|CCW: Character Championship Wrestling
Author: Cato the Thane of Scrabble PM
A plethora of icons have joined Character Championship Wrestling in search for unparalleled prestige. And if they know one thing, it's that CCW is where only the elite survive. CCW MELTDOWN IS 3/7 UP!Rated: Fiction T - English - Parody - Chapters: 195 - Words: 1,430,970 - Reviews: 205 - Favs: 24 - Follows: 14 - Updated: 05-20-13 - Published: 07-09-10 - id: 6126969
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Okay, things have changed, so I'll have to clarify on my copyright protection: I own Jonathan, Jeremy, the referees, the timekeeper and the championship belts. All other things in this fic—now including the ring announcer, the backstage interviewer, the other two commentators and the members of the roster—are property of the respective owners.
"Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone." – Horace #CarthageMustBeDestroyed
Character Championship Wrestling: Where only the elite survive.
It all started in Rome…
"Welcome to the opening night of Character Championship Wrestling!" Jonathan says excitedly.
Then it marched into Scandinavia…
Tom Brady yells, "Because my name's Tom Brady, and I'm AWESOME!"
CCW soon entered the rest of Europe…
Jonathan says, "Paris is the place to be for our second CCW pay-per-view, CCW Breakaway…"
Jeremy says, "Tom Brady is lucky—lucky—to still have that Universal belt right now."
…and traipsed its way into the Asian continent.
"When you deal with the alpha bitch," Gwen Tennyson says, "you're as good as screwed."
"You've got to be kidding me; Bald Bull and Soda Popinski?" Jonathan says.
"That's a monster mash of a tag team, Jon!" Jeremy asserts.
Al Michaels says, "The stage has been set. The stipulations and proponents are ideal. It's time for CCW Enmity!"
Shocking the world…
Emmy then sets Gwen Tennyson up for the Dragonbomb onto the tacks…
"Could be Dragonbomb time!" calls Jonathan.
Jeremy says, "Gwen's spine, say hello to thumbtacks—"
"Wait a minute!" Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth interrupt in chorus.
Zoe Payne comes from behind Emmy, locks her in a Rear Facelock, lifts Emmy up onto her shoulders, and nails her with the Take a Nap!
"Zoe Payne!"Jonathan exclaims. "What business does she have here?"
Emmy gets up, confused from the TAN Zoe delivered to her. Crouching over the thumbtacks, Gwen Tennyson takes advantage with a Famouser into the tacks!
"Oh! Good Lord!" Jonathan yelps.
Gwen grabs Emmy by her hair…
…places her boot right onto the back of Emmy's head…
…and Curb Stomps Emmy right into the thumbtacks!
"Oh my God! Oh my Jesus Christ!" Jeremy bloodcurdlingly screams,
…every step of the way.
Al says, "Ares…moments away from retaining the CCW Magnus Championship…"
Jonathan says, "Ares…the master—wait a minute!"
Suddenly a man in a mask, tall and burly, jumps the security barricade and enters the ring. As Ares gets a hand on the Magnus Championship and prepares to pull it down, the masked man tips the ladder, sending Ares down…and through the four tables and eight chairs set up outside of the ring!
Jeremy, taken aback, says, "What…the hell…just happened?"
Taking the entire globe by storm…
Al says "Welcome to this twenty-second installment of CCW Ozone live in Malaysia's Sarawak State Stadium…"
Autolycus takes the belt off of the car and proceeds to the back of the car. However, just as he turns the corner, Ben Tennyson comes in out of nowhere and drops Autolycus with an Intergalactic on the trunk of his car!
"Oh!Intergalactic! Intergalactic on the back of the damn car!" Jonathan says, upset.
Ben gets in his car, puts it into drive gear, and drives towards the exit of the lot. Autolycus struggles to get back to his feet after getting the Intergalactic onto the car. Eventually, though, Autolycus gets to a vertical base, standing in the direction opposite the one in which the car traveled. Autolycus struggles to get his bearings…
…and Ben Tennyson stops the car.
Ben looks back at a standing Magnus Champion—a still able Magnus Champion—a still moving Magnus Champion—a still beltless Magnus Champion.
…and driving many over the edge.
He makes a U-turn.
He hits the gas…
…and at an inhuman 40 miles per hour (64 kilometers per hour), he crushes Autolycus in the back with the car!
"Oh my God! Oh my—oh my sweet Jesus!" Jonathan exclaims.
"What the hell?" asks a shaken Jeremy.
Captivating everyone no matter the location…
Al Michaels says "Lovely Haiti is CCW's hotspot tonight as we get set for a night of females wrestling action courtesy of CCW Double X."
…as wrestlers from all walks of life leave it all inside the squared circle.
Gwen asserts, "I am the best female wrestler that this company has to offer. No one from any book, movie, video game—"
Just then, the Titantron screen turns to snow. The crowd almost immediately pops.
The Titantron eventually freezes in mid-static and then shuts off to complete blackness. Gwen looks at the screen in wonder, as do the rest of the fans in attendance. On the screen, words finally appear.
YOU CAN'T ESCAPE HELL
CAN'T ESCAPE HELL
CAN ESCAPE HELL
Chell walks down to the stage, not smiling at all—only meaning business.
"Oh my God!" Jonathan exclaims.
"I don't believe this!" Cris says.
"The 'HELL' was about Chell!" Al says.
Chell waits for Gwen to get to her feet. Referee Lonny Cunningham tries to communicate to Chell that the steel steps are not legal. Chell does not get the message, and when Gwen gets up, Chell hurls the steps right at Gwen's skull!
Chell rushes and smashes Gwen's face with the ring bell. Following that, Chell picks up the bell hammer and rings the bell over and over again.
Gwen is bleeding profusely. Her entire forehead is now covered in blood. Chell looks at the heap known as Gwen Tennyson…and then starts to take apart Jonathan and Jeremy's announce table.
Chell pulls out one of the television monitors and grabs Gwen by her hair. With one hand, Chell guides Gwen to her feet. After Gwen reaches a vertical base, Chell takes the monitor with both hands and rams it hard into the skull of Tennyson!
Chell finally pushes Gwen's unresponsive body onto the table prone. Chell jumps onto the table herself.
Chell then hooks both of Gwen's arms and delivers a Double Arm DDT right onto the table!
Jeremy says, "She did say that Gwen could not "ESCAPE HELL", and tonight…hell arrived – Chell had her violence."
It has come close…
Al Michaels says, "All hell breaks loose indeed tonight in Carolina, Puerto Rico. CCW is proud to bring you CCW Havoc live on Pay-Per-View!"
Jeremy takes a full grasp of the championship with both hands.
Jeremy turns around…
…and goes for a belt shot to Tom's head!
Tom, though, at the last possible second, reverses the Waist Lock and gets out of dodge; thus, the Jeremy whacks Dan instead!
Tom rapaciously scuttles into a cover.
Reluctantly, Jeremy drops down to count: 1…
Jonathan: No! Don't tell me…!
… Jeremy counts 3 and calls for the bell.
Jonathan says, "Oh, damn it all to hell!"
…but the experience has never reached the United States of America.
Ben Tennyson screams, "I will be your hero whether you like it or not!"
Jimmy Neutron says, "I am promptly peerless, hitherto peerless, and hence peerless."
"Ben Tennyson came out hereand he called Mexico 'the diaper of the United States'," says El Blaze."But after Jackpot, Mexico will be known as 'the home of the CCW Magnus Champion."
After 28 episodes of Ozone and 9 episodes of Double X, America will finally play host to a CCW event—the biggest in the company's history to date.
Dan Kuso says, "Every single one of these people wants to see me kick your ass. And at Jackpot, I am granting their collective wish."
Tom Brady says, "We may be tussling one more time at Jackpot, but no matter the stipulation you make…for you, it'll be just onemoreloss."
"Ladies and gentlemen, it is now official – at CCW Jackpot, the CCW Infinity Championship will have a first owner, either Liu Kang or Megaman." Zero says.
Tonight, history will be made once again.
Woody Paige says, "Live in Los Angeles, California, CCW is going to present…the Jackpot Ladder Match."
Psymon proposes, "So I was thinking that, at CCW Jackpot, Mileena and I can administer our own medical treatment in the form of this here box. You step inside, we press the button, and all of the painful memories of Julie and your completely disintegrated love life go out the window."
Dan says, "At Jackpot, there will be no pinfalls; there will be no submissions; there will be no disqualifications. There's gonna be only one rule: incapacitate your opponent until he cannot answer a count of 10. This is going to be called a Down for the Count Match."
The hype is done.
Zoe Payne says, "My route to the CCW Females gold will be undeterred."
Ares says, "When you mess with the order of a god, you had best be prepared for vengeance."
It is time for action.
It is time…
…for CCW Jackpot!
And now Character Championship Wrestling and The Amazing Spider-Man present CCW Jackpot!
"California Love" by 2Pac feat. Dr. Dre plays in the Staples® Center in Los Angeles, California as the crowd detonates with raucous cheers. Not a single human being in the arena is sitting down as CCW Jackpot finally comes on the air. The ring is decorated with golden ring ropes and a green-as-cash ($) canvas, and turnbuckles painted in the style of one pound sterling (£1) coins.
The four commentators soak in the loud crowd noise before finally kicking things off. Jonathan is the first to speak. "It is a night that FanFiction Wrestling fans have looked forward to since the public got wind of it. Character Championship Wrestling is finally stateside. Welcome, everybody, to CCW Jackpot! Jonathan speaking, with Jeremy by my side; Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth join us as well for this monumental occasion."
"Let me tell you something," Cris Collinsworth says. "It may only be preseason for the National Football League, but I feel like I'm calling the Super Bowl right now! This is CCW's official coming-out party in front of an American audience. These fans have been chomping at the bit to get their CCW fix live, and, with the help of some producers and developers, here we are!"
"And it's a night that I know that they are never going to forget," Jeremy says. "Everybody watching this right now—live or on pay-per-view—is joining us in a part of history."
Suddenly, cameras cut to the parking lot area where a limousine has pulled up in front of the arena's back entrance. The limo stops and the doors are opened to reveal…the CCW Magnus Champion Ben Tennyson, to an absolutely booming level of boos from the enormous crowd.
"And there is the Magnus Champion Benjamin Tennyson," Al Michaels says. "Gwen Tennyson, his cousin, took the green coupé to the arena with her, and she got here about ten minutes before the Jackpot preshow started. But Ben Ten is officially in the Staples® Center, and he's certainly not getting the welcome wagon of the so-called 'hero' he makes out to be."
"Ben Tennyson is making an entrance like a true champion," Cris notes.
"But will he be making his exit like a champion?" Jonathan inquires. "He's got a mighty test to conquer with 'The Virtua Luchador' El Blaze and 'The Boy Genius' Jimmy Neutron gunning for his gold. It's a Triangle Match that, on its own, is worth the price of admission."
"You could argue that any one of these matches is worth the price of admission in my opinion," Cris says. "We've got quite the card—practically a supercard—here tonight at the first-annual Jackpot."
Cameras pan out to ringside and around where an ample assortment of standing ladder is on display.
"Speaking of matches worth the price, that statement could go multiple ways for the Jackpot Ladder Match," Jeremy says.
"You got that right, Jeremy," Jonathan says. "The stakes are at their highest for the five participants involved in this contest. They are bound to do just about anything to claim what's above the ring at this time—a Championship Match cashable for any strap in CCW at any time, any place until next year's Jackpot."
"And here to get the evening's revelry started is our new ring announcer, Blader DJ," Al says.
The bell sounds and Blader DJ says, "Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, and children of all ages, it's time to get CCW Jackpot underway!" The crowd pops big time for this announcement as they anticipate what is going to come out first. "And the first match of CCW Jackpot is the Jackpot Ladder Match! Five participants will take part in the contest. Wrestlers must score a pinfall or submission inside the ring to become eligible to win the match. The first individual to become eligible and then pull down the Jackpot briefcase will be declared the winner and will earn a CCW Championship opportunity whenever he chooses—anytime, anyplace, against any champion—until next year's Jackpot pay-per-view."
"Here we go!" Jeremy says.
("Cult of Personality" by Living Colour plays)
"Introducing first," says Blader DJ, "from Port Town, weighing 272 pounds, Captain Falcon!" (Crowd cheers)
"Captain Falcon is the first wrestler to make his entrance here at CCW Jackpot for our main show, and what an honor that must be to him," Al says.
"It certainly is a meaningful achievement," Jeremy says, "but something tells me that he wants the Jackpot briefcase a little bit more than that."
"He and four others," Cris points out. "Falcon and company are going to have their hands full with each other. None of these guys are going to yield without a fight. This is something bigger than big to them. Whoever gets this briefcase could change the direction of the CCW Title picture of their choice."
("Whatever" by Our Lady Peace plays)
"Introducing second," says Blader DJ, "from Lyoko, weighing 225 pounds, Odd Della Robbia!" (Crowd cheers)
"Damn, Odd's pretty hyped-up for this!" Jeremy says.
"And why wouldn't he be?" Al says. "This is a big night for CCW, and a humongous night for him too."
"Here's a fun fact," says Jonathan: "Odd Della Robbia has competed on every CCW pay-per-view to date—every single one from Altitude to Havoc. However, this will be Odd's first appearance on PPV without his partner-in-crime Ulrich Stern."
"He and Ulrich, of course, were known as the X-Factors for those pay-per-views," explains Cris. "Former Tag Team Champions until they got flattened by the Forces of Nature at Havoc, the night Ulrich got injured also."
"And Odd's dedicated this bout to his best friend and partner Ulrich, saying that, when he gets that Jackpot briefcase, he's planning on cashing it in for the CCW World Tag Team Championships when his partner is back to full health."
("Shake Yo' Tail" by Billy Lincoln plays)
"Introducing third," says Blader DJ, "from The Bronx, New York, weighing 212 pounds, Disco Kid!" (Crowd boos/cheers 80/20)
Disco Kid comes out to the ring debuting a new T-shirt that says, "Disco Will Not Die."
"And the one black eye to the evening at Jackpot is that this guy has to be here," Jonathan says, disgusted.
"Oh, come on, Jonathan!" Jeremy says. "You've been totally anti-Disco Kid since the first episode of Ozone; could you at least lighten up for him now that we're in America? We're turning over a new leaf, man!"
"I wish this guy would turn over—in a grave," Jonathan says.
"That's harsh," Jeremy says with a gasp. "That's uncalled-for on so many levels."
"Disco Kid's new shirt says 'Disco Will Not Die', and despite the fact that people—e.g. Jonathan—want Disco to die, he's in this Jackpot Ladder Match to compete as well. And even though he may be dancing around right now…don't think that he's not ready to do business either," Al says.
"Dancing fools need money too," Cris says. "They need it for…clubs and stuff."
("Wreck" by Jim Johnston plays)
"Introducing fourth," says Blader DJ, "from Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Canada, weighing 440 pounds, Bear Hugger!" (Crowd cheers/boos 90/10)
"Bear Hugger hails from up north, and north is the direction these competitors all want to be headed in—climbing towards that Jackpot briefcase and pulling it down for oneself," Jonathan says.
"Remember though: first you have to pin or submit an opponent inside the ring," Al says. "And a guy like Bear Hugger is well-suited for that with his sheer size—the Bear Hug in his arsenal, the Beldigo also…"
"He's definitely going to be a force to be reckoned with in this contest," Cris says. "Imagine what kind of threat he'll be with the briefcase!"
"Everyone on CCW will have to take notice of whomever emerges victorious," Jonathan says. "That includes Bear Hugger…"
("Written in My Face" by Sean Jenness plays)
"…and that also includes this man," Jonathan adds.
"And introducing fifth," Blader DJ says, "from Dublin, Ireland, weighing 232 pounds, Aran Ryan!" (Crowd boos)
"Will the luck of the Irish be with the Celtic Clubber this evening?" Al asks. "He was the first man to qualify for the Jackpot Ladder Match, and Doc Louis has placed his faith in Aran Ryan to win it."
"Doc Louis has adopted Aran Ryan as a part of his camp, which also includes Bald Bull and Soda Popinski, the World Tag Team Champions," says Jonathan. "He feels that Aran is ready to take a step towards a Championship of his very own."
"He told Aran, 'six months'," Cris notes. "In six months, he'll be a champion according to the Punch-Out! trainer. If Aran wins tonight, the people holding belts six months down the line had better watch their backs."
"Pinfalls or submissions count inside the ring; once you pin or submit someone, you become eligible to retrieve the Jackpot briefcase and thus win the match," Jeremy explains. "Two-step process—who's gonna get it done?"
"Let's find out as we kick off what is bound to be a stellar, magnificent, astonishing CCW Jackpot pay-per-view," Al says. "Jim Kawaguchi will be our match referee."
Referee Jim Kawaguchi calls for the bell as the Jackpot Ladder Match officially begins. Odd delivers some Leg Kicks to Aran while Captain Falcon and Disco Kid trade punches of their own. Falcon locks in a Wrist Lock onto Disco and wrenches on it, but Disco eventually turns it into a Single Leg Takedown into a quick lateral press. Falcon kicks out and Disco hits him with a Chop to the chest. He Irish Whips Falcon across and goes for a Hip Toss, but Falcon counters with a Hip Toss of his own. Odd ducks an Aran Ryan Clothesline and performs an Enzuigiri. Bear Hugger picks Aran up and delivers an Argentine Backbreaker. As soon as BH nails this move, Odd gives him a Dropkick to the face and a Flipping Senton onto the chest. Falcon Body Slams Disco Kid and then performs a Forearm Drop to the face. Odd goes for a strike to Falcon, but Falcon blocks it and punches Odd himself. Falcon executes a Snapmare and Dropkicks Odd right in the back. The F-Zero hero picks Odd up and goes for a Powerslam, but Odd pushes Falcon right into Aran Ryan…who gives Falcon a Tilt-a-Whirl Backbreaker. Odd gives Aran a Frankensteiner, hooking his legs for a pinfall. Bear Hugger breaks that up by taking Odd off of Aran and nailing a Powerbomb, holding Odd in a Prawn Hold for the pin: 1…2…Disco Kid hits an Elbow to the back of BH's head. He then Dropkicks the back of the Canadian's knee and clubs him in the back. Disco runs the ropes and goes for a Bulldog, but BH hurls Disco far and away from him to counter. BH Headbutts Disco down to the mat and then Giant Walks over his back.
"Bear Hugger looks more motivated for this match than he has ever looked in prior bouts," Jeremy says.
"It's his first pay-per-view," Cris notes. "He'd best make it count, right?"
"And what a way to 'make it count' it would be for him to pull down the Jackpot briefcase—punch his ticket to a Title," says Jonathan.
Bear Hugger Irish Whips Aran Ryan into a corner; he tries an Avalanche, but Aran is able to get out of the way. Odd catches BH with a Gamengiri from the ring apron, and Aran rolls up BH from behind. However Captain Falcon is there to break it up. Falcon grabs Aran Ryan and delivers a Belly-to-Back Suplex. Falcon punches BH in the gut and executes a massive Russian Legsweep. Immediately after this move, Odd Springboards from the apron to nail a Dropkick to Falcon. Odd runs the ropes and gives Falcon a Flying Clothesline before rolling out of the ring and picking up a ladder.
"And Della Robbia wants to bring in the ladder!" Al says.
"This party's about to get started; bodies are gonna be breaking apart like cordwood in just a few moments," Cris says.
Odd brings the ladder in and return to the ring. Aran Ryan gets up and Odd delivers a ladder strike right to the face, knocking him straight down. Bear Hugger is the next to rise…and, courtesy of a Della Robbia ladder shot to the nose, the burly Canadian is the next to fall. Then Odd lays the ladder down onto the canvas. He picks Captain Falcon up and goes for a Snap Suplex, but Falcon blocks it; Falcon knees Odd in the gut and Irish Whips him into the ropes. From here, Falcon connects with a Flapjack onto the ladder, crushing Odd's face! Disco Kid comes in out of nowhere and gives Falcon a Missile Dropkick that sends him through the ropes and out of the ring. Disco takes Odd to his feet and drops him with a Facebuster directly into the laid-down ladder!
"Oh, yikes! That can't feel too good!" Cris exclaims.
Disco keeps the bad feelings coming by placing Odd's skull in-between the two sides of the ladder with the Lyoko Warrior supine. Disco then performs a Dancing Leg Drop onto the ladder, sandwiching the head of Odd Della Robbia!
"That had to feel lousy as well!" Jonathan says.
"Odd's head must be ringing right now!" Jeremy says.
"And now Disco's gonna pin Odd—remember: you need a pin or submission to become eligible—and Odd kicks out at 2," Al calls.
Disco Kid gives Capt. Falcon a Spinning Fisherman's Suplex and sees Bear Hugger reaching his own feet. Disco climbs to the top rope for the second time now, trying to give Bear Hugger a Double Axe-Handle to the head this time. He jumps…but Bear Hugger grabs Disco in mid-air by the throat with two hands, setting him up for a Tree Slam right into the corner from whence he came. BH runs the ropes and gives Disco a Backsplash in the turnbuckles. Then he runs the ropes a second time as Disco staggers forward; BH receives him with a Shoulder Tackle. Aran Ryan runs after the BC boxer with a Celtic Hammer, but BH catches Aran's fists and throttles him. BH pushes Aran clear out of the ring over the top rope. Bear Hugger lifts Captain Falcon up into a Gorilla Press…and tosses him over the top rope and into a set of other ladders at ringside, tipping them over!
"Good grief!" says Jeremy. "These guys are showing no concern for one another in that ring—at all!"
"No kidding, they're not," Cris says. "Do you know what's on the line here? If I could have a free fight for a Super Bowl ring any time I chose, I'd pull out a Chrome .38 if it meant getting the job done."
Bear Hugger waits for Disco Kid to get up and connects with a huge Spear. Bear Hugger yells in passion as he takes Disco Kid up once more and gives him the Beldigo. BH covers the Bronx boogieman: 1…2…3.
"Bear Hugger is now eligible to retrieve the Jackpot briefcase!" Blader DJ announces.
"The Canadian mastodon is the first to become eligible to pull down the briefcase, and that could be bad news for the rest of the field," says Al.
"If they weren't watching out before, they ought to watch out right now. Bear Hugger is eligible, and he's not wasting any time. The four-hundred-forty-pounder already has a ladder set up!" Jeremy says.
Bear Hugger begins to inch his way up the ladder slowly.
"440 pounds—he's a very large man. That's got to be slowing him down," Cris says. "Someone like Odd Della Robbia or Disco Kid would have been up the ladder and back by now."
"But with everybody else incapacitated at the moment, it could be a great opportunity for the Canadian," Al says.
Bear Hugger gets halfway up the ladder before Odd gets up and sees him climbing. Odd tries to grab BH by the leg and pull him down, but Odd is swatted away. Bear Hugger continues to climb up, but Captain Falcon is also there to help Odd pull BH to the canvas. BH, though, is able to push his way up with sheer force. Odd and the Captain are unable to take BH down; Aran Ryan eventually joins the fray. The three men combined grab Bear Hugger by his legs and waist…and eventually they are able to pry the big man from his perch.
"It took three men to get Bear Hugger off of that ladder!" Jonathan says.
"That's motivation, grit, and sheer power combined as one force! I'm surprised they were eventually able to get him down," says Jeremy.
BH, Aran, Odd, and Falcon all get to their feet. Odd snaps with a Lazer Arrow to the back of BH's skull; then Captain Falcon gives the Salmon Arm native a Falcon Punch; Aran Ryan tops it off with a Kick of Fear that finally brings Bear Hugger down. Aran pins Bear Hugger afterwards: 1…2…Falcon and Odd pull Aran off of BH simultaneously. Both of them punch the Dubliner in the gut and give him a Double DDT. As the two get to their feet, Falcon gives Odd a one-man DDT, setting him up for a pin: 1…2…2.8 Odd kicks out. Falcon takes Odd up and gives him a Front Slam before folding up the ladder inside the ring. Captain Falcon uses the ladder and uses the ladder to perform a Falcon Arrow, dropping the ladder onto Odd's supine body!
"What innovative offense from Falcon!" Jonathan says.
"And will Captain Falcon become eligible with that?" Al asks.
No, he will not, says Odd Della Robbia by way of a kickout from the ensuing pin, even with a ladder on top of him. Falcon takes the ladder off of Odd's body as Disco Kid rises from his feet. Falcon tries to use the ladder on the New Yorker, but Disco Kid performs a split to dodge the attack. Disco Kid trips Falcon up while he is still holding the metal ladder. Bear Hugger is getting up from the triple assault he endured prior. Disco Kid then Catapults Falcon across the ring; Falcon is flung forward with the ladder in his hands, and Bear Hugger, standing directly in the way, is blindsided by a flying ladder shot!
"Holy mackerel!" Al says. "Bear Hugger was caught absolutely unaware that time."
"Bear Hugger might have lost a tooth—or teeth," Jeremy says.
Aran Ryan grabs Disco Kid and hits a Gutbuster. Aran stomps Disco in the gut myriad times before locking in a Cloverleaf submission. Aran wrenches on the back of the boxerciser, trying to force a submission out of him. Odd Della Robbia, meanwhile, locks in a Sleeper from behind on Aran Ryan. Aran lets go of Disco Kid and tries to escape the Sleeper, eventually doing so by elbowing Odd in the ribs and pushing him into the ropes. Aran goes for the Pot O' Gold onto Odd, but Odd counters free and Irish Whips Aran into the ropes. Aran receives Odd with a Knee Facebuster (a la HHH) and a Clothesline. Aran leaves the ring and picks up a second ladder. He pushes that inside the ring and watches Disco Kid get to his feet. Aran sneaks behind Disco Kid and hits an Electric Chair onto the ladder. Aran tries to follow up with a pinfall, but Bear Hugger is there to negate it. Bear Hugger picks Aran up for a Samoan Drop…but Aran rakes his eyes and hits BH with a Neckbreaker from behind. Yet as Aran goes down to hit it, Odd Della Robbia hits Aran Ryan—while he is still supine for a split-second—with a Shooting Star Splash!
"Whoa—what quickness by Della Robbia!" Jonathan notes.
"Aran was left open for only a jiffy, but Odd only needs that much time to make his mark," Cris says.
Odd pins Aran for a count of 2 and then kicks him square in the chest roundhouse-style. Then Odd goes to Disco Kid, ensnares him, and connects with the Spin Cycle. Odd signals for the ModdESTY as his next move on the Bronx boogieman. He goes for it…but Disco catches Odd in mid-jump and is able to turn it into a DKO! Disco Kid goes for a cover of his own: 1…2…Aran Ryan pulls Disco off of Odd and throws him into a corner, allowing himself to pin the weird one: 1…2…
…Captain Falcon breaks up the pin this time, pulling Aran outside of the ring and ramming him into a set-up ladder as well as the steel ring steps. Then he picks the Irishman up and hits a Shoulder Breaker into a ladder at ringside. Bear Hugger is inside the ring and he sets up a ladder.
"Captain Falcon is using the ringside environment to his boon against the Punch-Out! veteran," Jonathan says.
"Wait guys! Look in the ring; Bear Hugger's got the ladder up," Al points out.
"And guess who the only man eligible in this match is?" Jeremy asks rhetorically, further substantiating the importance of the scene.
Bear Hugger starts to climb the ladder in the hopes of pulling down the briefcase above the ring. Disco Kid gets to a vertical base and tries to shake the ladder and mess with BH's balance…to no avail. BH continues to climb all the way up as Disco does whatever he can to prevent BH from getting to the top. Disco grabs BH's leg but BH is able to swat the Kid away. BH is nearly to the top to get the briefcase—much to some of the fans' joy…
…but Disco Kid is able to stall the Canadian by using another ladder lying around to nail BH in the kidney!
"Oh! A desperation strike from the Kid to keep the Jackpot briefcase out of Bear Hugger's reach!" Al says.
"That looked like it took a lot out of Bear Hugger too…" Cris says.
Bear Hugger gets knocked down a few pegs with that shot from Disco Kid. From here, Disco Kid grabs Bear Hugger…and tries to place him onto his own shoulders!
"No way—you must be joking!" Jonathan says.
"He can't do this!" Cris says in disbelief.
Disco Kid steps away from the ladder…and holds the 440-pounder up in a Fireman's Carry from there! Disco Kid then flashes a pearly-white smile before executing the DKO onto Bear Hugger!
"Yes, he can!" Jeremy says in an overexcited fashion.
Disco Kid covers Bear Hugger, hooking a leg: 1…2…
"Disco's eligible!" Jeremy shouts happily.
"Disco Kid is now eligible to retrieve the Jackpot briefcase!" Blader DJ says.
"How in God's name did Disco Kid have the strength to hit a DKO onto Bear Hugger, of all guys?" Al says.
"You guys underestimate Disco Kid—Disco is an absolute beast behind all of the dancing and talk. And if you don't know, now you know!" Jeremy says.
"That can't be!" Jonathan says, almost angrily. "That is absolutely ludicrous, what I just saw!"
"Oh, quit hating already!" Jeremy says to his brother. "Even you have to admit that that was impressive!"
"It was impressive," Jonathan concedes. "…But that doesn't mean I have to like it."
Disco Kid sells the toll of his finishing move while gloating at a downed Bear Hugger also. Disco Kid pushes BH out of the ring; then he looks up and proceeds to climb the ladder himself, moving much faster than Bear Hugger had prior. Disco reaches for the prize, but Captain Falcon pushes the ladder down with Disco on it. Disco crashes into the turnbuckles in a corner while Falcon folds up the ladder…and then hurls it at the back of the Minor Circuit boxer. Captain Falcon tosses the ladder down to the canvas thereafter and puts Disco Kid onto the top rope, setting him up for an Inverted Superplex. Falcon tries to perform this move…but Disco is able to fight out of it with Back Elbows, eventually knocking the F-Zero Hero to the mat. Disco turns around on the corner, sitting on the top rope. Falcon jumps up and tries to run up the turnbuckle…but Disco hits a jab that knocks Falcon back down. Falcon is now on all fours as Odd Della Robbia rises. Odd runs, leaps off of Falcon's back, and jumps to the top rope into a Super Hurricanrana, dropping Disco Kid back-first onto the ladder!
"Ohhh! Now that was impressive!" Jonathan says.
"Oh, poor Disco Kid…" Jeremy says almost piteously.
The crowd acknowledges the spectacle with a "That was awesome!" chant while Disco rolls out of the ring and Odd picks up the ladder Disco landed on. Odd leans the ladder against a corner and takes Captain Falcon to his feet. Odd goes for a Flapjack into the ladder…but Falcon elbows the back of Odd's skull and then Mat Slams Odd directly into the apparatus! Odd is stunned in the corner while Falcon staggers backward into the opposite turnbuckle. Falcon tries to run into Odd with a Corner Clothesline…but Odd is able to recover and lift his knees up to hit Falcon dead in the jaw. Odd hits a two-soled kick to knock Falcon backward. Odd pursues Falcon, attacks him…and drives him into the corner ladder with a Monkey Flip!
"This would be a perfect opportunity for Odd Della Robbia to climb the ladder and grab the briefcase—except, he isn't eligible to do so yet!" Jonathan says.
"Odd's got to try and score a pin or submission in the ring, and this could be a good shot," Jeremy says.
Odd pulls Falcon away from the corner and takes him into a Suplex position, transitioning into a Swinging Neckbreaker. Odd goes to the ring apron while Aran Ryan reenters the ring with a new ladder in hand. Odd Springboards in an attempt to nail a Splash onto Falcon, but then he sees Aran Ryan in mid-move. Odd hesitates and alters his jump to go for Aran instead, but Aran uses the ladder to crack Odd in the midsection!
"Aran swatted that Lyoko boy like a fly with that!" Cris says.
"Aran sat back and watched Odd and Falcon do their worst, and then he slipped in and nailed Della Robbia when he didn't see it coming," Al says.
The Celtic Clubber takes the ladder he used and dumps it on top of Bear Hugger, just as the latter was about to reach a vertical base. Aran takes Odd up and goes for the Pale Justice Powerbomb into the ladder in the corner…
…and he nails it! Odd crumbles to the canvas and Aran hooks a leg for the pin: 1…2…
…—Disco Kid tries to break up the pin, but he's too late—3.
"Aran Ryan is now eligible to retrieve the Jackpot briefcase!" Blader DJ announces.
"Aran Ryan's bait-and-catch pays off and he's now eligible to take the second step of this match and hit the Jackpot," Jonathan says.
"He joins Bear Hugger and Disco Kid—who tries to break it up at the last minute there, but was frustrated—as the men eligible to pull down the briefcase and win it," Jeremy says.
Aran Ryan takes Odd up and hits him with the End of the Rainbow, leaving him lying some more. Aran sets up a ladder himself. Captain Falcon tries to prevent Aran from climbing by Irish Whipping him underneath the ladder. Aran goes under the device…
"That ought to counteract the luck of the Irish," Jeremy quips.
…and Captain Falcon tries to push the ladder into Aran's face…but Aran blocks it and tries to push the ladder back at Falcon instead. The two struggle for about 10 seconds. Meanwhile, Disco Kid proceeds to climb the ladder while Aran and Falcon are trying to push the step-less sides into one another. Disco nearly reaches the top, but just as he is about to get there, Captain Falcon leaves the side of the ladder and grabs Disco Kid, pulling him down and hitting him with a Spinebuster. Falcon turns around, and Aran Ryan pushes the ladder into the face of Falcon, just as he desired to do so.
"Falcon kept the match alive by keeping Disco Kid down, but that allowed Aran Ryan to get the shot in on his rival," Jonathan says.
"And now Aran Ryan…proceeds his own journey to the top of the ladder, hoping to claim the award himself," says Al.
Aran ascends the ladder after resetting it down. Aran climbs the ladder and tries to pull down the briefcase…but BH is right there to climb up himself on the other side. Aran and BH meet at the top of the ladder and begin to punch one another's lights out. Aran Clips the nose of Bear Hugger, stunning him. Aran then tries to reach for the briefcase…and only then does he realize that he cannot do so. The ladder is too far from the prize!
"Ah, placement, placement, placement," Cris says. "So terribly important in a match like this!"
Aran continues to reach fruitlessly for the briefcase, and BH puts an end to his feeble tries with an Overhand Chop to the chest. Bear Hugger grabs Aran Ryan…and Backdrops him all the way to the mat!
"Oh! Aran Ryan took quite a fall there!" Jeremy says.
"If Aran had placed the ladder in a better spot, this match might have ended by now!" Cris says.
"But I don't think that Bear Hugger can reach the briefcase either!" Al says.
No, he can't. Bear Hugger tries to reach behind him, but he almost falls all the way to the mat in doing so. Thus, he ceases trying, climbs down a rung or two on the ladder…
…and jumps down to hit a Hoser Bomb from the ladder onto a supine Aran Ryan!
"Oh my God!" say Jonathan and Jeremy in unison.
"Bear Hugger just made a Shepherd's Pie out of Aran Ryan!" Jeremy exclaims.
"This crowd is nuts right now!" Al says.
And indeed they are.
"How often do you see a 400-plus-pound man jump from a ladder like that?" Al says.
"That took almost as much out of Aran Ryan as it did out of Bear Hugger," says Jonathan. "I know I've never seen anything like that in my lifetime!"
Disco Kid evaluates the scene and adjusts the ladder. He starts to climb to the briefcase. Captain Falcon gets up and hits a Double Sledge to the back. Falcon climbs to the top on the same side of the ladder as Disco Kid. Falcon wraps his arms around the waist of Disco Kid…and hits a Waist Lock Takedown all the way off of the ladder to the canvas below!
Falcon gets to his feet and waits for DK to get to his knees. Upon him doing so, Falcon delivers a Falcon Kick right to the temple! Aran Ryan manages to stagger to his own knees, but he lifts his head directly into a second Falcon Kick to the skull! The Captain pins Aran Ryan: 1…2…3!
"Captain Falcon is now eligible to retrieve the Jackpot briefcase!" Blader DJ says.
"Captain Falcon joins the club!" Jonathan says.
"And he did so in a big way, didn't he?" Jeremy says.
"Four men in the match are eligible, and this Jackpot Ladder Match—the first on an action-packed PPV night—could go in any direction from here," Al says. "Right now, it looks like Captain Falcon and Bear Hugger are in the ascendancy."
Falcon runs at Bear Hugger for a Falcon Press…but BH catches him in a Bear Hug instead. Bear Hugger squeezes the life out of Falcon for half a minute, trying to incapacitate one of the competitors in the contest. Falcon wildly tries to punch his way out of the predicament…and, eventually, he is able to do so. Falcon hits a Chop to BH's chest and goes for an Irish Whip…but BH reverses it and drops Falcon with a Sidewalk Slam. BH picks Falcon up for a Body Slam, but Falcon floats over and delivers a Dropkick to the chest. Then Falcon gives Bear Hugger a Jawbreaker. The ladder in the corner of the ring is still leaning there, and Falcon rams Bear Hugger's face right into it two times. Falcon hits two more Chops to the chest of BH before hitting a Corner Clothesline and Snapmaring him. Falcon picks up the ladder and places it on top of BH's skull, his head between two steps. Falcon grabs the ladder and hits a Seated Throwback, the ladder adding pain behind the move. Falcon removes the ladder from BH's neck afterwards and sets the ladder up, moving the other set-up ladder out of the way. Falcon climbs up the apparatus as the crowd gets avidly behind him.
However, Odd Della Robbia Springboards from the apron out of nowhere to land onto the stepladder on the other side!
"Where did Della Robbia come from?" Jonathan asks in awe.
"Who cares? He's in the ring now, and he's stopping Captain Falcon!" Cris says.
Odd and Falcon proceed to trade punches with one another. A Back Elbow from Falcon staggers Odd, almost knocking him down. Falcon hits two Double Sledges to the top of Odd's head. Odd fires back with a Forearm Smash. Odd hits a second Forearm…a third Forearm…a fourth, a fifth—suddenly he is throwing rapid Forearms at the speed of sound right at Falcon's face. Eventually Odd drops Falcon to the canvas with enough strikes to the face. Odd is all alone on the ladder and tries to grab the briefcase…but he lets go upon realizing that he is not eligible to pull it down yet. Then Odd steps up to the tippy-top.
"Oh dear God…" Jonathan says.
"This kid—he isn't nearly insane enough to try this!" Cris says.
Mr. Collinsworth is dead wrong. Not only is Odd crazy enough to try…
…he delivers, in the form of a Shooting Star Elbow Drop to Captain Falcon!
"That's Ulrich's move! That's the move that Ulrich Stern uses from the top rope!" Al says.
"Della Robbia pays tribute to his partner, the reason he's here—and the cover…" Jonathan narrates.
Moments later, Blader DJ says, "Odd Della Robbia is now eligible to retrieve the Jackpot briefcase!"
"The sole non-Nintendo character in this Jackpot Ladder Match is now eligible to win it, and now that means that everyone is entitled to make that climb and take the contract down," Al says.
"Oh, it's a ballgame now," Cris says.
Odd Della Robbia rolls off of Captain Falcon's body as the crowd noise intensifies. Odd starts to get to his feet, not quite sure of where he is after the big ladder jump. Disco Kid takes advantage of Odd's lack of balance by delivering a Do-Re-Mi from behind. Disco watches Bear Hugger stir and throws a series of punches at him – a jab, another jab, a third…and then a left hook to the mush, completing his trademarked Disco Flurry. Down goes the big man as Disco Kid taunts with a dance, even moonwalking to the center of the ring…into a waiting Aran Ryan, who nails Disco with a Pot O' Gold. All five men—Odd, Disco, Aran, BH, and Falcon—are down. The crowd is on its collective edge…and then down the ring runs Tokusha.
Jonathan says, "All five men are down! All five men are eligible! And—"
"What the hell? Tokusha?" inquires Al, cutting Jonathan off.
"'What the hell?' is right, Al," Jonathan says, having seen what Al is seeing. "I don't know what she's doing here, but I know what business he has here—none!"
"She's probably just here to offer her moral support to Disco Kid," argues Jeremy. "She knows how important this is."
"'Moral support'?" Jonathan says.
"Yeah, exactly," Jeremy answers.
"Then why is she climbing a ladder?" Jonathan asks.
A good question – one on the minds of the thousands of fans in attendance as they see the Japanese rave boxer ascend up the ladder to the briefcase. Just as she gets to the halfway mark, Aran Ryan gets up and grabs Tokusha by the hair. Aran looks at Tokusha as she screams in peril on the ladder. Bear Hugger, of all individuals, is there to save Tokusha by nailing Aran with a Full Nelson Slam, freeing Tokusha's hair and dropping the Irishman. Bear Hugger looks at Tokusha and motions for her to get off of the ladder while she still can. Tokusha, however, shakes her head and tells him no. BH insists Tokusha that he doesn't want to hurt her, but that doesn't tempt her to dismount the ladder. Rather, Tokusha speeds up the ladder at an even faster pace. Tokusha gets to the second-to-last rung on the ladder and is about to grab the briefcase…when Bear Hugger grabs the ladder—with Tokusha on it—picks it up…
"Holy Christ! Bear Hugger's got the ladder with Tokusha on it!" Jeremy exclaims, semi-scared for the dancer's life.
…and he moves the ladder away from the briefcase. However, Tokusha hops off of the ladder and latches onto the briefcase in mid-air as BH takes the ladder from completely underneath her. Bear Hugger looks up and realizes that Tokusha is hanging from the briefcase!
"This girl is bonkers!" Cris says. "It's not even her match to win—who does she think she is: Samus Aran?"
"Tokusha is hanging on for dear life," Al says.
"Don't let go, Tokusha! For the love of God, don't let go!" Jeremy yelps.
Bear Hugger lays the ladder down, folding it back up. Tokusha continues to grasp the briefcase above. BH tries to grab Tokusha by the legs, but Tokusha kicks BH in the eyes two times to prevent him from pulling her off of the briefcase. Tokusha keeps kicking BH in the face with success…until BH catches her right foot.
A second later, Bear Hugger catches her left as well.
"Uh-oh!" Al exclaims. "I think Tokusha threw one too many boots…"
Bear Hugger takes Tokusha's legs, pries them open…and grabs her in an Electric Chair. BH walks forward and finds himself standing right behind the laid-down ladder.
"Oh no… Oh no… Oh no!" Jeremy says in a worrisome tone.
"Tokusha might be regretting getting involved in this shindig…" Jonathan says.
Bear Hugger keeps Tokusha on his shoulders for three seconds…
…before dropping her on top of the ladder with a Beldigo!
"Beldigo on top of the ladder!" Al shrieks.
"Ahhhhh! Tokusha!" Jeremy bellows in compassion.
"Disco Kid's dance partner just got Beldigo'd onto a ladder!" Jonathan says. "And I wish I could feel bad for her!"
Bear Hugger pushes Tokusha out of the ring gently while Disco Kid gets to his feet. Disco runs the ropes and delivers a Knee right to the temple of a kneeling Bear Hugger. Disco looks to the outside of the ring where Tokusha is lying motionless. Disco begins to fume over what happened—even though he's not entirely sure what did occur, yet he has an inkling that Bear Hugger had to do with it. Disco Kid picks up the ladder from the ring mat…and he rams it into the back of Bear Hugger's head six times!
"Disco Kid is frustrated by what just happened to Tokusha, and I don't think I blame him!" Jeremy says, trying to somewhat justify Bear Hugger's pain.
Bear Hugger lies prone on the mat, seeming unconscious from the repeatedly ladder shots to the back of the skull. Disco Kid sets the ladder up, looking back at Tokusha before climbing up the ladder. Tokusha has yet to move while Disco Kid continues to go up. Disco tries to go up further, but Tokusha's well-being has Disco Kid distracted. EMTs run down to the ring to check on the rave dancer, which sort of allays Disco's fears…but Odd Della Robbia runs up a rung on the ladder and jumps into a ModdESTY from the ladder to the canvas!
"Disco's concern with Tokusha might have buried him with regards to this match!" Jonathan says.
"Tokusha is motionless, as is Bear Hugger—he may need medical attention too," Cris says.
Odd gets up and climbs the ladder. Meanwhile, Captain Falcon takes a second ladder, moves it to a better spot inside the ring, and climbs it himself. The two try to reach the Jackpot briefcase from separate ladders…and then Aran Ryan climbs the other side of the ladder Falcon is on, standing between Captain Falcon and Odd. Aran hits a European Uppercut to Falcon while turning around into a punch from Odd. The three enter a battle of fists whilst also reaching for the Jackpot briefcase.
"It's a free-for-all up there—down to the wire!" Al says.
Falcon gives Aran a Bionic Elbow and punches him in the skull. Falcon adjusts on the ladder and throws a Falcon Kick, and he hits it—only Aran ducks out of the way and the Kick ends up clocking Della Robbia instead, knocking him off of the ladder.
Falcon and Aran Ryan are left on top of a single ladder, trading punches with one another. Aran tries to take the low road and rake Falcon's eyes, but the try is parried; Falcon takes Aran and tosses him into the base of the ladder face-first. He does this once… He does this twice… He does this three times—make it five. Aran is bewildered at the top of the ladder, and Falcon takes this opportunity to grab the Jackpot briefcase. He tugs at it to set it free…
…but Aran Ryan pulls out a shillelagh from his ring trunks and whacks Captain Falcon in the skull with it!
"Where'd that shillelagh come from?" Al asks in shock.
"I thought he parted ways with that thing weeks ago!" Jonathan says.
"Talk about an ace in the hole! Aran Ryan's all alone!" Cris says.
Falcon plummets from the top of the ladder to the canvas as the briefcase sways in the air. Aran gets a hand up to stop the briefcase from swinging, and from here he steps up, grabs the contract…
…and pulls it down, winning the match!
"Aran Ryan has hit the Jackpot!" Jonathan exclaims.
Referee Jim Kawaguchi calls for the bell and Blader DJ says, "Ladies and gentlemen, the winner of the Jackpot Ladder Match is Aran Ryan!"
"Lady Luck shines brightly for the Irishman!" Al says.
"Wow, what a brouhaha that was!" Cris says. "Aran Ryan and his adversaries left it all in the ring, all for a shot at a free Championship Match cashable for up to one year. We saw a 440-pound man jump off of a ladder and squash Aran for it; we saw that same man incapacitate a girl—"
"An innocent girl!" Jeremy says, still embittered by it all.
"—and, yes, we saw Aran Ryan pull out his trusty shillelagh to ensure that the Jackpot briefcase would indeed be his," Cris finishes.
"Tokusha is now getting medical treatment, as is Bear Hugger," notes Al. "But Aran Ryan comes away victorious in what may be a career-changing moment for the Punch-Out! veteran. He can use that contract whenever he wants, wherever he wants, on whomever he wants for up to 12 full months."
"And if we can take what Doc Louis told Aran Ryan at face value, that may mean that Aran Ryan's six-month promise may very well come true," Jonathan says.
Aran Ryan leaves the ring with shillelagh and briefcase in hand, holding up both as his trophies of war.
"That…was insane," Jeremy says. "And that was only match number one of this heaving show tonight. We still have nine more matches to go, including three main events!"
"And one of those nine matches we will see later tonight in Los Angeles, California, is the match for the CCW Women's Tag Team Championships – Mystique Sonia & Jenny vs. The Powerpuff Girls, Bubbles and Buttercup," Jonathan says. "Last night saw these two teams get heated with one another as Bubbles would trip 'The Teenage Robot' Jenny—inadvertently, we presume—in the middle of her match with 'The Babysitter' Vicky, who would eventually take advantage of the opportunity and win that singles encounter. Jenny and Sonia were livid and they took it out on the Powerpuffs, getting into a quarrel with them that led to physicality. It looked as though Sonia & Jenny would receive a measure of what they found to be 'revenge', but Blossom, the third girl in the PPG, had other plans. She would enter the fracas and initiate a 3-on-2 assault onto the Tag Team Champions, leaving them lying in the middle of the ring, even hitting Mystique Sonia with a trifecta of moves they call Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice. …It sure didn't feel nice for Mystique Sonia; that's for damn sure."
Backstage, Alex Trebek is ready for his first interview of CCW Jackpot.
Alex Trebek says, "Ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to be your backstage interviewer for the evening and beyond as CCW comes to the United States of America. As a native Canadian, I know that I share in the rest of the world's excitement as this monumental night rolls on. With that being said, I am being joined by a trio of worldly individuals, two of whom to vie for the CCW Women's Tag Team Championship. I give to you, The Powerpuff Girls."
The crowd gives a mixed reaction for the Powerpuff Girls, mainly consisting of boos but with some light cheers intermingled there.
"Girls, a lot of folks have been talking about your actions of last night's episode of XX 9 in what they have described as a 'heinous' attack on the CCW Women's Tag Team Champions Mystique Sonia & Jenny," Alex says. "Some of them are even calling it 'unbecoming of you' to do such a thing. They have further stated that you three owe an explanation for your deeds, and I am here to play debt collector. Bubbles, Blossom, Buttercup, what do you have to say?"
"People want explanations?" Buttercup says. "It's really a lot simpler than you or anyone else thinks. I'm sure that everyone saw the replays; it is clear that Mystique Sonia & Jenny struck us first inside the ring, pushing us around for something that (a) was not a big deal, and (b) wasn't even intentional. Jenny lost a one-on-one match, sure, but it was not the end of the world. They took shots at us; they even called Bubbles a bitch. And yet people really think that Bubbles, Blossom, and I were out of line? If anyone, Mr. Trebek, was out of line last night on Double X, it wasthe Hero: 108 Heroine and the Teenage Robot. Those two assaulted us despite our heartfelt apologies. What we did—what Blossom decided to do—was strictly self-defense. Mystique Sonia & Jenny acted like monsters…so we treated them like monsters by beating the holy crap out of them."
"Mystique Sonia & Jenny threw fits because Jenny lost the match that night against Vicky," Bubbles says. "Yes, they blamed it on me; yes, they called me a bitch for what I did, even though I told them I was sorry. But that loss, in the end, is not the big picture. The big picture is us. We're going to be in the ring with those girls with the CCW Women's Tag Team Championship on the line. Vicky, in the big scheme of things, is not a big deal; heck, she's not even that tough to beat. Blossom dumped her from the California Girls Battle Royal like that." Bubbles snaps her fingers for emphasis on that.
She resumes, "Even if Jenny managed to pin Vicky, it wouldn't be half as impressive as what Buttercup and I are gonna do tonight. Tonight, The Powerpuff Girls are going to be the talk of the program, not Mystique Sonia, and not Jenny. We are going to leave the Staples® Center and kick off the new period of Character Championship Wrestling as the company's new Women's Tag Team Champions. And Sonia & Jenny? …They'll have nobody to blame but themselves."
"Thank you for your time; good luck later tonight," Alex Trebek says before taking his leave.
"We haven't heard the Powerpuff Girls in such intense voices before," says Jonathan, taken aback.
"Up until last night, all the PPG would talk about was how they 'respected' Mystique Sonia & Jenny," Cris says. "Now, the trio is focused on strictly the belts Sonia & Jenny are wearing. Respect be damned! I hope the champions are ready to take it up a notch…because Bubbles and Buttercup sure are."
("Voices" by Rev Theory plays)
"This next match is a super-heavyweight showdown scheduled for one fall!" says Blader DJ. "Approaching the ring, hailing from Sparta, weighing in at 280 pounds, he was CCW's first-ever Magnus Champion of the World, 'The Legend Slayer' Kratos!" (Crowd boos/cheers 60/40)
"Indeed, Kratos was the first man to ever hold the coveted CCW Magnus Championship, winning it on the first episode of Ozone back at the Flavian Amphitheatre in Rome, Italy," Al says. "Tonight, he looks to reestablish himself as one of the most reckoned-with forces in the company when he takes on a man he has taken umbrage with over the past couple of weeks, that man being Wolf Hawkfield from Virtua Fighter."
"Kratos feels as though he merits a level of respect and class as one of the standard-bearers of the company," Jeremy says. "I think that, to a degree, he has a point, but—and this is the part I'd never tell him to his face—there are a number of guys back there in that locker room who are just as good as he is and just as hungry as he is. Kratos is not the only big boy on the food chain around here, and Wolf Hawkfield is one of those guys who would like to add his name to the list that Kratos is on—the list of CCW Magnus Championship titleholders."
"But in order for that to be a part of Wolf's future, he'll have to survive the present, and he'll have to survive the Legend Slayer himself," says Jonathan.
("Headstrong" by Trapt plays)
"And his opponent," says Blader DJ, "from the nation of Canada, weighing 295 pounds, Wolf Hawkfield!" (Crowd cheers/boos 90/10)
"Wolf Hawkfield is looking to make a name for himself here in CCW—but it comes at the expense of 'The Legend Slayer' Kratos," says Al. "On the twenty-fifth episode of Ozone, Wolf Hawkfield played the role of spoiler against Kratos in part two in the three-match Race Against Time Challenge involving Kratos, 'The Virtua Luchador' El Blaze, and eventual winner of the challenge 'The Boy Genius' Jimmy Neutron. Kratos had to defeat Wolf Hawkfield in 7:32 in order to keep in contention for the Magnus Championship. He would try, on myriad occasions, to end the matchup via pin, but in vain. Eventually, Kratos resorted to unsavory means, placing his feet on the ropes during the pinning attempt, but the referee was able to spot it and Wolf Hawkfield was thus able to prevent Kratos from beating the time and becoming #1 Contender."
"And Kratos was pissed," Jeremy says. "So much so that he went out of his way to attack Hawkfield during a backstage interview!"
"But Wolf has shown that he is not gonna be intimidated by the Legend Slayer in the slightest," Jonathan says.
"He may not feel like backing down now, but Kratos vowed to embarrass Wolf Hawkfield as Wolf Hawkfield allegedly embarrassed him," Cris says. "Wolf had better know precisely what he's getting himself into."
Wolf and Kratos stare each other down in the center of the ring before referee Lonny Cunningham rings the bell. Kratos pushes Wolf backward, flashing a grimace to go with it. Wolf returns the favor with a push of his own. Kratos goes for a right hand, but Wolf blocks it and delivers one of his own. Wolf begins punching away at Kratos before ramming him face-first into a top turnbuckle. Wolf kicks Kratos in the gut several times in the corner before grabbing him by the legs and delivering a Rope-Aided Powerbomb. Kratos sits up as Wolf runs the ropes and Wolf delivers a Low Clothesline to his adversary. Wolf picks Kratos up and hits him with a Stun Gun. Wolf Irish Whips Kratos into the ropes and delivers a Sidewalk Slam, leading directly into a pin attempt: 1…2…2.3 Kratos kicks out. Wolf picks Kratos up and hits a series of Forearms to his face before Irish Whipping him again and giving him a Back Body Drop. From here, Wolf Clotheslines Kratos clear out of the ring, causing the Legend Slayer to smack the ringside matting in frustration. Kratos starts getting up as Wolf pursues his opponent; however, Kratos is able to catch Wolf in the corner of his eye and swiftly turn around and lift him up into a Spinebuster into the ring apron. Kratos then proceeds to unload on Wolf with punches to his back and neck. Kratos rams Wolf's face into the apron and tries to do the same into the steel ring post, but Wolf is able to block it and elbow his way free. Wolf hits a Chop to the chest of Kratos, knocking him backward. Wolf returns with some punches of his own before hitting Kratos with a Scoop Slam onto the floor.
"These two are brawling outside the ring and it looks like Wolf is maintaining the upper hand!" Jonathan says.
Wolf stomps onto Kratos a number of times before kneeing him in the gut. Wolf tosses Kratos shoulder-first into the steel ring steps. Wolf picks Kratos up after this tumble and tries to shove him back inside the ring. He does so, but as soon as he reaches the ring apron to reenter himself, Kratos speeds to his feet and charges with a Back Elbow that knocks Wolf down to ringside again. Kratos goes to the ring apron and dives onto Wolf with a Double Axe-Handle to the back of his neck. This causes Wolf to drop to his knees. Kratos hits him with a Facebuster, hurling Wolf's head into the floor with authority. Kratos stomps onto Wolf repeatedly in the back of the head before picking him up and Mat Slamming him into the security barricade. Kratos uses his knee to choke Wolf against the wall for six seconds before adding another stomp to the clavicle. Kratos pulls Wolf away from the wall and hits two Elbow Drops. Kratos taunts Wolf with some yelling before trying a third Elbow Drop…though this third one misses its mark, as Wolf is able to roll away. Wolf picks up Kratos into a Back Suplex Slam and he hits it on the outside. Wolf gives Kratos a Gutbuster onto the security barricade! Then he pushes Kratos directly into the stands.
"Wolf just sent Kratos right into the fans at the Staples® Center!" Al exclaims.
"I expected intensity for this match," Jeremy says, "but nothing to this extent! I hope that those spectators are careful, because now their lives might be in danger."
"Yeah, like Wolf and Kratos are going to try to kill them tonight," Cris says sarcastically.
"They may not be trying to kill others around them, but with them trying to practically kill each other, anything can happen," Jeremy says.
"There certainly is a danger level out there right now, for sure," Jonathan says.
Wolf pursues Kratos and punches him in the gut. Then he locks in a Front Facelock. Wolf clobbers the spine of his foe before transitioning into a Butterfly Hold. Wolf goes for a Butterfly Suplex, but Kratos is able to hold his ground and drop down into a Trip Takedown onto Hawkfield. Kratos locks in a Boston Crab at ringside, torqueing the lower back. Wolf cries out in pain for 10 seconds before using his leg strength to flip Kratos off of him. Kratos rises to his feet while Wolf picks Kratos up into a Fireman's Carry, dropping Kratos with a DVD onto the floor! Wolf and Kratos both sell before the former gets to his feet. He takes Kratos into a Military Press, hoping to hurl him over the barricade and back to ringside, but Kratos is able to gouge Wolf's eyes and get to his own feet. Kratos grabs Wolf in an Electric Chair and drops down onto the floor himself.
"For Wolf and Kratos, it doesn't matter where they're fighting, as long as it's a fight; so far, this has been an absolute brawl!" Jeremy says.
Kratos turns around with Wolf's legs still draped over his shoulders. Kratos picks Wolf up from the ground into a Powerbomb position. He then backs up a few steps, gets a running start…
…and Powerbombs Wolf Hawkfield right through the security barricade!
"Oh my God! Oh my God! Right through the wall!" Al screeches.
"Sweet Jesus! Kratos may have broken the wall as well as Wolf Hawkfield in half!" Jeremy says.
"Holy sh*t! Holy sh*t!" is heard from the fans nearby and abroad in the Staples® Center as Wolf writhes in pain and Kratos tries to recapture his bearings. As soon as Kratos gets up, he beats his chest and screams to the heavens while Wolf remains unable to reach a vertical base. Kratos picks Wolf up slowly and shoves him back inside the ring before gingerly making his way in to follow. Kratos nudges Wolf with his boot, almost no longer taking him seriously. Wolf hardly budges, and Kratos takes his time in covering Hawkfield: 1…2…2.75 Wolf kicks out.
"How did Wolf Hawkfield manage to kick out of that?" Al asks incredulously.
"By God, I don't have a clue," Jonathan replies. "But regardless, it looks like Wolf has become prey for the Sony superstar at this period of time."
Kratos riddles Wolf's midsection with stomps, angrily digging his boot into the sternum of his foe. Then he punches Wolf dead in the gut, picks his man up, and drops him with a Backbreaker. From here, Kratos grabs Wolf by the head and hits a series of elbows to the clavicle region of the Virtua Powerhouse; he next runs the ropes and gives Wolf a Big Boot to the face with his rival sitting up. Kratos goes for another pin: 1…2…2.78 Wolf kicks out. Wolf tries to roll to the ropes for refuge as Kratos growls again. Wolf gets to the ropes but Kratos is right there after him to tie Wolf up. Kratos places Wolf's upper body in-between the ropes and delivers a series of Sheamus-like Overhand Chops to the ribcage. Kratos taunts again before locking in a Full Nelson and pulling back, bending Wolf's back over the ring rope. Referee Lonny Cunningham calls for a rope break, and eventually one is enforced. Kratos pulls Wolf out of the ropes and hits him with a Teardrop Suplex. Kratos grabs Wolf by the legs and stomps him in the gut three times before executing a Giant Swing that sends Wolf into a corner. Wolf tries to get to his feet…but as soon as he does, Kratos gives him a Running Elbow to the back of his head. This is followed by a series of Inverted Shoulder Barges into the opponent's back. Kratos locks in another Full Nelson, this time parlaying it into a Slam.
"Wolf Hawkfield is taking a beating," Jeremy says. "When Kratos said he was out to punish Wolf, he meant it!"
"Indeed, Wolf is in a ton of pain right now," Al says. "We've known Wolf to be the man who can give as well as he takes, though."
"Right now he's given nothing and taken a lot," Cris notes.
"At the start of the match, Wolf was able to get some offense going," Jonathan clarifies, "but ever since that brutal Powerbomb out of the crowd through the barricade, it has been all Legend Slayer, all the time."
Kratos chokes Wolf against the mat before picking him up by the throat with two hands and pushing him into the ropes. Kratos knees Wolf in the gut and gives him a Gutwrench Suplex. Kratos yells as Wolf, "I've got all the time in the world to cripple you! What are you gonna do? Huh? What are you gonna do?" Kratos then takes Wolf back onto his shoulder…parades around the ring, and drops him with an Oklahoma Slam. Kratos covers Wolf: 1…2…2.825 Wolf gets his shoulder up. Kratos grabs Wolf's neck and locks in a Neck Crank submission hold. Kratos borderline tries to rip the Virtua male's head off of its shoulders. Wolf refuses to tap out, however, and manages to slightly pry Kratos' fingers loose from his face. Kratos lets go of Wolf, only to stomp onto his face and stand directly onto his eyes. Kratos picks Wolf up again, yelling at him once again. Wolf is able to punch Kratos in the ribs while on his knees, trying to keep the Legend Slayer at bay. Kratos is able to turn it into a DDT, dropping Wolf immediately. Kratos raises his arms and the crowd gives a very mixed reaction at this.
"Kratos has governed this match in exactly the manner he desired," Jonathan says.
"CCW's first Magnus Champion didn't get there by giving his opponents massages," says Cris. "Wolf Hawkfield didn't expect a beating like this, but he should've."
"Kratos is just taking his time right now, in no hurry whatsoever," Al points out.
"He's got no real need to hurry," says Jeremy. "He's in total control right now."
Kratos hits Wolf with a Body Slam and uses his foot to pin Wolf: 1…2…Wolf kicks out emphatically, appalled by the disrespectful pinning combination. Kratos smirks and grabs Wolf by the arm, locking in a Wrist Lock. Kratos neutralizes Wolf and executes a Short-Arm Clothesline, hanging onto his adversary thereafter. Kratos re-raises his opponent to his feet…and drops him with another Short-Arm Clothesline. Kratos hauls Wolf up a third time and attempts a third Clothesline…
…but Wolf is able to counter it into a Roll-Up onto Kratos! 1…2…Kratos kicks out. Kratos gets up in shock and drops Wolf with a Shoulder Block. Kratos mounts Wolf with a series of punches to the skull. An angry Legend Slayer Hammer Throws Wolf into a corner, forcing Wolf back down. Kratos Hammer Throws Wolf once more into the opposite corner, dropping Wolf yet again. Kratos takes Wolf into a Powerbomb position, trying to hurl Wolf into another turnbuckle…
…but Wolf is able to reverse out of it and hit a Drop Toe Hold that sends Kratos face-first into the turnbuckle!
"Kratos tried to knock what was left of the wind in Wolf Hawkfield, but Hawkfield had an out in mind, and there it was!" Jonathan says.
"Is Wolf gonna be able to fight back into this, though?" Jeremy inquires.
"He's taken quite a load of punishment thus far," notes Al.
Wolf gets up with Kratos in the corner. Kratos punches Wolf in the face and runs at him…into a Spinebuster from Hawkfield! Then Wolf hits Kratos with a Back Suplex Slam; Wolf Irish Whips Kratos into the ropes and delivers a Hip Toss. Wolf makes his way to the top rope next, with Kratos getting to his own vertical base. Wolf jumps at him…and nails a Diving Shoulder Block. Wolf covers Kratos: 1…2…2.85 Kratos gets his shoulder up. Wolf grabs Kratos and tries a Suplex…but Kratos floats over and locks in a Sleeper Hold. Wolf flails his arms aimlessly for a ring rope, but Kratos keeps Wolf in his clutches—until Wolf backs into a corner and forces Kratos from breaking the hold. Wolf hits a Chop to the chest of the first Magnus Champ. Wolf hits a few more Chops afterward and gives Kratos a Snapmare. Wolf gives Kratos a Seated Throwback. Then Wolf climbs to the top rope for the second time. Kratos is lying supine on the mat. Wolf signals for a Frog Splash and leaps…
…but Kratos rolls out of the way!
"Nobody home for the Frog Splash!" Al exclaims.
Kratos scrambles to his feet, grabs Wolf, and hits the Slobberknocker. Kratos covers Wolf: 1…2…
…2.9 Wolf gets his shoulder up! Kratos cannot believe it, and he slashes his throat in rage, setting up for the Power-Plex. Kratos lifts Wolf up for his finisher…
…but Wolf keeps his legs kicking to prevent Kratos from planting him. Wolf is able to land onto his feet and turn it into a Snap Suplex. Wolf takes Kratos up for Snake Eyes, but Kratos is able to get to his feet and squirm free. Kratos takes Wolf into an Electric Chair…but Wolf escapes, puts Kratos into an Argentine position, and drops Kratos with a Backbreaker; from here, he hangs onto Kratos in the Torture Rack and turns it into a Decimator!
"Excellent shift—Decimator to Kratos!" Al says.
"Wolf might be able to actually get Kratos…" Cris says. "Wolf could pull this off!"
Wolf writhes and rolls to a corner, waiting for Kratos to regain his own bearings. The crowd chants, "Gore! Gore! Gore!" Wolf sets up and motions for the move as Kratos turns to his feet. As soon as Kratos has fully risen, Wolf runs at him for the Gore.
But Kratos intercepts Wolf with a Bike Kick to the top of the head!
"Bike Kick!" Cris yells.
"I didn't even think Kratos saw him!" Jeremy says.
"Not only did Kratos see him, he diverted it by way of his Bike Kick, and that could be the shot that the Spartan needs!" Jonathan says.
No sooner should Jonathan speak than Kratos ensnare Wolf in his Gogoplata. Kratos shows no signs of letting up. Wolf tries to get his legs onto a rope, but he is unable to get the desired break. Wolf postures up and tries to lift Kratos up for a Powerbomb…but he doesn't quite have enough power to pull it off. Kratos yanks on the submission further.
Wolf continues to fight…
…but he cannot hang in there, and with no Race Against Time, there's no option to wait things out. Referee Lonny Cunningham calls for the bell as Wolf taps out.
Kratos keeps the Gogoplata locked in for longer, against Lonny Cunningham's wishes. Cunningham tries to pull Kratos off, and, after much effort, Kratos finally lets Wolf go.
"Your big winner is 'The Legend Slayer' Kratos!" Blader DJ says.
"Kratos wanted respect from Wolf Hawkfield, and I'm sure that he's gotten it with a performance like that," Al says.
"It was a grueling encounter between these two super-heavyweights, but it was the Sony powerhouse coming out on top," Jonathan says. "And what a way it ended also—Wolf Hawkfield being forced to submit to the ever-taxing Gogoplata."
"Nothing to be ashamed of in that regard," Jeremy says. "That hold is vicious…and a guy like Kratos makes it a really big deal."
"How tough is Wolf, though—gutting it out like that?" Cris says. "I thought he had Kratos in his line of fire for sure. I thought Kratos was gonna get Gored for sure! But Kratos exhibited that veteran's instinct that comes with being a former champion and utilized that to get the upper hand when it counted most. Maybe Wolf can become a champion and learn that instinct at a later time, but for now, it is the Legend Slayer ousting the man who cost him a slot in Jackpot's main event."
Kratos walks to the back without even a smile on his face, raising his arm in the air in acknowledgement of his victory.
"You mentioned the main event; Kratos failed to win the Race Against Time Challenge on CCW Ozone 25," Jonathan says. "That honor belongs to 'The Boy Genius' Jimmy Neutron. He's the #1 Contender for the CCW Magnus Championship currently held by Ben Tennyson, and he's currently standing by with Alex Trebek."
"Ladies and gentlemen, I'm standing by with 'The Boy Genius' Jimmy Neutron, the #1 Contender for Ben Tennyson's CCW Magnus Championship," Alex Trebek says. "Jimmy, you'll be in the main event of the evening tonight against El Blaze and the aforementioned Tennyson with the belt on the line here in Los Angeles, California. Jimmy, I can imagine that you, being the 'Boy Genius', have formulated a goofproof plan to emerge victorious tonight."
"You are correct, Trebek," says Jimmy Neutron. "First off, might I say that you are a more than appreciated member of the new CCW team? Your intellect and familiarity with the microphone are sure to make you one of the best interviewers in wrestling in due time."
"Why, thank you," Alex replies.
"Don't mention it," Jimmy says. "It takes one smart individual to recognize another. In addition, though, being smart also gives you the ability to locate others and distinguish who are smart and who are ignorant. That is where El Blaze and Ben Tennyson come in. In the matter of the former, I present to thee a droll datum—fun fact, if you will: this is my first CCW Magnus Championship match on PPV. Yet, to date, El Blaze has competed in—allow me to utilize my flanges for this—one, two, three, four pay-per-view matches for a PPV appearance rate of above 50%. You would expect someone, even a Neanderthal, to accrue at least, say, a 25% victory rate in these four encounters; alas, El Blaze has lost in all of his PPV bouts, including three matches for the CCW Magnus Championship. And this severe absence of success notwithstanding, El Blaze is still walking into the Staples® Center fabricating myriad outcomes of the main event match where he becomes champion. That is not what is going to occur, and he must know it. Even a wunderkind can fool others, but it takes a true nincompoop indeed to fool others and fool himself. And talking in the same vein, Benjamin Tennyson is another disillusioned fellow, referring to himself as the quote-unquote 'best in the world'. Not only is that a gross mistruth, it is also quite an overplayed watchword throughout wrestling companies. Various athletes refer to themselves as such, whether as parodies or as veritable and defensible titles—some wrestling companies even use this maxim for their pay-per-views! At least I, Jimmy Neutron, have my own arrow in my quiver, and one that is both more aurally pleasant and conclusively inventive—I am promptly peerless, hitherto peerless, and hence peerless. Ben Tennyson's mind is just too miniscule to comprehend my majuscule skillset, mannerisms, and ability. El Blaze is no better, and neither are these kids and adults here in this arena in California who actually buy into the notion of El Blaze winning tonight. If that is what California really believes is going to happen, then, it's truly no marvel that this state is ranked 43rd out of 50 for their Education in this country!" The crowd boos loudly, half of them because of the insult, the other half because of Jimmy's pretentious words. "Tonight, I will overcome them both and become FanFiction Wrestling's smartest World Champion ever. And with the Boy Genius as the face of Character Championship Wrestling…I shall go the longest way possible to smarten up the entire wrestling universe, fans and talent alike. Luckily, Alex Trebek, you won't have to be a guinea pig in that experiment. Perhaps you can join me on my mission once my waist is laden with gold."
"Thanks, but I think that you might be better suited for that line of work," Alex says, modestly—and apprehensively.
"Fair enough," Jimmy replies. "FanFiction Wrestling is going to change. Because of me…it'll be for the better."
"Jimmy Neutron sure sounds confident," says Jeremy.
"Being the #1 Contender for the Magnus Championship will make any man confident," Cris says. "And when you add in the fact that Jimmy Neutron has an IQ higher than that of everybody in this building combined, it's pretty hard to be modest."
"Well, Jimmy Neutron will have his first chance at a singles championship, the biggest price in this section of the industry, the CCW Magnus Championship," Al says. "And speaking of firsts, two video game characters are going to have their first CCW PPV match for a singles Championship in just a moment. That Championship is the CCW Infinity Championship. Over the course of the past five weeks, eight CCW wrestlers have competed in a single-elimination Tournament for the prize of being the inaugural titleholder. Six have fallen in battle, but two characters of video game fame have advanced to the finals of this tourney. And tonight, these two individuals—Megaman and Liu Kang—are going to take part in what is the biggest opportunity of their respective careers. The winner will take the tournament and become the first-ever CCW Infinity Champion."
"Man, I can't wait for this," Jeremy says. "These two guys have shown such tremendous ability in the past few weeks—I've seen a lot from both down in developmental—but only one of them can score the gold tonight. I have a feeling that we're in for a treat from those two light heavyweights."
Blader DJ takes the mic again and says, "Ladies and gentlemen, your next match on CCW Jackpot is scheduled for one fall and it is the Finals of the CCW Infinity Championship Tournament!" The crowd cheers. "This match will decide who will be the first-ever CCW Infinity Champion. Are you ready?"
The fans explode as they anticipate the first of the two Infinity contenders.
("I Am Perfection" by Beta Wolf plays)
Megaman, in his X attire, takes a knee a la CM Punk and screams, "Jackpot!" before leaping up to his feet, triggering a blue blast of pyro.
"Megaman has been with CCW since the very beginning, and yet this is his very first CCW appearance on PPV," Jonathan says. "And can you believe that it is under these circumstances – CCW's American debut, Jackpot, and it's the CCW Infinity Championship Tournament Grand Final. How psyched up must this man be?"
"Megaman is the guy who pitched the idea for a new belt and a new tournament in the first place," Cris says. "He says that he deserves to the guy to carry the standard that is the Infinity Championship, and I agree with him. These fans seem to agree as well, judging from the reception he's getting."
"But one man who doesn't agree with Megaman's philosophy on the title is the man he's facing tonight, Liu Kang," Al says. "Liu Kang says that he's worked just as hard as Megaman has, and that tonight, it's not about who 'deserves' the CCW Infinity Championship. According to Liu Kang, it's all about 'who wants it more.'"
("Exploding Helmets" by Daniel Holter and Kyle White plays)
Liu Kang looks out to the crowd and puts his hands up to form an "LK" symbol before charging the ring with an arm raised in the air.
"You want to talk about 'impressive'?" Jeremy says. "How about the Mortal Kombat all-star known as Liu Kang? In just two CCW appearances, he has managed to open a ton of eyes and capture quite the buzz amongst these CCW fanatics. Many of the folks here at Jackpot bought their tickets because of him, I bet."
"Liu Kang has a chance to not only continue his record of being unbeaten thus far here in CCW," Jonathan notes, "but he also has a rare chance of becoming CCW Infinity Champion, holding a championship belt after just three matches in CCW. Only 'The Legend Slayer' Kratos, the DC antihero Deathstroke and Gwen Tennyson have enjoyed faster routes to success, winning the Magnus, Universal, and Females Titles respectively in a single night."
"Who's gonna walk out of the Staples® Center as the Infinity Champion? Who will make history for himself here tonight at the history-filled pay-per-view Jackpot?" Al questions. "The answers will come in just a few minutes."
Liu Kang steps inside the ring and his music stops. Blader DJ takes it from here. "And now, introducing the two finalists in the CCW Infinity Championship Tournament. First, standing to my right, from Capcom, weighing in at 215 pounds, from his self-titled series, this is Megaman!" (Crowd cheers/boos 90/10) "And his adversary to my left, from Earthrealm, weighing in at 186 pounds, Mortal Kombat's own Liu Kang!" (Crowd cheers)
Liu Kang and Megaman step forward to approach the referee Scott Van Buren, who has pre-match instructions for both men. He is holding the newfangled CCW Infinity belt in his arms while providing words to both participants in the encounter.
"Okay, guys," Mr. Van Buren begins. "This is for the CCW Infinity Championship. It is to determine the first-ever holder of this title. When I call for the bell, come out fighting. The match will only conclude when there is a pinfall, a submission, or a disqualification. I want a good clean fight, guys; this is for the Championship, so don't do anything stupid. There must be a winner. We will go until we have a decision. Are there any questions from either of you?"
Liu Kang and Megaman reply in the negative.
"Okay, back up and stay back until I say go," Scott Van Buren advises. Both men do back up into their neutral corners.
"Liu Kang defeated Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino of Jersey Shore and Kevin Levin of Ben 10 to get to this point; Megaman defeated Paul Rabil and Punch-Out's Don Flamenco. This match is the decider; whoever emerges victorious takes an enormous step in his career with a key achievement here at CCW Jackpot," Al summarizes.
"These fans are on edge right now, and so am I," Jeremy says. "I've worked with both men, and I can tell you that neither of them is willing to give even an inch to the other. They will not give up no matter the cost. They'll lose an arm or a leg over this championship; it means that much to them."
"Two men, one ambition—only one of them can be champion," Cris says. "Here we go!"
Referee Scott Van Buren calls for the bell and the match officially starts. Liu Kang and Megaman circle one another before the former extends a hand to the latter.
"Liu Kang wants a show of sportsmanship here," Cris says. "He's a man of honor, for sure, but in a match like this, I don't know how important honor would be on the significance ladder."
"In Megaman's mind, winning seems much more paramount," Al says.
Megaman looks at Liu Kang's outstretched arm for a moment and pauses. After much thought, Megaman signals for a quick high-five between the two men. Liu Kang obliges, and the two quickly engage in a Collar-and-Elbow Tie-Up. Liu Kang gets the better of Megaman for the moment with a push into a corner. Megaman and Liu Kang trade positions against the ropes, spinning in the lockup until Liu Kang secures Megaman in the corner. Referee Scott Van Buren calls for a break, and Liu Kang cleanly separates from his man. Megaman moves out of the corner slowly and then pursues the MK warrior; he drops him with a Waist Lock Takedown into a Side Bear Hug. Liu Kang gets to his feet and performs a Wrist Lock. LK wrenches on the left arm of Megaman for seven seconds before Megaman somersaults on the canvas and turns it into a Wrist Lock of his own. Megaman stabilizes Liu Kang for a moment before Liu Kang somersaults and pulls Megaman into a Side Headlock. Liu Kang takes Megaman down, but Megaman gets a leg onto the bottom rope. LK breaks cleanly again and stands up. Megaman looks up at Liu Kang and shrugs off the onslaught before getting to his feet as well. The crowd shows their early appreciation for the wrestlers' efforts with applause.
Both men enter a Collar-and-Elbow once again before Liu Kang Arm Drags Megaman down. Liu Kang hits a second Arm Drag and locks in an Armbar. Megaman struggles to get up afterwards and eventually Sweeps the legs out from underneath Liu Kang. Megaman goes for a Standing Moonsault, but Liu Kang rolls out of the way and rolls Megaman up in a Schoolboy: 1…2 Megaman kicks out. Liu Kang grabs Megaman and hits a Rolling Snapmare. He goes for a swift kick to the face but Megaman blocks it and grabs Liu Kang's thigh. Megaman executes a Takedown and tries to turn it into the Android Tamer—warranting a pop from the crowd—but Liu Kang reverses it by spinning Megaman away. Liu Kang avoids a second try at the Android Tamer with an up-kick and a Hurricanrana Takedown from the mat. Liu Kang hits a Back Elbow to Megaman before running the ropes…directly into a Dropkick from Megaman. Megaman pins Liu Kang for his first near-fall. Megaman takes Liu Kang up and hits a Vertical Suplex followed by a Knee Drop to the face. Megaman runs the ropes and drops an Elbow onto the chest of his opponent. Another pin leads to another 2-count for Megaman. Megaman Irish Whips Megaman across and attempts a Clothesline; it's ducked, and Liu Kang executes a Running Hurricanrana on the rebound. Liu Kang Irish Whips Megaman this time and hits a Hip Toss followed by a stiff kick to the face! Liu Kang runs the ropes and delivers a Flipping Senton. Liu Kang hooks a leg: 1…2…2.31 Megaman kicks out. Liu Kang delivers two Forearm Drops before picking Megaman up for a Knife Edge Chop. Liu Kang hits three Chops and then a Fireman's Carry into a Neck Lock. Liu Kang wrenches on the hold before Megaman is able to stand up and hit Liu Kang with a Jawbreaker. Megaman next backward rolls into a Wheelbarrow and transfers it into a Victory Roll Pin: 1…2…Liu Kang kicks out. Megaman goes for a Spinning Leg Lariat to the chest, but Liu Kang catches it…only to receive a Gamengiri from Megaman for his troubles. Megaman picks Liu Kang up and delivers a Butterfly Suplex followed by two punches to the head.
Megaman kicks Liu Kang in the gut as the crowd duels with chants of "Let's go Liu Kang! / Megaman! Let's go Liu Kang! / Megaman!" Megaman executes a European Uppercut before grabbing Liu Kang by the head and hitting a Running Hotshot over the ropes. Megaman lands all the way onto the floor while Liu Kang's throat goes right onto the cable. Megaman climbs to the ring apron and Springboards into a Forearm Smash to the nose afterwards. Megaman covers Liu Kang…for another near-fall. Megaman picks Liu Kang up and hits a Double Sledge to the back. He locks in a Front Chancery. Liu Kang tries to stay strong as Megaman gives him two knees right to the skull. Liu Kang drops to a knee; Megaman goes for a Shining Wizard…but Liu Kang intercepts it with a rigid Lariat! Liu Kang pins Megaman: 1…2…2.35 Megaman kicks out. LK Scoop Slams Megaman and hits a Fist Drop. Liu Kang measures Megaman next and hits a Back Suplex. Then Liu Kang Leg Drops Megaman twice, following up with a Spiral Leg Drop on the third time. Liu Kang takes Megaman into a Dragon Sleeper. Liu Kang tries to incapacitate Megaman the hard way but Megaman is able to posture up and shove Liu Kang into a corner. Megaman runs into the corner and jumps onto the second rope to deliver a multitude of Bionic Elbows to the top of Liu Kang's head. He tries to hit ten of them, but on the eighth, Liu Kang grabs Megaman in a Powerbomb position. Liu Kang shoves Megaman behind him; the latter is able to land onto the second rope. Liu Kang turns around into a boot to the face. Megaman jumps off of the second rope to try a Moonsault onto Liu Kang…but LK backward rolls out of harm's way. Megaman lands onto his feet again, and Liu Kang tosses him from behind out of the squared circle. Megaman struggles to rise, and Liu Kang runs the ropes…into a Running Corkscrew Plancha over the top to the floor!
"Liu Kang—whoa! What a Plancha that was!' Al exclaims.
"And for the time being, the momentum has shifted in favor of the CCW newcomer Liu Kang," Jonathan says.
"I thought that Megaman would have the floor given his experience but Liu Kang has managed to find a way to keep this interesting," Cris says.
Liu Kang pushes Megaman back into the ring. Liu Kang picks him up and delivers an Inverted Sidewalk Slam. Liu Kang covers Megaman for a near-fall. Liu Kang slows the pace down with a Hangman's Neckbreaker and a Forearm Drop. Megaman sits up and LK delivers a Soccer Kick directly to the spine. Before Megaman can even react, LK throws a second kick to the same spot. Liu Kang runs the ropes and Dropkicks the spine of the Capcom character. Liu Kang stomps onto the back of Megaman and delivers a Spilt-Leg Moonsault onto the back. Liu Kang covers Megaman: 1…2…2.55 Megaman kicks out. Liu Kang locks in a Wrist Lock and kicks Megaman high in the shoulder. He Irish Whips Megaman into the ropes and hits a Pendulum Backbreaker, turning it into a submission hold thereafter. Liu Kang bends the back of Megaman over his knee. Megaman refuses to submit to the hold, so Liu Kang riddles Megaman with elbows and Axe-Handles to the chest. Liu Kang picks Megaman up and delivers a Fallaway Slam. Liu Kang picks Megaman back up and locks in an Abdominal Stretch. The crowd starts to clap and get behind Megaman, hoping for him to get the gears rolling again.
"This crowd has been bipartisan for the majority of this match so far," Jeremy says, "but right now they're chanting for the blue bomber."
"Megaman went into this expecting to win the Infinity Championship, but Liu Kang is making it very difficult for him—much more so than he might have expected," Jonathan says.
Megaman tries to fight out of the Abdominal Stretch by maneuvering his way to the ropes. Eventually, he is able to get there, forcing Liu Kang to break the hold. However, as soon as Liu Kang breaks the hold, he grabs Megaman again and hits a Bridging German Suplex, pinning his foe: 1…2…2.6 Megaman kicks out. Liu Kang gets up and measures Megaman; as Megaman rises, Liu Kang runs the ropes. Megaman leapfrogs over him, then ducks under him, and then ensnares the Kombatant in a Small Package: 1…2…Liu Kang kicks out. Megaman grabs Liu Kang and drops him with a Flashback. Both men are down, selling in the middle of the ring. Eventually, after 10 seconds, they both reach their feet. Megaman gives Liu Kang a hard Slap to the face…
"Oh snap!" Jeremy exclaims in surprise. "That had to sting!"
…runs the ropes, and delivers a One-Handed Bulldog. Megaman gets up, moves to the ropes, and delivers a Springboard Moonsault into an Inverted DDT (a la AJ Styles). Megaman hits Liu Kang with an Atomic Drop, runs the ropes once more…and runs into an STO from Liu Kang. LK picks Megaman up and hits a Cravate Suplex, stopping his momentum and sending him into a corner of the ring. There, Liu Kang gives him a Shining Wizard, half of his signature Kombination. Liu Kang attempt his other half, the Bulldog, but Megaman pushes him into an opposite corner chest-first and grabs him in a Rear Chancery for an Inverted Suplex. Megaman gets up, hits the ropes, and gives LK a Dropkick right to the face. Megaman goes for an Irish Whip, but it's reversed; Megaman goes for a Sunset Flip and pins Liu Kang: 1…2…2.685 Liu Kang kicks out…only for Megaman to grab Liu Kang's legs and go for the Android Tamer.
"Megaman wants that Android Tamer…" Al says. "He went for it before, couldn't get it…"
"And with Liu Kang kicking Megaman in the face, I doubt that he'll get it on this occasion either," Cris says.
Liu Kang is able to send Megaman back into the ropes. He runs at him, but Megaman pulls down the ring rope, forcing Liu Kang over the top to the ring apron. Liu Kang hangs onto the ropes and tries to punch Megaman. He hits one strike and goes for a second, but Megaman blocks it. Megaman fakes a return punch, only to poke Liu Kang right in the eye.
"Megaman is taking some liberties here, but with the Infinity gold on the line, who can blame him, right?" Cris qualifies.
Megaman then delivers a Nintendo Blast to Liu Kang, knocking him right off of the apron! Megaman looks down to see a supine MK talent lying on the floor. From here, Megaman Springboards into a 450 Splash directly onto his opponent!
"And this time it's Megaman taking the risk to the floor!" Al says.
"This crowd sure loved that move!" Jeremy says.
Megaman writhes for a moment before getting up and ramming Liu Kang into the security barricade headfirst. Megaman kicks Liu Kang in the midsection and then punches him in the face. Megaman tries to hurl Liu Kang into the ring post face-first, but Liu Kang uses his boot to block it. Liu Kang kicks Megaman in the chest and hits an Inverted Atomic Drop. Liu Kang goes for a Scoop Slam, but Megaman floats over and tosses Liu Kang's face into the steel post. Then Megaman hits Liu Kang with a DDT onto the arena floor!
"DDT on the floor by Megaman!" Al exclaims.
"Megaman's offense has taken a turn for the grisly here; he wants this bad," Jeremy says.
"Indeed, Megaman is looking much more vicious than technical, as he had been in the first seven or eight minutes of the bout," Jonathan says.
Megaman places Liu Kang onto the ring apron prone and elbows him in the back of the head before kicking him dead in the face. Liu Kang rolls inside the ring, and he is shown to have a nosebleed. Megaman rolls inside after him and climbs to the second ring rope. Liu Kang gets up and Megaman hits a Diving Back Elbow right to the face. Megaman covers Liu Kang: 1…2…2.725 Liu Kang kicks out. Megaman picks Liu Kang up and delivers a Snap Suplex; Megaman backward rolls forcing Liu Kang's head and neck upward to a seated-up position, leaving him open to a Dropkick right to the face. Megaman stomps directly onto Liu Kang's face and then moves to the ring ropes, where he nails a Rope-Aided Knee Drop onto the bloody nose of Liu Kang. Megaman hits Liu Kang with a Facebuster next; Liu Kang lies prone again. Megaman goes to the apron and vaults inside…into a Body Press onto the spine of his foe. Megaman covers Liu Kang: 1…2…2.75 Liu Kang kicks out. Megaman shoots some knees right to the back of the Shaolin monk. Then he locks in a Bow and Arrow submission hold. Liu Kang screams in pain as Megaman wrenches on the submission. LK refuses to submit, but Megaman does not yield immediately. Only after 30 seconds does Megaman put Liu Kang down. Megaman postures up, lifts up Liu Kang…and Curb Stomps him right into the canvas!
"And the ferocity of Megaman's offence continues!" Al says.
"That Curb Stomp had more than a little stank on it," Cris says. "I think he's starting to realize just how resilient Liu Kang really is."
Megaman runs the ropes and cartwheels into a Moonsault onto the spine of Liu Kang. He covers: 1…2…2.775 Liu Kang gets his shoulder up. Megaman takes LK up and executes a Wrist Lock. He turns it into a Hammerlock and adds a Crossface to it. Liu Kang struggles and strains while Megaman tugs away. Liu Kang tries to pry free but Megaman is keen enough to prevent this. Liu Kang backs into a corner to try and buck Megaman off, but Megaman hangs onto the hold. Liu Kang moves forward and backs up again, but Megaman still hangs onto Liu Kang. Liu Kang delivers a Back Elbow to the temple of the blue bomber, which allows him to create distance and perform a Backward Handspring into a Headscissors, trying to take Megaman down. The trick doesn't work, as Megaman pushes Liu Kang's legs off of his neck and performs a Jumping Double Foot Stomp directly to the face!
"Oh! That could very well break the man's nose!" Jonathan exclaims.
"Megaman is going harder than hard here," Jeremy says. "And now it looks like he's gonna go for broke—top-rope city…"
Megaman ascends to the top rope, looking to finish off the MK warrior with a big bang. He tries a Diving Shooting Star Press…
…but Liu Kang gets his knees up to the sternum!
"Megaman's high-risk maneuver ends in a pair of snake eyes in the form of knees to the midsection!" Jonathan says.
Liu Kang gets to his feet and delivers a Shoulder Block followed by a Clothesline and a Scoop Slam in succession. Liu Kang runs the ropes and delivers a Leg Drop to Megaman; he gets up, runs the opposite ropes, and hits a second Leg Drop also. Liu Kang goes for a Complete Shot onto Megaman, but Megaman elbows out of it and delivers a Gutbuster. Megaman pushes Liu Kang down, grabs him by his legs and waist…and Wheelbarrow Suplexes him right into a corner!
"And the rear of Liu Kang's skull just bashed into the turnbuckles courtesy of Megaman and that Suplex," Jonathan says.
"Liu Kang is sitting in the corner, and Megaman's got him measured…" Al teases.
Megaman goes for a Somersault Senton into the corner…but Liu Kang gets out of dodge swiftly, forcing Megaman to writhe in significant pain. Megaman reaches his knees, and Liu Kang gives him a kick directly to the chest. Then he gives him another one to the chest, and another, and another—in the style of one Bryan Danielson. The crowd chants "Yes!" with every kick until the final one, a savage Roundhouse to the skull that knocks Megaman loopier than Toucan Sam. Liu Kang moves to the ring apron and waits for Megaman to rise again; when he does, he is the recipient of a Springboard Gamengiri to the face. Liu Kang stacks Megaman up in the pin: 1…2…2.85 Megaman kicks out. Liu Kang goes for a Death Valley Driver, but Megaman escapes to his feet into a Jawbreaker. Megaman delivers a Capo Kick to the face, knocking LK to the ring ropes. Megaman Irish Whips Liu Kang across and goes for a Back Body Drop, but Liu Kang rolls over Megaman's back, and then he hits the Kang-o-Matic from behind. Liu Kang covers Megaman: 1…2…2.88 Megaman kicks out. Liu Kang picks Megaman up again and he hits a DVD. From here he points to a corner, signaling for the Flawless Victory. He goes for the move…
…but Megaman gets his legs up to block—and Liu Kang grabs onto Megaman's legs! Liu Kang suddenly adjusts and turns the position…into an Android Tamer onto Megaman!
"No way! Liu Kang's stealing Megaman's submission move!" Al says in shock.
"That's the Android Tamer—I guess Liu Kang would call it the 'Shaolin Tamer', but this is unreal!" Jeremy says.
"No, no, Megaman can't submit to this," Cris says, almost sympathetically.
The crowd is torn with cheers and jeers as Liu Kang continues to wrench with Megaman's own submission hold. Megaman whimpers, realizing the position he's in. However, he is resourceful enough to move his body from under Liu Kang's knee and grab Liu Kang's thigh to trip him up instead. From here, Megaman works his way up to a vertical base, turns over…and locks in the Android Tamer onto Liu Kang now!
"Serves him right—the tables have turned!" Cris says.
"Now the Android Tamer locked in by its rightful owner!" Jonathan exclaims.
"And it's even tighter now than it was when Liu Kang had it locked in!" Al points out.
Megaman yells in stress while Liu Kang yells in pain. Megaman tries to tear Liu Kang in two. Liu Kang crawls his way towards the ropes, his only chance for reprieve. Eventually, Liu Kang finally gets to the cables, forcing Megaman to let go of the Android Tamer…and kick Liu Kang hard in the spine. From here, Megaman vaults to the ringside floor, bringing Liu Kang down with a Hotshot. Megaman goes back to the apron and delivers a Springboard Forearm Smash once again. Then he gets up and looks down at Liu Kang with a determined look on his face. He suddenly points to a turnbuckle himself, moves toward it…
…and gives Liu Kang a Flawless Victory!
"Flawless Victory! Megaman returns the favor, stealing Liu Kang's finishing move!" Al says.
"Megaman enjoyed every millisecond of flight on that one, I'll bet! And now he's three seconds away from a flawless victory indeed!" Cris says.
Megaman crawls into a pinfall onto Liu Kang: 1…
…2.925 Liu Kang gets his shoulder up!
Megaman is beside himself, and the live crowd is in absolute awe. Megaman gets to his feet and signals for the real grand finale. He picks up Liu Kang and goes for the Mega Drive…but Liu Kang turns it into a Backslide: 1…2…2.9 Megaman kicks out and takes Liu Kang into a Small Package: 1…2…Liu Kang kicks out, trips Megaman and executes a Jackknife Pin: 1…2…Megaman bridges upward, leaps overhead, hooks Liu Kang, and drops him with a Yoshi Tonic! Megaman pins Liu Kang off of this: 1…2…
…2.95 Liu Kang kicks out!
"Liu Kang just will not stay down!" Jonathan says.
Megaman picks up Liu Kang for a Suplex…but Liu Kang knees Megaman in the skull to break out. Then he delivers an Uppercut to the jaw. Liu Kang goes for a Spinning Back Kick, but the Nintendo star ducks it and takes Liu Kang into a Waist Lock; he goes for a Roll-Up, but Liu Kang grabs the ropes to avoid. LK gives Megaman a Back Elbow and hooks him in a Cravate. He runs up the ropes and goes for a Shiranui…but Megaman counters. Liu Kang lands onto his feet. Megaman turns around and goes for a punch to the gut, but Liu Kang jumps directly over the fist and runs the ropes. On the rebound, Liu Kang delivers a Tilt-a-Whirl DDT!
"Tilt-a-Whirl DDT! Megaman got skewered onto his own head!" Al says.
"That could do it!" Jeremy says.
Liu Kang covers Megaman: 1…
…Megaman gets his shoulder up!
"This is awesome! (clap clap clap-clap-clap) This is awesome! (clap clap clap-clap-clap)" the crowd chants as Liu Kang picks Megaman up and places him onto the top rope in a corner. Liu Kang smacks Megaman and climbs up after him. Liu Kang tries to set up for a Super Hurricanrana. He goes for it…
…but Megaman grabs Liu Kang's legs, hangs onto him, and drops down from the turnbuckle to lock in the Android Tamer!
"Are you kidding me?" Cris clamors in wonderment.
"Oh my God, what a counter! What an unbelievable counter into the Android Tamer!" Jonathan exclaims.
"Megaman had Liu Kang's number, and that may spell 'the end' for the Mortal Kombat contender!" Al says.
Liu Kang's spine is almost split in two and Megaman continues to bend it. Megaman delivers a primal scream while Liu Kang struggles for dear life. Megaman yells "Come on!" at the top of his lungs, almost begging Liu Kang to pack it in. Referee Scott Van Buren asks Liu Kang is he wants to tap out, and Liu Kang, after a five-second pause, refuses. Megaman continues to wrench on his finishing hold. Liu Kang tries to pull himself to the ropes to escape. He gets closer and closer as the fans chant "Liu Kang! Liu Kang!"
"Liu Kang's trying to get to the golden ropes…which might be as valuable as gold to him right about now!" Jonathan quips.
"If Liu Kang taps out, Megaman's dream comes true!" Cris states.
Liu Kang is a hand's length away from the rope and reaches…
…but Megaman pulls Liu Kang away before he can make it!
"Back to the center of the ring!" Al yells.
"Liu Kang might not be able to survive this!" Jeremy says. "That Android Tamer is in as tight as it could be!"
"Earthrealm's finest chiropractor is gonna be in for some profits quite soon given the state Liu Kang's gotta be in," Cris says.
"Liu Kang's been in this submission for almost a full minute!" Jonathan notes.
Liu Kang is unable to reach the ropes, but he is able to free one of his two legs from Megaman's grip. Megaman is forced to turn the Android Tamer into a High Angle Half Boston Crab. Liu Kang screeches in pain as Megaman cranks up the pressure on this new hold. Liu Kang is short on options, but Scott Van Buren's queries on quitting are answered in the negative. Liu Kang begins to posture up, adjust, and stand on one leg. Megaman hangs onto Liu Kang's other leg as Liu Kang tries to get his balance. Megaman turns to face Liu Kang's back, and from here, Liu Kang delivers a Pelé Kick to the head. Liu Kang gets to his feet clutching his back while Megaman struggles to get equilibrium in a corner. Liu Kang then hits a Shining Wizard in the corner and, with the Bulldog to the mat, completes the Kombination. Liu Kang rolls to the opposite corner of the ring afterwards. He pulls himself up and starts climbing to the top rope himself as Megaman groggily gets to a vertical base. Liu Kang measures him…and delivers a Diving Heel Kick right to the face! Liu Kang hooks a leg and covers: 1…
…2.96 Megaman kicks out! Liu Kang goes to the ring apron this time.
"I think that Liu Kang is trying to bombard Megaman with an aerial assault to get him dizzy enough for a 3-count," Jonathan says.
"This is insane," Jeremy says. "How can you stop either one of these guys?"
Liu Kang stands onto the ring apron and goes for a Springboard Clothesline. Megaman sees him, blocks it, and reverses it into an STO Backbreaker. He drops Liu Kang, hits the ropes, and delivers a Shooting Star Splash! Megaman hooks both of Liu Kang's legs: 1…2…
…2.975 Liu Kang kicks out! Megaman cannot even believe it. He gets up and watches Liu Kang reach his knees. He sets up for the Nintendo Blast, which he signals will put his foe's lights out. He puts that theory to the test…
…but Liu Kang ducks it. Megaman gets up and Liu Kang grabs the blue bomber from behind. He hits him with a German Suplex…
…but Megaman gets right back up! He yells in a rage and grabs Liu Kang, giving him a T-Bone Suplex…
…and Liu Kang gets right back up himself!
"Are you serious?" Jeremy screams. "These guys are something else!"
Both men run at one another and execute stereo Cross Bodies, colliding in mid-air—and selling hard.
"Liu Kang—Megaman—which of these men is going to leave the Staples® Center as the CCW Infinity Champion? To say that this could go either way would be a serious understatement!" Jonathan says.
"It's all gonna come down to who makes that mistake—who misses that counter—who gets countered—who is going to stay down for the 1-2-3," Cris touts.
Both Liu Kang and Megaman struggle to their feet. Megaman is the first to kick Liu Kang in the gut. He clubs Liu Kang in the back two times. Then he goes for an Irish Whip…but Liu Kang reverses it. Liu Kang punches Megaman in the midsection and locks in a Front Facelock. However, Megaman takes Liu Kang into a Wrist Lock and kicks Liu Kang in the gut again. Megaman leapfrogs over Liu Kang and grabs him by the neck from behind. He sets up for the Mega Drive…
…and he flips Liu Kang over him, but Liu Kang lands on his feet rather than his face! Liu Kang kicks Megaman in the gut, sets him up…and hits the Shaolin Bomb!
"Lord, have mercy!" Al yells.
"Double Pumphandle Orange Crush Bomb!" Jeremy points out the technical term for the move.
"I think that's it!" Jonathan asserts.
Liu Kang hangs on for the pinfall: 1…
"The winner of this match, and now your first-ever CCW Infinity Champion, Liu Kang!" Blader DJ announces.
"Wow! What an encounter between these two athletes!" Al says. "These video game stars gave it their all and then some!"
"And this crowd is showing tons of love for both men right now, and they sure deserve it," Jeremy says.
"But, as we pointed out ad nauseam, only one man could win the belt, and, to my personal shock, it's Liu Kang of Mortal Kombat," Cris says.
"I told you that it was anyone's matchup from the beginning, and that's right on the money, folks," Jonathan says. "Megaman and Liu Kang tested their mettles against one another for the honor of being CCW's first Infinity Champion, but that is a singular term—'champion'—which means you can only have a singular winner. And on this night, Liu Kang outfought Megaman and was able to get the elusive 1-2-3. What a match, and what a champion!"
Referee Scott Van Buren hands Liu Kang the Infinity Championship belt. Liu Kang stares at the gold in awe before finally raising it above his head in jubilation. Megaman regains his bearings while sitting on the canvas contemplatively. Liu Kang celebrates his victory as the fans all stand and applaud. Liu Kang climbs the turnbuckles in happiness as he shows off his newly-won strap. Megaman rolls out of the ring and proceeds to sit on the ringside floor outside of the ring, dejected. Liu Kang soaks in the adulation of the Los Angeles crowd…
…when suddenly, Aran Ryan runs in and clocks Liu Kang in the back of the head with the Jackpot briefcase!
"Holy-! Aran Ryan!" Cris exclaims.
"What the hell?" Jeremy yells.
Aran Ryan stands over a now-fallen, half-moving Liu Kang. Aran looks at the CCW Infinity Championship that is now out of Liu Kang's hands, lying on the mat next to his prone body. Aran's eyes glow at the sight as he looks around and notices referee Scott Van Buren still inside the ring. Aran approaches the ref with a new sense of urgency, thrusting his Jackpot briefcase forcefully into the ref's chest.
"Cash it in! Cash it in!" Aran yells in the ref's face.
Jonathan notes what Aran Ryan is trying to do. "You've gotta be kidding me! Aran Ryan, it would appear, is cashing in his Jackpot briefcase!"
"Right now?" Jeremy asks, bewildered.
"No, next Tuesday—what does it look like, Einstein?" Cris replies crassly.
"Is this even legal?" Al asks.
"Well, hell, of course it is!" Cris answers. "The rules of the Jackpot briefcase state that you can cash it in anytime, anyplace, on any champion. Time: now; place: here; champion: Liu Kang."
"But Liu Kang won that no more than two minutes ago! Aran can't just—" Al says, before Cris interrupts.
"He can do whatever he wants; that briefcase is effective immediately after he pulls it down from the rafters," Cris says. "It's a brilliant plan! Megaman and Liu Kang wore each other out, and Aran's picking the bones!"
Aran waits for referee Scott Van Buren to give the signal while the latter tries to communicate to Liu Kang and to Blader DJ that Liu Kang's first title defense is about to occur. Megaman stands up from outside of the ring and looks on at what is transpiring. Aran is foaming at the bit to get his hands on the new champion and steal his glory promptly. Referee Scott Van Buren motions for the start of the contest…
…but before the bell actually rings, Megaman jumps into the ring and blindsides Aran Ryan!
"What the—what's this?" Cris inquires.
"Megaman…is going after Aran Ryan!" Al says.
"What in the world?" Jonathan reacts.
Megaman drops Aran with a Flying Forearm Smash before mounting Aran with punches to the skull. Megaman is bucked off of Aran eventually, and Aran tries to get up and drop Megaman with a Kick of Fear…
…but Megaman ducks it, runs the ropes, and delivers a Crucifix Headscissors that makes Aran groggy. From here, Megaman hooks the head of Aran, runs up the ropes…and nails a Tornado DDT!
"I think that Megaman just bounced Aran's check!" Jonathan quips. "Aran was looking to cash in his Jackpot briefcase for the CCW Infinity Championship…but Megaman doesn't seem to appreciate that deal."
Megaman grabs Aran, hooks him up…
…and nails the Mega Drive! After this, Aran rolls out of the ring, corralling his briefcase along the way.
Megaman walks over to Liu Kang and helps him get to his feet. Liu Kang snaps up and instinctively tries to go after Megaman…but he stops in mid-punch, Megaman warning him not to attack without hearing him out first. Megaman talks to Liu Kang and points to a winded Aran Ryan, who is waving his hands off to signify the voiding of his Jackpot briefcase cash-in attempt. Liu Kang starts to understand as Megaman audibly says, "I just preserved your moment." In a reverse of the start of their evenings, Megaman offers his hand to Liu Kang. Liu Kang now is the one staring blankly at the palm of his man. He ponders things over…
…and then he accepts the handshake to a rousing round of applause.
"Megaman may have indeed 'preserved Liu Kang's moment'," Al says. "Tonight is his night to shine."
"Megaman is obviously disappointed in the outcome of things, but you gotta give the man credit," Jeremy says. "He has, in my eyes, nothing to be ashamed of in this outing. He gave it his all and more, but Liu Kang just outperformed him only at the last."
"What an exhilarating bout that was between video game history's finest fighters, Megaman and the new CCW Infinity Champion, Liu Kang," Al summarizes.
Liu Kang continues to celebrate while Megaman acknowledges the new Infinity Champion inside the ring.
Backstage, Alex Trebek is about to conduct what might be the most difficult interview of his professional career.
Alex Trebek says, "Congratulations are certainly in order for the new CCW Infinity Champion Liu Kang of Mortal Kombat. Well done indeed; what a terrific match tonight at CCW Jackpot—and he is not the only one of video game fame looking to score a championship this evening. In fact, a female competitor who is looking to score her first-ever CCW Females Championship this evening in the Triangle Match for the title is joining me at this time. Her name…is Zoe Payne."
Zoe Payne stands by as the L.A. crowd showers her with 85% boos.
"Zoe Payne, you are currently the #1 Contender for the CCW Females Championship, but tonight you deal with Gwen Tennyson and Chell, two of FanFiction Wrestling's most impactful women today for certain. How are you planning to deal with those two names tonight and walk away with the title?" Alex asks.
"So you're saying that Gwen Tennyson and Chell are two of FanFiction Wrestling's most impactful women today, but I, Zoe Payne, am not?" Zoe says antagonistically.
"That's not what I was saying at all, Zoe," Alex says. "You are one of the fiercest competitors in CCW right now—one of the fiercest worldwide, definitely."
Zoe has an issue with Alex's word choice at the end. "Are you insinuating something?"
"N-no, Zoe, I'm really not—"
"Who do you think I am?" Zoe cuts Alex off. "Don't answer. Let me tell you exactly who I am. I am the baddest female wrestler in this company and perhaps the baddest human being employed by CCW. That's been true overseas as much as it is right now. I've singlehandedly ended a little girl's career just because I could, just because I wanted to. I slaughtered a fake little Girl Scout to get here, and I'm not gonna let any alien hunter or mentally-retarded fatty get in my way. People in America know me; I'm the extreme sports chick. I'm the hard rocker. You know who else I am?"
"The next victim of the alpha bitch's wave of destruction?"
Suddenly, Gwen Tennyson enters the picture to even louder boos than the ones for Payne.
"Actually, as it turns out, I was about to say 'the next CCW Females Champion'," Zoe retorts.
"Oh, ha-ha, that's funny of you," Gwen replies. "You're almost as funny as you-know-who was before I—yes, I—put four scores of thumbtacks in her face and ended her career and her ownership of this championship gold. She thought she had all the chance in the world…kind of like you and Chell think that you have all the chance in the world against me tonight, even though I've never been beaten for this Championship since I've won it on the very first episode of CCW Ozone. Triangle Match or not, I'm coming out on top."
"You really think that? You're whacked," Zoe implicated. "You wouldn't even be CCW Females Champion right now had I not saved you from getting planted onto thumbtacks by that pint-sized princess in the first place; remember that?"
"I remember someone who had no business getting involved in a match I had won anyway, that's what I remember," says Gwen. "But in the big scheme of things, it doesn't really matter, does it? I'm retaining this CCW Females Championship tonight, and there's nothing you can do to stop me. So you'd better not even try to, because, honestly…I think you have other things you need to worry about."
With that, Gwen walks away leaving Alex and Zoe Payne in the hallway.
"'Other things to worry about'? What could that mean?" Alex asks.
"It means nothing," Zoe says semi-assuredly. "I'm going to win."
Zoe takes a deep breath as she looks around her with the tiniest sense of care in her eyes.