3 Cecilia Ryan vs. 14 Hayes Hanlon
“Legacy” by Daphne Willis begins playing as second generation wrestler Cecilia Ryan saunters out onto the stage. If the daughter of Dan Ryan and niece of Lindsay Troy looks at all nervous or phased by 10,000+ cheering fans in front of her, she’s not giving that impression at all. Calm, cool, and collected, she makes her way down the ramp to the ring.
Vince Howard: Folks, welcome to the opening contest of ReVival One and the very first match of the Almasy Invitational! Introducing first, from Houston, Texas and fighting out of Tampa, Florida…standing at six feet even and weighing in at 185 pounds….she is Cecilia Ryan!
Nick Stuart: We’re getting our first look ever at both Cecilia Ryan and her opponent Hayes Hanlon tonight, Richard. Cecilia has been trained by both PRIME President and CEO Lindsay Troy and her father, the Ego Buster Dan Ryan. Proficient in strikes and submissions, and known for her ruthlessness, she’s going to be quite the talent here in PRIME.
Richard Parker: Well, with who her family is, is that really any surprise, Nick?
Nick Stuart: Hayes Hanlon is also an incredible prospect as well, coming to us from the Pacific Northwest. I heard that Sonny Silver put a bug in Troy’s ear about him and as soon as she saw the tapes, she did what she could to get him signed.
Richard Parker: Wait….Sonny and Lindsay are friends now?!
Nick Stuart: Apparently. We live in strange times, my friend.
Richard Parker: You’ve got that right.
“Black Hole” by We Came as Romans blasts through the speakers as Hayes Hanlon walks out to the edge of the ramp, soaking in the spectacle of his music and the cheers of the crowd
Vince Howard: And her opponent…from West Linn, Oregon, standing six feet, three inches tall and weighing in at 261 pounds…”Event Horizon” Hayes…HANLON!
Hayes immediately starts a quick and steady march down the ramp. He slides into the ring and moves toward the far turnbuckle, stepping onto the first ropes and turning to face the center of the ring, allowing the PRIMEates a quick photo op, before looking over at his opponent.
Cecilia Ryan…is not impressed.
Junior referee gives both rookies a glance and motions for the bell.
Nick Stuart: And we are UNDERWAY with our first match of the Almasy Invitational!
Richard Parker: And Hayes Hanlon might be calling a dentist in the morning!
Right out of the gate, Cecilia Ryan darts out of the corner with a jumping knee strike, catching the Event Horizon unawares. The West Lynn native has 75 pounds on the woman fighting out of Tampa, Florida, and Cecilia knows she’s going to have to use every bit of her striking know-how to her advantage. Hanlon slumps against the corner, rocked but not knocked out, and Cecilia starts in on some low- and mid-Muay Thai kicks to work him over.
Nick Stuart: An impressive start from the young Cecilia Ryan who, if the last name is any indication, is looking to be just as ruthless in the ring as her father is.
Richard Parker: I heard some people were pissed we didn’t sign Murder Daddy but I don’t know what they’re complaining about…Murder Daughter is taking Pine Tree Boy to school right now.
Cecilia tries to shoot Hayes across the ring but Hanlon reverses and sends Cecilia into the opposite corner…no! She runs up the turnbuckles, wobbles slightly at the top but steadies herself and leaps backwards up and over the incoming Hayes. She doesn’t quite stick the landing, which allows Hayes to pivot and rock her with a lariat! Cecilia hits the mat and Hayes is quick to capitalize, landing a standing leg drop and going for a cover!
Kickout by Cecilia Ryan!
Nick Stuart: A slight miscalculation by Cecilia there and Hayes is able to get momentum in his favor. He’ll have to start thinking about how to use his strength advantage if he wants to advance in the tournament.
Richard Parker: You know what I missed most about you in the ten years we’ve been off television, Nick?
Nick Stuart: My wife’s Sunday dinner and cigars on my back porch?
Richard Parker: No. Well, yes. But also, the way you always state the obvious.
Nick Stuart: Gee, thanks bud.
Hayes has Cecilia up off the mat and Irish whips her against the ropes. On the rebound, he catches her with a back elbow, then wraps his arms around her and lifts her with ease before bringing her right back down to the canvas with a BIG bridging German suplex! Another pin attempt!
And another kickout!
Hayes doesn’t look too deterred; instead he opts to take his chances in the air. He scales the nearest turnbuckle, gets his footing at the top, and holds his hands out to steady himself.
Nick Stuart: What’s he thinking here?
Richard Parker: High risk, high reward? Crash and burn? We’re in Vegas, Nick, 50/50 odds, whatcha got?
Cell phone cameras flash all around Hayes, which seems to give him a big boost of confidence. He leaps from the top rope, looking for an elbow splash!
Nick Stuart: Nobody home!
Richard Parker: Dummy.
Nick Stuart: Oh, look out!
Cecilia Ryan immediately ensnares Hayes’ arm and locks in an arm bar, a look of calmness crossing her face as she wrenches the hold in. Hayes howls in pain as Cecilia grins, just a little.
Richard Parker: The kid’s in trouble, Nick! He took a chance and now he might be down an appendage for his troubles!
Nick Stuart: Cecilia’s got that submission on tight, Richard, I don’t know how much longer Hayes can hold out.
It’s true; the Event Horizon is in a world of hurt. Jimmy Turnbull is asking him if he wants to submit and Hayes refuses to give in! The fans are cheering, willing him to break the hold somehow, which only emboldens Cecilia to apply juuuuuust a little more pressure.
But through the pain, Hayes notices the ropes.
He’s not that far away….
He starts scootching his legs closer to the bottom rope, hoping he can get a toe across them, or across the plane of the apron.
Nick Stuart: Hayes is getting close to the ropes! Just a bit more kid!
Richard Parker: Come on Cecilia, bend that arm like Beckham!
Nick Stuart: Richard, really?
Richard Parker: What!? Anything to win, Stuart! And that movie’s severely underrated, I’ll have you know.
Hayes just barely grazes his boot across the bottom cable and Jimmy Turnbull calls for Cecilia to break the hold. When she doesn’t right away, he starts his five count, which elicits some BOOOOOOOOOOOs from the PRIMEates. The Murder Daughter breaks at four and a half and calmly gets to her feet…
…then punts Hayes in the head!
Nick Stuart: Oh come on! That wasn’t necessary!
Richard Parker: What did I just say, Nick? Anything. To. Win! She’s not playing around and I don’t blame her!
Now Hayes has a hurt arm and a headache! Jimmy Turnbull bends down to check on Hayes while Cecilia just smirks at the vitriol that’s thrown her way. She bends down to bring Hanlon to his feet and is ROCKED by a forearm shot with Hayes’ good arm!
Nick Stuart: Hayes is trying to get back into this!
Richard Parker: Cecilia isn’t going to take that from him though!
With as much force as she can muster, Cecilia drives her forehead toward Hayes and connects with a vicious headbutt! Hanlon’s seeing stars and that gives Ryan the opportunity she needs. She darts off the ropes, building up speed, and sprints back, looking for her aunt’s (and, for those old school PRIMEates, her ex-uncle Tyler Rayne’s) patented flying double knee strike…
…but Hayes catches her with a HUUUUUUGE powerslam!
Nick Stuart: Hayes Hanlon drove Cecilia Ryan into the canvas with that powerslam! He’s fired up now!
Hayes jumps to his feet, throwing both arms out to the side and ignoring the pain from Cecilia’s earlier arm bar; he’s running on adrenaline now. He yanks Cecilia off the canvas, whips her against the ropes, and on the return he catches her by the throat and tosses her up into the air!
Nick Stuart: Cecilia’s going for a ride!
Richard Parker: No no, not like this! Kick him in the head, Cecilia!
But it’s all for naught, as Hayes drives her back down with a powerful sit-out choke bomb called The Epoch! He covers!
DING DING DING
“Black Hole” by We Came As Romans cues up again as Hayes Hanlon collapses on his back on the mat.
Vince Howard: The winner of this match….HAYES HANLON!
Nick Stuart: What an opening contest! What a start to the Almasy Invitational! Both of these rookies are going to have bright futures here but on this night, Hayes Hanlon was just a little bit better.
Richard Parker: Highway robbery! Absolute travesty! This is an awful way to start this tournament!
Nick Stuart: You’ve gotta admit, Richard…both Hayes and Cecilia are incredible talents.
Richard Parker: I will admit no such thing…about Hayes Hanlon. He is a showboat and he has a stupid haircut.
Nick Stuart: Okay well, while Richard yells at the kids to get off his lawn, let’s take it backstage!