Freya’s pyro goes off and she marches to the ring, with a visible limp in her leg, showing the effects of her earlier match.
Sammy: From Oxford, United Kingdom...weighing in at 143lbs...FREEEEEEEEEEEYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tex: Will her injury play a part in her match tonight?
Cain: About as much as Darkness’. Both are going into this one wounded…
As "Fear of the Dark" plays, the view cuts to a shot of Darkness's locker room door. It opens, and Darkness steps from the shadows, his title belt around his waist. As his fans chant along to the music, Darkness walks through the corridors of the arena before reaching the gorilla position.
Sammy: And her opponent...from Chicago, Illinois...weighing in at 218 lbs... he is the TCW HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION.... DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARKNEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tex: They managed to patch Darkness up quickly backstage, but he is still definitely wearing the wounds of war.
He slides into the ring, apparently ready to defend his championship yet again as he hands it off to the referee, who holds it into the air to signify it’s defense.
Tex: This is going to be a true test of each of their resolves…both have competed once already tonight….fatigue may have set in.
Cain: We’ll see how much that’s a factor when this contest is for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Tex: This is what it’s all about…two gladiators in the ring, fighting for the richest prize in our business today.
Darkness and Freya rush towards each other immediately, grappling each other in the middle and jockeying for position. After a few moments, Darkness overpowers Freya and slowly pushes her shoulders to the mat…
Freya quickly brings her knees in and kicks up into Darkness’ gut, and then is able to slowly push herself back to a standing position.
Tex: Freya is showing her flexibility as well as her resiliency here.
With them on equal footing, Freya suddenly kicks Darkness in the gut, doubling him over, leading to Freya following up with a knee to Darkness’ head. She seems to have seen an opportunity, because she suddenly pulls Darkness down into a small package…
Tex: You need more than an early surprise pin to win against Darkness.
Cain: Yet lesser wrestlers have been caught by sudden pins in the past. This is Freya forcing Darkness to keep alert. He mustn’t get caught unaware, or 3 seconds will end his long championship reign.
The two wrestlers get to standing positions swiftly, and then begin trading blows back and forth in the middle of the ring. Each competitor has their own share of fans behind them, with some chanting for Darkness and others chanting for Freya.
“LET’S GO DARKNESS!”
“LET’S GO FREYA!”
“LET’S GO DARKNESS!”
“LET’S GO FREYA!”
Darkness catches Freya off guard with a quick uppercut to the throat, and then drives her back into the ropes with a quick series of martial arts blows, before pushing her off with an Irish whip. Off the first rebound, he attempts to meet her in the middle of the ring with a clothesline that is swiftly ducked, and her second rebound leads her to jump onto his shoulders for a hurricanrana.
Instead of pulling him down with her, he lifts his hands to hold her up, before driving her down hard with a quick powerbomb, the force of the slam shaking the ring!
Cain: Wow…miscalculation by Freya there. That can’t be good for your head and neck..
He stuffs her down for a pin attempt…
T-Freya rolls her right shoulder up!
As if expecting this, Darkness immediately seizes Freya’s right leg, turning her over onto her stomach and pulling back hard, eliciting a yell of pain from her.
Tex: A half crab on Freya!
Cain: On her injured right leg no less, she’s likely to still be feeling the effects of her previous match. This is where the true difficulty of the tournament comes into play….even if you win a match earlier, any injuries sustained could lose you the tournament.
Banter: That goes both ways here, you know…
After a few seconds, Freya is able to make a hard lunge for the bottom rope, and seizes it, forcing Darkness to break the hold. Darkness holds on for about 3 seconds longer before removing the hold.
Darkness attempts to remain on offense, trying to seize Freya’s right leg once more as she is pulling herself up on the ropes. She performs a quick back kick with her left leg that catches him in the chin, and without warning, performs a springboard moonsault off the ropes, coming down and seizing his head before pulling it down into a reverse DDT!
The instant Darkness kicks out, Freya stands, backs herself into the ropes and bounces off before jumping with a single flip Senton, her left leg crashing over Darkness’ head. She covers again…
Banter: See, like I told you guys.
Cain: Darkness also took a good deal of punishment to his head in his match with Dante. Continued abuse might open him right back up.
Tex: This match may turn into a race of who can exploit the other’s injuries the fastest to gain a victory. Who do you think this match favors so far?
Cain: In all honesty, it probably favors Darkness…by a small margin. Freya is on the offensive now, but Darkness has a way of coming back from incredible odds. His endurance and stamina are matched by almost no one in professional wrestling. Freya’s injured leg also puts her at a disadvantage of being exploited by Darkness at any time with his finishing Darkshooter hold. However, don’t think I’m counting Freya out either. If anyone has Darkness figured out, it would be her. She’s beaten him on at least two counts, and in my view, even a non-title victory against Darkness has its own prestige.
Tex: For years on end Darkness has been the continuous World Heavyweight Champion here in TCW. Even when he was forced to relinquish the Unified World Titles, he immediately became the inaugural champion for the TCW World Heavyweight Championship. His reign has been on a level of wrestling legends like Bruno Sammartino and Hulk Hogan. And here we have another pay per view match and another title defense for Darkness…
Freya appears to be focusing a flurry of offense on Darkness’ head, delivering a few punches and putting on a headlock, clamping down tight with visible effort in her facial expression.
Cain: The question is, is Freya the victor here, or does Darkness come away with another notch in his belt? We’ve had so many great matches with his championships on the line, and so many great, worthy competitors. Nearly all of them were championship material, and he turned all of them away summarily.
Tex: Freya is another deserving champion….her Bleeder title reign was also strong, broken only by the forced retirement of the belt. But on this night, where it’s all on the line, will she have the goods to come away with her first World Heavyweight Championship, or will she be another ‘worthy challenger’ turned away by Darkness?
Banter: I bet I know what’s going to happen. Darkness is going to have his usual Superman comeback, and then-
Darkness is powering out of the headlock as they speak, delivering quick elbows to Freya and then charging into the ropes, before attempting to tackle her right leg-
-however, Freya sidesteps the attempt and brings her left knee up, causing Darkness to collapse against the mat! The former Bleeder champion immediately races to the corner, ascending deftly and coming off with a top rope moonsault, crushing her knees into his forehead!
Cain: Ouch! What a brutal moonsault by Freya…not a usual moonsault either, as you would normally land across your opponent’s body. That was specifically intended to injure Darkness…this woman is pulling no punches.
Tex: But she may have hurt herself…
Freya is visibly clutching at her right knee, but is forcing herself to slowly crawl over top of a downed Darkness…blood seeping from a cut on his forehead, pouring out profusely onto the mat.
Cain: This might be her only chance!
She stretches out her arm and lunges over top of him, pulling his leg up weakly…
Thre-Darkness just gets the shoulder up!
Tex: And this match is still underway, Darkness shows his resiliency once more!
The two wrestlers writhe on the mat for a few moments, a growing chant filling the silence…
“LET’S GO DARKNESS!”
“LET’S GO FREYA!”
“LET’S GO DARKNESS!”
“LET’S GO FREYA!”
They start to force themselves to their feet, each reaching a standing position and starting to slowly trade blows once more amidst the crowd chanting.
Cain: The longer this match goes, the more costly errors will become. I’m surprised Freya is going hand to hand with Darkness…it’s not her style.
The two keep at it, until finally Darkness is stumbled by a blow squarely to his forehead. Darkness grits his teeth, staring at her through the blood in his eyes, and lunges forward with a powerful clothesline, which is met in turn by a drop toehold onto the second rope!
Tex: Darkness is in position for-
Freya doesn’t even stop to signal with a howl, she just runs the ropes and moves to spin around with the OX4 kick…
…but is CAUGHT by Darkness midway, and his prosthetic hand seizes with a vice grip around her neck! With a bloodthirsty expression, he climbs onto the apron with her, before simply lifting her with a single hand and throwing her to the arena floor below, her body smacking down with a sickening thud!
Tex: Oh my God! The Slayer Slam from the apron to the floor!
Darkness barely gives her a look before climbing back into the ring, the referee administering a count…
Tex: What a brutal, no-nonsense move from Darkness…
Banter: That’s it, she’s out.
Cain: These two are so tightly knit, and they’re still killing each other out there! That’s just how much this championship means to them. But this might be over already. Darkness doesn’t need to pin Freya to retain the championship.
Darkness stares on coldly as the count continues.
Freya lightly stirs on the floor, slowly rolling over to a prone position. Her eyes are glazed over as her fingers find the fabric of the ring apron and pull gingerly on it…
Her other hand reaches up higher, fingers trying to find the top, and pull, slowly forcing her body upwards…
Her weakened right leg tries desperately to push up to a standing position while she keeps pulling herself up…
Weakly, she attempts to thrust herself under the rope, with a visible effort…!
The referee shakes his head and allows the match to continue as Freya rolls into the ring very slowly.
Tex: She made it!
Cain: But this might be all academic from this point.
Banter: Look at how much effort it took her just to get back in the ring!
Darkness pulls her by her right leg, before hooking it in a cover…
Tex: And the match STILL continues! What resiliency!
The crowd reacts explosively to her kickout, some cheers, some boos, but everyone in the arena is on the edge of their seats. Darkness sits up in disbelief, before wiping blood out of his eyes and standing, signaling for the Darkness DDT. In time, Freya begins to pull herself up on the ropes, slowly lifting herself up with Darkness closing in. He spins her around abruptly, and seizes her in position for his finisher, before lifting and spinning her…
Instead of flowing with the move, Freya plants herself midway, and instead spins to Darkness’ back! She jumps up to pull him down into the Lung Blower, but he also has it scouted, and reaches back to seize her head first, dropping to his knees and stunning her with a sudden jawbreaker. He releases her, moving to the ropes briefly, before lunging at her with a superkick!
Cain: He got her-
Freya ducks and runs underneath it! She quickly jumps onto the top rope, gritting her teeth in pain from her right leg, and jumps off with an asai moonsault, catching Darkness with the Full Moon DDT!
Tex: Full Moon DDT! It’s over!
Darkness lies motionlessly on the mat, a pool of blood forming around his head slowly. Freya, having visibly exhausted herself from that sequence, can only force herself to push Darkness slowly onto his back…and cover him…
Tex: He kicked out of it!
Cain: That should have been it right there, but Darkness survived!
Banter: Maybe Darkness just CAN’T lose his title!
Freya just shakes her head and stands up, stumbling on her right leg and panting, as she leans against the ring ropes, examining the situation. Sure enough, Darkness starts to stand as well.
Tex: How much do they have left in the tank?
Cain: Visibly, they both look exhausted…I think they want to finish each other off as soon as possible.
Darkness’ face is a crimson mask as he stands, facing away from Freya, before abruptly whirling around. Immediately, Freya plants her foot against Darkness and quickly swings her other leg up for an Enzuigiri-
- however, Darkness ducks under it, the kick sailing over his head. She lands on her feet and attempts to come around in reverse with a similar kick, but instead Darkness stops her with a boot to the chest, and spins her around with a Darkness DDT, successfully driving her head into the canvas!
Tex: DARKNESS DDT!
Cain: What a counter, what a finisher…
Tex: OH MY GOD, I DON’T BELIEVE IT!
Cain: She kicked out, she kicked out!
Even the referee hesitantly signals ‘two’ to the timekeeper, both of them down on the mat and not moving.
“LET’S GO FREYA!”
“LET’S GO DARKNESS!”
Banter: This is getting ridiculous!
Tex: One finisher after another…both extremely difficult to survive, and both of these competitors did it. Ladies and gentlemen, this match has been a roller coaster so far.
Cain: Both of them started injured but I don’t think they care anymore. They’re just hurting all over now and looking to end this.
Banter: I don’t know if this will ever end!
The referee begins to count both of them out on the mat.
Cain: It might just end here…
Tex: Even if they both lose by count out, Darkness still keeps his title!
They stir, pushing up on each other, using each other for support on pure instinct…
They both reach a vertical base at the last moment. A moment of hesitation between the two, before-
Darkness grabs Freya and nails-
-no, Freya breaks out, spins Darkness around-
Tex: Darkness got caught!
Tex: IT’S OVER! IT’S OVER! GOOD GOD IN HEAVEN, WE HAVE A NEW WORLD’S HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION!
The Beijing crowd erupts as Blood Red Summer plays and the TCW World Heavyweight Championship belt is retrieved by the referee.
Sammy: Here is your winner….and the NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEW…TCW World Heavyweight Champion….FREEEEEEEEEYAAAAAAAAAA!
Tex: This is unbelievable! A new era has begun!
Cain: For years the top spot in TCW has eluded Freya Green….but no longer. Her journey to the top is over, and with this victory, she becomes the first ever female TCW World’s Heavyweight Champion.
The belt is handed to a weary Freya, who stands up slowly, using the turnbuckle to support herself, and she raises the belt one handed, beaten, exhausted, and yet ultimately triumphant.
Banter: I’m still in shock!
Cain: I think we all thought Darkness simply could not be beaten one on one for his championship…3 long years at the top of this company, Unified World’s Heavyweight Champion, TCW World’s Heavyweight Champion… Congratulations to Darkness for his legendary run at the top, and congratulations to Freya for doing the impossible and ending it.
Tex: I am proud of both of these competitors. What a match…
“Not so fast…”
Deng walks out onto the stage with a microphone, Freya’s music cutting off as the crowd rains boos over him.
Tex: What a buzzkill.
“You must think this is some big feel good moment for you, huh Freya? I would not get too excited, because being my
World Heavyweight Champion means you have a reputation to uphold. You represent this company, and your represent me.”
Freya stares at him wearily as he continues.
“There will be no more of your Hellfire Club crap. You will be a proper, respectable Champion. You will make the appearances I tell you to do, you will defend your title when I ask you to, and-“
Tex: Valerie Stern is here!
Banter: But what for?
She gets in Deng’s face with her own microphone and speaks.
“That’s enough! I have had it with all of this bullshit from you. It’s because of you that this company is in the shape it’s in. Ever since you took ownership of TCW, you’ve caused wrestlers to quit the company, you’ve been slowly homogenizing the product…And I can no longer stand by and watch this happen. Or rather, should I say, I don’t -have- to any more.”
Cain: What is she saying?
“Because as of a few hours ago, Deng, a conglomerate and I purchased a controlling share of TCW.”
Banter: You mean she-
Deng lifts a hand. “That’s nonsense. I know for a fact that you don't have the money to buy more than 50% of the company - and what's more, your contract is very clear that you can't own that much."
"No, but I can find a partner who can buy enough to make up the difference."
The crowd erupts as Dante comes out onto the stage!
Tex: Dante is Stern’s business partner?!?!
Cain: This is unprecedented!
Deng doesn’t appear to react much. He just shakes his head.
“Interesting, but you’re bluffing. The American dollar is barely worth toilet paper compared to Chinese currency. Not even Dante’s personal fortune alone is enough to buy the necessary shares.”
“Sorry,” Stern replies, “did I say ‘partner’? I believe I meant, partners
. You know what they say, keep your friends close…”
Tex: My God…hell has just frozen over!
Powers and Stern share a firm handshake, before Powers takes the microphone.
"Sorry to burst your bubble, Mr. Deng, but Stern made me an offer I couldn't refuse. With my promotion lacking a network, I jumped at the chance to ride the TCW gravy train and now that we..." he points at his new business partners, "...own 51% of the company, we'll be calling the shots from now on."
Deng stares at the group furiously, but keeps his composure. “…We’ll see about that. This is not over,” he declared. "I am still the single majority shareholder in TCW. All you have done is begun a war you cannot win."
“You’re right. We will see,” Stern said confidently.
Tex: We have a new World Heavyweight Champion, and my God, what a bombshell has just been dropped! Tonight marks the start of a new era in Twisted Championship Wrestling! Goodnight everyone!