After the break, the lovely Maria Kanellis earns a decent pop from the male fans as she stands in front of the NEW backdrop wearing a black tank top and skirt..
-Maria Kanellis "Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Captain Charisma, The Pontiff of the Peeple...Christian!"
Christian steps into view and does the signs of the cross before kneeling with his head bowed...Maria is taken aback, but can't help but chuckle as Christian stands up and puts his hand on Maria's head, muttering a quick prayer..
-Christian "Thank you for that warm welcome, Maria. May the lord keep you."
Christian turns to the camera and is wearing a white t-shirt that reads "God Bless Mayor Perkins"...
-Maria Kanellis "So is this a new side of Christian that we're seeing?"
-Christian "Whatever do you mean, Maria? I have always been the holiest of the holy. Do you think calling me The Pontiff of the Peeple was an accident? Amen."
Maria stifles her laughter as Christian can't help but crack a grin...
-Maria Kanellis "You're going to get us in trouble again."
-Christian "The lord will protect us."
-Maria Kanellis (laughing) "While I hate to cut this short, we've got to get your thoughts on your qualifying match next week. Who is it you're facing and what are your plans?"
-Christian "Maria, next week I'm stepping into the ring against Drew Galloway, a man who I have faced before, and a man who I have beaten before. While Drew Galloway looks to make a name for himself here in New Era Wrestling, he's going to have a hard time meeting that goal after I bury him next week."
"As far as I'm concerned, Drew Galloway drew the short straw. Whoever ended up facing me in my first qualifying match was going to lose, plain and simple. That man is a Scottish pretty boy named Drew Galloway, a man who doesn't stand a chance against me, and a man who is going to suffer an early exit from this tournament."
-Maria Kanellis "Galloway earned a huge win in the first ever match to take place since NEW's return to television over AJ Styles. Since then, he's had his sights set on Tyler Black, another man in the tournament who will be competing later tonight."
-Christian "And another man that, if he ends up facing me, will find himself on the losing end. You see, Maria, I will be the NEW World Champion when this is all said and done. I'm the most talented, I'm the most experienced, and I'm the prettiest. I'm the total package, the man that should be leading New Era Wrestling into the future, and the man that will lead New Era Wrestling for years to come."
Christian does a quick sign of the cross again to Maria, who laughs and sends us back to Joey Styles and The Coach..
As Joey Styles and Jonathon Coachman discuss Christian's confident remarks, we see that Paul London has joined his Originator mates in their press box...all three men are signing autographs for a handful of lucky young fans, who realize the camera is on them and start to wave and scream...London, Shelley and Sabin join in, screaming and waving and playfully stepping in front of the kids to block them from the camera...
But the fun stops when the music of Tyler Black hits...he steps out onto the stage wearing a black and grey plaid kilt, topped off with a black Shadows Fall t-shirt...Black stands centre stage and raises his hands, making devil horns with both before sauntering to the ring...
-Joey Styles "And our first qualifying match is about to get underway, and an interesting choice of attire for Tyler Black."
-Coach (laughing) "I love it! Let the head games begin!"
-Joey Styles "Speaking of interesting, this first round match up is just that."
-Coach "Interesting is a funny way of saying 'squash'. You think it's interesting because Matt Sydal gets a rematch against Tyler Black? Please. Black may have well just got a bye in the first round."
-Joey Styles "Matt Sydal has his work cut out for him against an undefeated Tyler Black, I don't doubt that. But there's no way we're going to see the same result as last week."
Tyler Black pulls himself onto a turnbuckle and glares out at the crowd before removing his t-shirt and stepping back onto the canvas...he opens his arms and looks down at the kilt he's wearing...the view cuts backstage breifly, where we see Drew Galloway seated in the locker room alone, watching on a television...
Back in the ring, Tyler Black removes the kilt and adjusts his boots, looking incredibly relaxed as he awaits his opponent...
The entry way lights up with flashing strobes as "Short Fuse Burning" by Less Than Jake blasts into the arena! The fans give a proper ovation as Matt Sydal bursts through the entry way and runs to the ring!
-Joey Styles "Now that's what I like to see, Coach! You wouldn't even know that Matt Sydal got his ass handed to him last week."
-Coach "Having a short memory is good in this business, but in Sydal's case, I'd be a little more worried about getting beat senseless two weeks in a row."
Sydal slides into the ring and runs right up a nearby turnbuckle, pumping his fists and getting the crowd roaring...his music fades out as he tosses his sleeveless t-shirt aside, then leans into the ropes to warm up...
Tyler Black vs. Matt Sydal
NEW World Championship Qualifying Match
Black tosses back his red and black hair as Sydal quickly sidesteps around the ring. Sydal makes the first move and lunges low at Black, who moves his leg aside and waves Sydal off disrespectfully. Sydal moves in again and tries to sweep Black's leg, but Black moves aside again and stops walking, then slaps Matt Sydal across his face!
The fans boo as Tyler Black laughs at Matt Sydal, who falls against the ropes holding his jaw. Black moves in for an attack, but Sydal ducks around him, putting him against the ropes and landing a series of hard rights. The fans cheer, but are quickly silenced when Tyler Black reaches out and grabs Sydal by the neck with both hands and tosses him over the top rope with ease. Matt Sydal crashes to the arena floor with Tyler Black exiting the ring after him.
Black lifts Sydal up and slams his face into the crowd barrier. Black then goes to work, punching Sydal in the head a few times before lifting him up in a Gorilla Press, high above his head. Black stalls for a moment and stares at some nearby fans, then drops Sydal chest-first on the barrier.
Tyler Black then crawls back in the ring and the referee starts the 10-count over. Matt Sydal is down and hurt, grimacing in pain, as Tyler Black leans against a corner and watches, raising a finger with each count the referee makes.
When the count reaches six, Matt Sydal stirs and crawls back to his feet. Sydal is still clutching his chest as he crawls in the ring, where Tyler Black meets him with a hard stomp on his back. Sydal flops onto his back and Tyler Black immediately goes after his injured chest, stomping on it several times before using the ropes for leverage and standing on top of Matt Sydal.
The ref counts Tyler Black off and Black immediately drops to his knees, pinning Sydal who kicks out with ease. Tyler Black then drags Sydal to his feet and hits a monstrous Overhead Belly-to-Belly Suplex that sends Matt Sydal sailing across the ring. Tyler Black casually covers again for another 2-count.
Matt Sydal tries to scramble into a corner, but Tyler Black is on him, pressing his boot into Sydal's chest and using the ropes for leverage as he presses harder and harder, cutting off his air. Once again the referee counts him off and Tyler Black circles the ring before rushing at Sydal, who is still seated in the corner. Tyler Black connects with a Sit-Out Dropkick that completely knocks the wind out of Sydal and sends him out of the ring again.
As Matt Sydal struggles to breathe, Tyler Black gives chase and beats him around the ring some more before rolling him back into the ring. Sydal is in serious trouble as Tyler Black steps through the ropes and decides to end the punishment. Sydal crawls toward the ropes, but Black grabs his arms and pulls them behind his back, setting up for his trademark Local Man Ruins Everything...
...but Sydal counters! Matt Sydal quickly pulls his legs under him and springs forward, leaping off the top rope. Sydal does a backflip and breaks his arms free, catching Tyler Black off-guard! Before Black can react, Matt Sydal runs into the ropes again and slides between Tyler Black's legs! Tyler Black spins around and walks right into a Spinning Wheel Kick! Sydal and Black both roll to their feet and Sydal leaps, planting Tyler Black with a Tornado DDT!
The attack dazes Tyler Black and gives Matt Sydal some time to recover! He clutches his chest as he crawls to his feet, using the ropes to pull himself up. Tyler Black rolls onto his side and shakes his head before standing up. As he does, Sydal looks over his shoulder and leaps onto the top turnbuckle, connecting with a Moonsault that takes down Tyler Black! The fans are going wild as Matt Sydal comes to a stop near the ropes, then leaps to his feet...
...DOUBLE HELIX!! Sydal connects with the flashy aerial move and covers!
Tyler Black kicks out! The fans groan as Matt Sydal quickly gets to his feet and stalks Tyler Black, who is suddenly in danger of losing the match. Sydal stays behind Black as he staggers to his feet, then quickly hooks Black's arms and spins around, attempting to set him up for the Aftershock...
...but Tyler Black reverses! Before Matt Sydal can execute, Black spins around and slams his arm into the back of Sydal's head. Matt Sydal stumbles forward and bounces off the ropes, walking right into a kick from Tyler Black, who sets him up and plants him with God's Last Gift, which he holds for the pinfall.
The fans are distraught as Tyler Black rolls to his side and catches his breath...he lies still momentarily, then wills himself to his feet...
-Coach "See that? Piece of cake."
-Joey Styles "Piece of-..are you serious!? Matt Sydal almost had that match won! What were you watching!?"
-Coach "Tyler Black move on to the second round, that's what I was watching!"
Tyler Black exits the ring and tries to play it off, but a look of worry won't leave his face...deep down Black knows how close he was to losing, but he celebrates none the less and leaves Matt Sydal lying in the ring, defeated and eliminated from the tournament...