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A New Bone to Pick with Management[edit | edit source]

Now, I know you have the company's best interests in mind, always...
But are you sure this is the right decision?
He doesn't have any experience in this role, does he?
Board of directors
In fact, he does. And we consider him a creative genius in the making.
A big opportunity has presented itself to us here.
We can finally officially elevate him to the role he deserves.
I would disagree that this is a opportunity. Pegasus leaving can be a big blow to our ratings.
But still, we do have to rebuild somehow...
If that's the case, then I'll trust him. I don't know much about the guy so I can't judge, really.
Board of directors
There's no one better than him.
He's sure to bring innovative ideas in a time of crisis.
We can't play things safe now. We must drive AEW out of business, just like we did with BCW.
Being one of our highest-ranked officials, I'm sure you understand.
I believe I was summoned here...
Board of directors
That is correct.
We wanted to formalize our decision to make you the new Head of Creative at TFR.
All you have to do is sign this.
About time us skeletons were given some respect!
But wait a minute, this isn't like that time when I signed those papers and had to start paying alimony after... Right?
Board of directors
Don't worry, our contracts are very fair. You can go ahead.
Once this is signed, you're already officially in charge. Feel free to tell the viewers what we have planned!
There we go! Signed, "Sandro the Great"!
As for my first show in charge...
I have it all coming together already. Of course, I make my creative decisions all right on the spot!

Spooky Creative Control[edit | edit source]

This is a new era at TFR.
And in order to celebrate the coming of this new era...
We'll gather our fiercest warriors for a multi-week tournament. And it starts TONIGHT!
The Berserker Brawl will start with 32 competitors spread into 8 pools.
The winner of each pool will qualify for the main tournament.
Meaning that out of every 4 participants, only 1 will advance.
Elimination will occur when a competitor is too tired or injured to continue, or when they face defeat in a match.
Participants may give up and leave the tournament at any time. Only the toughest will survive.
Tonight, you'll witness the first round of our first 4 pools of competitors.
But first, to kick off the show...
What better way to begin a bad to the bone era than to have a title on the line?

Bad to the Bone Championship: Bigger yet Unhappy[edit | edit source]

  1. Colombo Spice
  2. Champion Vorgin
  • Game: WWE 2K23
  • Championship: Bad to the Bone
  • Singles

Colombo Spice Winner

Vorgin did a frying kick at the start. Papillon for some reason attacked Vorgin.

The Berserker Brawl[edit | edit source]

The tournament is about to start...
It's my duty to make sure things to as smoothly as they could.
The second match from this pool already has me worried.
This tournament is going to feature some top-tier gladiators.
Among them, those recognized as TFR's "Supernovas". The biggest rising stars in the business.
"Justice Bringer", George Jackman...
"The Iron-Clad Man", Jonesy...
"Chords of Steel", Apollo Justice...
"The Mixed Martial Arts Master", Kido Reiji...
"The Lock", Sareth...
"The Lone Wolf of Infamy", Colombo Spice...
And "The Heart and Soul of TFR", Ryan Rave.
And alongside the supernovas, you'll also see what could be considered their polar opposites. "The Legends".
Established fighters that are sure to be a menace to their opponents.
In this second match... We have a supernova, "Justice Bringer", George Jackman...
Fighting none other than... A returning "Legend", "The FR Killer", Shoji Shingo.
I'm afraid of what might happen between those two.
But first, Phi and Ryan Rave are up against each other.

"The Five-Star General", Phi

Well, if you insist... I could teach you a thing or two out there.
If it's for the good of the business... You don't have much experience, so it's my job as a veteran to help you out.
But that still doesn't mean I'm gonna hold back!

"The Heart and Soul of TFR", Ryan Rave

Of course! It's a honor to wrestle you tonight!
I bet Meltzer will shower me with praise if I can put your teachings into practice.
I've only been wrestling since 2005 after all...
As I thought, those two shouldn't be a problem.
Reminds me of when I started, really. The people I trained under...
And now I'm the one taking that mentorship role. Jonesy is an example of that.
This is how the industry works. You gotta pass on your legacy.

"The FR Killer", Shoji Shingo

Hey... It's you I'll be defeating next, isn't it?

"Justice Bringer", George Jackman

So... You're the "FR Killer"...
It's my duty as the hyper psychometer to bring you to justice!
Why did you kill "FR"... What did he do to you?
Very funny. So, you want to make this a little bit more interesting?
Why don't we make our match into a Chairs Death Match?
A Chairs Death Match? I would prefer a different weapon.
But I shall accept your challenge!
I must do it for America! And to honor FR's memory!
Rest in peace, wherever you are...
I knew it...
Better go get the medical staff ready.

Pool A-1[edit | edit source]

  1. 'The Five-Star General' Phi
  2. 'The Heart and Soul of TFR' Ryan Rave
  • Game: WWE 2K23
  • Singles

Ryan Rave Winner
Submission Note

Pool A-2[edit | edit source]

  1. 'The FR Killer' Shoji Shingo
  2. 'Justice Bringer' George Jackman
  • Game: WWE 2K23
  • Chairs Deathmatch

Shoji Shingo Winner

Pool B-1: The New HUNK[edit | edit source]

"The Hot-Headed Nightmare", Red

I'm up next. Anything I should know?

"The Man with a Plan", Dutch van der Linde

Your opponent is no joke. I've heard people refer to him as the "New HUNK".
He's one of those rare cases of guys who have two finishing moves.
Both his execution and his axe kick can put you away.
I don't fear that. One hothead driver, 1-2-3.
Listen, kid. I know what you're thinking, but don't underestimate him.
When they say "New HUNK" they meant it.
His offense is capable of shutting you down completely.
You can't stop him with a hothead driver if you can't hit it in the first place.
Did you forget who you're talking to, old man?
Just looking out for my young prospects.
But if you think you know best, I'm not gonna stop ya.
I'm used to dealing with thick-headed rebels.
On that topic, that kid Colombo... He'll join us soon enough. I know it.
He better bring something useful to the table, then. Or I'm gonna put him down myself.
Anyway, I'll show that "New HUNK" of yours who's boss. Give me a moment.
So, you're the guy they've been calling "New HUNK", huh?
Well, I'll tell you what, you didn't even have a streak like I did!

"The Executioner", Jacket

And you're definitely not a certified bad ass like me!
If anyone deserves to be called that... That's me!
So when our match is over tonight and you're bleeding out on the ground, I hope you have the dignity to relinquish that nickname!
H-Hey! Are you listening?
...Y-You'll pay for this! J-Just you wait!

  1. 'The Hot-Headed Nightmare' Red
  2. 'The Executioner' Jacket
Iconic Match
  • Game: WWE 2K23
  • Singles

Jacket Winner

Jacket kicked out of THREE Hothead Drivers.

Pool B-2: Extra Spicy for White People Only[edit | edit source]

"Extra Spicy", Mexican Goku

M. Goku
Whoever is this nerd facing me, don't think I've seen him around backstage before.
But no problem, I have just the right thing to put him down.
The Impossible Whopper with just one drop of that special sauce...
I'll offer it to him before the match in a friendly gesture.
He won't be leaving that bathroom stall anytime soon.

"Super", Mario

WAHOOO! It's-a great to be back-a!
I finally found the right warp zone!
M. Goku
Hey! We're up next.
But you know what? You look pretty hungry. Have you had anything to eat?
Hmmm? Did you make lotsa spaghetti for me?
M. Goku
No, not that! But I'd hate to fight someone who's on an empty stomach, it's not fair, right?
So I've got just the right thing!
Mamma mia! It's-a Gabagool?
M. Goku
...Wait a minute...
That guy isn't white... He's Italian!
Actually, uh, forget about it. I must've left it backstage.
Now let's hurry up, wouldn't wanna miss our match, right?
You look really strong...

  1. 'Extra Spicy' Mexican Goku
  2. 'Super' Mario
  • Game: WWE 2K23
  • Singles

Mario Winner

Pool C-1: Fisting is 300[edit | edit source]

"The Grim Reaper", HUNK

Mmmmmmmmmm, that referee sure is lucky he left the arena before I got a hold of him.
I was ready to make an exception on wrestler's court to include him.
You don't 3 count the Grim Reaper when he's clearly about to kick out...

"One-Two-Tre", Extra

Y-Yeah! That was his fault, wasn't it?! Totally! We had that match won!
Don't think you're gonna get away with your failures, kid.
You missed your cue on breaking up that pin as well. We could've been #1 contenders by now.
I'll let you off the hook with just five pure strikes this time around. Next time I won't be so merciful.
T-Thank you, Mr. HUNK!
That better have taught you a few things about this business.
I-I'm a better wrestler now! I promise!
Then go out there and make that Van guy lay down for you, whether he likes it or not.
But... He's really strong!
I've seen many videos of his... He has so many moves that could finish you off.
The testicular claw, the doggyplex, the 69 driver...
Mr. HUNK, could you please help me out?
Could you try those moves on me to see if I can withstand them?
How much are you paying me, kid?
I-I don't have any-
Then get out of my sight.
O-Okay! I've got this! I'll even wear my mask as a good luck charm!
Luck isn't gonna save your sorry ass if you haven't listened to my lessons those past few weeks.
Tch... I've got real business to deal with.

  1. 'One-Two-Tre' Extra
  2. 'Dungeon Master' Van Darkholme
  • Game: WWE 2K23
  • Singles

Mario Winner

Pool C-2: Locked Interview[edit | edit source]

So, how have things been? Your first weeks around here?

"The Lock", Sareth

To be honest, it's all over the place.
At times I've felt like I was about to win the big one in record time.
But recently, I think I've been losing my grip a little.
I was doing well enough against Rando, but to be put down in one finisher, just like that...
It kinda ruined the momentum I was about to get.
But this is a new beginning for you, isn't it?
You're marked down as one of TFR's "Supernovas".
Yeah, whatever that means. I'll try my best to live up to it.
But it isn't gonna be easy. Max is a veteran around here.
Let's just hope he gets too confident and I can turn his lights off with a kick out of nowhere.
Hey, I've got some news to cheer you up.
Chosen has been hired?
Not that. Didn't know you wanted it THAT bad, though.
I'm main eventing the next episode? Finally getting my hands on Slade?
No idea where you got that from.
Actually, it's just that Max, your opponent, is getting a title shot soon. A tag team title shot.
So his focus is kinda split between the tournament and that right now.
Anyway, I heard his opponent, the current tag team champion, wants to "gather some data".
So I told him it'd be okay if he was in your corner for this next match.
It'll make things even, too, considering Max will have his own partner there.
Since when did you start making such decisions? Are you my manager now or something?
Someone needs to look out for your career, right?
Otherwise you could've still been in NXT wrestling with "The Lock" trunks to this day.
Fair point.

  1. 'The Agent of Pain' Max Payne (The Agents of Payne)
  2. 'The Lock' Sareth
  • Game: WWE 2K23
  • Singles

Sareth Winner

Pool D-1: Sadism Tape[edit | edit source]

"The Sadistic Thug", V

Ооо, сука! If it isn't my favorite failure!
You know, ever since you fucked up, put BCW outta business and got your friends arrested, business has been' booming harder than ever!
We've made so much money I don't even know what to do with it.
Don't think we'd be snorting coke out of a different hooker's ass every night if it wasn't for you, my friend!

"The Mystery Master", Kyle Hyde

I'm not in the mood to waste my time on third-rate thugs anymore, you know?
I haven't been on the force for a while.
You're gonna see what a "third-rate thug" really is when you're bleeding out on the ground, fucker.
Little shit trying to act cocky in front of me. I could kill you right now.
You were just saying, I fought a dude that's like twice my size.
If you think I'm gonna be afraid of YOU after that, you're goddamn wrong.
You know, at first I was considering getting done with you quickly.
But now, you bet I'm gonna enjoy every fucking second of your agony!
And that Bucky Beaver Bastard better not cut the feed, or I'm gonna have to kill him too.
I'm gonna need a recording of this one for myself.

  1. 'The Mystery Master' Kyle Hyde
  2. 'The Sadistic Thug' V
Iconic Match
  • Game: WWE 2K23
  • Singles

V Winner

Pool D-2: Steeling for the Fall[edit | edit source]

Well, I've been all over the place tonight...
But to be honest, things could be worse.
We didn't have any major incidents.
As long as we end this without any deaths or arrests, I'll consider it a win.
Anyway, two young stars are up against each other now...
This is a match we need to pay special attention to.
But Apollo seems like a nice guy. I don't think he'll give us any trouble.
It's just Jonesy that looks a bit... Energetic, at times.

"Chords of Steel", Apollo Justice

Hey! I heard you're a "Supernova" as well.
Just wanted to wish you good luck on our match. I hope we do well out there.
Your "Iron-Clad", my "Chords of Steel", let's see who makes it to the end!
May the best one win, right?

"The Iron-Clad Man", Jonesy

...sorry fam you talking to me?
yo just finished vibing to the latest lil sneedy song
it bussin fr
had my tide pod meal earlier so i'm PUMPED finna tear the house down rn
not stopping until our brains leaking outta our ears ong
...Y-Yeah! Let's do a good... wrestling... thing! Wooo!
I guess they're still young. Surely they won't do anything too idiotic?
Wait... "Tide pod meal"?
Well, if he screws anything up, that's on me. He's my disciple after all.

  1. 'Chords of Steel' Apollo Justice
  2. 'The Iron-Clad Man' Jonesy
  • Game: WWE 2K23
  • Extreme Rules

Jonesy Winner

Amakusa's EARTH-SHATTERING Announcement[edit | edit source]

Wow who could have guessed? We've sold out the arena ONCE AGAIN! No seats left to be filled tonight as it is to be expected from AMAKUSA ELITE WRESTLING!
But this is only the beginning...
We're looking to close a partnership within the next few months to get the first AEW show in SPACE, trust me you're gonna be looking forward to this.
We're gonna innovate in every single aspect as when that time comes we'll crown our first ever AEW Intergalactic Champion...
It'll be a new way to recognize our talent's efforts as they rise to new heights metaphorically and physically never seen before
It's what I would like to call once again the "brass ring" the "glass ceiling" that those in "the fed" just seem to never be able to break through...
But here in AEW we like to give a fair shot to EVERYONE so they all can make it they can all be main eventers
That way tonight we'll be looking forward to crowning three more champions as the our long-awaited TRIOS DIVISION kicks off with the first-ever AEW trios title match
Yes I said TITLE just like I'll call it a BELT do you hear that you senille old fucks?
I don't care about what you guys think over there because here what we do is not sports entertainment it's professional WRESTLING for God's sake
Now if you aren't excited with that you sure are gonna be excited when you learn that our world championship tournament will also continue tonight
In which we'll crown the best in the world because the best in AEW is of course also the best in the world because AEW is the best promotion in the world
And if you don't like it I've got two words for you: SUCK IT, because we're the, here are two words more to describe us: THE BEST IN THE WORLD and you better believe that
We've also got legendary debuts coming up not only tonight but in the coming weeks you'll soon learn of them and you better be HYPED UP like fucking crazy
Because it'll be a fucking night in amakusa elite wrestling alright anyway you can also expect amazing rivalries such as Nero vs The Silent Badass Alucard to continue tonight
And uh that other one too we're in for a great show legendary even I would say and we've got a lot more left in the tank
So you're either with us or you're against us and assuming you're on the right side of history which means you're obviously with us then come with me
And together let's scream LET'S FUCKING GO

Came for the Percs[edit | edit source]

  1. Akasaka Mamoru is #AllElite
  2. Perc Jones is #AllElite
  • Game: WWE 2K23
  • Stage: AEW Arena
  • Singles

Akasaka MAmoru Winner

AEW World Title Tournament Round 2-1[edit | edit source]

  1. Majima Goro (Y0) is #AllElite
  2. Ryuki Kuruto is #AllElite
  • Game: WWE 2K23
  • Stage: AEW Arena
  • Singles

Ryuki Kuruto Winner


Maxis' Math[edit | edit source]

So, John... I know you're in the semifinals of the title tournament.
I didn't have the same luck, so I wanted to pass some knowledge forward.
I figured you'd be interested in this...
John Witcher
Hm? You want to help me out?
Yes. Our conditions are similar, aren't they?
We were both held back by our former workplace.
So I think I can help you figure things out, you know? Understand wrestling a little better?
John Witcher
Go on...
As you know, I freakin' love science!
So here's some data and explanation on how things work around here... Using Math, Chemistry and whatever we have at our disposal!
When you arrive in AEW, what you have to start off is your background on "the fed".
However, due to this healthy new environment, it suffers a few modifications.
From your "fed" self, you can subtract "idiotic gimmick"...
And then you add in the "new cool moves" that you aren't allowed to do elsewhere, because you need to wrestle a "safe style".
The result is the "new self".
This "new self" is now way more likeable, and has a lot more of a chance to make a chemical bond with the fans!
However, you better get the hazmat suit, because the environmental hazards are still present!
Like when you run into the devilish... "backstage politics"!
...Just kidding! While in a different place they weight a ton, here in AEW their value is null! You can scratch that one out!
So, you might think, that's just it, right? Just your new self and the fans, and you need to connect with them for things to work out?
Yes, but also... WROOOOOOOOOONG!
Your chance of doing so skyrockets once you meet our newest friend...
You would think this is a geometry class, because when you get here you're gonna get involved with a lot of "angles"!
Now, I know this is a insider term, I don't expect everyone to get it... But you're a smart one, aren't you, John?
Those "angles" you'll find yourself on, they'll elevate your "new self" to the 8th power!
That way, the chemical reaction you'll generate on both the fans and yourself is granted to produce a lot of serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin and endorphins!
To prove that, I have a few graphs on hand.
They show that the average wrestler's chances of grabbing the brass ring stay static if they're under "the fed"'s system.
But those values raise exponentially once that wrestler sets foot on AEW!
Those graphs have, by the way, been proven true by scientific studies and professional fact checkers, as you'd expect.
So,do you understand how wrestling works better now?
John Witcher
I see... I think I finally know what I need to do to shake the very foundation of this business...
AEW... A place of power... Gotta be...

AEW World Title Tournament Round 2-2[edit | edit source]

  1. John Witcher is #AllElite
  2. Arisato Minato is #AllElite
  • Game: WWE 2K23
  • Stage: AEW Arena
  • Singles

Arisato Minato Winner

The Gamerful[edit | edit source]

So, you asked for my favorite games, right?
First, uh, of course, I love the Hollow Sir, as you can see on my pyjamas!
At first, I didn't understand much about it. I thought it was just average.
But then, my favorite YouTubers enlightened me!
The lore is deep and the game is full of mysteries... We still don't know much about Zanzibug...
After countless hours of video essays, I finally learned the truth. It's a masterpiece and the best of its genre.
But how can you talk about being the best on its genre without mentioning Sirsona 5?
I'd go as far as to say it's the only good game of it's genre. Well, Sirsona 3 and 4 tried...
But it was by watching Sirsona 5 on YouTube that I felt like I was living a life I didn't know I wanted!
Joker was just like me. And the blue-eyed blonde girl, sir... She should show bob.
Either way, I think this game we're gonna play right now has the potential to surpass all the others...
Are you ready to face me on Sir Fighter 6?
I'm going with Luke, the new face of the franchise!
He was inspired by Popeye, you know?
Sure! Let me see who I'm going wi-
O-Oh! Sorry! I was training a new high-flying move with Majima and he dodged it.
Don't worry! I'll get it back in no time, just gotta turn on Creative, and...
It's fine! I'll get i-

  1. Rakesh Kumar Orton is #AllElite
  2. Steve is #AllElite
  • Game: WWE 2K23
  • Stage: AEW Arena
  • Singles

Rakesh Kumar ORton Winner

AEW Trios Championship[edit | edit source]

  1. The Royal FamilyNero, Dante, Vergil are #AllElite
  2. The LegendsThe Grinch, Shrek, Todoroki Shoto are #AllElite
  • Game: WWE 2K23
  • Stage: AEW Arena
  • Championship: AEW Trios
  • Scaffold Ladder
  • Tornado-Tag

The Royal Family Winner

SCARY RULES OF NATURE[edit | edit source]

  1. Raiden
  2. White Glint
Iconic Match
  • Game: WWE 2K23
  • Stage: AEW Arena
  • Singles

Raiden Winner

A fight against a freakin' mech, science bless Juuza and his infinite money.

Silenced by the Silent Badass[edit | edit source]

Soooo... What do you guys wanna talk about?
Well, what I wanna talk about myself is... The great match that you got to witness last week!
Now, I had heard a lot about this "silent badass" guy. That he was a former champion, that he was dangerous, that he could knock anyone out with his deadly finisher.
And quite frankly, those rumors were right.
Even if I won the match in the end, I didn't come away unscathed.
I had to hit three of my Cross Spardas... Only the best take this many to go down.
And maybe, just maybe, if he was a bit more lucky, or if I was a bit more slower, things could have gone different.
Maybe, just maybe, if he hit that finisher of his, I'd be down for the 3 count.
So, more than anything, I wanted to come out here and give props to him, really.
Because it's with people like him that AEW will move forward. It's with people like him that we can go further than ever before.
And it's only in a place like this that a talent like his could flourish.
That's exactly the kind of mutually beneficial relationship we're looking for here.
And, I know I just came off a really hot and intense match for the trios titles...
But I just wanted to come out here by myself, enjoy this crowd a little bit more.
Your local sports team rocks, by the way!
And give this man my thanks, for a great performance.
So, Alucard, I know you're back there. Come out here and let's talk for a bit!
I think you've heard, but I was just telling them how much I enjoyed wrestling you.
We need more talent like that around here. And we'll be glad to have them.
With that in mind, I'd like to think I'm a humble guy...
So I wanted to congratulate you personally. You tried your best.
Hm? Something bothering you?
Listen, I know that on a different day, you could've gotten me. You could've hit the "Silencer" as I heard you call it and I'd out cold.
I wanted to thank you for your efforts.
What about a little show of mutual respect?
Let's shake hands!

Jackass Sponsored by AEW[edit | edit source]

  1. ZOOM
  2. Johnny Knoxville
  • Game: WWE 2K23
  • Stage: AEW Arena
  • Extreme Rules

Johnny Knoxville Winner

A Dark Knight Behind the Survive Bar[edit | edit source]

So, I guess you're not joining us in AEW after all?
At this moment? I don't plan to. But I wish you the best of luck there.
Thinking of coming back to TFR, then? Playing the hero again?
I'm afraid this time around they will have to stand on their own two feet without me.
I have other things to take care of.
I'll always be watching from the shadows, though.
Never thought I'd hear that from you.
But hey, whenever you're feeling like joining us, I'm sure the door will always be open.
I bet Majima is itching to test that new suit of his against you!
...Oh, and by the way...
You could join us for Mahjong, if you want.
Just, uh, please, could you bring me a Lucky Tile if you do?
I'm sure you'll still find a way to lose...
I'll see what I can do.
...Anyway, it was nice talking to an old friend again.
I'm afraid I have to bring some stomach medicine to a homeless guy now, though.
He's probably been waiting for a while.
You never change, huh, Kiryu?
You do look quite a bit older now, though...
But hey, maybe the ladies like it that way? I should go for a more mature look myself sometime.
Heh... I'd like to see that. See you around!
Now that's a face I didn't expect to see today.
Maybe it was a good thing that I decided to come here.
You should thank Ooishi for humiliating you the next time you see him, then!
Aiba... Give me a break...
Huh? What was that noise?
Did Kiryu already get himself in trouble again?
No... That came from the back door!
Who's there?
This better not be Dwight again...
Date! Look! Over there!
Hey... Haven't seen you around before.
Everything okay? Could you tell me what was that noise just now?
Date, he is DEFINITELY hostile.
Y-Yeah, I can tell...
Alright, guess I'll have to calm you down a little. Let's do this!

  1. Date Kaname
  2. Our Black Friend
Iconic Match
  • Game: WWE 2K23
  • Stage: Backalley
  • Singles

Johnny Knoxville Winner

How many times... Will this happen?
What's going on here?
You... You're the one who did this, aren't you?
This is my fault... I was too slow...
Rest easy, Date! I'll take him down and bring you to the hospital!
Where did he go... Date?
He... He took him?! How could I let this happen!?
I need to act fast. Maybe the Cagist knows where they could have gone!
Hm? Who could this be?
An unknown number...