FIVE STAR TITLE: HAYES HANLON(c) vs. ALEXANDER REDDING vs. CECILIA RYAN
We cut to Nick Stuart and Richard Parker at the announce desk.
Nick Stuart: And we have come to our main event of the evening.
Richard Parker: Buckle up everyone, because this one is going to be a doozy. Three stars, all born in different decades, looking to make their mark on PRIME.
Nick Stuart: Cecilia Ryan earned this match after defeating Anna Daniels at ReVival 7, which also saw Redding and Hanlon battle to a double count out.
Richard Parker: This will be the second time that Hanlon and Ryan are in the ring, going back to Colossus in March with Hanlon winning the 5-Star Championship at that time. Ryan and Redding have also been in the ring together, back at ReVival 4, and obviously Redding and Hanlon faced off recently.
Nick Stuart: Needless to say, these three have some history with one another and they’ll be itching to get their hands on one another once again tonight. Let’s head to Vince Howard for the wrestler introductions.
We then switch to Vince Howard, who is in the center of the ring.
Vince Howard: The following match is our main event! It is a triple-threat match and is for the 5-Star Championship!
Nick Stuart: And our fans here in the MGM Grand Garden Arena are ready for this match.
Vince Howard: Introducing first, hailing from Tampa, Florida… she is CECILIA! RYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!
“Legacy” by Daphne Willis plays over the speakers, and Cecilia Ryan steps out onto the stage, her eyes fixed on the ring. She doesn’t pay any attention to the fans as she walks down the ramp to ringside. She rolls into the ring under the bottom rope, then climbs a turnbuckle and looks out into the crowd, arms down and a slight smirk on her face.
Richard Parker: You have to be impressed by Ryan’s run thus far in PRIME, at the age of nineteen years old.
Nick Stuart: She will actually be celebrating her twentieth birthday next Friday.
Richard Parker: That feels… surreal. I also feel infinitely old now.
Nick Stuart: That’s good, because you are infinitely old.
Vince Howard: Introducing next, hailing from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada… he is ALEXANDER! REEEEEEEEEEDIIIIIIIIING!
“Love Spreads” by The Stone Roses erupts in the MGM-Grand Arena and from the back emerges Redding, who makes a beeline for the ring and enters, his eyes firmly focused upon Ryan.
Nick Stuart: The last time these two were in the ring, it was to determine who would be in the 5-Star Championship match at Culture Shock. Ryan picked up the victory over Ria Nightshade while Redding and Solomon Richards were battling outside.
Richard Parker: Redding is going to need to wipe that memory out of his mind along with his previous match against Hanlon. He needs a fresh memory in order to come out with the win tonight. If he dwells too much on the past, it could be his downfall.
We Came as Romans.
White flashbulbs flicker along with the music’s growing beat. The PRIME*View soars into the cosmos, passing planets and nebulas, picking up speed and shaking as it approaches a massive black hole. A wall of white bulbs ignite in the entryway as the song’s intro crescendos, the silhouette of Hayes Hanlon lifts one arm to the ceiling, the 5-Star Title held high in his grasp. The lights dim as the music quiets, and Hayes walks out to the edge of the ramp, soaking in the spectacle and cheers of the crowd. The music builds again, and Hayes thrusts the belt into the air once more with the chorus.
“I FALL INTO A BLACK HOLE IN MY HEAD!”
Vince Howard: From West Linn, Oregon, standing six feet, three inches tall and weighing in at 261 pounds…your 5. STAR. CHAMPION…the Event Horizon…HAYES! HANLOONNNN!!
He immediately starts a quick and steady march down the ramp, another bright flash of white filling the arena. The Event Horizon slides into the ring and moves toward the far turnbuckle, stepping onto the first ropes and turning to face the center of the ring.
“I’M FIGHTING THE GRAAVITY, IT’S PULLING THE WORST PART OUT OF ME!
He leans back over the post, draping the 5 Star belt across his chest before extending his arms outward, eyes closed with his torso aimed at the ceiling. The crescendo following the chorus blasts out through the arena among the flashbulbs.
Nick Stuart: Hanlon will be looking to pull out this tough victory tonight and successfully defend his title.
Richard Parker: You’ve got to think he wants the clean victory tonight after the double countout in his first defense. Nothing will settle a champion more than when they get that first defense successfully under their belt.
Nick Stuart: Hanlon will have his work cut out for him though.
Richard Parker: He will, but Hanlon has shown in the past that he’s cut pretty tough.
Timo Bolamba moves towards Hanlon, taking the 5-Star Championship from him, and holds it up high for all to see. He then walks over and hands it to the timekeeper before issuing his final instructions to all three competitors. He then waits for acknowledgement from all three wrestlers, who subtly nod their heads, and then he signals for the start of the match.
The three competitors exit their respective corners and glare at one another. Ryan and Redding look at one another while Hanlon motions for both of them to come after him. They happily oblige, though together, and begin wailing away at him with fist after fist. They back him into the corner as Hanlon does everything in his power simply to cover up, but is unable to do so. Redding drags Hanlon away from the ropes, slams his boot into his cover, and Ryan and Redding put him into a front facelock before hoisting him into the air and connecting with a snap suplex.
Hanlon sits up from the pain in his lower back, which gives Redding the opening he needs and slams the toe of his right boot into the small of Hanlon’s back. Hayes grimaces in pain as Ryan then bounces off the ropes and connects with a stiff knee to his back. Hanlon rolls over in pain, but Cecilia yanks him up to his feet and connects with a knife-edge chop across his chest. Redding grabs Hanlon, whips him into the ropes, and as he does so Ryan bounces off the ropes and connects with a flying roundhouse kick across the jaw of Hanlon. Hayes then rolls under the bottom rope, needing space from his two opponents.
Nick Stuart: And NOT the start that Hayes Hanlon was looking for there.
Richard Parker: Not in the least bit as Ryan and Redding have seemingly joined forces here in the opening stages of the match.
Nick Stuart: How long do you think that’s going to last?
Richard Parker: Like… three more seconds?
Ryan motions for Redding to go get Hanlon and Alexander begins to do so only for Ryan to slam her forearm in between his shoulder blades. With Alexander stunned, Cecilia bounces off the ropes and connects with a dropkick to his left knee. Redding crumples to the mat and Ryan wastes no time as she steps through the ropes and sees Hanlon rising to his feet. As Hanlon turns towards Cecilia, the youngster leaps off the ring apron and connects with a flying clothesline that sends both competitors crashing to the mat, Hanlon’s back colliding with the ringside barrier in the process.
Ryan makes her way back up to her feet and onto the ring apron as Redding pulls himself back up to his feet. As he turns towards Ryan, she connects a fist to the jaw and follows that up with a high kick to the jaw. Alexander collapses to the mat as Ryan then slingshots herself over the top rope and connects with a splash into a pinfall, as Timo slides into position to begin his count.
Richard Parker: Impressive showing from Ryan, keeping Redding and Hanlon on the defensive there.
Nick Stuart: Almost got the pinfall on Redding to boot. This is extremely dangerous for Hanlon because he does not need to be pinned to lose.
Richard Parker: Not at all and that would be a disappointing way to lose tonight.
Nick Stuart: No kidding.
Ryan sits up and shakes her head in the process before she begins to pull herself back up to her feet, but is quickly tripped by Hanlon on the outside. Cecilia collides hard with the mat and then Hayes yanks her out of the ring before whipping her into the ringside barrier. Ryan collides hard with the barrier and Hanlon, grabbing at his back in the process, runs at Ryan and connects with a knee to her midsection. Hanlon goes to whip Cecilia into the ring apron, but Ryan reverses it and Hanlon counters by using the momentum to slide into the ring under the bottom rope. He then hops back up to his feet and catches a rising Redding with a slingblade that sends him crashing to the mat.
Hanlon fights back to his feet and catches Ryan on the ring apron with a stiff jab to the jaw before putting her into a front facelock and suplexes her into the ring. Hanlon grabs the ropes and pulls himself back up to his feet, catches a rising Ryan with a forearm across the face, spins her around, and connects with a German suplex that folds the rising star like an accordion. Hanlon gets back up to his feet and narrowly ducks under a clothesline from Redding before spinning around and lifting a rebounding Redding into a spinebuster in the center of the ring. Hanlon then goes for a cover of his own.
Nick Stuart: And Redding has nearly been pinned twice in this match thus far. Not the start he wanted!
Richard Parker: I would say not as Hanlon finally got his offense going there. The explosive 5-Star Champion showing right then and there why he is a force to be reckoned with in PRIME.
Nick Stuart: He needs to keep the offense flowing and his head on a swivel because it could be knocked off in a hurry.
Richard Parker: Exactly and if Hanlon is out of this match, he can kiss his championship goodbye, baby.
Hanlon makes his way back up to his feet and drags Redding up to his feet only for Alexander to connect with a fist to the midsection of Hanlon and follows that up with a gutwrench slam in the center of the ring. He then walks over to a rising Ryan and slams his knee into her face. She stumbles into the nearby corner and Redding connects with a series of jabs to the jaw before yanking her out of the corner and nails her with a beautiful butterfly suplex. He rolls back onto his knees and explodes to his feet as he rushes at a standing but dazed Hanlon and clothesline him over the top rope, Redding going along with him and crashing to the floor with Hanlon.
Redding is back to his feet first, grabs the ring apron and begins stomping away at Hanlon in the process. Alexander then yanks Hanlon off the mat and whips him into the ring post. Hanlon collides hard with the ring post and stumbles backwards, grabbing at his head before Redding connects with a Saito suplex. Redding then hops onto the ring apron and springboards off the top rope before connecting with a flying elbow to Ryan, sending both to the mat. Redding bounces back up to his feet, bounces off the ropes, and catches a rising Hanlon with a Tope Suicida that sends Hanlon careening into the ringside barrier. Redding rushes back into the ring and catches a rising Ryan with a swift kick to the midsection, puts her into a front facelock, hoists her into the air, and connects with a brainbuster before going for the cover as Bolamba slides into position.
Nick Stuart: And Redding almost getting the pinfall there on Cecilia Ryan!
Richard Parker: The action has been furious since the opening moments of this match and while Redding is in the driver seat for now, there’s no guarantee it’ll stay that way.
Nick Stuart: Tonight is not about showmanship, but merely surviving and finding the right opportunity to make your mark and exit here tonight with the 5-Star Championship.
Richard Parker: You have to imagine Lindsay Troy is in the back, watching her niece intently tonight and wondering if tonight will be her night.
Redding sits up, shaking his head, and yells at Bolamba. Bolamba reiterates it was only a two count and Redding begins to make his way back up to his feet, telling Bolamba it was a three count. Bolamba confirms it was a two count and Redding turns away from him right into a spear from Hanlon who follows through and mounts Redding before planting fist after fist in his face. Hanlon bounces back up to his feet and drags Redding with him, whipping into the corner, but Redding connects with an elbow to the jaw as Hanlon rushes towards him. Hanlon stumbles backwards into a clubbing forearm from Ryan. Redding rushes at Hanlon only for Hanlon to duck and Redding runs full speed into a knee to the face from Ryan. Redding stumbles backwards into a German suplex from Hanlon. Hanlon makes his way up to his feet and catches a running Cecilia Ryan at the last second, hoisting her into the air and slamming her onto the prone body of Redding.
Hanlon then bounces off the ropes and connects with an elbow to the sternum of Redding as Ryan rolls out of the way at the last possible second. Ryan grabs Hanlon by the back of the skull and rushes him into the nearby corner where she slams his face into it. She then spins Hanlon around and knees him in the midsection. Ryan whips Hanlon to the opposite corner only for Hanlon to be met with a hotshot from Redding onto the top turnbuckle. Hanlon stumbles around as Ryan rushes at him and he catches her before hoisting him onto his shoulders, spins her around so her feet catch the face of Redding, and slams her to the mat with a Death Valley Driver.
Richard Parker: It’s getting difficult to just keep up with all the back-and-forth action, the counters, the near-misses. These three are laying it all out on the line here tonight.
Nick Stuart: Hanlon doing everything he can to dish out his explosive offense on both Ryan and Redding here, in hopes of retaining his title.
Richard Parker: He certainly has his work cut out for him and he’ll need to continue this pace.
Nick Stuart: That might be easier said than done.
Hanlon makes his way to his feet, turns towards Redding, and is met with a Rolling Heel Kick. Hanlon stumbles into the ropes from the shot as Redding connects with a knife-edge chop on Hayes. Hanlon fires back with a jab to the jaw and Redding follows that up with a knee to the midsection. Alexander goes for a suplex, but Hanlon manages to block it and instead reverses it before crotching Redding on the top rope.
Hanlon turns around and is met with the sight of Ryan running at him, full speed. He takes her momentum and launches her into the air, over his head, and Ryan flies towards Redding, wrapping her legs around him and connecting with a hurricanrana off the top rope! Hanlon then yanks Ryan to her feet, whips her into the ropes, and connects with a staggering powerslam in the center of the ring. He then goes for the cover on Ryan.
Nick Stuart: And another near fall there for Hanlon, who can feel the victory in the grasp of his fingers, but it keeps slipping out before he has a chance to seize it.
Richard Parker: And Cecilia Ryan has received the brunt of the punishment here tonight from Hanlon, and she is looking rough right now.
Nick Stuart: The smallest competitor in the ring, but she doesn’t know the meaning of quitting.
Richard Parker: Well, with her family lineage, can’t say that I’m all that surprised.
Hanlon sits up and shakes his head as he makes his way up to his feet and is met with a flying wheel kick from Redding. Hanlon rolls out of the ring, grabbing his jaw, while Redding sizes up Ryan and begins stomping away at her before yanking her off the mat, hoisting her up onto his shoulders in a fireman’s carry, and connects with a neckbreaker on her as she rolls out of the ring as well, grabbing at her neck. Redding bounces off the ropes and flys through the middle rope, connecting with a Tope Suicida on Hanlon only for Hayes to grab him, hoist him onto his shoulders, and spins him into the nearby ring post headfirst! As Redding falls off his shoulders and onto the mat, Hanlon slides into the ring, bounces off the ropes, and connects with a Tope Suicida of his own onto Ryan who is launched halfway up the ramp as a result.
Hanlon slowly makes his way to his feet, walks back over to Redding, and rolls him into the ring. Hayes takes a moment to gather himself before climbing up the turnbuckle and waits as he sees Redding climbing to his feet. As Redding turns towards him, Hanlon flies off the top rope and goes for a flying cross body only for Redding to duck underneath it. Redding bounces off the ropes and connects with a leg drop across the throat of the 5-Star Champion. Redding fights his way back up to his feet, stumbling in the process, and looks at Ryan before springboarding off the top rope and connects with a diving thigh punch to the challenger.
Richard Parker: And Alexander Redding not wanting to be left out of the festivities here, clearly.
Nick Stuart: Not at all, as you have to worry about the beating that Ryan has been taking here in the last few moments.
Richard Parker: If she wants to win tonight, she is going to have to dig down deep and find some extra strength to pull this victory off.
Nick Stuart: This match is still anyone’s game and with the back and forth we’ve seen thus far, it’s going to be a fight to the end.
Redding grabs Ryan off the steel ramp, drags her down to the ring, and then as he goes to roll her back into the ring, Ryan connects with a stiff elbow to the midsection and then hoists Redding up and drops him chin first across the ring apron. Cecilia hops onto the ring apron and watches as Redding turns towards her and connects with a Meteora onto an unsuspecting Redding. With her on top of him, she begins pelting away at him with angry fists to the face until he pushes her off of him. She gets back to her feet and turns, ducking under a punch from Redding and spinning around with a discus forearm to his face. Ryan turns towards the ring just as Hanlon leaps off the top rope and connects with a flying crossbody on Redding and Ryan.
Hanlon makes his way up to his feet and drags Ryan up with him, sliding her into the ring. He follows after her, whips her into the ropes, and connects with a shattering spinebuster in the middle of the ring. Cecilia rolls over onto her knees, coughing as her body feels like death. Hayes jumps back up to his feet, throwing both arms out to the side, and slowly reaches them towards the ceiling, hands and forearms shaking, absorbing the energy from the arena. Ryan starts to pull herself up to her feet, her body spent, as Hayes pushes her into the ropes and she rebounds back at him into the Pop-up 180 sit-out choke-bomb.
Hayes then goes for the cover and is eager to retain his title. As Timo slides into position.
Nick Stuart: NO WAY!
Richard Parker: ARE WE SURE THAT WASN’T A THREE COUNT?!
Cecilia rips her shoulder off the mat at the last possible second to the dismay of Hanlon and the shock of every fan in the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Timo confirms with Hayes that it was only a two count as Hanlon moves to his knees in pure shock as Ryan lies there on the mat, chest barely moving, but moving just enough to confirm she is not dead. Hanlon makes his way up to his feet, shaking his head, and turns only to be met with a Hammerlock Discus Lariat from Alexander Redding that sends both competitors careening to the outside once again.
Richard Parker: Hanlon in COMPLETE shock after Ryan kicks out of the Epoch!
Nick Stuart: And Alexander Redding took COMPLETE advantage of it there.
Richard Parker: Timo is checking on Ryan in the ring because she does not look good in the least bit right now.
Nick Stuart: I would say not, but Hanlon might be in trouble on the outside of the ring.
Redding makes his way back up to his feet first and drags Hanlon up with him. Hayes manages to shake the cobwebs out though and quickly gets Redding in his grasp. Hanlon locks his hands behind the Willing Villain’s head, bringing Redding’s arms up with him, and falls backwards with a snap dragon suplex!
Right into the ring steps!
Nick Stuart: Redding hit hard there, he might be out!
Richard Parker: I would say that is a fair assessment.
The 5 Star Champ then slides back into the ring and watches as Ryan slowly makes her way to her feet, clearly dazed and out of it. As Cecilia turns towards Hayes, he leaps toward her, twists mid-air, then grabs her around the head and allows gravity to bring the two of them down to the mat.
Nick Stuart: FLASH POINT! Outta nowhere! Hayes covers!
DING DING DING
Vince Howard: Your winner… and STILL 5-STAR CHAMPION… HAYES HANLON!
Nick Stuart: HAYES HANLON HAS PULLED IT OFF!
Richard Parker: I… can’t… even…
Nick Stuart: Somehow, someway, the Event Horizon reached down deep and managed to pull it out when it mattered the most.
Hayes somehow makes it to his feet, looking dizzy and woozy all at the same time, as the timekeeper hands Timo Bolamba the 5-Star Championship. He walks over to Hayes, hands it to him, then raises his hand in victory.
Nick Stuart: And the fans here at the MGM Grand couldn’t be happier.
Richard Parker: Well, isn’t that special.
Hayes holds the title high above his head and yells out in victory.