishly taps out against Emily’s leg.

“Come On” plays throughout the venue to cheers from the crowd.

Tony Allen: Here is your winner, EMILY CARTER

After slowly getting back to her feet, Emily gets her arm raised to cheers from the crowd. She then looks over at TCB, who is clutching her left arm.

Geoff Penzer: Emily Carter gets her long awaited revenge by defeated her rival, The Crimson Baroness, tonight. These two beat the hell out of each other. But in the end, it’s Carter that stands tall.

As Emily exits the ring, she slowly makes her way up the aisle as she high fives the fans. TCB turns over and seethes as the sight of Carter victorious. She then grunts as she continues to clutch her arm.

As the beginning horn sound that starts “Forever” blasts through the arena, Terrence Tillman runs out to the stage. Running back and forth shouting and waving his arms in the air motioning for the fans to get on their feet. He stops in the center and stretches his arms out to either side shouting “It’s Time” at the top of his lungs. Tillman starts his march to the ring with a smile on his face, slapping hands of the kids in the audience letting out an occasional “Wooo!” or “Yeah baby!”

Geoff Penzer: Terrence Tillman, the Pride of LDFC, the Leader of the T-Unit, looks like he’s ready to take that next step. But many have come before him. Many have tried. All have failed to take that championship off of Nest. Does Tillman have what it takes to beat Nest? Of course he does. He’s arguably the best pound for pound athlete in LDFC. But can be execute? Can he dig deep? Is he able to withstand everything that Nest is going to throw at him in this one? We will find out shortly.

Tillman rolls into the ring under the bottom rope and runs to each corner pointing to the fans, clapping his hands, and feeding off the crowd reaction.

The opening to Deftones’ “Cherry Waves” plays as a small screen of smoke cover the ground of the stage. As the first rift blasts through the venue, Nest walks through the curtain breathing heavily. Keeping his head down he looks out to the crowd briefly before eyeing the ring ahead, making his way down the ramp with an alarming sense of urgency.

Geoff Penzer: Nest’s record in LDFC is second to none. On the rare occasion that he’s lost, he’s avenged those losses. While Tillman may be the best pure athlete, Nest is without a doubt the most dominant man in LDFC. He’s got strength. But he’s surprisingly agile for a man his size. Nest has defeated all comers. But will tonight be the night that he meets his match?

Nest stops right before he gets to the apron, holding out both of his arms with pitchfork hand signs along with a scream. He rolls in the ring and starts cracking his knuckles as the music dies down.

Tony Allen: The following contest is scheduled for one fall! It is your second of two main events of the evening and it is for the APEX Championship! Introducing first, from Orlando, Florida! Weighing in at 230 pounds! He is “TERRIFIC” TERRENCE TILLMAN!

The explodes in cheers as Tillman raises his arms in the air.

Tony Allen: And his opponent, from Rocky Mount, North Carolina! Weighing in at 312 pounds! He is the reigning… defending… APEX Champion! This… is… NEST!

The explodes in cheers as Nest raises the APEX Championship over his hand. After handing the championship off to the senior official, the ref shows the belt to Tillman before showing it to all four sizes of the crowd. After handing the belt off to the timekeeper, the ref calls for the bell.

The bell sounds as both men circle the ring before locking up. After jockeying for position, Nest quickly shoves Tillman, which sends him stumbling back into the ropes. Triple T makes his way off the ropes and circles the ring before inching over towards Nest. He then lunges forward and engages in another lock up. After jockeying for position, Nest shoves Tillman down to the canvas. Tillman quickly rolls away and gets up on one knee.

Geoff Penzer: I’m not sure what Tillman was trying to go for there. He’s clearly not going to win a test of strength against Nest.

After picking himself back up, Triple T proceeds to circle the ring. He then stops before inching over towards Nest and going for another lock up. Tillman quickly gains the advantage with a side headlock. But Nest is quick to shove Triple T off of him and into the ropes. When Tillman comes back, Nest throws out a clothesline. But Tillman ducks and runs into the ropes. When he comes back, he goes for a crossbody block. But Nest catches him in mid air.

Geoff Penzer: Tillman’s in trouble already!

Nest shakes his head before walking around the ring. Once he’s done, he hurls Tillman over his head and across the ring. As Tillman slowly pulls himself up using the ropes, Nest runs over and hurls himself at him with a crossbody block. But Tillman pulls down on the top rope, sending Nest tumbling to the floor.

Geoff Penzer: Nest with a hard fall to the floor!

Tillman steps out onto the apron and waits for Nest to get up. When Nest returns to his feet, Tillman faces the ropes before delivering a double jump moonsault.

Geoff Penzer: Terry-sault knocks down the champ!

Tillman picks up Nest, runs and rolls him back into the ring. He then rolls himself back in before making the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
Nest kicks out.

Geoff Penzer: It may have only gotten two, but Tillman’s got himself in control of the early portion of this match.

Tillman picks up Nest, moves him into the corner and unleashes a series of knife edge chops. He then takes Nest and whips him into the opposite corner. Triple T then runs into the opposite corner. But Nest nails him with a hard big boot, knocking him down. Nest reaches down, picks up Tillman and shoves him into the corner. After a series of knife edge chops, Nest takes Tillman and whips him into the opposite corner. Nest then barrels across the ring before delivering a corner splash. The champ leads Tillman out of the corner by the arm, delivers an arm wrench and knocks him down with a hook kick. He makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
Tillman kicks out.

Geoff Penzer: Just like that, Nest is back in control.

Nest picks up Tillman, wrenches his arm and drags him back into the corner. He then climbs up to the top turnbuckle and proceeds to walk along the top rope. Once Nest is halfway across the top rope, he positions himself to jump off. But Tillman runs into the ropes, causing Nest to slip and end up crotched.

Geoff Penzer: You can see the pain all over the champ’s face. That did not feel good at all!

Tillman delivers a series of knife edge chops. He then grabs a hold of the top rope and yanks it up and down. While Nest is still crotched on the top rope, Tillman turns and runs into the far ropes. When Triple T returns, he connects with a spinning heel kick, knocking Nest off the ropes and to the floor.

Geoff Penzer: Nest with another hard fall to the floor!

Tillman heads to the outside, picks up Nest and rolls him back in. He then rolls himself back in before making the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
Nest kicks out.

Tillman picks up Nest and whips him into the corner. He then measures the distance before running, jumping and going for a corner splash. But Nest catches him in mid air, runs across the ring and rams him back-first into the opposite corner. As Tillman writhes in pain, Nest steps back towards the center of the ring. He then charges into the corner and goes for a yakuza kick. But Tillman catches his foot. After throwing down the leg, Tillman pops him with a forearm strike to the face. He then hoists himself up onto the middle ropes, grabs Nest and goes for a Tornado DDT. But Nest shoves Tillman off before he can plant him with the DDT. Once Tillman lands on his feet, Nest runs from out of the corner. But Tillman knocks him down with a dropsault. He makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
Nest kicks out.

Tillman picks up Nest and whips him into the ropes. When Nest returns, Tillman sets up for a back body drop. But Nest sees it coming, so he stops. He goes to counter with a piledriver. But Tillman counters with a standing double leg takedown. After dragging Nest into position, Triple T hooks his arms around Nest’s legs, leans back and catapults him into the corner. As Nest turns around, Tillman runs into the corner, connects with a running back elbow and follows up with a CSS Enzuigiri. After Nest collapses out of the corner, Tillman pulls him over and makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
Nest gets his shoulder up.

Geoff Penzer: Tillman using Nest’s own finisher against him, but it only gets two. That’s not going to sit too well with the champ, I can tell you that right now.

Tillman picks up Nest and goes for a vertical suplex, but Nest blocks it. After a punch to the ribs, Tillman goes for another vertical suplex. This time, Tillman gets Nest up off the ground. But Nest blocks it by flutter kicking his legs, forcing Tillman to lower him back down. Tillman then abandons the vertical suplex…. by bringing Nest down with a Fujiwara Armbar. The crowd cheers as Tillman pulls back on the arm.

Geoff Penzer: Tillman with an armbar applied!

Nest groans while Tillman keeps the hold applied. The ref asks him if he wants to give up. But Nest refuses to quit. So Tillman bridges back, increasing the pressure.

Geoff Penzer: Nest is straining as he tries to fight through the pain.

Nest can be seen gritting his teeth while he groans in pain. The ref checks back in and asks him if he wants to give up. But Nest refuses to quit. So Tillman begins to repeatedly yank back on the arm.

Geoff Penzer: You can hear the groans coming from the champ! You can see the pain written on his face! How much longer can Nest hold on!? How much more can he take!?

The ref kneels down and asks Nest if he wants to give up. But once again, Nest refuses to quit. The APEX Champ begins to pull himself towards the ropes. Tillman keeps the hold applied and tries to stop Nest. But Nest continues to pull himself towards the ropes. He then reaches out… and grabs the bottom rope.

Tillman breaks the hold before returning to his feet. He then picks up Nest and goes for an irish whip. But Nest reverses, sending Tillman into the ropes. When Tillman returns, Nest delivers a running knee to the midsection, which sends Tillman flipping over his knee. As Tillman slowly turns over and gets up on one knee, Nest runs over and connects with a Shining Black. The crowd cheers as he makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
Tillman gets his shoulder up.

As Nest slowly pulls up Tillman, Tillman swats his hands off of him. He then begins to nail Nest with a series of right hands to the face. After a kick to the midsection, Tillman takes Nest and whips him into the ropes. When Nest comes back, he knocks down Tillman with a leaping clothesline. The crowd cheers as he makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
Tillman gets his shoulder up.

Nest picks up Tillman and whips him into the corner. After running across the ring, Nest connects with a corner knee strike. He then hops down and goes for a running bulldog from out of the corner. But Tillman shoves Nest off of him and into the ropes. When Nest comes back, Tillman sets up for a back body drop. Nest sees it coming and delivers a knee lift. Nest follows up with a discus elbow elbow. But Tillman ducks and counters with a Cobra Clutch.

Geoff Penzer: Nest went for Nest Assured. But Tillman countered with the Tillman Tap Out!

The crowd cheers while Tillman cinches in the hold. The ref asks Nest if he wants to give up. But Nest refuses. So Tillman hops onto his back and applies a bodyscissors.

Geoff Penzer: Tillman’s really got it locked in now.

The ref checks back in and asks Nest if he wants to give up. But again, Nest refuses to quit. He then runs backwards and squashes Tillman in the corner, breaking the hold. While Tillman’s still in the corner, Nest connects with a CSS Enzuigiri.

Geoff Penzer: Nest Kick!

The crowd explodes with cheers as Tillman collapses out of the corner. He then slowly rolls to the outside. As Tillman struggles to get up on the outside, Nest turns and runs into the far ropes. When Nest comes back, he hurls himself through the ropes and knocks Tillman down with a suicide dive.

Geoff Penzer: What a dive by the 300+ pounder!

Nest picks up Tillman and rolls him back into the ring. After rolling himself back in, Nest makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
Tillman gets his shoulder up.

Nest picks up Tillman and whips him into the ropes. When Triple T returns, Nest scoops him up across his shoulder, heads across the ring and delivers a running powerslam to cheers from the crowd. While Tillman is down, Nest steps through the ropes and scales the turnbuckles.

Geoff Penzer: What’s the champ going for here?

When Nest gets to the top, he goes for a diving headbutt. But Tillman rolls out of the way.

Geoff Penzer: Nobody’s home!

As Nest slowly gets up on one knee, Tillman runs over and connects with a Shining Wizard. The crowd cheers as he makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
T-NO!

Nest gets his shoulder up.

Tillman picks up Nest and goes for an irish whip. But Nest reverses, sending him into the ropes. When Tillman returns, Nest sets up for a back body drop. But Tillman stops and counters with the Terrific Kick, knocking him down. As Nest slowly turns over onto his back, Tillman steps through the ropes and climbs the turnbuckles. After he gets to the top, he flips off, going for the Skyfall. Nest ends up rolling out of the way. But Tillman lands on his feet. After his momentum sends him rolling forward, Tillman rolls up to his feet. When he turns around, Nest brings him down with a leg lariat. The crowd cheers as he makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
Tillman gets his shoulder up.

Geoff Penzer: Both men are showing how badly they want to be APEX Champion. But only one is walking out of here with the championship.

Nest picks up Tillman and goes for an irish whip. But Tillman reverses, sending the champ into the ropes. When Nest returns, Tillman goes for the Chin Checka. But Nest catches his foot. After shaking his head at Tillman, Nest throws his leg out of the way. But Tillman uses the momentum to connect with a dragonwhip. The crowd cheers as Tillman makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
THR-NO!

A portion of the crowd sighs as Nest gets his shoulder up.

Geoff Penzer: Tillman caught Nest flush right on the chin with that dragonwhip! But it was only a two count!

Tillman picks up Nest and whips him into the corner. He runs over, jumps from near the center of the ring and connects with a corner splash. Tillman then takes Nest and whips him into the opposite corner. Triple T runs, jumps from near the center of the ring and connects with another corner splash. As Nest stumbles from out of the corner, Tillman kicks him in the gut. While Nest is doubled over, Tillman delivers a knee lift before nailing Nest with a discus elbow smash. He makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
THR-NO!

Nest gets his shoulder up.

Geoff Penzer: Tillman delivering Nest’s own finisher to him for a second time in this one!

Tillman picks up Nest and whips him into the ropes. When Nest returns, Tillman connects with the Chin Checka. He then picks up Nest, lifts him up and plants him with a brainbuster. The crowd cheers as he makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
THRE-NO!

Nest gets his shoulder up.

Tillman picks up Nest and rocks him with a roundhouse kick. While Nest is dazed, Tillman turns and runs into the ropes. When Triple T returns, Nest brings him down with a flapjack. He then picks up Tillman, whips him into the corner and connects with a corner yakuza kick. While Tillman slumps down in the corner, Nest steps back towards the center of the ring. He then sizes up Tillman before running into the corner and connecting with a cannonball senton. He drags Tillman out of the corner before making the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
THR-NO!

Tillman gets his shoulder up.

Geoff Penzer: Another close call; this time, for Tillman!

Nest picks up Tillman and whips him into the ropes. When Tillman returns, Nest throws out a rolling kesagiri chop. But Tillman ducks and runs into the ropes. When Tillman comes back, Nest throws him down with a thrusting spinebuster. He then steps through the ropes and waits for Tillman to get up. When Tillman finally returns to his feet, Nest goes for a springboard forearm smash. But Tillman counters with a spinning heel kick.

Geoff Penzer: Beautifully-timed counter by Triple T!

Tillman picks up Nest and whips him hard into the corner. After Nest hits the top turnbuckle chest-first and stumbles back, Tillman throws him down with a release Tiger Suplex. Triple T returns to his feet and waits for Nest to get up. Once Nest finally returns to his feet, Tillman goes for a discus elbow smash. But Nest counters with a Mandible Claw.

Geoff Penzer: Teroclaw! Nest’s got the Teroclaw applied!

Nest presses down to apply more pressure. The ref asks Tillman if he wants to give up. But Tillman refuses to quit. He then jumps up and counters with a leaping reverse STO.

Geoff Penzer: Pride Before the Fall!

After dragging Nest into position, Tillman points to the top turnbuckle, which gets an explosion of cheers from the crowd. He the steps through the ropes and scale the turnbuckles. When Tillman gets to the top, he flips off and goes for the Skyfall. But Nest rolls out of the way, causing him to crash on the canvas.

Geoff Penzer: Nobody’s home! Nest rolled out of the way just in time!

As Tillman gets back up and turns around, Nest knocks him down with Tree Removal. He then picks up Tillman, doubles him over with a knee to the midsection and follows up with Nest Assured. The crowd cheers as he makes the cover.

ONE!
.
.
TWO!
.
.
THREE!

“Cherry Waves” blasts over the PA to an explosion of cheers.

Tony Allen: Here is your winner and still the APEX Champion, NEST!

Nest gets his right arm raised while he uses his left arm to raise the APEX Championship!

Geoff Penzer: Nest has done it! Nest has defied yet another challenger! Was Tillman Nest’s toughest test to date? That’s for you to decide. These two threw everything at each other. But in the end, that man right there proved once again why that’s his belt, why we play by his rules and why this will continue to be his nest.

Search