2022 PWS Hall of Fame ceremony May 28, 2022 1:38:10 GMT -5 via mobile
Post by Josiah Cena on May 28, 2022 1:38:10 GMT -5
(Joan Jetts “Bad Reputation” blares across the set up of Kahanamoku Beach that is playing host to the weekend events. Hall of Famer Cameron Russow steps out in a sweet looking multi-colored wrap around dress, complete with a lei around her neck, looking like she just came from a luau. She steps up to a microphone that is waiting for her as she soaks in the admiration of those in attendance.)
Cameron Russow: Ladies and gentleman, aloha and hello. Welcome to the 2022 PWS Hall of Fame. This year, I get the awesome honor of being your MC to the event that just 2 years ago, I was honored at. Tonight though you all get the first look at this wonderful set up that we have at Kahanamoku Beach as we officially open up Destiny weekend! Our staff has worked tediously to make sure that this is one of the biggest events in this version of our company’s history and a big mahalo goes out to them and to the wonderful residents of this wonderful island.
(An appreciative cheer comes from the crowd as Cam continues on.)
Cameron Russow: There are a lot of people out there that don’t know how deep in history PWS can go. Tonight we honor one of the toughest groups to ever cross the threshold of our illustrious company, a woman that could have easily given me a run for my money as being one of the toughest diva’s in PWS History, the VOICE of PWS..
(Cam pauses because she knows the chant for Art was coming and it did.)
Cameron Russow: And my nephew-in-law’s BESTIE, one of the most bubbly personalities and perhaps one of the most misunderstood personalities that PWS and someone that I’m proud to call a friend.
(Cameron smiles to allow for the applause and cheers as she glances off to one side and quickly waves to her family that also includes Malachi who is just rolling his eyes.)
Cameron Russow: SO! Without further ado, let’s get this show on the ROAD! And here to induct the first of our newest class...
(She looks down for a moment at the cards she has and just as she leans in to announce the first induction and presumably who'll be inducting them, the lights dim.)
"THIS IS A HOSTILE(HOSTILE)
OR GET RAN OVER.
Y'ALL DONE HAD YOUR CHANCE TO PLAY, NOW GAME OVER"
(The people in attendance pop as the once notorious music of The Black Blood Mafia hits. Alpha Dog and Daz make their way to the podium. The two hype up the crowd on their way, before Daz snags the microphone quickly.)
Daz: Nah nah nah… if we're going to do this, we're going to do this right. Y'all want Black Blood Mafia back?!
Daz: I SAID Y'ALL WANT THE FUCKIN' BLACK BLOOD MAFIA BACK!?
Daz: Alright then… we gonna do this our way. We don't need nobody to introduce us - nah man. We got this. It's time for one more hostile takeover BAY-BE!!!
(The crowd pop again and he passes the mic to Alpha.)
Alpha Dog: We never needed anybody back then but ourselves and that's how it's gonna be now. Plus… you know, we burned a lot of bridges as the BBM and we couldn't get any-damn-body to do it anyways. Whoops.
(The crowd laughs as Alpha shrugs his shoulders with a "silly me" look on his face.)
Alpha Dog: In all seriousness though, before Daz and I really broke out, we had the BBM. It's where we were able to evolve ourselves and take things to a whole other level. We became the talk of the wrestling world. We were the hottest thing going for a while and man, we felt untouchable. Not in the way that we felt we were better than anyone. But in the way that we knew we were growing as wrestlers, we knew we had a real good thing going on and everything was clicking. We were firing on all cylinders and nothing could stop us.
(Alpha then let's Daz step to the mic once again.)
Daz: You right you right - there was a time honestly where I had a massive chip on my shoulder. A time where I looked around the PWS roster and thought that nobody could keep up with me, but a select few of my brothers and sisters, and instead of motivating me it left me a little bit jaded. I'll be the first to admit, Black Blood Mafia saved my career. Before that, I was just another dude on the roster with tons of potential but no outlet to show it. The PWS roster was stacked back then, man, and it took more to stand out. There was a time that I almost hung up the boots because I didn't think it was going to happen for me. Then, Alpha, Banks and I got together - and well the rest is literal history.
So yeah. We burnt some bridges. Yeah, we ruffled some feathers. But we also woke ourselves the fuck up, and became three of the most popular, featured, and talented people in this history of this company - and without BBM? I don't know if that'd have happened honestly.
Alpha Dog: And speaking of Banks, shoutout to the big homie. Antonio couldn't be here tonight but best believe he's our brother and he was a big part of the BBM too. I know he wishes he could be here and that this means a lot to him too so tonight at the after-party, I'll be sure to take a shot for him.
(Alpha made a toasting motion with his hand, flashing a wink.)
Alpha Dog: I'll say a few more things and then let Daz wrap things up. First and foremost, I wanna say thank you to PWS. They took two dudes like Daz and I, gave us the ball and we ran with it, never looking back. I was trying to find a new road in life after football and wrestling was the road I took. PWS was where I landed and it quite literally changed my life. Secondly, I want to thank all the fans out there. The support and love they showed over the years was incredible. I still have people stopping me to this day to talk about BBM. When Ty pitched the idea to us, I never thought it would take off the way it did or have the impact that it did.
I think I can speak for Daz and Antonio when I say we put our all into it and even though there were no guarantees, we refused to let it fail. We was gonna make it work no matter what and thankfully everything just fell into place and it wasn't really difficult to make it work. We all had the same goals in mind and I think I can safely say we killed that shit.
I'm gonna wrap it up on my end and say much love and appreciation to everyone out there. This feels really good. Thank you.
(Alpha takes a step to the side to allow Daz to take center stage now.)
Daz: Let's make this short and sweet, baby. For all those who had our backs - we love you forever. We can't say thank you enough, and thanks for taking a chance on us. We started off hungry, and to all y'all haters?
Well as you can see by the fact that I've gained a pound or two - ya boi ain't got full yet. So it may have been paused for a while, but best believe - the take over ain't EVER gonna stop. Black lives forever. Black love forever. And BLACK. BLOOD. MAFIA…
(Daz tosses the mic in the air, and hugs Alpha as they're music hits one more time.)
(Cameron is seen standing on the other side of the stage, laughing.)
Cameron Russow: You’d think I’d be mad about that, but just before we went on the air, those two brought me one of those really tall iced coffees they knew I loved to bribe me. Big softies the both of them and Daz and Alpha, congrats to you both!
(Applause and a bit of laughter comes from the crowd as she giggles and waves off stage where you can see Daz with that “How could you sell me out like that” look on his face.)
Cameron Russow: Moving on, our next presenter, we have a young lady that has quite a bit of big news as of late but that’s not the time for that, but we are all happy for her nonetheless, please welcome Jennifer Carpenter-Lopez!
(Cory Marks - “Outlaws & Outsiders” starts to play as Jenn makes her way on stage with one of the biggest smiles we’ve seen on her face in the longest time. It’s a rarity that we see her in a dress, like the rest of the Lopez family females, they hate dresses but they do pull them out on special occasions. She steps up to the microphone.)
Jenn Carpenter-Lopez: I wanna talk about a woman who people enjoy watching in the ring, and people said that she had a gift for this business, and is truly one of a kind.... but that’s enough about me, let's talk about Brittany!
(Jenn chuckles a bit.)
Jenn Carpenter-Lopez: When I was first introduced to Brittany, it was in a hallway backstage at some arena in Kansas, I don’t remember what town it was but it was in the middle of nowhere with lots of corn and flat land around it. When I approached her, I was nervous. See, at the time I was just starting out when I met her, so she was larger than life. She was the women’s champion as I recall and a heel at the time too. When I approached her, I thought I would get a snappy reply or a simple “don’t bother me, I’m busy” reaction, but I didn’t. She was so nice to me and she showed me around. Since that day, our names have been intertwined together.
Jenn Carpenter-Lopez: Little did I know at that time that I would be forever part of her family. Sure, I was married to her brother at one point but even after we divorced, Brittany was always super supportive of me. She had a hand in me being part of this family forever, her and her dad. They told me “once you’re in, you’re in for life” and thus she became a sister to me. That’s why I’m here tonight, she coulda choose anybody else, like Lexi but she didn’t. She trusted me with doing this task!
(Jenn stares toward Alexis with this stern look on her face before laughing. It’s one of the rare times that we’ve seen Jenn have this much fun and it’s refreshing to see.)
Jenn Carpenter-Lopez: Brittany has played a huge part in my career from the first time I met her till today honestly. She hasn’t been part of the business for a long time now but I still pick her brain and go to her for advice or something I need to figure out. She’s more than happy to do it. She’s a great teacher, and a good listener, just like her dad was!
Jenn Carpenter-Lopez: I could stand up here all night and hype her up all I want but I think she wants to come out here and tell you some stories of the past and how her life changed because of this sport so with that being said, let me bring out the best mother her kids could ever ask for, a former women’s champion, a former tag team champion, one of my greatest opponents, and co-founder of the Ani Divas, please welcome my friend and sister, Brittany Lopez!!
(“Daughters of Darkness” by Halestorm starts to play, it’s a song that he used to use in the Anti Divas days, and it hasn’t been used since but today Brittany decided to bring it back for one more listen. She steps on stage giving Jenn a hug, both of them with big smiles on their faces, a proud moment for Jenn to induct her friend into the hall of fame. Jenn ducks out of the way to give Brittany some time in the spotlight before she got to her speech.)
Brittany Lopez: First off, I want to thank my family without their support and their love, and their passion for this sport I won’t be in the spot that I am today. I have my 2 kids here with me as well. They have no idea how much sacrifice I made just to raise them into the 2 wonderful people they are today, I can have all the championships in the world, and all the support in the world, but those 2 kids are my greatest achievements. Watching them grow, and sacrifice the prime of my career will never be a mistake. I have a feeling that you guys will see them in the ring one day because they always ask if Uncle Eddie is ready to train them yet. I know my brother is getting ready for a big match but…
(Britt spots her brother in the crowd.)
Brittany Lopez: I see your white hair trying to hide over there! He’s being shy now, I was going to ask him to stand up but I see he’s already embarrassed!
(Brittany chuckles a bit before shrugging her shoulders.)
Brittany Lopez: You can’t talk about my family without talking about my dad. Now, he was the backbone of this family. See, wrestling wasn’t my first plan. I had other ideas I wanted to do, and he supported them, but he convinced me to go to a wrestling show one night and that’s where I fell in love with it. By watching my dad and my brother wrestle on a nightly basis up close, it changed my life plans, for the better honestly. I know he would hate that I’m standing up here and talking about him, but without him, or my brother and their passion and love for this business, I wouldn’t be here. They had a big part in my career, and how I got started…
(Brittany paused for a moment as started to get her thoughts back in order. The camera pans towards Alexis who is sitting with her girls, and Lexi is seen tearing up at Jorge’s name being mentioned. Brittany got choked up a bit after mentioning him as well… We’ve seen the reaction from the active members of the family towards him, but we never got to see Brittany’s reaction till now.)
Brittany Lopez: I wish my dad was here to see me enter the hall of fame but I know he has the greatest seat in heaven watching me, watching his grandkids, and annoying everyone up there with how proud he always was with me. From the moment I walked into his life, to my wedding to my kids being born, and to his death bed, he was always proud of me. I could tell that every time I walked into the room he was in, he always lit up with happiness. Now I get to share the same place with him and my brother, and I know that’ll make him proud as well…
(Brittany smiles a bit, she didn’t think she would make it through that part of the speech but she did. While she’s moved on she couldn’t help but get a bit emotional about how he touched and molded her into the wrestler she became.)
Brittany Lopez: While we’re on the subject of being proud. Let's talk about the ANTI-DIVA’S! Some of you newer wrestlers weren’t around when it happened, and for you guys, thank god. Because back then, we didn’t care who you were, we pretty much destroyed everything we came in contact with, including management. We aren't the biggest fans of management, and we still aren’t. To this day, I didn’t realize how much of an impact that group had, but it’s still going strong, I still see people with t-shirts, and they wanna take a picture with me when I have time. It started with 3 girls who had no direction and we wanted to wrestle the men, and we didn’t care how it was done, and then they allowed us to.
(Britt looks towards Jenn and Alexis sitting in the crowd, and Gracie is not far either.)
Brittany Lopez: It started with 3 then we evolved into 4 when Gracie made her debut, I was still doing part-time gigs at that time but in reality, this group was always going to land in Gracie’s lap. It was the end goal, and she’s still keeping it alive. Sure, it has another name now, but the roots are buried deep in wrestling history now. She has 2 Hall of farmers and one soon-to-be Hall of Famer to thank.
(Britt lets out a smile across her face looking toward Jenn. She knows deep down that one day she’s going to be in the PWS hall of fame with all of the hard work she’s put in over the years and finally join them where she belongs.)
Brittany Lopez: The 4 of us have a bond that can’t EVER be broken no matter how angry we get at each other and let me tell you guys something. When you get 4 angry women together…look out! Also, the 4 of them were the best road buddies a girl could ask for, did Jenn Lexi and I go a bit overboard with nights out? Sure, we had to throw Lexi into a closet at one point because she couldn’t walk herself to the hotel…
(Britt smirks toward Lexi in the crowd again before looking at the other girls in the group.)
Brittany Lopez: It may seem like I’m always taking shots at her but I’m in good faith, we had fun. From Tokyo to Paris to Mexico, Canada, and everywhere in between. It doesn’t matter where we went, the 4 of us made things fun. When I say 4, I mean it. Gracie was part of this way before she made her debut. We taught her how to present herself on the road, in hotels, and whatnot, hell we even trained her along with the men of the group. All 4 of them deserve the biggest thanks in my life and my career without them who knows where I would have been.
(Brittany folds the paper she had with bullet points on it to make sure she didn’t forget anybody.)
Brittany Lopez: Also! Before I forget, a big thanks to Star Stormz as well. She had to deal with us and still has to deal with some of us. She had to put up with our jokes, our bullshit, and our concerns. At times I think we made her job harder, but it was done in good faith...I promise you. Between the Lopez’s and the Russow’s, I’m surprised her hair isn’t gone full white yet! Also Max Sheppard too, he was part of that original PWS. Sure we clashed a few times but everything worked for the best.
(Britt nods her head with a grin. While she butted heads with management, she respects how hard that part of the business is, it didn’t help with her group running around or the Russow’s but everyone made it work.)
Brittany Lopez: And the last thanks goes to you, the fans. Without you guys, we wouldn’t be here at a business. You guys wanted PWS to return and they revived it for you. Is it different from the old place? Yes, but it evolved, it grew. While I don’t watch wrestling as I used to because I have a full-time job being a mother, what I do catch, I’m very proud of everyone. From the world champion to even the Laundry people.
(We hear Jenn yell from her chair up towards Brittany.)
Jenn Carpenter Lopez: Landersons….
Brittany Lopez: WHATEVER!
(Brittany shrugs her shoulders, she doesn’t know the Landerson’s nor does she care.)
Brittany Lopez: One more thing, I know I’ll get asked this because most people do, as far as me wrestling again. Who knows. It has to be the right person with the right situation and I have to approve it. I’m not coming out of retirement just for anybody, so never say never. Anyway! In closing, I’m so humbled to be in the class of 2022 hall of fame class and I’m so proud, thank you, guys!
(“Daughters of Darkness” by Halestorm plays again as she starts to walk around the stage for a moment to wave towards everyone before she makes her exit.)
Cameron Russow: Congrats Britt! And hey, you still owe me that drink from all those years ago. You may have kicked me in the head a few times, but I haven’t forgotten!
(The crowd laughs as Cameron takes a deep breath because the next one is big for her.)
Cameron Russow: OK this next one is something that has been LONG overdue. And here to do this long awaited induction into the 2022 PWS Hall of Fame. He was a big pain in all of our asses...
(You hear from the crowd “YOU GOT THAT RIGHT!” from a few of the old school members of the PWS crew that’s in attendance. Cameron puts up her hands and with a smile continues on.)
Cameron Russow: BUT, love him or hate him he spent years bringing the color to the commentary! Ladies and gentlemen, it’s my honor to welcome onto the stage the one and only, Sid Carmack!
(The crowd cheers, as Sid Carmack comes out onto the stage. He gives a wave and a smile to the audience, before taking his place at the podium. He takes a moment to let it all sink in, before speaking.)
Sid Carmack: How does one describe Art Campbell? How do you encapsulate the honesty, generosity, humility, and the way he could illustrate the grandest picture, using only his words. I had the privilege and honor of spending years by his side as a color commentary team, and I can honestly say, no disrespect to the others, but he is the best play-by-play commentator this business has ever seen.
(The crowd applauds, as we get a shot of JR Freeman in the crowd, nodding in agreement.)
Sid Carmack: When I was getting ready to give this speech, I was thinking of how I wanted to take things. Of course, I have plenty of stories I could share that he’d probably beat me for after. I could talk about how professional he always was, yet never too busy to listen to your problems. I could talk about how he managed to create this bond with the superstars he commentated on, and managed to gain all their respect through his work. I could talk about how he became a fan favorite, and adored by so many. But, I decided to talk about what, in my opinion, was his toughest obstacle to overcome…being my broadcast colleague.
(The fans chuckle, as does Sid, before continuing.)
Sid Carmack: But seriously, Art put up with a lot of crap from me. The many, many, many times he had to shout “WILL YOU STOP”, usually after a comment I made about the lovely Trisha Lee Moore.
(The camera catches a quick glimpse of Trisha Lee Moore in the audience, as she smiles and shakes her head.)
Sid Carmack: You know I had to mention it. But, it was all in good fun. I still remember a time when we were in Philadelphia. The show had ended, but there was a young kid…well, he was in college to go into broadcast journalism. He wanted a conversation with Art, and Art spent over an hour talking to the kid, giving him insight to the business and play-by-play commentating, how to get started in it all, and he managed to keep up with the kid for years after…you might know the kid as well. His name was Jake Ryland.
(The camera shows former PWSi play-by-play announcer, Jake Ryland, as he smiles and gives a wave to the camera.)
Sid Carmack: That just is the kind of guy Art is, though. He’s willing to talk to anyone, no matter who they are. I could go on and on about stories like that, but we don’t have all night, so I’ll just get on with it. Tonight, we come here to celebrate the careers of a group of extraordinary people. It is my distinct honor, and privilege, to introduce my best friend, and the greatest play-by-plwy announcer of all time, and induct him into the 2022 class of the PWS Hall of Fame…ladies and gentlemen, Art Campbell!
(The crowd cheers, as Art Campbell walks out onto the stage. He walks over and hugs Sid in a huge embrace, before Sid leaves the stage, and Art takes his place at the podium. An “Art” chant breaks out, causing Campbell to pause before starting.)
Art Campbell: Thank you for that. I can honestly say, when I was getting started in this business all those years ago, I’d never dream it’d take me to where I’ve been. I’ve had the pleasure of traveling the world, forming some of the best friendships I could have asked for..even found the love of my life..and had the support system I needed when I lost her. That’s something that Sid forgot to mention when he was talking about our friendship. The loyalty and everything was truly mutual.
(He pauses, and takes a deep breath.)
Art Campbell: A few years ago, I lost my wife to cancer. It drove me to a dark, dark place. The woman I had lived with for the last twenty years was no longer around. I didn’t know how to, nor did I want to deal with it. Sid dropped everything he was doing, and moved in…helping me cope for a few weeks. He didn’t have to…simple phone calls would have been what a good friend does, but Sid went the extra mile. I’ll always be forever grateful to him for that.
(The camera pans across the crowd, as we see various people wiping tears away from their eyes, as Art continues.)
Art Campbell: I have been fortunate to have many memorable moments throughout my career. Whether it was being able to call the first Destiny main event, all the countless matches Sid and I got to call, the many interviews, or blatantly blurting out profanity on live pay-per-view when…quite honestly, no other word could describe what I was seeing.
(The crowd laughs.)
Art Campbell: Looking at you, Nick Madison…crazy sumbitch.
(The camera shows Nick Madison, as he smiles and laughs.)
Art Campbell: I do remember the conversation with Jake that Art was talking about. It was such a joy to see a young man with such a passion for this business, and the willingness to learn, to soak up any knowledge and insight he could get his hands on. He is a true student of the game, and it showed in all his brilliant work. I was so thrilled when he was brought in to be the PWSi play-by-play announcer, and I am so happy I can call him a friend, still to this day. I look at the new generation, JR and Alf..and I am hopeful for the future. They remind me of a young Art and Sid. I truly do enjoy their antics and banter each week on Riot. You two are doing great work, and I look forward to seeing where you go from here.
(The cameras get a split screen of JR and Alf, as they both give Art a simple nod.)
Art Campbell: It hasn’t always been the safest of jobs here. I still remember, oh…I think we were somewhere in Germany. It was around the time The Rev was in PWS, and he had done one of those promos, as he was known to do…making references to the Holocaust, damn near started a riot. That was probably the only time I was legitimately scared for my life while being escorted out of a building. There were also tons of memories I’ll never forget for different reasons, like when Daz returned to face Alpha Dog at Destiny, or when Jesse Russow revealed himself to be Arcanum, or when we went live for the very first Lock Up. Thre’s also when we found out that Lock Up would be going off the air after all the years. Star Stormz and Max Sheppard offered me a spot with PWSi, but I declined to spend time with my wife…knowing what I know now, I am so glad I took the time to slow down for a bit. Sometimes, you don’t realize what you have until it’s gone. Hold close to the ones you love, and don’t let a day go by where you don’t tell them how you feel. It can never be said too much, because you never know when you’ll never…
(Art chokes up a bit.)
Art Campbell: You never know when you’ll never get to say it again.
(He takes a deep breath before continuing.)
Art Campbell: I know there’s a certain young lady that still needs to come out here, and I’m sure we’re all looking forward to seeing her speech…so I’ll take this time to take my bow. In closing, I want to express all the gratitude in the world to you all, to everyone of the crew members over the years that helped me do my job to the best I could. I want to thank all of my bosses, whether it was Ty Cyrus, Chris Wylde, Dave Diamond, you all made me feel like I belonged, like I was part of the family. To the PWS fans…you are by far, bar none, the absolute best fans in the world.
(The crowd applauds in agreement.)
Art Campbell: If it wasn’t for you, there would be no reason for these men and women to do what they do, and certainly there would be no need to have someone calling play-by-play on it. So, I want to thank you for helping me put food on my plate for all those years. You helped an ole’ Arkansa boy make himself proud. Thank you, and goodnight.
(The crowd stands up and cheers, as Art gives one more wave and bow, before leaving the stage.)
Cameron Russow: Art is one of the best in this business and JR, now you see why Laura is on you constantly to hit certain points home. It was because of that man being the voice that we perhaps are still around. Yes we are the storytellers in the ring, but that man helped give our stories even more life. And with Sid....it’s what made PWSR truly remarkable.
(The crowd gives a cheer for a moment as Cameron’s eyes get bright because it’s time for the headliner.)
Cameron Russow: ALRIGHT! I do hope ya’ll are ready for this one, and to this day I cannot believe that this woman is being inducted after I was but honestly, she’s still a very very busy woman and I get it. Here to induct our final honoree of the evening...and oh boy I hope you all have your popcorn ready for this one...the one and onl-
(As Cam introduces Hall of Fame Tag Team Shock and Awe, she is caught off guard for a moment when they don’t come out… but instead Candy’s faithful pup, the white pomeranian named Fluffy, comes running out. Naturally, as one would expect, she was dressed in a pup version of a pink and sparkly dress, complete with a diamond studded collar. The small pup sat at Cam’s feet and looked up at her.)
Cameron O’Neil: Uh, Fluffy, Where’s your mommy and daddy?
(Fluffy merely wagged her tail and let out a cute yip as she used a front paw to gently tap at Cam’s foot… as if asking for something.)
Cameron O’Neil: You… want up?
(This caught Fluffy’s attention who got up all on 4s and spun excitedly in a circle. Cam shrugged as she picked up the fancy pooch and set her up on the podium. She adjusted the mic so it was closer to Fluffy and took a step back. She kind of shrugged again before walking off shaking her head with a slight chuckle because this is exactly the sort of thing Candy would do. As the focus goes back to the formal pupper sitting on the podium, she began to bark into the mic. As she did, a voice over was heard in the stunningly smooth and soft voice of Miss Julie Andrews.)
“Fluffy”: What can I say about Candy that hasn’t already been said? She rescued me as a pup and has been my best friend since then. If only you all got to see the side of her that I get to see every day… you’d understand.
(Fluffy paused for a second and looked to the left side of the stage, it was then that Candy’s dear friend Dynamite walked out wearing a fancy suit and tie, his short hair styled elegantly as he made his way over to the podium)
“Fluffy”: Well, it’s about time! I swear you would be late to your own funeral.
(She turned her head towards the right side, where a dressed up Marcus Cage came out. His long hair pulled back into a slick, low ponytail. He was wearing a nice suit that matched Dynamite. He walked up to the podium as well.)
“Fluffy”: What took you guys so long?
Marcus Cage: You are fast for such a small dog.
“Fluffy”: Not my fault…
Marcus Cage: Well, Fluffy, we are here now. We got this from here.
“Fluffy”: Do me proud.
(Fluffy licked each one on the cheek as the crowd awe’d at how cute it was. Marcus and Dynamite chuckled a bit.)
Marcus Cage: Wow, this is a night I always knew would come for Candy.
Dynamite: From the first time I saw here in the ring… I knew she was a future Hall of Famer. Many people tend to pick on her because she is not the… well she’s not the smartest person when you look at it in terms of book smarts. But she is smart in so many more important ways.
Marcus Cage: She always knows when someone needs a hug… or just how to cheer them up when they are down. She remembers silly little details about those she loves, things like how I like 2 slices of cheese on my sandwiches. She knows just by the tone in Ruby’s cry exactly what she needs.
Dynamite: And she knows exactly what to do in that ring. She’s got the heart and determination this business requires. She always has. And to be standing here, honoring her tonight, it just feels right.
Marcus Cage: That’s right. When I met Candy all those years ago, back before we made it big, I remember looking at Dynamite and telling him “I’m gonna marry that girl one day, just you watch”!
Dynamite: And I looked at him and laughed “She is sooooo out of your league, dude!”
(Everyone laughs a bit.)
Marcus Cage: Years later… 2 dogs… a wedding… and a baby later… She is still SOOOOOO out of my league! But that’s beside the point. I think we have wasted up enough time, so please do me the honor of welcoming this year's HEADLINER into the PWS Hall of Fame… the sweetest…
Marcus Cage: Bravest…
Marcus Cage: All around best woman we know… my wife… CANDY!!!
(“Pour Some Sugar On Me” by Def Leppard played over the speakers as the crowd clapped loudly, and cheered for Candy. She came out wearing a beautiful, glittery pale pink dress with her hair partially pulled up and curled. She made her way to the podium and hugged Dynamite, then Marcus- who she also gave a quick kiss- and a kiss on the head to Fluffy as well. Marcus and Dynamite make their exit, leaving her and Fluffy at the podium. Her face was lit with happiness and emotion, almost overwhelmed with it. )
Candy: I just… wow! You all have no idea how much this means to me. To be able to stand in front of you all and accept my introduction into the PWS Hall of Fame! You know, if you had told me all those years ago when I started back in PWSR that I’d be standing here today… still in the business that I love, with the people that mean the whole entire world to me. And that I’d have TWO pups who I love very dearly, a husband who is the bestest person in my life, the most beautiful little baby I could ever ask for, and all the friends I met along the way… I don’t know if I would have believed you.
(She paused for a second to take a deep breath.)
Candy: I have made so many amazing friends along the way in this business… and learned so many cool things! Like I learned that my good friend Daz LOVES yogurt!
(The crowd chuckled as the cameras showed Daz in his seat, who smirked a bit at the memory.)
Candy: But above all I have learned that no matter what anyone tells you, you ARE good enough, you ARE strong enough, and you CAN do it! I wish that everyone had the same kind of friends and support I got when I first started in this business… the girls who trained me were the bestest. I mean… look at where I am now. I just…
(A few stray tears began to roll down her cheeks.)
Candy: I love all of you guys, and PWS will ALWAYS be home. And I just can’t wait for my Hall of Fame ring… and Fluffy’s Hall of Fame collar!
(Fluffy barks excitedly.)
Candy: It’s been a long night, with a lot of emotional speeches, so I won’t keep you guys too much longer. I love each and every one of you guys. I would TOTALLY list off everyone individually… but we don't have that kinda time! I wouldn’t be here without your love and support. I’m so proud of everything we have been able to accomplish together. This business has given me happiness, family, friends… and I thank all of you guys- friends, family, and fans- for making this silly little hair stylist’s dream a reality. And always remember… Nothing is ever pink or sparkly enough!!!
(With that, the crowd erupted in cheers, everyone standing on their feet applauding. The applause was so loud it almost drowned out her music playing over the speakers. Marcus and Dynamite come back out on the stage, Marcus carrying their child Ruby, with their other dog Hero on their heels. They embrace tightly before Candy turns to the crowd and blows kisses towards them, tears streaming down her cheeks.)
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