WorldWide Progressive Wrestling
GOLD RUSH SERIES
Saturday August 4th2012 . AllState Arena, Chicago. LIVE on HBO.
Gold and white pyro explode from the rafters as “End of the Line” reaches a dramatic climax. The people are packed inside by the masses, rabid supporters fight to be seen by the cameras hovering over them. The Chicago crowd is ROARING. The WPW logo is visible on the overhead screens. On the rafters also hangs the large logo 'WPW' with a blue circle going around it . Below that is a picture of the WPW World Pro Wrestling Championship. Across the far walls of the arena are hanging the faces of the eight remaining wrestlers who will fight each other in the Quarter Finals – Low Ki VS Homicide, Samoa Joe VS Ron Killings, Hirooki Goto VS Rey Mysterio, and Randy Orton VS Hiroshi Tanahashi.
We cut to the WPW logo on top of the entrance gate that is two large screens joined together. The haze from the fireworks clouds the atmosphere as the THUNDEROUS CHEERS continue while cameras soar across the arena.
The voice of Matt Striker introduces the program, “Eight remain, four will make it to the Semi Final tomorrow, two will make it to the Final at the end of that same night. The road is about to end, welcome to the WPW Gold Rush Series Quarter Final Round!”
Before Striker can continue the Chicago crowd erupts as Ziggler
appears through the entrance gate, no music, nothing, he almost seems sorry to be there as the raucous crowd gives him a very loud but mixed reaction. He begins the slow walk down to the ring, as Matt Striker exclaims, “Last week Jake Swagger revealed why he turned on his friend and comrade, Ziggler and cost him his match against Hiroshi Tanahashi and a chance to go on to become WPW Champion. He mentioned that three years of his career were wasted with Ziggler, and he was continuously overshadowed by his brash ally, no more he said, he vowed to end Ziggler's career and make up for lost time.”
Ziggler climbs into the ring dressed in a grey suit and dress pants, and in a very somber mood. Some fans chant “Ziggler” but he is not listening at all. A microphone is handed to him by the ringside staff as he goes to a corner and lays back, framing his words and probably his mind.
Ziggler - “I know the Gold Rush Series Quarter Finals are about to get underway but I had to get some things off my chest and I hope you all will bear with me here. I don't even know where to begin with this... If it was anyone else, ANYONE, I wouldn't even give a damn. When its your own friend, and forget what we do here as a job, when its someone you are friends with EVEN outside the job, someone you know through thick and thin will have your back...and he turns on you, he feels like you held him back...I'm...”
Ziggler shakes his head, still in disbelief.
Ziggler - “You think that I used you to climb up the ladder of the wrestling world? You think that I am the one hogging the spotlight? You think I held you back?”
Ziggler puts his head down, there is silence all around the arena as he looks down, still distraught. Finally he says...
Ziggler – (Whispering) “You're absolutely right.”
Ziggler looks up, looking into the far camera as the crowd literally explodes at his last words and he slowly, discretely, begins to chuckle. Matt Striker explains that the “lines have been drawn, Ziggler and Swagger are bound by fate now to collide.”
Ziggler gently puts the mic down, absolutely changed from his admission, back to his supreme aura of confidence as he steps outside the ring and walks to the back raising his arms, “You're right...it took you this long Swagger?”
he roars out to members of the crowd, laughing his way to the back.
The lights in the AllState Arena are dimmed as we are set for the first match in the Quarter Finals round, it is now time for Low Ki VS Homicide
=::GANGSTARR - MASS APPEAL::=
Blue and red lights flicker inside the AllState Arena as a chaotic reaction meets Homicide
who appears out of the entrance gate, heavily bandana'd in his street fight gear flanked by The Usos
who are simply dressed in black T-Shirts and track pants as the trio begin their slow walk towards the ring. Matt Striker recollects the events from last week, the formation of an alliance between Homicide and The Usos and the brutal beatdown of MVP who Homicide cheated to beat to get here. Also the fact that Homicide can be considered the man who created the change – the change to Survival Rules in WPW as Kurt Angle was unable to tame the chaos that 'Cide and The Usos caused. Speculation is rife that he had a hand in Low Ki's match against Katsuhiko Nakajima as well, but only time will tell, “You're looking at the most dangerous man in WPW right now.”
=::2PAC - NO MORE PAIN::=
The crowd roars as the arena is covered in grey and we see double takes, shadows of Low Ki's
visage before he even appears out of the entrance gate. Once he does, a bright fluorescent light temporarily flickers around him as he makes his way towards the ring, climbing inside as the lights slowly come back. Striker explains how Low Ki defeated Katsuhiko Nakajima due to mysterious circumstances, the lights went out in the arena and Nakajima lay out cold on the mat. Many including WPW spokesperson Kurt Angle believe Homicide and The Usos are behind it but Low Ki claims to know nothing of it.
Homicide and Low Ki face off in the middle of the ring as Homicide can be seen and heard saying, “I told you...this is it, this is real. Everything is gonna change now man, you can still ---”
Low Ki smiles, shaking his head and then turning around to walk away...no way, he comes right back with a Flying Big Boot to the head of Homicide as the Chicago crowd roars in satisfaction. Homicide jumps up and comes back but Low Ki with flurries of Arm Drag Takedowns and then two stiff kicks to Homicide's chest, finishing with a springboard off the ropes into a Roundhouse Kick. Homicide is floored. Ki immediately goes to work with absolutely relentless stomps on Homicide's midsection, stiff boot after boot as Homicide gets the breath kicked out of him. Homicide quickly rolls out of the ring, The Usos immediately coming to his side as he leans on the commentary desk panting. The Usos go to either side of the ring, taunting Low Ki and trying to distract him. Jimmy Uso gets up on the ropes even but Ki feints a Running Elbow and Uso jumps back down. Jey Uso tries to climb into the ring from the corner ringpost but Low Ki dropkicks him out, but he fell for the trap – Homicide drags Low Ki's legs into the ringpost and locks in a Figure Four Leglock wrapped around the ringpost! The referee is helpless to do anything due to the Survival Rules as he pleads for Homicide to let go of the hold as since he is outside the ring Low Ki cannot even submit. Low Ki is in visible pain as he screams out but Homicide will not release the hold. The Usos get back around but Homicide instructs them to stay away as he finally breaks the Figure Four Leglock and then slams Low Ki's right leg into the ringpost before re-entering the ring. Low Ki can barely get up as Homicide uses the ropes to elevate himself and stomp on Low Ki's right leg again and again. Ki tries to crawl to the corner to get away as the crowd boos heavily at Homicide's tactics. Striker whispering, “ladies and gentlemen it does not look good for Low Ki right now...”
Homicide slowly pulls Low Ki up to his feet, teasing him with some rest but then lifting him high, and back down with a Delayed Fisherman Suplex with the right knee hooked. Homicide with a confident cover one...two...thr- shoulders up! Homicide is a little bit surprised as he sarcastically smiles at the referee before laying a couple of right hands to Ki's forehead and then whipping him into the corner. Homicide sets his sights, then backs himself up all the way to the other corner as the crowd is tense, Low Ki is shivering, this could be it. Homicide runs at Low Ki and dives into a Double Foot Stomp but Low Ki pushes himself up and dodges as Homicide crashes his legs into the turnbuckles. Low Ki uses the ropes for balance, staggering away from Homicide. Homicide wriggles his way out from the turnbuckles and begins to stand, Low Ki re-appears right in front of him, locks him in, and drops Homicide with the Ki Krusher 99' (Fisherman Driver). The crowd is roaring as Low Ki goes for the hook of the legs one...two...thre-kickout. Low Ki cannot believe it, he falls back to the mat in exhaustion, slowly crawling further away from Homicide to recuperate as The Usos at ringside breathe a huge sigh of relief. Homicide slowly shows some signs of life, turning over sideways and attempting to find the nearest support as The Usos feed information from ringside. Chicago urges Low Ki on as he waits for Homicide to get up and face him, he himself leans on the ropes on the other side in the meantime. Finally 'Cide gets up and staggers to the middle as Low Ki charges at him but Homicide nails a low Roundhouse Kick to floor Low Ki and then locks him into an STF! Low Ki cannot escape, Homicide roars out in deathly elation as the referee begs Low Ki...yes, Low Ki's tapping, Low Ki tapped out. “Homicide is in the semi's! Homicide goes through!”
The Chicago crowd is booing heavily but some claps can also be heard as Homicide releases the hold but refuses to have his arms raised as he climbs the second rope immediately, tapping his forehead as he goes back to Low Ki who is still face down on the mat. “You can't beat the master...”
Homicide screams in Low Ki's ear as The Usos join him and share hugs, before the trio finally raise their arms together. They slowly roll out of the ring and towards the back, jubilation clear on their faces as the referee checks on Low Ki.
Matt Striker exclaims that Homicide had Low Ki well scouted and having The Usos in the Sruvival Rules environment is priceless. “I really am concerned now, who is going to stop Homicide now? Low Ki was trained by him, he knew everything and some say had the best chance of knocking Homicide out of the Gold Rush Series, yet Homicide has just demonstrated his domination over his pupil, albeit with the presence of The Usos. He is now two matches away from becoming WPW Champion.”
We go to a pre-recorded press conference in the Rosemont Theatre in Chicago. A giant black and blue 'WPW' circular logo hangs in the background and Kurt Angle
is seated completely alone, scores of security personnel behind him. He addresses the press assembled there. A championship belt sits in front of Kurt Angle, sprawled out for all to see. It is in adorned with a silver emblem, a silver circle going around the center of the championship, thin lines depicting continents and a fist running through the middle.
Kurt Angle - “Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased, and satisfied to make another landmark announcement associated with WorldWide Progressive Wrestling. As the historic Gold Rush Series draws to a close and a new World Pro Wrestling Champion is crowned tomorrow night, we look forward to the future.
There has to be a credible way, an option, a chance, a dream, whatever you want to call it. There has to be a way and a path for every wrestler that sets foot in this promotion or this sport in general, to be able to become World Pro Wrestling Champion. There also has to be credibility and reputation associated with anyone who challenges for the World Pro Wrestling Championship.
Keeping all this in mind, I am proud to present to the wrestling world, the first of its kind, the prestigious, Silver Championship.”
Quiet applause is given by the people assembled at the conference.
Kurt Angle - “The rules that govern this championship are truly unique and the first of their kind. First let us explore the advantages of this championship. The man who wins this championship, and is able to hold it for 5 title defences or more is guaranteed a World Pro Wrestling Championship match thereafter. As long as he is still champion by the time the World Title match begins, his title shot remains valid. Should he win, he must relinquish the Silver Championship to the Championship committee, should he lose against the World Champion, he must again defend it at least 5 more times before he can receive another opportunity.
Now I will explain the stipulations of holding this belt and what is required of a Silver Champion. As I mentioned, a minimum of five title defences are required to be eligible to challenge the World Champion. What makes this Championship truly “progressive” and unique is that it can be defended not only in WorldWide Progressive Wrestling but any other promotion. Should there ever be a circumstance where the Silver Champion is challenged by a champion from another promotion, he must defend his belt against that opponent either at a WPW event or an event of the other promotion.
If, our Champion loses his belt, we welcome...with open arms, the wrestler from the other promotion to defend the Silver Championship here in WPW, or elsewhere at least 5 times and challenge the World Pro Wrestling Champion to a match.
The first ever Silver Champion will be crowned at our inaugural “Siege of Chicago” event this coming Saturday in an eight man tournament. The participants will be announced during the week.
Once again, thank you for joining me ladies and gentlemen and see you tonight at the Quarter Finals.”
Kurt Angle gets up and holds the Silver Championship aloft as the press take photos.
We are back at ringside as we prepare for our second Quarter Final match for the World Pro Wrestling Championship, it is time for Samoa Joe VS Ron Killings.
“Joe's gonna kill you, Joe's gonna kill you, Joe's gonna kill...” chants thunder across Chicago.
=::LED ZEPPLIN - KASHMIR (PUFF DADDY MIX)::=
The roof explodes from the building as Samoa Joe
emerges from the smoke, towel over his head, breathing fumes as he roars out from his war trance and makes his way towards the ring. Striker explains to us that Samoa Joe had another gruelling match after his classic against Tyson Kidd in the first round, this time against the legendary Chavo Guerrero in the Elite 16. Joe more than earned Guerrero's respect and as predicted, is one of the front-runners in the Gold Rush Series but may face his toughest test yet against the enigmatic Ron Killings.
=::NAS - MADE YOU LOOK::=
We wait for an eternity as Ron “The Truth” Killings
finally emerges from the dark, dressed in his usual jeans and black armbands. He walks to the ring slowly, staring down Samoa Joe from a distance as the crowd roars in the background. Striker, “In the first round he took Carlito Colon out of action in the most one sided match I have ever seen, in the Elite 16 he took advantage of Shelton Benjamin's revenge on Charlie Haas. Ron Killings is a dark horse in the Gold Rush Series, nobody knows what will happen next, all we know is that so far he has won and circumstances have favoured him.”
The referee explains the Survival Rules to both men as they stay on each corner of the ring. Joe and Truth don't speak, don't shake hands, just stare each other down as the referee checks everything one final time before ringing the bell. Both men begin a slow walk to the middle of the ring, facing up to each other. They engage in a Collar and Elbow Tie Up as Joe pushes Truth to the corner but Truth wriggles out and starts stomping and punching away at Joe. Truth does not stop until Joe is sitting on the mat. Truth throws a boot in Joe's face and pushes it in cutting Joe's breath away. Truth then Snapmares Joe into the middle and into a Reverse Chinlock. Truth shows no emotion at all, just churning Joe's neck from time to time as Joe gasps for air. The ref asks Joe if he wants to give up but Joe screams out, “fuck you”
very loudly to a roar from the crowd as Truth finally begins to show some anger. Truth drags Joe all the way down to the mat from the sitting position and keeps the Chinlock fixed. The crowd wills Joe on but Truth has his gameplan absolutely set. Joe pushes at Truth's arms, wrenching Truth's left wrist, lifting up at the same time and getting back up, reversing the Chinlock into an Arm Twist but not for long, Joe pulls Truth in and goes for a high German Suplex. Killings bounces off the mat, staggering into and then coming back off the ropes as Joe once again lifts him up for a snap Samoan Drop. Joe is gathering momentum as he hits Killings with a flurry of Elbow Drops and then takes a run up off the ropes into a Running Senton on Truth. Joe drags Ron Killings up, hitting him with a couple of Forearm Smashes which knock the wind out of The Truth. Joe lifts Truth up for a steep, steep Dragon Suplex bridged into a pin one...two...kickout! Truth crawls away, rolling out of the ring and panting for breath. Joe sees Truth outside, taking a small run up and flying out into an Elbow Suicida (Suicide Dive into a Flying Forearm Smash) to Truth on the floor. Samoa Joe has no time to rest, he drags Ron Killings up and smashes his head into the ringpost. Killings staggers back as Joe nails another Samoan Drop on the floor! Killings is out for the time being as Joe picks him up by the hair, laying in a couple of right handed shots and then rolling Truth just about into the ring. Joe brings Truth back up, whipping him into the corner, Truth comes back off and walks into a super delayed Sidewalk Slam. Joe with the hook of the legs one...two...th-no! Truth kicked out. Joe goes to the corner, crouched, waiting for Truth to get up. Joe runs at Truth as soon as he does, but misses the Ole Kick completely, Truth rebounds off the ropes onto a tremendous Jumping Corkscrew Hook Kick. The tide is turning again as both Truth and Joe are on the mat recuperating. Joe is up before Truth and goes to pick him up but out of nowhere Truth nails the Reverse STO! Truth with the hook of the legs one...two...thre-no! Joe just about kicked out. Truth staggers over to the nearest corner and mounts the turnbuckles to the top, waiting for Samoa Joe to get up. The crowd is also on the edge of their seats as Joe takes an eternity to get up. He sees Ron Killings but it is too late, Truth flies off the top, landing on Joe's neck into a perfectly executed Huricanrana that sends Joe tumbling out of the ring. Joe is out on the floor, rolling around clutching his head as Truth once again climbs the nearest corner as Joe begins to get up. Truth dives off the top turnbuckle into a Rolling Senton Bomb on Samoa Joe on the outside! The supporters are roaring inside the arena as Joe and Truth both are laid flat on their backs. Slowly both begin to show some life. Truth is up first, he uses all his strength to drag Joe up and roll him back in to the ring. Truth somehow gets his body over Joe and makes the cover one...two...thr-shoulders. Truth rolls away again, huffing and puffing as Joe lays there in the same place. Killings goes to the turnbuckle again, a rare raise of his arm to the crowd who roar back, having been won over by his exploits. He goes to the top turnbuckle, carefully balancing himself. Striker, “Truth has tried everything so far, what else is left for him to do to Samoa Joe?”
Time stands still – Samoa Joe is laying on the mat, Ron Killings on the top rope – Killings soars into the air into a 450 Splash – he lands but Joe moves out at the last moment! Truth is out cold on the mat, face down where he landed. The AllState Arena crowd is on their feet, chaotic reactions in the air. Samoa Joe uses the ring ropes to sit up – he has no clue where he is, but he sees Truth's body, he crawls over and rolls Truth to the other side and goes for the cover one...two...three. It's over.
There is thunderous applause for both Samoa Joe and Ron Killings as Joe's arm is raised by the referee but he is still lying on the mat. Striker, “Ron Killings threw it all on the line and got nothing in return. Samoa Joe again wins and he is through to the Semi Final, only two opponents separate him from the WPW Championship. As for Truth, wow, he has been shrouded in mystery since he came here but do not doubt his desire, his will to win this match – he has not attempted the 450 splash in a decade and he brought it out tonight but Joe used his gut instincts, something just ticked inside to make him move out of the way, and he has dodged a bullet here ladies and gentlemen. Joe will now meet an old foe in Homicide in the Semi Final tomorrow night!.”
Joe makes his way slowly to the back as Truth finally begins to come about and looks out at his lost opportunity and buries his face in his hands, Joe catches that and pounds his chest and salutes Truth from a distance.
In the back Todd Romero
is standing by at the WPW interview set with none other than “The Outlaw” Charlie Haas
who is pacing about heavily, frustrated and we probably know why.
Todd Romero - “Charlie Haas, last Sunday in your Elite 16 match against Ron Killings we saw the unexpected happen – or maybe not so unexpected – Shelton Benjamin came in and Superkicked you to cost you the match and a chance to compete in tonight's Quarter Finals. Mr. Benjamin was supposed to be in the hospital but clearly his motivation was to disrupt your match. What are your thoughts?”
Charlie Haas - “After our match two weeks ago I had a hint of regret in my heart, maybe, just maybe I took Shelton too far...but I just want to thank him for clearing my doubts. I obviously did not take him far enough. This son of a bitch has the audacity to say he's better than me when I damn near killed him in the ring already.
SHELTON...if you're hearing this. You made the biggest mistake of your life. You cost me a chance at the WPW Championship – the first time around I tore your body in half. I guess I couldn't finish the job. Next time we see each other, I'm taking you out completely. You won't be seen in a WPW ring as long as I am around. That's all I will say, show up if you dare to...I'm ready anytime, anywhere we can really find out once an for all who is the better wrestler.”
Haas storms off as Romero nods to the camera to finish the segment.
We are back at ringside for our third Quarter Final match, it is the moment, it is time for Hirooki Goto VS Rey Mysterio.
=:OD - SOUTHTOWN::=
The loudest reaction of the night comes as a flurry of masks appear and the lights are darkened, masks worn by Mysterio throughout his career as the music builds up further - the lights start to flash in various colours and as the music explodes into life and the arena explodes in lights and out of the entrance gate emerges Rey Mysterio
as the sound reaches thunderous levels in the arena. Mysterio runs down to the ring, climbing the four turnbuckles and saluting the fans. Striker explains to us that Mysterio first defeated Sin Cara, and then had a cliffhanger with KENTA who he scraped past to bring him to the moment that he is in now – against Hirooki Goto. Mysterio was one of the first names signed to WorldWide Progressive Wrestling and has lived up completely to his billing so far.
=: DJ KRUSH - KEMURI::=
The lights once again go dark, a rustic tone illuminates the AllState Arena as the music starts to flow through the PA system. Out comes Hirooki Goto
from the smoky entrance gate as the supporters in side the arena roar in tribute. Goto slowly walks to the ring as Matt Striker fills us in on his exploits so far. He defeated Jake Swagger in the Round of 32, and then bore the brunt of the new Survival Rules as Masato Tanaka made sure Goto paid a heavy price for victory. Nonetheless, Goto is here now and faces another legend in Mysterio in hopes to get to the Semi Final tomorrow night.
Goto enters the ring and engages in a quick pre-match handshake with Rey Mysterio as the bell is rung and the match is underway. Mysterio feints and keeps Goto at a foot's distance in the early going. Mysterio then springboards off the closest corner and nails Goto with a surprise Dropkick. Goto is up instantly as Mysterio again springboards off the ropes and onto Goto into a spinning Headscissors Takedown. Goto again gets up quickly and comes at Mysterio who baseball slides under Goto's legs, rebounds off the ropes into a Cross Body falling into a cover one...shoulders. Mysterio gets up, rebounding off the ropes and goes for a bulldog – but Goto reverses, lifting Mysterio high into the air and back down for a thunderous Belly To Back Suplex. Goto with the hook of the legs one...two-kickout by Mysterio. Goto quickly shifts over, lifting Mysterio up in a front facelock, high, high into the air for a huge delay and then a devastating Brainbuster! Goto again with the tight cover one...two.....shoulders. This time though Mysterio is much slower as Goto goes to work, whipping Mysterio into the corner, laying into him with a flurry of shoot kicks and vicious right hands. Goto turns Mysterio around, sitting him on the top turnbuckle facing towards the crowd, and then grabs Mysterio's head into a Rope Assisted Neckbreaker. Mysterio's body flops around on the mat as Goto hurriedly goes for the cover again one...two...th-shoulders! Goto is getting closer, he can sense it as he pulls Rey up and then whips him into the ropes, Rey comes back off as Goto rebounds off the opposite side but completely misses the Lariat. Goto looks around for a moment but Mysterio attempts a kick at Goto, who catches but Mysterio swings around into a Leg Feed Enzuigiri. Mysterio and Goto are both down on the mat as the crowd wills them on. Goto moves to the corner, as does Mysterio, both beginning to get up and get back into it. Goto and Mysterio stagger into the middle of the ring getting into a fist fight, each swinging wildly at the other. Mysterio forces Goto back with each round of punches and eventually Goto is whipped into the ropes by Mysterio, as Mysterio goes for the Dropkick but Goto hangs onto the ropes, Mysterio reaches thin air – Goto runs at the fallen Mysterio and wraps his legs quickly and pulls his head in – Deathlock Camel Clutch! The crowd is exploding as Mysterio screams out in pain, Goto roars out for him to tap. He's seized the opening. Mysterio withstands the pain somehow, clawing, turning around, reaching at the mat and just somehow gets a hand to the nearest rope, Goto should have applied it in the middle. Goto breaks the hold immediately, honouring the rules completely. Mysterio tries to pull himself up using the ropes, clearly hurting from the submission. Goto waits for Mysterio and picks a moment – running at Rey, but Mysterio with a leg scissors takedown to the second rope. Mysterio doesn't even bother signalling, he makes the run up and nails the 619 (Tiger Feint Kick). Mysterio springboards off the top rope and lands a Diving Headbutt on Goto. Mysterio with the cover one...two...three-shoulders! Mysterio looks out, half in disbelief. He stomps on Goto four, five times before mounting the top turnbuckle backwards, positioning for a Moonsault – Goto rallies himself and climbs the turnbuckle and flings Mysterio back into the ring with a huge German Suplex off the top! Goto with the hook of the legs one...two...three...no! Kickout by Mysterio! It's Goto's time to pound the mat as he waits for Mysterio again, Mysterio gets up ever so slowly, clutching his back, Goto turns him around, locks him in and lifts him up for a Shouten Kai (Vertical Suplex Sitout Side Slam) but Mysterio reverses it rolling off Goto into a killer Neckbreaker! Goto is out cold, Mysterio crawls over and hooks the leg one...two...three. Rey Mysterio has beat Hirooki Goto.
The Chicago crowd erupts as Mysterio's arm are raised by the referee but he first goes to check on Hirooki Goto who nods to Mysterio that he is okay. Striker, “Rey Mysterio – the man who can reverse just about any move, he did it to KENTA and now he's done it to Hirooki Goto. What a crucial, crucial victory for Mysterio but Goto was close, he was damn close. Mysterio advances to the Semi Final to meet the winner of Orton versus Tanahashi which is coming up next!”
Cut to a montage of mainstream America and the larger world - shocking disasters happening, rampaging industry, masses of people flocking into stores, advertisements glamourizing wealth and riches, people dying mercilessly in distant countries. Sexual imagery, brutal fights and robberies, everything you see on the news and read about. In the undercurrent is a raspy radio voice narrating all through it.
“The light of the sun, the abundance of the earth, it was not enough for you. You idolized the light, devoted your prayers and your rituals to it. Now it is your darkness that is spreading across the oceans, taking everything in its path, you have forgotten everything, sucked into the walls of your own creation, a deathly spiral. The cycle goes on and on, so cruelly magnificent, I can only hopelessly smile at it. Somehow we all dance in this circus of death. Can we let go? Is it too late? Is it too late? IT IS TOO LATE...for you”
Just as abruptly the footage is reduced to a small pixel, then gone, replaced by black.
We return from the video package to the AllState Arena, Kurt Angle
is in his skybox, looking much more relaxed than we've seen him in a long time. Sitting next to Angle is none other than New Japan Pro Wrestling President Naoki Sugabayashi.
They can be heard speaking about the upcoming match between Tanahashi and Orton as refreshments are brought into the room by the staff. We return to ringside it is time for our last Quarter Final match - Randy Orton VS Hiroshi Tanahashi.
=::METALLICA - I DISAPPEAR::=
An awe inspiring gold light display atop the entrance gate paves the way for Randy Orton
to emerge. The crowd roars as the cameras close in on Orton whose eyes are covered in silver contacts giving him a ghostly look as he smiles wickedly walking towards the ring. Striker fills us in on Orton's exploits so far – two hard fought victories over El Mesias and then Jay Lethal, Orton has kept a low profile since arriving in WPW as a marquee star but as he himself promised that once he wins the Gold Rush Series, his actions will speak for themselves. Striker, “It is game time for Randy Orton, he is in the Quarter Final against the best of NJPW in Hiroshi Tanahashi, the snake has risen from his slumber as he continues his quest for the gold.”
=::IN THE AIR TONIGHT - SAGEONE MIX::=
The lights dim in the arena, the music slowly flows through the system as the crowd roars for the music, a light show begin, silver in colour, slowly climaxing as the lights form a bubble on the entrance gate and everything else is dimmed. Hiroshi Tanahashi
emerges as the light flickers out and silver lights glow all around the AllState Arena. He begins his slow walk to the ring shaking a few hands, very confident and at ease. Striker, “The ace of the universe he is known as and so far the cards dealt to him by fate have followed that path. Tanahashi was lucky in the Round of 32 to get past Ziggler, no such luck required against Drew Galloway as the face of New Japan continues his rise towards the final. Make no mistake though and not taking away from the former competitors, he is finally facing a true World Champion caliber wrestler in Randy Orton and this will be a very different proposition for him.”
Tanahashi goes up the ring steps, stepping inside and raising his arms for the thousands as a very warm reaction is given for the IWGP Heavyweight Champion. There is no handshake, Orton and Tanahashi engage in a stare down as the officials prep the match and the bell is rung. They both walk back towards their respective corners and then come back, it is time. They engage in a Collar and Elbow Tie Up, Orton quickly slipping his arms around and putting Tanahashi in a Side Headlock. It does not last long as Orton is pushed to the ropes and Orton rebounds off walking into a Flying Forearm Strike from Tanahashi. Tanahashi drags Orton up but Orton swings back wildly with stiff shots to Tanahashi's face before whipping Tanahashi into the ropes again and this time Orton gets Tanahashi with a Falling Clothesline. Orton with the cover one...kickout. Orton pulls Tanahashi up, quick Powerslam to the mat. Orton off the ropes, into a Knee Drop to Tanahashi's face! Tanahashi pulls away clutching his head as Orton catches a breath before pulling Tanahashi to his feet, but Tanahashi drops his shoulders lifting Orton's left leg from under him and then rolling into a leg hook one...two...kickout by Orton. Orton gets on his knees but Tanahashi comes around and nails a resounding Shining Wizard completely flooring Orton. Tanahashi pulls Orton up by his neck, lifting him perfectly into a Half Hatch Suplex into a hold pin one...two...kickout again by Orton. Hiroshi Tanahashi again has to pull Orton up to his feet, stomping him in the midsection, he lifts Orton up once again - high into the air and back down into a vertical Suplex. Tanahashi then goes to climb the turnbuckles, signalling for the High Fly Flow, but Orton is up within seconds of Tanahashi's climb and comes up to the top turnbuckle and pulls Tanahashi back with a huge Hip Toss off the top. Orton literally screams at Tanahashi to turn around and get up, wisely Tanahashi does not, he goes to the corner, kneeling, with his back still to Orton. Randy Orton looks around and then shrugs running at Tanahashi attempting a Corner Dropkick – Tanahashi dodges out the way! Orton flies into the turnbuckles crumpling in pain clutching his legs. Tanahashi comes back at Orton stomping repeatedly on the both injured legs. Hiroshi Tanahashi rolls himself out of the ring, dragging Orton's left leg half way out and then performs a Dragon Screw Leg Whip on Orton's left leg. Orton spits out in pain, crawling towards the middle of the ring as Tanahashi gets up to the ring, standing by the ropes. He watches Orton crawling towards the middle and then effortlessly pulls him back and locks in a Cloverleaf. Randy Orton writhes in pain, his head in his hands as he screams out. The crowd is on its feet now, they can sense the end coming as the referee checks on him. Tanahashi is not letting go, he pulls his chest up along with Orton's legs, a dangerous angle for the Cloverleaf. Orton, to his credit has controlled the pain, wheezing heavily as he tries to twist his body. He uses guttural strength – and somehow turns his body around and then pushes Tanahashi into the ropes, Tanahashi stumbles back – Orton rolls him up one...two...thr-kickout! Tanahashi gets up quickly and runs at Orton – Orton flies off the mat, RKO! Striker, “Last ditch RKO by Orton, a closing move but has he ever needed it this badly before?!”
Orton and Tanahashi are both on the mat, Orton spewing out saliva and Tanahashi looks like he's almost passed out as the supporters applaud and roar for both men. Orton after an eternity lays an arm over Tanahashi one...two...three-shoulders. Roars from the crowd. Orton slowly, ever so slowly, staggers up to his feet. He pulls Hiroshi Tanahashi up by his hair, lays into him with lazy but effective right hands and then whips Tanahashi into the ropes expecting him to rebound back as Orton jumps for the Lou Thesz Press but nobody's there. Orton lands on his knees, screaming in pain – not long – Tanahashi with an Enzuigiri to Orton's face. Orton slow collapses to the mat, knocked out. Tanahashi hooks the legs one...two...three...NO! Shoulders are up from Randy Orton. Tanahashi crawls away, getting up slowly with the support of the ropes. He pulls Orton up, locking in from behind into a Kinkasan Suplex (high Angle German Suplex). Tanahashi does not let go, he lifts Orton up and another Kinkasan Suplex, smashing Orton's upper body into the mat. Tanahashi again with a cover one...two...thr-again a kickout by Orton. Hiroshi Tanahashi just cannot put Randy Orton away. Tanahashi staggers onto his feet, grabbing Orton and lifting him up by the neck. Tanahashi tries to whip Orton to the ropes, Orton reverses and whips Tanahashi running after him to clothesline but Tanahashi pulls the ropes down and Orton goes flying out and crashes to the outside. Orton writhes around the floor, the pain is affecting him too much. Tanahashi takes one look, then takes a run up and through the ropes for a Dragon Rocket Suicide Dive onto Orton! Both men tumble to the floor from the impact. Tanahashi and Orton both begin to get up, immediately trading blows as soon as they see each other. Orton out of sheer desperation nails the harder punches pushing Tanahashi back. Eventually Orton grabs Tanahashi and slams his head against the announce table and then throws Tanahashi right at the ring-post. Orton brings Tanahashi back his way, rolling him onto the announce table and climbing atop it. Striker, “Survival rules...oh god.”
Orton slowly lifts Tanahashi up, putting him in a lock...he's setting up fo a DDT on the announce table as the crowd goes wild. Orton tries to DDT Tanahashi but Tanahashi bends his knees at the right moment, he then pushes up with sheer strength and tosses Orton over his back and onto the floor! Randy Orton springs right back, hopping onto the announce table and catching a still dazed Tanahashi with an RKO through the announce table! The atmosphere is rabid inside the AllState Arena as both men lay crumpled in a heap of metal and plastic. The referee and ringside staff check on both men to make sure they are okay to continue and a thumbs up is signalled by the ref. Moments pass as both men crawl out of the wreckage and Randy Orton is the first to wobble onto his feet and staggers over to Tanahashi who seems to be busted open. Orton drags Tanahashi up and rolls him back into the ring. He then gets in afterward and goes to Tanahashi and slowly locks Tanahashi in and into an Inverted Headlock Backbreaker as Tanahashi crumples to the mat again. Orton with the cover one...two...thr-shoulders. Orton scowls at the referee, going back and stomping on Tanahashi's head which is already bleeding. Orton lifts Tanahashi up for a Wrist Clutch Olympic Slam but Tanahashi rolls off his back and Superkicks Orton in the face! Tanahashi with the hook of the legs one...two...three-kickout! Tanahashi cleans the blood off his face and picks Orton up and goes to lift Orton up for a Belly-To-Back Suplex and into the air but Orton flips over Tanahashi's back and goes for another RKO – no Tanahashi pushes Orton into the ropes and goes for a Roundhouse Kick, Orton ducks and runs off the opposite ropes as Tanahashi turns around into a Lou Thesz Press as Orton unloads on Tanahashi's busted forehead. Orton lifts Tanahashi up again, he locks him in for a DDT but Tanahashi lifts him up and tries to ram him into the turnbuckle but Orton releases himself and Tanahashi runs into the turnbuckles. Orton pulls Tanahashi back out and mounts him on the top rope and climbs up himself. Orton locks Tanahashi in but Tanahashi furiously punches back at Orton's rib cage. Orton is about to lift Tanahashi for the Superplex – no Tanahashi in a last desperate effort pushes Orton off and as soon as he lands Tanahashi launches off into the High Fly Flow (Frog Splash) and nails it! Tanahashi rolls away and then back, with the cover one...two...three!!!! Tanahashi wins! Orton did not kick out this time. It's all over at last.
Tremendous reactions follow from the supporters inside Chicago's AllState Arena as Tanahashi rolls away cringing in pain and the referee barely raises his hands and points at Tanahashi. Striker, “Hiroshi Tanahashi prevails! He has just beaten Randy Orton in a do or die match and he will contest the Semi Final against Rey Mysterio. What a match ladies and gentlemen, multiple instances where we thought it was over for both men but credit to Orton and Tanahashi they both persevered. Orton went for the Superplex, which runs in his family, adapted from his father but Tanahashi, blood in his eyes somehow had the sense to stop the move and finish Orton off for good. It has been a historic night once again in WorldWide Progressive Wrestling – our final four – It will be Homicide versus Samoa Joe and Rey Mysterio versus Hiroshi Tanahashi, the winners will battle in a 2 of 3 Fall or Submission Match on the same night tomorrow night, please do join us and thank you for watching, it has been a privilege. Matt Striker out.”
We go off the air as Randy Orton finally stands up a little and shakes Tanahashi's hand and motions for him to “go get that belt.”
Gold Rush Series Quarter Final Results
Homicide def. Low Ki
Samoa Joe def. Ron Killings
Rey Mysterio def. Hirooki Goto
Hiroshi Tanahashi def. Randy Orton