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Teach me all ye know... (Part 3)

Starring: Jon Kellar, Sean O'Gara, Dyna Might, Kev Mania


~Our scene opens in toXin's newly rented Japanese appartment. Kellar walks in carrying several bags, followed by Kev, followed by Dyna. Kellar' dumps his bags and collapses onto the sofa~

Kellar: I tell you what, I am re-e-eally glad I'm away from that room. I mean I appreciate Sean's effectiveness in covering all the angles, but I do think he's taken it too far...

Sean (from outside): Be careful with that, you damage anything on there and I'll have your guts for garters, you see if I don't.

Kellar: You have got to be kid...

~Enter Sean, followed by two stockily built toXic troops, carrying...~

Kellar: The wall????

Sean: Jon, you may have flown across the pacific, but you aint getting away that easily. You are going to win the LOTC and I am not gonna let you slack now. This wall's always been detachable from when I was going around the country... now where do you think we should put it... how about your bedroom?

Kellar: How about not?

Sean: Glad you agree... through there lads...

~Sean directs the troops carrying the wall through Kellar's bedroom door~

Dyna: Well... you sure told him.

Kellar: I swear Dyna, I'm not going to make it to the Coliseum at this rate... I'm going to end up strangling Sean and spending Legends night in prison...

Sean: Are you coming Jon, or do I have to come out there and drag you in here...

Kellar: He wont leave me alone if I don't go so it's not as if I have a choice...

Kev: *whiplash noise*

Kellar: Don't make me throw you out that window Kev...

~Kellar heads off to see Sean, and Dyna and Kev are left in the main room~

Kev: Jon sounds like he's hating this...

Dyna: I know... great isn't it?

CUT TO SEAN AND JON

Sean: Ok... now we're almost done on this front. 

Kellar: Best go over it all then.

Sean: Agreed. Now we've already established that Root and QVC are at eachother's throats and are looking to get at each other rather than focusing on any other threat. As far as they're concerned, all other threats, however powerful they may be, are of secondary importance to getting even with Root. Meanwhile Root is focused on this whole "anti-American" thing so his main beef is with Vyle but in addition he sees it as his religious duty to take on GZW single handedly... with the execption of this possible mystery ally who we haven't been able to identify with any real certainty other than that he is a short Japanese man with some "apparently" powerful assosciates... who were the guys that attacked Quake at Storm. Also at Storm we had an appearance from Sincere... as you no doubt remember, who has his sights firmly on John Taylor, and bearing in mind this is something of an old rivalry, connected to John Taylor losing the World Title at Aftermath 2004 and Sincere's disapproval. Quake's biggest problem with you is that he finds you dull... but the feeling's entirely mutual on that front and isn't going to cause too much damage... and he resents you because you're higher in people's estimation than he is where it counts, leading him to delude himself into making the TV title seem important... when everyone with half a memory cell knows that the last time that title saw a good match was when someone accidentally wore it a football match 2 months ago...

Kellar: But Quake has problems with the Japanese associates and Root, so while he resents me, what he feels for them is bordering on cold-hearted hatred. The only thing that comes close is what he feels for John Taylor, as he feels that when I submitted to Taylor it was Taylor who robbed him of the victory he deserved. While I'm grateful that the bald bearded buffoon hasn't got some kind of insane grudge against me for what happened, I do think he's taking that just a little too seriously. After all, it was just a main event to eat up some time and give the show an ending... no titles on the line and on that day I lost to the better man. Now I'm older and wiser it won't happen again...

Sean: John Taylor doesn't give a toss about you anyway, he's got Sincere, Seth Raide and others to worry about. He thinks he's already got the tournament won because he won it last year, and that the qualifiers are just a formality. Seven, however, is still lusting after Taylor just as much as he was at the CoC. He's identified other's as threats, but mostly it was the usual "the time is at hand, mwahahahahaha" bullpoo that he's been spewing for most of his career. He's still dangerous though, so I've put him here with a red arrow pointed at you. Bearing in mind he's impossible to understand at the best of times I think it's for the best...

Kellar: And then on this side of the chart we've got Necron, who was last seen falling off the edge of the earth, along with Zac Sharp. Now I'm guessing those two are gonna be going head to head given that match they had at Heatwave II where they beat each other to a bloody pulp. One wants to stay on top, the other wants to even the score, however Zac isn't too keen on me because I introduced his face to the canvas at that HKWF show not so long ago... so it wouldn't surprise me if he wanted to get his hands on me. Plus he seems to think I've got some kind of vendetta against him, because he dropped into the industry in much the same fashion as me, and now he's arsing around with a title reign people would rather forget marked against his name and he's worried that I'm gonna pull off what he thought would be his place in GZW history. However, if he goes head to head with me I reckon he'll try to utilise his high-flying arsenal, as we all know I'm slightly lacking in that area. If I can keep him on the mat it'll limit his arsenal to his technical moves, and my shoot fight background should give me the edge I need in that senario. 

Sean: He uses the same finisher too, you might want to note that.

Kellar: Having been using the toXicutter for most of my career I'm pretty familiar with how it can be countered... learning from my mistakes. I reckon I can pull it off better than him and if he gets the opportunity then I reckon I can switch it into the Kellar Klutch if I time the drop right...

Sean: What about the "Sharpness"?

Kellar: Well if he hits that I'll try and land on my side so that in the worst case scenario I crack a few ribs... I can fight with broken ribs, but landing on my face might make things tricky. I'll try and stay off his shoulders but if I can land so that the air doesn't get too badly driven out of me then I don't think the Sharpness will have much of an impact. Plus Zac's only 247lbs so I doubt he'll be able to hit me with it's full force...

Sean: Good thinking... 

Kellar: Anyway, Sharp may have it in for me in some ways, but this Eddie Fever character freaks the hell out of me... I mean is that a green arrow or a red arrow situation?

Sean: Or even blue... because I think he respects you in some ways... hence why he wants to try and be your personal hero. If he's only mocking you then it's a red scenario, so I think we should prepare for that and for now reserve the colour coding until we know a little more about him. Right now he reminds me of Vyle's "I can make your life better" attitude that we were putting up with around the Contest of Champions. I think it's more than likely a front... I dont like him

Kellar: Nobody likes elements they can't predict... what do we know about him?

Sean: Well this is all I could find...

~Sean points to some printouts under Eddie's picture~

Kellar: You sure that's him?

Sean: Whose to know, there's no picture...

Kellar: Nasty looking finishers.... 

Sean: Yeah, landing on your head against this guy wouldn't be the best tactic... try and avoid those as much as possible. 

Kellar: He's a pretty well defined athlete... pretty much my weight and height too. Could be an interesting match up if it's where we're headed...

Sean: Apparently, though this may just be a rumour, he has a bench press of 395lbs... so I would try NOT to rely on that weight theory. Stay on the mat as much as possible, and don't let him get to a vertical base. You do that and he'll be throwing you all over the place like a sack o' potatoes for the whole night, which will NOT be good for your career in the long run. Also he's especially good at counter wrestling, but I'll get Kev to go through some stuff with you beforehand. If I were you I'd mix up your regular moves with some you don't do often. You know every suplex and slam in the book, so I recommend you pull out all the stops if you're stuck opposite this sucker come Glory Through Honor

Kellar: According to this he can work the mat too...

Sean: I know, but the point is if you try and change your style now you're going to end up getting flattened, and he confesses that he's not the best in that catergory. Stick to what you know Jon. Like I said, knee jerk reactions don't help anyone, least of all the jerker. Keeping him grounded and on the mat is your best bet... work the neck with your suplexes and holds, then nail the toXicutter. That should be enough to put any man away... especially a self obsessed rookie. He don't like your promos? Well his are hardly gold themselves. Take him down a peg, but do it properly, don't get yourself killed before the bigger matches. Also, this guys a bit of a hot head by all accounts... so rile him up a little if you like. He's also prone to making rookie mistakes like taking too many risks when they're unnecessary, and being too complacent while he's on top. Put it away quickly if you can, but if you can drag it out then it might be enough to knock his concentration out, and nobody's got a better mind for this job than you...

Kellar: Right... but what about the arrow. Red or Green? Does he like me or loathe me?

Sean: Well we don't for sure, so I recommend we go with red for now. Better safe than sorry and in any case, you've still gotta flatten him regardless...

Kellar: Got it...

Sean: Now if you're unfortunate enough to get drawn against someone like Taylor or Quake in the earlier rounds don't panic. Taylor may be a technical wizard, but everyone has their weak points and he's no different. 

Kellar: Panic? Why would I...

Sean: I'm not saying you would but the fact is you'd be more comfortable going one on one with Seven or Chris Cairns... someone who doesn't have your in ring skill right? That's fair enough, but the world doesn't work that way. Make no mistake about it, Seven and Cairns wont be pushovers, especially Cairns... I don't think people are quite prepared for him because they're remembering the interviewer side and forget that he can get it done in the ring. My recommendation... be wary if you come across him, especially if that freak Bane is in the building. We already know Quake's gonna be there and he and Cairns are quite chummy... so it's something to bear in mind. Cairnsy will go looking for your testicles from what I remember of his previous matches, so wear a box. That'll limit what he can do if you two get drawn together... and whatever you do do NOT get in that nasty finishing maneuver of his. Even if you get out of that it'll screw up your thighs and back for a while, and we don't want that. If he goes to kick you in the nuts then be warned that that move is on the way... you want to counter it then make a grab for his legs of you can, otherwise try and push him up with your chest and get back on your feet. He's only a little un'... so if you get in that scenario, god fobid, throw everything you have left into getting out of it ok? 

Kellar: Break out of submission moves? That's what I've been getting wrong...

Sean: I mean it... what's more Cairnsy fight's dirty, don't let him rile you. If you let him get to you then you are monumentally screwed...moving on, if you get drawn against Seven or Necron dance around a little, they're slow movers who go for heavy moves... sit back as best you can and hit them on the counter, like the Arsenal FC of the 90s or the Chelsea of today. Keep your distance, then quickly counter, they'll be stuck for ideas and you'll be all over them as long as you keep your speed up. Got it?

Kellar: Counter-wrestle the big men, keep Sharp and Fever on the mat as best as you can and wear them down, try riling up Fever if possible and get him to show you an opening... and Cairnsy's more dangerous than he looks... got it.

Sean: Now... the so called toughies...

~Sean points to different areas of the chart~

Sean: 1. Vernon Vanderbilt, 2. "Lone Gunman" Lord John Taylor, 3. Ring Of Honor Icon Nathan "T-Rex" Williams, 4. Quake 5. "The Root of All Evil" Amun Ma'at 6. Vyle

Kellar: VYLE???

Sean: It'll become clear in a minute. Now as we've all established all of these guys are looking in the other direction and marking you as an afterthought, which means they may hold back, but then again they may not because they may feel the need to kick your ass back to the development territories... we've already prepared for scenario 1, but we need to get it into your head that there are other possibilities, and we need to know how to beat them.

~He points to Vernon~

Sean: Now, whether you want to admit it or not, it's a fact that Vernon has technically got the better of you on both occasions, and only lost one of them through his own stupidity CoC. You were the better man in the second match, but that slightly dodgy refereeing decision which involved you pinning yourself, he got the win. We can't rely on fluke and we can't risk refereeing stupidity again... so first thing's first... NO German Suplex pins...

Kellar: You don't need to tell me twice.

Sean: German Suplexes that break that powerpuff girl's neck and get him off my tv screen... however... are perfectly allowed and indeed encouraged. Now... Vernon thrives on getting himself noticed, and therefore goes for the "glam rock" look that he's retained from his days as a musician... in short, he's all about look, but you know and I know he's got a sting in the tail that we need to keep an eye on. At 6"2 and 245lbs you and he are matched... but he likes the high risk flying moves, and you like the mat based stuff along with the suplex based offence. You've gotta use both to your advantage, because on the mat Vernon cannot match you... we saw that during your last match and you were unlucky, but put that out of your mind. You did everything right up until that final mistake, so eliminate that and Vernon's gone... like Cairnsy he'll fight dirty if things aren't going his way, so again, make sure you're wearing a box to protect the groin shots, and watch out for thumb shots to the eye... like his profile says "Bottom line - Vernon will do anything he deems necessary to ensure victory." Oh... and if he goes for that heartpunch....

Kellar: Yeah?

Sean: Grab his arm and snap it in half... just for fun.

Kellar: Nathan Williams is an interesting one though... eliminated by John Taylor in the first round of last year's competition, so I'm guessing that's at least part of the reason he's suddenly come out of retirement, to prove that Taylor's good fortune was just that... good fortune. 

Sean: Exactly... however, that doesn't change the fact that this guy's size would scare a pregnant hippopotamus sitting on the back of an elephant... aint many 7"3ers still in wrestling since the technical revolution of the late 90s... but we've got one here, and he's mean. 

Kellar: Dance and counter?

Sean: I'd say yes but there's no way that an icon Nathan Williams is as black and white wrestling wise as Seven or Necron... watch this guy Jon, I don't like the look of him. Each and everyone of his moves could leave an opponent in a rutt, so go for the legs, then when he's on the mat lock in a submission move and for god's sake don't let go. If you can knock his legs out then he'll be down to your height, and you can look to utilise some technical methods.... but for crying out loud do not attempt to suplex this monster unless you've run out of options.

Kellar: I suplexed Bone Idle in UCW and he was 500lbs....

Sean: And ended up in the injury room for 2 weeks while your back healed from the strain. Just don't do it Jon... if you can avoid it for god's sake keep the suplexes to a minimum. I'll teach you some evasive stuff too, but make a point of going after his legs early on, and go on from there.

Kellar: He can wrestle on the mat too though... 

Sean: I'm aware, but I'd fancy your chances in a mat contest over a vertical base punchup, wouldn't you?

Kellar: True enough...

Sean: In any case... John Taylor....

Kellar: Gone head to head with him a couple of times, good guy in the ring, total asswipe outside of it. Adapts his style to suit his opponent and works the mat with the best of them.

Sean: Agreed, but I've noticed that since Taylor is neither particularly strong nor particularly fast, and isn't really that huge or that small small, he frequently relies on using his opponents' speed, size, power, etc. to his own advantage. For example, with a bigger opponent, he might trick them into a test of strength type exchange, only to perform an underhanded low blow, jawbreaker, etc. With smaller guys he tends to let them wear themselves out first, before moving in for the kill.

Kellar: Where do I fit in on that?

Sean: I think you're the type of guy he twats with a steel chair at the first opportunity...

Kellar: Yeah... that works....

Sean: But seriously, I cannot find any one method that can break Taylor down... so you're going to have to use your judgement. He's got experience and intelligence on his side, but he likes to do things his way or the highway. If you can find a flaw in his technique then use it, but whatever you do, don't go for a submission victory. You'll be in the Silencer before you know what's hit you... so look to wear him down with suplexes as best you can, if his back's in several peices it'll be more difficult for him to use his technical arsenal, and that'll work to our advantage. If he starts shifting his style to counter the suplex style, then drop him to the mat and go to induce pain, but not submission... i.e. don't rest on your laurels if you've got him in one particular hold, shift them around as much as possible, then go back to the suplexes when it looks like he's going to counter that. Of all the guys in the tournament, he's gonna be your toughest potential opponent, so you've gotta do your best to shift your style faster than he shifts his. He's not the ruling Lord for nothing, and if you're going to dethrone him you're going to have to think fast and move faster...

Kellar: Taylor's going down... one way or another. I'll find a way to put him on the mat if it's the last thing I do. He's been putting me down for too long, and now it's time I put him down for good...

Sean: Belief paves the path to success Jon, and you're headed that way if you can just keep your head. Now Root... not often you have a character enduring the hatred of an entire country and treating it like a warm shower. What's more, he has the greatest respect for any match, but not necessarily the opponent, and we know for a fact that he hates you, particularly your laid back attitude.

Kellar: There's a lot of people in that queue...

Sean: Not the sort of guy you want to have as an enemy, a man who's finisher involves triggering heart palpitations and breathing spasms... but hey, you've got him, so lets find a way to deal with him. First thing, watch out for the Glistening. He can hit that without any thought whatsoever, and you know full well how easy it is to lock in a full nelson in most situations.  If he goes for the full nelson, drop to your knees straight away, and then turn into the move. He wont be able to hit it properly and it'll give you a chance to look for an alternate means of putting him down. If he starts kneeing you in the chest, find a way out, whether it be a rake to the eyes or a kick to the nuts, don't let him get to a point where he can nail the Jihad. Tough you may be... but medically that move is very difficult if not impossible to kick out of. Basically... don't get dazed....

Kellar: And that leaves Vyle and Quake...

Sean: You know how to beat Vyle. He's a fast moving brawler, use his speed against him and stay away while he's swinging, then take him to the mat and wrestler your own match. Don't try to play him at his own game because you will not win. He wont be able to finish you off with the Vyleside because of your size advantage, so he'll have to go up top... don't let him get there, take your time, wear him down, keep it simple, keep it safe, and you'll put him away easily. Quake's living in a dreamworld right now, but his mind will still be partly on the match, and he's taller than you although he's lighter. Blend your styles, shoot fight, kickboxing, technical, the lot. Quake's a grappler, so if he can't get a hold of you because you keep shifting your styles, then he'll have problems doing any real damage. However, while he's been confined to the pointless TV division for his career so far, he's still dangerous. Do NOT underestimate what he can do when cornered, and take him as seirously as possible. We know he's going to have one eye on the Root, but if you can black out the eye that's on you then you're home free. This is a guy whose had an easy ride so far... so how about we make sure he gets off at the next stop...

~Sean puts the last of the arrows on the board, pointing away from Jon Kellar towards each of his opponents~

Sean: And that, as we say, is that.... now all you gotta do is learn this off by heart. Learn their weaknesses, learn their strengths, use them both to your advantage. Know their enemies and know their stories, they will serve you when the time comes, and for god's sake whatever you do, keep your mind on the match you're in.

~Sean picks up a picture of the Lord of the Coliseum trophy and moves it far away from the chart into the corner of the wall~

Sean: It's a long way away... and you'll have to go through hell if you want to reach it Jon... but get this mental side under control, and the physical side will seem like a much easier demand... now take this...

~Sean hands Kellar a ring binder~

Kellar: What's this?

Sean: Your new exercise regime... we start tomorrow. 

Kellar: *laughs*

Sean: Given your recent record going into this tournament and the quality of the opposition... do you honestly think you're good enough to be laughing.

Kellar: ....

Sean: No... that's right, you're not. We're finished for the evening, your dinner's been prepared. When you're done, Dyna will lock the fridge and you wont get anything more until breakfast...

~Kellar leaves and Sean turns back to the chart~

Sean: One more thing to do... 

~Sean places an arrow from Kellar to the trophy~

Sean: Nah... that's not good enough, everyone's got that lure of the trophy. Jon needs an edge... he needs someone else pushing him there... he needs something a little extra to fight for... someone to impress... someone.... who gives him that extra reason to succeed...

~Sean reaches into his pocket and pulls out another arrow and something else, the camera positions itself behind his back so that nobody can see the changes he is making to the chant. He pulls out his mobile~

Sean: Hello... Wan Chai restaurant? I need a fancy yet healthy meal for two people arriving tomorrow night... can you do that for me? Not possible? I don't wanna hear that.... I suggest you reconsider before this $50,000 deposit I'm willing to lay down for this table makes its way to a rival restaurant.... what's that? A cancellation? Thought so... I'll send them your way tomorrow night then. Lovely doing business with you...

~Sean puts his phone down~

 Sean: Someone, who gives Kellar that edge...

~He moves away from the wall, revealing a newly placed photograph of Dyna, a double headed pink arrow leading between her picture and Kellar's... and another arrow that links with the one leading to the trophy~

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