Backstage, SCW Hall of Famer and the current and reigning SCU World Nightmare Champion Mercedes Vargas is already suited up ahead of her match tonight. Tellingly, there's a promotional poster of Into the Void X set upon an easel just behind her.
Mercedes: Today's the day, tonight's the night. Before I walk out of Into the Void your new and two-time, two-time Queen for a Day winner, I have to defend the World Nightmare Championship in the preshow against someone I've met and beaten before: the first-ever champion, Angel of Filth. Now, she may not remember this, but two years ago during the SCU overseas tour, Delia Darling, Winter Elemental, Tatsu Ikeda and myself wiped the floor with Filth, Angel Kash, Chanelle Martinez, and Melissa Ruin in my hometown of Buenos Aires and the last Underground show before Into the Void VIII. Now, Angel realized two things that night: that teaming with Nobility was a bad idea and that her chances beating AGIFT was only a pipe dream.
A shrug follows as she adds a rueful smile.
Mercedes: Angel, you're a former SCU Underground Champion. You also made history when you declared yourself the first World Nightmare Champion and you will be champion again, you're too good not to be. Tonight, Angel, you have the opportunity to accomplish something no woman has done before, and that's becoming the first two-time World Nightmare Champion in history. Unfortunately, for you, Angel, you're going to fail, just like Omasa did recently and Helena Jeckel before her. Just like in that tag match two years ago, you're going to realize the difference between fantasy and reality. The reality is you're getting your ass beat; the fantasy is you had any choice in the matter.
Mercedes slowly raises her sunglasses over her head.
Mercedes: You may be my next challenge, but you won't be my last. Don't let these looks fool you, don't let my age fool you. I'm more than just someone who have appeared in her share of matches. I'm a decorated champion and a veteran of the sport. I've been at this for over a decade, and I'm pretty damn good at it. But you don't have to take my word for it.
Mercedes pauses, taking the time to glance at her championship draped over her shoulder then glances back at the camera.
Mercedes: ¿Crees que puedes detenerme?
You think you can stop me?
Mercedes opens her arms wide in challenge.
Prove me wrong.
GRIME Nightmare Championship
Angel Of Filth vs Mercedes Vargas
This is a match that did not stay in the ring for very long. Filth and Mercedes don’t rely much on wrestling, but more on presenting a hardcore match in all of it’s glory. The ring steps, the barricade, steel chairs, broomsticks, a sledgehammer, and even a fish tank, come into play. However, Mercedes’ experience outshines Filth’s through the bit of wrestling that is actually done. Mercedes takes several big bumps, but Filth finds herself the victim of a face through the fish tank as the match pours into the halls, and even an elevator, of the Golden Ring Resort. Filth uses her experience in alternative spaces to eventually gain an advantage, and a quite clear one at that. Mercedes nearly takes the fall on numerous occasions. However, Mercedes is not against the help that comes in the form of Omasa. She stands back and lets Omasa take Filth down with several, several chops with her wooden sword. Mercedes takes the win by pinfall when Omasa seems to be finished with Filth. However, once the bell is rung and Mercedes is declared the winner, Omasa begins chopping away at Mercedes. Mercedes is only narrowly saved, and able to compete later in the night, when Rainbow comes around the corner. She nearly turns this into a match in and of itself as she holds up against Omasa’s wooden sword. She even manages to counter one blow, and disarms Omasa. Omasa refers to her as trash, and the two go at it until Rainbow has Omasa by the throat and ready to send her through a window. However, the elevator opens up and security rushes to separate the two. Rainbow asks Omasa who the trash is now, and repeats it in Japanese for Omasa to fully understand. The fight is de-escalated and we go elsewhere.
THAT FUCKING BITCH!
We see Angel of Filth limping down the hallway, with a smile on her face that betrays the words that just came out of her mouth. She walks down the wing that houses most of the GRIME stars. She sees Ruby standing by, minding her own business. She passes Jacob Johnson, who is bandaged up and heading out of the arena from the attack earlier. She even passes Marissa Henry, who has a microphone ready.
Marissa: A few words?
Filth stops and crinkles her nose, but not in a cute way. She hocks a loogie and spits it just left of Marissa’s shoe, showing off traces of blood in it.
Filth: You want a few words? Should I say it louder? THHHHHAT FUUUUUUCKING BIIIIIITCH!!! Better?
Marissa: It was a well fought match with Mercedes Vargas.
Filth: Right up until Omasa Tazu stuck her porcelain nose in business that doesn’t concern her, what? Out of jealousy? To be a bitch? Or because she has a hardon for destroying GRIME from within?
Marissa: Clearly this isn’t going to stand. But know that you came within inches of bringing the title back where it belongs, within GRIME.
Filth: I don’t give a shit about the title. I care more about making Mercedes eat her words that I’m not up to snuff for her liking. But, I care most about making sure that I’m doing damage control. Hitamashii fucked up when he brought that sniveling little whore into our circle. He vouched for her. And now he’s taken up open rebellion with her. I thought it was cute. I enjoyed the show. But it’s gotten to a point where it affects me. I could be standing here with a win under my new GRIME World Nightmare Championship belt, boasting to the world about how I beat the infallible Mercedes Vargas. But Omasa couldn’t just let go. She had to hold onto vengeance from last year’s Mayhem Survival. What we did to Dying Breed, more specifically Ivan and Andrew, is just a taste of what’s to come now, you fucking cunt… You wanted war, now it’s on like Hiroshima, bitch!
Filth spits once more before leaving Marissa. Marissa looks at the bloody mucus dripping down the wall just inches from her right cheek and she wretches a little before walking off. However, the camera sees Angel of Filth standing outside of a door where she is talking to someone. It would be a complete mystery if it wasn’t for the sound of a rat squeaking. Skag takes one step out of the doorway and looks over to the camera watching them.
Skag: Hallo und auf wiedersehen…
He throws his violin bow at the camera with strange accuracy and it shuts the camera off, forcing the ringside view to come into play.
Michi vs Celeste North vs Angel Kash
The match starts off with Angel Kash not even present at ringside. Despite this, the match starts off strong with Michi and Celeste trading blows. Angel eventually makes her way into the mix by actually showing up. She tries to use her money to buy off Celeste and Michi, but they put aside their differences and knock Angel out of the equation, working together as a team. But, once Angel is down and out in the corner, both ladies return to fighting. Their pure skill in brawling gives us a match with artful holds such as a Bow and Arrow on Michi, and a Body Scissors on Celeste. Michi gains the advantage after the Body Scissors and moves to a ground and pound technique. She holds the advantage, and several pin attempts, but cannot put Celeste down. However, Celeste hits the Homicidal (Punch combo followed by a Bulldog). But with a distraction from Valentina, Angel Kash is able to slide in and take the cover while Valentina holds onto Celeste to stop her from breaking it up. Boss Bitches Angel Kash and Valentina don’t stick around long enough to celebrate. Instead, they move out of the ring before Celeste can go on the attack. However, Angel backs into Cordelia, and the Underground and Uncensored TV Champions stare each other down. Cordelia clinks her belt against Angel’s while Morgan Clark sneaks up and bounces Val’s head off of the steel edging of the Sin City Tron. Cordelia lays Angel out with the Uncensored TV Championship. Morgan and Cordelia then move backstage, waving at Boss Bitches as they go.
A moment or two passes before the pre-recorded video comes to life. The gentle hum of a central air conditioner permeates the airwaves. The camera begins to focus in on an open gymnasium that’s filled with black mats. Seated in the center of one of the mats is Merlot Ayano. Her attire is a bit different on this day. She’s sporting a Spider-Gwen style No-Gi rashguard with matching spats. Merlot also has her hair tied into a small pony-tail.
Merlot Ayano: How doing?
There’s a short rhetorical pause before Merlot continues on.
Merlot Ayano: Face brand new challenge at Into the Void X. Is not just new challenger, but is also new match type. Will face Melissa Ruin Brazilian Jiu Jitsu match. May sound complicated, but really boils down to grappling bout. No striking. No shenanigans. Only sheer technical ability and submission acclimate. Some may scoff at style of match, but is one that Merlot can appreciate. Hai.
She nods her head.
Merlot Ayano: One of most enjoyable parts of being Sin City Underground Combat Champion is fact that Merlot gets chance to train and experience different styles. Merlot wrestle for long time now; know very much. But being Combat Champion has given Merlot chance to learn so much more. Has given Merlot chance to grow even stronger. Is something Merlot always appreciates, truly.
There’s a small pause.
Merlot Ayano: Melissa? Merlot understand that you are motivated for this bout. Have waited long time to fight Merlot. People and many events have gotten into way. But time has finally come. And can sense that will give it your all. Merlot appreciate that. Appreciate it very much—
Merlot Ayano: However, Melissa need to understand what will happen once bell ring. Is reason why SCU market as best Combat Champion in history. Is not a stroke of luck. Is no fluke. The nice and friendly Merlot will fade away. All that will remain is determined champion who is hell-bent on making you submit. Melissa will be giving her all to win, but so will Merlot. Because as long as fakes and frauds are in possession of SCU Championship, is up to Merlot to be at helm. Therefore, will fight with all of might.
Merlot nods her head.
Merlot Ayano: Melissa will learn what many before have learned. Will see that the Merlot in championship match is a completely different being. Usually scares people. Puts fear in hearts. But hopefully it fires Melissa up. Will see.
The camera lingers on that shot of Merlot for a moment before the camera fades out.
Steel Cage Match
Halo Annis vs Stacy Ruin
The fans are excited to get this match going. Stacy holds nothing back as she works her way into banging Halo’s head off of the cage wall. Eventually, Halo gets her wherewithal back and turns the tables. She bounces Stacy’s head off like it takes no effort.
Gena: Stacy is just so full of hatred, but Halo is fueled by pure competition.
Chad: You can’t argue that there’s something personal in there too, after Stacy’s attitude started affecting Halo.
And it does become evident as both ladies trade back and forth, blow after blow, punch after punch, and kick after kick. Stacy shows that she’s been training for the Combat Division more lately, but Halo’s experience drowns her out.
Chad: Halo gains the advantage and begins climbing the wall of the cage. Smart after what happened to Veronica Taylor, heh…
Gena: Or stupid, because halfway up the wall, Stacy gets to her feet and begins climbing too.
Both ladies jockey for position as Stacy gets nearer to Halo, faster than expected. Elbow jabs, punches, knees, kicks are all present as the ladies reach the top of the cage. They continue this as Stacy straddles the wall first. They trade back and forth still.
Gena: At this point, it is literally anybody’s game. Stacy seems to want it more, but Halo wants it bad enough to give her everything she’s got.
Chad: It’s just sad to say that Stacy’s fury is starting to get the better of her. Halo sneaks in a kick to the side of the head that hits just right. She pulls herself up onto the top of the cage.
As she does this, Stacy grabs onto her ankle. She is able to start to lean back up, but Halo hits the Black 13 (Claymore Kick) to Stacy, and she falls back inside of the ring! Halo climbs down and touches the floor to win. She doesn’t celebrate, but instead walks to the back. Medical checks on Stacy, even as she fights it off.
The camera finds Earl, Dahlia, and Sarah going through final preparation for their match.
Sarah: Oh, hello we didn’t see you there.
Earl: Hollywood, Kelly the last time we shared a ring those GRIME bastards decided to stick their noses where it didn’t belong and ruined what was a great tag team match.
Dahlia: Exactly, tonight we get a chance to finish what we started our tag team match with. You know us, we’ve held the Pride Tag team championships multiple times and more times than anyone else.
Earl: Don’t get us wrong though we are no way looking past you, we know a good you both are, and you know the same about us, tonight we fight for the Pride tag team titles and all we ask of you is to give is the fight we know you can and win or lose we leave everything in the ring, Good luck tonight.
We switch elsewhere in the hallway to see Queen of Apathy walking down the hallway for the start of her match. She is met by Marissa Henry, with a microphone at the ready. Marissa walks with Queen toward the curtains.
Marissa: Queen of Apathy. I was hoping to speak with you, for a while now, actually. But I was wondering if you might be able to tell us about your thoughts on this match?
Marissa: Meh? You have the chance to win the Number 30 spot for SCU in the Mayhem Survival. You have to be at least a little more…
Apathy: In case you forgot, I suffered a brain injury a few years back. My ability to feel anything emotional literally doesn’t exist. Hence my name, and hence the “Meh”.
Marissa: I know, but from a strategic viewpoint, this could be huge for GRIME Wrestling, the company you work for. Does that mean anything to you at all?
Apathy tilts her head back, thinking. She then looks back at Marissa with a slight shoulder raise.
“Tear you Apart” by She Wants Revenge plays over the speakers in the background as Apathy parts the curtains to walk out.
SCU vs GRIME
Linnea Lacroix, Jenifer Lacroix, Morgan Clark, and Cordelia Clark vs. Queen of Apathy, Helena Jeckel, Masked Jade, and Ruby
Ding! Ding! Ding!
Rob: Helena insists on starting as Linnea steps up for Team SCU. Helene shows her crazy as she immediately goes on the attack. She holds back no punches, literally.
Gena: That shrieking… But after about seven wild punches, Linnea hits a well placed punch to put some distance between them.
Chad: She grabs hold of Helena and whips her into the ropes, hitting her with a Jumping Knee. Helena falls back into the ropes as Linnea jumps up.
Ada: But Helena dumps her to the outside of the ring. She looks straight across the ring at Morgan, Cordelia, and Jenifer.
Helena: I’m turning the page! Who’s next?!
Rob: Bravery is not rewarded by the fans. Filth’s favorite warrior makes a challenge, and Jenifer goes to answer. However, Linnea gets inside of the ring and puts Helena down with a Bulldog!
Gena: Linnea nods and tags Jenifer in. Jenifer goes to tackle a rising Helena, but Helena moves out of the way and tags in Queen of Apathy…
Chad: She gets inside as Jenifer gets a wicked smirk on her face. She speaks French to Apathy, who shrugs.
Ada: Jenifer goes to punch her, but she blocks it and hits a Headbutt that makes Jenifer stumble back. She goes for a Clothesline, but Jenifer locks on the Kimura Lock!
Rob: Come on, Apathy! GRIME is counting on you! Ruby flips off Apathy, while Helena and Jade get inside of the ring. Linnea, Morgan, and Cordelia enter and begin brawling with Jade and Helena as Apathy taps out!
Darlyn: Queen of Apathy has been eliminated!!!
Gena: YES! SCU has the upper hand! Jenifer spins Helena around and hits a Spinning Kick right to her face, nearly knocking her mask off!
Chad: Helena grabs Jenifer’s leg as she goes for another kick, and spins her around. Jenifer lands a Spinning Heel Kick and Helena gets to her corner to tag out. But the only one there is Ruby, who shakes her head.
Ada: I thought she liked inflicting pain. I guess she’s like everyone else here, and she hates GRIME. Jenifer is able to lock on the Kimura Lock once more, but Jade kicks Jenifer in the back of the head.
Rob: She sends Jenifer flying into the nearest corner, where Morgan sneaks the tag. She and Helena brawl until Morgan is able to dodge a punch, and she takes Helena down with an Arm Drag.
Gena: She keeps hold for an Arm Lock. She wrenches the arm back and forth until Jade makes the save once more. However, Linnea Clothesline’s Jade outside of the ring and follows after.
Chad: As they go at it, Helena is able to use the distraction, and a handful of tights, to roll Morgan up into a pin!
Liam: Morgan Clark has been eliminated!
Ada: Cordelia is about to step in, but Linnea is faster. She gets inside and immediately goes after Helena with a fury of stomps. Ruby just sits there and laughs.
Ruby: You’re a bunch of losers!
Rob: And you’re playing a big part in that, Ruby! God! Helena trips Linnea across the middle rope. As she goes for a Leg Guillotine, Cordelia comes around the corner and hits the Heartbreaker ( A spinning double knee right into the chest/heart)! Linnea falls back, having taken some of the attack as well, and they’re covering each other!
Liam: Linnea LaCroix has been eliminated!
Darlyn: Helena Jeckel has been eliminated!
Gena: The score is still even. Cordelia is about to get inside, but Jenifer slips past her to go after Jade. Cordelia stomps her foot and screams angrily.
Chad: She gets inside anyway, and the two begin hammering away at Jade. Jade fights back, kicking both ladies to gain a certain amount of distance, but she falls victim to the Busaiku Knee kick that takes her down.
Ada: Jade doesn’t stop fighting as she punches out the back of Jenifer’s kneecap, and the two begin brawling. Cordelia points to her chest and screams out once more.
Cordelia: I’M IN THIS MATCH, TOO!!!
Rob: Ruby laughs once again, and this only draws Cordelia over to her. She grabs onto Ruby’s hair and drags her into the ring, stomping away at her, and oddly drawing a loud cheer.
Ada: Jade winds up on top of Jenifer, throwing hard punches and busting open Jenifer’s lip. Jenifer spits it at Jade, which makes her go for an illegal choke!
Chad: The referee goes to break it up, and Jade stands up and kicks Dylan right between the legs and then shoves him to the ground. Um… not the best idea…
Darlyn: Due to a disqualification, masked member Jade has been eliminated!
Gena: Ha! It just goes to show that no one in GRIME can fight fair or at least within the rules. Jenifer takes a second to recover as Cordelia continues to mercilessly stomp on Ruby, screaming at her.
Rob: Jenifer gets up and pushes Cordelia out of the way as she yanks Ruby up to her feet. Cordelia then shoves Jenifer out of the way. The two start shoving, and the referee tries to lead Cordelia back to her corner, but Ruby pops her in the back of the head.
Gena: She then brings Jenifer’s head down right into her knee, busting open Jenifer’s nose now! Jenifer is angry, and she puts Ruby into the Kimura Lock! Ruby tries to escape it, and only does when Cordelia reaches inside and drags her to the ropes.
Chad: She’s pissed! She slaps Jenifer across the face as a tag, and steps inside, pulling Ruby to her feet. She charges at the corner and hits a Springboard Bulldog! She is about to go for the cover, but Jenifer clubs her across the back as a tag.
Ada: Jenifer flings Cordelia off of Ruby and as Ruby starts to rise, Jenifer goes for a Superwoman Punch! She drops down for the cover!
Rob: Cordelia kicks Jenifer in the backside to break it up! Jenifer gets up and gets into Cordelia’s face. Both women argue with one another as Ruby starts to rise. She finds herself victim to the Heartbreaker.
Gena: Trouble in paradise as Jenifer goes for a Superkick to Cordelia off of the apron, but Cordelia ducks and pulls the ropes down. Jenifer goes tumbling. Cordelia gets inside and lifts Ruby onto the top rope. She hits a Diamond Cutter off of the top!
Rob: But she’s not finished. She lifts her up once more and hits another Heartbreaker. She goes for the cover!
Ding! Ding! Ding!
Darlyn: Ruby has been eliminated! Therefore, your winners, earning Spot 30 in the Mayhem Survival at Supernova 4… Team SCU!!!
There is more arguing between Jenifer and Cordelia. Cordelia uses her TV Championship to rub in Jenifer’s face, asking if she’s ever felt the weight of gold on her shoulder. Jenifer asks if people attack her to remove her from title matches because they perceive her as a real threat. Both ladies are about to come to blows when Celeste North and Morgan Clark come out to break it up. Eventually it works and everyone slowly works their way to the back.
Pride Tag Team Championship
The Three-Way vs. Mz Hollywood and Kelli Torres
Darlyn: The following contest is scheduled for one fall and is a Mixed Tag Team Match for the Pride Tag Team Championship!!! First, from Edmonton, Alberta, they represent Team Canada, Earl Lockyer and Dahlia Rotten… The Threeeeeeeeeee Wayyyyyyyyy!!!
Earl and Dahlia step on the stage, Earl Kneels on the stage as Dahlia paces back and forth behind him, they walk to the ring Earl leaps from the floor to the ring apron, Dahlia slides under the ropes, Dahlia leans through the ropes with a smirk on her face as Earl leans over the ropes.
While “Yo Tengo El Don” by La Liga Ft. Alik starts to play, the crowd goes crazy.
Darlyn: On her way to the ring… She is the only wrestler to come from China, Japan, Australia and Puerto Rico!!! Standing at 5’10” and weighing in at 125lb…
The songs kicks into full gear.
Darlyn: She is… Kelli Torres!!!!! Aaaaaaaand her partner… From Hollywood, CA, standing at 5’11” and weighing in at 165lb, she is… Mz. Holly Wood!!!
The curtains open up as Kelli Torres comes out jumping to the beat. 4 others all dressed in trainer outfits come out behind her. Holly Wood then comes out from behind the curtains in her pink silhouette box. She bursts through and walks up next to Kelli. The fans chant yes as Holly, Kelli, and her trainers walk down the ramp. Kelli and Holly are high fiving everyone they can on the way down to ringside. Holly jumps onto the apron and practically dances across the apron. Kelli slides in the ring and goes to her corner with her trainers standing outside the ring. She jumps down to join Holly as they converse.
Ding! Ding! Ding!
Gena: Kelli and Dahlia start the match off. They meet in the middle of the ring with a handshake. They back up and begin circling.
Chad: Dahlia goes for a tie up, but Kelli knows better and she ducks behind, hitting a couple well placed kicks to Dahlia’s back.
Gena: As Dahlia kneels down, Kelli comes off the ropes with a kick to the face. She hits a few stomps and then picks Dahlia up from the mat.
Chad: She flings Dahlia into the ropes. She goes for a Dropkick on the rebound, but Dahlia halts and swats her away like a fly.
Gena: Dahlia picks Kelli up and hits a Scoop Slam. She goes for a standing Body Splash, but Kelli rolls out of the way. She gets to her feet first and rams a knee to the side of Dahlia’s head.
Chad: Dahlia goes down. Kelli is about to go for the cover, but Dahlia punches her in the gut. She gets up and hits a few knees to the gut before doing a Short Arm Clothesline.
Gena: Kelli kips up and the crowd roars. The two ladies look at each other, giving a nod of respect. Another tie up attempt, and Kelli ducks again.
Chad: Kelli hits a Superkick to Dahlia as she turns around. Kelli drops down for the cover.
Chad: Earl breaks it up quickly so Holly doesn’t have a chance to stop him. Earl helps Dahlia up to her feet, and gives Holly a look. The two nod, and Kelli agrees. Double tag!
Gena: Earl and Holly rush toward one another as they begin brawling. Holly takes a few good licks, and she does it like a champ.
Chad: Brawling is not her forte, and it shows as Earl gains the advantage, backing Holly into a free corner. He then lays boot to Holly, one after the other.
Gena: Holly goes down to the ground as Earl stands there, victorious in the battle. However, Holly buries her face in Earl’s crotch, causing him to back up so she can rise.
Chad: Holly does a Leg Sweep that takes Earl down to the ground. She then goes for a Lionsault, but Earl moves. Holly lands on her feet, but falls to a Big Boot anyway!
Gena: With Holly down, Earl picks her up, setting her up for the E.L 91 ( Michinoku Driver 2), but Holly wraps her legs around his neck and gyrates!
Chad: Earl let’s go, and Holly swings into a Leg Scissors Takedown. She is about to go for a kneeling cover when Earl rolls her back into a cover of his own, in a precarious position…
Gena: Kelli makes the save because Holly got wrapped up in the moment! Holly rolls back, and Dahlia enters the ring, and she and Kelli begin brawling. They make their way out of the ring.
Chad: They do so as Holly lifts Earl up, only for him to lift her into the E.L. 91 and he lands it! He goes for the cover as Kelli turns to slide back inside the ring!
Gena: Dahlia has hold of Kelli’s leg, and she shakes violently to break free, but…
Ding! Ding! Ding!
Darlyn: Here are your winners and NEW Pride Tag Team Champions… Earl Lockyer and Dahlia Rotten… The Three Way!!!
Kelli drops to her knees, having come so close. Earl steps off of Holly and he and Sarah help Dahlia into the ring faster to accept the titles from the referee. Their arms get raised as Kelli checks on Holly. Holly’s lips read “I’m sorry.” repeatedly as Kelli reassures her it’s okay. They walk over to the Three Way and shake their hands before parting to let them celebrate. The crowd rains down cheers on them for a while as they walk around to raise their belts. After a moment, they leave the ringside area as the lights go down for the start of Into The Void X.