Minos: Our next match was originally scheduled as a non-title contest between two worthy foes. However, earlier tonight, it was decided that this match shall indeed be for the GCWA Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship!!
*The crowd cheers its approval, always happy to see a high-level match take place.*
Jones: I still wonder how Dangerous Dan feels about this? After all, he won the title shot, not Caine, no matter who got involved.
Logan: If I was Dangerous Dan, I wouldn’t be that concerned. Heck, I’d be happy!
Jones: Happy? Why?
Logan: Because if I’m Dangerous Dan, I’ve pinned Scott Caine twice now. So if Caine pulls off the upset here against Ka’Derrion, that means that it’s Dan vs. Caine at the PPV for the belt.
Jones: I see your point, Anthony, but I think Dan’s looking forward to his chance at redemption against Marcus.
Logan: Well, he’ll have to wait in line!
Minos: First, our challenger. While uncertainty has plagued him over the recent week, he now has a chance to bring himself back to glory. Coming to the ring, standing 6’3” and weighing 227 lbs, he is Scott Caine!
*As “Automatic” by American Pearl plays, Scott Caine makes his way out, followed by his brother, Samuel. Scott looks around at the cheers he’s still getting from the crowd, then makes his way down, with Samuel staying close next to him, saying words of support.*
Logan: I was worried about Caine this week, Jonesy. From what I hear, he went missing for a few days.
Jones: Well, it was more like he was off trying to get himself motivated again, Anthony. He’s had a few rough losses as of late. Hopefully the presence of his brother tonight will help him stay inspired.
Logan: The kid’s got to realize that he has a ton of potential, but wins don’t come over night. It’ll take work. He’s getting better and better, though.
Minos: His opponent wrestled in his very first match at Warriors of the Ring III and proved that he truly is a ‘legacy’, earning a championship immediately. Standing 6’1” and weighing 210 pounds, he is the GCWA Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion, “His Legacy” Marcus Ka’Derrion!!
*The fans give a cheer as the Intercontinental Champ walks out to “Whatever” by Godsmack. Marcus still looks a little unsure about being in front of the crowd, but at least he didn’t have to be pushed through the curtains this time. He walks down to the ring.*
Logan: It’s been another week and we still don’t know who Marcus Ka’Derrion’s father is! The suspense is killing me, man!
Jones: The only new fact that has been added to the mix is that Ka’Derrion’s father has indeed passed away.
Logan: You don’t think it’s Kevin O’Connor, do you? I mean, he passed away a year or two ago and was a former GCWA Heavyweight Champion.
Jones: O’Connor didn’t die of a heart attack, though, Anthony. He had that fatal mishap with the wood chipper.
Logan: Oh yeah.
*The Bell Rings.*
*Scott finishes saying something to his brother, then turns towards Marcus, who has moved to the center of the ring. The two face each other, sizing the other one up. A small competing chant goes up from the crowd.*
Crowd: Let’s go Marcus/Let’s go Scott! Let’s go Marcus/Let’s go Scott!
*The two wrestlers look around at the audience cheering both of them on. Each wears a face of slight astonishment, showing how both are still battling confidence issues. After a few seconds of the chant, Marcus extends his hand, offering a handshake to his opponent. Scott considers it for a moment, then reaches out in return. The two shake, then break apart as the fans cheer. They start to circle each other, looking for that first opening.*
Jones: Glad to see some good sportsmanship in this contest. It’s sure to be a terrific match!
Logan: I just hope Samuel can avoid getting involved. You never know what to expect when someone’s at ringside.
Jones: From what I hear, Samuel signed a legal agreement with GCWA Management in order to be out here. If he does anything to influence this match, he’ll face some serious fines.
Logan: Yeah, but he’s a lawyer, and if anyone can find a loophole in one of our contracts, it’s a lawyer.
*As Marcus and Scott start to lock up, they’re suddenly distracted as “Gives You Hell” by the All-American Rejects begins to play! They both turn and look up the ramp, where, still sweaty and wearing a towel around his shoulder, Dangerous Dan walks out. He moves gingerly down the ramp towards the ringside area, then veers to his right, going to the broadcast table!*
Jones: What on earth? What is Dan doing back out here?
Logan: I guess you can ask him yourself, Jonesy. Here he comes!
*Dan pulls himself around to the empty seat at the table, sitting down and putting on a set of headphones that were there.*
Logan: Hey there, Danny, this is a surprise.
Dangerous Dan: Hi, Logan, hi Jones. Good to have ringside seats, isn’t it?
Jones: What brings you down here, Dan? You just had a tremendous match against TLS, after all!
Dangerous Dan: I know, but I couldn’t resist sticking around to watch this one and see who I’ll be facing at the PPV. As long as I’m down here, I might as well contribute!
Logan: If you say so….
*Marcus and Scott seem a little concerned about Dan’s presence at ringside, but neither sees anything they can do about it. They finally lock up, testing each other’s strength. Caine moves first, spinning behind Marcus and locking his arms around his opponent’s waist. Marcus struggles against the grip for a second, then reverses it, ending up behind Caine. But Caine fights free of the hold as well, turning and giving Marcus a legsweep! Scott reaches down to grab the champ, but Marcus is already moving, pushing himself up and sweeping Scott’s legs as well! Scott hits the mat, but bounces right back up. He rushes at Ka’Derrion, but Ka’Derrion’s ready, catching Caine and throwing him up into the air behind him! But Caine readjusts as he’s going up, managing to land his feet on the second turnbuckle! He jumps back off with a blind splash as Marcus is still turning, taking the champ to the canvas! The referee, Thomas Mitchell, is right there, but Scott only manages a one count.*
Logan: I knew it, I knew this one was going to be fast and furious!
Jones: Just like “Fast & Furious”, which is coming to theaters April 3rd!
Logan: Oh, man, I hate it when we have to shill like that.
Dangerous Dan: Part of the job, Anthony, part of the job.
*Caine and Marcus both get to their feet, with Caine taking charge by Irish whipping Ka’Derrion into the nearby corner. Caine runs in after him and jumps up, putting his feet onto Marcus to do a monkey flip. But the champion holds onto the ropes, causing Caine to fall backwards on his own, smacking into the mat! Caine holds his head in pain, as Marcus moves in, positioning himself and jumping up with a standing shooting star press! Marcus grabs the legs and tries to hang on as the ref makes the count… 1… 2… Caine kicks free. Ka’Derrion stands up, waiting, as Caine gets to his feet. Marcus then moves in, locking Caine up with a full nelson! Caine jumps up with his feet, trying to get free, but this works fine for Marcus, as he lifts Caine over and gives him a full nelson suplex! Caine’s down and hurting as Marcus makes another pin attempt… 1… 2… Caine gets his shoulder up.*
Jones: I was expecting a lot more back and forth action, Anthony. So far, Ka’Derrion’s looking pretty good.
Dangerous Dan: There’s a reason he’s the champion. He’s going to be hard to take down, but I guarantee that I will win the IC Title from him.
Logan: It’s still way early in this one to be talking about a squash, Danny. All it takes is one misstep by the IC Champ and momentum will swing.
Dangerous Dan: Whether it’s Caine or Ka’Derrion, it doesn’t matter. I will be the champion.
*Samuel Caine is shown on the outside, trying to rally his brother, as Marcus pulls Scott to his feet. He goes to send Scott into the ropes, but the challenger manages to reverse it, sending Ka’Derrion in instead. As Ka’Derrion returns, Caine flattens out on the mat, letting Marcus go over-top of him. Marcus tries to come back fast, going for a clothesline, but Caine, back on his feet, ducks under it. Marcus rebounds one more time, as Caine charges towards him, jumping up with a high knee assault that sends Ka’Derrion sliding on the mat! Ka’Derrion gets himself back up, holding his chest, as Caine comes in behind him, running. He clips Ka’Derrion’s left leg with his shoulder, flipping the champ over painfully to the mat! As Marcus tries to drag himself towards the ropes, Caine starts stomping on his leg, causing Ka’Derrion to yell out! Caine grabs the leg and drags it, along with the champ, to the center of the ring. He twists the leg and yanks back on it, adding to the damage, before turning Marcus upside-down and applying an Argentine leglock!! The ref checks on Marcus, who looks to be in serious trouble.*
Logan: Look at the way he’s contorting the champ’s leg!
Jones: This might be part of the Caine’s strategy, Anthony. Marcus will be a lot less effective with only one leg!
Dangerous Dan: If you want to ground a high-flyer, that’s definitely the way to go. I’ll have to remember that move.
*Ka’Derrion refuses to submit, despite the pain. He reaches out, trying to get a grip on Caine’s leg to get some leverage, but before he can manage it, Caine suddenly releases him, causing Marcus to fall face-first to the mat! Caine, using the opportunity, runs over to the turnbuckle and climbs up, quickly leaping off with a flying elbow that lands perfectly on Marcus’ chest! Caine makes the cover… 1… 2…. No, Marcus kicks out. Caine looks a little frustrated, but Samuel yells something to him about focusing, and Scott nods, getting back on the attack. He gets a grip on Ka’Derrion’s left ankle, while putting his foot near the knee joint. With one motion, Caine lifts up the leg, then stomps it back down! He hits this repeatedly, as Marcus yells, trying to get free. Caine releases his grip after three shots, allowing Marcus to roll on the canvas in true agony, his leg feeling like it’s on fire. As Marcus gets to his hands and knees, still badly favoring his injured limb, Caine comes in, dropping a leg across Marcus’ neck to send him crashing back to the mat! Caine makes another pin… 1… 2…. No!*
Jones: Ka’Derrion is really taking some hits out there!
Logan: Caine looks like a man on a mission, Jonesy. His whole career is resting on this match, at least in his mind.
Jones: By the way, Dan, you never said who you’re pulling for in this one.
Dangerous Dan: I’m not rooting for either man. I respect both of their abilities. I just think I’m going to be better, no matter which one wins tonight.
Jones: So you don’t have a favorite, one you’d rather face at the pay-per-view?
Dangerous Dan: I didn’t say that. But whoever it is, they’re going down in a few weeks.
*Caine pulls Ka’Derrion up, with Ka’Derrion barely able to stand. This isn’t a problem for Caine, who picks up the champion and bodyslams him in front of the turnbuckle. Caine then goes up, bouncing on the second ropes of the ‘buckle, then hopping up to the top with an attempted springboard moonsault! At the last moment, though, Ka’Derrion rolls out of the way, sliding under the ropes, causing Caine to faceplant himself! Ka’Derrion stays on the outside for a few seconds, wincing as he puts weight on his leg, then crawls back in, stopping the ref’s count before it can even really get going. Caine is already getting back to his feet, shaking his head, as Marcus limps over to him. Caine sees him and kicks out, with Marcus catching the foot. Caine immediately goes for his Enziguiri, but Marcus appears to have been expecting it, ducking under the strike and throwing Caine’s foot away, causing Caine to do a somersault to the canvas! Marcus then stumbles forward, putting himself on top of Caine and setting him into a Fujiwara armbar! He yanks away at Caine’s arm, as referee Mitchell watches closely.*
Jones: We are seeing some tremendous wrestling out there tonight!
Logan: Yeah, man, these guys are well-versed, aren’t they? Neither one is just a ‘high-flyer’. They have skills!
Jones: Whoever walks out of here tonight with the Intercontinental Title will have truly deserved it.
Dangerous Dan: I’ll agree to that. I can’t deny that they’re both impressing me tonight.
*Samuel, looking nervous, is in the background, leaning forward, as the referee asks Scott if he wants to submit. Scott almost looks like he wants to give up, feeling the pain, but he suddenly says no and shoves upwards, ignoring the pain and causing Marcus to have to release the hold. Caine moves to get to his feet, but Marcus gets a lock on him on the way up and bulldogs him back to the mat, before trying another pinfall… 1… 2… Caine raises his arm, staying in it. Ka’Derrion slowly gets up, trying to balance himself as he brings Caine up, too. As he does so, though, Caine sends a clubbing forearm into his mid-section, doubling Marcus over! Caine pushes off and runs to the ropes, coming back for an attack, but Marcus dodges to the side and pushes Caine, increasing his momentum. Caine rebounds off the other side and runs back as Marcus comes towards him, going for a splash! Unfortunately, Caine opts to try the same maneuver, and both men collide in mid-air!!! The two wrestlers collapse in a pile on the mat, next to each other, as the ref starts up a 10 count.*
Jones: What a tremendous impact!! I don’t know if either man is going to be able to continue this match!
Logan: Someone’s gotta get up, Jonesy. We don’t take kindly to draws around these here parts!
Dangerous Dan: So if neither man gets up, Marcus stays the champion, correct?
Jones: Yes, that’s right, Dan.
Dangerous Dan: Good. I’d love another shot at him.
*The referee counts upwards, as the audience tries to cheer either man to his feet. Samuel is yelling into the ring, shouting Scott’s name, and it seems to be helping, as Scott starts to rise first. As Marcus starts struggling up as well, Scott responds, delivering a Cutter! Marcus hits head-first and rolls to his back, stunned. Caine flops on top of him, tiredly trying another cover… 1… 2… Ka’Derrion rolls a shoulder up, staying the champion for now. Caine gets himself up, staggering a little to his left. He re-balances, going off the ropes and coming back to drop an elbow onto Ka’Derrion’s breastbone, doing some more damage. Caine then gets up, listening as his brother shouts encouragement to him. Caine turns and looks to his side, at the nearby turnbuckle. He goes and starts to climb, as the energy level in the arena reaches another notch.*
Jones: He’s going for the Sugar Caine! This could be all she wrote!
Dangerous Dan: I’ve got to see this closer up!
Logan: Danny, wait, where are you going? Come back!
*As Caine climbs up the turnbuckle, working on his balance, Dangerous Dan slides from the announce table and goes to ringside, watching intently. He moves a few steps closer to the turnbuckle Scott’s on, prompting Samuel to come over that direction. Samuel and Dan start to argue, with Dan pleading innocence, saying he wasn’t going to try anything, but Samuel’s not buying it. Meanwhile, Scott, noticing the commotion, looks down on the two men, as if reconsidering his target. But he decides to stick with it, aiming instead for the IC Champion. The crowd cheers as he takes up his position for the Sugar Caine, raising his arms. He leaps off, sticking his legs out in front of him. But at the last second, Marcus sits up, dodging the assault! Caine’s hipbones crack on the canvas, causing him terrible pain, as Marcus pulls himself up. He manages to get over to Caine and snaps him over with the Cradle Brainbuster!! The champ makes the pin…. 1… 2… 3!!!!*
Minos: Here is your winner, STILL the GCWA Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion, “His Legacy” Marcus Ka’Derrion!
Jones: What a finish! If Caine could have just gotten into the air in time…
Logan: Yet another distraction costs Caine a victory! I don’t think Marcus has any idea what happened, but then, Dangerous Dan doesn’t seem to be sticking around. He’s walking towards the back, leaving the scene!
*Referee Mitchell gets the IC Title and hands it to Marcus, who takes it while leaning on the ropes. He takes the gold and puts it on his shoulder, holding it tightly. In the meantime, Scott has pulled himself into the corner, looking dejected. He sits there, not moving, as Samuel enters the ring to talk with him.*
Jones: Caine doesn’t look like he’s handling this loss very well.
Logan: He put up a thrilling effort, but tonight just wasn’t his night. Dangerous Dan caused just enough distraction to ensure that Marcus Ka’Derrion would still be his opponent come March 1st!
Jones: I just hope we didn’t just see the last match of Scott Caine’s wrestling career. He was considering leaving the GCWA even before tonight’s loss.