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    My soldiers march tonight
    In the city of your dreams
    This beautiful army are tearing at your seams
    Down on your knees, cure this disease
    I'll take it all, everything I see
    Oh can't your hear, this symphony
    Behind these walls, you watch them fall
    As our union crumbles into hell
    It's not the end of the world now baby, so c'mon dry those tears
    It's not the end of the world now darling, but I can see it from here
    Oh baby dont cry tonight, because your tears they will gleam
    Underneath this blood red moon, deafened by your screams
    Watch what you say, I will betray
    My promises, they will decay
    I'll make amends, but not today
    -Lostprophets - "It's Not The End Of The World"


    NWA: Resurrection - 'WARGAMES: What Price, Glory?'
    Friday October 19, 2012
    Wells Fargo Center - Philadelphia, PA


    Electricity is in the air surrounding the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia as thousands of rabid wrestling fans are excitedly anticipating the start of NWA: Resurrection’s most significant iPPV to date. Their enthusiasm is shared by the animated commentary team of Jim ‘JR’ Ross and Paul Heyman who welcome us to the show, a night they describe as being “essential to the preservation to the NWA lineage”.

    Ross goes on a brief tirade about how TAKEOVER are attempting to tarnish everything the likes of Terry Funk, Harley Race, Ric Flair and many others built so many years ago before stating it’s down to four men to ensure there is a National Wrestling Alliance for present and future wrestlers to make legacies.

    Heyman emphasises Ross’ point and goes on to say that they will be motivated by a sold-out Philly crowd, an area with a raucous passion for wrestling as he well knows. The duo sound pensive when discussing how much of a unit Layfield has assembled with his four men looking unbeatable in recent weeks. They recall how NWA’s representatives got the better of the faction just three days ago, which is promising for their chances tonight in the WARGAMES match, described by Ross as a “career and life changer”, a statement accentuated by Heyman who calls it the “epitome of extreme”.

    As the commentary team converse, we get our first look at ringside where there is not one but two rings, a tradition for the WARGAMES match. While the canvas is currently a sparkling clean white, after tonight it will be stained with blood, sweat and tears as eight men put their careers on the line – four of them for the company that has made their name, for the business that puts food on their table and helps support their family; the other four purely for a revolution, for a cause sold to them by the tyrannical John Bradshaw Layfield.

    The camera tilts up to the heavens where looming over the two rings is a monster of a cage. The cage will surround the battlefield where our main event takes place. There is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. Two teams walk in, one crawls out victorious…

    But first, there is the matter of three other matches. Ross and Heyman segue in to a short video recap chronicling the rise and fall of Brian Kendrick and Paul London’s friendship. It begins with their championship win before tension builds, the highlight being London costing them the titles which leads us to Kendrick’s betrayal all the way up to London announcing Shawn Michaels would be present as enforcer. The video ends with a split picture showing both men delivering the ‘Superkick’ to one another, shades of the man that trained them - none other than tonight’s enforcer, Shawn Michaels.

    As the video ends, we are introduced to Shawn Michaels who is met with a huge reception from the Philly faithful. Michaels, dressed in his signature cowboy hat and boots, is all smiles as he struts down towards the ring. He high fives a few fans at ringside before taking his place by the timekeeper, ready to watch on. It’s a low-key entrance for the ‘Heartbreak Kid’ but the same can’t be said about the entrance of the next man…

    A dozen colourful pyros explode from the top of the stage as the vibrant ”Sweet Talk” by Kito feat. Reija Lee blares over the personal announcement system signalling the arrival of the arrogant Brian Kendrick. His entrance is greeted by a chorus of boos as he makes his way to the entrance ramp. He is once again unshaven, a goatee now visible as he pauses at the top of the ramp with a microphone in hand. His eyes are on the presence of Shawn Michaels who is now on his feet, looking straight back at Kendrick, who is wearing new ring attire not too dissimilar to that Michaels used to wear.

    Brian Kendrick: “If you’d all care to indulge me for just one minute, I’d like to make an announcement. You see, the last few weeks I have been proclaiming to you all that I am the ‘Last Student of the Heartbreak Kid’. I am going to go on record and say that from this point forward, I no longer wish to be known by that moniker nor do I wish to be associated with you Shawn Michaels.”

    The crowd boo and yell abuse at Kendrick as Michaels looks on, unimpressed with what he is hearing. Kendrick licks his lips and grimaces, as if repulsed that he ever boasted about being a student of Michaels’.

    Brian Kendrick: “From now on, you can all refer to me as ‘The First Brian Kendrick’ and tonight, Paul London will finally figure out just why-“

    Kendrick can’t finish his sentence as he’s attacked from behind! Paul London comes in view much to the delight of the crowd who cheer as he continues to blast Kendrick with forearm shots until Kendrick finds himself at the bottom of the ramp, begging for London’s mercy. Michaels seems to be enjoying what he’s watching from ringside as London hits Kendrick with another shot and rolls him in to the ring. The crowd are scorching hot for the first match of the evening as the bell rings and things quickly get underway.


    Opening Match
    Grudge Match
    Brian Kendrick vs. Paul London


    Summary: Kendrick immediately retreats to the corner, trying in vain to escape a fired-up London. London meanwhile follows and shows a huge amount of intensity as he kicks and stomps away at his former foe until finally he is warned by the referee to ease up or face disqualification. He reluctantly backs away, allowing Kendrick to pick himself up and get a quick breather. The two slowly pace around the ring, locking eyes and preparing themselves for battle before launching into a collar-and-elbow tie-up, both men eagerly trying to better the other. They struggle for a few moments before London backs out and wisely walks away, clutching his right ear which has been hurt due to the ferocity of the tie-up. He composes himself before re-entering but Kendrick quickly gets the better of him this time, dragging him down to the canvas, making sure to keep hold of his arm before working his way into headscissors position, using his legs to lock London's head. London tries valiantly to fight out, showing great strength to work his way through Kendrick's legs but Kendrick is ruthless, savagely attacking the right ear of London with open palm strikes, the same ear that was somewhat 'cauliflowered' during the tie-up. Kendrick smiles at how he's overpowered his opponent but his cockiness costs him as London uses his lower body strength to get into a bridging position, all the while keeping Kendrick's legs clutched until finally he bridges out of the hold. He follows the bridge-out by twisting around and using Kendrick's legs against him, flipping over his opponent and working his way into a pinning predicament: One...Two...Kendrick pops out! Shocked by London's efficient counter, Kendrick quickly takes him back down with a shoulder block followed by a side headlock. The opening few minutes of the match are all in Kendrick's favour and it's crystal clear what he's attempting to do here - slow the speedy and tricky London down with a methodical approach, predominantly on the mat to tire him out and ensure he can't make use of high-impact moves later on.

    Kendrick's domination turns out to be short lived however. The arrogant and boastful star becomes self-assured and strays away from his mat-orientated tactic after planting London with a belly-to-back suplex, thwarting London's attempt to come back into the match once again. Instead of going for another side headlock and continuing his slow approach, Kendrick instead opts to climb to the top rope, not taking his eyes off the special enforcer Shawn Michaels as he climbs the ring apron. Kendrick smugly lifts his elbow in the air, pointing to Michaels and his elbow before turning to deliver a picture-perfect elbow drop... BUT NO! NO! Kendrick's stalling allows London to make the most of a sudden burst of energy, quickly scurrying towards the top turnbuckle where his opponent is positioned, catching a posing Kendrick off-guard with a beautiful top-rope double underhook suplex! The crowd gasp as both men fly through the air, crashing back down to the mat with aplomb but the high-risk move is enough to turn the match into London's favour. The referee begins a count of ten but London manages to get to his feet before eight, with Kendrick up a second later. Both are somewhat groggy but the move has done enough for London to find his way back into the match-up. He works on finally building some momentum of his own, having been afforded the opportunity to do so by Kendrick's egotism.

    Finish: London and Kendrick pushed each other to the limit as the match began to reach the fifteen minute mark. London appeared to have the match in the bag when he trapped Kendrick in a headlock, wrapping his leg inside of Kendrick's leg before drilling him down with a vicious legsweep DDT. Kendrick showed great tenacity to get his arm up before the three, something he had to do once again with London caught him square in the face with a missile dropsault. It wasn't all London however as Kendrick himself had a fair share of the offence, punishing London with a step-up enziguri that knocked the wind out of his (London's) sails but wasn't enough to keep him to the mat. 'The First Brian Kendrick' reverted to his earlier tricks by trying to slow London down with a submission, locking him in a camel clutch as made famous by the Iron Shiek. London was valiant and fought through the pain barrier, even withstanding Kendrick's added brutality which saw him occasionally break away from the clutch to deliver a forearm shot to London's injured ear. Through gritted teeth, London managed to drag himself over to the ropes to break the hold much to the bemusement of an exhausted Kendrick.

    Unbelievably, the match picks up another gear in the concluding few minutes. Kendrick and London have now resorted to trading blows - Kendrick with knife-edge chops and forearm strikes while London battles back with headbutts and open punches. It is Kendrick who gets the better, sidestepping a London headbutt attempt before delivering a swift kick to his opponents mid-section resulting in London doubling over. Kendrick braces himself before attempting 'Sweet Talk' but London manages to duck out of the way, waiting for Kendrick to spin around before trying to hit 'London Connecting'! Both men fail to connect with the Heartbreak Kid's finisher however as this time Kendrick catches the boot of London before spinning him round and catching him with a crescent kick to the face. He attempts to take advantage of his dazed opponent, wasting little time in getting London in a face front-lock before signalling for his main finisher, Slicedbread #2. Kendrick runs towards the turnbuckles with London in tow attempting to nail what would surely be the winning move but London once again counters at the very last split-second! Kendrick had initially run to the turnbuckles but his hopes of hitting the Slicedbread were foiled as London did brilliantly to catch Kendrick mid-maneuver and dump him over the ropes and to the floor on the outside where he landed with a nasty bang. London collapses to the mat as Kendrick tries to pick himself up on the outside, wincing in pain. Both men get up around the same time but London takes advantage of his speed and awareness by thinking quickly and launching himself off the ropes before darting himself towards a groggy Kendrick on the outside, knocking him down with a beautiful tope suicida! The two men land right by the feet of Shawn Michaels who looks more than impressed with what he's been watching. London however, pays him no attention and is instead focused on ending the task at hand as he slowly but surely rolls Kendrick back into the ring before crawling back in himself, narrowly beating the countout.

    London contemplates going for the pin-cover but instead slowly climbs to the top rope, looking for 'London Calling', but he doesn't even get a chance to turn around and perform the shooting star press move as Kendrick is somehow back to his feet, the very first thing he does is to stagger into London and knock him down, crotching him on the turnbuckle. London remains on the turnbuckle, cringing in pain as Kendrick gradually joins him on the top rope, both men with their back towards the ring. Kendrick attempts to lock in his arms around the mid-section of London but the Texan is eager to avoid being locked in any possible hold, trying his best to elbow and headbutt Kendrick away but the little-man is determined and goes right back to the injured ear of London, striking away and going as far as trying to bite his ear until finally London resists and Kendrick locks him in ready for a staggering Super German Suplex! The crowd loses their minds as Kendrick and London both come flying off the top rope and down to the canvas, London landing head first as Kendrick follows him in a brutal landing, the German still locked in. Both men's shoulders are down on the mat but neither are stirring, the move has finished both of them but the referee still counts, noticing the pinning situation: One...Two...Three! The cover is met with a mixed reaction from the crowd who are stunned yet disappointed this appears to have resulted in a draw. London and Kendrick were inseparable in this contest.

    Winner: No Contest - Double Pin

    Aftermath: The referee confers with Shawn Michaels at ringside. A despondent Michaels takes to the microphone and announces that the match is a no contest and has finished in a draw as both men's shoulders were down on the mat. The crowd are less than impressed with the announcement and so is Brian Kendrick who is the first to his feet inside the ring. Kendrick uses the ropes to keep him on his feet but he still has enough energy to throw insults at Michaels claiming it's a "conspiracy" and he's been "screwed". Michaels holds his hands up and says Kendrick was unlucky but this isn't good enough for Kendrick who continues to scream and shout, telling everyone in earshot that this is the "Philly Screwjob".

    He's finally shut up however as Paul London confronts him, spinning him round so their faces meet before suddenly kicking Kendrick's teeth down his (Kendrick) throat with 'London Connecting' to massive cheers. London smiles at getting to shut up Kendrick, albeit for one night, despite not being able to claim he got the win. He did certainly win the respect of Shawn Michaels however with 'HBK' joining London in the ring, giving him a handshake and an embrace. Michaels got on the microphone and put over London as the "future of this business" to much applause from the crowd as an irate Kendrick limped backstage, his jaw hurting bad but his pride hurting even more.
    ***


    Backstage, we see a close-up shot of the back of a bald head, think the same shot used to introduce Marsellus Wallace in Pulp Fiction. Cheers echo around the Fargo Wells Center as the camera reveals that man is none other than 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin! Austin is looking tense as he stands in front of the four men that will be representing the National Wrestling Alliance in tonight's WARGAMES match. AJ Styles is sitting intently, the NWA World Heavyweight Championship sitting proudly on his shoulder. Alongside him is Richie Steamboat who looks nervous, apprehending the biggest match of his career. Besides him is Drew Galloway who is full of intensity, a scowl on his face as if he were imagining he was in a room with JBL. Finally, to the left of him is Alex Shelley who has his feet up, blowing a bubble out of his chewing gum. Austin shoots him a deathly stare and Shelley quickly pops the bubble and puts his feet down, paying the figurehead of NWA his full attention.

    Steve Austin: "First and foremost, I'm not here to bullshit any of you. I've been in one of these matches myself. There's a reason I retired a lot earlier than I'd have liked and this match is up there at the top of the list of reasons why."

    Austin pauses, scanning the room to take in the expressions on the men's faces. He seems satisfied and resumes.

    Steve Austin: "But don't let that intimidate you one damn bit. This is still the present and fact of the matter is, there ain't gonna be a future for AJ Styles or a future for Richie Steamboat. There will be no future for Alex Shelley, for Drew Galloway if TAKEOVER and Bradshaw gets their wish. You four are the future of this industry so I'm gonna keep it short and sweet for all of ya - tonight, you fight for your future, you fight for the future of the others that deserve to make a name for itself."

    He lets that message stew in the minds of the four before continuing.

    Steve Austin: "You can call this a battle cry, you can call it a rallying call, you can call it whatever the hell you want. Bottom line is that you need to all put your differences aside, work together and beat those sons of a bitches to take our company back."

    Austin smirks as the atmosphere in the room changes. All four men are visibly motivated and fired-up.

    Steve Austin: "If we're going to take back our company and kick those silly sons of a bitches out of the NWA, give me a hell yeah!"

    Styles, Shelley, Galloway and Steamboat: "Hell yeah!"

    Austin is more than happy with the reaction he's garnered. He simply nods in appreciation, folding his arms before cameras return ringside.

    ***

    We return ringside to JR and Paul Heyman who are positive and full of confidence after what they've just witnessed. Both men shift their attention to the upcoming match, a tag team title contest between The Briscoe Brothers and the team of Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston. Ross recalls how John Bradshaw Layfield made the match in order to create dissension between the two teams who were on friendly terms. We take a quick look back at a frustrated Jay Briscoe following his defeat to Evan Bourne, with his big brother Mark acting as the voice of reason. Heyman questions whether both brothers will be so calm and reasonable if Kofi and Evan take their tag titles off them tonight.

    The challengers arrive to the ring first, Ozzy Osbourne's 'I Don't Wanna Stop' receiving a warm reaction as Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston arrive to the entrance ramp. Kofi goes through this 'boom boom' theatrics as Evan throws up the peace sign to the fans. Both look all smiles, just happy to have finally earned a tag team title shot on an iPPV against a team they respect and like. They talk through a last-minute game plan in the ring as they await the Tag Team Champions.

    The Philly crowd give a scorching hot reception for the champions as Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Gimme Back My Bullets" plays across the personal announcement system. Jay and Mark Briscoe walk out, and unlike their opponents they are not smiling, they look focused on the task at hand which is to successfully defend their title belts. They don't play to the crowd, they don't talk through any tactics, instead they walk down that entrance ramp staring out Evan and Kofi. By the time they get in the ring, it's now clear all pleasantries have been thrown out of the window as both men opt not to shake the hands of Kofi and Evan and decide to get things quickly underway instead! Jay slaps the taste out of Evan's mouth while Mark lays into Kofi with hard forearm strikes. The champions mean business! The bell rings but the referee has an impossible task of getting these teams in their respective corners - it's already chaotic and the bell has only just rung!


    Second Match
    NWA World Tag Team Championship Match
    The Briscoe Brothers (c) vs. Evan Bourne & Kofi Kingston


    Summary: Kingston and Bourne fire back with lefts and rights of their own, but ultimately they are overwhelmed by The Briscoe's aggressiveness which results in the champions gaining the early upper-hand. Jay chops and hits a flurry of forearm strikes at Bourne, sending him stumbling backwards before finally clotheslining him over the ropes and to the outside, leaving Kingston alone and vulnerable. Mark takes advantage and hits a swift kick to the midsection of Kingston before scooping him up for side slam. He delays the move, Kingston still hoisted up by his side as Jay quickly climbs the nearest turnbuckle before crashing down with a leg-drop, assisting his brother's side slam as well as planting Kofi into the mat. Mark goes for the pin but Kofi resists, kicking out strongly at a count of two. Meanwhile, Jay spots Evan getting to his feet on the outside, thinking quickly he cannons off the ropes before using Mark's back to vault up and over the ropes connecting with a beautiful sommersault senton to knock Bourne right back down. At ringside, Heyman and Ross are raving about the fast and furious start the reigning champions have made, claiming both men look unstoppable.

    The Briscoes continue to display great teamwork as you'd expect but Kingston and Bourne prove to be resilient, the temptation of winning the titles keeping them from quitting. In the end, their tenacity pays off as they find a way back into the match-up. Kingston is finally able to find a way out of the Briscoe's corner, working his way out of Mark's delayed vertical suplex attempt, with vicious knees to the sternum before an uppercut sends him rocking. Kofi knows this isn't quite enough, he follows up the uppercut with a huge step-up enziguri, connecting square with the temple of Mark. Both men land in a heap but Kingston still has enough in him to crawl over and make the hot tag to Bourne! Bourne comes in the fresh man, full of energy as he springboards in and immediately takes down Jay, who has now also been tagged in, with a flying elbow. Straight back on his feet, he runs the ropes before hitting a beautiful flying headscissors, connecting with Jay and sending him crashing to the outside. He gets revenge for being on the receiving end of Jay's earlier aerial assault by giving him a taste of his own medicine, walking to the ring apron before hitting a stunning Asai Moonsault, knocking Jay straight back to the floor. Ten minutes in, the match has now swung in the favour of the challengers, who are fighting fire with fire, building enough momentum to seriously raise questions over whether Jay and Mark can hang on to their titles.

    Finish: A frantic tag-team contest comes to a gripping conclusion around the fifteen minute stage. In the ring, Jay and Bourne are continuing their epic battle while Mark and Kofi are trading blows on the ring apron. Kofi looks to have the edge when he connects with a high kick to the side of Mark's head but Mark holds on, keeping his footing by using the ropes before swaying towards Kofi and levelling him with an Ace Crusher out of nowhere! Both men go flying to the hard cold outside as back in the ring Bourne looks to connect with a spinning heel kick. He flys in the air but Jay manages to somehow duck and Bourne lands nastily on the mat, barely able to let out a breath of agony before Jay quickly scoops him up and locks him in, raising him in the air....JAY DRILLER! Bourne's skull sickingly thuds off the canvas. A sweaty and exhausted Jay rolls Bourne onto his back before making the cover: One...Two...Three! Yes, it's over and emphatically - The Briscoe's successfully retain their Tag Team Titles!

    Winners: The Briscoe Brothers (via Jay Driller)

    Aftermath: It takes a few moments for everyone to return to their feet. Jay is first and he is soon joined by Mark, the two ecstatic at the fact they've managed to retain following a huge challenge from their opponents. The two men help Bourne to his feet who is still dazed from the Jay Driller. He clutches the back of his head as both men offer him a handshake. Bourne nods in appreciation, shaking the hands of both Jay and Mark before nodding in respect. The duo turn to see Kofi Kingston back in the ring, grimacing in pain as he limps towards the two. Once again, the brothers offer their hand in respect but Kofi simply looks at the two before spitting on the floor and looking back up, seemingly disgusted. The Briscoe's look confused before Kofi shockingly levels Jay with a huge right hand, dropping him to the mat before rolling out of the ring! Boos fill the arena as he leaves the ring, Jay and Mark both appear shocked but not half as shocked as Kingston's partner Evan Bourne, who finds himself apologising to both men. Jay clutches his jaw as all three stare down Kingston who looks less than impressed with another failure to win gold. Ross and Heyman speak of their shock at Kofi's change of attitude before segueing to a backstage segment.
    ***


    A close-up of a cowboy hat welcomes us to the backstage area. Boos fill the Fargo Center as John Bradshaw Layfield is stood hands on hips, with his back turned on the rest of TAKEOVER. He has a huge grin on his face as he looks to the sky, a look on his face as if to say he knows something the rest of us don't. Behind him, Tyler Black and Jimmy Jacobs are conversing between themselves while Samoa Joe is shadow-boxing in the corner. Cody Rhodes meanwhile, appears deep in thought. He stares at Layfield, before raising a concern. His teammates immediately divert their attention to Layfield and await an answer.

    Cody Rhodes: "Is there nothing you want to run by us before we go out there, John? Any final last words?"

    Layfield snaps out of his daze, he looks slightly flustered but he answers calmly.

    John Bradshaw Layfield: "All you need to know is that everything is in order. You four go out there, you do what we've sworn to do and that is end the National Wrestling Alliance. Tonight is the beginning. Keep to the plan and don't have any doubts, I know exactly what I'm doing."

    Rhodes gulps, he considers saying something but thinks better of it. Layfield stares at him a little longer before looking around the rest of the group.

    John Bradshaw Layfield: "We are unstoppable. I can assure you all that."

    The four men nod in agreement. Joe carries on his boxing routine while Jacobs and Black resume their conversation. Rhodes tries to snap out of his wavering thoughts by taping his wrists, ready for the fight of his life.

    ***

    Back at ringside, Ross and Heyman make note of how the contrast in moods and atmosphere in the rival locker rooms paints quite a picture. They move their attention to the penultimate match of the night, bringing up Roderick Strong's run of bad luck on iPPV, explaining how his defeat's to Low Ki have made him a changed man. The duo recall True Grit where John Morrison got the better of Strong with an inside cradle which resulted in Strong snapping once again.

    Strong's heinous attack has resulted in John Morrison coming back for more, not backing down until he gets vengeance. Morrison is welcomed with wild cheers from the Philly crowd as he makes his infamous slow-motion entrance. He isn't smiles tonight however, charging down to the ring full of focus in preparation for this battle with Strong who has made Morrison's life hell in recent weeks. Heyman notes that Morrison may not be 100% following the back injury he initially suffered at the hands of Strong at True Grit, and which was made even worse a few weeks ago on Tuesday Night Showcase. Ross speculates that this may pay in the favour of Strong tonight and that the 'back-breaking connoisseur' will have a target to aim at. Heyman adds that it could severely alter Morrison's game plan and how he approaches the match.

    Morrison paces around the ring, not taking his eyes from the entrance ramp as Pantera's "5 Minutes Alone" hits the PA system. The crowd let their feelings be known, screaming and jeering as Roderick Strong appears. He has a psychotic look on his face, his eyes bulging as he points towards Morrison in the ring shouting "I'll break you in half", emphasizing the word 'break'. He storms down to the ring but is stopped in his tracks as Morrison leaps through the ropes with a tope suicida! John immediately leaps to his feet, trying his best not to show that the move hurt him. He rolls Strong back in the ring, careful not to wince in pain as if Strong was a shark that could smell blood. JoMo unloads with boots to a floored Strong as the bell rings and the third match of the evening begins.


    Third Match
    Grudge Match
    Roderick Strong vs. John Morrison


    Summary: Morrison doesn't waste anytime at all, continuing his attack which results in Strong retreating to the corner. Morrison is relentless however, vaulting himself up by using the turnbuckles before crashing back down with a dropkick to the face of Strong. Strong quickly rolls out of the ring, trying to compose himself, shocked at how quick Morrison had started the match. He can't think for too long however as Morrison has climbed to the top turnbuckle....SHOOTING STAR PLANCHA! He leaps up, reaching a great height before contorting and twisting his body to arrow towards Strong. Both men land in a heap as the Philly faithful voice their appreciation for a stunning display of high-risk action. Morrison has hurt himself slightly with the landing but still gets to his feet by a count of eight, rolling in the ring before quickly rolling out to buy some time - it's clear this isn't a match he wants to ring by count-out. Little over a minute in and already he appears to be a man possessed, determined to get a second successive iPPV victory over his nemesis. He rolls in Strong and goes for the pin-cover: One...Two....Th-No! Strong kicks out. You have to wonder whether he'd have been able to kick out if the move had came at a later stage in the match. Morrison is undeterred, he carries on his impressive start and continues to cause Strong all sorts of problems with his octane offence, getting a couple of close fall - first with a Caporiera kick and then with a Pele kick. Strong is tenacious but the first five minutes have got him rattled, he's almost seeing stars courtesy of Morrison's speed and intensity.

    After initially struggling to work his way into the match-up, Strong finally finds an opportunity when he counters Morrison's tilt-a-whirl DDT attempt by swinging him into a brutal STO backbreaker which results in Morrison being driven back-first into the knees of Strong before whip-lashing head first off the canvas. Strong pulls himself up, a smile spreading across his face as Morrison clutches his back in pain on the mat, looking to be in agonizing pain. Strong smells blood as he slowly walks over to Morrison before repeatedly stamping away at his back, each kick harder and harder before he comes down with a crushing knee drop to the targeted limb. Morrison tries desperately to crawl away from the attack but Strong drags him by the feet before locking in an elevated Boston Crab, trying his utmost to force more pressure on the back of Morrison, as well as his neck which was also affected from the previous move. Morrison bites down on his knuckles, trying his best to withstand the agony as Strong looks to properly lock the hold in. Summing up enough energy and strength, Morrison begins to kick away at Strong, trying his best to escape the sickening submission. Finally he connects with one boot, flush to the chin of Strong which buys him enough time to half get out of the hold and make it to the ropes. It buys him more time in the match but with just over ten minutes on the clock, things look incredibly bleak for Morrison.

    Finish: Morrison is on dream street as Strong punishes him with a number of moves targeting his back. The crowd has had enough, booing loudly as Strong poses over a pain-stricken Morrison - he senses the end is near. Picking up Morrison with ease he prepares him for the Gibson Driver, locking him in with the double underhook but he doesn't get the chance to slam Morrison down as the 'Guru of Greatness' manages to brilliantly counter at the very last second, reversing with a beautiful hurricunrana, planting Strong into the mat at a great speed before trapping him with a pin cover: One...Two...Thre-No! No! Strong breaks out inches before the referee's hand reaches the mat to count three. Morrison is in disbelief that his counter wasn't enough to get the win, and slowly gets to his feet. Strong soon joins him, dazed slightly as Morrison looks to land a knock-out blow...he springboards from the ropes with the flying Chuck kick...NO! Strong side-steps out of the way and Morrison eats canvas! Strong slaps himself in the face a few times, pumping himself up and getting his head back in the game as he goes straight back onto Morrison, once again locking him in the elevated Boston crab!

    Strong appears to have the hold locked in as Morrison lets out an agonizing roar. He tries his best to crawl over to the ropes and break the hold but he can't quite make it before Strong drags him back towards the middle of the ring! Morrison tries once again but it's no use, Strong has got him trapped and makes matters worse by driving his knee into the back of Morrison while continue to torque his body with the submission. Knowing he has no way of escaping, Morrison reluctantly taps out.

    The bell rings but Strong has snapped, he is red in the face and his eyes are bulging out of socket as he refuses to relinquish the hold. Morrison howls in pain as Strong continues to drive his knee in his back, the submission still applied. Several backstage officials rush out to the aid of Morrison as the referee takes drastic action. An announcement is delivered disqualifying Strong and reversing the match decision. He is finally forced off Morrison who is being treated by officials, an emergency team have now arrived at ringside also.

    Winner: John Morrison - Reverse Decision when Roderick Strong refused to break submission hold.

    Aftermath: Strong is absolutely beside himself at the news he has been disqualified. He takes out his frustration on the referee, kicking him in the gut before lifting him up and drilling him with a devastating Gibson Driver! Strong leaves the ring, turning just once to survey the carnage he has caused. He begins to laugh, twisted by yet another loss. The crowd boo him for his actions as he makes his exit, Ross and Heyman in disbelief at the commentary table. Ross apologises for Strong's behaviour and says the young star will not be getting off lightly following his appalling behaviour.
    ***


    Backstage, Candice Michelle and a camera crew are running towards the exit of the Fargo Wells Center.

    Candice Michelle: "Kofi!"

    The camera reveals Kofi Kingston, fully dressed and with a holdall bag in hand, about to leave the building. He sees Michelle and contemplates ignoring her and walking out but instead he stops, sighing as she approaches him.

    Candice Michelle: "Kofi, thanks for stopping. What happened earlier?"

    Kofi sighs again, his voice raised and his usual calm demeanour completely thrown out of the window.

    Kofi Kingston: "What happened earlier? Failure. Failure, once again. I'm sick of failure, I'm not a loser. I'm being portrayed as a loser but I'm no loser. What you saw earlier was change, no longer is Kofi Kingston going to be second best. Kofi Kingston is second nothing, I'm a winner and I'll prove to you all that I'm a winner."

    Candice Michelle: "So, what does the future hold for Kofi Kingston?"

    Kofi replies quickly and emphatically.

    Kofi Kingston: "Success. To do that, I need to find my brother. It's been so long....I just hope he accepts my offer. NWA has seen nothing yet."

    And with that bold statement, he departs leaving behind a stunned Candice Michelle.

    Candice Michelle: "His brother? Wow, what a bombshell. We've seen a side of Kofi Kingston we didn't know existed till tonight. What does Kofi and his brother have in store for the National Wrestling Alliance?"

    ***

    A short hype video plays promoting the next iPPV entitled 'Ironman'. The event, coming December from the famous Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois. Footage of National Wrestling Alliance talent is played with the emphasis predominantly on the eight men in tonight's main event. The video is accompanied by music from Foo Fighters and their song 'Bridge Burning'.

    ***

    The Wells Fargo Center is absolutely buzzing in anticipation of the WARGAMES match. We get an awesome visual of the mammoth cage slowly lowering towards the ring. It had been shadowing the arena all night but now it has finally been let loose. Heyman and Ross rave about the structure at ringside and discuss how this is the first WARGAMES match to take place in an NWA environment in over twenty years. "These matches are uncommon, there's a reason for that and that reason is that it entails sheer inhumanity. Blood will be spilled ladies and gentleman," says Ross. The cage is now in place, its arrival met with wild cheers from the raucous crowd. Their attention is diverted to Paul Heyman who is standing at ringside with a microphone, having been given the task of informing the audience and viewers at home of the match rules. Paul E. receives a positive reaction as he reads out the rules.

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Heyman, on behalf of the NWA Board of Directors
    "1. The match begins with one member from each team entering the cage.
    2. After five minutes, a member of one of the teams will then enter the cage. In the interest of fairness, this entrant will be decided by a coin-toss under the watch of John Bradshaw Layfield, figurehead of TAKEOVER, and Steve Austin, the National Wrestling Alliances' figurehead.
    3. From that point forward, a new member will enter the cage after every three minutes.
    4. When all eight wrestlers are in the confines of the cage, eliminations begin until finally we are left with one team standing.
    5. Unlike past WARGAMES matches, all members of a team have to be eliminated for the match to end. Furthermore, it has been decided pinfalls are allowed to take place despite past matches not including this rule.

    Ladies and gentlemen, WELCOME TO WARGAMES!"
    More cheers echo around the arena before the mood does a complete 360 when AFI's Prelude 12/21 booms through the PA system. Onto the entrance ramp walks the 'American Nightmare' Cody Rhodes, representing TAKEOVER. He loves every bit of the reception he's receiving, he has a smug grin across his face as he power walks down towards the ring. Cody stops just before he reaches the huge WARGAMES cage, transfixed on a structure that his father Dusty was no stranger too. Finally he walks through the cage doors, mockingly wiping his feet on the canvas as he enters the ring. His music stops but boos still fill the Wells Fargo Center as the crowd await NWA's first entrant. Rhodes meanwhile has climbed the ropes and is hanging on the cage, shouting insults at crowd members in the front row, riling up the Philly audience even more.

    The sound of jeers is drowned out when Fort Minor's "Remember the Name" hits, signalling the arrival of the NWA World Heavyweight Champion. Every man, woman and child is cheering as AJ Styles arrives, his championship belt sitting proudly on his shoulder as he pauses at the very top of the ramp, staring down Rhodes before surveying the steel structure. He gulps, almost as if he has came to terms with the fact this match could take years off his career, possibly off his life. Styles marches down to the ring, handing his title to an outside official before stepping into the cage for the most important match of his career. He walks into the cage for the National Wrestling Alliance, hoping to leave it a hero.

    Rhodes goes flying at Styles and the two men clash, immediately vying for the advantage. The bell rings, WARGAMES begins and TAKEOVER versus the National Wrestling Alliance gets underway! This is the main event of all main events, my friends.


    Main Event
    WARGAMES Match
    NWA consisting of AJ Styles, Alex Shelley, Drew Galloway & Richie Steamboat (w/Steve Austin)
    vs.
    TAKEOVER consisting of Cody Rhodes, Jimmy Jacobs, Samoa Joe & Tyler Black (w/John Bradshaw Layfield)


    0-20 Minutes: Styles gets the upperhand in their grapple, quickly whipping Rhodes into the ropes, diving to the floor as Rhodes instinctively jumps over his body, coming back off the ropes only to eat a huge flying elbow. Styles is full of adrenaline, trying to wear down Rhodes and tire him out in the knowledge that stamina will be essential to the outcome of the match. Rhodes finally works his way out of a chinlock, backing Styles into the ropes before catching him with a huge backdrop. He stalks Styles before climbing to the top rope, a groggy Styles returning to his feet just in time to get swept back down courtesy of a hard missile dropkick from Rhodes.

    Now Rhodes tries to tire out his opponent, keeping an eye on the titantron as the clock slowly ticks down, the five minute mark getting closer and closer. Rhodes has Styles grounded with a headlock but Styles is able to work his way back to a vertical base, displaying great body strength in the process. He is able to shrug off Rhodes and shoot him into the ropes, before aiming for a discus clothesline...NO! Rhodes has a similar idea, trying to counter with a clothesline of his own but it only results in both men nastily smashing into each other and slumping to the canvas. The seconds continue to tick away and less than thirty seconds remain when both men return to their feet. The two trade blows, Rhodes with lefts and rights while Styles fires back with a combination of knife-edge chops and forearm smashes before adding a headbutt to his arsenal, sending Rhodes staggering...PELE KICK! A huge move from Styles takes Rhodes down and buys Styles a little time to catch his breath back, pausing as the crowd begin to chant down from ten seconds.

    10...9...8...7...6...5...4...3...2...1! *KLAXON SOUNDS*

    Entrant: Samoa Joe w/JBL (TAKEOVER)

    TAKEOVER have won the coin toss! Styles kicks away at Rhodes but his eyes aren't on the 'American Nightmare', they are fully focused on the 'Samoan Submission Machine' who is now entering the cage. Behind him is TAKEOVER's figurehead John Bradshaw Layfield who is shouting orders at Joe from ringside. Styles wastes no time and goes straight on the attack, fighting for his life as he tries to make the best of the next three minutes. It's no use as Joe is fresher and fitter, fighting back with lefts and rights sending Styles on the defence. Styles hangs in, giving everything he has but the numbers game stops him in his tracks. Rhodes surprises him from behind with a waist lock, he tries to wriggle free but it can't stop him from an oncoming Samoa Joe who makes the most of his immobility by leveling him with a sickening Busaiku Knee Strike. Styles is sent flying backwards, colliding with the unforgiving steel on his landing. Rhodes taunts the fans by posing while Joe stands over a hurt Styles, contemplating his next move. At ringside JBL is peering into the cage, hurling abuse at the NWA World Heavyweight Champion.

    Joe picks up Styles with relative ease, scooping and slamming him into the cage repeatedly, over and over until he drops him to the canvas as if he were a toy. Rhodes has made the most of the 2-on-1 advantage, getting some much needed recovery time while Joe beats on Styles. He finally joins in the action, picking up Styles before darting him into the cage head first! Styles rebounds off the cage and collapses to the mat, a trickle of blood slowly appearing. It's not even ten minutes into the match and already an NWA man has drew blood. The two members of TAKEOVER stand tall, looking absolutely unstoppable but the three minutes have nearly expired, things are about to be evened up.

    10...9...8...7...6...5...4...3...2...1! *KLAXON SOUNDS*

    Entrant: Alex Shelley w/Steve Austin (NWA)

    Alex Shelley rushes to the ring and he's brought an equaliser with him in the form of a steel chair! Steve Austin follows him out, a look of urgency on his face until he meets eyes with John Bradshaw Layfield - urgency is replaced with derision. He goes straight to Layfield who appears nervous as the two stare down one another before Austin is quickly ushered by an outside official to take his place on the opposite side of the cage - he reluctantly agrees. In the ring, Shelley has entered and so has his trusty steel chair.

    Rhodes appears cautious but Samoa Joe isn't so timid, he fancies his chances against the steel chair as he rushes at Shelley with a clothesline. Shelley anticipates it, ducking before twisting and hitting Joe in the gut with the chair, sending him doubled over before crashing down with the chair connecting with Joe's back, enough to send him to the canvas. Rhodes attempts to catch Shelley by surprise, springboarding from the ropes before attempting to hit the Beautiful Disaster Kick but Shelley has it scouted, countering by throwing the chair off the oncoming Rhodes, nailing him in the face and sending him to the mat. The crowd are fully behind Shelley, loving every minute of NWA's comeback into the match-up. Shelley takes a moment to bask in the moment, he's just turned this match on its head and also bought AJ Styles enough time to ease up and recover slightly. He checks on his partner who starts to regroup, both men know they will have their hands full for the next three minutes as TAKEOVER are seconds away from regaining the numbers advantage.

    10...9...8...7...6...5...4...3...2...1! *KLAXON SOUNDS*

    Entrant: Tyler Black (TAKEOVER)

    Tyler Black's arrival swings the match back in the favour of TAKEOVER. Styles and Shelley fight valiantly at first but are soon overwhelmed. Things then go from bad to worse for NWA when Shelley's own chair is used against him by Black who hits Shelley over the head with the chair, the weapon cracking off his skull. The ring ropes are the only thing keeping Shelley on his feet as he desperately hangs on to try and fight back before eventually staggering into the path of Black who throws the chair in his direction...Shelley catches...VAN DAMINATOR! Not a common move from Black's repertoire but a devastating move to say the least, one that has bloodied Alex Shelley. Both of NWA's members are now cut open, blood flowing from their foreheads as TAKEOVER stand tall in the ring once again. The numbers are about to be evened but TAKEOVER have already established their dominance in this match-up.

    10...9...8...7...6...5...4...3...2...1! *KLAXON SOUNDS*

    Entrant: Richie Steamboat (NWA)

    Richie comes running out to the ring, eager to try and make things easier for his NWA compatriots. He shows a lot of fight, taking down Rhodes with a leg lariat and then Black with a flying elbow but Samoa Joe proves to be too much for Steamboat, catching his springboard crossbody attempt before sending him flying into the steel cage with a huge overhead belly-to-back throw. The youngster cannons off the cage as Joe gets a sickening and twisted smile on his face. It is matched by John Bradshaw Layfield, who is full of satisfaction concerning the way his men are dismantling NWA. Steve Austin looks pensive, it is clearly hurting him to see his side dominated.

    Styles and Shelley return to their feet, bloodied but not yet beaten. They double-team Joe with a double suplex but can't do any further damage as Black and Rhodes are now back to a vertical base too. The four men trade blows but things don't remain even for too long as the fourth and final TAKEOVER member hits the ring.

    10...9...8...7...6...5...4...3...2...1! *KLAXON SOUNDS*

    Entrant: Jimmy Jacobs (TAKEOVER)

    Jacobs races to the ring, aiding Black and Rhodes in their fight with Styles and Shelley. Styles and Shelley fight bravely while Richie Steamboat does his best to withstand a Samoa Joe assault, replying with a number of chops and forearm smashes until finally Joe hits one huge headbutt which sends Steamboat slumping into the corner of the ring. Jacobs proves to the difference maker in the other ring, planting Styles with a bulldog while Shelley is the recipient of a powerbomb from Rhodes, assisted by Tyler Black. Samoa Joe meanwhile seats Steamboat on a blood-stained steel chair, taking his time and soaking up the moment before drilling him with the Ole Kick, his boot ricocheting off the face of Steamboat. Before you know it, the klaxon is seconds away once again and the eighth and final participant of the match is ready to enter.

    10...9...8...7...6...5...4...3...2...1! *KLAXON SOUNDS*

    Entrant: Drew Galloway (NWA)

    20-40 Minutes: Galloway's emergence doesn't immediately pay dividends yet slowly but surely NWA find a way back into the match, willed on by Steve Austin at ringside. Galloway and Steamboat combine to take down Joe - Galloway with a standing dropkick while Steamboat connects at the same time with a missile dropkick. Shelley reacquaints with his chair, smashing Cody Rhodes head-first before planting him with a spike DDT on the prone chair. Rhodes joins Styles and Shelley as blood brothers. Styles shows no sign of the blood loss affecting his performance as he takes out both Jacobs and Black with a beautiful maneuver. He springboards from the ropes, flipping backwards with both men before taking them down in one quick swoop, connecting with a double reverse DDT. 25 minutes in and this contest has been back and forth more times than a tennis match, it's the definition of a stalemate.

    The match descends into chaos with everyone coupled off, fighting for an advantage. Shelley and Black are going at it, Styles is trading blows with Rhodes while Jacobs entertains Galloway. In the other ring, Steamboat and Joe are battling it out with Steamboat's pace causing the big man all sorts of problems. He lands a step-up enziguri, sending Joe onto one leg before forcing him all the way to the canvas with a stiff dropkick square to the face. Steamboat sees an opportunity - satisfied that Joe is almost put away, he scales to the top turnbuckles, waiting for Joe to return to his feet. Steamboat leaps and soars, looking to connect with the diving crossbody....NO! Joe sidesteps and Steamboat simply splats off the canvas, leaving himself open for...COQUINA CLUTCH! Joe has Steamboat locked in the rear naked choke in the middle of the ring. Austin tries to get the attention of his troops but they're engulfed in battle, it's no use and Steamboat has no other choice but to tap-out.

    Eliminated: Richie Steamboat (NWA)

    With a permanent 4-on-3 advantage, TAKEOVER gets stronger as the match progresses. NWA are fighting an uphill battle. Not content with just the one elimination, Joe tries to claim another as he fights away with Drew Galloway, getting the upperhand before connecting with a rapid-quick powerslam: One...Two...Th-No! Shelley breaks the pinfall up and attacks Joe with boots only to be speared by Jacobs who is joined by Black, the duo beginning to work on Shelley. AJ Styles tries to help Shelley out but Rhodes connects with the Beautiful Disaster Kick! One...Two...Thre-No! Styles gets the arm up, the resilient star isn't going down without a fight. Galloway and Joe slowly return to their feet with the Scotsman trying to lock in Joe for the Future Shock but Joe twists his way out before slamming Galloway down to the canvas and locking in the same rear naked choke that eliminated Steamboat! Galloway tries his best to reverse, gaining enough momentum to shift himself onto his side but Joe reverses by using his weight to rock both he and Galloway back, the lock still held in. Drew Galloway is trapped, his teammates are too preoccupied and finally he suffers the same fate as Steamboat. Galloway taps.

    Eliminated: Drew Galloway (NWA)

    NWA are now two men down, Samoa Joe and his Coquina Clutch being responsible for halving their team. Layfield is ecstatic on the outside but his boasting is too much for Austin to handle and the two come to blows outside the cage! Austin quickly gets the better of Layfield but backstage officials quickly rush out to separate the two, both men being ordered to leave ringside and go backstage for the remainder of the match.

    Without the influence of Layfield, TAKEOVER begin to get too complacent. This gives NWA a chance to work their way back into the match and Alex Shelley soon makes the most of it. He and Styles work together brilliantly to take the fight to TAKEOVER, uniting to take down Joe and Black with simultaneous superkicks, a stunning visual that gets the crowd back on their feet. They then turn their attention to Cody Rhodes and Jimmy Jacobs - Styles occupies Rhodes while Shelley and Jacobs battle. Jacobs tries to quickly take down Shelley with a flying headscissors but Shelley does brilliantly, keeping a hold of Jacobs' waist and blocking him from hitting the move before darting him into the turnbuckles! Jacobs sickeningly rebounds off the turnbuckles, Shelley looks towards the middle ropes before making his mind up...LIONSAULT! Shelley makes up a lot of distance but is still able to land the move: One...Two...Samoa Joe jumps....Three! Joe breaks up the pincover a split second too late.

    Eliminated: Jimmy Jacobs (TAKEOVER)

    Joe takes out his frustration on Shelley, rocking him with lefts and rights before kicking him in the gut. He hoists him up looking for a...POWERBOMB - NO! Shelley reverses magnificently with a beautiful hurricunrana sending Joe skull first into the nearby steel chair. Shelley can't capitalise as Tyler Black is back on his feet, looking to avenge his tag team partner's elimination. In the other ring, Cody Rhodes has just escaped elimination after narrowly breaking out of an inside cradle from Styles. The duo continue their duel as Black punishes Shelley with quick kicks to the thighs until Shelley catches a trailing leg, spinning Black round before clubbing him with a huge smashing elbow to the face. Black is dazed and Shelley takes advantage, getting him in a face lock before running to the corner....SLICEDBREAD #2! The crowd pop huge for the move and Shelley immediately hooks the leg: One...Two...Samoa Joe tries in vain to crawl and break the pincover...Three! Alex Shelley has eliminated two members of TAKEOVER in the space of two minutes. Amazing.

    Eliminated: Tyler Black (TAKEOVER)

    40+ Minutes: We've reached the 40 minute mark. It's two on two and all but one of the four men remaining are bust open, bleeding. The match has been an out and out war, it has taken it's toll on both teams but more is yet to come. Samoa Joe and Alex Shelley have arguably been the MVP's of the match, scoring two eliminations each, and they look to notch up one more as they battle one another in the corner. Joe gets the upperhand by using his brute strength to overwhelm Shelley before lifting him up and placing him on the turnbuckle. He tries for the Musclebuster but isn't able to utilise the devastating move as AJ Styles comes to his teammates rescue with a Stinger Splash, pinning Joe in the corner and allowing Shelley to lock Joe in for a beautiful Tornado DDT. He doesn't get the chance to go for the cover however as Rhodes rushes into the ring and takes out Styles with a huge lariat, turning him inside out before focusing his attentions on Shelley.

    Rhodes kicks Shelley in the gut and looks to lock in Crossrhodes but Shelley is a master of counters, he manages to twist his way about before shocking Rhodes with a massive European uppercut. He sees the opportunity to put Rhodes away, locking him in a facelock and going for another Slicedbread #2. This effort doesn't prove to be so fruitful however as Rhodes comes up with a counter himself, putting the brakes on as Shelley tries to run the turnbuckles and tossing Shelley into the unforgiving steel! Shelley lands painfully, bouncing off the cage at full force before becoming trapped in the ropes until Rhodes pulls him out of the wreckage and once again attempts Crossrhodes....he connects this time! Styles is stirring but it's too late...One...Two...Three! Boos ring around the Wells Fargo Center as Alex Shelley is eliminated.

    Eliminated: Alex Shelley (NWA)

    Things look incredibly bleak for the National Wrestling Alliance. AJ Styles is their last hope but he's at a two-on-one disadvantage. Samoa Joe and Cody Rhodes once again are able to double-up on Styles but this time around, the NWA man has got no one to rely on, there are no more entrants and he has to do this the hard way. Styles slowly returns to his feet as Cody Rhodes circles him. Styles and Rhodes lock up once again but just as Styles looks to have bettered Rhodes, Samoa Joe is back on his feet and he makes his presence known by blindsiding Styles with a running knee to the back. Styles immediately collapses to the mat as Rhodes picks up the scraps, hitting stomp after stomp before rubbing his boot across the bloodied forehead of Styles. Rhodes laughter is masked by the noise of jeers as Samoa Joe picks up Styles, ready to inflict more punishment...NO! Styles slaps Joe in the face, this enrages the big man who throws a huge right in Styles' direction...he ducks...Rhodes is down! Joe accidentally connects with his teammate and doesn't even have time to react as Styles takes him down with a small package: One...Two...Three! Joe bursts out of the cover a second too late!

    Eliminated: Samoa Joe (TAKEOVER)

    The crowd go wild at what they have just witnessed. AJ Styles has evened up the playing field! Samoa Joe though, is irate and he's not leaving the cage without giving Styles some sort of comeuppance. He rams Styles in the head with knee after knee before tossing him into the turnbuckles head first. Joe ignores the pleas of the referee before drilling Styles into the canvas with the Musclebuster. The mood around the arena becomes solemn as Styles is left laid out by the eliminated Samoa Joe. Rhodes meanwhile has returned to his feet but rather than make the pinfall, he gets in the face of Joe! Rhodes is upset that Joe accidentally hit while Joe calls him an idiot and tells him to make the pin and "end this". Rhodes stares down Joe as he exits the cage before approaching Styles who looks down and out. Rhodes stoops down to make the cover....NO! Small package again by Styles! One...Two...Thr-No! Rhodes scrambles out at the last second, a shocked expression on his face. That move has given the crowd a small glimmer of hope that Styles and the NWA can still do this.

    Rhodes desperately punches away at Styles, returning to his feet before continuing his attack, kicking and kneeing the NWA World Heavyweight Champion until he gains the advantage. Finally, he drags Styles up to his feet, the NWA man on jelly legs as Rhodes hits the ropes, springboarding back with the Beautiful Disaster Kick...NO! A huge Pele kick from Styles catches Rhodes mid-air and both men hurtle towards the canvas. The canvas is stained with sweat and blood, both Rhodes and Styles are breathing but they can barely muster the energy to return to a vertical base. Styles crawls towards the ropes and attempts to use the ropes to push himself upwards but his and the entire crowd's attention is diverted by a figure who has just made his way out of the crowd. Styles looks like he has seen a ghost.

    Spoiler
    END FEAR AND LOATHING

    WARGAMES: WHAT PRICE, GLORY? QUICK RESULTS

    RECAP
    Paul London vs. Brian Kendrick ended in a no contest due to a double pin.
    The Briscoe Brothers defeated Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne to retain the NWA World Tag Team Championship.
    John Morrison defeated Roderick Strong via reverse decision when Strong wouldn't release his submission hold.
    TAKEOVER defeated NWA in WARGAMES.
    Austin Aries returned for the first time in months, coming out of the crowd to help TAKEOVER get the win.
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    What Price, Glory? By WMS


    With all the reading i've done and help i've gotten, I figured it was about time I reviewed a fed and what better place to start with then one of my favourites, let's take a look.

    Good start with JR and Heyman hyping up exactly how big a deal Wargames is. I haven't gone back through the other shows before starting this review and my memory of your earlier work isn't the best so perhaps I should've to see if this dynamic is constant. I really liked that there was no face/heel split in this opening. It puts over exactly how big a threat TAKEOVER is. Tyrant is a great description for JBL, very apt.

    I quite like your Brian Kendrick, not overly crazy about "The First Brian Kendrick" but I can see how it fits him and why he'd call himself that, I just find it doesn't roll off the tongue. Perfect match placement as well, I love these 2 guys being in the opener and London demonstrating how desperate he was to get his hands on Kendrick was a nice little cherry on it, great start so far.

    The story your telling in writing this match is an enjoyable and fitting one given the alignments. The fact that Kendrick gets too big for his britches and attempting to mock HBK was pleasant to read and having it cost him was appropriate.

    London not even acknowledging HBK was something I loved, in grudge matches I quite like the focus to be solely on the opponent, thinking of nothing but beating him so to see that here was brilliant, top marks there.

    That finishing move and double pin wrap this up nicely and I certaintly can't wait for more of the story between these two. Michaels putting over London will be big for him in the NWA, perhaps a match with Styles a few months down the line, no way this is over between these two right now.

    A nice little pep talk from Austin there, setting all their dials to 11 for Wargames, your really doing quite a fine job in showing how big a deal this is and exactly what is at stake.

    Tag team title match and whoa, nice fiery start there from the champions, after all they've got the most to lose.

    I don't know if it's because i'm awful at it but i'm really enjoying your matches thus far. As i'm reading this one it's becoming clear that the Briscoes are far and away the best team in your division and that they have those titles for a reason, i'm expecting a fightback from Bourne and Kingston but the Briscoes sound absolutely ace.

    Here it is with dead on reasoning, gold can allure all men, Bourne with the hot tag instead of Kingston is a decision I can get behind and would've also made even though both men could pull it off, Evan would definitely be better. That Ace Crusher spot sounds like a hell of a visual. As expected and also hoped The Briscoes retain their titles.

    OH HELLO, Kingston turn, now this i'm excited about. It's the one thing WWE could do to make me interested in him so i'm eager to see how you go about this.

    Well well, this is fascinating. JBL with his back to his team and Rhodes pensive, wonder if it's nerves like Richie earlier. Adding yet another layer to a layer filled Wargames is always welcome. Very curious as to why JBL is so content.

    Morrison vs Strong and yet another explosive start by a face, given the faces that they are it definitely clicks. Morrison is on fire, did he pound a few red bulls before coming out

    The first minutes of this match would be a visual treat, you've got a real knack for painting pictures when you write, it's very easy to visualise what is going on every step of the way. Beautiful and perfect counter by Strong, yet again it's easy to see Morrison absolutely writhing in pain after something like that and now Strong can dominate. Thanks to that shark description, I for some reason can't stop picturing Strong as a terminator, seeing red as he zooms in on Morrisons back.

    A fluid ending exchange, have to wonder if that hurricanrana was Morrisons last gasp, no the flying chuck ohhh that's got to be his last gasp now.

    You seem to be hitting the decisions perfectly, Morrison gets to look great, the early offense, surviving for so long in that submission on multiple occasions before finally succumbing and Strong looks like an absolute savage beast, he might have lost the match but it certaintly doesn't look like he did, once again top marks. I wouldn't want to meet Strong in a dark alley anytime soon.

    Kingstons brothers coming, solidfying the heel turn and giving Kingston a manager or new tag partner, i'd lean towards manager but that's the WWE fan in me talking. My mind went straight to Prince Nana.

    Wargames time baby, let's see what we've got in store.

    Styles and Rhodes opening the bout, I wonder if this is for Styles to go wire to wire and make him look phenomenal (pardon the pun) As I expect the champion to play a significant factor in the outcome of this match regardless of the way it goes.

    Heels are always going to have the advantage, another tick in the decision box. Your really nailing this show.

    I'd love to see how Styles' back looks after all those slams into the cage, the little tidbit about Rhodes is nice as well, showing his brains while the muscle goes to town on AJ. Shelley being the one to save Styles is a great little moment and seeing him bask in that moment is quite an appealing visual.

    I know i've said it a bit and I must be sounding like a broken record but you've done quite a good job, this time with the characters and how they're percieved. Richie Steamboat not having the impact that Shelley did is great storytelling, experience can outmatch youthful exuberance. TAKEOVER look absolutely dominant here and Joe savouring the destruction of Steamboat is something he'd definitely do.

    After all that, jeez Richie why are you going for the crossbody onto Joe again, experience officially triumphs over youth, bye bye Richie.

    This Wargames match is going to make Samoa Joe, he's definitely the star of TAKEOVER thus far. Styles kicking out of yet another big move, starting to think I was right earlier in that Styles will be going wire to wire which would be yet another good decision. There is it, Joe outmuscling Galloway and locking in that clutch, Drew isn't long for this match now.

    I wouldnt've thought they'd get complacent but that's a nice touch and not one I would've written so kudos for that. Every group does need that motivational speaker to keep them in line towards the main goal.

    I wonder if Briscoes vs Black and Jacobs is in our future for an extended period.

    One mere weapon, so much damage, Joe had to be taken out somehow and now Shelley is getting his own big moments, cementing his status in the NWA with a fine performance including those 2 eliminations.

    Whoa, Styles and Rhodes being the last 2. I thought Styles would be there but not Rhodes, I was expecting a David vs Goliath finale, don't mind this at all though, especially since Joe is arguably already the MVP of the match and his elimination fits that goliath moniker.

    There could be something there between Rhodes and Joe down the road, even if for now it's to give AJ time to recover, the meekness from earlier in the night long gone.

    ARIES!!!! I completely forgot this guy was even in your fed

    Brainbuster!! This has to be why JBL was so damn confident earlier in the night.

    TAKEOVER wins to continue their story, love it and Cody doing that to AJ is a nice cherry on the sundae.

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    You made a ton of great decisions with this show, I honestly can't concieve of any negatives in terms of results or things happening during matches, I was going to take 0.05 off of my final score for "The First Brian Kendrick" but it's just a name, though it is the one negative I took away from the show, of course that's just purely subjective though.

    Score: 10 out of 10


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    WARGAMES FALLOUT
    Aries helps JBL secure a hostile TAKEOVER, Strong snaps, Kendrick and London impossible to separate and Kofi seeks his brother…



    A Masterplan - Austin Aries: In cahoots with TAKEOVER's John Bradshaw Layfield?

    WITHOUT doubt, last Friday’s WARGAMES match was one for the ages, the fifty-minute epic will live long in the minds of all those that were fortunate to witness it. It’s not the blood-filled match that has everyone talking however - instead it is the return of Austin Aries who was banished from the company months ago.

    His shocking return has resulted in TAKEOVER head John Bradshaw Layfield gaining total control of NWA: Resurrection, a move that leaves the organisation in turmoil. No one knows exactly what Layfield has in store for the National Wrestling Alliance, or what he plans to do with its talent roster and specifically the four men that defied him by representing the company in that winner-takes-all match.

    And what about Aries – how does he fit into all of this? Indeed the suspended star did cost NWA and AJ Styles the match-up but does that definitely mean that he has affiliated himself with TAKEOVER? Perhaps, it was a spiteful act of retribution to gain vengeance over the organisation that decided to suspend him indefinitely due to his treatment of legend Terry Funk.

    If you cast your mind back to the August 7 edition of Tuesday Night Showcase, Austin Aries was interviewed by Jim Ross in what was to be his last televised NWA appearance before he would go onto lose to John Morrison in a street fight just days later at Fear and Loathing in a match with his suspension on the line. Aries was rather cryptic throughout the interview and very anti-NWA also. Interestingly Aries mentioned that he, “didn’t want any part of ‘this’ NWA,” and “you’re going to have to trust me when I say I’ll be the one laughing last.”

    The night of Aries’ departure was ironically the same night that the TAKEOVER videos first appeared in NWA. All evidence points to the idea that Layfield and Aries have been in cahoots all along and that this ‘masterplan’ appears to have paid dividends. Let’s hope that’s not the case because if those two were aligned, and with the rest of TAKEOVER behind them, the future is increasingly dark and maligned for those that want to do good for the business.

    Elsewhere, Roderick Strong was once again defeated on iPPV but it was all his own undoing this time round as he refused to relinquish his submission hold on John Morrison. This resulted in a reverse decision favouring Morrison, an announcement Strong didn’t take kindly too as he attacked the match official with the Gibson Driver. NWA’s Board have confirmed that the star has been fined and will miss this Tuesday’s Showcase as a result of his behaviour. The committee were intent on handing out a stronger punishment but were overruled by John Bradshaw Layfield.

    Paul London and Brian Kendrick didn’t disappoint in the opening contest of “WARGAMES: What Price, Glory?” For over twenty minutes, the former best friends threw everything at each other but in the end they proved to be inseparable as the match ended in a draw when both men’s shoulders were pinned to the canvas following a Super German Suplex from Kendrick. It was a match the legendary ‘Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels tipped his hat to, although this wasn’t enough for Brian Kendrick who was frustrated at his inability to put away London. Paul London was the real victor on the night, delivering his unique version of the Superkick – what he has coined ‘London Connecting’ – to shut up his boisterous former tag partner. It won’t be the last we’ve heard of Kendrick however and it certainly won’t be the last we’ve seen of them two in the ring against one another.

    Finally, we saw a side of Kofi Kingston we never deemed possible. After a close defeat in his championship match with Evan Bourne against the Briscoe Brothers, Kofi showed a mean streak by snubbing the offer of handshake and instead clocking Jay Briscoe with a right hand. Kofi left behind his confused partner Evan Bourne, who was every bit as shocked as the Briscoes and everyone else in attendance. Interviewer Candice Michelle caught up with Kofi Kingston who let off steam by telling us he was sick of being second best and that it was time for him to be a “winner”. Kofi cryptically mentioned something about seeking his brother and that his fortunes in NWA would change once his brother was alongside him. Is Kofi recruiting a new partner or a manager, even?

    Tune into Tuesday Night Showcase to witness the fallout of WARGAMES first hand – what will John Bradshaw Layfield have in store for the first show under his full control?
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    WARGAMES: What Price, Glory? Review.

    Firstly well done for getting to WARGAMES and getting it all done. I know you’ve put in a lot of effort to get here and complete the event (with a massive amount of work into the main event).

    I liked the opening parts explaining how we’ve gotten to WARGAMES and what the matches, event means for the company. It helped get me hyped up for what I am away to read. Looking forward to it now x10, great booking.

    London/Kendrick. Wow. There isn’t a better grudge match than two guys who were once like brothers hating each other. The way the match is written it’s easy to follow, and has all the little bits of the story being unravelled in the match. I love the ending! When you’ve got a great grudge going on, you want that to continue, you don’t want to pull the trigger to early and I am happy with the way this leaves this open for more down the line.

    The Austin Pep Talk. Excellent touch. You are doing an amazing job of building up the main event throughout this event. Austin telling team NWA this is everything, there won’t be anything if TAKEOVER win, just adds the pressure, the intensity to the WARGAMES. Again great booking.

    Kingston/Bourne/Briscoes. Even though you write in summary format, you make the reader actually in a position whereby they can’t tell this is the case. It is a testament to your writing abilities that you can put so much greatness into such sizeable posts. The flow, the summary, everything is flawless. Happy again to see the payoff is actually something that will lead on. Very little times should a story come to a definitive end, you do it perfectly, moving from one to another.

    Again a nice little addition to the event that adds to the main event.

    Morrison/Strong. Another beautifully choreographed match. The story of Morrison coming out the blocks only for Strong to come back, have the killer instinct and beat the hell out of him. Morrison wins, gets a push, but Strong destroys him coming out even stronger. Once again great booking WMS.

    Another small nice touch continuing the Kofi thing straight away and building up for the introduction of his brother.

    Here we go MAIN EVENT time, WARGAMES style. I am pumped. And wow you delivered BIG TIME…. And then some!! This match was once again beautifully written. The story you told. The picture you painted. Just everything about this match was perfect. Austin/Layfield in the mix. Again you even throw some summary into this but still you cannot tell! Wow. On to the ending, WOW. Excellent swerve. And TAKEOVER wins, YES! It needed to happen and it happened!

    In conclusion, EPIC MATCH. EPIC EVENT. EPIC STORY. WARGAMES: GLORIOUS!

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    NWA: Resurrection presents Tuesday Night Showcase
    Tuesday October 23rd, 2012 | Episode XXI
    George R. Brown Convention Center, Texas


    The road I walk is paved in gold
    To glorify my platinum soul
    I'll buy my way to talk to God
    So he can live with what I'm not
    The selfish blood runs through my veins
    I gave up everything for fame
    I am the life that you adore
    I feed the rich and f**k the poor
    I got, you want
    It just don't stop
    I got, you want
    It just don't stop
    This is entertainment
    Lies are entertainment
    You are down on your knees
    Begging me for more....
    -Innerpartysystem "Don't Stop"

    Still shots highlight the barbaric and historic WARGAMES match that took sent shock-waves around the wrestling industry following the aftermath of last Friday's 'WARGAMES: What Price, Glory?'. The images that last with us the longest in particular are the final two shown - firstly, the visual of Austin Aries making his getaway after costing AJ Styles and the NWA the match. Lastly and perhaps most significantly, the haunting black and white image of Cody Rhodes - covered in the blood of Styles - celebrating along with John Bradshaw Layfield, the evil mastermind behind TAKEOVER. A voice over informs us that all questions from the fallout of the event will be answered tonight in a must-watch edition of Tuesday Night Showcase.

    We hear the audible noise of jeers before we're even greeted with the sight of the arena. The reaction is due to the presence of John Bradshaw Layfield and TAKEOVER in the middle of the ring. All five men are grinning from ear to ear but no one more so than Layfield, the brains behind the operation. He gloats about his side’s victory at last week’s iPPV and refers to himself as a "genuis". JBL notes that all week long, he has been asked about Austin Aries' part in TAKEOVER's victory. He smugly reveals to the world that he and Aries have been in cahoots for months, and that their plan isn't anywhere near a conclusion just yet. Layfield confirms that Aries is indeed the newest member of TAKEOVER and that the "National Wrestling Alliance you all knew and loved is gone forever, and there's nothing anyone can do about it". It is revealed that Austin Aries won't be here tonight but will be present for TAKEOVER's victory celebrations next week, live on the show.

    Layfield reveals that Austin Aries will be rewarded for his efforts with a NWA World Heavyweight Championship match at Ironman. What is more is that he won't be the only TAKEOVER member in the championship match. JBL gestures to Cody Rhodes and informs him that since he got the winning pinfall, he will also be a part of the match, making it a triple threat Ironman match. Rhodes looks pleased, and relieved, while a quick shot shows that Samoa Joe doesn't look so impressed but he manages to stay silent. He has no chance to contest the decision anyway as Alex Shelley's music sweeps the arena, partly drowned out by cheers, as he makes his way to the entrance ramp. Shelley reminds Layfield that he is still due a rematch for the title after a "certain somebody and his four dumb cronies" interfered in his title match at True Grit. He adds that he was given guarantees by the NWA board that the WARGAMES match wouldn't affect his rematch.

    JBL ponders Shelley's revelation for a moment before offering Shelley a chance to earn his rematch. Calling himself a "fair guy", Layfield tells Shelley that he can join Austin Aries and AJ Styles in the Ironman main event if he is able to beat Cody Rhodes later tonight! Rhodes looks beside himself, but JBL doesn't pay any attention. Shelley tells him that he's on, warning Layfield that he will take out his "boy" tonight before taking out Austin Aries on his path to the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Our opening segment of the night ends with Layfield promising an irate Rhodes that things will be fine and that he need not worry about Shelley being a threat.

    ***

    The first match of the night sees the ever exciting luchadore El Generico tangle with local wrestlers John Boyle. Generico made quick work of the hapless Boyle, working up the crowd with his usual high octane offence before finally putting his opponent away with a devastating Brainbuster, hooking the leg for a quick and easy victory. Generico celebrated in spite of his straight-forward win, high-fiving fans at ringside as "Ole" chants reverberated around Texas' George R. Brown Convention Center.

    ***

    Backstage, Cody Rhodes is questioning John Bradshaw Layfield as to why he has to put his title opportunity on the line. JBL isn't properly listening, which irritates Rhodes slightly. Finally, Layfield tells him "that's the way it has to be", before excusing himself from the room. Cody looks flustered while Samoa Joe lets him know that he should be grateful for even getting the chance to be in the match. Joe tells a bemused Cody that it was Samoa Joe, not Cody Rhodes that got the most eliminations in the WARGAMES match. The two get in each other's faces with Tyler Black and Jimmy Jacobs having to calm things down as tension mounts between the two allies.

    ***

    Brian Kendrick cuts a short promo ahead of his scheduled match. Kendrick claims that he was screwed by Shawn Michaels himself last week and that despite drawing the match with Paul London, he still showed that he is the superior wrestler. Brian arrogantly reminds us all that he's the "First Brian Kendrick" before turning his attentions to local talent Stevie Bishop. Kendrick toys with Bishop, running circles around him and dominating the match. He doesn't leg his opponent get a single bit of offence in before putting him away with the 'Sweet Talk Kick' for the easiest three count of his life.

    Post match, Kendrick once again gets on the microphone and informs us that he will be calling out Paul London on next week's Tuesday Night Showcase, stating that he won't be satisfied until he gets the victory he deserves over his former partner.

    ***

    We're backstage once again as the NWA World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles walks in on Alex Shelley who is taping his wrists ready for his match tonight. Styles says he didn't appreciate Shelley's earlier comments about winning his NWA World Heavyweight Championship and claims that Alex is taking Styles lightly. Shelley goes on the defence and says he meant no disrespect. He continues, saying that Styles should be happy that Shelley has a chance to join him in the Ironman main event as his chances would be even slimmer if he had to share the ring with two TAKEOVER guys. He reminds Styles that TAKEOVER has 100% ownership of the company and with the NWA title in their grasps, the strange-hold would be almost too much for the National Wrestling Alliance to fight back from.

    Styles reluctantly agrees and tells Shelley he is right before offering to accompany him ringside for the main event, saying he has his back against Samoa Joe and any other TAKEOVER guys who try to interfere. Shelley politely says no, saying "thanks, but no thanks", claiming he can do it all alone. He pats Styles and the title on his shoulder before exiting the room, leaving Styles alone with nothing but his thoughts.

    ***

    Evan Bourne wastes little time in defeating Texas' local talent Joe Thunder. Bourne shows a mean streak we rarely see from him, flattening an overwhelmed Thunder with a huge spinning heel kick before going up top and delivering a perfect Shooting Star Press! 'Air Bourne' connects and earns Bourne a win in a match where his opponent never troubled him.

    Bourne takes a microphone after the match and recalls Kofi Kingston's actions last week at 'WARGAMES: What Price, Glory' calling them uncharacteristic of Kofi. He adds that Kofi has ignored him ever since their NWA World Tag Team Championship loss before demanding that he (Kofi) comes out and explains to him what
    the hell is going on. He doesn't have to wait long as Kofi Kingston comes to the entrance ramp and makes his way to the ring...but he isn't alone. Accompanying him is an African-American man, wearing an expensive grey suit and a rather extravagant crown upon his head. He is all smiles as he walks into the ring, holding his hands in the air, hoisting his head up and looking towards the skies as if he is thanking God for this moment. He snaps out of it all of a sudden and wears a serious expression on his face as he takes a microphone and addresses Evan. Kofi is standing by him, silent and hardly able to bring himself to look at Evan.

    The man introduces himself as Prince Nana, the brother of Kofi Kingston. Nana says he is a wealthy businessman, having made money from business in his native Ghana, informing us that he was once a wrestler until a serious injury ended his career. The enigmatic Nana says that one similarity he found in business and wrestling, was the desire to win, to be the best. He tells us of his dream to assemble a group of men, an embassy who are intent on winning all the gold in NWA by whatever means possible. Nana invites Bourne to join Kofi and Nana in "The Embassy", urging him to become a winner.

    Evan flat out refuses, saying he is a man of honour and has no interest in Nana's proposal. Bourne tells Nana that there's more to life than money and gold, and that he's unsure he likes the new Kofi Kingston. Nana simply shakes his head in disgust before slapping Bourne hard in the face! Bourne goes to fight back but is shoved by Kofi before finding himself eating canvas courtesy of 'Trouble in the Embassy'. The crowd boo and scream insults as Nana starts kicking and stamping on Bourne while he's down on the mat. The leader of "The Embassy" begins laughing hysterically as Kofi looks at his former friend and partner, dead behind the eyes. The brothers leave the ring together, having made a huge statement.

    ***

    There was a huge atmosphere around the arena for the night's main event as Alex Shelley and Cody Rhodes collided with a spot in the Ironman main event on the line. With a guaranteed shot at the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, the two stepped up a level to deliver an engaging television match. Shelley started off the better of the two, frustrating Rhodes with some clever chain wrestling before working him to the mat, attempting to wear him down with some grueling submissions. Rhodes fought hard enough to take the fight back to a vertical base but Shelley was one step ahead, first ducking Rhodes clothesline attempt before leveling him in the back of the head with an enziguri before secondly, foiling Rhodes' attempt to work back into the match-up, side-stepping a dropkick attempt before locking in a crossface. Five minutes had passed with Shelley's style proving too much to handle for Rhodes thus far.

    Samoa Joe did all he could at ringside to put Shelley off his game, and with the referee's back turned, he saw a perfect opportunity. Shelley ran the ropes ready for a huge running knee lift but Joe slyly grabbed a hold of Shelley's legs and tripped him up, allowing his TAKEOVER cohort to capitalise. Rhodes would go onto pull together some momentum and go close to the win and title shot with a series of moves. Shelley was valiant, kicking out of a huge delayed vertical suplex before getting his arm up after a Flying Chuck Kick which earned Rhodes a huge near-fall. He was close but it just wasn't enough.

    In the end, Shelley's trickery would pay off and there was nothing Samoa Joe could do to stop Rhodes from defeat. Cody looked set to connect with 'Crossrhodes' but Shelley blocked before wrapping his leg inside the legs of Rhodes and driving him into the mat with an inside cradle out of nowhere! The sheer speed of the move and quick thinking of Shelley were enough to earn him a victory and the right to join AJ Styles and Austin Aries in the Thirty-Minute Triple Threat Ironman match at the next iPPV with the title on the line.

    Shelley dragged himself up and went to celebrate his hard-fought win but was quickly blindsided by Samoa Joe who entered the ring and nearly beheaded Shelley with a lariat! Rhodes watched on in despair, dejected that he had lost his title opportunity. Tyler Black and Jimmy Jacobs made their way to the fray, joining in the disgusting assault until Drew Galloway and Richie Steamboat hit the ring! It was no use as Rhodes soon joined in the fight, putting his troubles behind him and the number games proved too much.

    The Texas fans chanted loudly for AJ Styles, urging him to come out and level the scores but he never came. There was no sign of the NWA World Heavyweight Champion as Tuesday Night Showcase went off the air to the familiar sight of TAKEOVER standing tall.

    END TUESDAY NIGHT SHOWCASE
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    'STONE COLD' STEVE AUSTIN TO APPEAR ON SHOWCASE
    NWA: Resurrection Tuesday Night Showcase XXII Preview



    Steve Austin apparently has a stunning revelation to make to John Bradshaw Layfield.

    This week's Tuesday Night Showcase promises to be one of the strongest shows we've ever had, and with the announcement that 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin will be making an appearance, you'd be crazy not to tune in and watch live on FOX Sports.

    Sources close to 'Stone Cold' say that he has a revelation that will shock John Bradshaw Layfield and the National Wrestling Alliance. What could it be? With JBL's plans to celebrate TAKEOVER's 100% stake in the company, could Austin turn 'party pooper' and put a dent in Layfield's ego in the process?

    Speaking of TAKEOVER, Austin Aries will make his first NWA television appearance in months when he joins TAKEOVER's celebrations. Aries, who it was revealed has been in cahoots with Layfield all along, has double the reason to celebrate. He will be joining Alex Shelley and AJ Styles in the NWA World Heavyweight Championship match at Ironman. That three-way thirty-minute Ironman match should be quite the spectacle.

    Alex Shelley booked his place in that match by defeating Cody Rhodes last week in the main event. Following the match, he was on the receiving end of a TAKEOVER beat-down alongside Galloway and Steamboat. Interestingly, AJ Styles was no where in sight and didn't come to the aid of the three men that were his team-mates in the WARGAMES match just four days prior. One has to wonder what is going through the mind of the NWA World Heavyweight Champion, right now.

    Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe will both be in action this week. They'll face off against Tyler Black and Jimmy Jacobs respectively with John Bradshaw Layfield announcing that the Briscoes will put their titles on the line against his two men at Ironman. These two singles matches should offer us a glimpse of what to expect in what should be a thrilling tag bout.

    Kofi Kingson and his brother Prince Nana made quite the impact last week, with Evan Bourne feeling the brunt of it. After turning down the chance to join the "Embassy", Bourne was attacked by his former friend and partner Kingston, with Nana directing the attack. What's next for "The Embassy"?

    Roderick Strong will be in action this week after serving out his suspension for attacking a match official at 'WARGAMES: What Price, Glory?'. John Morrison won't be in attendance, still recovering from the injuries sustained from Strong at that event. What will Strong have to say following yet another bitterly disappointing iPPV defeat?

    Finally, Brian Kendrick and Paul London will be guests on the return of Shelley's Showcase. Brian Kendrick went to Alex Shelley personally and asked that he and London be guests, with Kendrick set to challenge London to a rematch after their gripping double-pin draw at the last iPPV. The last time they were in the ring together, London hit Kendrick with 'London Connecting'. Will there be any retribution for that superkick? What exactly does Brian Kendrick have up his sleeve?
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    NWA: Resurrection presents Tuesday Night Showcase
    Tuesday October 30th, 2012 | Episode XXII
    George R. Brown Convention Center, Texas


    The road I walk is paved in gold
    To glorify my platinum soul
    I'll buy my way to talk to God
    So he can live with what I'm not
    The selfish blood runs through my veins
    I gave up everything for fame
    I am the life that you adore
    I feed the rich and f**k the poor
    I got, you want
    It just don't stop
    I got, you want
    It just don't stop
    This is entertainment
    Lies are entertainment
    You are down on your knees
    Begging me for more....
    -Innerpartysystem "Don't Stop"

    Jim Ross and Paul Heyman welcome us the 22nd edition of Tuesday Night Showcase emanating from its home, the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. Standing in the ring is Alex Shelley, donning a denim jacket, white shirt and leather jeans, a serious look on his face as he stands in front of the set of his show "Shelley's Showcase". He pauses as the crowd settle down, their "Shelley, Shelley, Shelley" chants finally fade and the man himself introduces us to the show.

    He recaps last week's main event where he won the right to join Austin Aries and AJ Styles in the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. The mentioning of Styles' name brings a few boos from some discontented members of the audience. Shelley questions why Styles didn't come out with Steamboat and Galloway to help him from the ass-kicking he was on the wrong end of from TAKEOVER. He looks slightly infuriated, but holds his nerve to say that a little later on he will be calling out the NWA World Heavyweight Champion and asking him just where he was, face-to-face. The crowd react kindly to this but Shelley can't further elaborate as he's rudely interrupted by the entrance music of Brian Kendrick, who joins Shelley in the ring, miffed that it has taken him so long to address the real reason he's out here right now.

    Kendrick tells Shelley to stop wasting his and everyone else's time and get to business. Alex warns Kendrick never to interrupt him again, which raises a smile from the arrogant Kendrick. The two come closer to one another, going nose to nose until Paul London makes his way down to the ring. This quickly diverts the attention of Brian Kendrick who has a look of loathe and hate etched upon his face. London joins the two in the ring, quickly getting in the face of Kendrick. Shelley separates the two before asking Kendrick why he requested to be on the show. Kendrick complies by telling Shelley and the world that he wanted to show everyone that he was screwed at 'WARGAMES: What, Price Glory?'. He brings our attention to the 'Shelley-tron' where we see footage of the conclusion of their match. The video though is obviously doctored, focusing solely on the shoulders of London as the referee counts three. "No sign of my shoulders being on the mat, whatsoever...this was a screwjob, a travesty! Shawn Michaels, Paul London and the NWA board are together against me!"

    Shelley and London look bewildered, while Kendrick continues to try and defend his conspiracy theory. London cuts Kendrick off and admits that he didn't win the match, but Kendrick certainly didn't either. "At the end of the match, it was you who was on your back, looking up to the stars, dazed and confused - not me!" This riles Kendrick who quickly challenges London to a rematch at Ironman. Paul wastes little time in accepting before motioning to hit his "London Connecting" superkick, only to restrain himself at the last possible moment but Kendrick embarrassingly throws himself back and falls to the canvas while anticipating the move. A red-faced Kendrick is left on his butt as London defiantly says he accepts before exiting the ring to loud cheers. "The First Brian Kendrick" picks himself back up and shoves Shelley, trying to take out his frustration on him but it only backfires as Shelley levels him with Shellshock to a massive ovation. The opening segment ends with Kendrick down and out on the mat, his nemesis London having gotten the better of him once again.

    ***

    The first match of the evening pits Jay Briscoe against Tyler Black. Jimmy Jacobs is in the corner of Black but Mark Briscoe isn't ringside on the orders of John Bradshaw Layfield who has banned both Jay and Mark from being ringside for support during their respective matches. Initially, this doesn't faze Jay who takes the fight to Black with a series of chops and forearm shots, overwhelming Tyler before getting a couple of two counts with a leg lariat followed by a flying headscissors. Black tries to find a way in but Briscoe is aggressive and doesn't let him get a clear chance, ducking a dropkick attempt before folding Tyler in half with a huge release German Suplex for a near fall.

    Black starts to finally build some momentum as the match rages on, capitalising by thwarting Briscoe's springboard cross body attempt, catching him mid-air before violently throwing him into the turnbuckles with a powerbomb! Briscoe sickeningly snaps off the buckles before rebounding into the path of Black who drills him downwards into the canvas with a reverse STO. That combination gets a huge near fall but Jay shows massive resilience by lifting his arm from that just before the count of three. The match remains in Black's favour until Briscoe hits him with a huge clothesline out of pure desperation to derail his momentum. Jay can't take advantage however as Jacobs gets the attention of the referee, standing and shouting on top of the ring apron. Briscoe sees this and nails Jacobs with a right hand, sending him flying off the apron and to the outside. That one small moment was all that Black needed however as Briscoe walks into a kick to the gut before being nailed with a devastating 'Blackout'. Briscoe's skull crushes off the canvas under the boot of Black who quickly goes to ground and hooks the leg for a big win.

    Post-match, Black and Jacobs stand tall over Briscoe, celebrating their win but choosing wisely not to get into a fight as Mark Briscoe rushes to the aid of his brother with a steel chair in hand. The duo back-up the entrance ramp with Jacobs mouthing to Mark that he's next.

    ***

    Backstage, we see Austin Aries and John Bradshaw Layfield deep in discussion. Aries looks animated, thrilled to be back and able to exact revenge on his previous employers. Cody Rhodes is watching the two, jealously glaring at Aries who soon notices Rhodes staring with intent. Aries asks Rhodes what his problem is with Cody quickly mumbling "nothing," before excusing himself from the room. Aries thinks nothing of it before continuing his conversation with Layfield who is voicing his excitement over tonight's celebrations, not in the slightest worried that "Stone Cold" will be in attendance with a huge announcement to make.

    ***

    Mark Briscoe returns to the ring, this time chair-less, to face Jimmy Jacobs who is accompanied by Tyler Black. Jacobs' dirty tactics earn him the early advantage, raking the eyes of Mark before bullying him into the corner with lefts and rights, forcing him down with boot after boot until the referee stops him before the count of five. Jacobs backs off before sprinting back towards Mark and hitting him square in the mush with a dropkick, crashing into his face quick and hard. Jacobs seems to be taking a sick pleasure out of the assault, Tyler Black cheering him on, as he caves the skull of Briscoe with forearm shots, dazing him before dragging him down to the mat with a one-handed bulldog. Jacobs goes for the cover but Briscoe kicks out at two. He covers once again, this time hooking the leg but Briscoe powers out at two. Jacobs slows down the pace of the match in the next few minutes, dictating things and working over Briscoe in order to stop him from utilising his high-octane offence.

    Finally, Briscoe starts to create some offence after landing on his feet from a Jacobs backdrop attempt. He pushes Jacobs chest first into the turnbuckles before puncturing his back with a punshing lung-blower. Jacobs bounces back-first off the raised knees of Briscoe before sickingly sliding down to the canvas, the wind from his sails, completely winded after a huge move from Briscoe. It turns the match well and truly on its head and minutes later when it appears Mark is set to finish things, Tyler Black slides in the ring and blindsides him with a huge spinning heel kick. The referee calls for the bell and disqualification as Black starts to stamp at the body of Briscoe. Jacobs drags himself to his feet and is on the verge of joining in the attack before Jay Briscoe hits the ring, steel chair in arm, to come to the aid of his brother! Jay swings the chair around like a madman but the two TAKEOVER members quickly retreat to the back, grinning and smiling, fully aware they've got one-up on their Ironman opponents.

    ***

    Todd Grisham is standing by with Richie Steamboat, backstage. Grisham asks Steamboat for his thoughts on the WARGAMES match. Steamboat seems despondent and says he's disappointed by his performance, adding his team probably would have benefited from having an older and wiser pro in the match. Drew Galloway steps into the view of the camera and interrupts the interview. He and Steamboat stare at one another for a few moments before Galloway calmly tells him that he's being too harsh on himself and that he's got an amazing future ahead of him. Galloway says the two loathed each other and while they may not be best of friends now, Steamboat has certainly more than earned his respect. Steamboat thanks the Scot, the two shaking hands before Galloway walks off. Steamboat, delighted with Galloway's endorsement, cuts short the interview and catches us with Drew as cameras return ringside.

    ***

    Back in the ring, Alex Shelley once again blesses us his with presence. Shelley says he's out here to call out the NWA World Heavyweight Champion and get some answers. Without further ado, AJ Styles makes his way out, met to a mostly positive reaction. Styles cuts Shelley off and says he knows what he is going to ask him. "Where was I? Why didn't I rush to your aid? Well let me remind you of something, Alex..." AJ explains that Shelley told him crystal clear in the back before his match that he didn't need anyone to watch him back and that message was stuck in the mind of AJ Styles all night long so when he seen Shelley getting his ass handed to him, those words immediately crossed his mind and he stopped himself from going out to give him a helping hand. "Simple as that."

    The crowd half boos his response, but AJ doesn't look too bothered. Shelley asks Styles if "that is how it's going to be?" with AJ's only reply being a shrug of the shoulders. Shelley stares deep into the eyes of Styles before telling him, "We're not friends, I get that. But after all we went through in that WARGAMES match, I thought we could at least rely on each other when the chips were down." Styles doesn't reply until Shelley ponders whether the NWA World Heavyweight Championship is clouding Styles' better judgement: "Is this about the title, AJ? What, are you worried that your days are running out, champ? Let's face it, your chances at Ironman aren't looking too good, 'pal'." Shelley's question gets under the skin of Styles who drops his microphone and gets into the face of Shelley, the pair are nose to nose when...

    "Oh gentlemen, I hate to see a championship get in the way of such a strong friendship...but you never were friends, were you?" Austin Aries' condescending voice booms from the entrance ramp. He smiles, taking in the loud jeers of the Texan crowd before informing Shelley and Styles that they can continue the facade they convincingly played going into 'What Price, Glory?' or they can admit they hate each others guts, here and now. Aries says he can't think of two men he'd rather beat to put a nail in the coffin of the National Wrestling Alliance, adding that he'll take sweet joy in dethroning Styles and killing Shelley's title hopes. He concludes by saying the takeover has just started, leaving behind a conflicted Shelley and Styles in the ring to contemplate what he had to say.

    ***

    Roderick Strong demolishes a local talent in the third and final match of the night. Rodney Brown runs straight into a 'Sick Kick' from Strong before being lifted up and hit with a sickening pumphandle backbreaker. Not satisfied with that, Strong emphasies his return to Tuesday Night Showcase with a huge Gibson Driver to get the W in less than a minute.

    Following the match, he brags about taking out John Morrison once again. He claims that he won't be satisfied until Morrison is out for good. Strong promises to give JoMo a 'warm welcome' when he returns next week.

    ***

    A vignette featuring Kofi Kingston and his manager Prince Nana airs. The two walk along a New York street, with Nana explaining how both of them moved to America from their native country of Ghana to seek the 'American Dream'. Nana says nothing in life comes easy, that's why you have to scratch and claw and get what you want with any possible opportunity. Nana says he has come to NWA to deliver success to his brother, he claims they come from a long line of winners and now all the losing stops. Nana says "The Embassy" has arrived and is here to reign the National Wrestling Alliance. Kofi looks up at the camera with an intense look on his face as Nana screeches "That is the truth right there, my friends...HAHAHAHAHA!". The vignette fades to black.

    ***

    The closing segment of the show begins with TAKEOVER standing in the ring, smiles on all six men's faces, even Cody Rhodes. John Bradshaw Layfield welcomes us to their victory celebration, saying first he wanted to make a speech in recognition of his group claiming a 100% stake in the National Wrestling Alliance. He doesn't even finish his first sentence, however, when glass breaks and the roof of the George R. Brown Convention Center almost blows off as "Stone Cold" Steve Austin makes his way to join Layfield and his boys in the ring!

    Austin is surprisingly all smiles despite losing his 50% stake to Layfield and we soon find out why. Austin makes the stunning revelation that moments before the 'What Price, Glory' main event, he bumped into an old friend of his who was very interested in stopping JBL and TAKEOVER from gaining complete control of the company. Encouraged, Austin found a loophole at the very last-minute that allowed him to sell 10% of his 50% share to this person which means: "JBL, I'm sorry to interrupt your little party but you do not completely control NWA. You do not have a 100% stake in this organization, Bradshaw!" Layfield is enraged, screaming at Austin that the match was for "100%, not 90% damnit!" Undeterred, Austin informs Layfield that this now means everything he (JBL) tries to implement must go through this secret stake owner and that the man with the 10% share has promised to reveal himself to Layfield and the world at Ironman, the next iPPV!

    "Stone Cold" belly laughs as TAKEOVER and Layfield lose their mind. This is not how John Bradshaw Layfield imagined this night would end. He orders his men to take out Austin but their attack is well scouted by Austin and out comes Richie Steamboat, Drew Galloway and The Briscoe Brothers - Jay and Mark! It's a five on six battle in the favour of TAKEOVER until...AJ Styles and Alex Shelley both run down the entrance ramp and join the fight! Austin clothesline JBL over the ropes and to the floor and the rest of his stable quickly follow him as the NWA guys clear house! The crowd are going crazy, loving the justice handed out to TAKEOVER while on the commentary table, Heyman and Ross are stunned at the twist in events, served by "Stone Cold".

    Austin Aries is the last to leave the ringside area, not taking his eyes off the ring where his Ironman opponents AJ Styles and Alex Shelley are now standing face to face, Styles holding the NWA World Heavyweight Title high in the air above both their heads as Tuesday Night Showcase goes off the air following an absolutely breathtaking conclusion.

    END TUESDAY NIGHT SHOWCASE
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    NWA: Resurrection presents Tuesday Night Showcase
    Tuesday November 6th, 2012 | Episode XXIII
    George R. Brown Convention Center, Texas


    The road I walk is paved in gold
    To glorify my platinum soul
    I'll buy my way to talk to God
    So he can live with what I'm not
    The selfish blood runs through my veins
    I gave up everything for fame
    I am the life that you adore
    I feed the rich and f**k the poor
    I got, you want
    It just don't stop
    I got, you want
    It just don't stop
    This is entertainment
    Lies are entertainment
    You are down on your knees
    Begging me for more....
    -Innerpartysystem "Don't Stop"

    As the show opens, we are reminded of the stunning conclusion to last week's edition of Tuesday Night Showcase and the revelation that John Bradshaw Layfield does not actually own NWA in its entirety. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin informed Layfield and the world that a friend of his bought 10% of his stake moments before the company defining WARGAMES match. A voiceover tells us that this mystery man will reveal himself at 'Ironman' as we get one final shot of an infuriated Layfield.

    The recap segues into a shot of a sold-out George R. Brown Convention Center and opening the show is none other than John Bradshaw Layfield, still red-faced after last week's news. He is accompanied by TAKEOVER who are just as perplexed as their boss at recent developments. There's a noticeable hysteria inside the Texas venue tonight, the fans seemingly buoyed by the news that this villainous stable isn't as untouchable as it seemed. Layfield rips into the audience before delivering a tirade against Steve Austin and his "shoddy business dealings". He pours scorn over Austin and his mystery man for a little while longer before declaring that it doesn't matter who owns the other 10%. He says it is irrelevant because it's inevitable that Austin Aries, Tyler Black and Jimmy Jacob will all be walking out of 'Ironman' with NWA gold and when that happens, TAKEOVER will be an unstoppable movement on the path to changing the direction of the National Wrestling Alliance for the better.

    Layfield continues, saying that in the run-up to 'Ironman' he will give hell to those who conspire and have conspired against TAKEOVER, starting with tonight's main event. He looks at the men alongside him in the ring before issuing that Alex Shelley and AJ Styles will have to put their differences aside and team up to take on TAKEOVER'S Jimmy Jacobs, Tyler Black and the 'Samoan Submission Machine', Samoa Joe! The contrast of expressions on the faces of Cody Rhodes and Austin Aries paint a picture - Rhodes looks disappointed at yet another snub while Aries is beaming, delighted that his two 'Ironman' opponents will be going through their paces tonight in what will be an arduous handicap match against his fellow stablemates. JBL wraps things up by saying he will continue to rule things with an iron fist, regardless of what happens at 'Ironman'.

    ***

    The first match-up of the night sees John Morrison make his return to Tuesday Night Showcase following a three week absence at the hands of Roderick Strong. Morrison's return bout isn't straight-forward with the 'Guru of Greatness' requesting the exciting El Generico as his opponent. The two show respect for one another before the battle with a handshake before locking-up. Jim Ross puts the two over on commentary and says it speaks volumes about the character of Morrison that he has gone out and asked for a testing match-up to jump back into. Generico tests him in the early goings, winning the tie-up before causing him all sorts of problems with his unique offence. Morrison is resiilient however, desperate not to make a bad impression in his first match back. He resists defeat on a number of occasions, the most significant being a nearfall from a stunning springboard tornado DDT, Morrison just getting his arm up in time to deny Generico victory.

    As the match continued, Morrison started to shake off ring-rust and came into things, troubling Generico with a big enziguri before nailing a standing shooting star corkscrew press that came agonizingly close to getting a three count. The match continues to be a back-and-forth affair until finally Morrison makes a breakthrough, blocking Generico's Brainbuster attempt, putting on the brakes before reversing with a reverse STO, sending Generico crashing into the mat. He takes advantage of a dazed and laid out Generico, climbing to the top turnbuckles before springboarding and driving himself down into the path of his opponent with a beautiful Starship Pain! JoMo hurts himself upon landing but still has enough in the tank to crawl over and hook the leg of Generico for the W in an evenly-fought contest.

    Morrison begins to celebrate his impressive victory but he doesn't get to soak in the plaudits for too long as Roderick Strong storms down towards the ring, a sadistic look across his face. Strong is out to finish the job he started on Morrison's back but he doesn't get the opportunity as El Generico is back on his feet, quickly meeting Strong in the ring to send him soaring in the air with a huge flying headscissors which results in Strong landing in the path of Morrison. Strong begs for mercy, as the crowd roar for JoMo who rocks him with huge lefts and rights before sending him out of the ring with a huge dropsault! The crowd cheer in appreciation for Generico and Morrison who raise one another's arms after a fine match and teamwork to one-up Strong who sulks back up the ramp, incensed that Generico stopped him from getting his hands on his rival.

    ***

    Backstage, Alex Shelley approaches AJ Styles ahead of their match together against three members of TAKEOVER in tonight's main event. Shelley proposes that they put aside any differences for now and stay on the same page until 'Ironman', saying it will make sense given that Bradshaw is trying to "stack the deck" against them to make Austin Aries' job easier. Styles agrees, saying he has no problem working together but he warns that at 'Ironman', there will be no alliances and he will be leaving Chicago with his championship belt still around his waist. He leaves Shelley to ponder that last statement as the camera returns ringside.

    ***

    Richie Steamboat competes in his first match since his unfortunate WARGAMES performance, squaring off against local wrestler Ryan Davidson. Steamboat looks incredibly focused and ruthlessly puts away Davidson, trying his best to put his past disappointments behind him. Steamboat is simply too fast and too good for his hapless opponent who quickly succumbs to the Gory Neckbreaker, the first ever time Steamboat has ever utlised the move in NWA. Davidson snaps off the canvas and Steamboat hooks the leg for the simplest of victories.

    He doesn't celebrate his win, nor does he even have time to as Cody Rhodes quickly slithers in the ring. Steamboat braces himself ready for a fight, but Rhodes simply paces the ring, not taking his eyes off Steamboat before letting out a smile. Steamboat looks puzzled, his first clenched but Rhodes backs off and rolls out of the ring. He backs up the entrance ramp not taking his eyes away from Steamboat who is every bit as confused as the rest of us.

    ***

    Just like last week, we are treated to yet another vignette starring Prince Nana and Kofi Kingston. Kingston speaks about how he wasn't born a loser and that his only mistake in NWA was associating himself with Evan Bourne, a walking, talking loser. Kofi explains that he knew how to improve his fortunes, saying that blood is thicker than water. Nana takes over from his brother and says that the family blood is the blood of a winner. He talks about his hunger for gold and how this will translate into success for Kofi Kingston in the National Wrestling Alliance. The Prince says that next week, The Embassy will call out Evan Bourne, warning that no one rejects him and gets away with it. Nana promises Bourne will get his comeuppance at the hands of The Embassy. He gives us his now trademark 'HAHAHAHA!' as the vignette concludes.

    ***

    Paul London warms up for his 'Ironman' bout by facing local talent Justin Bradley. London toys around with his opponent, outclassing him through sheer speed and agility before running him in circles with his tricky, high octance offence. Paul soon puts him away, stopping Bradley dead in his tracks with a huge 'London Connecting', his take on the Superkick, nearly taking the teeth out of his opponent's mouth. A resounding three count is met to cheers as London comfortably begins preparations for his rematch with Brian Kendrick.

    Speaking of Kendrick, London's post-match celebrations are cut short as Kendrick appears on the jumbo-tron. A pre-taped segment shows Brian Kendrick protesting outside the George R. Brown Convention Center. Kendrick is holding a huge 'Conspiracy Victim' sign with a huge arrow pointing to himself. A collection of clips shows us Kendrick's appeal for people to sign his online petition: "Go to my website, www.thefirstbriankendrick.com and sign the online petition! You'll probably forget the address, Texan's don't have the greatest of memories, here's a leaflet - it's on the leaflet!" Kendrick hands out leaflets to dozens of passer-by's, some of which are about to cue for the show. The final images see Kendrick posing for a picture with a group of teenage kids, closing with this quote: "Remember to like the 'Kendrick Was Screwed' Facebook page, guys! You nerds are on Facebook, right? Take these leaflets and give them to your buddies. It's a conspiracy! Paul London is not better than Brian Kendrick! Am I right or am I right?!"

    We return to the ring where London is left shaking his head in bemusement. His laugh is soon wiped off his face however as Brian Kendrick appears behind him in the ring! He turns London around before drilling him in the head with the same 'Conspiracy Theory' sign we saw in the video. London drops down to one knee, trying desperately to return to his feet but he is barely upright before "The First Brian Kendrick" connects with 'Sweet Talk', his version of the Super Kick. Kendrick looks at a downed London, smiling in the knowledge his distraction paid dividends. He reaches into his pockets and pulls out the remaining flyers shown in the video, letting them rain down on London before exiting the ring to boos. He isn't phased however, his cunning plan worked and he had got the better of his nemesis on this occasion.

    ***

    A pre-taped segment with The Briscoe Brothers, Jay and Mark Briscoe airs. The two are full of uncomplimentary statements towards Tyler Black and Jimmy Jacobs, the men they'll be defending their Tag Team gold against at 'Ironman'. Jay says the two are kiss-ass punks who only got their title shot by s**cking the [censored] of John Bradshaw Layfield. Mark says they didn't kiss any butt or suck any [censored] to get their shot at the gold. They earned their shot by hard work and commitment, they became champions by blood, sweat and tears. Jay says they went through hell in a cage match to win these straps, so he'll be damned if they aren't going to put up a fight against a team of [censored] suckers, ass kissers. Mark says the Briscoe boys will be 'iron men' at 'Ironman'.

    ***

    It's main event time and Alex Shelley and the NWA World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles take on the team of TAKEOVER'S Samoa Joe, Tyler Black and Jimmy Jacobs. Shelley and Styles fight valiantly, putting aside all differences to take it to TAKEOVER but the numbers game soon adds up and the inclusion of Samoa Joe is a huge difference maker. Alex Shelley is bullied relentlessly, dominated by the three as he struggles to get out of enemy territory and make the hot tag to Styles. Styles is desperate on the ring apron, rallying the crowd behind Shelley who is being tossed like a rag doll by the stupendously powerful Samoa Joe. Joe tags out to Jacobs who starts to get cocky, toying around with Shelley which in turn, allows Shelley to capitalise, rocking Jacobs with a huge step up enziguri! The smile is wiped off the cocky face of Jacobs, who drops to the mat in an instant, giving Shelley enough time to try and make the vital tag. Jacobs tags out first and in comes Black!

    Black drags Shelley away at the last split second and tries to drag him to his feet but Shelley counters, trapping Black's arm before dragging him down towards the canvas with a roll-up: One...Two...Thr-No! Shelley nearly got him but Black scurries to his feet and tries to take down Shelley who sees it coming, replying with a huge spinning heel kick. The move takes a lot out of Shelley as he slowly crawls towards Styles...Black tags in Joe...but Shelley pushes himself up and makes a diving tag! Styles comes in and he quickly takes down Joe with a huge discus clothesline! He is full of energy as he takes out Jacobs and then Black straight after, knocking them off the ring apron and leaving himself alone with Joe. Joe staggers to his feet to walk into a huge Pele kick that sends him down onto one leg. Styles signals for the Styles Clash - the end is near but no! Cody Rhodes runs in and takes out Styles with a huge clothesline. The referee calls for the bell as Rhodes begins viciously stomping away at Styles who is eating canvas. Jeers fade and the crowd are suddenly on their feet as Drew Galloway and Richie Steamboat hit the ring.

    Steamboat flies at Rhodes and the two go over the ropes and spill to the outside while Galloway is occupied by Samoa Joe who is back to his feet and now trading blows with the Scotsman. Jacobs and Black look to go to work on Styles but don't have the chance as Jay and Mark Briscoe run down the entrance ramp, meeting them on the outside. Four separate brawls are going on around the ring while a fatigued Alex Shelley finally makes his way into the ring. He has Styles' NWA title in his hand and teases hitting Styles with the belt but he refrains himself, instead helping Styles to his feet and handing him the gold. Styles looks a little weary but eventually offers his hand to Shelley. Shelley contemplates it but he doesn't even get to shake his hand as Austin Aries slyly makes his way out of the crowd and into the ring with a led pipe in hand!

    Aries slides in the ring, unknown to both men, and hits Styles in the head from behind with the pipe. This shocks Shelley who tries to beat him (Aries) to the punch but his effort is in vain as Aries ducks and levels Shelley in the stomach. Both Shelley and Styles are down, leaving Aries and the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in the ring. He picks up the championship gold and holds it high in the air, a grim foreshadowing of what potentially could happen at 'Ironman'. Tuesday Night Showcase goes off the air to the sight of a smiling Aries, NWA World Heavyweight Championship in his clutches.

    END TUESDAY NIGHT SHOWCASE
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    SPECIAL IRONMAN EDITION OF SHELLEY'S SHOWCASE WILL HEADLINE TUESDAY NIGHT SHOWCASE
    NWA: Resurrection Tuesday Night Showcase XIV Preview



    Alex Shelley will interview his Ironman opponents Austin Aries and NWA World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles.

    The road to Ironman continues and tonight's edition of Tuesday Night Showcase promises to be another unmissable episode with the highlight being a special Shelley's Showcase where host Alex Shelley will interview the two men that he'll be facing off against in Chicago - TAKEOVER's Austin Aries and the NWA World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles. Tensions are bound to be high just two weeks away from the most significant title match to take place in the new NWA era.

    TAKEOVER head honcho John Bradshaw Layfield has already promised to deliver misery to those who are against him and this week he has former ally Drew Galloway in his sights. Layfield has kept his cards close to his chest and not gave too much away to our sources but the tyranical leader did promise that this Tuesday would mark the beginning of the end of Galloway in NWA. Galloway of course turned his back on Layfield months ago when Layfield inadvertently cost him the NWA World Heavyweight Title. It appears that they could be further developments in their relationship - what does JBL have in store for Drew?

    Evan Bourne returns to in-ring action this week. Kofi Kingston and Prince Nana will be present with a proposal for the high-flying superstar. What will happen when Bourne and The Embassy share the same ring for the first time since Kofi Kingston delivered Trouble in the Embassy to a defiant Bourne three weeks ago?

    After their show-stealing performance last week, John Morrison and El Generico will go one-on-one again. These two never fail to tear the house down. One has to wonder what Roderick Strong will make of this and whether he tries to inject himself in the match following the embarrasment he suffered at the hands of the duo, last Tuesday.

    Brian Kendrick got the better of Paul London last week, smartly fooling him before delivering an agressive assault. "The First" won't settle until he defeats London in the middle of the ring but you get the feeling that this one is only really just starting and there's a lot more to come between these two former friends.

    The Briscoes launched a foul-mouted tirade against their Ironman opponents, Tyler Black and Jimmy Jacobs, on last week's show. The NWA World Tag Team Champions are notoriously hot-headed characters but could this be their downfall? They are certainly emotionally invested in this rivalry and two cerebral assasins like Jacobs and Black could take full advantage of that. These men will share the same ring tonight, joined by Richie Steamboat and Cody Rhodes respectively, in six-man tag action.

    Talking of Rhodes and Steamboat, it's interesting to note Rhodes' appearance after Steamboat's match last week. While the two did not initially come to blows, they traded punches in the brawl that marred that night's main event. Rhodes may have got in the head of Steamboat who hasn't been the most confident of characters lately. Could it be possible that we get to see an epic clash between these two second-generation stars at the next iPPV?

    As always, there's a lot of talking points ahead of the 24th edition of Tuesday Night Showcase, only on FOX Sports. You'd be mad not to tune in.
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    NWA: Resurrection presents Tuesday Night Showcase
    Tuesday November 13th, 2012 | Episode XIV
    George R. Brown Convention Center, Texas


    The road I walk is paved in gold
    To glorify my platinum soul
    I'll buy my way to talk to God
    So he can live with what I'm not
    The selfish blood runs through my veins
    I gave up everything for fame
    I am the life that you adore
    I feed the rich and f**k the poor
    I got, you want
    It just don't stop
    I got, you want
    It just don't stop
    This is entertainment
    Lies are entertainment
    You are down on your knees
    Begging me for more....
    -Innerpartysystem "Don't Stop"

    Tuesday Night Showcase begins with a wrestling match, rather than a promo, as Drew Galloway takes on William Floyd, a local wrestler from the area. Galloway looks in great shape, physically and mentally, seemingly not phased by John Bradshaw Layfield's warning that he will tarnish Galloway's NWA career. Floyd is out of his depth here and struggles to muster up any offence until finally Galloway puts the match to bed with the punishing Future Shock DDT. Galloway doesn't batter an eyelid as he pushes his arm over the chest of Floyd while the referee counts to three.

    Galloway goes to celebrate his victory but is alerted to the entrance ramp when his theme music is replaced by the familiar 'Longhorn', the sound associated with TAKEOVER's main man, John Bradshaw Layfield. Layfield comes out and mockingly applauds Drew before reminding him of what he (JBL) has promised. John reminds us that he will make Galloway's life a personal hell and he will not rest until he drives Drew Galloway out of the National Wrestling Alliance. In the ring, Drew sweeps his hair out of his face, breathing heavily with a look of loathe and contempt etched upon his face. JBL says that step one begins right now. He tells a confused Galloway that's he's about to get up close and personal with his opponent at Ironman . . . Samoa Joe! Joe blindsides an unsuspecting Galloway, coming out of nowhere, dropping him to the canvas with a stiff Yakuza Kick.

    The Scotsman doesn't have time to register the news that he'll be going one on one with Samoa Joe at Ironman before being on the receiving end of a decimation at the hands of the Samoan Submission Machine. Joe plants him firm into the mat with a thunderous Musclebuster, as John Bradshaw Layfield watches on with satisfaction. Layfield enters the ring and embraces his monster, who has a look of indifference on his face. They both exit, leaving behind a fallen Galloway who was the helpless victim to Samoa Joe carrying out his bosses dirty work. Can Galloway defeat Layfield's beast at Ironman?!

    ***

    Backstage, Candice Michelle is on hand with Paul London. The duo are flirting a little before Paul asks her if she wants to start the interview, then they can 'talk' some more, later. Candice giggles before relaying the events of last week where Paul London was 'tricked' by Brian Kendrick. London lambasts his former friend and partner, saying that Kendrick can play dirty all he wants, he can continue to attack him from behind like a coward, but at Ironman, they will be face-to-face, man-to-man, and London can finally shut up this annoying, rodent-features, thorn in his side. Suddenly, Candice shrieks as London goes hurling towards the floor . . . It's Brian Kendrick!

    "The First" has a maniacal look across his face as he wails away with punch after punch to London, screaming in his face as he throws blows: "The First is not a coward. Do you hear me?! You will not cheat me again, Paul!" Kendrick continues to rain down with punches before Candice returns with dozens of security members who restrain Kendrick. Brian is like a man possessed though, despite being locked in a full nelson he still kicking away at a floored London until finally he is dragged away. The camera follows Kendrick who is thrown out of the George R. Brown Convention Center, but it matters not, he's made his point and for the second week running, bettered and attacked Paul London.

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    John Morrison is in the ring, awaiting his rematch with high-flying luchadore El Generico. Morrison's music plays on loop, there's no sign of his opponent and JoMo slowly starts to become agitated. Finally, his music cuts off but is replaced by a live feed on the titantron. The feed shows what appears to be the backstage area where a crowd of people are crowded. The camera charges its way through the crowd before looking down and focusing on what has caught everyone's attention - an unconscious El Generico, unmasked but with his face turned away from the camera. Morrison gulps and raises his guard before turning around in to the path of . . . El Generico?! 'Generico' connects with a stiff kick to the gut of Morrison before punishing him with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. The masked man takes off the mask associated with crowd favourite Generico to reveal himself as none other than Roderick Strong. The crowd voice their disdain for Strong, who is loving every minute of this, his plan having worked a treat.

    Morrison rolls around in agony on the mat while Strong rubs salt on the wounds, repeatedly dropping his knee into the back of Morrison, over and over, until he drives both knees into the back, taking in much satisfaction from the scream of his rival. Strong isn't done, however. He takes JoMo to the outside and lines him up for a Gibson Driver, placing him on his shoulders before taking a few steps forward . . . Strong forcefully throws him down towards the announce table resulting in Morrison landing back-first on the edge of the commentary table!

    "MY GOD! GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY. RODERICK STRONG HAS JUST LAUNCHED MORRISON BACK FIRST ON TO OUR TABLE. Somebody please get a damn paramedic down here. Strong may have just ended this man's career . . . he may not even be able to walk never mind wrestle again. ARE YOU PLEASED WITH YOURSELF, STRONG?!"

    Heyman has to calm down Ross who is beside himself at what he has just witnessed. Strong has a sick smirk on his face as he stands and watches Morrison wither in pain. He waits and watches with pleasure as a paramedic team rushes to the aid of Morrison, assisting him and stretching him out of the arena. Strong celebrates his destruction by standing on the announce table and raising his arm in the air, his work done. Judging from the crowd reaction, Roderick Strong may very well be the most hated man in Texas, right now."

    ***

    Cody Rhodes is shadow-boxing, backstage, preparing himself for the six-man tag team match he will be participating in a little later. His work-out is interrupted by none other than Richie Steamboat. Rhodes instantly stops and watches curiously as Steamboat gets in his face. Richie is defiant and lets Cody know that he can continue trying to intimidate him but it's all in vain. He adds that while he isn't the strongest or the tallest, he considers himself one of the smartest and bravest competitors in the whole of NWA. "I am scared of no man". Rhodes simply smirks and walks off, leaving a frustrated and confused Steamboat behind.

    ***

    Evan Bourne takes out his frustration on local talent Jamie O'Reily, running rings around him, and outclassing him with pure speed and athleticism. Bourne is hard-hitting with his offence, almost as if he's picturing the face of Kofi Kingston on his opponent's body. Bourne wraps things up swiftly, courtesy of a graceful AirBourne. He doesn't bother to celebrate his win, instead he grabs a microphone and demands that The Embassy come out and face him like men. He doesn't have to wait long before Kofi Kingston enters the fray, joined by his brother and manager Prince Nana. Nana shows off a toothy smile, enjoying how irritated Bourne is, while Kingston is his same stern self.

    Bourne puts up his fists, bracing himself for a fight, but Nana insists they are not here to fight tonight. Nana says The Embassy has a proposal for Evan, before asking if Bourne wants to face Kofi one-on-one at Ironman. Bourne doesn't have to think twice but Nana adds a twist. The Embassy leader tells Bourne that Kofi will only fight if Bourne agrees to a stipulation, that stipulation being Bourne must join the group if he loses. Bourne thinks for a moment and defiantly tells Nana that it won't be a problem, because he won't lose. Bourne accepts. Nana's grin becomes wider, he tells Bourne that there's going to be a big moment at Ironman and he's sure it will result in a happy ending. The Prince motions to Kofi who in a click of the fingers connects with Trouble in the Embassy to Bourne who had dropped his guard. The two brothers stand over a flat out Bourne, Nana letting out his trademark guffaw, before exiting.

    ***

    Backstage, AJ Styles is staring deep into the gold of his championship belt. Deep in thought, he is suddenly interrupted when a nonchalant Alex Shelley enters the room. Shelley asks how Style is doing before discussing tonight. He tells Styles that Aries won't be foolish enough to try anything when the odds are stacked against him, that is if they're still on the same page. Styles agrees, sheepishly nodding. Shelley doesn't seem to notice, patting him on the back before leaving him. Styles returns to staring at his NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

    ***

    The penultimate segment of the night features our main-event match, consisting of TAKEOVER's Cody Rhodes, Jimmy Jacobs and Tyler Black taking on the team of Richie Steamboat, Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe. Steamboat starts things off, demanding Rhodes does, also. Rhodes initially steps in, teasing that he's about to go into a tie-up before smirking and tagging out to Jacobs. Steamboat takes out his aggression on an overwhelmed Jacobs, and from there the face team build momentum. Interchanging tags, they work together well as a unit but Jay Briscoe gets a bit too overzealous and this bites him on the backside as Jacobs smashes him with an elbow before hitting him with a deep arm drag, keeping a firm hold of his arm before tagging out to Rhodes. Just like that, the heels turn the match on its head and Rhodes comes in with the advantage on his side.

    Rhodes beats away at Jay, talking trash to Steamboat on the ring apron in the process. Rhodes' side makes full use of their experience as a team and are able to bully Briscoe in their corner. Quick tags in and out are made, with the result being a worn out Jay Briscoe. He finally seizes an opportunity to make the hot tag however, exposing Tyler Black's cockiness by delivering a huge spinning heel kick to his jaw, knocking him down and out. This desperation move buys him enough time to make the hot tag, and sure enough, here comes Richie Steamboat! Steamboat is full of energy, knocking Black out of the ring, before dropkicking Jacobs off the ring apron. Mark Briscoe uses quick initiative to enter the ring and dive through the ropes to knock the two TAKEOVER members down with tope suicida. Cody Rhodes and Richie Steamboat are now all alone and Rhodes doesn't look like he wants any of Steamboat!

    But Richie drags him over the ropes and slams him into the ring! Rhodes grimaces as he picks himself up, only to run into a flying headscissors by Richie, sending him dizzy. Rhodes stumbles to his feet before walking into a kick to the gut, Richie picks him up for a sit-out powerbomb but Rhodes blocks, dropping to his knees before hitting a cowardly low-blow, earning himself and his team a disqualification. Rhodes shakes off the cobwebs before going after Steamboat with punch after punch. Richie tries his best to block his face but Cody is vicious, punching away until finally he draws blood from the forehead of Steamboat. Finally Jay and Mark re-enter the ring to scare him off but the damage has been done.

    Cody scarpers to the outside where he picks up a microphone and informs Steamboat that they'll go one-on-one at Ironman, and that it won't be like their mini wrestling matches when they were kids, this will be personal. Rhodes says he won't be satisfied unless he tastes the blood of the dragon, once again. He drops the microphone before licking Steamboat's blood off his own fingers, laughing maniacally as Tyler and Jimmy usher him away from the ringside area. Back in the ring, The Briscoe Brothers are ready for a fight while Steamboat is reeling in pain.

    ***

    You can almost cut the tension with a knife as Alex Shelley, NWA World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles and TAKEOVER's Austin Aries share the same ring for a special edition of Shelley's Showcase. Shelley labels the match the most important NWA World Heavyweight Championship match since the halcyon days of Funk and Flair. He goes on, saying he respects Austin Aries as a performer, as a wrestler, but not as a human being. Aries simply smiles, nonplussed. Shelley says Styles isn't exactly a friend but they're amicable. Styles is looking at the floor, as Shelley continues. He says that irrespective of feelings for his opponents, he has more sense of a fulfillment. He was robbed of the gold from Aries' buddies but he won't be robbed, twice.

    Styles stops Shelley in his tracks, saying he's listened to Shelley speak for weeks now. The truth is, according to Styles, that Shelley had just been victim to a top-rope Styles Clash moments before TAKEOVER interfered. Styles claims that Shelley needs to thank TAKEOVER, because without their interference, that move would have got the 1-2-3, Shelley would have went to the back of the line and it would be AJ Styles versus Austin Aries at Ironman. Shelley gets offended, immediately on the defence he claims he kicked out of enough normal Styles Clash's to be able to say without doubt he'd kick out of a 'super' (Shelley uses his fingers, mockingly quoting super in a nerdy voice) Styles Clash. Styles asks him if he wants to find out, tonight, before the two get in each others faces - so much for being amicable!

    Their attention is divert by Austin Aries who is howling with laughter. He claims he is taking immense pressure in the two being at one another's throats. Aries says at the end of the day, neither men are any different from him. They, like him, don't care about anything but being NWA World Heavyweight Champion. Nothing else matters, anything else is irrelevant and it's about time they concede that. Shelley is speechless, as is Styles until Aries begins to rile him up. "Let's see AJ Styles' true colours when he hasn't got a title belt around his waist. Will you still be the NWA's golden boy then AJ, or will you give up and leave everyone else to fight?!" An infuriated Styles swings at Aries but he sees it coming, beating him to the punch with a stiff mic shot to the head. Aries makes the mistake of looking down at his handy work, as Shelley hits a swift kick to the stomach before . . . Shellshock!

    Alex Shelley is the only man left standing. He surveys his surroundings, not seeming remorseful that AJ Styles was hit by Aries. The glittering of gold catches his eye, and he sees his chance. Shelley picks up the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, staring at it's beauty for a moment or two before letting out a smile, holding the belt high above his head, with the majority of the George R. Brown Convention Center cheering wildly. Shelley and the gold is our final image before the show fades to black

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    -November 17, 2012
    -www.nwa-resurrection.com

    JOHN MORRISON OUT INJURED FOR REST OF 2012

    Following Roderick Strong's heinous attack three days ago, John Morrison will miss the rest of the calendar year. According to a doctors report, Morrison has suffered a stress fracture to the lower back which will put him out of action for at least two months. Strong purposefully targeted Morrison's back on Tuesday Night Showcase with a Gibson Driver onto the edge of the commentary table. Morrison has had a documented history of back problems and Strong has made it his personal mission in recent months to accentuate those problems. John is expected to undergo further examinations in the coming weeks but he has already been advised to recuperate and attend physiology for the next six weeks.

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    NWA: Resurrection presents Tuesday Night Showcase
    Tuesday November 20th, 2012 | Episode XXV
    George R. Brown Convention Center, Texas


    The road I walk is paved in gold
    To glorify my platinum soul
    I'll buy my way to talk to God
    So he can live with what I'm not
    The selfish blood runs through my veins
    I gave up everything for fame
    I am the life that you adore
    I feed the rich and f**k the poor
    I got, you want
    It just don't stop
    I got, you want
    It just don't stop
    This is entertainment
    Lies are entertainment
    You are down on your knees
    Begging me for more....
    -Innerpartysystem "Don't Stop"

    The go-home show for Ironman starts off with John Bradshaw Layfield, appearing more panic-stricken than in recent months. Layfield looks on edge, the impending announcement of a fellow share owner clearly playing on his mind. JBL talks about this Friday evening, claiming that it doesn't matter who owns the 10% stake, whether it's Vince McMahon, Donald Trump or some other billionaire, nothing will stop TAKEOVER from taking total control of the company. He adds that Friday will be the next step in total domination when both the World Heavyweight Championship and Tag Team Championship are won by TAKEOVER members.

    With Friday in mind, JBL announces tonight's matches. First and foremost, he reveals that Richie Steamboat and Drew Galloway will be teaming together against the two men they'll be facing at Ironman respectively: the 'American Nightmare' Cody Rhodes and the 'Samoan Submission Machine' Samoa Joe . . . and the team of Tyler Black and Jimmy Jacobs in a 4-on-2 handicap match! Layfield smiles for the first time tonight, satisfied that this prompted a negative reaction from the Texas crowd.

    He also decides that all three men in the Ironman main event will be in action tonight, readying themselves for the biggest title match in recent memory. Austin Aries will be in our first match of the night against a local competitor. Meanwhile, Alex Shelley and AJ Styles will feature in tonight's main event when they go one on one for the first time since True Grit, in a non-title match. The crowd cheer wildly for the announcement they'll be witnessing Shelley and Styles go at it, completely forgetting the fact that Layfield has purposefully made things more difficult for Austin Aries' two iPPV opponents.

    ***

    Austin Aries makes quick work of his opponent, Ryan Jarvis, demolishing him within a minute. Jarvis falls victim to a horrific Brainbuster, enough to keep any wrestler down, never mind a local rookie. Aries is as cocky as ever, jubilant in victory despite the fact he faced a local bum. Post-match, Aries takes the microphone and says that this is the last time any fans will see him wrestle on Tuesday Night Showcase, because when he wins the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, he fully intends on working iPPV's only. He claims that wrestlers with his ability shouldn't be showcased for free. "If you lazy slobs want to see Austin Aries, you'll have to pay top dollar to watch me. I don't come for free, baby!"

    ***

    Backstage, we catch up as our cameras see Roderick Strong and a fiery El Generico brawling backstage. Generico appears to have the upperhand until finally a number of officials break it up. Strong is seething, shouting to Generico that he'll do to him what he did to his buddy Morrison. Strong challenges Generico to a match at Ironman and the Luchadore quickly accepts before breaking free from the officials and taking the fight to Strong again! Security comes in to intervene but it's been made official - Strong vs. Generico at Ironman.

    ***

    In the ring, Jim Ross is seated ready for a sit-down interview with "The First" Brian Kendrick. Requested by Kendrick himself, Ross sounds apprehensive as he welcomes his guest to the ring. Kendrick saunters out, sans Conspiracy Victim sign, to take a seat. He condescendingly thanks Ross for having him as Ross begins. JR discusses the fallout between Kendrick and London before moving on to their thrilling match at "What Price, Glory?" which resulted in a double-pin draw. Kendrick looks disgusted at being reminded of that fact, as Ross asks Kendrick what has made him hate his former best friend. Kendrick completely ignores the question, asking JR why he brought up the double pin at the last iPPV. Ross tries to reply but Kendrick cuts him off, asking why he failed to bring up the fact he was screwed by Shawn Michaels that night.

    "With the greatest of respect Brian, that's false and I'm pretty sure you know that too."

    Kendrick flips, this interview is short-lived as Kendrick slaps the face of Ross before knocking his trademark cowboy hat to the floor, and stamping on it. He crushes the hat with his foot as if he were putting a fire out, before getting the face of Ross. The Texan crowd are united in their hate for Kendrick, booing and yelling at him as he continues to bully Ross until . . . Paul London! London rushes to the ring and catches Kendrick off-guard, connecting with lefts and rights before hitting a huge dropsault sending Kendrick flying down to the mat. London goes to continue the attack but Kendrick wisely rolls out of the ring and exits with Ross' cowboy hat in his hands. London checks on Ross, staring down Kendrick who is now wearing Ross' hat on his head. Kendrick stands at the top of the ramp, satisfied with his actions, as London looks on in desperation.

    ***

    We're back to the backstage area and there's more pandemonium. The Briscoe Brothers have been attacked and are on the floor unconscious. We see a pair of legs standing by the two bodies, a tilt from the camera reveals it's John Bradshaw Layfield. With a cigar in his mouth, he takes a drag before saying "karma's a bitch boys". He stubs out the cigar by the bodies of the two as he walks away, smug and delighted.

    ***

    The next match of the night features Kofi Kingston tussling with local talent Scott Harrison. Watched on by his brother and manager, Prince Nana, Kofi displays a real ruthless streak as he dominates the match. Harrison struggles to cope with his opponent’s aggressive approach, bedazzled by swift and stiff punches combined with sheer speed and agility on show from Kingston. Kofi puts the finishing touches to a straight-forward match, sealing the win by twisting and turning through the air before connecting with a huge ‘Trouble in the Embassy’.

    Post-match, Kingston is confronted by a visibly fired-up Evan Bourne who charges to the ring and takes the fight to his former tag partner. Kofi is rocked by several punches before Bourne’s discus clothesline sends him flying over the top rope and to the floor. Prince Nana tries to ambush Bourne from behind but his effort is in vain and he is met with a spinning heel kick for his troubles. Bourne sees an opportunity, climbing to the top rope in preparation for ‘Air Bourne’ but Kofi saves his brother just in the nick of time, dragging him out of the ring. Kofi and Nana stagger towards the exit ramp but are soon taken out as Bourne leaps from the top turnbuckle . . . Shooting Star Pescado to the outside! Bourne wows the crowd with a thrilling dive, connecting with both Embassy members. He returns to his feet and celebrates with the crowd, finally getting one-up on Kingston and Nana just days before their match at Ironman.

    ***

    In the penultimate match of the evening, John Bradshaw Layfielf watches on from ringside as four members of TAKEOVER; Samoa Joe, Cody Rhodes, Tyler Black and Jimmy Jacobs take on Richie Steamboat and Drew Galloway in a 4-on-2 handicap match at the behest of Layfield. Steamboat and Galloway fight valiantly, the odds are stacked against them but that doesn't stop them from putting up a fight and controlling the early goings. Eventually, the number game is their pitfall and a more fresh TAKEOVER take advantage, picking them off before wrapping up the victory when Samoa Joe took out Drew Galloway on the outside with a stunning tope suicida. Back in the ring, Steamboat fell victim to Cody Rhodes' CrossRhodes, the 'American Nightmare' hooking the leg to claim a pin-fall victory over the man he'll be facing off against this Friday.

    TAKEOVER don't bother to celebrate their victory, instead they are intent on continuing the beatdown on Steamboat and Galloway, softening them up for Ironman. Layfield barks instructions as Rhodes and Jacobs work on Steamboat while Joe and Black deliver boots to Galloway on the outside. The George R. Brown Convention Center erupts when Alex Shelley and AJ Styles both run out, ready to take the fight to TAKEOVER! Shelley and Styles occupy Joe and Black, allowing Galloway to enter the ring and help even the scores, he and Steamboat recuperating to finally clear the ring of Jacobs and Rhodes. JBL and his men retreat up the ramp, wisely not wanting any of this fight. Layfield is surprisingly content, a smile on his face as he backs up the entrance ramp. He has a microphone in hand, taking great satisfaction in announcing that AJ Styles and Alex Shelley will have a special guest referee for their main-event match up next. That man will be none other than . . . Austin Aries!

    ***

    We return from commercials with Alex Shelley and AJ Styles squaring off. The two are weary of special guest referee Austin Aries but to Aries' credit, he stays in the background and doesn't cause a problem, at least initially. Shelley and Styles offer us flashback to their True Grit encounter, keeping the crowd on the edge of their seat in a gripping non-title match. Shelley gets the upperhand in the early goings, wrestling Styles to the ground following a collar-and-elbow tie-up before trying to pin him down, forcing both knees into his opponents sternum. Styles displays great strength however, bridging up with Shelley still balanced on his mid-section but Shelley displays great agility to lift himself up for a split-second before coming crashing down, driving his knees into Styles' stomach and flattening the bridge. The next few minutes sees Shelley control the pace of the match-up, methodically slowing down the quick and skillful Styles.

    Shelley continues his dominance and goes close to picking up a big non-title victory, firstly with a reverse STO into the turnbuckles and then again with a huge backpack stunner. Styles shows great grit and determination however, kicking out of the first move and then getting his arm up just before three for the following move. Shelley lets off his frustration at Aries who warns Shelley not to speak bad to him. Shelley gives him an evil stare before telling him to "watch and learn", running to the ropes and springing backwards . . . LIONSAULT! . . . NO! Styles gets his knees up BUT Shelley counters the counter! Shades of True Grit as Shelley counters the raised knees, attempting to lock in a Boston Crab. He looks to be moments away from locking it fully in but Styles is somehow able to shift his body towards the left ankle of Shelley before gripping hold of it, twisting and tripping him down, grapevining his leg before locking in a submission of his own . . . ANKLE LOCK! The crowd show their appreciation. A counter for a counter for a counter - these two know each other like the back of their hand!

    Showing resiliency of his own, Shelley manages to reach the ropes and break up the hold but that massive counter proved to be a huge turning point and from that point on, Styles asserted himself into the match and caused Shelley a huge degree of problems. Styles nears the finish line, getting huge near-falls, first with a massive Stylin' DDT and then coming close once again courtesy of a Pele Kick, connecting square to the temple of his opponent. Shelley gets the arm up, purely through instinct but this frustrates Styles who lets his feelings known to Aries. Aries doesn't take to it nicely, and challenges Styles to push him. Styles thinks better of it but Aries provokes him by shoving him in the back. Styles turns around to confront Aries but Shelley has returned to his senses, he takes Styles by surprise with a roll-up: One...Two...Three! Austin Aries counts the three, a big smile on his face but it is soon wiped off as Shelley takes him by surprise, kicking him in the stomach before connecting with Slicedbread #2!

    Styles returns to his feet, watching on as Shelley turns back round. The two share an intense staredown before finally Shelley offers his hand to a visibly pissed-off Styles. Less than happy with how the match went, Styles takes a couple of moments before finally shaking the hand of Shelley . . . only to follow that up with a massive knee to the sternum, Shelley is left doubled over . . . STYLES CLASH! Boos are audible as the normally fan favourite stands over both his Ironman opponents. He rolls to the outside and collects his NWA World Heavyweight Championship, fully aware that his reign as champion has never been in much danger as it currently is. Friday night, three nights time, Ironman will see Styles defend that title against Alex Shelley and Austin Aries in a three-way 30-minute Ironman match. We see one last shot of the championship sitting proudly on Styles' shoulder before cameras fade to black.

    END TUESDAY NIGHT SHOWCASE
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    - I can totally dig the theme music. I'm picturing your roster intersped with the music, Aries specifically and it sets the tone for the show.

    - Who would've thought, that the guy who played the beer-swilling Texan Bradshaw, would have so much damn personality?! He so fucking great on the mic, I wonder how he'd have fared if he'd been given that opportunity earlier in his career. Maybe he'd be drowned out by the larger-than-life personalities of Rock, Austin, Triple H and Jericho's of the world, but just maybe he'd be able to hang with the big dogs. Though they probably wouldn't have given him the shot with the Texas Rattlesnake already in the role.
    - So I do know a LITTLE TINY BIT about your promotion. I know about TAKEOVER, I know about your War Games match and I know that you still like aka. not Chris Sabin and that I'll never understand. I also know that it's 9am and I've been drinking. Why? Because, man, BECAUSE.

    - I love the squash. There's nothing wrong with the squash. Remember the days when the main eventers just whooped local/lowercard ass every week? I didn't watch wrestling back then but it sounds horrible... but since I'm not living in that era, IT SOUNDS GREAT! I like the idea of cocky, fuck-you-local-fucks A-Double beating the toss outta' the local boy who is probably built like a CZW reject, giving him NO offense whatsoever. Love what Aries said after the match, afterall a wrestler only needs to defend once a month, how come we don't get this storyline more often in real life?

    - Strong. <3 Never understood the appeal of Generico; his whole gimmick is that he's a generic luchador... Kevin Steen may have made him a star for a while, but droppin' people head-first onto a turnbuckle doesn't make me rock hard like everyone else. I've been drinking, too.

    - You and me, man, we're both brothers. Even though London and Kendrick haven't shown a shred of potential for some 5+ years, we won't give up on them. They'll always be on our rosters, right? We know that with the right gimmick, they could be something and I like 'The First' idea. Who wants to be the second anything? Make waves, pave roads, be the wolf and fuck the sheep. Nothing much happened here, but at least Kendrick has a cowboy hat. What could possibly go wrong?

    - WOW... that's some Quentin Tarantino shit right there. Can you imagine a Spaghetti Western landscape with Ennio Morricone music playing in the background, as JBL stands tall, cigar in hand over dem good old boyz? Naturally, it'd take Bradshaw about twenty minutes to read his line out since Tarantino loves making movies sixteen hours longer than they need to be, but boy would you feel it with every fibre in your body.

    - Woah, woah... stop the clock. Kingston and Nana are brothers? My god, I love this pairing. I was ready to go, 'Urgh, not Kofi Kingston' but now I'm excited! I'M PUMPED! I'm picturing some blood diamond bullshit up in this mother. I get your fed now, it's total Tarantino.
    - Man, Bourne doesn't even need microphone time! He gets himself over by being a pure spectacle, well played.

    - Now see, I don't mind Galloway and Steamboat being beaten up. Drew in particular, I'd like to see him in an 100 vs 1 match.

    - You have no idea how much I like the sound of a reverse STO into the turnbuckle. Like... that's my move, man. I've wanted to write that into a match for years now.
    - So Alex Shelley is your modern day Chris Jericho. Okay, I can see that.
    - Fun, frantic match and a great choice for your main event. You couldn't find a better trio to do an Ironman match, I say.

    God, that went quick. I actually tried reviewing your fed when you first began writing it, but I'm sorry to say that I couldn't get throught the first show - I shit you not, it was boring. Maybe it's the alcohol talking or you've just figured out your characters and storylines (probably that), but I felt like I made a connection with what you were putting out there. Again, I really got a Tarantino-type view of the whole operation and Quentin's the man. And so are you. <3

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    -www.nwa-resurrection.com

    ||IRONMAN||

    || NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match|||
    || Three-Way Ironman Match (30 Minute Time Limit)||
    AJ Styles (c) versus Alex Shelley versus TAKEOVER's Austin Aries

    || NWA World Tag Team Championship Match||
    The Briscoe Brothers (c) versus TAKEOVER's Jimmy Jacobs & Tyler Black

    ||Eagerly Anticipated Rematch - Former Friends Clash||
    Paul London versus "The First" Brian Kendrick

    ||Layfield's Monster Collides With His Former Client||
    TAKEOVER's Samoa Joe w/ John Bradshaw Layfield versus Drew Galloway

    ||Second Generation Showdown||
    TAKEOVER's Cody Rhodes versus Richie Steamboat

    ||Grudge Match||
    The Embassy's Kofi Kingston w/Prince Nana versus Evan Bourne

    ||Grudge Match||
    Roderick Strong versus El Generico

    ||Who Is The Mystery Shareholder?||
    JBL will be introduced to his co-shareholder. Who could it be?

    Predictions welcome.
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    Looking forward to this event man

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    ||IRONMAN||

    || NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match|||
    || Three-Way Ironman Match (30 Minute Time Limit)||
    AJ Styles (c) versus Alex Shelley versus TAKEOVER's Austin Aries

    || NWA World Tag Team Championship Match||
    The Briscoe Brothers (c) versus TAKEOVER's Jimmy Jacobs & Tyler Black

    ||Eagerly Anticipated By Rematch - Former Friends Clash||
    Paul London versus "The First" Brian Kendrick

    ||Layfield's Monster Collides With His Former Client||
    TAKEOVER's Samoa Joe w/ John Bradshaw Layfield versus Drew Galloway

    ||Second Generation Showdown||
    TAKEOVER's Cody Rhodes versus Richie Steamboat

    ||Grudge Match||
    The Embassy's Kofi Kingston w/Prince Nana versus Evan Bourne

    ||Grudge Match||
    Roderick Strong versus El Generico

    ||Who Is The Mystery Shareholder?||
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    NWA: Resurrection - Ironman
    Friday November 23, 2012
    Allstate Arena - Chicago, IL


    The atmosphere surrounding the Allstate Arena is impalpable as Ironman - NWA's seventh iPPV event - is about to get underway. Synonymous with being home to a partisan crowd, the denizens of Chicago look more than prepared to reinforce their reputation for being one of the loudest and most passionate set of fans to wrestle in front of. Jim Ross and Paul Heyman, our commentary team for tonight, try their hardest to speak over the noisy crowd as they welcome us to what Ross calls a "monumental night."

    Heyman and Ross run down what we have coming up, focusing mainly on the huge NWA World Heavyweight Championship match that will see AJ Styles defend against Alex Shelley and TAKEOVER's Austin Aries in a thirty-minute Ironman match. Ross adds that there's also the important matter of finding out who holds 10% ownership of the company - John Bradshaw Layfield will meet with this very person tonight. Heyman offers the thought that this mystery co-owner could be the light at the end of the tunnel for the National Wrestling Alliance in their fight against TAKEOVER. Ross concedes that there's an incredibly good chance that the villainous stable walks out of Chicago with both the World Heavyweight title and Tag Team titles in their grasp.

    The conversation between the two tails off as Pantera's "5 Minutes Alone", the theme belonging to Roderick Strong, bellows over the personal announcement system. Strong isn't a popular man with the Chicago faithful, but he's indifferent to the negative reaction he's receiving. He walks down to the ring, solely intent on defeating El Generico and getting a much-needed iPPV victory. Strong has been on a poor run of form, having last won on an iPPV at the second iPPV - Flair for the Gold Night II - back in June.

    Strong paces around the ring, psyching himself up as he awaits his opponent. Bouncing Souls "Ole" hits the PA and thousands in the Allstate begin to join in with the catchy theme, singing 'Ole' at the top of their voices. El Generico jumps out onto the entrance ramp, full of energy and spunk, as he basks in the overwhelmingly positive response from the crowd. Paul Heyman points out that Generico is also looking to burst his iPPV cherry having lost in his one and only iPPV match to Naomichi Marufuji. Ross comments that both men will be fired up and at their best, two important elements for what should be a blockbuster opening match.

    Generico hops in the ring, keeping a close eye on Strong before approaching the top turnbuckle to pose for the fans. He makes his first mistake of the night however, breaking off eye contact with Strong as he climbs the turnbuckle. This allows Strong to slyly blindside him, knocking him off of the ring apron and to the floor outside. Strong holds his hands up, a wry smile on his face as the referee condones him for his actions. Playing deaf to all the boos and abusive yelling coming right at him from the crowd, Strong goes to the outside to pick up Generico and throw him in the ring to start the match. However, to Strong's surprise, Generico is riled up firing at him (Strong) with punches and chops. Strong staggers backwards and desperately rolls in the ring to try and delay Generico's attack but Generico quickly follows him in and manages to remain on the front-foot, rocking Roddy with more chops before shooting him off the ropes and taking him down with a huge leg lariat. This one is officially underway!


    Opening Match
    Grudge Match
    El Generico vs. Roderick Strong


    Summary: Generico may be a reserved character away from the ring, but he's anything but that in this opening contest. He mercifully whips Strong into the corner before taking aim and connecting with a running yakuza kick that leaves Strong dazed and confused. Generico continues to show speed and intensity, taking to the middle rope before pushing himself back towards his opponent, forcing him to the mat with a big spinning heel kick to the chops. Strong wisely rolls out of the ring in a bid to derail El Generico's momentum but he's barely able to catch his breath before the luchadore is rocketing towards him, diving up and over the ropes to hurl himself at Roddy...SUICIDE DIVE INTO A TORNADO DDT - NO! No! Strong has obviously done his homework, he stops Generico from connecting with the stunning move, displaying great strength to instead swing Generico right into the nearby ringpost back-first! Loud groans are audible from the crowd as Strong admires his handy work, a grin forming across his face.

    Strong spends the next few minutes 'picking apart' his opponent, tactically targeting the back of Generico, the same back that collided with the steel ringpost just moments prior. Heyman lauds Strong and his tactics, on commentary, saying that Roderick is softening the back of Generico in preparation for his patented backbreaker. Ross concedes that Strong is displaying a great wrestling mind, describing him as a "brute force". Generico tries to force a comeback, drawing energy from the crowd who are chanting his name and rallying him back into things. He appears to have got back on the front foot, drawing Strong in with a headscissors but as both men return to their feet, fresher legs prevail and allow Strong to quickly cut off Generico's hopes of a comeback, courtesy of a lariat that turns the exciting high-flier inside out. Strong realises he's got off lightly - regaining focus he starts to torture Generico by targeting his back with a driven knee, all the while stretching out the arms of his opponent. The luchadore is resilient, however, and Strong knows he has to do a lot more to finally end his iPPV victory drought.

    Finish: Strong grows complacent as the match rages on and his flippancy allows Generico to finally regain a stranglehold in the match-up. Roddy takes way too long in setting up Generico for a top-rope backdrop suplex, allowing his opponent the time and space to counter the move. El Generico slips under Strong before pushing him in the back forcing Strong to land crotch first on the top turnbuckle. Generico plots his next move, taking a few steps back before leaping towards the second turnbuckle, jumping towards Strong’s neck and head before dragging him down to the canvas with a sickening reverse frankensteiner! The fans voice their approval for a stunning move which sees Strong spike head-first into the canvas as if he were a human dart. That move could have very well sealed the victory on a different night but Strong somehow gets his arm up, purely on instinct more than anything. Generico looks dismayed but nonetheless is aware that he now is in pole position to win this match-up.

    The final few minutes descend into a back-and-forth after Generico initially fails to keep Strong down. Going for the kill once more, Generico hoists up his opponent for a brainbuster but his back is troubling him which allows Roddy to counter, returning to his feet before showing incredible strength to lift Generico up suplexing him back-first into the turnbuckles, Generico’s bad back ricocheting off the turnbuckles before he crashes back down to the canvas. Generico tries to return to his feet but Strong cuts him off with a boot to the back, stamping repeatedly on the targeted limb. Strong laughs mercifully as Generico tries in vain to crawl to the ropes and out of the way but Strong cuts him off once more – this time with a huge flying knee drop, landing right in the centre of Generico’s back. Generico collapses in pain before Strong picks him up by the mask, scooping him up by the waist before connecting with a huge backbreaker. Generico is left folded like an accordion, bent over the knee of Strong who is absolutely relishing the torture he is inflicting upon the luchadore. Finally, he puts a stop to the punishing assault with one final blow. He lifts Generico up high…GIBSON DRIVER! This one is over. One…Two…Three! Strong has finally put an end to his iPPV misery. Roderick Strong is victorious on iPPV.

    Winner: Roderick Strong via Gibson Driver

    Aftermath: Strong wears a satisfied smile across his face as he places a foot on the chest of the defeated El Generico. He demands the referee raises his arm in the air, continuing to grin as he celebrates a long awaited victory on iPPV. The “Master of Backbreakers” soaks up the moment, oblivious to the boos and yells he’s on the receiving end of from a disappointed Chicago crowd.
    ***


    Boos continue to ricochet around the Allstate Arena, even after Strong's departure, as Austin Aries becomes visible on the titantron. Aries addresses the audience, announcing that tonight they are all present for the moment Austin Aries becomes your new National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Champion. Aries talks about how NWA left him and John Bradshaw Layfield in the wilderness and how now the two of them are on the verge of leaving the NWA in the wilderness. Aries says it doesn't make a bit of difference who unveils themselves as a shareholder in the company later tonight because the end game remains the same - Aries, Layfield and the rest of their men will rule the roost and only the fit can survive under their control. Aries says tonight will be the last time Chicago see Alex Shelley and AJ Styles in the same ring as Austin Aries because sooner rather than later, both men will be on the unemployment line. Aries on the other-hand? Aries promises that he will be wearing championship gold for years to come adding that "there isn't a damn thing anyone can do about it".

    ***

    The entrance of Evan Bourne reignites cheers in the arena as he makes his entrance for our second contest of the evening. Bourne isn't his usual smiley, peace-sign flashing self - no, tonight he looks focused on the task on hand. JR and Paul Heyman refresh our memory, running through the arrival of Prince Nana, the brother of Kofi Kingston, to the NWA. Nana and an attitude-adjusted Kofi invited Bourne to be a part of The Embassy but Bourne declined much to the chagrin of the two brothers. Bourne has been a target of The Embassy since with both men insistent that they won't rest until they force Bourne out of the NWA for good. In the ring, Evan doesn't even celebrate to pose for the fans at ringside - instead, he paces around the ring, his fists clench as he awaits his former tag team partner.

    The loud, unmistakable tones of Prince Nana bellow over the PA system to signal the arrival of Nana and his brother, now client, Kofi Kingston. "Laadaays and Gentle-Men, allow me to introduce da workhorse of da Embassy, ma brother, da future of da N-W-A . . . Kofi Kingston!" Jeers ring around the Allstate before H-Squared's "McDuck Money" temporarily drowns out the noise of the crowd. Prince Nana now appears before the Chicago crowd, a cheap white suit to match his toothy white smile, and Kofi soon appears behind him. An intense Kingston follows Nana down to the ring, mouthing off to the crowd at ringside before focusing his attention to Bourne. Bourne wastes little time in taking the fight to The Embassy, running the ropes before launching himself over the ropes into the direction of Kingston and Nana! Kingston protects his brother by throwing himself in the way of an incoming Bourne who connects him a huge tope con hilo! Kofi tumbles to the floor while Bourne lands on his feet nonchalantly. Kingston looks dazed and Bourne sees an excellent opportunity in front of him. He turns his attention to Prince Nana who freezes in terror. Nana's eyes bulge as he and Bourne stare at one another until Nana flees into the ring to try and evade Bourne. Evan is too quick for Nana however and soon has him cornered much to the delight of the crowd.

    Nana is on both knees, praying to God that he somehow avoids an ass kicking from Bourne. Bourne slowly walks up to a cornered Nana who is now pleading with Evan not to hurt him. Nana is scrambling in his pockets, throwing dollar bills at the feet of Bourne who is intent on causing pain to the man who has manipulated Bourne's former friend against him. Bourne drags Nana up by the neck of his suit, throwing him against the ring turnbuckle before pulling back his first ready to connect with a punch - NO! Bourne is attacked from behind by Ko-wait a minute?! That isn't Kofi Kingston! The camera focuses on the outside for Kofi is pulling himself back to his feet, a smile on his face as he sees this mystery man standing over Bourne in the ring. This mystery man is built like a Greek god. A Greek god with a menacing look on his face as Prince Nana orders him to decimate Evan Bourne. The camera finally gets a close-up shot on this behemoth to get a closer look at his face.

    Spoiler


    Bourne has now been helped to his feet by the newest associate of The Embassy who throws him in the path of an upcoming Kofi Kingston . . . TROUBLE IN THE EMBASSY! Kingston leaps and spins before connecting face-first to Bourne. This match is over before it has even begun and things look bleak for Bourne who has wisely attempted to roll to safety on the outside. In the ring, Nana is relaying instructions to his two men who quickly comply. Kofi drags a table from out under the ring with this beast of a man licking his lips, excited at what is about to come. Kofi throws Bourne back in the ring before setting up the table on the outside. Nana rubs his hands with glee as his newest client picks up Bourne with ease before raising him above his head. Bourne is too out of it to fight out of the move, his fate has been sealed . . . CRUCIFIX POWERBOMB OVER THE ROPE AND THROUGH THE TABLE ON THE OUTSIDE! Holy shit is the cry from the Chicago crowd after witnessing Bourne go flying over the ropes and smashing through the table outside the ring. Nana jumps around with excitement in the ring as Kofi joins his brother and the monster that had almost broken Evan Bourne in two with a crucifix powerbomb. A small section of the crowd boos the trio, the majority too shocked to say or do anything after what they had just seen. The Embassy pose in the ring for a few moments before leaving, satisfied that their work had been done - and in convincing fashion.

    ***

    Backstage, Brian Kendrick is standing by with Todd Grisham. Grisham asks for Kendrick for his thoughts ahead of tonight's match with his former friend Paul London. Kendrick tells us that he has been waiting for this since the minute he was 'screwed' last month. He insists that he is, and always has been, the better man out of the two. "There will be no guest enforcers, no distractions, no screwjobs," says Kendrick. "This will purely be a one-on-one affair and there's no get outs for Paul. He won't cheat his way to a draw for the second month running," Kendrick promises. "My whole career, that asshole has been riding on to my coattails. Since day one at wrestling school, he has clung on to me and tried to take the plaudits for MY work, for MY talent, for MY endeavour. Well no more. I will show you, I will show Chicago and I will show the entire world that I am THE FIRST, I am THE ONLY, I am THE BEST and that Paul London is nothing more than a Brian Kendrick wannabe."

    ***

    At ringside, Ross and Heyman are talking in hushed voices about the events that just happened right in front of them. Ross says that Evan Bourne has been stretchered out of the arena and is on his way to the University of Chicago Medical Center following the heinous attack by Prince Nana and Kofi Kingston's newest associate. The duo hope the injuries suffered aren't as serious as they looked from their position before talking about the mystery man who came to the aid of Prince Nana. Heyman says that people will now think twice about laying a finger on The Embassy, knowing that they'll have a monster of a man to contend with as well as the scheming Prince Nana.

    The two are interrupted when The Alan Parsons Project's 'Sirius' welcomes out Richie Steamboat, who is introduced to the delight of the Chicago crowd. Steamboat junior walks onto the entrance ramp, nonplussed by the outstanding reception the fans are giving him. Richie is stern faced, far removed from the smiley, baby-faced character we're normally used to. Jim Ross says there's been a noticeable change in Steamboat's attitude since the WARGAMES match, adding that Steamboat seems far more determined and focused than we've ever seen him. Heyman points out that it's no secret that Richie Steamboat feels he let down the company, his father, and the fans with his performance at the last iPPV hence why we're now seeing Steamboat concentrating all his efforts on getting it done in the ring.

    Steamboat amps himself up, awaiting his opponent in preparation for a clash critics have labelled the “Second Generation Showdown”. Darkness clouds the Allstate Arena before AFI's Prelude 12/21 bellows over the personal announcement system. Out on stage, the “American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes arrives, a cocky smirk across his face as he looks at his opponent in the ring. He marches down to the ring, sliding under the ropes before getting straight in the face of Steamboat. Steamboat keeps his cool, maintaining his composure, as he looks Rhodes eye to eye. This seems to unnerve Rhodes slightly who slowly backs off to the corner of the ring to disrobe. After distancing himself away from his opponent, he begins to talk trash at Steamboat who hasn’t battered an eyelid since Rhodes joined him in the ring.

    The time for face-offs and trash talking is over. Finally, the bell rings, both men launch themselves head-first into a tie-up and this highly anticipated bout gets firmly underway.


    Second Match
    "Second Generation Showdown"
    Richie Steamboat vs. Cody Rhodes


    Summary: Rhodes and Steamboat battle, each man trying to quickly get the upper-hand, with Rhodes finally winning the test of strength. He forces Steamboat down towards the canvas before abruptly breaking the tie-up with a swift, yet vicious, kick to the side of Steamboat's abdomen. Steamboat winces, attempting to return to his feet but only making it to one leg before Rhodes swipes him down, kicking his trailing leg before locking in a leg lock. Rhodes wisely attempts to slow the pace of the match down, methodically working on his opponent in order to maintain the pace of the match-up at the level he best desires. Steamboat is willed on by the fans and is able to work his way out of the leg lock, twisting and squirming until finally he breaks free. Returning to his feet, Steamboat stuns Rhodes with a step-up enziguri before taking him down to the canvas in lightning quick fashion with a deep arm-drag that his father would be proud of. Now it is Steamboat who has control of Rhodes, locking in a rest hold, keeping a firm head lock applied. The first few minutes is a pure technical affair with Steamboat coming out trumps. Wearing out his opponent slightly, Steamboat sees the opportunity to make the most out of being the quicker and fresher man, breaking out of a headlock before running the ropes, diving under the clothesline attempt of Rhodes before hitting the ropes and launching backwards into his opponent to connect with a springboard headscissors. Rhodes goes flying across the ring, staggering back to his feet before using the turnbuckles for support. He turns to face Steamboat only to be quickly met by his opponent who runs full force before leaping in the air and planting his boots into the chest of Rhodes with a powerful dropkick. Steamboat climbs onto the second turnbuckle, roaring with satisfaction, before returning to work on Rhodes. It's all Richie Steamboat in the early goings.

    Richie tries to end things early, going up-top for the crossbody, but this proves to be his downfall. It's not the first time Steamboat has crashed and burned with the crossbody, Rhodes has it well scouted as he counters with a raised knee which collides mid-air with an oncoming Steamboat. Richie lands sternum first and lands in a heap on the canvas. Rhodes takes a breather before targeting the sternum of Steamboat with repeated kicks. Steamboat blocks, covering up his mid-section which could be bruised from the sheer impact of Rhodes' counter. Rhodes' quick-thinking not only saved him from the jaws of defeat, but it's also enabled him to take control of the match, bullying Steamboat and making a point to continually target the sternum. Hoisting his opponent up, Rhodes drops Steamboat down to the canvas with an inverted suplex slam, slamming Steamboat forward in order to cause damage to the sternum rather than back. Rhodes goes for an optimistic pin cover but Steamboat kicks out strongly at two. Rhodes is fully aware that it will take a whole lot more work to keep the tenacious Steamboat down. Ruthless in his offence, Rhodes continues to target the limb of Steamboat. Steamboat tries to fight him off, covering his midsection with one arm while attacking Rhodes with forearms from his free arm. Rhodes finally overwhelms him, firing back with forearms of his own before lighting up his chest with a huge knife-edge chop. Steamboat grits his teeth but shows huge testicular fortitude to hit back with chops of his own, firstly using his weaker hand before using his stronger hand that had been covering his sternum. Steamboat tries to cover back up with his weaker hand but a second was all Rhodes needed - Rhodes delivers a huge right hand to the sternum, before driving his knee into Steamboat's midsection leaving him doubled over in pain. Steamboat howls in discomfort, much to the delight of Rhodes who takes Steamboat by the neck before driving him down towards the canvas, raising both knees into Steamboat's midsection as they crash down to the mat. The move is not too dissimilar to Chris Jericho's Codebreaker, only Cody connected sternum-first rather than face-first in this instance. Rhodes hooks the legs of a pain-stricken Steamboat, convinced that move was enough: One..Two...Thr-No! Steamboat rolls his arm off the canvas and to the air! He still has plenty of fight but how long exactly can he survive Rhodes' vicious attack?

    Finish: Cody takes his foot off the pedal slightly and this gives Steamboat a shot at forcing a comeback. With Steamboat on the top turnbuckle, Rhodes shows off to the crowd before going up for an attempted superplex. Richie fights Rhodes off however, covering his injured sternum with his left arm while firing forearm shots with his right. Rhodes staggers back and forth, hanging on to the ring ropes to keep himself from falling, until Steamboat shocks him with a huge headbutt. Rhodes swings back, only one hand on the rope now, and Steamboat takes his chance by kicking him down and off the turnbuckles. Landing on his feet, Rhodes tries to adjust himself but Steamboat has taken flight! Crossbody! No! Rhodes rolls through and now has his opponent pinned: One…Two…Thr-No! Steamboat bursts out of the pin. A hurt Steamboat couldn’t fully connect with that crossbody and that allowed Rhodes to find a way to counter. Both men try to catch their breath and return to their feet as the referee begins a ten count: One…Two…Three…Four…Five…Six…Seven…Cody is up….Eight…Richie is half-way up…Nine…He’s on both feet and he’s going right after Cody! Both men exchange blow after blow. Cody is focusing on Steamboat’s midsection while Richie blocks as best he can, replying with forearm shots to Cody’s face. Steamboat mixes things up, surprising Cody with a kick to the gut that leaves him doubled over…FLOATOVER DDT! Richie winds himself slightly but he still has enough in the tank to turn to his side and hook the leg of Rhodes: One…Two…Thr-No! Cody gets the arm up! That move came out of nowhere, a desperation DDT, but you have to question how much Richie still has left in him at this stage of the match.

    Steamboat’s resurgence is short lived when he shoots Cody off the ropes only for Rhodes to drop to his knees and catch him right in the stomach with a massive uppercut. Steamboat drops to his knees, unable to even attend to his injured limb as “The American Nightmare” catches him with a huge kick to the back of the head. That could be all she wrote: One…Two…Thre-No! Steamboat gets the arm up this time! The crowd cheer wildly; thrilled by the fact that Richie is still showing incredible fight. Rhodes stalks Steamboat, anticipating his return to a vertical base, before attempting to connect with Cross Rhodes…Steamboat counters! He slips out of Rhodes’ grasp before rolling him up with a small package: One…Two…Thre-No! Rhodes escapes at the very last split second! He picks himself back up, returning to his feet before Steamboat, hitting the ropes before throwing himself back towards Steamboat, nearly decapitating him with a sickening Beautiful Disaster Kick! The Second Generation Steamboat hits the canvas with a thud while Rhodes stands over him with a sick smile on his face. He contemplates covering him but instead climbs the turnbuckles - Rhodes wants to inflict more pain upon Steamboat. Standing tall on the top turnbuckle, Rhodes braces himself before launching himself off the ropes, soaring high in the air before connecting with a stunning moonsault – NO! Steamboat raises both knees just moments before Rhodes could land on his mid-section – what a counter! Rhodes winces in pain after bouncing off the raised knees of Steamboat. He’s on all fours trying to recuperate, slowly returning to a vertical base when suddenly a groggy Steamboat approaches him from behind, surprising him by grabbing him in a headlock and swiftly rolling him into a perfect inside cradle: One…Rhodes tries fighting out…Two…It’s no use, Steamboat has him trapped….Three!!

    Winner: Richie Steamboat via Inside Cradle.

    Aftermath: The Chicago crowd cheer with glee as Steamboat breaks the pincover and rolls out of the ring, sweat dripping off his forehead as he keeps his balance by gripping onto the railings surrounding fans at ringside. He has a huge beaming smile, the adrenaline of a huge victory numbing the pain of his injury for a brief moment. Steamboat watches on as Cody Rhodes sits in the ring, dejected and bewildered that he couldn’t put away his opponent. Heyman and Ross laud both men’s efforts as we get a quick replay of the concluding moments of the match. Steamboat leaves the ringside area, high-fiving fans on his way out. Rhodes soon follows, his hands on his waists as he slowly limps backstage, preparing himself for a rollicking from his boss John Bradshaw Layfield.
    ***


    A pre-taped segment from earlier today airs. It features Alex Shelley, standing outside the Allstate Arena, who is casually resting against a brick wall next to the entrance to the building. He is attracting a few stares from passers-by who recognise him. Shelley’s oblivious however, he’s too deep in thought to acknowledge anything other than his state of mind. The camera focuses in on Shelley who now addresses the camera, staring intently into the lens, delivering an impassioned speech.

    Alex Shelley: “So Chicago, here we go again. Shot number two at the NWA World Heavyweight Championship for yours, Alex Shelley. If it wasn’t a big enough challenge when I went one on one with AJ Styles two months ago in New York, Austin Aries has now been added to the equation. All week, people have been coming up to me and telling me how ‘cool’ it is that I’m main eventing with two guys that I’ve known the best part of a decade. Alex Shelley doesn’t need anyone to tell him anything. The way I see it – if it wasn’t for Austin Aries’ buddies, I’d have beaten AJ Styles 1-2-3 in the middle of that ring in the Hammerstein Ballroom. And AJ Styles knows that. That is why AJ has been carrying a chip on his shoulder since that very night at True Grit. He knows I kicked out of everything he gave me that night and I’d have kept kicking out until finally I kept that son of a b**ch down for the three-count.”

    Shelley’s eyes almost pop out of the socket as he spits out the words ‘three-count’. To say he’s worked up and ready to go for his title match would be quite the understatement.

    “This is the rematch I deserve – only now, I have to contend with that a**hole Austin Aries. Now, it’s no secret that there’s no love lost between me and Austin. He’s always disliked me and I’ve always thought he was a big-headed p**ck who couldn’t lace my boots. So, if I’ve got to cut him down in order to get what I want and what I deserve, than fine by me. One fall, one fall is all that I need in that Ironman match tonight. It doesn’t matter a dime whether it’s AJ Styles. It doesn’t make an ounce of difference whether it’s Austin Aries. Someone is going to be eating canvas and looking at the stars as I hook the leg for the ONE, the TWO, the THREE. Thirty minutes is ALL I NEED and that NWA World Heavyweight Championship is ALL I WANT. Tonight is my night.”

    He stares into the camera for a few more seconds before departing, passing the two security guards before heading through the entrance door and out of sight.

    ***

    The all familiar sound of AFI's Prelude 12/21 blasts through the PA system for the second time tonight. As ever, it is accompanied by thousands of boos as John Bradshaw Layfield steps out onto the entrance ramp. Layfield looks pissed off, less than happy that he has just witnessed Cody Rhodes fail to put away Richie Steamboat - a less than appropriate start for TAKEOVER's night. Samoa Joe walks out behind his boss, an intense scowl etched upon his face, determined to put TAKEOVER on the winning track. The two men pause on the entrance ramp for a few moments, Layfield relaying instructions to his monster with the intention being to hurt and destroy Drew Galloway. Joe's scowl subsides into a twisted smile, his eyes lighting up at the prospect of causing harm to another being. The two men power walk down to towards the ring but they aren't even half-way down the ramp when Joe soon finds himself face first into the steel stage as Drew Galloway hops over the railings to take down an unsuspecting Joe with a huge shoulder block!

    The crowd cheer and chant in appreciation as an irate Layfield shouts abuse at Galloway who has a cheeky smile on his face; satisfied he's outsmarted Layfield and his beast. Galloway is in street clothes, the guise being enough to allow him to blend into the crowd and catch Joe by surprise. Throwing his cap and hoody into the crowd, Galloway turns his attentions to a dazed and confused Samoa Joe. He ignores a dishevelled JBL's distractions, instead rolling Joe into the ring. Galloway isn't in ring gear, he's in jeans and boots, but it's quite evident that the Scot hasn't turned up for a wrestling match tonight. He's here for a fight. That's recognised by John Bradshaw Layfield who hastily makes his way ringside, snatches a microphone from the commentary table and orders that this match will now be No Holds Barred! The crowd roar with delight while Galloway gets a crazed look on his face, quickly rolling out of the ring and grabbing a steel chair out from under the ring. Layfield runs towards his direction which catches the attention of Drew Galloway. Galloway makes the mistake of focusing on Layfield, slowly walking towards him and raising the chair in preparation to connect with the skull of his former manager...SAMOA JOE INCOMING - JOE TAKES OUT GALLOWAY WITH A RUNNING CORKSCREW PLANCHA! The crowd can't help but voice their approval as the Samoan displays an impressive piece of athleticism you wouldn't usually associate with a man of his frame. Diving over the ropes, Joe twists in the air before catching an offguard Galloway full-force. Layfield's distraction pays dividends and he laughs with delight as both wrestlers go crashing nastily into the railings. This one is underway with a bang!


    Third Match
    No Holds Barred
    Samoa Joe w/John Bradshaw Layfield vs. Drew Galloway


    Summary: Joe returns to his feet first, the monster red with rage, as Layfield demands him to annihilate Galloway. Joe looks straight under the ring apron, grabbing the very first weapon he could find - a kendo stick! Joe raises the kendo stick in the air, turning to smash it over the body of Galloway but Galloway moves! The kendo stick crashes of the steel railings and Galloway surprises Joe with a dirty low blow from behind! The Scots are notoriously dirty fighters and Galloway's dirtiness gives him the advantage in the early goings of the match as he rolls Joe, and the kendo stick, into the ring. Galloway ignores Layfields insults as he slides in the ring and with the kendo stick in his hand, he sizes up Joe who stumbles to his feet. . . Galloway levels him with a sickening kendo shot to the head, the impact enough to snap the stick in half. Galloway salvages some of the remains, stabbing it in the gut of Joe repeatedly until Joe drops to both knees. The Scot takes a couple of steps back before driving his knee right into the face of Joe who falls to the canvas. Layfield is incensed at ringside, in sheer disbelief at the ass-kicking his monster is on the receiving end of. Galloway plots his next move before rolling to the outside, sharing crossed words with Layfield before heading under the ring and pulling out a grotty, silver trash can. Galloway throws it into the ring before re-entering, picking up the can and swinging it at Samoa Joe who has returned to a vertical base. The big man anticipates it coming however, ducking out of the way and replying with a huge enziguri, connecting with the can which goes flying into the face of Galloway. Drew stumbles backwards into the turnbuckles and falls onto his backside, allowing Joe to take advantage. Setting up the trash can against a seated Galloway, Joe walks back to the other side of the ring before rushing towards the trash can and Galloway, connecting with a huge Ole kick which sees the trash can crash up against the face of his opponent. Adding salt to the wounds, Joe makes more use of the weapon when he takes a few steps back before jumping and flying through the air with a standing senton, squashing the trash can on top of Galloway's chest. The Scot tries and rolls out of the ring, clutching his chest in pain, but Joe stands on his opponent, delivering a few stiff boots before preparing him for more punishment. Five minutes in and Joe has turned the tables, he's now the one doing all the ass-kicking.

    Joe's plan of decimation isn’t as easy as he may have anticipated as Galloway proves to be a hardened customer, fighting tooth and nail to avoid being torn apart by Layfield's monster. Galloway gets a chance for a breather when Layfield passes a table through to Joe, giving him instructions on how to best maim and destroy the Scot. Drew plays possum waiting for Joe to drag him to his feet, when he catches Joe off-guard by stooping up and rocking his jaw with a huge uppercut. Joe rocks back, trying to reply with a straight jab but Galloway beats him to the punch. Joe rocks back again and again and again as Galloway unleashes a furious combination of lefts and rights that leave Joe staggering back into the corner of the ring. Galloway sets up the table in the opposite side of the ring, propping it up in the corner against the turnbuckles, before diverting his attention back to Joe. The "Samoan Submission Machine" comes fighting out of the corner but Galloway cuts him off once again, hitting a few forearm shots before lighting up the chest of the Samoan with a huge chop. Joe simply looks down at his red chest, a sick smile forming on his face, the beast has been awakened. He reacts by knocking down Galloway with a huge headbutt, his cranium smashing off Galloway's skull, dropping him with ease. Layfield urges his man to break Galloway's body through the table set up in the ring. Joe doesn't have to listen twice - he scoops Galloway up and sets him up for a devastating musclebuster that would result in Galloway crashing right through the propped up table. Joe spins slightly before preparing himself to push off and execute the manoeuvre but Galloway is able to fight him off with a number of punches, half of them connecting hard enough to give him enough time to slide out of the move. Galloway lands behind Joe, clobbering him with body shots to the back. The body blows are enough to keep Joe quiet for long enough for Galloway, inches away from the table, to throw Joe over his shoulders. . . SAMOA JOE EATS WOOD! A huge German Suplex throw from Galloway sees Joe flying over his head and slamming through the wooden table. Layfield looks on in horror as Galloway crawls over onto his stomach, crawling a little further to hook the leg of Joe. . . One . . . Two . . . Thr-No! No! Joe gets the arm up much to the relief of JBL. Galloway looks distraught, he knows this fight isn’t over and it’s going to take even more to survive the night. Nonetheless, Galloway has the upper hand with ten minutes elapsed – he has fought bravely and it hasn’t gone unnoticed by the commentary team with Paul Heyman comparing him to fellow countryman William Wallace.

    Finish: As the conclusion nears, more weapons have come into play with the steel chair being the latest flavour of the week. Galloway digs the chair into the stomach of Joe, leaving him doubled over in pain, before setting him up for a Future Shock DDT, aiming to drive Joe head-first into the steel chair. Joe manages to counter however with an excellent release Northern Lights suplex. The Samoan tries to regain his sense as both he and Galloway slowly return to their feet. The duo pull each other up and begin to exchange blows. Rights and lefts are exchanged, forearm shots are turned into punches, punches turn to slaps until finally a pissed off Samoa Joe spins and catches Galloway with a brutal combination – first connecting with a back elbow before catching him with a swift open palm slap and concluding with a huge right fist between the eyes. Safe to say, Joe wins that exchange and he now stands over a fatigued Galloway in preparation to dish out more punishment. Layfield continues to direct his beast instructions and demands that he finishes things quickly and painfully. Joe tries to hook in the Coquina Clutch but Galloway fights like his life depends on it, elbowing Joe repeatedly to ensure he can’t fully lock in the hold. Finally, an elbow catches Joe flush in the face and Galloway manages to scurry to his face. The Scot’s persistence, and the sight of blood trickling down from his nose, only angers Joe further. He catches Galloway from behind with a arched boot to the back of the head before lifting him up and squatting him back down into a steel chair courtesy of a huge STJoe.

    The STJoe could have very well delivered the win but Joe wanted much more than that, he wanted to hurt Galloway even further. Picking up Galloway, he rams him into the turnbuckle with force before setting him up on the top turnbuckle. Joe lets out a thunderous roar before positioning Galloway for the musclebuster. Galloway once again fights out, hitting Joe with as much power as he can muster until Joe relents, stepping away and delivering an opening for Galloway to take advantage of. Diving from the second turnbuckle, Galloway launches himself at Joe before taking him down with a driving DDT! Joe’s neck snaps into the canvas, the sickening noise drowned out by loud “ohhhhhs” coming from the crowd who voice their appreciation at the move. Layfield is open mouthed at ringside, he’s aware this doesn’t bode well for his man. Galloway has winded himself slightly on landing but is still able to slowly gather himself and crawl over to pin Joe. Layfield rushes around the ring to try and intervene as Galloway hooks the leg: One…Two…Three! NO! Layfield drags the referee out from the ring before his hand hits the mat for the three. Loud boos bounce around the walls of the Allstate Arena as the official and JBL get in a shouting match. An exhausted Drew Galloway is back on his feet, a manic look on his face after being the victim of injustice by a corrupt Layfield. He limps towards the ring apron and goes out to the outside to confront JBL who sees him coming and flees up the entrance ramp. Drew is caught in two minds, he initially goes to chase Layfield but pauses and decides to re-enter the ring to put away Samoa Joe once and for all. Layfield takes cover at the top of the ramp, content that he’s safely away from an irate Galloway.

    Galloway casts a dark look towards Layfield before going down to drag Joe to his feet, ready to end things without the interference of JBL. Unaware to Drew, Joe has recovered in the time that Galloway has been distracted. Catching his opponent off-guard, Joe brings him down to the mat with a toe-trip before mounting him and locking in the terrifying Coquina Clutch! Galloway is too shocked to even initially show fight and by the time he’s registered the situation, Joe has the move fully locked in and Galloway is overwhelmed with nowhere to go. Trying his hardest to break out or budge over towards the rope, Galloway resists for as long as he possibly can. It’s no use however - he’s trapped in the middle of the ring and in the tight lock of a monstrous Samoan submission expert. Fading away from the pain, Drew Galloway has no choice but to tap out and live to fight another day. Samoa Joe wins thanks to the shenanigans of John Bradshaw Layfield who screwed Galloway out of the victory.

    Winner: Samoa Joe via Coquina Clutch.

    Aftermath: JBL resurfaces as Samoa Joe stands tall over a defeated Drew Galloway. Layfield is beaming with delight, overly applauding Joe as he renters the ring to stand by this machine of a man. Joe is breathing heavily as he looks down at Galloway who has showed little sign of movement. Layfield spits down at Galloway, a sinister look appearing on his face as he turns to Joe, demanding that he inflict further punishment with a musclebuster. Joe complies, scooping an out of it Galloway up and onto his shoulders. Joe pauses for a moment, Layfield relishing the moment, before forcefully dropping Galloway onto the canvas with a splattering musclebuster. Joe kneels over his victim as Layfield mercifully howls with laughter, deeply satisfied at the damage that has been dished out to Galloway.

    Layfield slaps Joe on the back, applauding him again for his handy work as the two slowly exit, leaving behind a broken Galloway. The two men make it to the top of the entrance ramp when Galloway begins to stir. Layfield pauses at the top of the ramp, watching on in dismay, alarmed that Galloway has managed to pull himself back to his feet. Drew is groggy with the ropes being the only thing that are helping him remain on his feet. The crowd cheer in appreciation for his efforts while Layfield looks on. Joe motions to go down to the ring to finish the job but curiously, Layfield stops him and tells him that it’s “not time, yet”. The two turn their backs and exit as Galloway defies all odds, still on his feet despite all the punishment inflicted upon his body. He’s shown John Bradshaw Layfield tonight that he won’t stay down without a fight and that it will take even more to force him out of the NWA.
    ***


    Backstage, a tracking shot shows Candice Michelle running to catch up with Prince Nana, Kofi Kingston and their newest acquaintance. The trio have their bags and are about to exit the building when Candice catches their attention. A sleazy Prince Nana greets hers and answers the question on everybody's mind.

    Prince Nana: "Wellll, hello pretty laaday. I don't think I've had the pleasure of meeting yourself. But you probably already know who I am. I am Prince Nana! Leader of The Embassy! Rich Ghanaian business man! Smooth operator! How can I be of assistance, huh?!"

    Candice looks rather taken aback, almost forgetting the purpose she's approaching the three for, before finally stammering her question out.

    Candice Michelle: "The whole world witnessed the debut of your friend here a little earlier tonight. Who is he and are we in fact looking at the latest member of The Embassy?"

    Nana looks across to the behemoth of a man who has a smirk on his face. Nana laughs childishly before answering Candice's question.

    Prince Nana: "Is dis man right here, our cousin, da latest member of da Embassy? Did you not see how he destroyed Evan Bourne? Did you not see my masterplan come to fruition? My masterplan that involved my cousin, Kofi's cousin, da newest acquisition of da Embassy, Big E Kingston. Evan Bourne is gone now. He's eating food out of a straw and you won't see him in NWA again. We did dat. And dis? Dis is only da start. Da future is bright for da Embassy. I promise you that, HAHAHA!"

    Nana gets in the face of Candice while pronouncing the "HAHAHA", Candice cringing as he breathes heavily into her face. He shows a toothy grin, turning his back on her while Kofi and Big E follow, big smiles on their faces as a car approaches to pick the three up and escort them out of the arena. Candice Michelle segues things back to ringside, delighted to have seen the back of the creepy Nana.

    ***

    Returning to ringside, the crowd voice their disapproval in reaction to ”Sweet Talk” by Kito feat. Reija Lee, the unmistakable theme music that belongs to arguably the most egotistical character in the entire National Wrestling Alliance. The entrance of Brian Kendrick is met to even more boos as he saunters out, a cocky smile on his face as he eyeballs the audience. Kendrick, sans scruffy beard and unkempt hair, marches down towards the ring, telling everyone in earshot that he "will not be 'screwed' again". Pausing at the bottom of the ramp, "The First" poses, falling down to both knees and looking to the sky as pyros explode behind him. Heyman makes a comment about Kendrick being the only man in the promotion to have his own pyro therefore he's the most legitimate star in the business. The "Extreme Announcer" continues to laud Kendrick with praise as the wrestler poses some more upon entering the ring. The boos in the Allstate have subsided and replaced with anticipation for the arrival of the man the whole of Chicago - with the exception of Kendrick super fan Paul Heyman - hopes will finally shut up "The First" Brian Kendrick.

    They don't have to wait long as the energetic and loud instrumental version of "Stay Away" from Seattle Grunge rockers Nirvana screeches over the PA System and is soon masked by a loud ovation for fan favourite Paul London. London emerges at the top of the ramp, his eyes immediately darting towards his former friend and partner in the ring. He briefly takes in the great reception from the crowd, raising his hand to signal his approval before posing - stamping his left leg and right leg as he points towards Kendrick before taking off right into his direction. Kendrick waits, and bracing London's arrival under the ropes and into the ring, he immediately tries to get the upperhand but a determined London fights him off, backing his opponent into the corner with furious left and right forearm shots. The referee tells London to ease up and break it off as the bell rings, barely audible over the noise of the crowd rallying behind their man who is absolutely taking the fight right to Kendrick.


    Fourth Match
    Former Allies Collide
    Brian Kendrick vs. Paul London


    Summary: London is frenzied, battering Kendrick from pillar-to-post with rights and lefts, ignoring the referee's threats of disqualification, eager to not only defeat his former partner but to also hand him a beating in the process. Kendrick is backed up in the corner, overwhelmed by London's offence, on the receiving end of several knee strikes to the gut which leave him doubled over in pain. London takes no sympathy on "The First", keeping up his impressive start by whipping Kendrick into the opposite corner, following him over and landing both feet into his chest with a stiff dropsault. Kendrick drops to his knees, exhaling a deep breath in an attempt to withstand the pain, before London takes him down completely with a swift kick to the head. London lets out a roar of satisfaction as he goes back to work on Kendrick in a bid to continue his good work. In the next few minutes, London causes Kendrick more problems triggering the dastardly Kendrick to fail spectacularly in an effort to derail his opponent's momentum. Crawling out of the ring and to the outside after London had connected with a legsweep DDT, Kendrick believed he had done enough to not only avoid a pinning predicament but also gain a moment or two to recollect himself and rethink his strategy, but he was naive to forget the fact that London still had bags of energy. Not a second after Kendrick had picked himself back up on the outside, London was already airborne. . . Sommersault Plancha! Gracefully diving up and over the ropes, London takes aim at his former friend before sweeping Kendrick down with a simply marvelous maneuver! The crowd are scorching hot, fully in support of London who has got off to an incredible start. He's straight back up to his feet, feeding off the Chicago crowd who are loving London so far. The first five minutes have elapsed and Kendrick hasn't been able to get into the match one bit thanks to a driven and determined Paul London who appears to be intent on showing Kendrick, and the entire world, that Paul London is not only the superior wrestler, but also the superior man.

    London's eagerness leads to him losing some focus as the bout rages on which helps Kendrick to establish a comeback and finally work his way into the match-up. Setting Kendrick up on the top turnbuckle, London jumps up to deliver a huge forearm shot that sends Kendrick swaying. Joining his opponent on the top turnbuckles, London begins to hit him with punch after punch, taking satisfaction from the vocal crowd who are chanting along to each punch. He pauses to consider another punch before motioning to the crowd that he has a better idea. . . Frankensteiner! No! Playing to the crowd ends up costing London as the advantageous Kendrick is able to make the most of his opponent's time-wasting, regaining his senses enough to foil the Frankensteiner attempt with a devastating super release powerbomb! The hearts of each fan in attendance sinks as they watch London jump up onto the shoulders of Kendrick only to be slammed straight back down to the canvas with authority. London lands nastily on the canvas, his head and neck whiplashing off the canvas as if he had just driven head-on into an oncoming car. Kendrick meanwhile, now seated on the top turnbuckle, grimaces slightly before licking his lips in satisfaction at the sight of a sprawled out Paul London. That move, according to Heyman and Ross at ringside, was a "game changer" and the commentary team are proved right as Kendrick begins to take control of the match from that point forward.

    Kendrick shy's away from an in-your-face type fight and instead concentrates on purely wrestling the match, slowing things down in the process. "The First" throws in the odd verbal jibe and dirty eye rake in the process, focusing on winning the mental battle rather than anything else. It works for a while with it being evident that his tactics are getting in the head of a frustrated London to keeps trying, but failing, to fight out of Kendrick's clutches. Time and time again, Kendrick cuts him off and on the third attempt it almost leads to a winning pinfall. London tries desperately to work out of a camel clutch from the innovative Kendrick, using incredible strength to work himself back to his feet with Kendrick still on his shoulders with the hold applied. Kendrick is crafty and all too smart, however, as he starts to attack a battling London with crossface punches across the face until he catches London with a stiffer punch, smashing him right in the bridge of the nose. The impact is enough to bloody London's nose, much to the delight of Kendrick who takes advantage of a pained London by releasing the clutch before twisting him around and driving him into the mat with a huge Tornado DDT which looks good enough for the victory. He hooks the leg: One...Two...Thr-No! London gets the arm up off of the canvas inches before the three. London starts attending to his bloodied nose, trying to stop the bleeding as Kendrick looks on in disbelief. Kendrick plots his next move, dragging London up from the blood-stained canvas before hooking him in, ready for Slicedbread #2 . . . Kendrick runs the ropes . . . London counters! London is able to block the move last second and push Kendrick over the ropes and to to the outside where he goes crashing off of the announce table. Smacking head-first off of the edge of the table, Kendrick lands in a heap and it's a wonder the impact of the fall hasn't knocked him out completely. Both men are down, London in the ring, Kendrick on the outside, as the referee begins counting both men out:

    One...Two...Kendrick hasn't moved an inch...Three...Four...London begins stirring...Five...No sign of life from "The First"...Six...London is on all fours...Seven...London spots Kendrick on the outside...Eight...London scurries towards the outside of the ring...Nine...London is now on the outside and a new count has began!

    One...

    London is a little shocked to find that Kendrick is showing no signs of moving. His nemesis looks out of it completely.

    Two...

    Kendrick stirs a little as London tries to drag him up.

    Three...

    London struggles with Kendrick, it's as if he were lifting dead weight. He slowly, but surely, drags him over towards the ring.

    Four...Five...Six

    London has now got him over to the ring apron but he's finding it even harder to lift him up and into the ring.

    Seven...Eight...

    Pressure is mounting as the count reaches ten...

    Nine...

    London drags himself and Kendrick in, over the apron, and into the ring, nanoseconds before the ten count! London didn't want to win this by count out, he wants to win it even and fairly, especially after what happened last time around at 'What Price, Glory?'. Is Kendrick in a fit enough state to continue to compete, though?

    Finish: Kendrick is out on his feet, his instincts serving him well enough to help him return to his feet. He throws a flimsy punch at London who dodges, sending Kendrick stumbling into him. London seems to now have reservations, he throws Kendrick into the corner and contemplates attacking him but instead consults with the referee who decides to go over to check on the dazed and confused Kendrick. Moments pass and boos start to ring out from the frustrated crowd until finally we hear Kendrick shout that he won't lose by forfeit. Stumbling out of the corner, he approaches Paul and demands that he fights him like a man. This enrages London who doesn't even wait for the referee to confirm the match is still ongoing before he nearly takes Kendrick's head off with a huge dropsault! Kendrick crashes to the mat, sprawled out for the second time in a matter of minutes. London is on one knee, divided between going for what surely will be the winning pinfall or sealing the victory with the London Calling. He seeks assurance from the crowd, a smirk on his face before he drags Kendrick closer to the turnbuckles. Turning his back on Kendrick, he begins to climb the turnbuckles, turning around ready to launch himself into the air - No! Boos bounce around the Allstate Arena at the sight of Brian Kendrick springing back to life and taking out an unsuspecting London with a huge step-up enziugiri - Kendrick has been playing possum this entire time! London goes flying back down towards the canvas, landing with aplomb as Kendrick scurries over towards him and quickly hooks both legs: One...Two...Three! "The First" has stolen this one, much to the chagrin of a vocal Chicago crowd.

    Winner: Brian Kendrick via step-up enzuigiri.

    Aftermath:Boos echo around the Allstate as Brian Kendrick rolls out of the ring and celebrates his victory. Kendrick is jubilant, the biggest of smiles on his cocky face, as he lavishes the fact that he outsmarted and fooled Paul London and everyone in attendance. Back in the ring, London is crestfallen that Kendrick, who looked as good as beaten just moments earlier, had deceived him. London is too dejected to retaliate as Kendrick backs up the entrance ramp, telling everyone in earshot that "smartness always prevails". Paul Heyman waxes lyrical over Kendrick's tactics at ringside, while his commentary partner JR has sympathy for London and how he was "conned" by his former friend.
    ***


    Backstage, we see a disheartened Cody Rhodes sitting all alone in the TAKEOVER locker room. Cody hasn't even bothered to change out of his ring gear - instead he's slumped against a wall, appearing to be deep in thought. He's disturbed by the opening of the locker room door which opens to the sight of John Bradshaw Layfield. Layfield doesn't bother to even say anything as he sizes Rhodes up and down, taking a long hard look at Cody, a frown etched upon his face. Cody initially looks down at the floor, waiting for Layfield to speak, but the tense silence unnerves him to the point of snapping at his boss.

    Cody Rhodes: "Aren't you going to say something? Anything?!"

    Layfield continues to look at Rhodes before stepping further into the room. He walks in a circle before returning his focus back to Rhodes, giving him another disappointed look before finally breaking his silence.

    John Bradshaw Layfield: "What exactly am I supposed to say right now, Cody?"

    Cody doesn't answer, he does't even have that answer right now, his frustration at another big defeat is bubbling inside his body.

    John Bradshaw Layfield: "Do you want the cold, hard truth?"

    Rhodes looks up from the floor, looking Layfield in the eye, his lips trembling but no words coming out. Layfield answers for him.

    John Bradshaw Layfield: "You let yourself down, you let me and the rest of the group down, and you let your family down."

    The sheer mention of his family enrages Rhodes, he goes to speak but Layfield cuts him off.

    John Bradshaw Layfield: "A Rhodes boy losing to a Steamboat in the middle of that ring? I thought you were the "American Nightmare", what the hell's a matter with you boy? Why are you a soft touch?!"

    Rhodes jumps up off his chair and gets into the face of Layfield, a small smirk begins to appear on JBL's face at the knowledge he's riled Rhodes. Cody thinks better of getting into a verbal, or even physical, fight with Layfield and backs down, returning to his seat. Layfield slowly crouches down and gets into the face of Cody who now resembles a dog frightened of his owner.

    John Bradshaw Layfield: "You prove to me that you are not a soft touch."

    Layfield stays in the face of Rhodes for a few moments, letting his last sentence linger in the mind of Rhodes, before exiting. He slams the door, leaving behind a conflicted Cody Rhodes. The camera slowly draws in on Rhodes who punches the wall in anger, a sign of his discontent.

    ***

    Ringside, our commentary duo Jim Ross and Paul Heyman discuss the tension between John Bradshaw Layfield and Cody Rhodes, questioning whether TAKEOVER is as cohesive a unit as we were all led to believe. They're interrupted by none other than two TAKEOVER members in the form of Tyler Black and Jimmy Jacobs. The pairing are blissfully unaware of the disagreement that had just transpired between Rhodes and Layfield, and just as well, it wouldn't have done their confidence any good ahead of this Tag Team Championship match. Jacobs and Black are looking cocky and confident, not showing a sign of the pressure that they'll be under from JBL to ensure the titles become possession of the TAKEOVER. Both men know exactly what they've let themselves in for and what awaits them as their music fades and is replaced by...

    ...Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Gimme Back My Bullets" which is met with a more than warm reception from the Chicago crowd. Looking more fired up than ever before, Jay and Mark Briscoe rush out to the entrance ramp, both looking seriously P.O'd and ready to kick some 'suck-up ass'. Jim Ross reminds us of the words The Briscoes previously had for JBL for his men and what followed as a repercussion. Desperate to avenge their beatdown, and retain their titles in the process, 'dem Briscoe Boys' waste little time in sliding under the ring ropes and into the ring. Immediately getting into the faces of Jacobs and Black, the four men jaw-jack and trade insults, with the official telling all four to cool their jets and take their places. Reluctantly, all four back off, Jay and Tyler Black remaining in the ring as this heated contest gets underway courtesy of the ring bell and a huge right uppercut from Jay Briscoe that lands flush on the chin of Black!


    Fifth Match
    NWA World Tag Team Championship
    The Briscoe Brothers (c) vs. TAKEOVER's Jimmy Jacobs and Tyler Black


    Summary: Black stumbles backwards, immediately raising his hands in self defence, but Jay is too quick and too angry, firing shot after shot at him, mixing things up with chops and forearms, in order to confused Black. Black tries rolling out of the ring to break things up but he makes the mistake of rolling out to The Briscoe's side where Mark welcomes him with a huge right uppercut of his own, sending Black flying to the ground. Jimmy Jacobs runs around the outside to intervene but The Briscoes are one step ahead . . . Suicide Dive! Jay Briscoe cannons through the ropes and takes out a rushing Jacobs before he can approach Mark. Both Briscoes are on their feets, their opponents downed, the fans roaring in approval at a frenetic start made by the champions! As the opening minutes pass, it is evident that the challengers are rather overawed by the ferocity and sheer toughness on show from the two brothers. Quick tags are made in and out with Tyler Black struggling to work his way out of the opposition corner. Jimmy Jacobs watches on in despair as The Briscoe Brothers utilize another double-team move, a high elevation double hip-toss in this instance, to soften up Black. Mark Briscoe is relentless in his attack on Black, "stomping a mudhole" in the vulnerable star, not letting him return to his feet before tagging back out to his brother Jay. Jim Ross is full of praise for their tactics on commentary, calling it a "clinic in tag team wrestling".

    Tyler Black is renowned for being a crafty wrestler with plenty of tricks up his sleeves and his craftiness came into good use when he managed to slip out of Jay Briscoe's grasp and avoid an oncoming Mark Briscoe by pushing Jay into the direction of Mark's shoulder block. Quick thinking from Jimmy Jacobs aided the situation as he rushed into the ring and stopped Jay from returning to a vertical base by connecting with a low dropkick to the head, the force enough to send Briscoe hurtling to the outside. Playing deaf to the referee's threats, Jimmy remained in the ring as a groggy Black set up Mark Briscoe for a double team maneuver . . . sidewalk slam from Black while Jacobs simultaneously leaps onto the middle rope and back off with a springboard leg drop! Black slams Briscoe down upon Jacob arriving with his leg across the throat of Mark Briscoe. Black hooks the leg as Jacobs guards the pincover: One...Two...Thr-No! Mark shows great resilience to get the arm up and deny TAKEOVER from taking the titles with their first real offence of the match-up. While the last few moments didn't result in a win and the titles for Jacobs and Black, what it did result in was a twist in the tail with TAKEOVER now on top of things at long last. Their offence reaches a different gear when Black wisely brings in the fresh Jacobs into the match-up. Jacobs works on a tired Mark Briscoe, his batteries the most energised out of all four at a key stage in the match. The match reaches the 10 minute point with TAKEOVER now on the front foot after withstanding early pressure from the title holders.

    Finish: In typical fashion, the match becomes an even affair, with both teams trading signature moves and resulting near-falls to no avail. Jay Briscoe thinks he's wrapped up a successful title defence for his team after turning Black inside-out with a stiff, hard-hitting lariat but Black, almost on instinct alone, is able to lift his arms off the canvas before a decisive three count. Black almost delivers gold to TAKEOVER himself, catching Mark Briscoe off-guard before nailing him in the face with a nasty mule kick. He lands it beautifully with Briscoe landing in a heap on the canvas. It appeared to be enough for the win but Mark still had some wits about him, showing great ring awareness by managing to balance his foot on the nearby bottom rope just in the nick of time.

    A conclusion to a thrilling tag team title match came around the 18 minute mark: the action has spilled outside of the ring with the referee resigned to the fact that he has well and truly lost control of a furious contest. On the outside, Jimmy Jacobs and Jay Briscoe do battle while Mark Briscoe appeared to have advantage of Tyler Black inside the ring. Delivering a flurry of chops in the corner of the ring, Mark Briscoe looked to have the advantage until Tyler Black drops to his knees and delivers a thumb into the eye of Mark in a desperate bid to stop his attack. This blindsides Mark and sends him stumbling into the referee. With the referee's attention diverted, Black hastily pulls what appears to be a metal spike out of his ring boots, hiding it in his palms before awaiting Briscoe to turn around . . . Black sucker punches him in the gut, opening his palm in the process to dig the spike into the mid-section of Briscoe! The referee is oblivious as Mark Briscoe is left doubled over in pain, both hands attending his punctured mid-section, leaving himself open to . . . Blackout! Tyler triumphantly hooks the leg as Jay finally sees what has happened on the inside: One...It may be too late for Jay...Two...Jacobs struggles but still cuts off Jay...Three! The Allstate is in awe at what has just happened. TAKEOVER has possession of the Tag Title Belts thanks to a metal spike of all objects.

    Winners: (And New NWA World Tag Team Champions. . . Tyler Black and Jimmy Jacobs via 'Blackout')

    Aftermath: The official goes to the outside and awards an overjoyed Black and Jacobs the tag titles, the two gloating in celebration, as Jay tends to his brother in the ring. There's no sign of bleeding from the stomach of Mark Briscoe, the spike being blunted but still more than enough to throw Mark Briscoe off his game and deliver an elusive win to TAKEOVER's Tyler Black and Jimmy Jacobs. Our new Tag Team Champions look mischievous, grinning at their bested opponents, backing up the entrace ramp with the NWA World Tag Team Titles in their grasp. One title down, one to go for John Bradshaw Layfield's villainous group.
    ***


    In the backstage area, AJ Styles is warming up just moments ahead of his toughest title challenge to date. AJ is busy stretching, his earphones plugged in as he psyches himself up in preparation for the biggest battle of his career. His stretching is interrupted by Candice Michelle who comes running up to Styles , waving her microphone frantically. An agitated AJ immediately stops his routine, snapping the earphones out of his ears before looking at Candice who now feels slightly intimidated.

    Candice Michelle: "AJ...AJ, you are just moments away from one of the most important NWA World Heavyweight Championship clashes of all time. A three-way Ironman match with a 30-minute time limit. How are you feeling right now?"

    Styles simply glares at the female interviewer for a few moments. He rubs his chin before delivering a short, but sweet, statement.

    AJ Styles: "I've had to listen to what Austin Aries and Alex Shelley have had to say tonight. I've listened to what they have had to say week after week. If this title was decided on running your mouth, I'd consider myself the underdog in this match. Fact of the matter is, it's about wrestling and as YOUR NWA World Heavyweight Champion, I don't have to talk about myself and my chances. I'll do my talking in the ring . . . right now . . ."

    Styles shoots Candice one more agitated look before exiting the scene, leaving behind a rather startled Michelle who reports back to ringside.

    ***

    We're welcomed back at ringside to the noise of passionate yells and jeers from the denizens of Chicago. The animosity is directed at the tyrannical John Bradshaw Layfield who is en route to the ring, smiling and laughing. From the look on his face, it's rather evident that the Tag Team Championship victory of Jacobs and Black had casted his mind away from the earlier disappointment of Richie Steamboat overcoming Cody Rhodes. He takes his place in the ring, a microphone handed to him, as Jim Ross and Paul Heyman discuss the importance of what is about to come. Who is the mystery man that bought a 10% share in the company from Stone Cold moments prior to John Bradshaw Layfield's side claiming a win, a win which Layfield wrongly believed provided him with full 100% control of the National Wrestling Alliance? The crowd quietens down, a buzz of anticipation now apparent in the Allstate Arena. John Bradshaw Layfield's smile fades as he addresses the entire world, unaware of his co-shareholder, just as the rest of us are.

    John Bradshaw Layfield: "I've been waiting almost a month for this moment right here. Do you people really all think "Stone Cold" Steve Austin got one over me because he sold some of his stake before our big match? Well, unsurprisingly, you're all missing the point. "Stone Cold" knew all along that TAKEOVER would come out on top, my men would crush his team and as a result he took the cowardly option. "Stone Cold" sold out all of you, he sold out the four men who fought and risked their careers in the dangerous WARGAMES match, and he left his mess to some other unfortunate, misguided soul."

    Bradshaw inhales, taking a deep breath before continuing his rant, his face reddening as he tries not to slip into an outburst.

    John Bradshaw Layfield: "Make no mistake, this mystery man has wasted his cash investing in Austin's shares. I earned that full share and if I've got to do it once again, I will and this time, my men will take no prisoners. This small lifeline you have been afforded, that's all it is - a small glimmer of hope that is about to be crushed by TAKEOVER. In my possession, I have 90% control of this company. I have, as of now, one title belt and by the time this show concludes, in little less than an hour, TAKEOVER will have a hold of both championships. I can assure you all that."

    A smile develops across the face of John Bradshaw Layfield. He can't control how satisfied he feels about the thought of having total supremacy of the company. It's enough to eradicate any fear of who this mystery man could be.

    John Bradshaw Layfield: "You know what? Nothing is going to change this mood I am in right now. Mystery man. The man who has spent his money to get his ass kicked by John Bradshaw Layfield and his men . . . reveal yourself. 'Savior of the NWA' . . .

    Layfield cackles while the fans begin to voice their anger.

    John Bradshaw Layfield: ". . . come on down. Let's get on with -"

    Spoiler


    ***

    "January 4th, the National Wrestling Alliance presents Scars and Stripes from the Verizon Center in the state's capital Washington D.C! Watch all your favourite NWA stars do battle at a city once described by author Charles Dickens as the "City of Magnificent Intentions". Intentions won't be so good come January 4th as Alex Shelley, AJ Styles, TAKEOVER, Richie Steamboat and more clash in the first iPPV event of 2013!" The voiceover ends as 30 Seconds To Mars' "This Is War", the official theme for the event, becomes louder and more clearer, accompanying the hype video which features the many faces of the company such as Styles and Shelley.

    ***

    It's time for our NWA World Heavyweight Championship main event! The crowd are absolutely hyped to say the least, they're still buzzing from the announcement of Shawn Michaels being the co-shareholder, the mood in the Allstate Arena is just perfect ahead of our final match of the night. Jim Ross and Paul Heyman can't contain their delight and excitement at what is about to come. They remind the viewers at home that the match will be contested under Ironman rules with a thirty minute time limit - this means that the competitor with the most falls, whether it be by pinfall or submission, by the time the thirty minutes expire will be the winner. If there's no winner after the thirty minutes have elapsed than the match will end as a draw and the championship will not change hands. Jim Ross comments that the stipulations may lie in favour of the champion AJ Styles but the fact that he has to face both Aries and Shelley doesn't do him any favours whatsoever.

    The commentary team are silenced, their voices replaced by Kanye West's "Diamonds From Sierra Leone" (Instrumental), signalling the arrival of none other than Alex Shelley. The "Crown Jewel of the NWA" steps out onto the entrance ramp and is met with much exuberance from the fervent Chicago crowd. Shelley can't contain the brazen smile that is slowly forming across his face as he walks down to the ring, ahead of one of the biggest matches of his entire career. He jumps up to the ring apron, slowly making his way to the turnbuckles before leaping up and surveying the historic arena that was once known as the Rosemont Horizon. The smile on Shelley's face is replaced with a look of agitation and loathe as...

    Marylin Manson's "Personal Jesus" blasts across the arena, igniting thousands of boos directed at Austin Aries who calmly walks out to the entrance ramp, a wry grin on his face. Confidence oozes from the TAKEOVER man as he saunters towards the ring, his eyes darting immediately towards Alex Shelley who watches Aries slither in the ring. Shelley jumps off the turnbuckles and into the ring, immediately approaching Aries who holds his hands up as he backs off into the corner, staring menacingly back at Shelley. Shelley keeps a watchful eye on the snake-like Aries, desperate to start battle right away. The men break off their stare down for a moment as...

    Fort Minor's "Remember the Name" introduces the NWA World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles. Styles' entrance is met with raucous cheers as he approaches the entrance ramp with his head down, hood up, and the gold championship proudly around his waist. He slowly raises his head, peering down towards his two opponents standing in the squared circle, before making his way down the ramp and to the ring for the biggest challenge of his title reign thus far. He stands for a moment on the ring apron, taking down his hood, shooting looks to his left at Aries and then to his right at Shelley, before slowly entering the ring. With all three men now in the ring, the fevered atmosphere in the Allstate Arena is undeniable: the fans are ready, the three competitors are ready, our NWA World Heavyweight Championship 30-Minute Ironman bout is about to get underway. Chicago is ready, are you?!


    Main Event
    NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match
    30 Minute Ironman Match
    AJ Styles (C) vs. Alex Shelley vs. Austin Aries


    0-10 mins: The trio stand off for a few moments, all three looking as intense as the other, before Austin Aries starts trash talking. Aries mocks both Styles and Shelley, letting his mouth go, until the two look at one another, wasting little time before rushing towards Aries. Aries stops in his tracks, like a rabbit caught in the headlights, as Shelley and Styles attack him with a flurry of chops and forearm smashes. An eager Shelley takes control, connecting with a huge European uppercut that sends Aries rocking. Shelley gives Styles a look as if to say 'go on, do better' and Styles takes it on himself to do just that, pirouetting before connecting with a huge Pele Kick. Aries lands in a heap on the floor, wisely rolling to the outside to avoid further offence from the duo. Shelley takes offence at the fact he lost out in a game of one-upmanship, shoving Styles firm in the chest, purposefully antagonizing him. Shelley looks smug while Styles looks less than impressed. The two fan favourites get into a shoving match before Shelley tries to get a forearm shot in, however it's read early by Styles who quickly ducks, spins and . . . discus clothesline . . . doesn't connect! Shelley knows Styles better than anybody, ducking and quickly rolling him up: One...Two...Thr-No! Styles bursts out, both men returning to their feet before Shelley tries another quick roll up . . . Styles has it scouted though and counters into a pinning predicament of his own: One...Two...Th-No! This time Shelley escapes, scurrying back to his feet only for Styles to instantly take him right back down to the canvas as the discus clothesline connects this time around! The NWA World Heavyweight Champion nearly beheads Alex Shelley, turning him inside-out with the big time move. Hoping for an early lead in the match, he covers: One...Two...Thr-No! Austin Aries hurries back inside to break things up and avoid falling behind one fall.

    Aries and Styles exchange blows as Shelley recovers down on the canvas. Styles gets the better of Aries rather quickly, backing him against the ropes courtesy of a quick combination of punches and kicks. Aries desperately uses the ropes to keep him on his feet but a springboard dropkick from Styles soon sees him fly over the ropes and spill back to the outside. Styles contemplates joining Aries on the outside but out of the corner of his eye, he spots an incoming Alex Shelley who he deals with by dropping a shoulder and popping his arms up in order to vault Shelley over the ropes and down towards Austin Aries on the outside. Shelley sweeps Aries back down to the floor on the outside with an improvised somersault plancha that draws the applause of the crowd. Shelley picks himself up, bowing to the crowd but making the critical mistake of turning his back on AJ Styles . . . Styles is airborne . . . Springboard Shooting Star Press! The crowd are now on their feet for an absolutely outstanding maneuver from 'The Phenomenal One' as he gracefully leaps through the air and into the path of a startled Alex Shelley. AJ Styles now is the only man on his feet, the defending champion looking in incredibly good form in the opening five minutes of our main event contest.

    Moments later, Styles and Shelley are back in the ring while Aries recuperates on the outside floor. Styles struggles with Shelley, trying to keep him pinned in the corner of the ring, looking to possibly take him to the top rope. The champion throws a huge right but Shelley is somehow able to slip out of his grasp, dodge the right, and connect with a huge enziguri to the back of AJ's head. Styles lands with a thud against the turnbuckles, barely able to keep on his two feet. His landing opens up an opportunity for Shelley who immediately hoists him up and sets him on top of the turnbuckles. Shelley throws a few knife-edge chops, connecting with Styles' chest as he slowly climbs the turnbuckles to join his opponent on the top. Initially, Styles offers resistance, trying in vain to fight Shelley off but Alex is able to overpower him with a number of clubbing forearms before landing a huge headbutt to finally take some fight out of his opponent. As Shelley prepares for the top-rope maneuver, Austin Aries slides back in the ring, slowly returning to a vertical base as he keeps an eye on the situation developing in front of him. Shelley jumps up and lands on the shoulders of Styles before dragging him off the top rope with a beautiful Frankensteiner . . . Styles flies into the path of Austin Aries . . . sitdown powerbomb! Incredible! The crowd give a gasp of astonishment at the sight of Aries catching Styles by the legs in mid-air before slamming him down into the canvas. The sheer velocity of the extraordinary move results in Styles' head whip-lashing off the canvas - he could be done for here. The cover: One...Two...Thr-No! Alex Shelley pushes himself off the canvas and leaps up to break the pinning predicament milliseconds before the count of three. Aries' quick thinking nearly prevailed, had it not been for Shelley then he would have almost surely have been one fall up by the time the first ten minutes had elapsed.

    10-20 mins: The middle section of the match-up sees all three men stake a claim for the opening fall of the match-up. With a number of signature moves and resulting near-falls traded, there's a stubbornness on display as none of the three involved want to go a fall behind. Aries looks to best Shelley, locking him in a headlock before attempting to lift him up and drill him with a Brainbuster. Shelley counters however, putting on the brakes and trapping his leg inside the leg of Aries before sweeping him down into an inside cradle: One...Two...Thre-No! That was close! Aries barely escapes the tricky pinning predicament, picking himself up, a look of shock on his face as he tries to take down Shelley with a clothesline. Shelley's a lot quicker though, ducking before running the ropes and coming back at Aries to take him him down with a face-first bulldog. Shelley continues his momentum hitting the ropes again, jumping to the second rope before springing back with a stunning Lionsault . . . No! Aries does brilliantly to raise both knees and as a result Shelley crashes and rebounds off of Aries, clutching his abdomen before stumbling backwards into the path of AJ Styles who has now returned to his feet. Styles spins him round, kicks him in the very mid-section which had just took the brunt of the failed Lionsault attempt, before hooking him in for the Styles Clash . . . he connects! Styles doesn't delay in hooking the leg: One...Two...Thre-No! Shelley shows great ring awareness by pushing his left leg out onto the bottom rope. Austin Aries crawls over to the two men, mightily relieved that Shelley had managed to reach the rope as Aries had no hope of breaking up the pin in time.

    Styles takes a hold of Aries hoping to connect with another Styles Clash but Aries counters magnificently, scooping Styles off his feet, showing brute strength to lift him fully before drilling him with an impressive rolling fireman's carry. Aries heads right to the top turnbuckle, convinced that the move was enough to keep Styles down for the 450 Splash . . . Aries leaps off the ropes, gracefully twisting in the air before diving downwards towards the body of Styles . . . it connects! Aries lands square on the midriff of Styles! He hurts himself slightly upon landing but he still has enough in him to turn around and put his hand across the chest of the champion for what is surely fall number one: One...Two...Three! No! No! Alex Shelley dives, almost from one side of the ring to the other, to deny Aries by a matter of inches. A split-second later and it would have been too late. All three men remain on the canvas, fatigue and exhaustion beginning to kick in. Austin Aries can't help but show his frustration at being unable to force himself in the lead, signs of panic perhaps getting to him as we pass the half-way point of this 30-Minute Ironman match-up.

    Alex Shelley staked a claim for the first fall of the match as the twenty minute mark drew closer. Taking advantage of a frustrated Austin Aries, Shelley once again wriggled his way free of a Brainbuster attempt before shoving Aries into AJ Styles, who had just returned to a vertical base, resulting in Styles flying through the ropes and to the outside. Aries meanwhile, had remained on his feet but only just, and a little groggy he turned into the path of Shelley who sought his chance to get his opponent in a front headlock and run in the direction of the nearest turnbuckles, running the bottom, middle and top before flipping . . . Slicedbread #2! Shelley hooks the leg to go one fall ahead: One...Two...Three! No! Aries gets his arm up! Shelley's eyes grow wide, almost bulging, in disbelief that Aries had somehow managed to get his arm up before the count of three. Shelley looks physically and mentally drained, his efforts starting to take its toll, as he lies exhausted on the canvas. Twenty minutes pass with the scores still level, there's no clear winner in sight.

    20-30 mins: The final ten minutes sees all three men step up in their efforts to secure the first, and probably last, fall in the match. The action goes to the outside after Shelley attempts to take Styles down with a suicide dive only for Styles to dodge it, moving out of the way at the very last second, which sees Shelley crash and burn! Styles is a little heavy on his feet but he is quick to take advantage of a hurt Shelley, picking him up and placing him between his legs . . . STYLES CLASH ON THE OUTSIDE FLOOR! Shelley sickeningly thuds off the hard, cold floor as Styles hits him with his finisher for the second time in the match. That could put Shelley out of contention and Styles knows it. AJ picks himself up slowly before re-entering the ring where Austin Aries is now returning to his feet. Styles immediately cuts him off and tries to go on the offensive but Aries shoots back with lefts and rights, the two men exchanging blows, as the clock continues to tick down.

    Styles and Aries are back-and-forth, both men trading near falls, eager to score a pinfall or submission as we enter the final few minutes of the match. Shelley is showing little sign of movement on the outside, that Styles Clash seemingly proving critical to his chances of winning the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. The final moments of the match approaching, it's very much just a two man race. Back in the ring, AJ Styles gets the better of Aries, ducking a discus elbow smash attempt before taking to the ropes, springing backwards and flipping over Aries to take him down with a beautiful Stylin' DDT! Styles returns to his feet, breathing heavily, signalling for the Styles Clash. He's confident a third Styles Clash will be enough to secure that all important pinfall . . . he slowly lifts Aries into position . . . he wraps him up . . . Styles Clash connects! Styles flips Aries over and is about to hook his leg before his attention is diverted by a figure, armed with a steel chair, who has made his way down the entrance ramp and into the ring. . .

    Spoiler


    END IRONMAN

    IRONMAN QUICK RESULTS
    RECAP
    Roderick Strong defeated El Generico.
    Kofi Kingston versus Evan Bourne was a no contest following the debut of Big E Kingston, who annihilated Bourne.
    Richie Steamboat defeated Cody Rhodes.
    Samoa Joe defeated Drew Galloway in a No Holds Barred match.
    Brian Kendrick defeated Paul London.
    Tyler Black and Jimmy Jacobs defeated The Briscoe Brothers to become the NEW NWA World Tag Team Champions.
    Shawn Michaels was announced as 10% co-owner of the National Wrestling Alliance.
    Austin Aries defeated AJ Styles and Alex Shelley (1-0-0) in a 30-Minute Ironman Match to become the NEW NWA World Heavyweight Champion.
    Man of the world.

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    My god man. I wish I had enough time to give this the proper review that it deserves. This is really a phenomenal piece of work. Starting with a Pantera link within the first three paragraphs.

    Love the way you brought in Langston. I would love to see what you have in mind as far as booking him because I think there's a world of potential, especially if you give him a righteous reggae entrance tune to go along with that ring gear.

    Samoa Joe vs Drew Galloway was my favorite match. Always loved the way you write Drew Galloway in this fed. All of his matches that you have written have been a real treat to read.

    Your Brian Kendrick vs Paul London feud is a front runner for Storyline of the Year. Just a really good throwback feud, with a great series of matches from show to show. This one wasn't as good as the last(loved the ear psychology), but it was a very good sequel. I like how their rivalry really progressed through the actual matches more than the build up to them.

    HBK! I should have known!

    Really love how extreme this show was. Some great hardcore violence, but it was used very intelligently, with some great psychology. Makes for great reading.

    The Iron Man Match is my new favorite match of this show. Holy fucking shit my man. I knew this was going to be good and you totally delivered the goods. Really, really, really loved the 3 way psychology you used and the blood was a nice touch. I think the Cody Rhodes run in was a good call that progressed the story nicely. Match of the Year material without a doubt. Aries gets a huge title victory moment for the heels, very well done my man.

    Whatever happens to this project I think it's essential reading as far as fan fic is concerned. It's stripped down to it's core without any gimmicks as far as the format. This has been a very big influence on my interest in writing my man. You definitely have a very distinct way with words. I'm a big fan of your style. 10/10

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