1 Brandon Youngblood vs. 2 Impulse
We cut from the view of the PRIMEView to a shot of the crowd going crazy waiting for the main event of the evening.
Vince Howard: Welcome to your main event of the evening!
Almost immediately “Cannonball” by SIRSY fills the arena, and a blue – and – purple strobe combination lights up the entranceway.
Vince Howard: And our first competitor in our main event of the evening… Hailing from New York, New York. He is a former FIST of Defiance, and Southern Heritage Champion…
As the first verse hits the midway point, the second set of “HEY HEY,” Impulse walks out to the top of the ramp, Calico Rose a step behind him. He stops and looks around, nodding his appreciation, while Cally takes an exaggerated bow.
Vince Howard: HE IS THE MARAAAAATTHHHHOOOOOOOOOON MAAAAAAAN!
The song hits the chorus at about the time the duo begin their walk to the ring. Impulse slaps an errant hand here and there, but Cally does her best to greet every fan at ringside, occasionally stopping to catch up to the Marathon Man.
Vince Howard: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! THIS IS IMMMMMMMMMPUUUUUUULLLLLLSE!
On reaching the ringside area, Impulse is up on the ring apron first, holding the ropes for Cally to step through, and she returns the favor. He hands his leather jacket to a ring attendant, and takes off his T-shirt and tosses it into the crowd, ready for action.
Vince Howard: AAAAAAAND HIS OPPONENT!
A sudden heavy drumbeat. A trio in quick succession follows. The synthesized drone of ‘Abandon Streets’ by Jordan K pulses with a rising tension, the seconds causing a buzz to rise through the crowd. The tempest is rolling in. A sudden downsurge. The synths rise in tone.
Vince Howard: Hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada!
Screaming white light bathes the entire entrance area, the PRIME*View flickering through the assorted highlight package of Brandon Youngblood. Throwing back the curtain, he powers towards the ring, barely visible through the blinding light. His eyes are fixated on the ring, his face remaining stoic as the fans begin to roar.
Vince Howard: HE IS A THREE TIME FIVE STAR CHAMPION! FORMER JEWEL IN THE CROWN WINNER!
Moving down the aisle, Youngblood’s focused demeanor seems completely detached from his surroundings. Walking across the ringside mats, he slowly stalks his way to the stairs. Each climbing step forward stabs the steel, his left hand grasping the ring post as he takes his first pace across the apron.
Vince Howard: HE IS THE LAST DIAMOND! THE PARIAH! THE TOWER OF BABEL!
Moving between the ropes, he brings his head down and slackens his limbs before exploding out of the stretching of his shoulders. Peering towards the crowd, Brandon’s expression does not change.
Vince Howard: BRAAAAANNNNNDDDDDDDOOOOOOOONNNNN YOUNGBLOOD!
Youngblood casually clasps the top ropes on each side of his designated corner as he rests his back against the turnbuckles, his eyes focusing towards his opponent, his glowering burning a hole right through them.
Richard Parker: Lots of pomp and circumstance tonight Nick.
Nick Stuart: Absolutely. One of these two men are going to Culture Shock to try to stop Cancer Jiles from becoming Universal Champion.
As Vince Howard finishes, Timo quickly checks over the two competitors in the ring for foriegn objects. Timo is quickly satisfied and calls for the bell. The building comes to a crescendo as the bell rings.
Nick Stuart: AND HERE WE GO! Two giants of the industry, The Marathon Man, and The Last Diamond square off to find out who will go on to face Cancer Jiles for the Universal Championship!
Richard Parker: The right to legally murder Cancer Jiles… What a prize…
Nick Stuart: I don’t think that’s how that works Richard.
The two technicians dance around each other briefly, sizing one another up. The larger Youngblood dances towards Impulse who doesn’t like the angle of approach and circles away. The two reset, and once again Youngblood begins circling to his right, but Impulse once again circles the other way.
Nick Stuart: Little game of cat and mouse we have going on here.
Richard Parker: That’s one big kitty.
Youngblood once again circles to his right, and Impulse once again tries to circle away but Youngblood aggressively comes back to his left cutting Impulse off. The two men collide, Youngblood sending Impulse reeling into the corner with a huge chop across the chest. The Marathon Man fires back with a right forearm.
Nick Stuart: This place is louder than a Dusk entrance.
Richard Parker: What did you say? I can’t hear anything Nick.
Youngblood stumbles back and Impulse is on him quickly with two more hard right forearms to the face. Youngblood now reels himself back into the far corner, and Impulse comes in with a head of steam and leaps at Youngblood. The Last Diamond moves out of the way as Impulse crashes into the corner with a big splash.
Nick Stuart: Neither man is holding back, these guys are on fire already.
Richard Parker: Still can’t hear anything you’re saying. But remember, one of these men is actually going to murder Cancer Jiles in three weeks.
Youngblood heads into the corner with Impulse, but Impulse manages to grab the larger man in a clinch. Timo comes over to try to get the two off of the ropes, but the shots in the dirty grapple are flying fast and furious. A right forearm from Impulse finds its mark, while a knee from Youngblood threatens to double The Marathon Man over. But Impulse fights back and manages to throw another forearm that infuriates The Last Diamond. Youngblood comes in close, through the forearm and tries to Judo throw Impulse backwards. Impulse uses the momentum and hangs onto Youngblood’s arm, flipping him over with an arm drag. Impulse pauses to collect himself, holding Youngblood’s arm and wrenching on it.
Nick Stuart: And the first time in the first three minutes this match has slowed down. What a start to our main event.
Richard Parker: There you are Nick, I thought I was having a stroke for a second.
The crowd doesn’t let either man rest and begins clapping as Youngblood gets to his feet and turns towards The Marathon Man. Impulse transitions to trying for a kimura but can’t even get the big man’s arm behind him. Youngblood gets all the way to his feet and drives a knee into the body of Impulse. This time The Marathon Man doubles over but Youngblood manages to keep his arms hooked and pulls Impulse up and plants him to the mat with a tiger suplex.
Richard Parker: And now Brandon Youngblood is in control of this match.
Nick Stuart: I wouldn’t count Impulse out yet, they don’t call him The Marathon Man for nothing.
Richard Parker: Oh… I thought that was because… well you know…
Nick Stuart: Get your mind out of the gutter Richard.
Impulse arches his back and tries to roll to his feet, but Youngblood is already on top of his prey. Impulse turns towards the aggressor and Youngblood greets him with a headbut. Impulse reaches for his face but Youngblood manages to wrap his arms around Impulse’s waist and sends him to the canvas with a belly to belly suplex.
Nick Stuart: The impact of that suplex on Impulse’s back.
Richard Parker: It took the air right of Impulse, and maybe right of the arena.
Youngblood presses himself up, using Impulse’s chest as the ground and gets to his feet. He grabs Impulse behind the neck and pulls him to his feet. A wounded Impulse fires away with two forearm shots to The Last Diamond’s body, but Youngblood lives up to the name and doesn’t even flinch. He grabs Impulse around the waist again, and once again lifts him up and drives him into the canvas with another belly to belly suplex.
Nick Stuart: Oh no, another crushing belly to belly suplex to Impulse.
Richard Parker: And this crowd is along for the ride, chanting Suplex Daddy.
Nick Stuart: Youngblood throwing a few sharp elbows to the downed Impulse.
Youngblood fires off two quick elbows to the side of Impulse’s head and hooks the leg. Timo slides in for the count.
Nick Stuart: What heart Impulse has, kicking out after those two brutal belly to bellys.
Richard Parker: I think Impulse has a broken back.
Youngblood smiles and drags Impulse to his feet again. This time he irish whips the smaller man into the ropes. Impulse comes back and manages to instinctively duck under an attempted grab for a belly to belly by the bigger man and comes back off of the far ropes and leaps at Youngblood. Youngblood catches Impulse though, and turns it around into a pendulum backbreaker. Impulse writhes on the mat clutching his back, but Youngblood gives him no reprieve.
Nick Stuart: Youngblood is giving Impulse no room to breathe in there!
Richard Parker: I don’t even like the guy, but the way he’s wrestling… he’s on a mission. And if I need Suplex Daddy to kill Cancer Jiles, so be it.
Youngblood pulls an almost limp Marathon Man to his feet, and once again whips him into the ropes. Impulse comes stumbling back, and Youngblood lifts him up off his feet and slams him to the mat with a spine buster.
Richard Parker: WOAH! Lot of impact there. That’s it, that’s all she wrote. End it now.
Nick Stuart: Brandon Youngblood has won matches with that vicious spinebuster multiple times.
Youngblood hooks Impulse’s leg, and Timo once again slides in for the count.
Nick Stuart: THE MARATHON MAN LIVES! HE KICKS OUT AGAIN!
Richard Parker: No… there’s no way…
Nick Stuart: Brandon Youngblood is stunned.
Richard Parker: He had it in the bag! IT WAS OVER! DONE! FINISHED!
Callie walks the length of the ring pounding on the mat cheering for Impulse to get to his feet, as The Marathon Man crawls away from the stunned Brandon Youngblood. The Last Diamond, realizing his error rushes over to Impulse. Impulse barely manages to wrap Youngblood’s feet up and slams him to the mat with a drop toe hold. Youngblood is furious now as the two men get to their feet at the same time in the center of the ring.
Nick Stuart: This crowd is right back in this match.
Youngblood cocks back and lets loose with a forearm, but Impulse defiantly blocks it with his left hand and fires one back at Youngblood that lands across the bridge of his nose. Youngblood tries to fire another but Impulse blocks again and drives the forearm into Youngblood’s face again this time sending him stumbling. Youngblood turns around coming back at Impulse and eats a beautiful standing dropkick to the face.
Nick Stuart: That might be the best dropkick in the business.
Richard Parker: I can’t even argue that.
Youngblood stumbles backwards and falls through the ropes backwards but manages to land on his feet. Impulse takes off like a guided missile and baseball slides through the bottom rope and blasts The Last Diamond with a baseball slide that sends Youngblood flying into the guard rail. Impulse gets to his feet clutching his back but fires off a right forearm to Youngblood.
Youngblood roars and tries to lift Impulse up, but Impulse manages to slide down Youngblood’s back. Impulse struggles with the weight of the larger man, but barely manages to hit him with a samoan drop on the arena floor.
Youngblood slowly gets to his feet, as Impulse writhes on the ground holding his back.
Nick Stuart: I think Impulse might have gotten the worst of that.
Richard Parker: How?
Nick Stuart: Back injuries are fickle.
Impulse manages to pull himself to his feet, and beats Youngblood to his feet. Impulse grabs the back of Youngblood’s head and smashes his head into the apron before rolling Youngblood into the ring. Impulse takes the stairs into the ring instead of jumping up off the arena floor to the apron.
Richard Parker: Did he just take the stairs?
Nick Stuart: That’s what you do when your back hurts.
The Marathon Man lines the Last Diamond up, Youngblood barely gets to his feet as Impulse comes flying in looking for The Sudden Impact! Youngblood ducks and stumbles forward, clearly still out of it.
Richard Parker: AND A WHIFF!
Nick Stuart: If Impulse had landed Sudden Impact there Brandon Youngblood was done for!
Impulse scrambles after missing the super kick and manages to grab Youngblood around the waist and pulls back for a german suplex. But Youngblood kicks his feet like a maniac and leans forward with everything he has causing Impulse to set the larger man back down. Youngblood manages to power through the smaller man’s grip. He quickly flips the situation around and grabs Impulse around the waist. The big man pulls back, but Impulse manages to slide his hand between Youngblood’s fingers and breaks himself free. Impulse is right back behind Youngblood, and manages to lift him up over his head and plant him to the canvas with a high angle german suplex. Impulse bridges up, causing Youngblood’s feet to touch the mat. Timo slides in for the count.
Nick Stuart: What a technical exchange from these two warriors! And here comes the count.
Richard Parker: I hope Timo has a heart attack.
Nick Stuart: THATS IT! THATS IT! WERE GOING TO THE FINALS OF THE ALMASY INVITATIONAL! IMPULSE WILL MEET CANCER JILES!
DING DING DING
Richard Parker: I DONT THINK SO NICK! LOOK AT THE SCREEN! I DON’T THINK YOUNGBLOODS SHOULDERS WERE ON THE MAT!
The fans in the arena are all cheering while Vince Howard confers with Timo Bolamba. Meanwhile the PRIMEview is showing the pinfall from multiple angles.
Nick Stuart: Both men’s shoulders appear to be on the mat!
Richard Parker: But look! Youngblood’s body flops all the way over and he manages to stand up at two and a half so only the back of his head is on the mat!
Nick Stuart: I don’t think so Richard, I think we’re going to see Cancer Jiles vs Impulse for the Universal Title at Culture Shock.
Vince Howard comes to the center of the ring and the crowd falls deathly silent. You could hear a pin drop in the MGM Arena.
Vince Howard: The winner of this match by pinfall… and going to the finals of the ALLLLMMMMAAAAA-
Richard Parker: He can really drag a moment like this out.
Vince Howard: -SSSSSYYYYY INVITATIONAL! TTTTHHHHHEEEEEEEEEEEEE LAST DIAMOND! BRANDON YOUNGBLOOD!
Nick Stuart: HE DID IT! OH MY GOD HE DID IT!
Richard Parker: Holy shit.
Nick Stuart: Holy you know what indeed Richard, this is incredible. That’s all for us folks! We’ll see you April 8th at Culture Shock!
Richard Parker: Brandon Youngblood is going to scrape Cancer Jiles off his boot.