BRANDON YOUNGBLOOD vs. GREAT SCOTT
Referee Elvis Nixon stands in the ring next to Vince Howard as we prepare for the next match.
Nick Stuart: Coming up next, we’ve got a hossfite on our hands! Former Universal Champion, Brandon Youngblood, looks to continue his winning ways against a man who nearly won the Five Star Championship at ULTRAVIOLENCE, GREAT SCOTT!
Richard Parker: Just Scott, Nick. Just Scott.
Nick Stuart: Indeed, he’s certainly had an…interesting…change in affect in recent interviews. He’s going to need to focus up if he aims to defeat PRIME’s Tower of Babel!
Richard Parker: Do you think Just Bear’s gonna do a flip? Or does he need to be GREAT for that to be a thing?
Nick Stuart: What are you even talking about, Richard?
Richard Parker: I WANT TO SEE A FLIPPING BEAR. That’s all.
Nick Stuart: Well, we’re sure to see bodies fly in this one – let’s take it to the ring!
“Born for Greatness” by Papa Roach blasts through the arena speakers, Just Scott continuing to carry a generic championship over his shoulder. The crowd roars its approval, chanting “GREAT SCOTT! GREAT SCOTT! GREAT SCOTT!”; he acknowledges his fans, though lip readers may pick up him responding, “I’m Just Scott!”
Just Bear, for his part, does a sweet cartwheel sequence down the entrance ramp and regales the crowd with Cabbage Patches, Running Mans, and even a moment of Voguing. Scott climbs the ring posts, holding his belt high in the air.
Vince Howard: Introducing first…hailing from THE GREATER METRO AREA OF GREAT FALLS, MONTANA, weighing in at 276 pounds…Just Scott!
A “GREAT SCOTT GREAT SCOTT” chant erupts once again at Vince’s announcement.
“Bloodsport (World Domination)” by Health blasts through the speakers. His shoulders sway with the bravado of his BMF walk we’ve seen time and time again. Suplex Daddy is all business, locking eyes with Scott the entire way down the ring, marches up the ring steps, and steps through the ropes. He walks back and forth from corner to corner of the ring, itching to lock up.
Vince Howard: And his opponent…hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada… weighing in at 280 pounds… he is the former Universal Champion, a three time 5-Star Champion, the 2009 Jewel In The Crown, PRIME Hall of Famer, winner of the Almasy Invitational…the LAAAAAAAAST! DIIIIIIAMOND! BRAAAAAAAANDON! YOUNGBLOOD!
The moment Vince steps out of the ring, Youngblood charges straight for his opponent and the two men lock up in a collar-and-elbow before the bell can even ring!
The lock-up is pretty violent, each man twisting and pushing with all their might before crashing into the corner and causing the entire ring to shake. Youngblood has the first advantage and swings a heavy forearm straight into Scott’s chest – Scott reverses their position and thrusts a couple shoulder tackles into Youngblood’s breadbasket. He goes for a third, but Youngblood is able to slip out, take advantage of Scott’s positioning, and planting him with a belly to back suplex.
Nick Stuart: Both men known for their fantastic suplex maneuver, and we can bet that’s only the first of many.
Richard Parker: Remember a couple months back when I bet the over/under on Sid Phillips powerbombs, and the bookies completely screwed me by not acknowledging the Reverse Powerbomb?
Nick Stuart: …I think I remember an Electric Chair backdrop, partner-
Richard Parker: You sort of remember. Anyway, I was curious what the line was for this match. Want to guess the number?
Nick Stuart: Twenty.
Richard Parker: Trick question – they aren’t taking bets on it because no one could agree on the number. Twenty? Fifty? A hundred? Not out of the question.
Scott uses amateur wrestling body positioning and is able to scramble off his stomach, snatching Youngblood with a front facelock, lifting him up, and sending him back forward with a front suplex. Youngblood almost bounces into a sprinting block position, and very quickly he’s across the ring, flattening Scott with a spear! Scott clutches his abdomen as the momentum of his sprinting spear takes Youngblood nearly under the ropes. He gets to his feet in a hurry and covers Scott, who’s out at 1.
Youngblood works to get some dirty grappling offense in, throwing short elbows and headbutts into Scott as they tangle on the mat. Youngblood gets a second headbutt in, and something triggers in Scott.
Nick Stuart: HIS GLARE!
The camera quickly cuts to Just Bear, who does a jumping split and a fist pump.
Richard Parker: AND HIS BEAR!!
With a powerful heave, Scott is able to get some space between himself and Youngblood. The glare intensifies and Scott wags a Mutombo-style finger in Youngblood’s direction. Youngblood, for his part, seems to feel his anger intensify at this show-and-dance moment. Scott steps forward and throws a bludgeoning elbow into Youngblood’s sternum. Youngblood absorbs it and stares hard into his younger opponent. Scott throws another elbow strike – same reaction from Youngblood. Another elbow. Another one, this time on the chin, a second one on the chin – this one sends Youngblood back a step or two.
Just Scott: Come on!!
Youngblood then throws one of the stiffest goddamn knife-edge chops you ever saw.
Scott stumbles away from Youngblood, clutching his chest. Youngblood is all the way fired up now and charges Scott – locks up – OVERHEAD BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX! The ring shakes once again as the large frame of Just Scott crashes in the center of the mat. Youngblood scrambles to make the cover!
Scott reverses the pinning predicament!
Youngblood kicks out. Scott presses his minor positional advantage into a huge leverage advantage, lifting Youngblood high in the air and stalling for a few beats before dropping him with the vertical suplex. Youngblood kicks out at two and swiftly moves into side position, locking his wrists around Scott’s substantial torso, and planting Scott with a gutwrench suplex. Scott kicks out at two and the competitors quickly find themselves in Greco Roman Knuckle Locks on the mat with each other, each looking to press their immense weights around to find any small edge they can.
Nick Stuart: Tremendous back and forth so far!
Richard Parker: Just Bear’s really working himself into a tizzy about this whole thing!
Indeed, the camera cuts to Just Bear, evoking joy and pain through dance that mirrors the ebbs and flows of the in-ring action. Both men remain knuckle locked when Scott gets to a knee…then Youngblood gets to a knee too. Youngblood plants his other foot first and has the leverage advantage – he snaps his arms forward releasing the grip, wrapping one arm around Scott’s neck and the other around a knee. He snaps back and THROWS Scott surprisingly far with a Release Fisherman Suplex! After their straining contest of strength with this suplex as the punctuation, both men take the opportunity to catch their respective breaths on the mat. The crowd cheers loudly for Youngblood and Scott, and dueling chants fade away into –
BOTH THESE GUYS! BOTH THESE GUYS!
Nick Stuart: Youngblood may have the slight edge in this one – at the end of these exchanges, it seems like Youngblood’s been consistently able to throw the last shot.
Richard Parker: Brandon Youngblood is uniquely gifted at turning tiny technical advantages into match-changing momentum, for sure. Scott may need to change things up here.
After a moment, both men slowly get to their feet. Youngblood beckons Scott to bring it on, which he delivers with aplomb – both men lock up once again in the center of the ring, trading waistlocks and chinlocks back and forth, each fighting for position. Just as it seemed that Youngblood may have the edge, Scott shoves him back and blasts him with GREAT SCOTT MUZIK (Just Scott Music?), sending Youngblood to the mat! Scott goes for the cover!
Scott’s glare is back, angrier than before. He rolls Youngblood to his stomach and grabs for double underhooks, pulling powerfully once to get Youngblood up off the mat, and a second time to fully lift him off the ground, planting him with the SCOTTAGREE! Another cover!
Just Bear pounds the ring apron in peak excitement, pushing his Scott friend to keep at it. Scott looks over at his bear friend and gives him a winking nod, before nodding up towards the standing and cheering fans. He gets to his feet and pumps up his arms, bringing louder and louder cheers from the fans. He’s soaking it in, letting it charge him up – but in the process, he neglects to see that the Anger Golem is no longer on the mat.
He’s behind him.
Youngblood springs onto Scott’s back and brings both men crashing to the ground, Youngblood fighting to get his arms into position for a Kata-Ha Jime!
Nick Stuart: He’s going for the Gridlock!
Richard Parker: Just Scott is fighting it! Can he hang on??
Youngblood throws strikes with one arm as he locks his other around Scott’s head and neck. Scott wriggles and uses his significant strength to stay out of the hold, eventually getting a foot on the bottom rope and forcing the break. Youngblood, after releasing the hold, quickly grabs Scott by the foot and drags him to the center of the ring, hoists him up by the scruff, and goes for a standing Kata-Ha Jime! It’s almost locked in!
Nick Stuart: Standing Gridlock!
Richard Parker: He’s going for that Gridlock Suplex!
As the two men jostle for position and Scott fights the hold as best he can, there’s a commotion. Just Bear is standing on the ring apron, pumping up the crowd and generally causing a scene. Ref Nixon steps over to the bear and tells him to get off the apron, to which Just Bear nods in agreement – but first (he gestures with his hands), watch THIS. He makes sure the referee and whole crowd is watching as he leaps off the apron – FLIPS BACKWARDS – and lands on his feet on the floor outside the ring!
Richard Parker: I SAW THE BEAR FLIP!!
What he missed, it turns out, was the turning point in the match…because Youngblood is now crumbled on the mat, clutching low.
Nick Stuart: Hang on a minute – did Scott just hit Youngblood low?
Richard Parker: Huh?
GREAT SCOTT: I AM GREAT SCOTT AND I AM BACK BB
The cacophony following the cheering for GREAT BEAR FLIP and the negative reaction from fans who saw GREAT SCOTT’s mule kick to Youngblood’s sack is immense. SCOTT forces Youngblood shakily to his feet, and SCOTT casually leaps a good 5 feet into the air, and lands the SCOTTACANRANA! He covers!
DING DING DING!
Papa Roach blasts once again through the speakers. GREAT BEAR joins GREAT SCOTT in celebrating in the ring, soon hoisting SCOTT onto his shoulders.
Vince Howard: Here is your winner…GREAT! SCOTT!
Youngblood looks like he’s ready to kill someone. As he rolls to his stomach, his glare is more ferocious than anything GREAT SCOTT has come up with in ages. BEAR and SCOTT see this and get out of dodge just in time, barely avoiding Youngblood’s ferocious attempt to grab and beat the shit out of either one.
Nick Stuart: I think we just witnessed the rebirth of GREAT SCOTT, partner.
Richard Parker: I for one think that’s GREAT news…but man, Youngblood is about ready to tear someone in half right now. SCOTT really got away with that one.
We see Youngblood nearly growling with each rapid, deep breath as SCOTT and BEAR, hand-in-paw, raise their arms in victory at the top of the ramp.