TFR Season 8 Episode 6

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Opening Match[edit | edit source]

  1. Apollo Justice
  2. Sareth
  • Game: WWE 2K23
  • Referee: Refxtra
  • Singles

Sareth Winner by CO

Arrival to Sindria: An Unexpected Boss Battle!?[edit | edit source]

Kasuga Ichiban
...Wow, Sindria is quite different from what I imagined...
Still looks like a nice place, though. Bet the beaches are great.
Well, can't be late to meet with Sinbad.
I do wonder what was so important that he'd call me here...
The Sindria Trading Company HQ. I've only ever seen it in photos.
Heh, time to pull myself together. Gotta look nice in front of the boss's coworkers!
Hm? Where's... Everyone?
Hellooooooooo?!!
Escharum
...     
You're... Kasuga Ichiban?
Kasuga Ichiban
Oh, hi! Me? Yeah, I came to see Sinbad. Guess the place wasn't empty after all!
I work at the Coolsville Branch and-
Escharum
So you're the so-called "Hero of Sindria"... Despite not ever stepping a foot here.
Kasuga Ichiban
M-me, a hero? Haha... Heh, guess you know about my adventures with King Sinbad...
Escharum
Sinbad? King? Gahahaha... His time has passed. This is our world now!
You were far, far too late to save anyone, "hero".
You are nothing - and I, Escharum, will banish you to a tiny little dungeon where nobody will ever hear from you again!
Kasuga Ichiban
H-huh? Hold on! I didn't realize this was leading up to a boss fight, I didn't come prep-

>Ichiban blacks out

War on the Clown[edit | edit source]

  1. Hisoka
  2. Sam Stone
  • Game: WWE 2K23
  • Referee: Refxtra
  • Singles

Hisoka Winner

Tough Enough STAGE 4: Make a Match[edit | edit source]

Kyle Hyde
...My phone's finally finished charging.
I've been so busy lately that I always forget to hook it up when it's running low on battery.
Hmmm... "12 missed messages from Jack"...
Dammit! Don't tell me...
Well, it's too late now. I need to check up on him once the show is over, though.
Right now, the priority is Koga. Why is he still not here?
The show is about to start, too!
Phi
Kyle, it's time. We're going live in a bit.
Kyle Hyde
Nothing on Koga, still?
Phi
Actually... Yeah, we did manage to reach him.
He's in the hospital.
Kyle Hyde
...What kind of trouble did he get into this time?
Well, could be worse. He should be in jail after that "Sexual Harassment" stuff.
Phi
I don't know... But he'll be fine. He's conscious. Just can't make it to the show tonight.
Kyle Hyde
Tough luck, then. The show must go on.
Hah... Reminding myself of a certain asshole right now.
Let's go. Gonna be a long night.

Roger Retinz
Weeeelcome, people, to another earth-shattering edition of Tough Enough!
Tonight, we're taking things a step further.
You'll finally get to witness some great, classic, one-on-one wrestling with our contestants!
8 of our participants will be competing in four matches tonight.
The winner of each match shall be awarded with two points! The loser, though, goes home empty-handed.
But it's not just about winning or losing, as you might guess. At the end, the audience will vote on who they think deserves some extra points!
The four rookies at the top of the poll will also score, according to their position.
Now, you might ask... "Eight"? Didn't we have nine?
Thing is, through no fault of his own, Narushima Koga will not be able to participate tonight.
To make things a little bit more fair to him, he'll be awarded what we call a single "pity point", not being in any matches tonight.
...You'll still be able to vote for him, though, if you so desire.
Oh, and one more thing: Some of the best in the TFR locker room will be watching those matches backstage and paying close attention.
Why, you ask? Because for next week, they'll each be picking one competitor to mentor for some of our future challenges!
Some fun dynamics are guaranteed to be born from that.
So... Let's see which one of those guys can really call themselves Tough Enough! Ring the bell!

Tough Enough DUEL A: Aerial Rocking[edit | edit source]

  1. Chai
  2. Reize Seatlan
Iconic Match
  • Game: WWE 2K23
  • Referee: Refxtra
  • Singles

📷Gallery
Chai Winner

※+2 Pts to Chai

what the FUCK.

no words can describe whatever the fuck went on there.

Tough Enough DUEL B: B+ NXT Stars[edit | edit source]

  1. Boogie Woogie Wu
  2. Ricky ***shotta
  • Game: WWE 2K23
  • Referee: Refxtra
  • Falls Count Anywhere

Boogie Woogie Wu Winner

※+2 Pts to Boogie Woogie Wu

Extra's "MyRISE": Episode 4[edit | edit source]

Mod
...Hmmmm... And despite all those broken bones, he's back to wrestling this week?
Great stuff. We'll be making a lot of money with this one for sure.
Can't believe it's so easy. Maybe the marks aren't in the ring OR the crowd after all. They're working up there.
Heh. Yeah, I'll talk to you later. Got important business to take care of.
Now, let's see what we've got here...
Wrestling discussion. Icky.
/asp/ memes? Where do you think you are? Deleted.
The lyrics guy is back? Thought I had already banned his ass.
...Sashaschizo... Ojama... Wolfcuck... Yeah, those can stay. That's the kind of quality posts we've been wanting.
"Joshi gooning thread"? Yeah, this board is improving!
Wait... Wait up...
Is that... A Bliss thread?!

(unzips)

Mod
And my hot pocket is about ready, too. This is what life is all about!

(knock knock)

Mod
...Who dares interrupt me at a time like this?

(door opens)

Extra
So, this is one of the most important figures around here!
Say hi to the camera, Mod!
Mod
The hell are you up to? Actually, who even are you?
Extra
Uh, I work here...
This is episode 4 of my "MyRise" youtube series. I thought it would be cool to show the people at home what backstage is like at a TFR event.
I also figured they'd like to meet the General Manager, you know, the man running the show!
Mod
First, I'm not simply a "General Manager". I'm the great "General Head of Management & Creative and Wrestling Business in General and stuff"!
But most importantly, who's gonna want to watch anything with your ugly face in it?
Extra
I...  
W-Well, I just had an angle I wanted to pitch to you and-
Mod
Actually, I remember you now! You're that janitor we hired a while back, right?
You're on bathroom duty today. It's looking pretty ugly.
I just got out of there now. Clean it up.
Extra
But... I work as a referee right now...
In reality, though, I am a wrestler! I'm a wrestler through and through! And that's what I wanna be!
Mod
Maybe in your head you are. With a look like that? Come on now. Couldn't win a strap if your life depended on it!
Staff is staff, just go do your job and leave me alone. I'm busy with something WAY more important.
Extra
Sir! I-I'm a former ta-

(door slams closed)


Extra
Ah... Hahah... Surprise!
D-Did you... Uh, did you guys like my... Comedy s-skit? T-That was totally intentional!
It just s-shows I can do it all, r-right?
No matter what gimmick you s-stick on me, I can work it!
Next time around... W-Well, I'll figure something out. Improvisation is a core part of this business! See you in episode 5!

Tough Enough DUEL C: Comeback of Disco Heroes[edit | edit source]

  1. Samurai Flamenco
  2. Gregson
  • Game: WWE 2K23
  • Referee: Refxtra
  • Singles

📷Gallery
Gregson Winner

※+2 Pts to Gregson

Tough Enough DUEL D: Digital Dreamers[edit | edit source]

  1. Suou Tatsuya
  2. Mechazawa Shinichi
  • Game: WWE 2K23
  • Referee: Refxtra
  • Extreme Rules

Mechazawa Shinichi Winner

※+2 Pts to Mechazawa

»VOTE: WHO«[edit | edit source]

  1. Mechazawa [6+2+4 Pts]
  2. Tatsuya [5+3 Pts]
  3. Gregson [1+2+2 Pts]
  4. Samflam [6+1 Pts]
  5. Chai [4+2 Pts]
  6. Reize
  7. Koga [5+1 Pts]
  8. Boogie [0+2 Pts]
  9. Ricky

Winner Takes All: The Plan vs. The Heart[edit | edit source]

Dutch van der Linde
...So, the scaredy-cats decided to show up...
Thought you would never step foot around here again. Seems like you guys are dumber than I thought.
Billy Herrington
I've been telling you, Dutch. Life's gonna catch up to you. The things you're doing just can't go unpunished.
And I'm afraid tonight marks the beginning of your downfall.
Mark Wolff
Yeah... We came here to show you who are the bosses of this gym.
Dutch van der Linde
Really? After all we've done, you still think you can oppose us?
We're the ones in control here. We always have been.
You're telling me all you've done with that time away was bring back this smalltime friend of yours?
Van Darkholme
Dutch, you're smalltime.
Dutch van der Linde
Tch... Hahahahahah... You still have the gall to say that, even though you weren't competent enough to beat Ricky?
Wake up. We still have the numbers advantage. And you're staring at them right now.
Colombo Spice
This wolf pack is hungry...
Red
And we're gonna feast on your corpses.
Papillon
Because The Plan... Runs aaaalll of TFR!
Billy Herrington
I'm not afraid of you, Dutch. In fact, I pity you.
Once upon a time, I thought you were a leader of men. Reality is, though, you're not leading anything.
All you've got with you is a band of individuals who just happen to stick together... For now.
The selfishness in each and every one of you will break you from the inside.
Van Darkholme
And we'll watch it with huge smiles on our faces.
Mark Wolff
Let's get to it. What I came here for. I'm rock hard for some action!
Billy Herrington
We came with a proposal, Dutch.
The four of you, against our team. Winner takes all.
Mark Wolff
And by all, we mean... All of your titles.
Red
Like we'd ever accept th-
Dutch van der Linde
You have a deal.   
Getting rid of you will make us the sole kings of this hill. Chris, Ricardo, Therapist... Once you join them in the hospital, there'll be no one else to oppose us.
Besides... Maybe you'd make for good henchmen. If you're willing to submit, that is.
Colombo Spice
Dutch...     
Dutch van der Linde
Don't worry, boys. We're stronger than them, regardless.
And it's a three-on-four. Don't fall for their mindgames. No one is gonna run-in from the crowd, or anything like that.
Except for those dumbasses, the locker room fears and respects us. There's no one else who'd possibly be in their corner.
They searched for weeks, and all they could find was a single man to back them up... We just gotta get through one more match. Have some goddamn faith!
Van Darkholme
Smug until the end... Bastard. Can't wait to knock that smile off your face.
Billy Herrington
Keep your cool, Van. Remember... We've got a plan of our own.

  1. The PlanDutch van der Linde, Red(TFR Tag-Team Ch.), Papillon(TFR Tag-Team Ch.), Colombo Spice(Bad to the Bone Ch.)
  2. The GymAniki, Van Darkholme, Mark Wolff, Gold
Iconic Match
  • Game: WWE 2K23
  • Referee: Refxtra
  • Championship: TFR Tag-Team, Bad to the Bone
  • Winner Takes All
  • Elimination
  • Tag-Team
  • KO

Elimination By Details
Papillon Mark Wolff KO
Red
Aniki Dutch van der Linde
Mark Wolf
Colombo Spice Van Darkholme
Van Darkholme Dutch van der Linde
Dutch van der Linde Gold
The Gym Winner

※whoever eliminates a champion keeps their title

Vs. Scamming Elderly[edit | edit source]

Charles
So, you ran into the Conseguenza Consortium's Caporegime, huh?
Well, it's a shame I wasn't there. Those guys are vital players to Mafia City's current business.
Manny Pardo
Yeah. Almost had him captured, too. Sneaky bastard barely got away.
Richter
That's a shame. It's no big deal, though.
Now that you've got me on your side, we'll find our way back to them soon.
...After all, I can still be the "man on the inside".
Charles
Richter...
Richter
I'm committed to this, boss. Whatever it takes to get us back to the top.
Francis Zach Morgan
Playing the double agent, are you? Be careful out there.
It's never an easy job.
Richter
It'll be fine. I've been nothing but loyal to them so far, even if against what I truly believed in.
Charles
You've always been one of our best. I'll trust you on that.
Manny Pardo
Good luck, kid. We'll be waiting on an update.
Richter
I'll keep in touch. See you soon.
Charles
Yeah... Take care...
Francis York Morgan
We've got plenty of people on our side now, Zach. That should make things easier.

(ding dong)

Kamogawa Genji
Must be the new kids. I've been waiting for them!
Francis Zach Morgan
New kids?
Chuck
Good to see you, old man.
Kamogawa Genji
Heh, that's a big batch of recruits. Haven't had to train three at once in a while.
Takes me back to the glory days.
Francis York Morgan
Zach... Isn't that individual familiar?
Charles
Hey... Aren't you... Sneed's friend?
Chuck
I've got no idea what you're talking about.
Kamogawa Genji
Hm? You boys know him?
Francis Zach Morgan
That's right... We've bought some coffee seeds from you before, haven't we?
Francis York Morgan
Actually, they had none last time we stopped by.
Charles
You don't strike me as the type to work out in a place like this.
Kamogawa Genji
Shhhh! Keep your personal beef or prejudice out of my gym! Those are honest, paying customers.
Now, let's get this signed...
Susuhara Suzumu
Wait! What's that on the fine print?
Kamogawa Genji
Hm? What do you mean? I can't see very well...
Susuhara Suzumu
Ah! Mr. Kamogawa, they're... This is a scam! If you sign this contract, you're giving them the rights to this property!
Kamogawa Genji
...Are you kidding me, kid?
Susuhara Suzumu
No, it's the tru-   

(Chuck punches Susuhara)

Chuck
Tch... Didn't think it'd come to this...
We came prepared, though! You're signing that deed with your blood, if need be!
Charles
So those two with you are just some hired thugs. Can't say I didn't expect it.
Manny Pardo
I don't have time for petty scammers like you. I've got a huge case that needs to be taken care of.
Gonna have to knock you out quick!
Francis York Morgan
This gym just keeps running into trouble, right, Zach?
Francis Zach Morgan
No worries, we'll take care of it.
Francis York Morgan
Let's see if I can make up for last time, then!

  1. Chuck, Arkantos, Gladiatar
  2. Francis Zach Morgan, Charles, Manny Pardo

📷Gallery
Elimination By Details
Chuck Francis Zach Morgan KO
Gladiatar Charles
Arkantos KO
TEAM Charles Winner

Chuck
No way... I brought the strongest backup I could find with me!
To think you'd defeat this legendary team...
Kamogawa Genji
That's why our gym is still around. We've got some of the strongest on our side!
Susuhara Suzumu
Y-Yeah... We wouldn't lose to someone playing dirty tactics like you.
Charles
And when you're fighting for a good cause, like helping out your partners, you have all the motivation you need to push forward.
Chuck
T-Tch... A good cause, huh...
Cum Bucket
Chuck? What are you doing here?
Chuck
Cum... Bucket?
Cum Bucket
I saw you walking in. You aren't getting yourself involved in violence such as wrestling matches, are you?
Chuck
I...   
Cum Bucket
You're gonna have us worried if you just leave like that without telling us why.
This city is anything but safe nowadays. I don't want to lose anyone else...
Chuck
...   
Manny Pardo
What's up? Regretting messing with us yet?
Chuck
It's just... Yeah... Actually...
You see, once upon a time, I was a very powerful man in Coolsville.
I owned one of the finest establishments in town, Chuck's Fuck & Suck, and, thanks to that, I got to know and befriend the most influential people around.
All that money, power, everything I could have... And yet, it all felt superfluous, compared to the friendships I built then.
The time I spent with them was invaluable. People who taught me so many things...

Big Pussy
You know, Chuck, life is much like a vagina.
A deep labyrinth of sensations and experiences, full of joys and pains.
It's both delicate and resilient, and invites your exploration in order to discover the pleasures hidden in its depth.

Chuck
One of the greatest pleasures I could ask for was to get to know them.
But one day, my empire fell apart.
All of a sudden, what was left was a pile of rubble.
I went through a lot since then, but I thought... If only I had the deed to a well-located good place like this gym... I could bring it all back. The good times...
Francis Zach Morgan
Chuck...       
That's not the way to go about it.
Chuck
I know. I understand now.
After you beat me to a bloody pulp, I finally get it.
I'm not gonna truly get anything back by trying to take from others.
Instead... I need to work hard to protect the bonds I've forged and the people I care about.
Thank you.
I'd like you to have this.

>You got [Coffee Seeds]

Francis York Morgan
Sometimes you might lose sight of what's really important until you've lost it.
It's a good thing that life can teach you some lessons in the most unexpected of ways, though. Don't you agree, Zach?

New Batch of Jobber Challengers[edit | edit source]

  1. Kido Reiji
  2. George Jackman
  3. Quote
  • Game: WWE 2K23
  • Contendership: King of Jobbers #1 Contender
  • Extreme Rules
  • Triple-Threat

Elimination By
Kido Reiji George Jackman
George Jackman Winner

Amakusa's Soul-Shaking, Nail-Biting Announcement[edit | edit source]

Amakusa Juuza
Hi there good night everyone we're coming off a great show a great pay-per-view event just a legendary night in the history of our beloved art form a really hot crowd at the Saihara Shuichi memorial show I know you all have some questions uh as far as those go the individuals involved have been suspended but rather than talk about it I think it's better we just talk about the great things that happened you know we need to talk about the actual event rather than whatever backstage antics but I gotta say first that backstage morale of course has been through the roof after we put on such a great pay-per-view and more than anything else after we worked a miracle but not the religious rather the scientific kind something of this magnitude only happens once or twice in a lifetime it's truly great that hairless apes made of spacedust such as us were able to be alive in the current era to not only enjoy hot running water and memory foam beds but also witness the biggest moment in wrestling history I gotta say I for one felt enlightened by the sheer presence and the ground breaking return from the dead of this mega star that we named the entire show after and he also looks to be in great shape as well the best shape of his life after coming back from the dead I would like to think our show was just so good that Saihara got up from his grave and he couldn't imagine being left out of such a great moment so he willed himself back up you know it was just great all around the amazing earth quaking bone chilling spine tingling return of the great the one the only the legend the man responsible for shaping the current state of our business the trailblazer Shuichi Saihara is a moment no one could ever forget and as of tonight I would like to gladly announce that Shuichi Saihara is INDEED #AllElite so that's probably our biggest hiring ever and he'll be making a huge splash on our shows from now on as one of our main attractions I would like to congratulate also another trailblazer and record breaker and that is of course our new four time world champion Arisato just one of the hardest workers in this business and the man with all the stroke around here I'm glad he can be with us and hopefully for many more years to come even more important though have you seen the stunt he pulled recently just kicking the forbidden door wide open this man is a revolutionary and I'm sure he has you all excited for the possibility of a match against one of the biggest names to ever wrestle in Japan of course and that's King let us take a look at what he did one more time

(Arisato hits King during G1 Anniversary Event)


Amakusa Juza
Now what do you think everyone are you excited are you looking forward to possibly seeing King step foot in an AEW ring is that possible in the future perhaps? Well we'll see about that but Arisato just a ruthless champion you love to see it and more than anything I bet his match with King would be a guaranteed seven-star BANGER and you know who else delivers BANGERS of course the rest of the AEW locker room so lets talk about the future next because I'm happy to announce the next big AEW pay-per-view event will be taking place two weeks from tonight and it's gonna be nothing short of epic with some major massive matches that you wouldn't wanna miss no matter what and who knows maybe the forbidden door will be kicked wide open then but anyways we also have a huge announcement regarding some great new toys we've got and that's of course our collaboration with the extremely popular band GAS CHAMBER! They will be performing a concert at our next event that is sure to be one for the ages just great music all around while great wrestling is taking place in the ring great stuff really looking forward to it but also an even bigger announcement is that GAS CHAMBER is now officially part of the AEW roster! And starting tonight they will compete in our new QUARTET division for the newly introduced AEW QUARTETS CHAMPIONSHIP now who could their opponents be stay tuned and find out because we have a great show coming up so LET'S FUCKING GO!

AEW Opening Tag-Team Title Elimination[edit | edit source]

  1. Notorious Talent Rising(Champions)Teddy Maxis & Majima Goro are #AllElite
  2. AEW MALESNahobino & Yamadako are #AllElite
  • Game: WWE 2K23
  • Stage: AEW Arena
  • Contendership: AEW Tag-Team #1 Contenders
  • Tag-Team

📷Gallery
Draw Winner

※Match was called draw while Maxis and Nahobino were both outside the ring, possibly due to illegal partners lingering in ring too long

Meltzer's Report: AEW Backstage Incident[edit | edit source]

Dave Meltzer
So, uh, yeah, uh... You know... Koga Sexual Harassment big, uh, for tough enough audiences.
You know, Koga, he's just huge for young girls.
The demo for Tough Enough is really unpredictable, though, like, uh, you know, anything can happen...
Anyway, regarding the Saihara Shuichi memorial show...
Uh, I've checked my notes here, and, you know... Well, we can talk about the big return later, but first...
I understand that uh there's been *cough* some major news regarding a backstage incident.
So we have a guest on the show, in order to, uh, explain it, and report on what he gathered. I've got some information myself but, you know, uh...
Here's Spark Brushel.
Spark Brushel
Ooohh weee! Let me tell you! This is a hot scoop coming right up!
And I, Spark Brushel, am claiming the exclusive rights to this story!
You won't believe it... "All-Elite Locker Room Brawl Breaks Out At Biggest AEW Event To Date!", end quote.
Now, how it all started... You've probably already seen it! HUNK's legendary press conference, of course!
Soon as he gets back to his locker room... Boom! His door gets kicked down!
A massive fight ensues, with HUNK, VECTOR and Ghost on one side of it and Chaud, Burnside and Merrick on the other!
"The USS vs The Pillars Is Not The Kind Of Match You'd Expect To See", end quote.
So, you wouldn't guess what happens nex-
Dave Meltzer
Uhhh, yeah, I'd like to interject with some of the info I've got, uh, you know...
First of all, when they kick the door down... I was, uh, wondering, you know, if they'd use a superkick.
Because, you know, it has the whole thigh-slapping part, and uh, it might sound unnecessary but it does add the "oomf" to it, you know, so...
I was wondering about that, and Steve, yeah, he is an experienced user of the move...
Even going as far as making it his finisher, so uh, I thought, but I confirmed, virtually everyone backstage believes they did indeed superkick the door down.
When they did, uh, HUNK's dog, you know... Tofu... Yeah, he got injured. Took a bad bump.
So, uh, Chaud, who was there... He, uh, took the dog with him...
As I understand he took him to Amakusa, I, uh, still don't know *cough* the reason why, but that does seem to be the case.
There's a few rumors as to why circulating around, you know, the internet, but I don't believe them...
As far as the fight itself, huge reaction on HUNK's part to the injury sustained by his dog. He just wasn't happy with it, so, uh, things got kinda out of control...
Now, as the brawl started, you know, there's Ghost. Ghost's always been kind of like the, you know, fall guy, the job guy. He's not been very hot lately.
Every stable needs one of those, I get it, uh, you know, I think his talent is quite underappreciated, but it is what it is.
He uh, he kind of reminds me a bit of uh, Dennis Condrey, you know just in the way he carries himself, uh in the ring. Anyway...
So, uh, Ghost goes out there, and he takes a Canadian Destroyer.
As far as I understand, he, uh, he was out after that. Not sure if they worked safe there, but he just stood in the corner... Sold it for real long *cough*.
So then you have a two-on-three scenario when Chaud comes back from Amakusa's room and it might get a bit awkward, but uh...
HUNK, he's booked pretty strong, so...
They tried to set him as the underdog babyface, uh...
He hasn't worked underdog in a really long time, since perhaps maybe his indie run, not sure if it looked good, so uh, you know...
VECTOR had to bust out the Death Jitsu fighting style, there's this whole, uh, you know, backstory, he learned that from HUNK, of course, as his mentor...
But also he learned it from a few select "Japanese masters", and it has, uh, all those secret techniques, you know...
So VECTOR starts the comeback sequence, and uh...
At this point you're starting to think, uh, maybe it's time for another big move, and VECTOR bites Steve's arm, it's a known Death Jitsu technique, uh...
Though at that point you're starting to run into the issue where you can't really have any of them lose...
You know, they're all important guys in the main event scene.
It is a shoot fight and all, but, uh, putting your talent at risk like that... So they had to go home, uh, with the security guards coming in. Not a clean finish.
There's also the moment where HUNK broke his arm smashing, uh, Merrick's face.
He, uh, you know, has the whole pure strike gimmick, so he has to go hard on those, and uh...
HUNK, he hasn't been that injury prone in his career, but since coming to AEW, you know, uh, things changed, and, uh, *cough*
What will come out of that brawl, I'm still, uh, unsure about. Virtually everyone believes, you know, that they'll be punished.
Spark Brushel
...A-Are you finished, Dave?
Dave Meltzer
You tell me.  
Spark Brushel
..."Wrestling Reporter Invites Renowed Journalist To His Show, Barely Lets Him Get A Word In", end quote.

AEW Quartet Championship: Workrate Squad is up for the Concert[edit | edit source]

John Witcher
It's great to be back, everyone!
A few weeks ago, when I pulverized all of my bones during a ladder match for that coveted Brass Ring...
I thought I would possibly never step into the ring again.
Thankfully, as you've seen at the Saihara Shuichi memorial show... AEW is a place where anything can happen.
And when I received the news about this new drug from my friend Teddy Maxis...
One that was verified to be safe and within the regulations of the AEW Wellness Policy by Independent Fact Checking Specialists...
I thought to myself... "A miracle of science, gotta be!"
So, I went ahead and... The rumors were true!
I just don't feel any pain at all.
Sure, my limbs might not be at their best condition as far as strength and mobility goes, but, you know, I think it's fair to blame that on ring rust.
The advancements of modern medicine are truly amazing.
Not even the alchemical concoctions I've dabbled with are as effective as this little green and purple pill!
Either way, now that I'm back... I was thinking of a way to give back to the fans.
I'm sure many of you were fans of a certain stable back in my fed days.
Because of that, I decided to approach a few old friends backstage... And we came to a conclusion.
It's time to go back to our roots. But better than ever!
Tonight, you'll witness the return... No, the debut of the new and improved "Workrate Squad"!
Featuring some of the greatest in-ring workers you've known, and the addition of a huge name that is sure to take us to the next level in Terry Hintz!
We'll put on match of the night, every night!
And our first objective, of course, is the new AEW Quartets Championship!
Prepare to witness a masterclass of psychology, team chemistry and ring work... Up next!

  1. ZOOM, Rance, John Witcher, Terry HintzThe Workrate Squad are #AllElite
  2. Gas ChamberAlbus Dumbledore, Mishina Eikichi, Cronos de Medici, Lord Garithos are #AllElite
  • Game: WWE 2K23
  • Championship: AEW Quartet
  • Elimination
  • Tag-Team
  • KO

Elimination By Details
Lord Garithos Rance KO
ZOOM Chronos de Medici
Chronos de Medici John Witcher
Mishina Eikichi Rance
Rance Albus Dumbledore
Albus Dumbledore Terry Hintz
The Workrate Squad Winner

Resurfacing Wounds — Vs. Matou Family[edit | edit source]

Yakuza member
Who's there?  
Kasai Tatsuyoshi
It's me. Open the door.
Kiryu Kazuma
...      
Kasai Tatsuyoshi
If we came in through the front door, the customers might've seen us.
Safer to enter from the back.
Anyhow, this is our temporary shelter we agreed upon before splitting. Everyone should be here...

Kiryu Kazuma
Mrs. Akane!  
Sonozaki Akane
Long time no see, Kiryu. It's a relief to have you with us.
Sonozaki Mion
Huh? Uncle Kiryu!
Sonozaki Shion
Wow, Kasai, you sure haven't been wasting your time, huh?
Leo Shishigami
Oho, the Legendary Dragon himself...
Kiryu Kazuma
Everyone...  
Kasai Tatsuyoshi
You can relax a bit, Kiryu, this place is safe.
What do you think? Impressive, isn't it?
Kiryu Kazuma
So this is Angel Mort... I've heard about them from the kids at orphanage.
Your work has reached as far as there... I didn't know the Sonozaki Family operated them.
Sonozaki Shion
Hohoho! It's my genius idea after all!
One of our uncles owned a similar where I worked part-time. I decided to spice it up with uniforms and asked Leo to come up with the menu.
Turns out it was a huge success, so all our uncles wanted to run a joint. Even the distant ones!
Sonozaki Mion
Hey, I helped too! You're making it sound like you did all of it, Shion!
Leo Shishigami
Never expected to end up having to come up with desserts for a restaurant... My specialty is mixing drinks, so that was pretty new for me.
Kiryu Kazuma
Such an ingenious way for a Yakuza to start a legitimate business... Heh... Steven would be proud.
Sonozaki Akane
It's not all fun and games... there's a reason we're on the run.
Many of the subsidiary families joined us because of my husband's unmatched charisma and strength.
They don't accept Mion and Shion as the new leaders, even with me teaching them the way.
They are... Not pleased with the civil, more business-oriented direction our family took and think we should be on a turf war with Mafia City.
Such groups banded together under the Sumadera family and broke away. They want to take our position at the top of the chain.
Kiryu Kazuma
That can't be..... How could they turn on the family like that?
Lowly bastards...
Kasai Tatsuyoshi
There was an assassination attempt conducted on Akane... She's unable to move on her own for a while, Leo has to carry her around.
Sonozaki Mion
Mom... It's all our fault... We should've kept them on a tighter leash.
Sonozaki Shion
It's all because of that bitch Kyrie! Never should've trusted her!
Kiryu Kazuma
Kyrie... We've joined the family almost at the same time, back then...
I can't believe she would do this...
Sonozaki Akane
We can tough it out. They have no unity among themselves.
As long as they don't have this... The Ceremonial Handbell used to declare the next head of the family...
They will claw each other's throats to take power, as succession won't be acknowledged otherwise.
Kiryu Kazuma
...Ugh... It's all my fault.
I shouldn't have left the family before making sure you could succeed it safely...
And I shouldn't have declared you two the next heads of the family like that! Throwing that weight on your backs, even though you're so young...
None of it would've ever happened if I had taken responsibility.
Sonozaki Shion
Huh? No way that's true, idiot! The clan was simply full of snakes from the start.
Sonozaki Mion
That's right! It's not your fault!
Sonozaki Akane
Don't speak such nonsense ever again, Kiryu.
Kiryu Kazuma
...      

(tire screech, glass shattering)

Sonozaki Mion
Huh? The customers seem to be having fun...
Sonozaki Shion
...Crap! Those aren't customers!
Kasai Tatsuyoshi
They have already found us? How?
Yakuza member
...       
Kasai Tatsuyoshi
Hey, you're supposed to be guarding the back entrance!
Yakuza member
...       
For the Matou family!
Kiryu Kazuma
...Huh?    

(stap Kiryu)

Kiryu Kazuma
Urgh...     
Kasai Tatsuyoshi
Bastard! You betrayed us, too?!

(Kasai takes down the Joe)

Sonozaki Akane
Matou family? But they were forcefully disbanded long ago!
Kiryu Kazuma
Kariya...    

(flashback from Season -5)

Kiryu Kazuma
How...     
???
Oh, maybe we were forcefully disbanded and distributed across other families...
But we've never forgotten our hatred...
Matou Kieran
Our hatred... For the Dragon of Kojima...
Kiryu Kazuma
Who... Are you...?
Sonozaki Akane
No way...    
???
What's up, Kiryu? Ya look like ya done seen a ghost.
Hayashi Hiroshi
Or maybe... A couple o' them ghosts from yer past?
Kiryu Kazuma
Hayashi...   
Hayashi Hiroshi
My friend Kieran been doin' a spectacular job out there lately.
But ya should know 'im well, shouldn't ya? He's yer blood brother's kid.
A worthy successor to the throne, ya might say.
Kiryu Kazuma
What? You're saying that... Kariya... Had a son?
But... He followed the Way of the Virgin, just like me...
Hayashi Hiroshi
That ain't mah job to figure out. He's got a whole lotta reasons to hate yer ass, though.
And I'll gladly help 'im slay the Dragon of Kojima at his strongest!
Matou Kieran
So now you're acting like you never heard about me, huh?
Did father never tell you, or did the 10 years in the joint really give you dementia, old man?
Either way... I can't let all his hard work for this family go to waste!
It's about time the Sonozakis were respected again!
Kasai Tatsuyoshi
Leo! Protect Akane!
It's up to the two of us again, Kiryu.
Even if he really is Kariya's son, there's nothing else we can do at a time like this.
Kiryu Kazuma
Right... I'm sure Steven would do the same in our place...
Come on, then! Let's settle things like men!

  1. Kiryu Kazuma & Kasai Tatsuyoshi
  2. Matou Kieran & Hayashi Hiroshi

Elimination By Details
Matou Kieran Kasai Tatsuyoshi
TEAM Kasai Tatsuyoshi Winner

Kiryu Kazuma
UWAAAAARGHHHHHH!
Hayashi Hiroshi
D-Dammit... Even after all those years...

(Hayashi falls)

Matou Kieran
I trained... For so long... For this moment...
The hard work... Can't go to waste... This isn't... The end...

(Kieran falls)

Sonozaki Mion
Whoa... So this is the power of The Dragon...
Sonozaki Shion
Go Kiryu, go!   
Kasai Tatsuyoshi
Good job, Kiryu. It's just like old times.
Kiryu Kazuma
Yeah...    
Kasai Tatsuyoshi
The grunts are taken care of too. Thanks for protecting Akane, Leo...
Leo Shishigami
No problem. It's my job as a bodyguard.
This place is no longer safe. Let's move out.
Kasai Tatsuyoshi
Right, to our next safehouse.

Leo Shishigami
This is it. Guess we can finally rest now.
We've been running all over the place today...
Sonozaki Akane
The pursuit has gotten more relentless. They must be getting desperate to get the Ceremonial Handbell.
Kasai Tatsuyoshi
At least after that fight, I figure things will have calmed down. Should be safe to stay the night here.
Sonozaki Shion
It's getting pretty late.
Sonozaki Mion
I could use some shut-eye.
Leo Shishigami
Sounds good to me. I'm getting real tired as well.
Kiryu Kazuma
What about the Sonozaki Estate? Has it been taken over as well?
Sonozaki Akane
They've made it their base of operations, pretty much.
Kiryu Kazuma
Dammit... They truly have no respect.
Kasai Tatsuyoshi
There's another long day of work ahead of us tomorrow.
Sonozaki Akane
Let's have ourselves a good night's sleep, then!

Kiryu Kazuma
...       
Kariya...
Sonozaki Akane
The Matou family... It's been weighing on your mind, isn't it?
Kiryu Kazuma
Mrs. Akane? You shouldn't be moving with your injuries...
Sonozaki Akane
I'm not that frail. Who do you take me for? I'm the widow of Steven Sonozaki.
Kiryu Kazuma
Ha, that's true...
Sonozaki Akane
Your reunion with Kariya... It was very short-lived after those long 10 years, wasn't it? I'm sure you've hardly heard of what he has done during that time...
He would do everything to climb up the ranks of the Sonozaki family... Even marrying the daughter of the patriarch of the Sumaderas, Kasumi.
It was a calculated, arranged marriage in order to gain power within the family.
However... After the patriarch was found hanged in his own bedroom, his eldest daughter, Kyrie, became the next head of the family instead.
And Kieran, alongside his mother, were essentially banished.
Kiryu Kazuma
I... I never knew...
All those years ago... After I lost Kariya... And her... I tried to forget about it as soon as I could.
Sonozaki Akane
We've lost sight of them as well... We thought the civilian life was better suited for them.
It's been many years since then... To think his son would join back with the yakuza...
Kiryu Kazuma
...       

(flashback)

Matou Kariya
...It's been ten years since I've drank with you.
Kiryu Kazuma
Yeah.     
Matou Kariya
Visitation didn't fit into my schedule.
I've been pretty busy, you know.
Kiryu Kazuma
I'm sure...   

Kiryu Kazuma
...       
I'm such a fool...
Sonozaki Akane
It's not your fault, Kiryu.
You should rest up for the tomorrow. Stop blaming yourself for everything.

Sonozaki Mion
Zzzzzzz...   
Kiryu Kazuma
...       
(They must be asleep now.)

Kiryu Kazuma
There's only one way I can make things right.
...This is the problem I created, after all.

The Japanese Indie Mines[edit | edit source]

  1. Ushiromiya Battler
  2. Ikazo
  • Game: WWE 2K23
  • Stage: Pro Wrestling Japan
  • Singles

Ikazo Winner

Ushiromiya Battler
Wow... Even if it's just a small Japanese promotion, I guess going at it in the ring still gets my blood pumping!
But still, it's not the same.
AEW was starting to feel like a family to me.
Wrestling is fun by itself, but it does feel kinda pointless when it's like that...
Well, at least Ange had fun, I'm sure!
???
Ushiromiya Battler, I presume.
Ushiromiya Battler
Hm? Yes, that's me. 
Antonio Inoki
It's a honor to finally meet Kinzo's grandson.
You look a lot like him, too... My old friend...
Ushiromiya Battler
Uh, thanks, I guess? But... Do I know you?
Antonio Inoki
I see your grandfather still hasn't taught you everything there is to know.
Well, that won't be an issue. My name is Antonio Inoki.
I am simply a promoter looking to bring Japanese wrestling back to its former glory.
Ushiromiya Battler
Inoki... Ah! I remember hearing stories about you!
Antonio Inoki
Allow me to skip to the important part, then.
I have been keeping my eye on you... And I believe you have the potential to take us to greater heights.
So, I would like to make an offer. Join our company, and allow us to develop that potential.
You would be making Kinzo proud.
Ushiromiya Battler
Grandfather... He used to tell me about his adventures back in the day...
I mean, I'm kinda directionless right now... Sure, sign me up!
Antonio Inoki
Good. There's some training you will have to endure, though. Do not worry, though. It builds character.
Ushiromiya Battler
Heh, nothing can be as bad as that time I was made to stand still...
Okay! Looking forward to learning from you, Mr. Inoki!

Underground Awakening — Vs. Bear[edit | edit source]

Kasuga Ichiban
Urgh...     
...W-Where am I?
???
Serving hard time, buddy. Welcome to the first day of your personal hell.
Kasuga Ichiban
Great... Another one of those dreams...
???
It's not a dream, dumbass.
Kasuga Ichiban
Huh...?     
Al C. Traz
I said it's not a dream. You're locked up, same as me. Name is Al C. Traz.
Kasuga Ichiban
E-Ehhhhh?!!! A-Are you kidding me?!!!
But... I had a meeting with Sinbad!
Al C. Traz
Sinbad himself? Hah, nice joke. Like anyone's gonna buy that bullshit.
Lowlifes like us would never have a meeting with the King of Sindria.
Kasuga Ichiban
I'm not joking! I'm Kasuga Ichiban, from the Sindria Trading Company's Coolsville Branch!
But wait! As soon as I got to this island... I, uh, ran into an unexpected boss fight, and then... Guh!
Al C. Traz
Yeah, sure thing, buddy. Although I guess you could be one of the Company's underworld goons. You've got the build for it.
Kasuga Ichiban
Underworld goons?
Al C. Traz
You don't know? Oh, come on now.
They're the reason I'm in this hellhole. Those guys forced me into debt...
Because of them, I had to turn to crime to survive!
Kasuga Ichiban
That's... A shame, really. I've known plenty of people like that before.
Not my first time behind bars, you could say.
Al C. Traz
Eh? Well, it'll probably be the last time, though. They aren't too kind to prisoners around here.
Kasuga Ichiban
...I can only imagine...
But, uh, what about that guy over there?
Harrier Du Bois
...Aaaaaahhhhhhgghhhhhghghhgg...
Al C. Traz
Oh? Don't mind him. He's been there since before me. He's barely functional as it stands.
Kasuga Ichiban
I can see that. He's just... Wailing...
Al C. Traz
Shit... I wasn't even paying attention!
Shut the hell up, you two!
???
roar 
Kasuga Ichiban
W-What was that?!
Al C. Traz
The prison's head honcho... Fuck... I hope he didn't hear us...
Kasuga Ichiban
W-Well, that bear, he's... Looking in our direction...
bear
ROAR!!!
Al C. Traz
G-Get down!!!

(Al C. Traz gets pummeled by bear)

Kasuga Ichiban
A-Are you okay?!!
Dammit... No getting out of this one...
Never expected my first day in Sindria to turn out like this.
Alright, come at me!

  1. Kasuga Ichiban
  2. bear
  • Game: WWE 2K23
  • Stage: Underground Prison
  • Singles

📷Gallery
Kasuga Ichiban Winner

Kasuga Ichiban
Ufff... That was tough.
The prison's head honcho, huh? What a crazy place.
Are you two feeling okay?
Al C. Traz
D-Damn... I'm fucked up...
Harrier Du Bois
...Raaaaaaaghhhhhhh
Kasuga Ichiban
That's a sign of life, at least.
Is there any way we can get out of here now? The head honcho is down, right? We gotta act fast!
Al C. Traz
Well... There's a problem.
Kasuga Ichiban
Problem? What can be a bigger problem than a goddamn bear?
Al C. Traz
There's not only one head honcho in this prison.
There's also... The warden...
Heavyweight
So... Someone finally took out the bear...
Heh, if they're going for the warden... I wanna watch it up close...

About Inspiration, A New Enigma[edit | edit source]

Nero
Sooooo... What do you guys wanna talk about?
Myself, I'd like to talk about... Inspiration.
When you come across someone, be it on a movie, in real life, on your tv screen, even while playing a videogame... And you think, "this is literally me".
As in, someone you aspire to be, someone you can relate to. Or, more simply, your role model.
That's why I ask... Who do each and every one of you take inspiration from?
Think about it for a second.
Well, I'll tell you one thing. I went around the AEW locker room earlier today, and I asked those wrestlers in the back the same question.
Perhaps the response that came up the most was... "Saihara Shuichi".
This, ladies and gentlemen, is what being revolutionary means.
Comparing yourself to someone like him is a way for you to improve...
To track your own progress towards your objectives, to become a better person with each passing day.
Sadly, our industry has a lot of bad influences, as well.
And when you're inspired by someone like that, when you decide to follow their footsteps... That's when you become rotten, too.
I've met many terrible people. Selfish individuals who want to force their vision on others.
Someone like that should not, in a million years, be anywhere close something like a wrestling company's developmental program!
That's why I decided to do my part.
Here, at AEW, we present an alternative for wrestlers to develop into their own.
We have great trainers and role models for the young ones to take inspiration from.
And I strive to, one day, be the best influence, the best source of inspiration, the best role model in this industry!
So that we never, ever, have to see someone like Phoenix Wright or any of his lackeys in a ring again.
It's necessary to take things slowly, though. Change the world around you first. Your surroundings.
So, why don't we address the future of the Elite Enigmas, first and foremost?
We're all saddened by the way Battler left us. It's a shame that he didn't put Kaidou over, too, but that's a topic for another time.
And I don't like to say that "the show must go on", myself, so I'd rather just be straight about it...
Tonight, we'll have a triple threat match to determine the new member of the Elite Enigmas!
The winner will have the privilege to join the stable, under my mentorship...
Guaranteeing their place in the history books as part of what is sure to be one of the greatest stables in AEW history!
But who wants it most, you ask? Well... Let's find out, next!

  1. Tim is #AllElite
  2. Rakesh Kumar Orton is #AllElite
  3. Perc Jones is #AllElite

Elimination By Details
Rakesh Kumar Orton Tim
Tim Winner

Taking What You Can — Vs. Dan Schneider of the Blacklist Brotherhood[edit | edit source]

Narushima Koga
...Damn... Can't even watch Mr. Beast's stuff comfortably in this bed.
Hope I get outta this place soon.
Kyle Hyde
Yeah. You better be back by next week.
Otherwise you won't be getting any more pity points from me.
Narushima Koga
Kyle? Sheeeesh, fam, fancy seeing you here!
No cap, this been boring af.
Kyle Hyde
...Maybe whoever did this should've hit you in the head a bit harder.
But anyway, yeah, tell me more about it. How did you end up in a hospital bed?
Narushima Koga
The Blacklist Brotherhood, man, they finna went and did it, on God...
Kyle Hyde
Again? Dammit... So this must be why Jack sent me so many messages.
Narushima Koga
They were waiting for you, but you didn't show up. So they beat me black and blue instead.
I mean, one-on-three wasn't really fair odds.
Kyle Hyde
Three, huh? So they did bring reinforcements after all.
What was he like?
Narushima Koga
Dude, he was a monster! Like, guy was HUGE!
But it wasn't just that... He had something vicious about him.
Like, when he saw that I wasn't wearing shoes... He just went berserk, y'know? Like, damn...
I don't remember a thing after that.
I already know what I did wrong, though.
Kyle Hyde
Oh? Well, It's a good thing if you can pinpoint your mistakes in a fight or a situation like that. Helps with your growth.
Narushima Koga
Yeah, man, I mean... The way he looked at me, barefoot... I should've been dripped out like Yeat!
Kyle Hyde
...Nevermind.
Either way, I can't let this go unpunished. I'll be heading over to Jack's. Bet they'll be nearby.
Narushima Koga
Take care, bro. And also...
My master should be there. You can ask for his help if anything comes up.
Kyle Hyde
Hm? I don't really know him, but sure.
...
"Look out, Kyle! One of the leaders for the Blacklist Brotherhood brought his men to come after you!"
"And you know what they did? They beat my friends black and blue, all because they said they might've seen you!"
"Please, is there anything you can do to help!?"
Perfect timing...

Kyle Hyde
Alright, let's get this over with. Where are you?
Gene
Kyle! Thought you had finally gotten a clue!
Bolo Reynolds
Yeah. Didn't think we'd see your face around here again.
I'm glad I can still smash it one more time, though!
Kyle Hyde
I'm not interested in you bozos.
Tell me, where's the third member I heard about?
Gene
Oh, you think you can handle him? Hah... And here I was thinking we should have some mercy on you.
If it's like that, then... Come in, Dan!
Dan Schneider
It's him, then? The reason we don't have a job anymore?
Tch... Being blacklisted from not just the TV industry, but also Pro Wrestling...
All because of a stupid porno mag trafficking ring!
Why did I have to take the fall? Why am I the only one suffering the consequences?
Van is out there, on TV, getting title shots, while I'm here, having to fight for my life!
None of this would've happened if that stupid war between BCW and TFR didn't erupt like that.
We lost all alternative promotions, and the ones that were left felt obligated to do some desperate whitewashing.
Of course, that meant someone like me had no chances of staying. It was a bad look for the media.
And unlike BCW, which was fully backed by the Bogs, TFR actually cares about those journalists's opinions!
Kyle Hyde
Real sob story, coming from a criminal like you.
You were let go for a reason, and still, you don't wanna take responsibility.
Dan Schneider
Shut up! I didn't do anything wrong!
All I wanted was some... Some sweet... Smelly...
FEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEETTTTT!!!
Kyle Hyde
W-Wow... That must've been what Koga meant when he said this guy went "berserk".
I can feel an unfathomable power coming from him.
Gene
One-on-three. Love those odds. We're gonna be taking turns with you, Kyle!
???
Haha... Sorry I'm late...
Rean Schwarzer
I had to stop by a girl's place nearby. She wanted some private lessons.
Gene
H-Huh?
Bolo Reynolds
Is that...    
Rean Schwarzer
Gotta keep my word, still, right?
I told Koga when I visited him in the hospital... "I'll take on the Blacklist Brotherhood for you."
Hmmm... It seems one of them is already busy, though.
Hey, buddy, you're fighting that one?
Kyle Hyde
Uh... Yeah?
Rean Schwarzer
Alright! That leaves you two to me.
Bummer. Guess I'll have to hold back on this one. Haha...
Gene
G-Grrrrrr...
Bolo Reynolds
D-Don't take us for a joke!
Kyle Hyde
...Can't say I was a big fan of the 1-on-3. This is more like it, though.
Now I can focus on taking you down, big man!
Dan Schneider
FEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEETTTTT!!!!

  1. Kyle Hyde
  2. Dan Schneider
Iconic Match

Kasuga Ichiban Winner

Dan Schneider
N-No... I-Impossible... But... The feetsies...
Kyle Hyde
Yeah, sorry, buddy. No idea if that's where you draw power from or whatever, but unlike Koga I like to keep mine well-covered.
Gene
Aghhh! L-Like being replaced in my own stable wasn't enough of a kick in the dick!
Today is just not my day...
Bolo Reynolds
T-This guy is too strong!
Rean Schwarzer
Haha...     

(Rean headpats Gene and Bolo)

Gene
AIIEEEEEE!!! W-We better retreat!
Dan Schneider
We'll come back stronger next time, damn you!
Bolo Reynolds
Y-Yeah! And don't bring this monster along then! That's cheating!
Rean Schwarzer
That was a nice warmup!
You did well, too! I've heard from Koga that you seemed to be using a technique similar to "Coldsteel Style: Holding Back Kata", so I knew you were strong!
Kyle Hyde
(Is that supposed to be a rib...?)
Thanks for the help. So you're Koga's master, huh...
Rean Schwarzer
That's right! I run the Coldsteel Dojo. Come see us when you have the time!
Oh, my lessons are starting soon, I gotta hurry! See you!
Kyle Hyde
...They're gone.
Damn. Things sure went off the rails fast.
Jack Scalfani
Kyle! You've done it! You've finally driven the Blacklist Brotherhood away!
Kyle Hyde
I wish I could tell you that's the last we've seen of them.
But I'll take whatever victories I can get at this point.
Say, Jack... Why don't we chew on some high quality steak to celebrate?
Jack Scalfani
For the old times, eh? Sure. Let's have a drink as well.
Kyle Hyde
I've got plenty to tell you about.
Especially about a certain "Fortuna Nightmare"...

Conclusion of a Gamble: A Friend's Final Letter[edit | edit source]

Maximillion Pegasus
What a beautiful marketplace this is... You can find everything you need around here.
Ingerland is truly a wonderful nation.
Kaiba Seto
...Pegasus...
You seem happy and all, but... Haven't you been slacking off lately?
Since we got here, I haven't seen you put much effort in accomplishing your objective.
Sure, I've been busy on my own, too, but, you know...
Maximillion Pegasus
Oh, I haven't been slacking at all!
In fact, I had been just waiting for today.
And of course, it was vital for me to take in the sights and splendor of Erwin's hometown.
What better way to connect with my old friend once again than to get to know the place where he grew up?
Kaiba Seto
I see. But what about today is so special?
Maximillion Pegasus
You haven't seen the posters all around town?
Erwin is issuing an open challenge today!
This... Is how we'll reunite.
...Oh, what is this? A camera crew?
See, Kaiba, I'm not the only one in awe at the beauties of this place.
Those fine gentlemen understand it, too.
Wrestling and entertainment do seem to be big around here... Maybe that's what inspired him.
Hm? Seems they noticed us...
Zeke Yeager
Look who's here!
Maximillion Pegasus, the TFR Phenom himself? Nice meeting you here, hahaha.
I'm Zeke Yeager, also known as "Mr. Beast", maybe you've heard about me?
Maximillion Pegasus
...Mr. Beast? Afraid not.
Kaiba Seto
Pegasus... I didn't recognize him immediately, but this man runs a massive YouTube channel, primarily aimed at kids.
Be wary about what you say.
Zeke Yeager
Hahaha, no need to worry, I'm well aware that adults tend not to know about me.
Maximillion Pegasus
Oh but I do know about you, Zeke Yeager, you were part of TFR from our earliest days, before we even had a TV deal, isn't it right?
I keep tabs on all old talent, after all.
Zeke Yeager
You actually know about that? I'm impressed...
I overheard you before. You're taking part in the open challenge later?
I've actually been collaborating with the local promotion recently.
Right now my crew is grabbing a few shots of the island. Makes for a good intro. And it's my hometown too, after all.
Maximillion Pegasus
It's your hometown? What a coincidence... An old timer, from this place to boot. Heavens must be smiling upon me.
Zeke Yeager
You're flattering me, hahaha... I was nobody important back at TFR, really.
Say, we really hit it well together, how about we collaborate some time?
Maximillion Pegasus
My apologies, I believe I'll be busy for a while. Visiting an old friend around these parts.
Zeke Yeager
No problem! Well, I gotta get back to work. I'll be seeing you later! Good luck!
Maximillion Pegasus
What a good fellow... 
Kaiba Seto
Huh... Is that the filming crew he talked about? They look familiar...
...So, Pegasus...
Why do you think Erwin has never looked for you?
Maximillion Pegasus
Hm? I expected smarter questions from someone such as you, Kaiba.
Of course he has no recollections of me yet.
This must have been the cruel fate imposed upon him when he lost to me, back then... That he would not remember...
Still, I believed his final gamble. That's why I must search for him, until the day we cross paths again.
And I'm afraid it's about time we do. The open challenge is starting soon.
Kaiba Seto
...I still don't really understand that "old world" talk. But we have a deal, so I guess I won't mind.
Maximillion Pegasus
Let's make haste. Follow me. You can watch from the crowd.
Kaiba Seto
...Alright... 
...Huh, is that the poster Pegasus has been talking about?
Yeah, that must be it. "OPEN CHALLENGE - ERWIN SMITH"
What is this in the corner, though? I can barely read it.
..."the 2nd"?

  1. Maximillion Pegasus
  2. Erwin Smith the 2nd
  • Game: WWE 2K23
  • Stage: Ingerland Pro Wrestling
  • Singles

Maximillion Pegasus Winner

Maximillion Pegasus
You... You little disrespectful vermin!
You really thought someone as pathetic as you could name himself after the great Erwin Smith?
This is a sin that calls for the ultimate punishment!
Once I'm finished, your soul shall rot for all eternity in the Shadow Realm!
Kaiba Seto
That's enough, Pegasus.
Just... Let it go.
Nothing good is gonna come out of digging any deeper into this.
Maximillion Pegasus
I could never. I would never accept an ending like this!
Erwin's final gamble — I will hold onto it, cling to it, until my last breath.
Besides...
If he's "Erwin Smith the 2nd", what about the original?
He must be out there, somewhere! And I'm not going to stop until I find him!
???
Excuse me...
Kaiba Seto
You again? We're not in the mood to deal with fans. Especially not today.
Ryuki Kuruto
It's not about that. I overheard you two talking just now.
You've been looking for Mr. Erwin Smith, haven't you?
I... Know where he lived, actually. Maybe I could give you some directions?
Maximillion Pegasus
Don't you dare joke about something as serious as that. My heart has been toyed with enough!
Ryuki Kuruto
I assure you, this is the truth. Mr. Erwin was a mentor to me in the world of wrestling.
Here, have this badge as a proof, a token of his tutelage.
Maximillion Pegasus
"Erwin Smith's Wrestling Dungeon"... It looks authentic.
Kaiba Seto
It's certainly not the work of an amateur. Perhaps there's merit to his claim.
Maximillion Pegasus
You... Weren't lying after all?
Ryuki Kuruto
I'd never lie about something like that.
Come on. I'll take you there.
Maximillion Pegasus
Hmph... I've followed countless leads, chased shadows. What's one more? Lead on.
Kaiba Seto
Pegasus, are you sure about this?
It's not too late to turn back.
Maximillion Pegasus
Kaiba-boy, when have we ever backed down from the pursuit of truth? Erwin's creed was to "Advance!", and so we shall.
The potential end of our odyssey is before us. Let us move.

Ryuki Kuruto
We're here.  
Maximillion Pegasus
Erwin's home...    
I've always wondered what it looked like.
To think that the end of our journey is this close. It gives me goosebumps.
(Each knock echoes like a drumbeat, marking the tempo of our anxious hearts.)
(As we wait, every second starts to feel like an hour.)
(Images of the time we spent together were flowing through my mind, flooding my thoughts.)
(It was like returning home after a long, arduous travel.)
(After a while... The door finally opened.)
???
...Hmmm?
Maximillion Pegasus
(And someone I had never seen before came out.)
???
Ryuki? To what do I owe this visit?
It's been a while since I last saw you around these parts.
Ryuki Kuruto
I was in town, and happened to cross paths with this man.
He's one of Erwin's old friends, apparently. Been looking for him for a long time.
???
Oh... Erwin's friend? Could it be... Pegasus?
Maximillion Pegasus
...?         
Yes, yes, that's indeed me!
So, Erwin, I assume... Has mentioned me before?
(I knew he'd remember. I knew his gamble would pay off.)
(Erwin... I'm home.)
Where is he right now, I wonder? Is he not home?
???
Oh, yes, he has mentioned you plenty...
Especially in the last few days of his life.
Maximillion Pegasus
...          
Kaiba Seto
...     
Maximillion Pegasus
W-What? W-What do you mean?
???
Apologies for not introducing myself earlier. I'm Erwin's widow.
Maximillion Pegasus
Widow? I... We might be talking about different people...
Erwin's widow
Oh, but we aren't. Looking at you, I'm certain of it now. I assume you haven't heard... Erwin passed away a few weeks ago.
He went out peacefully, on his bed. He looked like he was having a nice dream.
Maximillion Pegasus
...          
Are you kidding me? Am I being played with? Has my search been nothing but a source of amusement to you all?
Kaiba Seto
Pegasus. Pull yourself together.
Ryuki Kuruto
I'm sorry. I didn't want to be the bearer of such news.
Maximillion Pegasus
Erwin... did he say anything about me? If this is true, why didn't he come to find me?
I've been searching endlessly. He wouldn't just leave me adrift in this sea of uncertainty.
I'm sure he wouldn't just abandon me like that. He wouldn't leave me behind.
Erwin's widow
This must be quite a shock. You don't seem like someone who'd lose their composure easily.
He... Left a letter. Written a few days before his death.
Despite his old age, whenever he'd talk about you, he spoke with such clarity, as if rejuvenated by the memories.
Maximillion Pegasus
(...Old age?)    
Erwin's widow
Here, I have it in my hands. Maybe this will bring you peace.
Maximillion Pegasus
(With trembling hands, I unfold the letter.)
...
(I still don't want to believe it. Everything sounds so strange. There must be something wrong with this, right? Some kind of misunderstanding?)
(Maybe, this letter will answer my questions. I decided to start reading.)

Erwin Smith
"...Pegasus, my old friend."
"If you are reading this letter, it means I could not tell you my story in person."
"It might be quite sad for you that things turned out this way."
"For that, I apologize."
"Myself, I have come to terms with it long ago."
"That's what a gamble is, after all. You don't go ahead with one without first understanding the risks."
"Could I ever imagine things turning out like this? Of course not. But I would accept the result, no matter what it was."
"I hope that you accept it, too. It would put my soul at peace."
"Now, I should better explain things... Allow me to start from my early life in this universe."
"Ever since I was a child, I took a big interest in wrestling. At a young age, I decided that art form would be my life's work."
"I trained and perfected my craft, and was able to have success wrestling all over the world. The best years of my career, though, were during the early days of TFR."
"Throughout the years, I worked with many wonderful wrestlers: Sonozaki Steven, Ushiromiya Kinzo, Antonio Inoki, among others."
"Once I started to slow down in the ring, I then decided to open my own wrestling school, at the basement of my house. I called it the "Dungeon"."
"Passing my knowledge forward was a way to stay connected with that world, even after my in-ring career was over."
"I had many students throughout the years, from all kinds of different backgrounds."
"And my biggest source of happiness was seeing them succeed and create the present and future of this business."
"...It was at an old age that I started to remember everything. About the old universe, about our time together..."
"At first, it was real odd to me. Those memories were like vivid dreams playing in my head, flooding in out of nowhere."
"But once I saw you on TV, on a episode of TFR I happened to catch live... I knew they were one-hundred percent real."
"And I realized that... In this new world, I was born way earlier than you and the others."
"I was already too old, and my health was deteriorating. I couldn't really be away from home for an extended period of time. I couldn't go after you."
"Or perhaps, that's just what I told myself. Perhaps I didn't want you to have that image of me as an old man before I departed."
"I wanted you to keep different memories, instead."
"So, with that put aside for a moment... I just wanted to tell you how I really feel."
"On my last days... I feel no sorrow, Pegasus. I met many great people. I helped wrestling reach the heights it has reached today. I lived a long, happy life."
"And I hope you'll get to be as happy and accomplished as I was, yourself. As your friend, and your partner. I'll be watching over you."

Maximillion Pegasus
...          
Ryuki Kuruto
Pegasus...  
Kaiba Seto
You're... Crying?
Erwin's widow
Erwin was extraordinary. The greatest man I ever knew.
Maximillion Pegasus
...Yes, I am aware... And I too... Shall carry his legacy forward.
Erwin... You were my perfect friend... Right there until the end... I'm forever missing you... Until we meet again.
Kaiba Seto
Pegasus... 
There's a postscript you haven't read.
Maximillion Pegasus
O-Oh?       
Erwin's widow
Right. I remember... He debated whether to include this, but decided it was important in the end.
Kaiba Seto
Go ahead. 

Erwin Smith
"One last thing..."
"If I could say I have one regret, other than not seeing you one last time..."
"It is about the last of my students."
"Because of my condition, I was never able to finish his training."
"Due to that, I'm afraid he might never grow into the great performer he was meant to be."
"Pegasus... If I could ask you one last favor... You're the only one who can do this."
"Finish his training for me. Bring out the star that kid has inside him."
"That... Is my last request."
"I sent him to Coolsville recently. You should cross paths with him, eventually."
"His name... Is Ryuki Kuruto."

Maximillion Pegasus
...          
Ryuki... Kuruto?
Ryuki Kuruto
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