PWS Hall of Fame Class of 2020 Aug 7, 2020 23:54:08 GMT -5
Post by -The Iceman Levi Russow- on Aug 7, 2020 23:54:08 GMT -5
(The cameras come to life with a shot of the auditorium with light mood music playing in the background. It is decorated with PWS:APEX logos and decked out in a classy green and black theme. The stage has a PWS:APEX logo background, with a snazzy podium set up in the middle. The camera pans around as you see the friends and family of the roster seated, all dressed fancy and chattering amongst themselves. The music fades out as a voice comes over the loud speaker.)
Voice: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 2020 PWS Hall of Fame ceremony! At this time, please welcome one of your hosts for the evening, Jake Ryland!
(Jake Ryland makes his way to the podium, greeted by a warm reception from those in the audience, as well as the fans seated in the balcony. Jake gives a wave, as he steps up to the podium.)
Jake Ryland: Good evening, and welcome to the 2020 PWS Hall of Fame ceremony. Tonight is a celebration, as we add five more names to the annals of PWS history. These five individuals have earned their place among the greats. I won’t waste too much of your time right now, as we’ll get to our first inductor, who just so happens to be himself, a PWS Hall of Famer. Please welcome to the stage, Eddie Lopez!
(Eddie Lopez, the son of Jorge Lopez, walks out onto the stage, shaking hands with Jake as Jake exits the stage. Eddie takes the podium with a smile on his face.)
Eddie Lopez: Tonight, we’re going to induct one of the most respected men in this industry, and he’s going to come out here and tell stories about his time in the ring, his time as the GM and his time pranking David Shane and Nanners, but he did it all in good fun. This man is also my father. This man raised me to be just like him in a way, put others first before yourself. Growing up, my dad taught me how to be humble at an early age and it helped me get through my wrestling career as well. The man is a good teacher, listener and he gives out great advice to people who want to listen. If you don’t listen to him, he’ll just give out bad advice but who can blame him right?
(Eddie looks around with a smile on his face.)
Eddie Lopez: My dad was a tough man, he still is. He has all these health issues going on with him now and it’s not slowing him down one bit… course I’m the reason why he had his first heart attack, but hey, who hasn’t tried to kill their dad with a surprise pregnancy before?
(Eddie chuckles slightly.)
Eddie Lopez: He’s a great father, grandfather, and great grandfather to the kids, all the kids still adore him and just makes me happy to see him smile even though he hasn’t had the greatest of years. My dad is a man of honor, a man of respect, and a man that will step on this stage and take his rightful place, FINALLY, into the hall of fame where he belongs!
(The small crowd cheers while Eddie nods.)
Eddie Lopez: I could go on and on about his resume, but I think I’ll let him do all the talking on that. I’m sure he has a few good stories about working with some of the PWS originals that when he was GM of the old PWS.
(Eddie stands to the side, the crowd starts to clap their hands when Jorge makes his way to the stage. Being pushed in a wheelchair with his granddaughter, Gracie Lopez who had a big smile on her face too.)
Eddie Lopez: Jorge Lopez!
(Jorge Lopez, the former GM of the old PWS stands up from his wheelchair. He’s very shaky when he stands up, almost to a point where he’s about ready to fall over but he found his balance. He moved to the microphone on the stage with papers on his hand, all tore up from his Parkinsons and other health issues he’s dealing with but he’s bound and determined to stand when he makes his hall of fame speech with no help. Gracie, his granddaughter, and Eddie, his son is on either side of him to make sure nothing happens.)
Jorge Lopez: Good evening.
(His voice is shaky and soft but yet powerful. Just like he used to speak in the years before.)
Jorge Lopez: On August 3rd, 1940, a handsome Mexican was born in Mexico, my family and I traveled to San Diego on vacation one day when I was 5. I fell in love with that city and I wanted to move there, my parents didn’t have enough money at the time to move there, they wanted to stay in Mexico. I made a promise to myself at the age of 5 that one day I will move to San Diego California with or without my parent’s permission. By the age of 10, my parents got enough of me asking to move to San Diego and they did it. It was the best move they ever made, sure it was a nightmare as well since that time was different and they didn’t treat my people that well. But we made do. By the age of 15, I fell in love with wrestling. We didn’t have a TV at the time but we had this thing called a transistor radio, 1955, who knew right?!
Jorge Lopez: But I was searching for something to listen too, and this wrestling match was on. I didn’t know who was fighting, but it sounded like was a blast. I sat on the porch that summer evening and listened to it for hours until my dad told me to go to bed… Because I was disturbing the chickens. The following year in 1956, I met my future wife, my high school sweetheart. We spent the better part of 63 years together! Would have been 64 this year, but god rest her soul. She and I met…. At a drive-in movie theater. She was at the concessions stand, and was she a beauty!
(Jorge pauses before looking around, with a smile on his face. A smile he hasn’t had in a while.)
Jorge Lopez: 1958….. Ahhh, 1958. That’s the year you and I became best friends. It’s the year that I started my wrestling career and I never looked back. My wife wasn’t too keen on me wrestling, she would support though, but she always would get terrified when I take the simplest bump. But that was because she was a caring person and didn’t want to see me get hurt. I was the same way with her too. No matter if I was a good guy, a bad guy, an underdog, or a champion, she was always at ringside to support me, as well as you guys too. I had all the support I needed to get through the rough days, there were a lot of those, and the good days. The way I see it, you and I needed each other. You guys had rough days, and I did my best to put a smile on your faces, and you returned that back to me too.
(Jorge pauses again to switch his papers around.)
Jorge Lopez: 1997 was my last full year in wrestling. I wanted 1998 to be it but… major health issues derailed those plans. In early 1998, my son came up to me and told me he and his girlfriend were going to have a kid. It shocked me to a point where I had a major heart attack, one of 2 I’ve had. I don’t blame him for that, it was a lot of factors that played into it. He knows it, I know it. But, that day I had the heart attack, it changed me, for the better. I wasn’t the world’s healthiest eater, I always ate at fast food joints or garbage like that. But now, I eat much healthier and with god’s blessing, I’m still here today. Now that I’m no longer a wrestler. I went on to the next chapter of my life….
(At this point, you can see Jorge getting tired but he’s still going to fight through this and get his speech done with no help.)
Jorge Lopez: I used to be the GM of this company at one point, a decade ago. During that time, I met some people, we had some laughs and we pulled some pranks. Our family also had a bit of a rivalry with the Russows, who I respect deeply. That rivalry still goes on to this day and honestly? I wouldn’t expect anything less. 2 of the biggest families in this company, in this industry? Yes, please. Overall, I had fun in that role as GM, sure some people thought i was tough, but I did what was right for the storyline and to hype the match properly. Every since i stepped down from being in the public eye, I still give advice to people that need it. I’m always a phone call away or this new thing…. Voice chat. Which still gives me troubles to figure out how to do it. You kids and your damn electronics!
(The crowd chuckles, Eddie on stage has a big smirk in his face.)
Jorge Lopez: A couple of weeks ago, I met a young woman who I never met before. She asked me for advice. I studied her for a second, she looked and sounded like someone I knew. She gave her name and her last name caught me by surprise. Carpenter, I was like I didn’t know Jenn had another sister, and she explained herself to me. Since that day, I made a new friend, and I gave her the advice she needed and she ran with it. That person is Madison Carpenter. She’s talented folks, I hope PWS gives her a chance, but we’ll see.
(Jorge smiles towards Madison in the crowd, seated next to Jenn.)
Jorge Lopez: I gave you 62 years of my life to this business and I’m humbled you wanted me in this hall of fame. I get to share it with my son, and I get to share it with Alexis Makarios. I wish my wife was still here so I could share it with her too, but I know she’s in heaven smiling down on me and she has the best seat in the house. I miss her dearly, but I’m glad I made her proud all these years. You met my family, Jenn, Madison, Alexis, Eddie, Alberto, Jose, Brittany, Gracie. I’m so very proud of them. When I’m no longer on this planet, my heartbeat will still live on with them, their heart, their grit, and their determination will drive them to keep the legacy I built alive and well for the next generation of Lopez’s to enjoy. I have no idea how long I have left, but if this is my final goodbye, it was one hell of a ride, and I appreciate all of you. I can’t express how much I mean that, but just know... It makes my heart happy.
(Eddie and Gracie who remained on stage for the speech move in on Jorge, so he didn’t fall. He places him back in his wheelchair with his speech and waves to the crowd with a tear and a smile. Gracie pushes him away and Eddie follows, Jorge is still waving as they disappear behind the curtain. Shaking both of their hands on his way out to the podium, is Levi Russow.)
Levi Russow: Fierce...Determined...Unwavering...you can think of a thousand ways to describe our next inductee. It’s my honor and privilege...according to her...to introduce the woman who’s bailed us out of jail MULTIPLE times...here to induct the woman who saved his life, please welcome my wee little baby brother, Jesse Russow!
“Here’s the weight of the world on my shoulders…
Here’s the weight of the world on my shoulders…
...ON MY SHOULDEEEEEEEEEEERS!!!!!”
(“Fly From The Inside” by Shinedown begins as Jesse Russow swaggers out onto the stage to a big ovation. He’s ditched his normal “threads” and seems to have cleaned himself up for the occasion as he approaches the podium. The music stops as he looks around drinking it in. A look of pride on his face.)
Jesse Russow: Thank you. In my life, I have seen and endured a multitude of things. Both wonderful and awful. But the day I met this next inductee, I knew that I had seen something rare, precious, and wild. Something more beautiful and prominent than I had ever seen before and even though I knew there would be nothing but taunting and perhaps some resounding disapproval...I NEEDED to be close to her.
(Jesse turns the page as the people in attendance applaud.)
Jesse Russow: And she changed me...for the better. You all know the story of the Brothers Russow by now. You know the hardship, the triumph, the despair, the determination. But that all pales in comparison to me...because the very moment we touched hands and all she said was “Hi! I’m Cameron”...as cliche as it sounds, it was game over. It was like everything...every nightmare was crammed in a closet and I saw the world as beautiful for the first time. To me, she was perfect. She was beautiful...graceful...hilarious...and when push came to shove, she’d kick the ever-loving dog shit outta you!
(The audience gets a good laugh out of that one as Jesse seems to get lost in thought with a smile stretching across his world-weary, battle-tested face as he folds up the paper and puts it in his pocket.)
Jesse Russow: ...I don’t need to act like I’m reading a script anymore. D’you wanna know why? I”m going to tell you something...I swore I’d never tell anyone. Because I was ashamed...even though it was something I couldn’t avoid. When Cameron met me...I didn’t even know how to read. I was a street urchin with nothing to my name and nothing to offer her...she didn’t care. That’s who she is. She didn’t scoff or mock...she TAUGHT me. And I’d...NEVER known love like that before. Every impossible dream I ever gave up on...she surpassed them all. She wasn’t at all what I pictured in my dreams...she was ten million times better. Just her heart alone but Hell...it’s just a BONUS that she’s a Goddamn stone cold fox!
(That gets a bigger laugh as Jesse chuckles himself then bites his lip still smiling as he goes on.)
Jesse Russow: She won damn near every championship she ever bit, scratched, clawed, and kicked to earn a shot at! It’s so appropriate that she and Emma are going into the Hall at the same time...Cameron taking the title of Queen Of The Ring the year after Emma. And that’s exactly what they both are...they’re Queens...she is undoubtedly MY Queen. And now she’s dedicated herself to training the new generation...and they’re gonna change the world. Because that’s what she does...that’s what she’s ALWAYS done...she changed MY world. And I am SO proud of her. But that’s enough of my babbling, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN...THE NEWEST MEMBER OF THE PWS HALL OF FAME...I MAY HAVE PUT A NEW LAST NAME ON HER BUT GIVE IT UP FOR YOUR GIRL!!! THE ONE...THE ONLY...CAMERON OOOOOOOO’NEIL!!!
“I DON’T GIVE A DAMN BOUT MY BAD REPUTATION!”
(Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation” plays as Cameron steps out, decked out in a black and silver evening gown with her long black hair swept to the side as she gracefully makes her way to her husband and gives him a kiss followed by a hug as the crowd chants “THANK YOU CAMERON”. Jesse bows out, not before leaving a kiss on her hand and stands off to the side. Cam takes in the scene as everyone stands applauding her. Emotional, she swipes some tears from her eyes and motions everyone to settle down.)
Cameron Russow: Alright, settle down. I really don’t need to be looking like a racoon from all the crying. You know it’s funny, for those that know me...know that I’m never at a loss for something to say. But this....
(Cameron just laughs a bit.)
Cameron Russow: It’s odd for me to even be standing here. Jesse listed all these amazing accomplishments that I did, when in fact I wasn’t even supposed to be a wrestler. When I came into this world, I was just finishing up my Masters degree in Business at UCLA. My big sister, some of you might know her, was working for PWSWF at the time and I decided to go visit her when they were in town. I was curious, ya know? I just wanted to see if this was truly as amazing as it seemed. Little did I know I was both wrong and right. Wrong in the way of how easy it would really be. Right in the way that it would be this amazing adventure. I got to see the entire world a few times over, I got to meet some amazing people that I am so proud to call my family.
(She smiles, swiping her hair from her face.)
Cameron Russow: Some measure their success by their wins, their losses, the titles they’ve gained and so on and so forth. I look at things from a completely different aspect. One that I have attempted to pass on to my students. You can have all the success in the world but that doesn’t mean a damn thing if you don’t enjoy your journey. My championship case is full of my victories but I have gained more in my time than just that. I am so proud of that. So to the new generation of PWS, please enjoy your time. Follow your passion and live it to the fullest of your ability. To my fellow inductees, you know how much I love every single one of you, Emma especially cause I got an extra sister who has been by my side through thick and thin. I love them all dearly!
(The crowd boos for a moment as Cameron laughs.)
Cameron Russow: Kidding....kinda.
(She sticks her tongue out a bit.)
Cameron Russow: To my husband, Jesse, my siblings, Laura and Mike ...the entire O’Neil/Russow/Madison clan. Thank you for your support, your love. Thank you to the fans, for you guys are always awesome. Everyone please be safe. And here is to the future!
(Cameron blows a kiss to the crowd as Jesse offers her his arm and they make their way off the stage.)
(Jake Ryland comes out onto the stage, and makes his way to the podium.)
Jake Ryland: Our next inductor has been best friends for what seems like forever with our next inductee. They have been stablemates, tag-team partners, and have even done battle on more than one occasion. I do think it’s safe to say she knows out next inductee better than most. Please welcome to the stage, Jennifer Carpenter-Lopez!
(Jenn walks out onto the stage, giving a hug to Jake as he leaves. She takes the podium with a smile.)
Jennifer Carpenter-Lopez: Tonight, one of the greatest friend…sister I ever had is taking her rightful place in the hall of fame. I know she doesn't need an introduction but I'm doing one anyway. And… tell some embarrassing stories too..
(Jenn smiles before she continues.)
Jennifer Carpenter-Lopez: Everyone knows how strong our friendship is but we do have moments that we argue… or just plain throw fists at each other like that whole deal we had last year, or throw dirt at each other when we were kids. But we know that no matter how bad our fights get we ALWAYS find our way back.
(Jenn looks around at the crowd)
Jennifer Carpenter-Lopez: It’s just how our friendship is, we grew up together, we did everything together. She introduced me to this business, and my ex-husband, she was my maid of honor, and now, the tides have turned. I get to introduce her to the hall of fame. She’s done so much for me in my life, and the least I can do is do this for her. People always claim that they’re partners in crime or whatever, but…. NOTHING will compare to us or what we’ve been through as kids, adults, and in the future grandparents when that happens. She’s pushed me to a better person, she’s helped me through my troubles and she’s also helped me grow a bond with Madison Carpenter, my…. OUR sister. She may come off as a bitch sometimes but that’s why she’s an Aussie Firecracker, you just never know what comes out of that mouth of hers, and that’s why I love her, it’s why her fans love her as well. She’s truly one of a kind, so… let’s bring her out here, so she can take her rightful spot! Everyone, please welcome my sister, Alexis Makarios to the hall of fame!
(The crowd claps and cheers as Alexis makes her way up to the stage. She and Jenn share a hug before Jenn steps aside, allowing Alexis to take the podium.)
Alexis Makarios: Thank you, Jenn.
(She looks out to the friends and family crowd, taking amoment to look up at the fans in the balcony.)
Alexis Makarios: It’s truly an honor to be standing here and be inducted into the Hall of Fame, class of 2020. As I look at the rest of the class, I am reminded exactly why I should be the headliner for this class, and why I am not. But that’s a story for another day.
(She clears her throat as the crowd is dead silent.)
Alexis Makarios: It’s been an interesting journey in PWS, that’s for sure. I remember all those years ago when Star finally gave me the time of day and allowed me to come in for an audition… I was so nervous that I walked into a pole and spilled my coffee all over the front of me, and showed up at the audition with a huge coffee stain on the front of my shirt. Luckily for me, she found it hilarious and allowed me to proceed with the interview and audition.
(She chuckles a little, and the crowd does laugh a bit with her. The cameras focus in on Star in the front row, with a smile on her face.)
Alexis Makarios: If it weren’t for that day, and Star giving me the chance she did, and seeing something in me that no one else did… I wouldn’t be standing here accepting this honor today. Before that day, I was just some red headed, green wrestler that no one had heard of. A young, Australian girl looking to make it to the big leagues, with a dream in her heart and a never give up attitude. And then, I thought for sure my career would just LAUNCH. I expected to make my debut, to be the big girl on campus, and be launched right into the spotlight instantly. And that … well that did NOT happen what so ever. I was the bottom of the barrel. I was losing that never give up attitude, and thought my career was going nowhere. And then I met one of my best friends… Eddie Lopez. We clicked and bonded so rapidly. He took me under his wings, and taught me more than I could imagine. Eddie, if it wasn’t for you, I probably would not have been in PWS after my first 6 months. I owe you so much.
(She smiles towards Eddie, who is now seated in the crowd.)
Alexis Makarios: There has been a lot that has led up to me being able to stand here today and accept this. And I just want to say what an honor it is to have worked with every single one of you. Even when times are rough. It’s so surreal to accept my spot amongst the best in PWS, and to know that my name will go down in history. So thank you all for this honor, I will cherish this moment for the rest of my life.
(She steps back and smiles one more time, as the crowd applauds. Jenn comes back over and the two share a hug before leaving the stage. Levi walks out, giving them a solemn nod as he walks up to the podium.)
Levi Russow: You can call me biased but if I don’t give a good introduction for this one, I’m not getting any for a week. You couldn’t look at the Vixxen’s division without seeing her face. She and I were on top of the PWSi world, reigning as the King and Queen of the RIng. She was graceful, powerful, and at times...brutal. And she’s the reason for the good in me. She gave me two beautiful children and here to induct her is my eldest money shot! Please welcome Jack Russow!
“KEEP YOUR HOPES UP HIGH AND YOUR HEAD DOWN LOW!!!”
(“All I Want” by A Day To Remember blasts as a round of applause for Jack Russow fills the air but after a moment...we realize no one is actually coming out. The music dies as everyone looks around…)
“KEEP YOUR HOPES UP HIGH AND YOUR HEAD DOWN LOW!!!”
(The song starts again as everyone is murmuring amongst themselves until we hear the pitter-patter of little shoes and hear grunting on the stage as all anybody sees is a little hand jumping up and down trying to reach the microphone until we hear…)
“A LITTLE HELP PLEASE.”
(We see a stagehand run out from behind the curtain up to the podium...carrying a wooden slab. Once he places it down...suddenly everything makes sense...Jack had been hijacked by his little sister Rosie.)
Rosie Russow: OHHHH LOOK AT ALL OF YOU BEAUTIFUL, WONDEROUS PEOPLE!!!
(The crowd laughs as some people start cheering and whooping...some of the fans in attendance even start a “THIS IS AWESOME!” chant as Rosie cups her hands against her cheeks looking THRILLED at this.)
Rosie Russow: OH YOU LIKE ME!!! YOU *REALLY* LIKE ME!!! Gracious, I could just eat all of you alive you’re so CUTE!!! ‘Tis I...forever your Rosie!!! Here under the spotlight WHERE I BELONG!!! And I am here to tell you about my BEAUTIFUL mother!!! I mean...LOOK at me!!! I had to get my charm from SOMEWHERE!!!
(The crowd is rolling with laughter at this point as Rosie plays it up like a ham BIG time...suddenly “All I Want” hits again as Jack Russow comes stalking out onto the ramp with his arms crossed and an eyebrow raised...Rosie looks at him, then looks at the crowd giving them an over-dramatic “UH OH!’ as Jack approaches, scooping Rosie up into his arms.)
Jack Russow: ...Monster, what’re you doin’?
(Rosie GASPS and playfully smacks Jack’s chest.)
Rosie Russow: MONSTER!? How DARE you, kind sir!!! I was simply ADORING these BEAUTIFUL people in the most WONDROUS of dress, care taken by my oh-so-precious Mattie!!! LOOK! LOOK at them, Jack! THEEESE AAARE MYYY PEOPLEEEE!!!
(A huge “WE LOVE ROSIE!!!” chant goes up as Jack shoots a glare at the chanters…)
Jack Russow: YOU ARE NOT HELPING!!!
(Jack turns back to Rosie who has both hands clasped together and pressed to her chin like she’s a blushing Southern Belle.)
Jack Russow: ...you got your spotlight, young one...but don’t you think it’s time we SHARE the spotlight a bit?
Rosie Russow: UGH!...if I MUST!!!
Jack Russow: LITTLE HELP PLEASE!!!
(Almost on cue, Rosie’s “Ladies” consisting of Alanah O’Connell, Bella Madison, and Mattie Cormier come flocking out onto the stage as Mattie and Alanah cradle Rosie elegantly in their arms with Bella pretending to fan her to cool her off from the stage lights as Rosie blows kisses to everyone until they disappear behind the curtain...Jack watches, slack-jawed in amazement, until he shakes it off and turns back to the podium.)
Jack Russow: …..so THAT was a thing, eh?
(The fans playfully boo him as he looks at them like “OH COME ON!!!” as some of them chant “WE WANT ROSIE!!!” as we see in the background Rosie starting to run back onstage until Levi’s arm darts out and wraps her up pulling her back causing everyone to laugh again.)
Jack Russow: ...you all KNOW you’re making a monster, right?
(That pops the crowd as Jack can’t help but laugh and shake it off.)
Jack Russow: ...I wanna get real with you all for a second because a lot of the die hard PWS fans have watched Bella and I grow up under this crazy-ass umbrella. The things I’ve seen...the places I’ve been...the family I’ve gained and lost. The real die hard fans already know but for those of you just joining the product...first of all, welcome...second of all, what TOOK you so long!?
(There’s a laugh again as Jack shifts uncomfortably suddenly getting a very somber look on his face.)
Jack Russow: ...Emma Burnett...did not give birth to me. No, in some sort of whirlwind Hallmark channel storybook...she was my birth mother’s best friend. My birth mother, Elise...died giving birth to me. So I never actually got to meet her or spend any sort of time with her, but dad assures me she was something else. There’s not really a playbook or a maintenance guide to being a single father and at the time, before my dad’s business ventures and stock portfolio REALLY took off...he was just a struggling street rat working job to job. But Emma was there for him...for ME...and when you spend that much time together, they both fought it as hard as they could but in the end...I think Elise would absolutely have approved. And so they fell in love...in the most controversial of circumstances.
(Jack clears his throat clearly starting to tear up as the fans give a respectful round of applause.)
Jack Russow: ...Emma Burnett...did not give birth to me. But she loved me like she did. And she...she DIDN’T have to do that. But I’m so...Goddamn grateful...EVERY day that she did. And where most people would have crumbled under the scrutiny and the bullshit this cruel world can produce...she TOOK that pain and that rage...and she focused it on learning how to be my dad’s training partner. But no one could have expected what she would turn into. She was one of the longest reigning...if not THE longest reigning Vixxen’s champions in the HISTORY of PWS. She won the Queen Of The Ring Tournament in her FIRST TRY...the SAME year my father conquered the King Of The Ring Tournament! And from the ashes of that scrutiny and the shame that people fabricated on their names...they ROSE...to become the TRUE King and Queen of PWS! They were the, I’ll just say it, STRONGEST Power Couple the PWS Universe had EVER known! The First Family of PWS. And I watched both of them...back to back...fighting for their LIVES. And it was like watching the world’s most eloquent and complicated ballet duet. They flowed within each other...they STRENGTHENED each other! And I know...it all stems from HER. I’ve seen my father hit rock bottom...time and time again...and her faith and love never waivered. She is the best of us...from her gigantic heart to her deadly right hook. She is the complete package...she is YOUR Queen and mine...and she is taking her RIGHTFUL spot in the PWS Hall of Fame!!! LADIES AND GENTLEMEN...MY *MOTHER*...EMMA...RUSSOW!!!!!!
(The fans erupt in applause and give her a standing ovation as Emma flows out from the back, arm in arm with her husband Levi, in a STUNNING golden dress that, judging from the fan reaction, was the envy of most of the women in attendance as Emma reaches out to Jack with tears in her eyes and Jack rushes over to scoop her up and twirl her around before embracing her in a massive hug. Jack then fist bumps his dad as the two of them take her hands and lead her to the podium...both kissing the hand they're holding before they step back into the shadows. Emma’s hands clasp over her chest as she looks around awestruck with tears in her eyes. She reaches up with her gloved hand and wipes them away.)
Emma Russow: Oh gosh! I was NOT expecting that to hit me as hard as it did!
(She takes a moment as the audience starts chanting “THANK YOU EMMA!” as she starts laughing and tearing up again.)
Emma Russow: Oh shit...OOPS! SORRY! Rosie, cover your ears darling! Umm...oh my God, where do I begin. THANK you...to each and every one of you, all of the voters, the fans, the people who have helped me write one of the craziest history books ever! I...can’t even begin to describe to you how honored I feel.
(Emma wipes another tear as the “THANK YOU EMMA!” chant starts back up again.)
Emma Russow: No thank YOU! Y’know...when I listened to Jack...my SON...playback the history of my crazy, wild, and FUN family...I was flashed back to each and every moment...and I felt them all again. All of the pain...the heartache...the trials and tribulations...and the triumphs. I was raised on a farm in Michigan with my sister, Jamie and we had a pretty normal childhood but...I never WANTED normal. I wanted something FUN and VIBRANT! And I grew up a tomboy...surprise, surprise...and I would just get picked on constantly for having patches on my clothes...bringing my lunch in the empty sleeve of a loaf of bread ‘cause we didn’t get lunchboxes. It was...it was humble beginnings for sure. And so I learned how to protect myself...aaaaaand I realized...that every punch that I was hit with was awakening this RUSH inside me. I started learning how to compete! And then when I was older, I left the farm and I found myself in the city where I met Elise...and we didn’t click as instantly as you’d think. In fact, we started off HAAATING each other...because we saw each other as rivals. We were almost equal and we didn’t start bonding until we finally had to face each other in a tournament...she beat me. But we had both earned each other's respect.
(Emma looks around, reflecting and trying to drink every moment of this in. It was the culmination of all her life’s hard work.)
Emma Russow: And then she met...this dirty, grungy, beautiful street urchin. And I thought “girl, you must be outta your mind!” but there was a part of me that...was a little jealous! He was funny...and thoughtful...and when we lost her we just kinda drifted together. He fought it for quite awhile and I was wrestling with my own thoughts of betrayal and worrying about what the public would think but...we couldn’t deny it anymore. And like Jack said, I started working out as his training partner and then one day...he said they needed someone to fill in for a match. So I threw caution to the wind and the rest, as they say, is history!
(Emma clears her throat as another respectful round of applause fills the air.)
Emma Russow: This is, in my opinion, one of the finest...most loaded Hall of Fame classes that PWS has ever inducted. I am PROUD to share this honor with my beloved Jorge Lopez...my confidant, Nick Madison...my BEST friend and sister-in-law, Cameron Russow...aaaaaand Alexis, I guess.
(There is some laughter and some catcalls as Emma giggles and continues.)
Emma Russow: ...I never though, growing up on that farm, I’d ever be in ANY sort of position like this. It was an honor and a privilege to perform for each and every one of you every time I stepped in that ring. And I promise you...Levi, Cameron, our wonderful training staff, and I will do our absolute best to train the BEST generations of wrestlers to come thrill you with what they can do. We’re already off to a good start and I can truly say...the future of PWS is in fantastic hands. So from the bottom of my heart...THANK you...I LOVE you...and WEAR THE DAMN MASK!!! THANK YOU!
(Emma blows a kiss to everyone as she gets a standing ovation as she turns around and the boys take her arms in theirs leading her backstage as we see the top half of Rosie trying to dart out again but all we see is a little hand quickly waving goodbye as the arena laughs again. Once they are backstage Levi swaggers back out with a mischievous grin on his face.)
Levi Russow: ...c’mon...you REALLY didn’t think I was gonna let RYLAND intro the main event, did you? We all know I’m a whore for the spotlight! I was awestruck when I heard this man wasn’t already in the Hall of Fame, that could be said for ANYONE we’ve inducted tonight. But I share a special bond with this one...y’know...falling off of a titantron into nothing but electrical equipment sending both of you to urgent care really brings a family together. Being inducted by, and these are her words, the “Head Bitch In Charge”...and a walking fossil we haven’t seen in ages! Please welcome...Laura Phoenix and Josiah Cena!!!
(Laura Phoenix and Josiah Cena walk out onto the stage, as Levi smirks cheekishly at them. He gives Laura a hug, and shakes Cena’s hand, as he leaves the stage. Josiah and Laura step to the podium.)
Josiah Cena: He’s not gonna like this, but Jake would have done better.
(From off the stage we can hear Levi yell.)
Levi Russow: I HEARD THAT!
Laura Phoenix: Hey, I thought he did a fine job.
Josiah Cena: He also didn’t call you a fossil.
Laura Phoenix: He knows better.
Josiah Cena: Does he though?
Laura Phoenix: Hey, he knows I could probably still kick his ass. Focus, Josiah.
Josiah Cena: Oh, right. We are gathered here tonight to celebrate the career of a man that I can honestly say is my best friend in this business.
Laura Phoenix: Why does it sound like we’re at a wedding now. I’m the one married to him.
Josiah Cena: You wanna do this?
Laura Phoenix: We might have a chance of being home by midnight…we both have kids, remember?
Josiah Cena: ...so no night of partying?
Laura Phoenix: You’ve done enough partying in your day, Pappyland.
(Josiah hangs his head in shame.)
Josiah Cena: Can never escape that…
Laura Phoenix: Nope!
Josiah Cena: Shall we get on with the induction?
Laura Phoenix: Would be nice.
Josiah Cena: After you, ladies first.
Laura Phoenix: How nice of you.
(Josiah steps aside, as Laura takes to the podium.)
Laura Phoenix: What can I say about the crazy man I married? To give you a taste of what his personality is like...after Destiny he was laid up in the hospital bed. He had a nice gash lined up to the ends of his mouth from the barbed wire, and was looking a bit like Heath Ledger’s Joker without the makeup. I was looking at him, and without skipping a beat, he looked up at me, straight face, and said “Why so serious?” It was in that moment I knew he was going to be okay. I’ve seen him go through some wars in the past with the likes of Shane Fuller, Akuma, Mr. Fox, and of course Levi Ruasow, but I would say this last one with Lukas was one of the more violent ones. I’ve seen him do some crazy things, like the time he and Levi had the brilliant idea to fall off the damn titantron, and damn near give me a heart attack. I’ve had to bail them out of jail a couple times after, again they had the bright idea, to set a bar on fire. But, with all the craziness and insanity, at least I can say there’s never a dull moment. It fills my heart with joy and pride to help induct him into the Hall of Fame tonight.
(Laura steps aside, and lets Josiah step up to the podium.)
Josiah Cena: Nick Madison….one of the craziest, most sadistic bastards this company has ever seen. But, he’s also my best friend, and I’ve been with him through it all. Was there during Lycra...Sapphire…
(Laura coughs to clear her throat. Josiah just looks at her.)
Josiah Cena: I was gonna say at least he ended up with the right one! We spent years on the road together, so I’m sure I have plenty of stories that he’d rather not get out...but there’s one in particular I do feel the need to share. It was back when we were part of the Warriors stable with Steven Xavior and Makua Koa in PWSR. We were on the road going to a show, and we were all pretty hungry. So, X and Nick had the bright idea to stop at a gas station, and get some burritos. Makua and I knew better, so we just got some other junk food to hold us over. Let me tell you, if you want to experience torture and near death from toxic fumes, sit in a car with Steven Xavior and a Nick Madison after they’ve had bad gas station burritos. That was the worst car ride ever.
(The audience laughs, as Josiah shakes his head.)
Josiah Cena: He has accomplished so much in this company, multiple time World Champion, Intercontinental Champion, X-Treme Champion, United Champion...He competed in the Blood Wars Rebel Rumble in only like his second or third match, and finished in the top three, only Mack Payne and Shane Fuller were left. The night he decided to do a moonsault off a production truck onto Mr. Fox on a table, that opened a lot of eyes, and got the legendary Art Campbell to drop and F bomb on live television. He is one of the greatest superstars this company has seen, and it’s about damn time he takes his place in the Hall of Fame. Ladies and gentlemen, please allow us to introduce the Extremist…
Laura Phoenix: The Madman…
Josiah Cena: My best friend…
Laura Phoenix: And my husband, and father to our son Aaron…
Josiah Cena: The latest inductee to the PWS Hall of Fame Class of 2020…
Laura and Josiah: NICK MADISON!!!
(Nick Madison walks out onto the stage, his arm in a sling, as he walks up and shakes Josiah’s hand, before Laura gives him a hug. They walk off the stage, as Nick takes the podium.)
Nick Madison: So yeah, you’ll have to excuse the arm sling, I got a separated shoulder in my match with Lukas...worth it though.
Nick Madison: It’s probably a good thing this show is in an auditorium, and not like a bar, given the fact Levi and I are both here. We don’t exactly have the best reputations for walking into bars and not burning them down…
(The audience laughs, as Nick looks off stage, presumably at Levi.)
Nick Madison: It’s true, we don’t.
(Nick looks back at the audience.)
Nick Madison: I’d like to thank Josiah and Laura for that wonderful introduction, those words really mean a lot to me.
(The audience claps, as the fans in the balcony start a “You Deserve It!” chant. Nick smiles, as he looks up towards the balcony, as his eyes seem to water a bit.)
Nick Madison: Thank you, but the same could be said for everyone indicted here tonight. I have to echo the sentiments that have been stated many times tonight, and that is to thank all of you, the fans, for supporting me for all of these years. Without all of you, we wouldn’t be here. Thank you for letting us get to do what we love and entertain you for all this time. You all are the most important part of this industry.
(The crowd on the floor applauds, agreeing with Nick’s words.)
Nick Madison: Much like Emma said, listening to Josiah and Laura y’all about everything I’ve went through and accomplished took me back to all of those moments. I was taken back to winning my first championship, then my first world championship against Shane Fuller. I was taken back to the moonsault off the production truck, and back to falling off the titantron with Levi. It’s true, I’ve been through some crazy stuff. There are a few people I need to thank for helping me throughout my career. The first being Ty Cyrus, who gave me the opportunity to follow my dreams, and come to this company. Him, along with Dave Diamond, were really the ones responsible for me getting my shot to compete for you all. I have to thank my fellow Warriors, Josiah Cena, Makua Koa, and Steven Xavior. They made the early years of my career fun and filled with good memories. I have to thank all those I’ve had wars with in the past, Shane Fuller, Mack Payne, Jade Shocker, Manny Grnocide, Mr. Fox, Akuma, Lukas Emery, and of course Levi Russow, who has become like a brother to me.
(Nick smiles as he continues.)
Nick Madison: Of course I have to thank my family, my wife, Laura Phoenix, for standing by me through all the crazy. For being my biggest supporter and best friend. I also have to thank my step-daughter, Bella. I know our relationship has had its ups and downs, but I want you to know how extremely proud I am of you and all that you’ve managed to accomplish. You have grown into an amazing young woman, and have been a great help with Aaron.
(Nick gets a bit teary eyed as he mentions Aaron’s name. The camera cuts to Bella Madison sitting in the crowd, as she mouths “I love you” to Nick.)
Nick Madison: Love you too, kid.
(He takes a moment to collect himself, before looking up at the fans in the balcony.)
Nick Madison: And of course, I have to thank all of you again, for without you, there would be no Nick Madison. You have supported me through the good times, the bad times, and the ugly times. You all have made this life a great one in this business. This industry has given me everything. I found the love of my life through wrestling, all of my closest friends I met through wrestling. And I have had the honor to meet some of the best fans on the planet in our PWS fans.in closing, thank you all, I love you all, stay safe in these crazy times, drive home safely, and have a great night!
(The crowd applauds, as Josiah, Levi, and Laura come back out onto the stage. laura is holding baby Aaron now, as they all go up and give Nick a hug. The four then do a pose for pictures on the stage, as the closing shot er get is Laura handing Aaron over to Nick, and Nick holding him with the biggest smile on his face. The PWS:APEX logo flashes across the acteen, before the scene fades to black.)[/i]