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    Hopefully I have nudged you into double figures, mate.




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    Please know that if you're a regular in this section and don't vote, I will go back to my old self and publicly ridicule you for being a douchebag and not contributing

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    I did my votes!



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    Nice jump over the last 24 hours; up to 13 votes, so at least we've outdone the first stage of voting numbers!

    Starting to see a few categories with the lead extending, and a couple where the winner is pretty much out of sight barring a late rush of votes.

    Still though, very tight in a number of categories, so it's still up for grabs!

    Just over 48 hours to get votes sent in...

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    Got my votes in!

    I've been pretty absent as of late but had enough in my head to vote accordingly.

    Also feel my own project postings (1 PPV and 1 show) have been reflected in the nominations.

    It was a good PPV at least haha.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sykotic View Post
    Got my votes in!

    I've been pretty absent as of late but had enough in my head to vote accordingly.

    Also feel my own project postings (1 PPV and 1 show) have been reflected in the nominations.

    It was a good PPV at least haha.

    Good luck!
    Atta boy Syk!

    So, Sykotic voted, and he only posted 2 shows last year. I voted, and I didn't even post a single actual show in 2020.

    If you don't/didn't vote, I'm with Zoom-E on the Publicly Ridiculing plan.


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    Is the section going to shut if you don’t match or beat the votes from last year? Otherwise I don’t see why we’re so high on calling people out. Just to note, I haven’t voted and that’s not shade to anyone on the board but I feel like I don’t read enough projects on the board to vote fairly and don’t particularly want to just go with the consensus.

    While I have put out some reviews this year, it’s been very sporadic and some of the projects are no longer ongoing. I get that it may all be said it jest but I just don’t think the number of votes make the board a success or not, nor does it encourage people to get involved.




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    Re: The 2020 Be The Booker Year End Awards - SHORTLISTS REVEALED: VOTING OPEN

    The joke.























    Your head.

    It's been a running gag I've done from time to time for months now.

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    Oh, well that’s me told. Maybe save the ‘running jokes’ for animated sitcoms.




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    Re: The 2020 Be The Booker Year End Awards - SHORTLISTS REVEALED: VOTING OPEN

    Or I could just continue to be about having banter amongst a group of people who know it's in good fun and banter? It's why I've been roasted in this thread alone by Keef, Wolf, and probably Stojy too Don't take it too seriously mate.

    I'm sorry if you felt some type of way by not getting the sarcasm of the situation though. I think anyone who actually knows how much I try to help this place out knows I like being here and, you know, try to make the place fun and interactive.
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    Votes are in. Hoping that I beat the buzzer here


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    Three and a half hours for any last minute voters to send their votes in!

    17 ballots cast now - anything beyond 15 is a win in my eyes, so thanks to all for the turn out!

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    It's not banter, Zoom, we just don't fuckin' like you!









    <3

    On a serious note, really interested to see how the votes pan out. I'm personally not all that interested in winning myself (not saying it's not satisfying, I just don't care if I don't), however I'd be lying if I said I wasn't proud of my Barbed wire match. Match writing has never been my forte so to even get short listed for that category makes me a happy man.

    Anyway, good luck, folks.
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    And the polls are closed!! Eighteen voters turned out in the end, which is just one shy of last years, so, really good stuff. Need to get everything typed up now, so I'm lucky there's a fight on tonight to give me a reason to sit up!! Ceremony to begin tomorrow at 1pm GMT (hopefully!) and it'll proceed throughout the day...





    Here's the tentative timetable for tomorrow (or later today, now, I guess) - all times are in GMT (give or take a few minutes)

    13:00 - Breakout Booker Of The Year

    14:00 - Best Booked Individual Of The Year

    14:30 - Best BTB Graphics Of The Year

    15:00 - Match Of The Year

    16:00 - Non-Wrestling BTB Of The Year

    16:30 - Storyline Of The Year

    17:00 - Writer Of The Year

    18:00 - Promo Of The Year

    18:30 - Section Contributor Of The Year

    19:00 - Show Of The Year

    20:00 - BTB Of The Year

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    Re: The 2020 Be The Booker Year End Awards - SHORTLISTS REVEALED: VOTING OPEN

    Quote Originally Posted by Stojy View Post
    It's not banter, Zoom, we just don't fuckin' like you!

    <3

    On a serious note, really interested to see how the votes pan out. I'm personally not all that interested in winning myself (not saying it's not satisfying, I just don't care if I don't), however I'd be lying if I said I wasn't proud of my Barbed wire match. Match writing has never been my forte so to even get short listed for that category makes me a happy man.

    Anyway, good luck, folks.
    I'm in the same boat Stoj, I am not expecting to win. In fact my only nomination is in a locked down category in my opinion. But I am definitely just happy for the recognition.

    On another note how did the cage match get in over Punk/Bryan haha

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    Sorry about the delay, as fate would have it, my WiFi isn’t cooperating at the moment! Hopefully will be resolved soon and we can get started.

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    Re: The 2020 Be The Booker Year End Awards - SHORTLISTS REVEALED: VOTING OPEN

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    THE BE THE BOOKER AWARDS
    2020

    THE TENTH ANNUAL BTB AWARDS CEREMONY





    Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the 2020 Be The Booker Year End Awards – the tenth annual ceremony – celebrating the biggest and the best that the worlds greatest BTB section has to offer! While 2020 itself was a memorable, unforgettable year for all the wrong reasons in the real world, I’d like to think that the BTB section presented enough of a distraction from the real world for all of the members that frequent the section.

    As ever, the quality has been high from beginning to end, as numerous BTBOTM awards were hotly contested, whilst the King of BTB saw one of the most competitive fields in it’s history, as a new King was crowned. Two new names have been added to the list of BTB Legends; two of the big mainstays of the section over the last number of years. Now, we’re all gathered to hand out the prizes everyone strives for, celebrating the best of what the BTB section has had to offer over the last twelve months.

    Before we proceed with the prize giving, I want to firstly send out a massive THANK YOU to the EIGHTEEN members of the WC Community (in alphabetical order) that kindly submitted their votes across the eleven different categories. They are;

    BattleTank, Dubb Schrute, Emperor Darko, Jman, Keefmoon, Mandalorian, PARANoIR, ranthellacious, Rasky, Role Model, roy mustang, Shade, Sykotic, Tyronesaurus24, Stojy, White Rhyno, Wolf Beast, Zoom-E


    Anyone that didn’t vote can go run after parked cars. You can never win back my love.






    Throughout the day we’ll dish out the awards to our lucky winners, so keep checking back for the next award as we go along. The thread will remain closed until all the awards have been issued, but by all means, once the ceremony is complete, all comments – and acceptance speeches {!!} - will be welcome, as will any suggestions for categories that could be added to proceedings or any other adjustments of improvements that we could make.

    But, before we get started, I’d like to make a few acknowledgements. Obviously, a thank you again to everyone that took the time to send in votes. Without that turnout, this wouldn’t be happening, so give yourselves a big pat on the back! Also, a thank you to ranthellacious for providing the banner at the top of this post, giving us something big and grand – fitting for the occasion. And a special thank you to BattleTank for creating the tidy banners that our lucky winners will take home to their signatures.






    Join me back here in ten minutes, as we’ll be kicking off proceedings by crowning the member that made the biggest impression on the section in 2020, and a big step toward potential immortality within the BTB community. For the first time, we’ll crown a BREAKOUT BOOKER OF THE YEAR as the ‘Most Improved’ and ‘Newcomer’ awards become amalgamated. Will a newcomer scoop the award, or has someone else broken out from the pack to grab the attention of the BTB public?

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    Breakout Booker of the Year



    The nominees are…
    Deco90
    Dubb Schrute
    DYSI
    Gambit
    IssE
    Jman
    Mach
    Mandalorian
    PARANoIR
    roy mustang
    Shade
    SupearSaying
    TKOW
    Tyronesaurus24


    Fun fact; this is the first time this award has been contested as we amalgamate ‘Newcomer’ with ‘Most Improved’, so there’s no fun facts to give out. We’re off to a great start!



    The results are as follows…


    Spoiler:


    SHADE
    1 POINT
    1 third place vote


    PARANOIR
    1 POINT
    1 third place vote


    ISSE
    1 POINT
    1 third place vote


    GAMBIT
    1 POINT
    1 third place vote


    MACH
    2 POINTS
    1 second place vote


    TKOW
    2 POINTS
    1 second place vote

    Spoiler:


    DYSI
    4 POINTS
    1 first place vote, 1 third place vote


    MANDALORIAN
    5 POINTS
    2 second place votes, 1 third place vote


    SUPEARSAYING
    5 POINTS
    1 first place votes, 2 third place votes


    DECO90
    5 POINTS
    1 first place vote, 1 second place vote


    TYRONESAURUS24
    9 POINTS
    3 second place votes, 3 third place votes


    Spoiler:


    JMAN
    13 POINTS
    2 first place votes, 2 second place votes, 3 third place votes


    Spoiler:

    ROY MUSTANG
    19 POINTS
    2 first place votes, 6 second place votes, 1 third place vote


    Spoiler:

    AND THE WINNER IS…


    DUBB SCHRUTE
    35 POINTS
    10 first place votes, 1 second place votes, 3 third place votes


    Spoiler:

    Seeing off three former ‘Newcomer of the Year’ winners, Dubb Schrute blew the competition away to scoop this award, and it’s hard to argue it wasn’t deserved. Having won the King of BTB title this year at the first time of asking, that would be enough to make him a sure fire favourite, but given the successes of his WCW reboot thread and the recent WWF: IT’S SHOWTIME thread set in 1993, Dubb is a rightful run away winner with the first accolade of the day.



    Up Next;
    From a brand spanking new award to an old favourite; BEST BOOKED INDIVIDUAL OF THE YEAR has been a staple of the End of Year awards since 2012. And BattleTank aims for the hat trick of victories – the only booker to ever retain this award – and a double with Jake Roberts. Jake Roberts going for a double? Oh dear…

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    Best Booked Individual of the Year



    The nominees are…
    BRET HART by Dubb Schrute
    Spoiler:

    "RAZOR RAMON IS THE KING OF THE RING!" Jim Ross declared as Razor Ramon laid on his back in the ring, too exhausted to get up to celebrate just yet, while the equally exhausted Bret Hart slowly sat up to his knees, a look of disbelief on his face.

    "I can't believe what we just witnessed," Bobby Heenan responded as Ramon slowly pulled himself up using the ropes and had his left arm lifted in victory by the referee...a lock of shock on Ramon's face as well.

    "Never in my life have I ever seen an athletic display of courage as we have seen tonight. THERE is the KING OF THE RING!" Jim Ross exclaimed as Ramon rolled out of the ring, favoring his arm as he is escorted up the aisle towards the coronation stage where Gene Okerlund was waiting with a purple and gold robe. Ramon slowly walked up the stairs to meet Okerlund who helped Ramon slid the robe on both his arms. Ramon then turned to the fans who were no loudly cheering on their new King of the Ring.

    "This is your moment, Razor - soak it in!" Jim Ross called out from the announce booth.

    Ramon did just that as Okerlund handed him the scepter next followed by the royal crown that Okerlund lifted high into the air and placed it on Ramon's head. Ramon smirked as he did a little twirl holding up the sceptar in his hand as the fans showed approval.

    Gene Okerlund: I proclaime ye...THE BAD GUY - RAZOR RAMON....THE KING..OF..THE RING!

    Once again, big cheers for the "Bad Guy" as he continued to soak in the moment.

    Gene Okerlund: Wait just a minute...

    But the coronation was interrupted as
    BRET HART walked onto the stage! Ramon immediately became unsettled as Hart approached.

    Bret Hart: Easy there big fella, I just wanted to come over here and commend you for a job well done, Razor Ramon. You are, in fact, The King of the Ring here tonight. You've clearly earned the respect of these fans here tonight...and you know what, you've even earned MY respect.

    Hart extended his hand to Razor Ramon for a show of respect handshake! Razor looked down at the arm and back up at Hart...and SHOOK HIS HAND!

    Gene Okerlund: What a show of respect by the former WWF Champion! What a night for the World Wrestling Federation!

    Hart could be overheard unmiced telling Ramon to enjoy the moment, before Hart turned and walked off stage.

    Ramon turned his back away from the stairs and back to Okerlund who continued the coronation as Okerlund motioned to the throne.

    Gene Okerlund: Well, King Razor - all that's left is for you to take your seat in your throne!

    Ramon was all smiles as he stared at his throne, but before he could take his seat...



    IT WAS BRET HART FROM BEHIND WITH AN AXE HANDLE SMASH TO RAZOR'S RIGHT SHOULDER!

    The coronation was interrupted as Ramon hit the floor.
    "My God!" Jim Ross cried out, "What is the Hitman doing?!"

    Hart put the boots to the fallen Ramon before grabbing the scepter that Ramon had dropped during the attack.
    Hart eyed the scepter, lifted it up in the air - AND DROVE IT DOWN ONTO RAMON'S LEFT SHOULDER!
    AND AGAIN!


    AND AGAIN!
    "Who's the Bad Guy now?" Hart said mockingly as he stood over Ramon's fallen body, kneeling down over his back and then reaching forward with the scepter, placing it on Ramon's throat before pulling back - violently choking the 'King of the Ring!'

    The boos for their former hero had become deafening as Hart continued to choke the fatigued, wounded, and helpless Razor Ramon.

    Bret finally released the choke and out of frustration, Hart began to destroy the King of the Ring set on the stage, tossing a table over off the stage before picking up the royal throne and tossing it down onto Razor Ramon's fallen back!

    "What a despicable act by Bret 'The Hitman' Hart!" Jim Ross said as he condemned the former WWF Champion. "Never in my wildest dreams would I've thought a man with so much wrestling heritage and class would stoop to this! Randy Savage, you know Bret better than any of us...what's going on?!""I'm SPEECHLESS, JR" Randy Savage said in an uncharacteristically somber tone.


    "I always knew he had it in him, JR" Bobby Heenan declared, "look at that fire, that intensity! THIS is the REAL BRET HART!"

    The REAL Bret Hart indeed. King of the Ring came to a close with a close up of Bret Hart standing tall, staring down at the immobile, fallen body of the King of the Ring Champion - Razor Ramon.




    CHRIS JERICHO by Wolf Beast
    Spoiler:

    Climbing into the ring, the dapper dressed champion stands in the middle of the ring pompously, surveying the audience as Estrada fetches him a microphone. Cole also notes that we’re also supposed to learn Jericho’s opponent for the Royal Rumble tonight too. Waiting for the audience to simmer down, Jericho takes his time before finally speaking.

    Chris Jericho: I was informed that Finlay wanted to speak to me publicly tonight…

    He surveys the bare ring.

    Chris Jericho: It was my assumption he was going to bestow an honour upon me in respect of my achievements as WWE Champion…

    Shakes his head.

    Chris Jericho: My mistake.

    Jericho waves it off as unimportant.

    Chris Jericho: No matter. I don’t require celebrations. I don’t need to share my achievements with you… especially when you people fail to recognize the enormity of my accomplishments.

    Easy heat.

    Chris Jericho: And I don’t expect to be appreciated either. Instead, I’m vilified. Rather than be celebrated for removing a wild, untamed animal from ripping this brand to shreds, and for protecting everyone from the Samoan Bulldozers path of destruction … I’m viewed as the villain of the piece.

    Estrada shakes his head, mouthing something in the background.

    Chris Jericho: Rather than be celebrated as the most intelligent WWE Champion of all time, I’ve been bestowed the reputation of a coward by many of you. Worse … I’ve been branded fortunate and lucky by others.

    You called him lucky, Michael – he’s talking to you!!” ~Lawler prods Cole.

    I stand by it, like most of the WWE Universe, King!” ~Cole responds instantly.

    Chris Jericho: Which merely underlines the fact that none of you have the intelligence to see my brilliance. Instead, you parasites would rather see me shed blood, break bones and destroy my mind, body and soul as WWE Champion. That would make me worthy in your eyes.

    Jericho shakes his head.

    Chris Jericho: That’s why you all loved or at the very least respected Edge as WWE Champion. Because he put his body on the line, he risked it all to remain WWE Champion … and ultimately, that proved to be his downfall.

    A smile begins to slowly form on Jerichos face.

    Chris Jericho: It’s the same mistake every single champion in the history of this organisation has made. At one point or another, they sacrificed their bodies. Including myself … in the past.

    Jericho pauses for a moment, as Estrada pats his shoulder.

    Chris Jericho: But I’ve evolved. I don’t need your worthless adoration. I don’t require the respect of my peers. All I require … is this.

    Pointing out the ugly belt on his shoulder, Jericho waits out another few heckles from singular fans in the audience.

    Chris Jericho: And I will do whatever it takes to preserve my status as WWE Champion … through the quickest means possible.

    Boos.

    Chris Jericho: Because while everyone else around here are killing one another in their rat race to get to me first; driving one another through tables, smashing one another with steel chairs, and soon, they’ll all converge in a Thirty Man riot …

    Jericho smirks.

    Chris Jericho: While I sit, peerless, on my golden throne, watching, laughing, as they sacrifice their careers … on a fools errand. Because I … am the master … of self preservation.

    Heat for the pompous champion.

    Chris Jericho: It took me a matter of seconds to win this championship from Edge … mere minutes to successfully defend it against him … and I defeated Umaga in sixty eight seconds. Self … preservation.

    More boos.

    Chris Jericho: I look around, and all I see are a chasing pack of rabid dogs … like Randy Orton. Unable to control his emotions … allowing himself to fall further, and further away from where he ultimately wants to be … and incurring the wrath of all those he tries to lay waste to.

    The champion shakes his head.

    Chris Jericho: Batista, in his battles with The Undertaker and Edge, has sacrificed his long term future for a short term gain in search of this gold. A gold he’s never held, and a gold he’ll never hold … and speaking of Edge … he’s allowed his thirst for vengeance to cloud his own judgment. He gave me my window of opportunity to cash in the Money in the Bank briefcase because he willingly stepped into a war with Randy Orton … and left himself exposed.

    Still smiling, Jericho shakes his head.

    Chris Jericho: And he still hasn’t learned his lesson. Just last week, he abused his battered, war torn – surgically repaired – body just to prove a point to Matt Hardy?? And Matt Hardy. Jeff Hardy too. Two more that lack the intelligence to ever reach their full potential.

    Pointing at his temple, Jericho slowly lowers his hand.

    Chris Jericho: Christian??

    Jericho scoffs.

    Chris Jericho: That was easy. So was Kurt Angle. For Edge and Batista should look at Kurt Angle as an example of where they’ll be in a few years from now. Broken. And with absolutely nothing to show for it. And they all have one thing in common. They never … used their brain.

    Ugh- this again!?” ~Cole.

    Chris Jericho: But look at my success. Rob Van Dam threatened my future … threatened my ability to cash in the Money in the Bank contract … so I had him banished forever. I beat Edge and Umaga in under five minutes – combined. I didn’t even have to defend the WWE Championship against Kurt Angle. And I just had to wait for Christian to make a mistake last week. And in every instance … I used my brain.



    DUSTIN RHODES by Keefmoon
    Spoiler:

    We head to the ring, where MEAN GENE OKERLUND is standing by with a microphone.

    Mean Gene
    Ladies and gentlemen, Bash at the Beach last Sunday was a night I’m sure none of us will forget in a hurry. And yet, there was one despicable act that perhaps stands out to us all. One act that we have all been wanting answers for for nearly a week now. So at this time, I’m going to bring out the man who brutally assaulted Ricky Steamboat at Bash at the Beach. Ladies and gentle please welcome, Dustin Rhodes.


    Based on their reaction, it seems the crowd are only too ready to buy this heel turn. They boo ferociously as DUSTIN RHODES casually strolls out from the back, wearing a denim button up shirt and jeans, hands in his pocket. As walks to the ring he doesn’t seem to be showing signs of any kind of emotion, rather wandering down to the ring and joining Gene like he’s casually strolling in to a bar.

    Mean Gene
    Dustin Rhodes, it’s the question the people have wanted an answer to for nearly a week. How could you possibly lay an assault like you did at Bash at the Beach on such a fine, upstanding man as Ricky Steamboat?


    Dustin frowns.

    Dustin Rhodes
    If that’s the best ya can do with ya questions, I got no interest in this interview.


    Dustin turns to walk away.

    Mean Gene
    Now wait just a minute, young man! You owe it to the people in this crowd, the millions watching at home, the people who once called themselves as fans of yours, you owe it to all of them to explain your actions.


    Dustin turns back to Gene.

    Dustin Rhodes
    It ain’t me who needs to explain himself, Gene. I ain’t the problem here. Far as I’m concerned, it’s people like you who need to do the explainin’.

    Mean Gene
    Me? What are you talking about?!

    Dustin Rhodes
    You’re to blame for the source-a this problem, Gene. You, Schiavone, hell, everyone who’s ever talked about what a fine man Ricky Steamboat is. You’re all peddlin’ a lie and ya know it. Ya sellin’ Ricky to be somethin’ he ain’t, and I don’t like it.

    Mean Gene
    Now you hold on just a moment, Dustin, I’ve known Ricky Steamboat for a long time and I can safely say he is one of the most honourable men who has-

    Dustin Rhodes
    Yeah, that’s the narrative, ain’t it? “Ricky Steamboat’s such a nice guy.” And look, I ain’t sayin’ he’s evil or nothin’. But to say he’s “honourable”. That just ain’t true. Ricky Steamboat looks out for one guy and one guy only, and that’s Ricky Steamboat. He’ll be nice to someone like you, someone who ain’t a threat, but a person like me? He’ll do whatever he can to hold me down and keep himself ahead. He takes my US Title at Starrcade, and does he give me a rematch? Nah, he doesn’t. Then he gets two more shots at the belt. Does he let me cut in line and give it a try? Nah. But as soon as I start gettin’ frustrated that he don’t treat me like an equal, suddenly I’m the bad guy? Fine. I’ll be the bad guy if that’s what ya want. I’m the future of this damn business, and it’s about damn time I start actin’ like it. I thought playin’ nice was the way to get respect, but I guess not. I could-a ridden on my family name, but I didn’t. I earned everythin’ I’ve ever had, tried to do things the right way. And where’s it got me?

    Mean Gene
    Well, it’s got you two US Title reigns, a Tag Title reign with Ricky Steam-

    Dustin Rhodes
    Don’t patronise me, Gene, I know what I’ve achieved. And all-a that? I achieved it in spite-a doin’ things the right way, not because-a it. If I’d-a cut corners like everyone else I’d-a been World Champ’n by now. Cos even Ricky Steamboat cuts corners, ya know? He stole that victory from me at Bash at the Beach. So maybe I stop playin’ like a nice guy. Maybe I start seein’ what I want and take it, just like everyone else does.

    Mean Gene
    I have to say, I’ve known your family a long time, Mr Rhodes, and I happen to believe your mother and father would be ashamed to hear you talk this way.

    Dustin Rhodes
    I don’t appreciate ya tone, Gene. You’re comin’ across as real biased, here.

    Mean Gene
    But it’s correct! Your parents will be ashamed to hear you talk like this!


    Dustin squares up to Gene, towering over him, and forces Gene back in surrender. Dustin snatches the microphone out of Gene’s hand.

    Dustin Rhodes
    I’m gonna make a suggestion for ya, Gene, and I want ya to hear it. Go home tonight and watch back the tape-a this interview, and tell me if you’re affordin’ me the same respect ya show Ricky Steamboat. Watch this back and tell me ya ain’t treatin’ me like dirt right here, and that ya treat Ricky Steamboat like some kinda saint who never does...


    Dustin, still squaring up to Gene to intimidate him, slowly trails off as the crowd start to buzz. He spins around, fearing the worst that Ricky Steamboat is on his way…

    … but instead sees the arrival of his father,
    DUSTY RHODES! Dusty gets in the ring, allowing Gene to escape to safety, and Dusty calls for Gary Michael Capetta’s microphone so he and Dustin converse.

    Dusty looks straight at his son, his eyes sad and puppy dog-like.

    Dusty Rhodes
    What am I lookin’ at, Dustin?


    Dusty’s almost croaking with emotion, which seems to catch Dustin off guard.

    Dustin Rhodes
    I’ve got nothin’ to say to you, Pa.

    Dusty Rhodes
    Like hell ya don’t bebeh! I been callin’ ya home all week! Where ya been? Ya got a li’l girl at home, a li’l six month old bebeh girl, and your wife Terri says ya ain’t been home since Bash at tha Beach. Ya been drowin’ ya sorrows in a bar or somethin’, boy?

    Dustin Rhodes
    I’ve had nothin’ to drown my sorrows over. I stand by what I did to Ricky. It was overdue.


    Dusty’s eyes widen in sadness over what he’s hearing.

    Dusty Rhodes
    What’re ya talkin’ about? This ain’t-

    Dustin Rhodes
    This ain’t none-a your business, Pa. Stay outta it.

    Dusty Rhodes
    But this is my bus’ness, brothah! It’s my granddaughter ya ain’t goin’ home to! One-a my best friends ya bloodied up and left layin’ on Sunday! And ya can’t even do me, your old man, tha decency-a speakin’ to me to tell me just what in tha hell you’re thinkin’? Ya owe me that, boy!


    Dustin scowls.

    Dustin Rhodes
    I don’t owe you anything… Dad.


    Dusty’s shoulders slump. He turns away and shakes his head, and looks up to the lights, the emotion overwhelming him. He eventually turns back and faces his son, gulps, and takes a deep breath.

    Dusty Rhodes
    There’s somethin’ I’ve expected to have to say to ya for a long time, boy. I’d hoped I wouldn’t have to, I’d hoped ya had turned out well enough that I wouldn’t need to. But I can see that ain’t tha case, so I’m gonna come out and say it. I’m sorry, Dustin.


    Dustin’s caught off guard.

    Dusty Rhodes
    Ya heard me right. I’m sorry. I’m sorry for neglectin’ ya. I’m sorry for not bein’ there when ya were a kid. Y’see, I was off chasin’ my dreams, and it meant I weren’t around. I was tryin’ to make my name, then I was World Champ’n and I was tryin’ to keep it. But every single night, Dustin, every night I was thinkin’-a you. Every night I went to bed and I was thinkin’ about how I was lettin ya down. I was selfish. I wanted to make somethin’ of myself and it meant I wasn’t there for ya when I should-a been. I used to beat myself up over it real bad… but then I saw tha man ya became. All those fears I had when ya were a li’l boy, they went away. Ya grew in to a man I could be proud-a. I watched ya become one-a tha finest wrestlers in tha business, and a fine young man to boot, and it made me wanna cry. To see you succeed, and do it it bein’ such a good person… it made me think maybe I weren’t such a bad daddeh to ya after all.


    Silence in the arena. Dustin, like his father before he started on this monologue, gulps, trying to withhold his emotion. And yet, his dad isn’t done.

    Dusty Rhodes
    But clearly I was wrong. Clearly I was a bad daddeh after all. Clearly I did let ya down all those years. ‘Cos for you to do what ya did to a man like Ricky Steamboat. A friend of mine. A friend of ours, boy. Ricky Steamboat is a good man, and what ya did to him at tha Bash… it broke my heart, bebeh. You’re not tha man I thought ya were, Dustin… and it breaks my heart. It’s my fault, and I’m sorry. I’m sorry for not bein’ there for ya. I’m sorry for not bein’ tha daddeh ya deserved. And I’m sorry for anythin’ else I did that could-a led ya to doin’ somethin’ like ya did at tha Bash. ‘Cos last Sunday, that ain’t what I thought I’d be seein’ from no son-a mine. But Dustin, man-to-man, I gotta say this… think about your babeh girl at home. I weren’t tha role model you needed when ya were growin’ up, but ya can still be tha role model she needs. I let ya down, but ya don’t need to let her down to make up for it. I hope ya can see tha error in your ways real soon, bebeh, ‘cos this ain’t no path for a man, for a father, like you.


    Dusty lowers the mic and tries to compose himself, his voice having almost completely cracked with sadness.

    Dustin, meanwhile, tries to compose himself. He rubs at his reddened eyes and takes a deep breath, facing his father.

    Dustin Rhodes
    Do you know how long I’ve waited for ya to say that?

    Dusty Rhodes
    Too long, bebeh, I know.

    Dustin Rhodes
    Yeah. And now I hear it… it’s empty.


    Dusty shakes his head in sadness and mouths don’t do this”.

    Dustin Rhodes
    Oh, I’ll do it, Dad. Ya think ya can just walk out here apologisin’ for years-a neglect and it’ll make everythin’ okay? Y’see, that’s the problem with guys like you and Ricky. Ya do absolutely nothin’ for anyone else, but then apologise for it after and everyone forgives ya. Well I don’t. I don’t forgive either of ya. Cos ya can apologise and cry all ya want, but if ya keep doin’ the same thing over and over again? It makes what you’re sayin’ worthless. Ricky Steamboat can talk a big game about bein’ a good guy, but as long as he keeps lookin’ out for number one ahead-a everyone else? It don’t mean anythin’ to me. I’ve spent my life tryin’ to impress people like him, people like you, and I’m done with it. Ya wanna talk about the kinda role model I’m gonna be for my baby girl? I’m gonna be a winner. That’s who she will look up to, not some loser who’s still desperate for the love and respect-a people like Ricky Steamboat. So I’m done with him, Pa. I showed the world what I think-a him on Sunday. But I ain’t goin’ back for more. I’m done with people like him. And I’m done with people like you.


    Dustin drops the mic to the floor and barges past his dad, almost knocking him to the mat. He continues to the edge of the ring where he starts to climb out of e the ring, only for his dad to grab him by the arm to stop him leaving. He pulls him back in…

    SO DUSTIN PUNCHES HIM IN THE FACE!

    Dustin punched Dusty! He punched his own father!

    The crowd emits a collective gasp as Dusty tumbles to the canvas from the right hook. From the mat, Dusty holds his jaw and looks up, stunned, and sees Dustin looming over him. The gasps soon turn to boos, expecting another beatdown like we saw to Steamboat at Bash at the Beach…

    … but Dustin doesn’t go for the attack. He just struck his own
    father, but he isn’t going for more. Instead he backs away and climbs out of the ring…

    ... and heads to the back.




    HOLLYWOOD’ HULK HOGAN by Zoom-E
    Spoiler:

    Voice Over: The following embarrassment of Ric Flair has been paid for by the New World Order. The TurnerVision screen is the focus for everyone in Chapel Hill, as the feed cuts to a recording in a hallway somewhere, filming the back of a man that is quite clearly Hollywood Hogan. The World Heavyweight Champion walks down the hall until getting to a pair of double doors, at which point he stops and turns around to face the camera.

    Hulk Hogan: You got this thing recordin’, Horace?

    The man behind the camera - Horace Hogan - says “yes”.

    Hulk Hogan: Haha good, brother! The rest of you boys better be ready to play your part as well! This is your chance to finally earn yourselves back into Hollywood’s good graces! You know the plan, jack, so stick to it! Neutralize anyone who dares to stand up to ‘Wood, and let The God exercise his divine force on you-know-who!

    Hogan then kicks the double doors open and walks through… revealing a big warehouse with four rings in it, and various giant WCW posters and flags hanging off the walls. Several men are in the rings, clearly training

    .
    Hulk Hogan: WELCOME… TO THE POWER PLANT, BROTHER!

    Yepp, we are in Atlanta, Georgia. The Power Plant. The training facility for WCW to groom the future stars of professional wrestling.


    Hulk Hogan:
    Look at all you fine studs, just tryin’ to become the next Hollywood Hogan, brah! Now while there can only be one ‘Wood, I’m sure there are plenty diamonds in the rough here, just waitin’ to be molded into the real deal, jack! So let me make this real clear: if you want to have any future in professional wrestling, you do exactly as Hollywood says, brother!

    As Hogan starts barking out orders, he has several men walk in front of him to be his muscle -
    Brian Adams, Stevie Ray, and Vincent. The nWo Black & White is here to be Hogan’s back-up.

    Hulk Hogan:
    The God of Pro Wrestling is here for one man, and one man only… David Flair! If you’re not David Flair, and you wanna have any chance of makin’ sure you don’t end up buried underneath the weight of Hollywood’s boot, then get out of the rings and go line up against the wall! And little Davey boy… come do what your coward father doesn’t have the STONES to do… and face The President like a real man!

    The Black & White team menacingly storm around the Power Plant, clapping baseball bats into their open palms; they came packing heat to enforce their will on the trainees. Almost every trainee does so, but one tall, lean young buck with shoulder length curls seemingly struggles to make up his mind as to whether or not he wants to bend to the will of Hogan or defend David Flair… so Brian Adams jabs him in the gut with the baseball bat!


    Hulk Hogan:
    Where you at, David!? Come kneel at the feet of The God of this sport, and meet your maker, son!

    David Flair emerges from the back ring, walking in between the four rings to come right into Hogan’s proximity! Hogan snickers at the bravery of David Flair, but before anything can happen, Wayne DeBruce, the head trainer of the Power Plant, appears to step in front of Flair, pitting himself between his student and Hogan!

    Wayne DeBruce:
    I don’t care who you are, or what your name is! This is MY Power Plant, Hogan; you ain’t welcome here if you’re only here to cause a ruckus with my students!

    Hogan and the B-Team all laugh at DeBruce taking a stand.

    Hulk Hogan: This may be your Power Plant, but this is HOGAN’S COMPANY… you work for me, jack! I’m not here for you; I came for David Flair!

    DeBruce doesn’t budge his position, which is bad luck for him - Stevie Ray comes from the side to slap DeBruce silly with the Slapjack! The Sarge goes down! David Flair tries not to look scared at what is going on right now, but his fear is evident.

    David Flair: What… what do you want with me, Hogan!?

    Hulk Hogan:
    To send a message, Davey boy! Your Daddy dearest needs to start recognizing - and recognizing real quick, jack - that the future of Dubya-See-Dubya is with Eric Bischoff as WCW President, and Hollywood Hogan as the nWo President… and finally takin’ over the whole stinkin’ company! And what better way to send a message to Ric Flair than ending the career of his first-born before it even begins! The Tenth Plague… begins!

    The God gets his Book of Exodus reference in, and then proceeds to deck David Flair with a right hand! Hogan batters Flair with three right hands, and then grabs the 19-year old by the back of the head… and slams him face first into a ring post! Flair collapses to the ground! Hogan cackles in glee at the fallen Flair, grabbing him by the hair to pull him back up to his feet… and David is bleeding profusely from the head! Hogan shoves Flair backwards so he staggers back onto the side of the ring, and Hogan - dressed in his black tights, tank top, bandana, and of course weight belt - pulls the weight belt free… and WHIPS David across the chest with the belt! David howls out in pain, but Hogan repositions the 19-year old to whip him a second time across the torso! And then a third! Flair rolls so his back is facing Hogan, whimpering in pain, trying to protect himself from any further whips… but Hogan just whips David across the back this time! A second! Third whip! Fourth… and a FIFTH whip across the back of young David! His back is already starting to form welts!

    Hulk Hogan: Whose The Man now, Naitch!? I hope you’re watchin’ this, Ric! I hope your watchin’ ‘Hood take your boy to the woodshed! Haha hah!

    As David Flair cries tears of pain at the savage beating being handed to him, as DeBruce lays on the ground motionless, as the Power Plant trainees all stand by along the edges of the warehouse, too petrified to do anything other than watch this manslaughter… Hogan wraps the belt around the bloody mess that is David’s head, and starts
    CHOKING him! Hogan is choking the life out of David Flair now!

    Flair coughs and gags in a panic as Hogan suffocates him for a brutally long ten seconds, releasing the choke and laughing evilly as Flair drops to his hands and knees, his back beet red from the weight belt.

    Hulk Hogan: C’mon, David! Aren’t you the son of Ric Flair!? You’re supposed to be able to take this beating like a man, like The Man! Get up! Take it like a man!

    Despite the taunting and chiding from Hogan, this is a 19-year old kid who is only a month into trying to train to become a professional wrestler. Genes of The Nature Boy or not, David Flair is the proverbial crimson mask, his back and torso have skin that’s been whipped right off his body, and he’s been choked to within an inch of his life.


    David Flair:
    *gasping for air the whole time* heh...please… no more… no more… please stop.

    The begging of Flair just brings more cackles of glee from Hogan.


    Hulk Hogan:
    That’s right, David! BEG! Beg like the bastard you are!

    CRACK~!
    Hogan whips Flair along the length of his spine, dropping him prone! This is just sickening.

    Hulk Hogan: ‘Ey Horace… give Uncle ‘Wood the cuffs!

    Something that’s probably said between the two of them before.
    The man operating the one camera can’t really been seen handing handcuffs to Hogan, but Hulk then shows them to the camera before cuffing David Flair’s hands behind his back. Hollywood drags David up to his feet, the youngster almost immediately falling over because of the damage done to him. Hogan instead leans David up against the post, Horace focusing on the red-stained face of David Flair as Hollywood drifts out of the shot… but he returns with a steel chair. CRACK~! Steel chair right to the face of David Flair! The poor kid’s head gets sandwiched in between the chair and the ring post! Flair falls from the chair shot, falling only to his knees because of the way he was positioned up against the ring post before the chair shot. OVERHEAD CHAIR SHOT TO THE SKULL!

    That was a completely unprotected chair shot right over the skull of David Flair! The youngster just
    drops to the floor, face first, looking legitimately knocked unconscious from the chair shot. David’s health looks to be in significant jeopardy right now, but Jesus Christ, Hogan has Vincent pulls the handcuffed David Flair back up to his knees…

    Hulk Hogan:
    David… for your sake, I really hope that this hurts your Dad more than it’s gonna hurt you. You have been chosen by The God himself to be a martyr for the cause, brah! Your Dad is gonna lose at Uncensored against Hollywood and Eric Bischoff, jack! He’s gonna lose The Presidency of the Dubya-See-Dubya, but first… he’s gonna lose a son!

    David Flair is quivering from the abuse dished out to him by Hogan. His forehead and face is covered in blood, there are streaks of red across his torso from the weight lifting belt… and Hogan takes the chair and swings it from the side, full force, and
    HOME RUN SWINGS THE CHAIR ACROSS THE SIDE OF FLAIR’S HEAD!

    That chair goes right across the skull of David Flair’s head, no protections whatsoever! David Flair drops again onto his torso, no longer whimpering, no longer quivering, no longer crying. Now, the bloody stump that is the 19-year old is motionless, face down on the ground. Hogan drops the steel chair by the bleeding face of Flair, and turns to face the rest of the Power Plant.


    Hulk Hogan:
    Let this homily be a reminder to all of you just who Hollywood Hogan is, and what Hollywood Hogan is capable of, jack! You are all in Hogan’s Sport! Hogan’s World! Hogan then turns so Horace is only filming a close-up shot of Hollywood’s face.

    Hulk Hogan:
    You brought all of this on to your kid, Ric. Just remember that, brah! You wanna take control of this company!? You wanna challenge Easy E and my stroke!? THESE ARE THE CONSEQUENCES, FLAIR!

    Hogan then turns and SPITS on the bloody, unconscious David Flair




    JAKE ‘THE SNAKE’ ROBERTS by BattleTank
    Spoiler:

    9:00PM Eastern Time hits as it is NOW TIME FOR SOME MONDAY NIGHT RAW!!

    Instead of our usual start to the show with a cool opening video package, we are treated to something different…

    We start off Monday Night RAW outside in the cool, early-spring night. Sounds of cars, trains, buses, subways racket off in the distance. Honking horns, busy traffic lights, its New York City at night in a nutshell…

    A camera follows a man walking down the sidewalk from the bottom down, dressed in black jeans with black cowboy boots. A man with leopard skin boots walks to the right of him, while a man with black boots and white trunks is to the left…
    The camera pans up and it is none other than WWF CHAMPION JAKE ROBERTS AND THE FREAK SHOW!!

    Roberts has on a black leather coat over a green and white sweater. He holds the WWF Championship around his shoulder. A cigarette hangs from his mouth as he exhales into the night sky. Doink the Clown and Cactus Jack walk beside their messiah, as the most feared trio in the history of WWF walks through downtown Manhattan. They continue walking straight ahead as Roberts begins to talk

    .
    Here we are! The Big Apple! It isn’t the same as being home in the trailer. No, back at home things are a lot simpler. Peace and quiet. Time to think. Time to plan. Time to enjoy the little things in life…”

    The trio continues to walk down the sidewalk as Roberts takes another long puff from his cigarette. The lights to the outside of a building begin to reflect off of The Freak Show…


    Bret Hart. I told you I was coming for your family. And so far, you’ve done a hell of a job keeping everybody safe. But why did you bring them along with you tonight? Did you honestly think I was going to go all the way up to Calgary to take them out? You played this one way too safe, and now you’re going to pay the price…”

    Roberts & The Freak Show continue to walk, and we can now make out that they are right outside The Manhattan Center! The last of a long line of fans begins to file inside as the trio walk right past them.

    I was told I wasn’t needed for tonight’s show. That’s fine by me. I’m not here under the WWF’s orders, I’m here on my own accord. You see, Bret, while you were busy getting all your little ducks in a row, protecting the Hart family name, there’s something you didn’t know. I was ordered to keep my distance from you and your family. I was ordered to “tow the company line” for the past few weeks. The head-honchos need their Main Event for Wrestlemania 9 to stay in-tact. That wouldn’t happen with me behind bars. The WWF put their trust into me that I’d be on my best behavior. But you know there’s that old saying…”

    Roberts takes one more puff from his cigarette before tossing it to the sidewalk. He and The Freak Show then push their way past security as Roberts holds up his WWF title- the only credentials he needs to get into the building. Roberts and The Freak Show enter the main doors of The Manhattan Center as Roberts looks back at the camera one last time.

    NEVER TRUST A SNAKE!”

    Roberts lets out a maniacal laugh as he and The Freak Show begin to walk up the stairs, heading right into the building and right into our living rooms for ANOTHER JAM-PACKED EPISODE OF MONDAY NIGHT RAW!!!




    JOHN CENA by Wolf Beast
    Spoiler:

    Cena hits the ring, removing his hood and taking a glance at the WrestleMania logo hanging up in the rafters.

    John Cena: Ain’t no turnin back now … you’re in too deep this time, Deadman. I ain’t like the others.

    Cena prods his own chest on that last sentence.

    John Cena: I know you’ve heard it all before Deadman. {Points to the audience} I know all of you have heard it all before too. Same story, different year.

    He shakes his head.

    John Cena: Trust me when I say; this one’s different. There ain’t ever been one like me, Deadman.And as impressive as bein sixteen and oh at WrestleMania is … there ain’t a name on your list that tops John Cena.

    {/SECOND HOUR}

    John Cena: I ain’t over the hill like the Superfly was, or like Bundy was or the Bossman or even Ric Flair were. I ain’t a bust like Gonzalez and I ain’t got my eye on the exit sign like Kevin Nash or Jake The Snake did.

    There’s some reactions for some of the names listed there, including a “Woo” at the mention of Ric Flair from the fans.

    John Cena: And as good as the others may be?? They ain’t John Cena. Ain’t none of ‘em; not Shawn Michaels, not Chris Jericho, not Kurt Angle, not Triple H, Kane, Umaga and whoever else there is on that list!! There ain’t ONE that’s John Cena. Ain’t ONE that’s done what John Cena’s done.

    Eyeballing the hard camera, Cena remains stone faced.

    John Cena: I ain’t overawed at the Streak or the legend of the Phenom at WrestleMania. People been talkin now for years ‘bout the Streak. Like it’s some story that came from mythology. And with every passin year, and that number gettin bigger … that legend ain’t gettin any smaller, is it?

    Cena shakes his head.

    John Cena: And the weight of expectation … the weight of potentially bein the man to break that tradition down and to carry it around on your back?? To be known forever as the guy that snapped the streak?? …

    Cena puffs his cheeks and shows a slight hint of a smirk.

    John Cena: That’s a heavy cross to bear. Some guys? The ones that came before me? Just couldn’t rise to the challenge. Just couldn’t bear the weight that responsibility is gonna carry.

    The Man In Black prods his own chest again.

    John Cena: Not me.

    There’s a few cat-calls from the audience, but Cena doesn’t remove his glare; it’s straight ahead, right at the camera.

    John Cena: I ain’t scared. I ain’t overwhelmed and I sure as hell ain’t afraid of carryin that burden. Hell; I want it!! I crave the damn thing!! See … I ain’t like those others. I’m in this business for the legacy. I’m in this thing to do EVERYTHING there is to do and leave no doubt just what my name is, who I am and what I’m capable of!!

    He nods, finally turning his focus to the fans for a moment.

    John Cena: And you can bet yo ass I’m capable of snappin that Streak at WrestleMania.

    Heat. Cena turns his attention back to the hard camera to address Taker directly.

    John Cena: So you and the rep you’ve built over two decades, Undertaker? That’s what I want. That’s what fires me up. The ability to take mans lifes work …

    Cena grabs the air, balling his hand into a fist.

    John Cena: … And to snatch it in one go, put it in my pocket and continue on my way?? … THAT’s what I’m in this for.

    Cena points out to the audience.

    John Cena: Breaking these guys hearts, ripping apart the image of their heroes, their legends, their icons and showin ‘em … that they are all human.

    The Man in Black shrugs it off.

    John Cena: Been doin it for the whole last year. Ever since I gave you people a reason to hate my guts, I’ve broken all the guys you worship. Crushed their hopes and dreams and destroyed everything little thing they stand for. Proved that every last one ain’t got nothin on John Cena. Once I been done with ‘em, they ain’t been the same again!!

    He nods.

    John Cena: Christian? Never the same after Hell in the Cell with me. Rey Mysterio? I didn’t even BLINK when I ripped his mask off. Y’think I give a damn about how important a mask is in his culture?? I got off on it. For kicks. Same way I broke Ric Flairs heart when he came lookin for number seventeen.

    There’s boos growing for Cena, mostly because he’s not wrong; while he lost the Hell in a Cell to Christian, it’s Christian that hasn’t been the same since.

    John Cena: Those guys?? Ain’t anywhere to be seen around here. One’s retired, one’s broken down and the other’s just broken. Because of me, they’re just shells of the men they were. And when I’m done with you, Deadman?? You gonna be the same. And what the hell use is The Undertaker gonna be when he’s just a shell of what he once was and missin the Streak??

    Big claim again from Cena.

    John Cena: We gonna find out. We gonna find out real soon. You’ve had it all yo own way for twenty years, Deadman. It’s time for a real changing of the guard around here, and it’s time that the “Conscience” of the WWE moved aside for the next guy. A guy without a conscience. That’s how we conductin business from now on. And I ain’t gonna be respectful, I ain’t gonna shake yo hand, I’m takin your head off your shoulders!!

    Full of intensity, John Cena pauses for a moment, letting the audience settle.

    John Cena: I will drop you where you stand. I will beat you into the ground. And I will piss on your grave!!

    Ohh” from a section of the fans, with Cena making some big calls here.

    John Cena: And on one night; April Fifth, I TAKE your legacy and I MAKE it my own. I tear down the mythology of the Deadman in ONE night and do the one thing that’s unthinkable in this business. I do the unthinkable. I do the undoable. I do what only I am capable of.

    Cena pauses, letting it all sink in before the matter of fact follow up;

    John Cena: And that’s end the Streak.

    Heat, but Cena shakes his head at it, powering through to send his direct message to Taker.

    John Cena: I break people, I break tradition, I’m breaking you, and I’m breaking the Streak!!

    The heat increases … with Cena all but finished up, just with one final casual line;

    John Cena: Don’t say you weren’t told.

    And with that, Cena tosses the microphone away nonchalantly, bringing the segment to a close.



    MICK FOLEY/MANKIND by iMac
    Spoiler:

    With a very arrogant stride, Vader emerges from the entrance way, flashing his hand sign at the crowd. The crowd throw some heat at Vader, but ‘The Mastodon’ just waves it on, revelling in the reaction he’s receiving…

    Jim Ross: He’s a big ol’ stinky, grizzly bear! But he’s also one o’ tha’ most dangerous competitors in tha’ WWF today! And we saw that first hand on Raw earlier in tha’ week when first Mabel, then Vader did a number on Mick Foley!

    Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler: Mr. McMahon put out the call, he wanted the biggest, the meanest, the nastiest of ‘em all to step up and be part of his new hardcore division. And Vader stepped up, he wanted this match with Mick Foley, he wanted to prove he was the biggest and the baddest! And tonight, they’re gonna be scrappin’ Foley off the canvas when this one is done!

    And without music comes Mick Foley into the arena, dishevelled as ever with his flannel shirt on. Foley doesn’t look anywhere near 100%, slightly limping his way down the aisle…

    Jim Ross:
    We understand it that Mick Foley suffered a couple o’ cracked ribs on Raw thanks to the attack by Vader, he ain’t anywhere near full health right here. But don’t doubt for a second that ya’ ain’t gonna get all that ‘Mrs. Foley’s Baby Boy’ has ta’ give!

    Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler: Yeah but I don’t think that’s gonna be enough tonight. He might be as hardcore as they come, but he-

    Jim Ross: Wait! Here comes Vader!

    Sure enough, Vader has rolled under the bottom rope… and he’s meeting Foley in the aisle! Vader throws a few forearms to the head, but Foley quickly fires back with right hands! And with this being a Hardcore Match, the referee calls for the bell to get us started!

    Match Four: Hardcore Match
    Mick Foley
    vs. Vader

    And they continue to trade shots, Vader throwing those forearms, only for Foley to strike back with right after right, backing Vader to the barricade. Foley walks Vader down the aisle to the ringside area, but Vader hits a headbutt, sending Foley to the ringpost. Vader charges… but Foley sidesteps… Vader smacks the steel! Foley then throws those right hands again, driving Vader to the barricade. With Vader against the barricade, Foley leans in… and starts biting Vader’s head! Vader groans in pain as Foley sinks his teeth in, before Foley rears back and charges… but Vader uses a back body drop… to send Foley into the crowd!

    Vader clambers over the guardrail, throwing more forearms in amongst the crowd, before Vader uses an Irish whip… to send Foley crashing into the guardrail! Foley hits the steel hard, but here comes Vader… clotheslines Foley back to ringside! Vader again clambers over the railing, throwing more forearms and headbutts, before he grabs a steel chair… STEEL CHAIR SHOT TO FOLEY! Foley slumps against the ring apron, Vader drilling knees to the head, before he rolls Foley under the bottom rope and this match finally makes it into the ring.

    In the corner, Vader throws those forearms, then a headbutt, before Vader steps back and charges… corner splash! More forearms, stiff right hands, then boots, Vader’s offence all aimed at Foley’s head right now. Vader shoots Foley across the ring and follows in… another corner splash… but Foley avoids it… Vader smacks the turnbuckle! Vader staggers to the ropes, here comes Foley… CACTUS CLOTHESLINE! We’re back outside near the aisle, Foley’s turn to throw rights and stomps to the head, before Foley takes Vader up… side suplex on the floor! With Vader down, Foley scrambles onto the apron… CACTUS ELBOW! Foley wants the cover… 1… 2… Vader kicks out!

    Foley rummages under the ring, he pulls out another chair, he heads back to the apron… CACTUS ELBOW WITH THE CHAIR!! Foley forgoes the cover this time, instead he helps Vader up… STEEL CHAIR SHOT TO THE SKULL! Vader drops to a knee, Foley raises the chair… STEEL CHAIR SHOT TO THE SPINE! Vader is hurt, Foley has him back up, he rolls Vader into the ring… then he goes under the ring again… and this time he brings out a ladder! Vader is back on his feet… Foley LAUNCHES THE LADDER IN VADER’S FACE! Foley grabs the ladder again… DRIVES THE LADDER INTO VADER’S FACE!! Then Foley stands over Vader… SLAMS THE LADDER DOWN ON VADER!!

    With Vader down on the floor, Foley again heads under the ring, this time he finds a table! Foley props up the table, but as he’s doing that, Vader gets a chance to recover… and he catches Foley from behind with forearms! Vader rolls Foley back into the ring, then he picks up the ladder and tries to slide it under the bottom rope… but here comes Foley… BASEBALL SLIDE SENDS THE LADDER INTO VADER’S FACE AGAIN!! Foley rolls back out, he moves the table back to the aisle… so he can start ripping up the protective padding on the floor! Foley drills Vader with a boot… SWINGING NECKBREAKER ON THE EXPOSED CONCRETE!!

    Both men feel the effects of that move, they’re both down for an absolute age until Foley flings an arm over Vader’s chest… 1… 2… Vader gets a shoulder up! Foley drags Vader up, pulls him in… PILEDRIVER ON THE CONCRETE… NO! Vader counters… BACK BODY DROP! Foley smacks the concrete, Vader takes a chance to recover before he rolls Foley back into the ring… and Vader brings a chair with him! Foley drags himself up… STEEL CHAIR SHOT… AND A SECOND… AND A THIRD!! Vader wears the chair out on Foley’s skull, then he plants Foley with a scoop slam. Vader starts to climb, positioning himself on the second rope… then he flies…
    VADERBOMB!! Vader crashes down on Foley, lateral press… 1… 2… NO! Foley throws a shoulder up!

    Vader glares at the referee, but he soon reaches down and grabs the ladder, setting it up near the ropes. Vader grabs the chair again… ANOTHER SICKENING SHOT TO FOLEY’S SKULL! Foley is down, Vader starts to slowly climb the ladder… then from halfway up the ladder, he flies… FLYING SPLASH… NO! Foley rolls… Vader smacks the canvas! Foley saves himself, he goes on the attack once more, right hands, pummelling Vader in the corner until he’s in a seated position. Foley steps back and charges… RUNNING KNEE! Foley backs up, waiting for Vader to stumble towards him… kick…
    DOUBLE-ARM DDT!! 1… 2… 3… NO! Vader rolls the shoulder!

    Foley can’t believe it, but he needs one final big move to put Vader away, so Foley grabs the chair… and he slowly starts to climb the ladder! Foley makes it to the top, he holds the chair high in the air…
    CACTUS ELBOW WITH THE CHAIR FROM THE TOP OF THE LADDER… WAIT!! Vader crawls to his knees… HE SHOVES THE LADDER… FOLEY FLIES FROM THE RING… CRASHING THROUGH THE TABLE!!! The table that was set up on the aisle earlier comes into play as Foley falls from the ladder in the ring, crashing through the table at the base of the aisle! Foley is down, he’s in all sorts of trouble… Vader rolls from the ring to the outside… and he drags Foley to his feet… pulls him in… POWERBOMB ON THE CONCRETE!!! History repeats itself as Vader plants Foley on the aisle, he drops down for the cover… 1… 2… 3!

    Winner: Vader @ 14:27

    Finally, it’s over, Vader has won, but Foley is in a bad way. ‘The Mastodon’ has done what he set out to do tonight, he’s sent a message as to how tough he is, but he’s carried out McMahon’s bidding in the process. As the exhausted Vader picks himself off of Foley, the camera zooms in on the broken down Foley who has yet to move since the conclusion of the match…


    Jim Ross:
    Thank Gawd that’s over! That was one o’ tha’ darndest things I’ve ever seen! We need some help out here for Mick Foley!

    After having his hand raised, Vader decides that he’s done his damage for the evening and heads for the exit. The real story here is the condition of Foley though, with another two referees coming out to check on Foley’s condition…

    Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler: I think Mr. McMahon is gotta be happy with that! He wanted hardcore, he wanted to see Mick Foley put on a show, but it was Vader who just shocked the world!

    Jim Ross: Yeah I hope he’s happy! I hope y’er happy, Vince! I hope it was worth it! Mick Foley’s career could be over here, all because McMahon wanted ta’ pop a buyrate! It’s a damn disgrace!

    Medical personnel have now wheeled a stretcher into the arena, the EMTs wrapping a brace around Foley’s neck… but as they try to slide Foley onto a board, Foley starts ripping at the neck brace! Mustering all his strength, Foley shoves away the EMTs, slowly and painfully rolling onto his knees. Foley refuses to go out on the stretcher, he does however need some help from the referees to get back to his feet, but he going out here tonight on his own two feet…

    Jim Ross: Well that says it all right there, folks. Mick Foley, he ain’t goin’ out on a stretcher, he’s gonna walk outta Milwaukee t’night! I might not agree wit’ it, but I damn sure admire ‘im for it!

    Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler: Has he got some kinda death wish or somethin’? Go to the hospital, Mick!

    The crowd seem to have a ton of respect for Foley, they give him a great standing ovation as he limps backstage, both arms draped across the shoulders of referees, but slowly, Foley makes it to the entrance way. Foley pauses briefly, he takes a look out to the crowd… and Foley looks completely dejected. Foley looks broken, both physically and mentally, he just has such a sad look on his face as he continues his trudge through the entrance way to the backstage area…

    Jim Ross: Gawd, I… I’m on record in tha’ past as sayin’ I didn’t think Mick Foley oughta be in matches like this. I might get ma’ ass fired for sayin’ this, but McMahon is nothin’ but a jackass for puttin’ Foley through this! I said somebody was gonna get hurt badly, and it’s happened right here!



    STEVE CORINO by Stojy
    Spoiler:

    ECW Champion STEVE CORINO now turns to face the camera, determination written all over his face. A slightly nervous looking JACK VICTORY just kind of stands in the background as the champ begins to speak.

    Steve Corino: Ah, I can smell it in the air, tonight is the night. Tonight I get to finally silence all of the doubters, tonight I get to prove once and for all who the man is. And as important as that is, tonight is about more than that. Tonight I get the opportunity for revenge, tonight I want to make Tajiri bleed the way he made me bleed.

    ‘The King Of Old School’ seems in the zone tonight, as he pauses for a moment.

    Steve Corino: I want him to feel about tonight the way I feel about Hardcore Heaven two years ago. I want tonight to haunt his sneaky Japanese ass for years.

    A slight snicker comes from Victory, but Corino doesn’t even acknowledge it.

    Steve Corino: I want Tajiri to have to walk around with that grey cloud over his head. I want people to FOREVER doubt him, I want them to say that he might be the TV Champion, but when he fought Steve Corino…

    The champ gets the slightest glimmer of a smile on his face for the first time.

    Steve Corino: I want people to say that when he fought the greatest ECW Champion of all time… Steve Corino almost killed him.

    After taking another moment, Corino motions for Jack Victory to come stand next to him, which he does. Instead of looking into the camera now, the champ speaks directly to his best friend.

    Steve Corino: Jack, you’ve been with me through thick and thin, so let me ask you. What would be the best way for me to make people say what I want them to say about tonight?

    Victory plays it coy, just shrugging.

    Steve Corino: Let me ask you another question. What’s the most violent thing that I’ve ever dealt with?

    Victory looks nervous suddenly.

    Steve Corino: You have the right to have that look on your face, because the answer scares me.

    Corino takes a deep breath before continuing.

    Steve Corino: The answer scares the hell out of me, but not as much as the thought of losing the ECW Title scares me. I’ll protect this title with my life, so here we are. Did you bring the gloves?

    Victory grabs a pair of black, burlap gloves that were sitting on the table, and hands them to Corino. The champ slowly, silently puts the gloves on, before wriggling his fingers a little, making sure they fit right.

    After that, Corino steps off screen, only for Victory’s eyes to nearly pop out of his head…

    Because Corino steps back into shot…
    WITH A ROLL OF BARBED WIRE!!!

    Immediately from inside the arena, there are chants of “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, as Victory still looks frightened, and Corino just stares at the barbed wire. He almost looks possessed, ready to do ANYTHING for his ECW Title as we fade away…




    Fun fact; of all the winners of the this award, no character has ever been (in real life, at least) an out-and-out “main eventer”, with only Jack Swagger (in a win for Order in 2015) having a real life run as World Champion.



    The results are as follows…



    Spoiler:

    BRET HART by Dubb Schrute
    66 POINTS
    1 first place vote, 1 second place vote, 2 third place votes, 4 fourth place votes, 1 fifth place vote, 2 sixth place votes, 3 seventh place votes, 3 eighth place votes


    STEVE CORINO by Stojy
    69 POINTS
    2 second place votes, 3 third place votes, 1 fourth place vote, 3 fifth place votes, 4 sixth place votes, 4 seventh place votes


    Spoiler:

    MICK FOLEY/MANKIND by iMac
    72 POINTS
    2 first place votes, 1 second place vote, 2 third place votes, 3 fourth place votes, 1 fifth place vote, 2 sixth place votes, 5 seventh place votes, 2 eighth place votes


    Spoiler:

    DUSTIN RHODES by Keefmoon
    73 POINTS
    2 first place votes, 2 second place votes, 2 third place votes, 2 fourth place votes, 2 fifth place votes, 3 sixth place votes, 4 eighth place votes


    Spoiler:

    JAKE ‘THE SNAKE’ ROBERTS by BattleTank
    74 POINTS
    2 first place votes, 2 second place votes, 1 third place vote, 5 fifth place votes, 4 sixth place votes, 3 seventh place votes



    Spoiler:

    HOLLYWOOD’ HULK HOGAN by Zoom-E
    86 POINTS
    3 first place votes, 3 second place votes, 3 third place votes, 2 fourth place votes, 1 fifth place vote, 1 sixth place vote, 2 seventh place votes, 2 eighth place votes


    Spoiler:

    CHRIS JERICHO by Wolf Beast
    87 POINTS
    2 first place votes, 3 second place votes, 2 third place votes, 3 fourth place votes, 4 fifth place votes, 2 sixth place votes, 1 eighth place vote


    Spoiler:

    AND THE WINNER IS…


    JOHN CENA by Wolf Beast
    113 POINTS
    6 first place votes, 4 second place votes, 3 third place votes, 3 fourth place votes, 1 fifth place vote


    Third time is the charm, it seems. That’s the third time John Cena has made the shortlist in this award for me in four years, and after coming up short twice before, ‘The Man In Black’ breaks at least one streak in 2020, with BattleTanks stranglehold over the award coming to an end. It’s the first time I’ve scooped this one, and I must admit, I’m surprised that A) I’ve won this, and B) that it was Cena over Jericho. I think everyone else can feel hard done by, as I genuinely think the best character work has come in those other threads this year, but I’ll accept it as some kind of “Lifetime Achievement” award for the use of Cena over the years!



    Up Next;
    Without individual characters standing out, BTB would be pretty boring. But on top of that vital ingredient, graphics add a hell of a lot to the presentation of many BTB’s in the section, and our wonderful arty graphics makers are finally being rewarded for their endeavours. It’s the second time we award; BEST BTB GRAPHICS OF THE YEAR!!


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    Best BTB Graphics of the Year



    The nominees are…
    BattleTank
    Looking Glass
    ranthellacious
    Role Model
    Ty2J


    Fun fact; Role Model won this award last year when known as Hug Life, so either way, we’re guaranteed a different name on the trophy this time around!



    The results are as follows…



    Spoiler:

    TY2J
    6 POINTS
    1 second place vote, 4 third place votes


    LOOKING GLASS
    12 POINTS
    1 first place vote, 2 second place votes, 5 third place votes


    Spoiler:

    RANTHELLACIOUS
    16 POINTS
    2 first place votes, 3 second place votes, 4 third place votes


    Spoiler:

    ROLE MODEL
    25 POINTS
    3 first place votes, 6 second place votes, 4 third place votes


    Spoiler:

    AND THE WINNER IS…


    BATTLETANK
    43 POINTS
    11 first place votes, 5 second place votes


    Landslide win for the newest member of the BTB Legends club. It’s BattleTanks third overall End of Year award, and with other opportunities still to come today, he may be making room for another on the mantelpiece before the day is over. A fitting reward for the graphics he’s dished up for all corners of the section over the last 12 months! Congrats! And thank you for all the hard work!



    Up Next;
    Recent years have seen blood feuds walk off with MATCH OF THE YEAR award!! And there’s no shortage of blood feuds to choose from this year as the contenders see a BARBED WIRE ROPES match included, along with the epic finale to STING vs. CACTUS JACK with NO RULES, whilst there’s also a LADDER MATCH, WAR GAMES and a CAGE MATCH featuring Ed Leslie, and I myself aim for the elusive hat trick of victories in this category with THE STREAK on the line.


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