'Highway to Hell'
hCw World Heavyweight Championship
MAIN EVENT | THE BIGGEST MATCH IN THE HISTORY OF PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING
*Live performance by Slayer, playing Brock Lesnar to the ring with 'Here Comes The Pain'*
'The Executioner' Brock Lesnar vs 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin
Simply put, there has never been and nor will there ever be, a bigger match in professional wrestling. Two absolute titans in this great sport; two of the most dominant we have EVER seen and at last, the match that EVERBODY has wanted to see but thought it would never happen... it's here.
Even before Hostile City Wrestling opened it's doors, Don Callis has had Brock Lesnar at the top of his wishlist. While he was originally planned to be a member of the roster on day 1, the deal fell through and Callis was forced to turn his attention to other hopefuls. Fast-forward to the business meeting in which Callis closed the deal with 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin, the veteran businessman even surprised himself as he managed to hold in his excitement. What Austin didn't know, nor anybody else, was that Lesnar had been signed just days earlier and would be making his debut in several weeks. The timing couldn't have been greater and, like a mad scientist, Callis set about organising the largest pay-per-view the World had ever seen. Hostile City Showdown, for all intents and purposes, is the 'Wrestlemania' of the company. The premiere event, where everything is turned up to 11. From top-to-bottom, there's something for every fan and the cheery on top of this deliciousness, is the main event...
...that almost never happened. It was a tremendous night of entertainment, as Steve Austin triumphed over Samoa Joe in a highly-anticipated dream match. Looking on from backstage, Callis had already opened a bottle of wine to celebrate his future plans, when disaster struck. From out of nowhere, the 'Corpse Grinder' Rhino has attacks Austin. Leaving the shattered bottle behind, the horrified Director of Talent raced to the ring, to PLEAD with Rhino to call off whatever he was planning. But the animal ignored him and piledrove 'Stone Cold' from the ring apron, through a table... a move that could've very well put a normal man out of action.
But Austin isn't a normal man; why, he's the toughest son-of-a-bitch in the industry! Just as Rhino was about to see his contract torn up in front of his very eyes - by an EXTREMELY pissed off Callis - Steve surprised everybody as he attacked him, a move that would lead to a non-sanctioned match between the two at Calm Before The Storm. Desperate to protect his high-value investment, Don inserted himself into the match to deny Rhino the victory. This would play directly into last month's PPV, Torch of War, in which Rhino - as an 'apology' - was granted the opportunity to main event against Brock Lesnar. Keen to get his money's worth out of Austin's contract, Callis made Steve the special referee for the contest.
~ Torch of War
On the night, Rhino was unquestionably the most popular wrestler on the entire show. Having burned everything in his path, leaving charred corpses rotting for the crow's to feast on, Hostile City Wrestling's 'young and angry' demographic had slowly, but surely learned to appreciate Rhino's style as the months wore on. Even when feuding with the then-pure Steve Corino, Rhino had a growing fanbase. Now that he was head-on with the beast incarnate himself, one of the most hated men in the company, Rhino had nothing but the support of everyone in the building - rivaled only by Steve Austin, himself.
The match was hard and fast, the 'Corpse Grinder' eager to mount his largest trophy ever on his wall, but Brock Lesnar is and forever has been on a different level. With unparalleled power, these two hulks threw each other about, both inside and outside of the ring... but ultimately the 'Executioner' was the one who claimed victory. With the crowd on their feet, Austin - the special referee - narrowly dodged an incoming GORE WHICH CONNECTED WITH BROCK LESNAR! The fans were riotous as the Manbeast hooked the leg, 1.......... 2.......... KICK OUT! The match continued, back-and-forth they clashed until Lesnar managed to pull Rhino onto his shoulders for The Verdict (F5)! Swinging the animal through the air, Austin was struck by the leg of Rhino and crashed to the canvas, nursing his injured neck. Lesnar covered Rhino defiantly... but there was no referee to make the count. With realisation dawning, an annoyed Brock tried to bring Steve around with careless taps to the back of his head with his boot. Finally fed up with him, Lesnar motioned to the back and as if by magic, Don Callis appeared with a referee by his side! The zebra-shirt made it to the ring just in time, counting 1....... 2......... SHOULDER UP! THE PLACE EXPLODED!
Frustrated, Brock put the boots to the Manbeast before hauling him off the mat for a powerbomb. Showing INCREDIBLE strength, the 'Corpse Grinder' was made to look like an infant, as he was pulled into the air... POWERBOMB! Maintaining his grip, Brock lifted him up... FOR A SECOND POWERBOMB! With the veins in his head set to burst, Rhino saw stars as he was once again brought into the air... FOR A THIRD POWERBOMB! The referee was already in position to make the count, as 'The Executioner' LIFTED RHINO AGAIN FOR A FOURTH POWERBOMB...
...AUSTIN WITH THE LOW BLOW! The Texas Rattlesnake leapt out of the way, as all 300+ pounds of animal collapsed on top of the former 'Next Big Thing.' Not a single fan was seated, as they waited for the referee to make the pinfall... but Callis' own referee didn't even pretend to be interested in making the count. With fire in his eyes, Austin grabbed him roughly by the shirt and gave him THE STONE COLD STUNNER! After kicking the scraps out of the ring, Austin hit the mat and counted, 1.......... 2....... LESNAR GETS HIS SHOULDER UP! Dead to the World as a result of those vicious powerbombs, Rhino is barely stirring, but Lesnar is already looking to return to even footing. On his way to recovery, he locks eyes with 'Stone Cold' and a burst of adrenaline helps him to stand. The two get into a brief argument, Austin yelling at Brock, accusing him of knocking him down with the errant Verdict on purpose. It's not long before the two trade fists, the fans growing louder and louder as they FINALLY witness these two getting their hands on one-another! Although Steve has the early advantage, Brock finds his second wind and launches Austin into the corner. He closes in with kicks to the gut before SUDDENLY LEAPING TO THE SIDE...
...AND RHINO HITS AUSTIN WITH THE GORE AGAINST THE TURNBUCKLE! As 'Stone Cold' collapses into a heap, 'The Executioner' licks his lips hungrily, begging Rhino to turn. Realising he's made a mistake, the 'Corpse Grinder' is fretful as he turns... and PULLED ONTO BROCK'S SHOULDER! HE HITS HIM WITH THE VERDICT FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS MATCH! With a wide grin, Brock grabs Austin by the wrist and DRAGS him to the middle of the ring. With a relieved Don Callis looking on from the entrance way, Lesnar covers Rhino and uses the 'special referee's' arm to count, 1................. 2................. 3! Callis offers a round of applause as Brock's music hits, the camera taking great care in catching both Brock and Austin in the same shot - one sitting up and one out, cold.
~ The next night
Hostile TV kicks off with the shattering of glass, as Austin sets his focus on Brock Lesnar and Don Callis. He runs down the pair, calling them cowardly dogs and questioning their relationship. Speaking directly to the Director of Talent, Austin warns Don that greater men than him have seen their companies brought down by poor decisions, and promises to take Lesnar back behind the barn and put him down. Callis makes his way out, scolding Austin for failing to see the big picture. Noting that the Texas Rattlesnake's neck has suffered greatly these past months - not to mention the years that preceded them - it's simply a poor business move to bank on Austin. So he's playing the odds and investing in the FUTURE of this business, Brock FUCKING Lesnar! Just to add insult to injury, Don takes great pleasure in telling Austin and the rest of the World, that 'Stone Cold' was never anything more than dollar signs on a piece of paper and that the money the company will bring in from Hostile City Showdown, will more than cover Austin's contract. After Lesnar crushes him in THE BIGGEST MATCH OF ALL TIME... he honestly doesn't care what happens to Steve. But, stepping into the ring with Brock Lesnar... with a neck THIS CLOSE to snapping? He has a pretty good idea what'll happen and Austin is more than welcome to sit out his contract when the night's over.
Struck dumb by rage, 'Stone Cold' tells Don that he wants to bring Brock Lesnar to the ring RIGHT NOW so that they can settle this. Laughing - openly laughing - Callis reminds him once again that the endgame is Hostile City Showdown. Giving away the biggest match in history on free television? Now THAT would be a poor business decision! Besides, Lesnar isn't in the building tonight. With eyes aflame, Austin has the great pleasure in informing the Director of Talent that, if Brock Lesnar isn't here... he'll just have to settle for second best! Throwing down the microphone, the crowd go wild as Austin hastily exits the ring and makes a beeline for Don Callis. But the dastardly fiend continues to laugh, as security guards quickly file out from backstage and form a human barrier. With a sly grin to the crowd, 'Stone Cold' charges their formation and ALMOST BREAKS THROUGH... but the numbers are too much! Callis yells at them to remove Austin from the building, who struggles violently as he's escorted backstage.
With 'Stone Cold' safely out of the picture, Don accepts a briefcase from a crew member and proceeds to the ring, where someone has organized a podium. Despite all the boos and jeers, Callis is on cloud nine as he opens the briefcase... to reveal the HCW World Heavyweight Championship! Ecstatic with himself, the Director of Talent announces that at Hostile City Showdown, the biggest match in history will be EVEN BIGGER as the Heavyweight Championship will be on the line! Don removes the belt and holds it up for the cameras to see, before welcoming to the ring... BROCK LESNAR?!
His music hits and to everyone's surprise, the man who isn't supposed to be in the building... IS MAKING HIS WAY TO THE RING! With a shit-eating grin, Brock enters the ring and shakes Callis' hand, before firmly grasping the Championship belt and placing it over his own shoulder. Don stands back to admire the look of his future, hand-picked champion. The crowd are an inferno, red hot with hatred at what they're seeing. Louder and louder they grow, their boo's turning to cheers as Austin...
...WAIT, WHAT?! 'STONE COLD' STEVE AUSTIN RACES FROM THE BACK, SECURITY RIGHT BEHIND HIM AS HE SLIDES INTO THE RING AND THROWS HIMSELF AT BROCK LESNAR! EVERY FAN IS ON THEIR FEET AS AUSTIN RAINS DOWN RIGHT HAND AFTER RIGHT HAND! He pulls himself off Lesnar and stares a hole right into Don Callis, just as security floods the ring and restrain him! Looking like he's seen a ghost, Callis screams for Austin to be removed! He doesn't care what it takes, he wants Austin OUT! Hurling abuse at both Don and his future opponent, 'Stone Cold' is dragged kicking and screaming backstage for the second time. The Director of Talent - who is ironically unable to direct the greatest talent - checks on Brock, who fiercely shoves him away. Humiliated, red-faced and bleeding from his lip, 'The Executioner' stands and stares after Austin... counting the days until they get their hands on one-another.
So this is it. After months of build-up, the largest match the sport of professional wrestling will ever see. The unveiling of the HCW World Heavyweight Championship has increased the stakes tenfold, but even without it, this is MUST-SEE. With the odds stacked against him, 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin will have to move mountains to come out of Hostile City Showdown the new champion... but if anyone can do it, it's Austin.
STEEL CAGE MATCH
'The Corpse Grinder' Rhino vs 'Canadian Warmachine' Kevin Owens
The story of Rhino is too complex to explain in short detail, but it's clear to all just how far he's come. Initially a wrecking ball, destroying everything and everyone in his path, he soon found a target in Steve Corino. Like a lion turning on it's trainer, the Manbeast lashed out, wanting a taste of Corino's blood and refused to stop even when Corino BEGGED for forgiveness, claiming to be a different Steve Corino than the manipulator of the past. But with his animalistic nature, Rhino felt no sympathy and continued to pursue... to hunt... to maim... fuck it, he wanted to KILL Steve Corino! The 'King of Old School' was at a loss. With nowhere else to turn, he made a call that brought in his old friend Kevin Owens, who Corino had mentored in their time together in Ring of Honor. Happy to help a friend, Owens put his own life on the line inside a Steel Cage, as he gave Rhino the toughest fight of his life. To his credit, he managed to pull out the win and with it, got the 'Corpse Grinder' off of Corino's back. As he exited the cage, Kevin had but one thing to say to Steve, "Remember our deal."
As we'd later learn, Kevin Owens was promised... he had Corino's WORD, that he'd get him a contract with Hostile City Wrestling. Sitting by the phone, Owens stewed as he sat idly by, for a call that never came. To his credit, it was Chris Benoit who saw the massive potential in his fellow Canadian, convincing management to offer Kevin a contract on the spot. Last month, after shrugging off Sean O'Haire insane attempts to steal his very essence, Steve Corino publicly revealed himself to be THE BIGGEST SNAKE you will EVER find! Jovially announcing that his retirement tour was all a sham, Steve revealed that his plans to be THE man in HCW were thrown off-course by Rhino, but now that he's been dealt with, Steve can focus on what he came here for. To his horror, Kevin Owens would interrupt and after flashing his new contract, revealed that as part of the contract, he and Steve would have a match against one-another: a Fight Without Honor. At Torch of War, they had an absolute WAR as things got as personal as they could get. Hurt by his friend's betrayal, Kevin was a man possessed as he took the fight to Corino with everything he could find. Meanwhile, Corino entered survival mode early and used all of his veteran trickery to keep himself in the fight. Just as it seemed the 'Canadian Warmachine' was going to exact his revenge, the 'King of Old School' went low and followed-up with a lariat. Instead of going for the pin, he went under the ring and.... taking a leaf out of Terry Funk's book, CORINO PULLED OUT A BRANDING IRON, WRAPPED IN CLOTH! As Owens tried to recover from the under-handed attack, Steve soaked the cloth before LIGHTING IT ON FIRE! With the flames dancing across his face, Steve carefully re-entered the ring and swung the branding iron at Kevin's head... but he saw it coming and moved out of the way! Steve readied a second swing, but Owens caught him with a boot to the mid-section and, as Corino doubled-over, Owens picked up the branding iron and pointed it threateningly at his old friend.
With tears in his eyes, the snake dropped to his knees and begged, pleaded... PRAYED for forgiveness! He yelled that he was sorry, that he didn't mean a word of what he said and realises now that Kevin Owens was the best friend he ever had. The ONLY friend he ever had! Slowly, Kevin lowered the branding iron and WHAM! CORINO WITH ANOTHER LOW BLOW! With the sad look of betrayal, Kevin dropped to his knees as Corino picked up the flaming weapon and, with miraculously dry eyes for someone who was just crying... DROVE IT INTO OWENS' HEAD! Everyone in the building cringed as Kevin Owens fell in a heap and Corino made the cover... and earned the win.
In any other company, the next logical step would be a rematch between the two, as Kevin Owens seeks the almighty VENGEANCE! But... this is Hostile City Wrestling, and things are never that simple. As Owens' face after the match proved, he would indeed be seeking vengeance... how would Steve Corino get his way out of this one? Following Torch of War's main event, the victorious Brock Lesnar left the ring to continue the celebration. Closely behind him, followed Don Callis' referee. After that, Austin made his way backstage. As people were filing out of the building, the ones that remained slowly, but surely began to give Rhino a standing ovation. As the Manbeast stirred, the cheers intensified, stopping only when the music of Steve Corino hit. The 'King of Old School,' still in his wrestling clothes, entered the ring warily and requested a microphone.
, "Listen Rhino, I know that I'm the last person in the World you want to see right now and I get that you're probably not in the mood to talk, but I wanted to tell you something. Right now, you're splayed out on the canvas like a girl on her prom night. Through your own doing, you've paved your own path and now look at you... you've come to a dead end. A dead end, with no place to turn and nobody to turn TO. You've allowed people to take advantage of you... of your DESIRES... they've manipulated you, my friend."
By now, the crowd are in disbelief, having a hard time believing what they're hearing.
, "Don Callis? He used you... he FED YOU to Brock Lesnar! Don't you see? First he robbed you of your chance to beat Steve Austin, then he made up for it with, what... a match against the chosen one? The odds were always against you, because you don't have the foresight to see when you're being used. People use you, Rhino... they take advantage of you and I can't stand back and let it happen ANYMORE!"
Rhino is on one knee, still recovering from those brutal, brutal powerbombs... but he's definitely listening.
, "I know I've hurt you in the past. I used you for... to... FOR MY OWN SAKE, but things have changed! I don't like to see you like this, Rhino. I know what you're capable of... but also what you aren't capable of. You need someone to stand at your side and direct you. Somebody who genuinely cares, someone that wants what's BEST for you. Someone like ME! You want to be the best? You want to get your hands on Lesnar again, or even Austin? Hell, whoever YOU want... I'll serve them up on a plate, no questions asked! Together - as a TEAM - we can get you what you deserve, because you've done a great job so far, my friend. A FANTASTIC job. Honestly... like a FATHER, I look at you with pride..."
The Manbeast is now on his feet, his focus squarely on Corino.
, "You just can't do it without me. You know it's true. No matter what we've been through - you and me - at the end of the day, you know that what we have is a special bond, that can't be broken. I forgive you, Rhino, for every bit of hurt you gave me! I FORGIVE YOU! What you did to me wasn't right... all the heartbreak, all the anguish... don't you know you're like a Son to me? You never had a father figure around when you were growing up, so I made it my duty to BE that for you. But... my God, Rhino, you broke my heart"
Unbelievable. In seconds, Corino has managed to turn an apology into a sympathy vote. Rhino hangs his head in shame, as the crowd look on in disbelief.
, "But I forgive you."
Rhino suddenly falls forward and into Corino's arms. Steve drops the microphone and holds the weary Terry Gerin up, before embracing him. As the fans boo, the camera zooms in to catch everybody's worst fear... that sadistic smirk of Steve Corino.
~ The following night
Steve Corino opens the show, Rhino at his side. The Manbeast looks almost like a prisoner as he stands beside Corino, truly embodying the 'Manbeast' persona, as he looks half a man, hunched over. Who knows what thoughts are circling through his head. Steve officially welcomes Rhino back where he belongs and promises that this time, he won't let the mistakes of the past be repeated. It doesn't take long for the music of Kevin Owens to interrupt proceedings, who has come with his own microphone. Owens is hurt, evidently. Hurt for the constant betrayal he's felt at the hands of Steve Corino. But what makes it even harder for him to digest, is knowing that Rhino... could've been him. He speaks directly to Rhino, trying to open his eyes to what Steve is doing, but the 'King of Old School' cuts in almost immediately, arguing that he's protecting Rhino from himself.
Fed up, Owens reasons that talking is getting them nowhere and frankly, there's nowhere Corino is more dangerous than with a microphone. Whether Rhino's at his side or not, Kevin wants a rematch against Steve Corino and it's not enough just to beat him anymore. All this talk of the faux 'retirement tour' he plans to make it a reality, as he challenges Steve to an I Quit match. That's right, he's willing to put HIS ENTIRE CAREER on the line just to end Steve Corino's tyranny! The 'King of Old School' turns to Rhino in disbelief.
, "Do you hear that? Kevin wants to take me away... he wants to SEPERATE us. He's JEALOUS of the friendship that we have and he'll stop at nothing to get what he wants. He's a vengeful, spiteful man who has hurt me in the past... and Rhino, he's hurt you, too."
Steve flashes a sly grin at Owens, before continuing.
, "Inside of a Steel Cage, Kevin Owens BEAT YOU... within an inch of your life, Rhino. He HUMILIATED YOU, he left you for dead... do you think he cared about what he did? Of course not, he doesn't care about you. He doesn't care about anyone but himself!"
As Steve continues talking Rhino slowly, but surely begins to stand upright. Soaking in everything his father-figure is feeding him, the 'Corpse Grinder's' eyes turn to Owens. Understanding the plan in motion, Kevin makes his way towards the ring as Corino reasons with his animal that the only way to solve their problems is for Rhino to meet Owens back inside the Steel Cage, the moment that led to Rhino's downfall. Only this time, he must win. Owens slides under the bottom rope and makes a bee-line for Steve Corino... BUT RHINO CUTS HIM DOWN WITH A GORE!
Having brought Kevin Owens into Hostile City Wrestling to deal with Rhino, Steve Corino now finds himself on the opposite end of the scenario... needing Rhino to bring an end to Kevin Owens. With the 'Corpse Grinder' back under the thumb of the 'King of Old School,' just like all of those years ago in ECW, Corino has the tools to begin his rise to the top here in Hostile City Wrestling.
hCw Imperium Championship
DREAM MATCH | SINGLES MATCH
'Canadian Crippler' Chris Benoit vs 'Samoan Submission Machine' Samoa Joe
A little over a month ago, Don Callis unveiled the HCW Imperium Championship, a title that he felt would bring the very best out of his roster. Looking to kick off the division the right way, Callis awarded title opportunities to four of the very best: Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Samoa Joe and Taz. Two matches, the victors meeting at THE BIGGEST EVENT OF THE YEAR to compete for the Imperium title. Adding another classic to their friendly rivalry, Benoit and Guerrero took each other to the limit. When the dust settled, it was a Flying Headbutt that put an end to Eddie's chances of becoming a champion... for now.
In the other match, Samoa Joe at last proved to his peers that he had what it took to one day be the man at the top. In a rematch of their unforgettable battle at HCW's first pay-per-view, Joe was able to make up for his earlier loss. With Taz on his back - the Tazmission locked firmly in place - the 'Samoan Submission Machine' charged towards the corner turnbuckle and turned at the last moment, squashing Taz between the two. From there, Joe set him up for the Muscle Buster on the turnbuckle, a move which sealed the win. Now, it's time for yet another dream match - something that Hostile City Wrestling delivers time-and-time again. Benoit v Joe, for all the marbles!
hCw X Division Championship
'The Opportunist' Seth Rollins
(c) vs 'Latino Heat' Eddie Guerrero
When Don Callis introduced the Imperium Championship, he revealed that two more would be on their way in good time. Of course Lesnar and Austin would be competing for the king of all straps - the World Heavyweight Championship - but the third and final belt remained a mystery. At last, Don made it known that the X Division title would be coming to the company, a Championship that spoke for it's self. Uttering the now-famous tagline: 'It's not about weight limits, it's about no limits,' Callis announced that the deciding match would the following week, in a 10-man Rumble match.
With their numbers drawn on the night, the fans were ecstatic to discover that the man that had drawn #1 was 'Latino Heat' Eddie Guerrero himself! After failing to capture the Imperium Championship, he relished another opportunity to become champion, holding nothing back as he survived opponent-after-opponent. As time went on, the participants realised that Eddie was practically unstoppable; the fire in his gut a raging inferno. In the midst of an unsuccessful double-team, the buzzer for #8 sounded and with it, came the fresh man, Seth Rollins. Having made his debut just two weeks earlier, the fans were red hot for his arrival! Hyping himself up, Seth ran towards the ring at full speed and...
...came to a SCREECHING HALT. The fans boo'd as Rollins - looking pleased with himself - decided to instead usurp the time keeper from his seat and take a much-needed rest, throwing his legs onto the commentary desk just to add the exclamation point to his bad attitude. In the ring, Eddie continued the good fight as he eliminated one man, only to be faced with a near-elimination of his own. Paul London was the next man in, followed by #10, the 'Phenomenal' AJ Styles. Those two would have their problems, leading Styles to throw London out over the top rope... and USING THE MOMENTUM, EDDIE GUERRERO LIFTED AJ STYLES OVER THE TOP AS WELL!
Dropping to his knees, 'Latino Heat' was full of emotions as he thought he had claimed the X Division Championship. The fans initial cheers turned to screams of warning, as 'The Opportunist' Seth Rollins slid into the ring and, as Eddie looked to stand... CONNECTED WITH A CURB STOMP! Out cold, Guerrero was hauled shamelessly to the side and pushed to the outside. As the bell rang, Rollins was crowned the winner and held his new Championship like a trophy.
The following week, Eddie Guerrero's good cheer was replaced with anger. He berated Seth for his cowardly actions and demanded he come to the ring and face him. When Seth appeared, he pointed out just how ironic it was that Eddie would look down on him for doing what he had to do to win... afterall, Eddie HAD made a career on it. Remember? Lie, Cheat & Steal? Guerrero had soured his family's name and reputation with his 'win at all costs' tactics and if a guy like Seth Rollins were to beat him with his own tricks... too bad. 'Latino Heat' challenges him to put his newly won X Division Championship on the line and welcomes Seth to use ALL of the tricks up his sleeve. "Nah," replies Rollins. He figures that he only has to defend his title once a month, so for now, Eddie has exactly one month to prove that he deserves a title shot.
This draws the interest of Director of Talent, Don Callis, who cuts Seth Rollins' party short. Although one of the most hated men in the company at the moment due to his siding with Brock Lesnar, Callis gets a cheer as he reveals he's here to rain on Rollins' party. At the end of the month is Hostile City Showdown, the biggest event Hostile City Wrestling has ever hosted and that belt WILL be on the line! What's more, as THE last man to be eliminated in the Rumble match, the No.1 Contender... IS EDDIE GUERRERO! Delighted at the news, 'Latino Heat' stares a hole right through Seth, shit-eating grin in tow as Rollins looks distressed by this news.
THE FIGHT FOR TERRY GERIN | SINGLES MATCH
'Human Suplex Machine' Taz vs 'King of Old School' Steve Corino
Corino has more enemies than most people will ever have friends. He made his living off of extracting what he needed from people, using others as stepping stones to get to where he wanted to be. When the 'King of Old School' said he was a changed man, we all believed him. His peers believed him. So when it was time to reveal that he doesn't have a sympathetic, or genuine bone in his body afterall, he started one hell of a shitstorm. Aside from his personal rivalry with Kevin Owens, beside his twisted relationship with Rhino... he managed to piss off Taz, one man you do NOT want to get on the wrong side of.
Taz called Corino out and curiosity got the better of him. Standing at the entrance-way, Steve listened as Taz ran him down for being the most worthless, disgusting piece of human filth he had ever met. He recalled the early days in ECW, remembering the atmosphere each show had. Some of the fans came to so many shows, that the wrestlers started to recognise them. Everytime you stepped into an ECW ring, you could look around and see family. Taz recalls one, young man in particular. He was shy, with long hair and a Pearl Jam t-shirt every fucking time... he fit right in with the crowd at the time, but something was off about him. He fit right in, yet he didn't belong. So he threw the kid some work; maybe help take the ring apart at the end of the night, sweep up... whatever needed doing. He felt sorry for the kid, thought he'd give him a boost of confidence. But over time, that kid started no-showing and the times he was there, he was angry. Real fuckin' angry, like he was about to snap. So he left it alone.
Biggest mistake of his entire fucking life. That young man went by the name of Terry Gerin and Steve Corino got his claws in him. Taz had better things to do - he himself was young and hardheaded - so he left Terry to do his own thing. When he saw the future-Rhino in the ring, at Corino's side, he realised what had happened and it made him sick to his stomach. Time went on and Rhino quickly became one of the most dangerous men in Extreme Championship Wrestling, one hell of a compliment considering how violent that place was. Whatever... what happened, happened.
But then this company opened their doors and he watched - along with the rest of the World - as Rhino made Corino's life a living hell. Everything had come full-circle! It was great to see and he kept thinking back to the old days, thinking about that young Terry Gerin and wondering if he knew how things would turn out. Rhino got his revenge, things were done. He put it in the back of his mind and never thought about it again... until now. Some people are calling Corino the Devil, but he thinks that's a load of shit. Steve Corino is nothing more than a man without morals and the fact that he's taking Rhino for a ride all over again, after seeing with his own, two eyes what he did to him the first time... it's unforgiveable.
By now, Steve's heard enough. He 'appreciates' everything that Taz had to say, but at the end of the day it's none of his business. Like he did all those years ago, he should just turn his head and feign ignorance. Taz... ha! Acting so high-and-mighty, he would've thrown everyone under the bus if it meant getting to the top. The 'Human Suplex Machine' notes that every victory he ever had, was of his own doing. Every accomplishment, was earned. Not by pulling the strings of others, but by getting in the ring and being THE VERY BEST professional wrestler that he had trained to be. He challenges Corino to a match at Hostile City Showdown. The 'King of Old School' made it clear that he was looking at the top spot, specifically naming Taz as one of the guys he was gunning for. Here's his shot. With glee, Steve accepts the challenge and promises to make Taz his bitch.
KI vs TAJIRI II | SINGLES MATCH
'World Warrior' Low Ki vs 'Japanese Buzzsaw' Yoshihiro Tajiri
What began as a dream match, quickly developed into a relationship born out of mutual respect. Having taken him to the limit, Tajiri acknowledged Ki's talent and welcomed him into an inner-circle, of sorts. Along with his old ECW friends Super Crazy and Jerry Lynn, the 'Japanese Buzzsaw' became good friends with the 'World Warrior.' The good will would continue up until a four-man Elimination match at Calm Before The Storm, which would come down to just Low Ki and Yoshihiro Tajiri. Taking advantage of a mistake made by the veteran, Ki came away with the win and with it, earned a new level of respect. Bow'ing to him, Tajiri would leave his head open for a lethal kick that brought him - and their friendship - to an end. The following night, Yoshihiro wanted a chance to teach the 'World Warrior' some respect of his own and challenged him to a rematch of their incredible match of the year candidate from months ago. With a shake of his head, Low Ki turned the offer down. Having now defeated Tajiri, he thought himself superior.
Unfortunately for him, Don Callis - always eager to bring the hot feuds to a boil - threw both the 'Japanese Buzzsaw' and Low Ki into a tag team match at last month's pay-per-view, Torch of War. It would be Tajiri that would earn his win back, countering an over-confident Ki and making the pin. In the coming weeks, both Low Ki and Tajiri decided to settle their feud once-and-for-all as they step into the ring at Hostile City Showdown... for Ki/Tajiri 2.
'The Phenomenal' AJ Styles vs 'The Future' Paul London
Last month saw the debut of two, new talents in the HCW ring: Seth Rollins and AJ Styles. To their credit, they put on one hell of a performance and in a single night, proved their worth. Unfortunately for the third man in the contest - Paul London - he played the odd man out. Originally looking to test the mettle of these new signings, it was London who would eat the pinfall after a Styles Clash. Recently having turned the corner in his career, this came as some bad timing. London, still a little unstable from his thoughts of self-doubt, could do nothing but hang his head as the 'Phenomenal' one soaked up the fanfare following the bout. The next night on Hostile TV, the crowd welcomed AJ with open arms with one of the warmest reactions anyone in the company he'd seen. Following Styles' free-TV debut, Paul made his way to the ring. He blamed AJ for stealing his thunder. He was on the up-and-up and AJ has derailed his momentum in an instant. The former TNA MVP shrugged him off, but London was persistent and tried to stop Styles from leaving the ring... AJ STYLES FROM OUT OF NOWHERE WITH THE PELE KICK! As Paul crumbled into a heap, the 'Phenomenal' one could only shake his head and leave.
The next week, Paul again initiated conflict. It wasn't bad enough that guys like AJ Styles and Seth Rollins think they can walk into the company and do whatever they like? On top of that, AJ had to humiliate him in this very ring. Styles' music hits and he comes out to a round of applause - a big difference from the boos Paul London was being given, by the fed-up audience. AJ throws his hands up... he has no idea what any of this is about! He just started in the company and already someone's starting beef with him? Whatever issues London has, they're not with him. BUT... if he's got a problem with him, he'd rather than settled it sooner than later. With that, AJ challenges Paul to a match at Hostile City Showdown. Eager to punish Styles, he agreed.
I had to book this match. The contest between these two at ROH's 2003 'Night of the Grudge' event, was the match where independent wrestling 'clicked' for me and to this day, stands tall as my favourite match of all-time.
LADDER FLAG MATCH | AMERICAN & MEXICAN FLAGS HANG ABOVE THE RING
'Insane Luchador' Super Crazy vs 'The Gold Standard' Jack Swagger
From day one, Jack Swagger has had a problem with Super Crazy. Though it originated as a lack of respect for his heritage and despising him for taking opportunities from hard-working American citizens, it's an issue that's evolved over time. It wasn't bad enough that Crazy was taking up a spot, he had to beat Swagger, too. Twice in fact; a memory that continues to bother the 'All-American American.' Recently, Jack has been forced to realise that all of his positives have earned him nothing in Hostile City Wrestling. His athleticism, his college education... none of it matters if he keeps losing. And losing is almost all that he's done. Whether it's against Crazy, Monty Brown or even Paul London, Jack Swagger has failed to live up to his own expectations.
So it's come full-circle. To make things right, he shot venom at the 'Insane Luchador,' pointing the blame of all his downfalls at him. Sick of being held responsible, Crazy could hold himself back no longer and engaged in a brawl with Jack Swagger that required security to pull them apart.
PASSING OF THE TORCH | SINGLES MATCH
'JL' Jerry Lynn vs 'New F'N Show' Mark Briscoe
Lynn's watched Mark Briscoe's transformation all the way through, coming in as a self-destructive, troubled young man... to the confident, never-say-die one that stands tall today. To say he's impressed would be an understatement. Being close friends with Monty Brown, Jerry has appreciated Mark's turn-around on a different level, watching the 'Alpha Male' bring the best out of Briscoe. With Mark on the up-and-up, the always-kind Jerry Lynn approached Mark and showered him with compliments. Briscoe's face lit up as Lynn told him he wanted to pass on his nickname because beyond a shadow of a doubt, he truly believes that Mark is the 'New F'N Show' in this business. Briscoe was beside-himself and told Jerry what a great honour it was, but he couldn't just take his title like that... he wanted a chance to earn it. Lynn agreed, he should earn it and that's just what he'll do.
TAG TEAM MATCH
'Chair Swingin' Freak' Balls Mahoney
& 'Alpha Male' Monty Brown
vs 'The Sickle' Alex Koslov
& 'The Devil's Advocate' Sean O'Haire
Enough is enough! Alex Koslov and Sean O'Haire have spread their poison for too long; it's time for them to be silenced once and for all. Always a constant, positive energy in the locker-room, it didn't take long for the 'Alpha Male' to find a brother-in-arms, in the form of Balls Mahoney. Both having been on the other end of Koslov and O'Haire's toxicity, they've taken it upon themselves to put an end to it and help make HCW a better place.