PWS: APEX Crusade 2021 Dec 28, 2021 23:45:59 GMT -5
Post by Josiah Cena on Dec 28, 2021 23:45:59 GMT -5
(The cameras cut to a room in the backstage area with a large table sitting in the middle. Seated on the far side, from left to right, are Tayna Reihl, Daniel Russow, Star Stormz, and Josiah Cena. Tayna was wearing a white blouse with her hair down, Dan was wearing a hooded leather jacket with a t-shirt under it and an unzipped zip up tie hanging around his neck. Star was wearing a nice light blue pant suit with a white shirt under it, her hair half pulled up. Josiah was wearing a nice grey suit with a button up white shirt under it.)
Tayna Reihl: Hello everyone and welcome to the Crusade preshow!!! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and are ready for the last PWS:APEX show of 2021! In case you are tuning in for the first time tonight, my name is Tayne Reihl and I am sitting here with the Head of Talent Relations, Josiah Cena.
(The camera pans to Josiah, who nods and waves.)
Josiah Cena: Merry Christmas, everyone!.
Tayna Reihl: Co-Owner and CEO, Star Stormz.
(The camera fans over to Star, who smiles and waves quickly.)
Star Stormz: I’m excited to sit here and break down tonight's massive show with you guys. Thanks for taking the time during a busy holiday period to join us for some high quality sports entertainment.
Tayna Reihl: And rounding out our panel for tonight, we have former Tag Team Champion, Daniel Russow.
(The camera pans to Dan, showing what he is wearing, when you hear Star make a comment from off screen.)
Star Stormz: You did get the memo that you were supposed to dress up, right?
Daniel Russow: You’ve known me for HOW long? You see the tie? This IS dressed up.
(Star shakes her head a bit, letting out a slight chuckle to herself.)
Star Stormz: I… don’t know what I expected…
Tayna Reihl: And on that note… we do only have an hour and we have a WHOLE lot of show to discuss… so let’s just hop on into things!
Tayna Reihl: So the first match on the docket tonight is the Collateral Damage Title match. Violet Amelia Holt will challenge reigning champion Jonathan Sanders in a Weapons Filled Cage Match. Things started off back right after Dishonored, when Violet won a match against PWS Veteran Miss Puppies for contendership of the Collateral Damage Title.
Star Stormz: Both of those ladies are known for having anger issues… and violence. It was a perfect fit.
Josiah Cena: Ya know, Sanders has held the Collateral Damage Championship for a total of 305 days, which is the second longest reign in PWS:APEX history behind Mack’s 318 days with the World title. Those two, along with Sierra on her current World Title run, being the only people who have broken the 300 day mark. Honestly? I don’t see anything changing that tonight. This match really lends to a guy like Sanders, and I don’t think any amount of “playing crazy” by Violet is going to make a difference.
Daniel Russow: I mean…I dunno. I don’t particularly like either one of ‘em. Soooo…..blood and violence yay?
(Star shakes her head a bit and looks over at Daniel.)
Star Stormz: Of course you are all for the violence… but this match has gotten personal. Didn’t you see how Sanders and Dioysus attacked her family last week at the family gym?
Daniel Russow: The what now? I zoned out as soon as Violet was on screen.
Tayna Reihl: Uh huh…
Daniel Russow: You know, fatherhood duties and what not.
Star Stormz: Surrrre. But I gotta go with Violet tonight. Sanders made it personal-
Daniel Russow: If it was so personal, why was she just standing in the damn ring instead of going after the bastard?
Tayna Reihl: He has a valid point… which is why I gotta put my money on Sanders out there tonight. He knows exactly what he is doing, and he got in her head in a big way.
Josiah Cena: I’ve already stated my opinion, but I think Sanders has this one tonight.
Daniel Russow: What he said.
Tayna Reihl: And on that note… let’s head to the back with Claire Anderson who is standing by with a very special guest tonight. Claire?
Claire Anderson: That’s right! Thank you Tayna. I’m standing here with Madison Carpenter. Now, Madison, What match are you most looking forward to tonight and why?
Madison Carpenter: Lexi vs Gracie, not a knock on all other matches on this show because I think the other matches will be great with good stories behind them. But this one has the emotion behind it. You have Gracie who lost her grandfather, who was a legend to this business and a former GM to this place too. The pressure of that and it being a major match that’s been in so many times over the year, I’ve watched her train over the last few days, and let me tell you…It’s like watching a freak. She never stops! Then you have Lexi, a former champion, a family member to Lexi, how is that going to play out, you know? Neither one of them ever go easy in that ring. And she lost her mentor as well with Jorge, to me it’s a bigger match emotionally wise and the fans are going to be behind it.
Claire Anderson: I couldn’t agree more! That match really is going to tear the house down, and you do have a personal stake in it, being as close to them both as you.
(Madison nods in agreement.)
Claire Anderson: Now… What goals do you have in PWS in 2022?
Madison Carpenter: I have goals to be a champion again. I say again because I haven’t won anything here YET, but it doesn’t mean I’m some random joe they pulled off the streets, I’ve won titles elsewhere. I’m looking to make my mark here and my goals are to make a splash in 2022 and force people to realize I’m a threat. It’s simple as that.
Claire Anderson: That’s a great goal to have! I am rooting for you! And our final question of the night… Who do you think is going to win tonight, Gracie or Alexis?
(Madison lets out a slight nervous chuckle)
Madison Carpenter: Just gonna put me on the spot aren’t you? It’s tough to say honestly. You have a hall of Famer like Lexi who needs a major win after everything she’s been through this year. Then you have Gracie who’s been in that ring her whole life, a crafty veteran and she’s been through a lot this year and she needs a major win as well. I guess if I REALLY had to choose, I’d say Gracie. But not by much though… what I see happening is someone has to crawl with exhaustion to make that final 3 count.
Claire Anderson: That is quite possible! Neither of those ladies knows when to give up. Thank you for your time tonight, Madison, and enjoy the show! Back to you, Tayna!
Tayna Reihl: Thank you, Claire. It’s kind of funny they talked about Alexis and Gracie… because that’s the next match we are set to discuss. And it is another very personal match but on a different level. And the stakes couldn’t be higher for these two, as they are fighting for contendership for the United Title. Dan, I’m sure you have plenty to say about your “favorite” red headed Aussie?
Daniel Russow: Actually…I wish Alexis the best of luck tonight, and that’s all.
Tayna Reihl: ….saywhatnow?
Star Stormz: Uhhh…
Josiah Cena: Audrey told you to say that, didn’t she?
Daniel Russow: How dare you! Those are my thoughts. It has nothing to do with the fact Audrey threatens I’d be sleeping on the couch if I spoke ill of Alexis.
Josiah Cena: What about Gracie?
Daniel Russow: She’s been through a hell of a lot. I hope she can keep her emotions in check on this one.
Star Stormz: They both have had a hell of a year in terms of going through a lot. Alexis and her mental health struggles, Gracie losing her grandpa then welcoming a baby. It’s been an emotional rollercoaster for both of them. And I know, hands down, that they are both going to bring everything they have to this Pure Rules match… in honor of the late Jorge Lopez. In terms of who will win? I think Gracie wants it more. But I guess we’ll see right?
Josiah Cena: Gracie may want it more, but I think Alexis needs it more. She really hasn’t been on the best roll lately record wise. A win here tonight would go a long way in getting her back to form. So I think Alexis will find a way to get it done tonight.
Daniel Russow: At this time, I feel it’s best to abstain from picking a winner in this match, and just wish them both the best of luck.
Josiah Cena: Smart move.
Daniel Russow: Yup.
Tayna Reihl: I think it’s going to be an extremely close, insanely competitive match. These two have a lot of history together. Alexis helped train Gracie, and I think that is going to be the factor that will put Alexis over. But I wouldn’t count out Gracie!
Star Stormz: This is kind of a “can the student surpass the teacher” moment…
Tayna Reihl: That it is. Let’s hop to the back with Carmen Fernandez as she is waiting with the newest Tag Team in PWS:APEX… Fish N Chips!
Backstage interviewer Carmen Fernandez with the newly formed team of The Squid Man and Spuds Guzzman Jr, known collectively as Fish N' Chips for a preshow interview.
Carmen Fernandez: Hello PWS fans, we have a great show lined up for later tonight. I'm here now with The Squid Man and Spuds Guzzman Jr, the team calling themselves Fish N Chips. So I guess my first question is, What match are you guys most looking forward to on tonights show?
Squid Man: I am a squid!
Spuds Guzzman Jr.: The Squid Man says The tag title match, of course! We're going to be next in line for those belts, so we look forward to seeing whose asses we have to kick!
Carmen Fernandez: Wait….you can understand him?
Spuds Guzzman Jr.: Sure! I took a course in college on Squidanese!
Carmen Fernandez: ….right. Moving along, So you have your eyes set on the tag titles then?
Squid Man: I am a squid.
Spuds Guzzman Jr.: The Squid Man says all day, every day, it's in our sights. Even if it's just in our peripheral vision, and I have to agree Carmen, we want to prove we too can be champions.
Carmen Fernandez: So, what is the goal of Fish N Chips in 2022?
Squid Man: I am a squid.
Spuds Guzzman Jr.: The Squid Man says, To be taken seriously as a team! Fish 'N Chips 2022! Are you with us Carmen? Fish N Chips 2022! Let's get that trending!
Carmen Fernandez: Well, was there anything else?
Squid Man: I am a squid.
Carmen looks at Spuds who says nothing.
Carmen Fernandez: No translation?
Spuds Guzzman Jr.: Oh, he said...I am a squid.
Carmen looks at the two with a blank stare, as Spuds casually bites into a potato.
Carmen Fernandez: ...Well, um okay. I guess that's our time then folks, and thanks for your time guys.
Spuds Guzzman: Anytime, and remember to eat your potatoes everyone so you can grow big and strong!
Spuds smiles cheesy grin at the camera, as Squid Man looks on through his mask and Carmen remains confused and a little bit uncomfortable.
Tayna Reihl: Thank you, Carmen! We are back and while on the topic of Tag Teams… What about that Tag Team Title match between the reigning champions, The Commonwealth, and their challengers, representing Antithesis… Alexander Lyons and Tyson Sykes?
Daniel Russow: I honestly don’t give two shits about this match. I’m sorry but I just…don’t. Whoever wins? Woohoo good for you. But I just…I dunno, this match does absolutely nothing for me.
Josiah Cena: Yeah, I’ll agree this match has some of the weaker builds going into tonight, but these are two extremely talented teams, and I think they are absolutely going to blow the roof off the place tonight.
Star Stormz: I agree that there wasn’t as much of a build for this match, as we really don’t have a huge division for it. But, Dan, I am surprised that you aren’t a little more interested… seeing as it was Commonwealth who took the belts off you and Audrey. And you two do still have a rematch you could request.
Daniel Russow: Yeah…I don’t see that happening for a while.
(Star shakes her head a little at him)
Star Stormz: To each their own, I guess. But tonight I think I gotta cast my prediction in favor of Sykes and Lyons. Sykes is one of the hottest talents on the roster right now, and he has an insanely bright future. So does Lyons. For being a relatively new tag team, they have a lot of chemistry together in the ring. And I think that they are going to play out kind of like a wild card. Commonwealth need to be careful.
Tayna Reihl: I gotta disagree with you there. Commonwealth are 2 time Tag Champs for a reason, and I think they are going to walk out of here tonight with a successful retention under their belts. What do you think, Josiah? Who do you think is going to win?
Josiah Cena: It’s a tough call, but I think the Commonwealth will find a way to win and still be tag champs.
Tayna Reihl: What about you, Dan?
(Dan thinks for a moment, then pulls out a quarter. He holds it in his hand, before flipping it as it lands in his hand.)
Daniel Russow: Oh look, heads…guess I’ll go with Antithesis.
(Star…again…shakes her head.)
Star Stormz: Unbelievable.
Josiah Cena: Like you said. To each their own.
Tayna Reihl: Well, with that, let’s send things back to Daniel Clark, who is standing by with one of tonight’s competitors.
(The cameras cut to a small interview area set up in the back of the arena. Daniel Clark was standing with Violet Amelia Holt)
Daniel Clark: I’m standing here with #1 contender for the Collateral Damage Championship, Violet Amelia Holt. Violet, what match, besides your own of course, do you have your eye on tonight?
(Violet rolls her eyes a bit as she answers)
Violet Amelia Holt: If I am being honest with myself, my focus has solely been on Jonathan Sanders. No other match has even made my radar.
Daniel Clark: Understandable, you have a huge opportunity ahead of you. I’d be worried if you were not focused. Now, who do you predict will be the first entry in the Elimination Chamber, Jennifer Carpenter-Lopez or Heather Haze?
Violet Amelia Holt: Honestly? I think Heather Haze will find some way to weasel her way into the chamber first. Now… if you’ll excuse me…
(Violet shook her head, mildly annoyed, as she walked off. Daniel Clark shrugged as the cameras cut back to the panel.)
Tayna Reihl: And thank you, Daniel. Up next we have, possibly the most emotional match of the night for the fans. I’m talking about the retirement match of PWS Hall of Famer, Nick Madison as he wrestles in his last match against his daughter, Bella Madison. Josiah, as a retired wrestler yourself, you know that Nick put a lot of thought into this decision and this match. Care to weigh in?
Josiah Cena: Not just as a retired wrestler, but as one of the man’s best friends. I know this was one of the big things Nick wanted to do when he came back. He wanted to team with Bella, and he wanted to face her once. Though, I have to wonder if he’s not wishing there was a little…more to this match?
Tayna Reihl: Oh?
Josiah Cena: Yeah, I mean it feels like Bella has had her focus in other places as of late, and it’s kinda had an effect on the build to this match, which is meant to be a bigger deal. Nick is a hall of Famer, and this is his last match…there should be some weight with that.
Daniel Russow: I think Nick is fine with everything, and he’s just happy he gets to have his last match with his daughter. Ya know? Like..he gets to go out on his own terms.
Star Stormz: I couldn’t agree more. I’ve seen many a wrestler toil over who to have their last match against. You don’t want to pick the wrong person to blow the roof off the place with. And Nick knew all along who he was going to choose. And I don’t think he could have picked a better person for it to be against. It’s a strongly emotional match, and yet another “can the student surpass the teacher” moment tonight. Based on the improvements I have seen from Bella… I think she may be able to get one over on her dad… if she can focus on the match at hand and keep emotions in check. What do you guys think? Can Bella beat Nick? Or is Nick going to go out in a huge blaze of glory?
Josiah Cena: If you had asked me a year ago? I would have said Bella has it, but given everything going on, I think Nick has it in him to come out on top.
Daniel Russow: I think the young padawan has it. I dunno, just call it a feeling. Gonna be a hell of a match though.
Tayna Reihl: Honestly? I think Nick has the years of experience to anticipate any situation Bella can throw at him, and you just can’t bet against that. But I 100% agree with Josiah… it’s going to be a HELL of a match.
(At this point, the fans cheer as Alfonso Banks and JR Freeman start to make their way to the commentary table.)
Tayna Reihl: Looks like it is time for our preshow match! A double debut match between Dan Adler and Elani Stratus. I’ll hand it over to Alfonso and JR!!!
(The cameras cut to the commentary table at ringside.)
Dan Adler vs. Eleni Stratus
(The bell rings as Eleni seemingly is caught completely off guard by the very eccentric Dan. The fans are eating up his unusual antics. The look of shock quickly turns to disgust as he turns from showing off for the crowd to Eleni slapping him in the face and before that shock wears off, she reaches in and tries to rake out Dan’s eyes out of their sockets. The referee pulls her off and places her on the far side of the ring before admonishing her.)
JR Freeman: What an interesting first impression made by Ms. Stratus.
Alfonso Banks: Can’t see, can’t fight or show off.
JR Freeman: Still cheating and our official will not allow it which, mind you it’s unusual for them to be so hands on, I cannot blame him for doing that.
(Eleni finally gets out of the corner still arguing with the referee, turns around and is met with a boot right to the face with a bicycle helluva kick.)
JR Freeman: That’s the Bicycle!
(Eleni is out on her feet, Dan quickly picks her up, wraps her up and drops them down in the “Bottom Out” and goes for the pin.)
Meg Reynolds: Here is your winner, Dan Adler!
Alfonso Banks: WOAH! That was FAST!
JR Freeman: Eleni’s dirty play came back to bite her square in the butt and Dan Adler comes away with his first win in PWS: APEX!
WINNER - Dan Adler
(The cameras cut back to the panel, as it’s a close up on Tayna.)
Tayna Reihl: Congrats to Dan Adler on a successful debut in rather convincing fashion.
Josiah Cena: Yeah, Eleni just didn’t seem to have luck on her side tonight.
Tayna Reihl: Well, for this next few moments, we have the pleasure of being joined by Dan’s better half -
Daniel Russow: Hey now….that’s….okay that’s accurate.
Star Stormz: Smart move.
(The camera pans out to show that Audrey Russow is sitting next to her husband.)
Audrey Russow: He can’t even deny it.
Tayna Reihl: Audrey Russow everyone.
Audrey Russow: Helloooo!
Tayna Reihl: Thanks for joining us out here for a bit.
Audrey Russow: It’s my pleasure.
Star Stormz: How’s baby Aurora doing?
Audrey Russow: She’s…hanging in there. Got a busy week coming up after the show. We fly back to New York on Saturday afternoon. We go to the hospital Sunday night, and the transplant is scheduled for first thing Monday morning. So we have kinda used this trip to Orlando as a nice little family vacation. We had the joy of bringing my brother and his fiancé along.
Tayna Reihl: That’s amazing. I’m so glad things are looking good for her. She is in all of our thoughts and prayers through everything. You all are.
Star Stormz: Exactly. You have the largest support system you could ever ask for. Speaking of your family’s health… any updates for us Dan?
Daniel Russow: So, docs say I suffered a pretty bad concussion. So haven’t gotten any word on when I’ll be cleared to compete.
Audrey Russow: The important thing is there was no more damage done than was already there.
Daniel Russow: Hey….
Audrey Russow: Love you…
(This gets a chuckle from Star and Tayna.)
Star Stormz: We should have her join us more often.
Daniel Russow: ANYWAY, as I was saying, I’m not really all that bothered by the time off right now, means I can be with Aurora. So I'm honestly not in a big rush to get back. Once everything is settled and Aurora is doing fine, I’ll be back, best count on it.
Josiah Cena: Any plans for when you come back? Maybe you two going back for the tag titles?
Daniel Russow: Not really sure. I got some things I wanna do and some business to tend to, and we’ll see where Audrey is at when the time comes.
Audrey Russow: Right now we are really just taking things one day at a time.
Star Stormz: That’s really all you can do at this point. Can’t wait to see what 2022 brings for you guys.
Tayna Reihl: But before any of that… we gotta get through Crusade. And there’s a match on tonight’s show that we know you probably have a very personal stake in as of late… and that’s Heather Haze versus Jennifer Carpenter-Lopez for a spot in that Demon’s Run Elimination Chamber.
Josiah Cena: I’ll get my thoughts out there, as I’m very interested in this match. I wanna see how Jenn comes into this one after her time away, and going through what she went through. You add on all the drama involving Heather, Alexis, Audrey…. And on the flip side, it’ll be interesting to see how Heather treats another one of Alexia’s close friends. What do you think Star?
Star Stormz: I have my thoughts, but first…I think everyone wants to know what Audrey thinks.
Audrey Russow: Oh?
Tayna Reihl: You have had quite the…confrontational relationship with Heather as of late…
Audrey Russow: Xonfron-can I make a statement? Straight to the camera?
Tayna Reihl: Sure.
(The camera zooms in close on Audrey, as she looks right into the camera.)
Audrey Russow: Jenn…..kick that psycho bitch’s head in. And Haze…you’re gonna get what’s coming to you. You and I are on a collision course, bitch. And trust me. You’re not gonna like when we meet.
Josiah Cena: Interesting you say that.
Star Stormz: Yes, we won’t go into much detail, but things are in the works. As for this match though, I know for a fact Jenn is NOT HAPPY at all with how Heather has been acting with Alexis. She wasn’t a big fan of how the two were earlier in the year when things were running rampant. So I don’t know exactly where to lean for this match. It really could go either way. Jenn… well she has a lot of emotion on her plate. Heather, however, has jealousy on her side. I think that as long as Jenn can keep an eye out for any sort of foul play, she could take the win. But I wouldn’t put it past Heather to pull something sneaky and steal a win. It wouldn’t be the first time… What do you think, Tayna?
Tayna Reihl: I think that Heather is so blind with jealousy and hatred that she isn’t going to be thinking clearly and Jenn is going to be able to take advantage of that and use it against her, securing the win. We’ve seen it happen before. Dan… you have been awfully quiet over there. And to be honest, I’m a little scared. What do you think, who is going to win?
(Dan thinks for a moment, choosing his words very carefully.)
Daniel Russow: In a way…a very, very, very minuscule way….I somewhat kinda hope Haze wins.
Audrey Russow: EXCUSE ME?
Daniel Russow: Hear me out…if Haze wins, that puts her in the Elimination Chamber…one of the most dangerous match types we have in PWS: APEX, and, as it stands, she’d be stepping in there with Sierra Williams and a deranged, delusional, psychopathic Mack McKane…that bitch gon’ get shredded like cheddar.
Josiah Cena: I mean…that’s one way of looking at it.
Audrey Russow:…yes but…I wanna be the one doing the shredding…
Star Stormz: I’m sure you’ll get your chance. Safe to say you’re pick is Jenn for this match, though?
Audrey Russow: Of course.
Tayna Reihl: Josiah, who do you think will win?
Josiah Cena: It’s not going to be a popular opinion, but I think-
Audrey Russow: Don’t.
Josiah Cena: I think Ha-
Audrey Russow: Doooooon’t.
Josiah Cena: …I think Haze-
Audrey Russow: Doooooooooon’t.
Daniel Russow: Don’t do it, man.
Josiah Cena: …I think Haze has it.
Daniel Russow: He dun did it.
Josiah Cena: Sorry, I just think Jenn has been away for too long and Haze has too much momentum going on right now. She has a lot of people talking about her, whether it be good or bad. I think she will be focused on the task at hand, mainly because this match has nothing to do with Audrey or Alexis.
Audrey Russow: I used to like you…
Josiah Cena: Not anymore?
Audrey Russow: Not at the moment!
Daniel Russow: I think I hear Aurora crying for one of us.
(Audrey lets out an obvious sigh of frustration.)
Audrey Russow: Fine, I know that’s Dan’s way of saying he can see my rage coming, and it’s time for me to go cool off. I need to go find Alexis anyway, so I will leave you guys to it. Best of luck with the rest of the show.
(With that, Audrey walks off.)
Josiah Cena: I…didn’t mean to set her off like that.
(Dan lets out a sigh.)
Daniel Russow: It’s not you. It’s Haze. She brings out the hatred in Audrey. Like, Audrey is one of the nicest, easiest to get along with people I have ever met. But she just absolutely cannot stand Heather Haze. I would suggest to you two (nodding to Star and Josiah) get with Laura, Ambika, whoever you have to ans find a way to put them in a match together so they can fight out their differences in the ring…they showed on Riot it’s going to happen whether you sanction it or not.
Star Stormz: Don’t worry… that is something that has already been discussed. But, I wouldn’t wanna give out too many spoilers
(Star winks as Tayna takes over.)
Tayna Reihl: Aaaaaaand on that note… let’s kick it over to Claire Anderson!
(Cameras cut to the back with Claire Anderson standing next to a monitor with Matthew Paul on it.)
Claire Anderson: Thank you once more, Tayna. Now I’m "virtually" with a man we haven’t heard from in a while… Matthew Paul!
Matthew Paul: Hello all you crazy fuckers, Matthew Paul here. It has been a hot minute since I have been on PWS:Apex television. That probably doesn't disappoint the majority of you, not that I give two shits what any of you think. For those of you who are masochistic enough to call yourselves Matthew Paul fans, I decided to answer a few questions as part of the Crusade Pre-show, because at this point I don't have anything else to do right now.
(He shrugs slightly sarcastically)
Matthew Paul: Afterall, it's not like I can sit on my ass anyway. You can see obviously, at least I hope that you can, that I am laying down right now. That is because while you may not remember the last time I was on TV, Shawn Young had cheated to defeat me. This led to me breaking my ass and since then my ass did not heal properly so doctors had to re-break it so that it can heal correctly, something that it is hopefully doing now.
Claire Anderson: Sounds like you have had a painful time... glad to see you are on the recovering end of things now. So I won't waste anymore of your time. Let's dive right in. What does the future hold for Matthew Paul?
Matthew Paul: So what does the future hold Matthew Paul? Waiting for my ass to heal is the easy response, though in the meantime there are some other things I will be doing just so all of you don't get too happy not seeing me around.
Claire Anderson: Vague... but I know I, for one, am intrigued with the meaning behind that. So what match are you looking forward to most tonight?
Matthew Paul: Ah, getting right to the point... however other people have asked me what match I am looking forward to the most as part of Crusade? Well I would say nothing since I am not on the card myself, but I wasn't on the card half the time when I was healthy because of some bullshit anyway. So I go with the Collateral Damage Championship Jonathan Sanders defending against Violet Amelia Holt. I don't like Sanders and I was getting ready to kick his ass before..well nevermind I just don't like him. The thing is, I like Holt even less. But the match does take place in a weapons-filled cage, so I can hope that the two of them will turn each other’s brains, assuming either of them has one, into mush and then watch them crawl out of the ring. At least this is what I am praying for.
Claire Anderson: Well that's... anyways! Who do you think is going to walk out tonight with the United Championship?
Matthew Paul: The match that should really be one worth watching from a wrestling match perspective should be Cleo Phillips defending the Apex United States Championship against Devon Ryder. Cleo makes me sick, the way that she panders to all of you week after week is nothing short of nauseating to me. That being said though, I will also say that Cleo might be the hottest act going in PWS:Apex, at least while I am still injured. Few people can fuck with the girl successfully and even fewer will try. Unfortunately for her however, one of those people is my favorite Canadian, Devon Ryder.
Claire Anderson: You think Devon is going to dethrone Cleo?
Matthew Paul: Yes, you all heard me right, Devon is one of the few people in PWS:Apex I actually like other than myself! That is because he doesn’t pander to anyone, at least not in this country, something I not only like about him but I also respect. Beyond that, the kid can really go, and the thought of Devon Ryder as the new United States Champion after Crusade just warms my heart, and almost nothing does that. People have said in the past that I don’t even have one, and while that could be true, it’s something that needs to be discussed at another time. Cleo Phillips is not going to go down easily and she will scratch and crawl to try and keep her title, but by the end of this match it will be Devon Ryder going home with the gold.
Claire Anderson: Uh... well thank you for your time. Gonna throw it back to Tayna and the panel now.
Tayna Reihl: Thank you, Claire! Now, we only have 2 more matches to talk about tonight. The first one we have is the United Title Match between champion Cleo Phillips and her challenger, Devon Ryder.
Daniel Russow: USA! USA! USA!
Daniel Russow: Blame Canada!
Daniel Russow: What?
Josiah Cena: Uh, Dan?
Daniel Russow: Sup?
Star Stormz: You DO realize that…
Tayna Reihl: I lived in Toronto before coming to PWS.
Daniel Russow: Eesh. I’m sorry.
Josiah Cena: You uh…you not making any fans in Canada right now.
Daniel Russow: What? I love maple syrup!
Tayna Reihl:…I can’t.
Star Stormz: Aren’t we meant to be talking about the United title match?
Daniel Russow: Yeah so stop distracting us.
Daniel Russow: This one is gonna be interesting. I think Cleo is gonna be on a warpath after what happened on Riot.
Josiah Cena: Yeah, not sure what Ryder was thinking with that.
Star Stormz: Ryder signed a death warrant when he tried to show how “broken” the system was. Cleo… she is one of the nicest people there is. She does so many community outreach programs, helps at risk youth… for her to be treated like that was disgusting and I hope that she kicks Ryder’s balls up into his throat.
Tayna Reihl: Star!
(The camera gets a quick shot of Dan, who is just absolutely CHEESIN at all this.)
Star Stormz: What? Cleo didn’t deserve that, and I hope Ryder Gets what he has coming.
(Dan pats Star on the shoulder, nodding his head.)
Daniel Russow: You have learned well young grasshoppah…
Star Stormz: Don’t. Touch. Me.
(Aaaaand he removes his arm from her shoulder.)
Daniel Russow: Yus ma’am.
Tayna Reihl: It was quite disgusting what Ryder did to Cleo. I too am hoping that Cleo beats him. I would hate to see our United Title around HIS waist. What do you think, Josiah?
Josiah Cena: At the risk of having two more females quite unhappy with me, I think Ryder may walk out with the title. If he has managed to get in Cleo’s head with all this. She could let her emotions and rage get in the way. If she can stay focused on the task at hand, I think she can retain, but if she slips. Ryder will take advantage. But, on a personal note, yes. What Ryder did was atrocious.
Daniel Russow: Nice recovery.
Star Stormz: At the risk of you saying or doing something to annoy me… what do you think, Dan?
Daniel Russow: Go Cleo! Kick his hockey pucks!
Josiah Cena: Wouldn’t that be a disqualification?
Daniel Russow: I mean…not if she doesn’t get caught?
Star Stormz: I gotta stop doing these things… anyone got some Tylenol?
Daniel Russow: Psh, you love us.
Tayna Reihl: Annnnnyway, Star, who do you think will win?
Star Stormz: Cleo. 100% she will walk out with the belt still.
Tayna Reihl: And lets cut to Daniel Clark for our last interview of the night!
Daniel Clark: Thank you, Tayna! I have Tyson Sykes with me right now… Now, Tyson, What crusade match, besides your own, are you most interested in?
Tyson Sykes: I'm excited for three other things. I'm excited to watch Jonathan Sanders absolutely annihilate Violett Amelia Holt inside of a steel cage. I'm excited to watch and see if Nick Madison goes out a legend and actually fights Bella Madison - or if he does what I expect him to do, and that's to out like a bitch like the rest of his family. And I'm excited for McKane vs Williams for the title for one very simple reason. And that's because regardless the winner? They should keep an eye open when they go to sleep at night, 'cuz it's only a matter of time.
Daniel Clark: On that note… what is your goal for yourself in PWS in 2022?
Tyson Sykes: It's simple. I've talked a lot about false rewards and watered-down championships here in PWS Apex - but I've had only one goal since signing my name on that contract, and that's capturing the PWS World Championship. Not because I need the accolade nor the admiration. But because I want to prove to all the scum and suits who say I don't deserve it... that they're wrong. Not only that but once I grab that invisible brass ring? Y'all won't be able to ignore me any longer.
Daniel Clark: I'm catching a pattern here… now… What is your prediction for the World Title match tonight?
Answer: My short prediction? I say Sierra Williams retains. Mack McKane is one of the guys I've wanted to step into the ring with since day one, but I know first hand how fucking good Sierra Williams is - and I think Mack is going to do what every other toxicly masculine man has done since her debut - and that's underestimate her. My long prediction? I say neither of them truly want to win this match. Because holding that title? That puts a huge target on your back. And Mack? Sierra? Your boy is gettin' the itch to go target shooting very, very soon.
Daniel Clark: And there we have it! Back to you, Tayna!
(The camera cuts to the locker room of Alexis Makarios. She’s sitting on the couch just relaxing before she has to get ready for her match later in the night. There is a knock on the door.)
Alexis Makarios: It’s open!
(The door opens, and in walks Audrey Russow.)
Audrey Russow: Hey girl…it’s just you in here, right?
Alexis Makarios: Well, James is in the bathroom… but other than that yeah, it’s just me.
Audrey Russow: Oh, I’m fine with him. He’s on my good side.
(Audrey steps into the room and closes the door.)
Audrey Russow: I had something I wanted to talk to you about.
Alexis Makarios: Look, if it’s about Heather, I really don’t wanna have to think about that right now..I’m sorry.
Audrey Russow: Oh no, no. Nothing to do with that. It’s actually about your match, aaaand the Christmas gift I said I had for you on Twitter.
Alexis Makarios: Oh?
(Audrey walks over to the couch and motions toward it.)
Audrey Russow: May I?
Alexis Makarios: Sure?
(Alexis squints a bit, confused. Audrey takes a seat next to Alexis.)
Audrey Russow: So, you know how I’m from Philadelphia?
Alexis Makarios: A Philly girl? I thought you were from California… I’m just messin’. Yeah, I know you are from Philadelphia… whhhhhhhhy?
Audrey Russow: Well, you know who else is from Philly?
Alexis Makarios: Uhhhhh… Kevin Hart?
Audrey Russow:…okay besides him.
Alexis Makarios: Your brother RJ?
Audrey Russow: Noooo…
Alexis Makarios: I give up. Who?
Audrey Russow: A little band naaaaaaamed Halestorm…ya know, the one who does your entrance theme.
Alexis Makarios: Yeah….?
Audrey Russow: See…when I first came to PWS, they did my entrance theme…and I may or may not still have some connections with the band…and I mayyyy or may not have used said connections to get them to agree to play you to the ring tonight…
Alexis Makarios: NO. FUCKING. WAY.
Audrey Russow: Turns out Lizzy is actually a pretty big fan, and completely gets what you’ve been through this year and wanted to show her support for you.
Alexis Makarios: You… you’re joking right? You’re playing a little prank on me, aren’t ya?
(Alexis looks like she is about to jump out of her skin.)
Audrey Russow: Nope. No pranks. It’s legit. Tonight you’re getting played to the ring by a live performance from Halestorm.
Alexis Makarios: HOLY SHIT!
(She jumps up and gives Audrey a huge hug)
Alexis Makarios: Thank you so much! That is… one of the coolest things anyone has ever done for me!!!
(Audrey laughs as she hugs Alexis back.)
Audrey Russow: Not a problem. I just wanted to something as a…I guess thank you and sorry for all the drama you’ve had to put up with between me and Haze.
(They end the embrace and Alexis looks at Audrey.)
Alexis Makarios: You don’t have to apologize for that. It’s not your fault. Heather is… well she’s rough around the edges and tends to strike a nerve with people..
Audrey Russow: That’s…one way of putting it…
Alexis Makarios: I gotta have a talk with her anyways. You guys have enough to deal with, you shouldn’t have to deal with her too. Last week was just… well it was not ok what she did to you.
Audrey Russow: I wish I could say I see a day when we can just look past all this and co-exist. I just don’t know if that’s possible.
Alexis Makarios: Would you be willing to if she was?
Audrey Russow: It would take a lot of work. But I don’t think she ever would be.
Alexis Makarios: But if she was?
Audrey Russow: I guess I could give it a shot.
Alexis Makarios: Like, I’m not asking you guys to like each other or be friends… but it would be nice if I wasn’t having to break up fights all the time.
Audrey Russow: I guess I’m willing to try IF she is…it has to be a two way street though…but we got a lot of stuff to work out first I think.
Alexis Makarios: That’s all I ask, really.
(We cut away from the two, and back to the pre-show panel.)
Tayna Reihl: Well, that was really cool of Audrey to get Halestorm to play Alexis to the ring tonight.
Star Stormz: Yeah, that’s awesome!
Daniel Russow: Yeah, she’s been working on that for a couple weeks.
Tayna Reihl: Well, now it’s time to talk about our main event tonight, and that is a one on one for the PWS: APEX World Championship, putting the champion, Sierra Williams, against the challenger, and former champion, the man that Sierra pinned and took the title from at Demon’s Run earlier this year, Mack McKane.
Josiah Cena: A very…perturbed Mack McKane…
Daniel Russow: Perturbed? Dude is straight up went off the deep end crazy. Like…full…wait…I can’t say that….nevermind, carry on.
Star Stormz: I can honestly say that Mack has been on the war path since Sierra broke his knife… he is burning with rage and looking to let it out. I adore Sierra and I think she is an amazing champion. But I’ve seen what Mack can do when he is mad. And things don’t look good for her.
Daniel Russow: I mean…honestly? Mack needs an ass kicking to bring his deluded mind back down to earth. But, is Sierra the person to do it? I’m…just not completely sold on that idea.
Josiah Cena: If there’s anyone that can do it, I’d put money that it would be Sierra.
Tayna Reihl: Either way, it’s sure to be one heck of a match.
Daniel Russow: Oh no, this one’s gonna be a fight. I will say, this is the one match tonight you can really feel the hatred between the competitors. Yeah some of the other matches have heat, but this one…shit…they really don’t like each other.
Josiah Cena: It definitely has been a war of words on Twitter, and leading up to tonight.
Star Stormz: That’s for sure… there certainly has been no shortage of words being tossed around. It’s going to be a bloody fight… and we have extra medics on standby. I have a feeling we are going to need them.
Tayna Reihl: Predictions?
Josiah Cena: I think Sierra can do it. I think she can find a way to win and retain.
Star Stormz: There’s a huge difference between who i WANT to win, and who I think WILL win. As much as I want to see Sierra walk out as champion… I think Mack is gonna pull something out and end up victorious.
Tayna Reihl: I think I’m gonna have to go with Sierra. Mack has said a LOT of things, and we’ve seen over this past year that Sierra knows how to pull out all the stops in these big matches, and she’s always at her best when the lights shine brightest, so I look for her to retain here tonight.
Tayna Reihl: Dan?
Daniel Russow: Hmm?
Tayna Reihl: Any predictions?
Daniel Russow: Bout what?
Tayna Reihl:....the main event….Mack McKane versus Sierra Williams…
Daniel Russow: Blood…there will be blood.
Tayna Reihl: Yes, but who do you think is going to win?
Tayna Reihl: What?
Daniel Russow: If ya know, ya know.
Star Stormz: I… don’t get it. Then again, I don’t understand half of the things you say so…
Josiah Cena: Think it’s about time to wrap things up here.
Tayna Reihl: That’s right, Josiah. We’re a meer couple minutes away from the show. We hope everyone has enjoyed the 2021 PWS: APEX Crusade Pre-Show.
Daniel Russow: Oh, wait. Before we go..I got something for Star.
Star Stormz: Wait, what?
Daniel Russow: I know you have a time putting up with all of us…so I wanted to get ya something for Christmas. So….Merry Christmas.
(Daniel reaches under the table and produces a nice bottle of wine, and sets it on the table in front of Star. She laughs a little bit, while looking surprised at the same time.)
Star Stormz: That’s really nice of you, Dan. How did you know that you crazy bastards drive me to drink? AND that I’d have it no other way…
Daniel Russow: Audrey may or may not have made a joke when she found out we were gonna be on the panel together…went something like “better buy that woman a bottle of wine after she puts up with your smartass for a couple hours so she doesn’t fire you” or something like that.
Star Stormz: She’s a smart woman… don’t lose her.
Tayna Reihl: And on that note… thank you guys for joining us! It’s time for Crusade!!! Enjoy the show!
Josiah Cena: FULL SPEED, BARCELONA!
Star Stormz: I see what you did there!
Tayna Reihl: Haha, goodnight, everyone! Enjoy the show!
(The shot fades, as we go to the opening video package for Crusade.)
STAY TUNED FOR CRUSADE, TO BE POSTED IN THE NEXT POST!