FLAMBERGE vs. TRISTAN-CRISPIN GLADHAPPY
Our scene comes from backstage with Vince Howard in the ring.
Vince Howard: From Strasbourg, France… HE IS! FLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMBEEEEEEEEEEEERGE!
“Dangereux” by IAM is blaring through the sound system. All of the fans in the arena are booing as the French phenom makes them wait. The crowd is a little restless with the lights dimmed. Phone’s are being used as flashlights all over the arena. A laser pointer wizzes by the screen.
Nick Stuart: Wonder what is holding up FLAM…
As if on cue the young Frenchmen steps through the curtain and into the darkened arena. White sparks fly from the Argyle position and the front of the stage as FLAMBERGE stands for a moment taking in the reaction of the Ball Arena.
Richard Parker: NOTHING NICK! FLAMBERGE is an incredible talent that the crowd was patiently waiting for. Look at him! Look at that magnificent Frenchman!
Nick Stuart: I thought you weren’t a big fan?
Richard Parker: WHAT DID YOU SAY NICK!? SORRY! I CAN’T HEAR YOU OVER THIS THUNDEROUS REACTION!
FLAMBERGE begins his walk to the ring, not paying the crowd any mind. He takes his time, taking a long lap around the ring. Finally he arrives at the steps, he walks up them slowly. Wiping his feet on the apron before stepping through the ropes.
Richard Parker: What a gentleman that boy is. Just look at him. I see what Farthington sees in this kid.
Nick Stuart: Of course now you do. After he’s ran roughshod over PRIME since UltraViolence last year and the match with Nate Colton. He’s a maniac.
The lights in the arena fade once again as “Because of You” by 98 degrees begins playing throughout the arena. Once again the crowd begins booing as “The Nuzzle Lord” steps through the curtain.
Vince Howard: And his opponent… hailing from SAAAAAACRAMENTO, CAAAAALIFORNIA! TRRRRRRRRRRISTAN-CRRRRRRISPIN GLAAAAAAAAAAADHAPPY!
Pink pyro rains from the ceiling and onto the entrance ramp as TCG spreads his arms wide, giving a sly smile before walking to the ring.
Nick Stuart: TCG bounced back on ReVival 26 with a big win over Kenny Freeman. After his fast 2-1 start, TCG had lost two in a row to The Anglo Luchador and Rocky De Leon.
Richard Parker: And now he takes on FLAAAAAAAAMBERRRRRRRRGE! The man is a specimen! A windpipe crushing generational athlete. He’s incredible, Nick.
Nick Stuart: But TCG is no slouch either. He’s got a win over our Alias Champion Mort, and a win over Jacob Mephisto. With what Jonathan-Christopher did to Cancer Jiles, anything can happen, Richard.
TCG makes his way up the steps, stepping through the ropes and stretching his arms out wide again, all while asking the crowd to give him a nuzzle.
Richard Parker: I mean I’d still give him a good nuzzling!
Nick Stuart: I’m sure you would.
Jimmy Turnbull finishes checking over TCG and walks to the center of the ring. He gives out some brief instructions to both men as they approach the center of the ring before calling for the bell.
Richard Parker: I’m glad to see Miss Troy decided to keep Jimmy around after Culture Shock.
Nick Stuart: Will you get off that already?
Richard Parker: I’m happy for him!
While Nick and Richard banter, inside the ring FLAMBERGE has started stalking TCG. The two men come to the center of the ring, TCG is not afraid and comes to the center to lock up with FLAMBERGE. TCG grabs a quick arm wrench, sliding his hand back onto FLAMBERGE’s shoulder. FLAMBERGE steps forward, going to a knee as Tristan wrenches the arm even harder.
Nick Stuart: Great armbar by Tristan.
FLAMBERGE attempts to roll forward, but Tristan maintains the arm wrench all the way through the roll, FLAMBO tries to lunge back towards TCG, but Tristan slides behind FLAMBERGE, grabbing him by the neck and dragging him down to the canvas with a neckbreaker. TCG is back up to his feet, and FLAMBERGE follows right along with him, his right hand holding onto his neck.
TCG fires off an elbow strike that connects with FLAMBERGE’s face. The protege of Phil Atken slithers forward with the blow glancing off of his cheek bone. He grabs TCG by the back of the head and rips him across the ring in the muay thai plumb. TCG is pulled back towards FLAMBERGE and manages to step through, dodging the knee FLAMBERGE had aimed for his skull.
Richard Parker: TCG was almost drinking through a straw.
TCG spins around and swings a big short armed clothesline but FLAMBERGE catches the blow with his chest and staggers backwards. Tristan sprints in and FLAMBERGE slithers out of the way going for a judo throw. TCG steps his leg over FLAMBERGE’s, and manages to toss the Frenchman over with a hip toss. TCG drops down with an elbow smash but FLAMBERGE rolls out of the way.
Nick Stuart: Haven’t seen much grappling in this one.
Richard Parker: I don’t think TCG wants anything to do with FLAMBERGE on the ground.
FLAMBERGE and TCG are both back to their feet at the same time, TCG throws a forearm that connects with the side of FLAMBERGE’s neck. FLAMBO stumbles backwards, then comes forward firing off one of his own that smashes TCG in the side of the head. TCG fires off another forearm, then FLAMBERGE, then TCG, then FLAMBERGE, TCG takes a big spin and goes for broke looking for a spinning elbow but FLAMBERGE manages to cut him off with a sharp kick to TCG’s lead leg.
Richard Parker: Smart thinking.
FLAMBO doesn’t let up, this time instead of kicking TCG in the calf, he springs forward throwing a straight kick just above the knee that buckles TCG in place. FLAMBERGE uses the opportunity to shoot in, grabbing TCG for a double leg takedown. TCG tries to sprawl, but FLAMBERGE is too fast, ripping TCG up into the air, and spinning, driving him down to the canvas.
Nick Stuart: Big takedown from FLAMBERGE!
Richard Parker: Now he’s gotta dish out some punishment.
FLAMBERGE maintains his standing, he steps forward, trying to fold TCG in half and throwing a big right hand. Tristan manages to get his head out of the way. FLAMBERGE connects with the mat, and Tristan uses his legs to send the unbalanced Frenchman down to the mat with a trip. Tristan scrambles back to his feet, as FLAMBERGE does the same. FLAMBERGE rushes at TCG, who grabs FLAMBERGE and uses his momentum against him to send him down on top of his knee with a pendulum backbreaker. FLAMBERGE clutches at his spine as TCG lines up and drops a straight elbow drop down across FLAMBERGE’s forehead.
TCG hooks the leg and Jimmy Turnbull slides in for the count.
Nick Stuart: That wasn’t going to be enough.
Richard Parker: No, but that’s smart wrestling. Have to make FLAMBERGE use the energy when you can.
TCG gets to his feet and drags FLAMBERGE up by his hair, he throws an elbow strike to keep him off balance, then hooks him up for a suplex. He snaps backwards trying to lift FLAMBO into the air, but the prodigy of The Glue Factory slides a foot in between Tristan’s legs to stop him. TCG slams his arm across FLAMBO’s back multiple times, and then tries to lift him up again. FLAMBERGE slides his leg in between TCG’s leg again. TCG throws FLAMBERGE’s arm off of him, and drives multiple double ax handles into FLAMBO’s shoulder.
Nick Stuart: TCG has FLAMBERGE down.
TCG grabs FLAMBERGE by the back of the head and drags him to his feet. The Nuzzle Lord locks in a front face lock, and snaps back planting FLAMBERGE into the canvas with a huge DDT. FLAMBERGE hits the mat hard and TCG floats over hooking the leg. Turnbull slides in with the count.
Richard Parker: Thank Hoyt.
FLAMBERGE sticks his arm in the air to break up the count and TCG looks at the ref slapping his hands together, while counting one, two, three. He reaches over to Turnbull holding out his arms looking for a nuzzling embrace. Turnbull warns TCG who shrugs and returns to FLAMBERGE who is still down on the mat. TCG drags FLAMBERGE up to his feet, and tries to whip him into the corner. FLAMBERGE manages to reverse and sends TCG into the corner. FLAMBO comes in fast. Kick to the inner thigh, TCG tries to come forward and FLAMBERGE kicks the same knee as before driving him back. FLAMBERGE lines up and spins with a spinning backfist but TCG manages to duck out of the way just in time. FLAMBERGE’s hand collides with the turnbuckle.
Nick Stuart: Spinning backfist, high risk, high reward.
Richard Parker: If he had connected TCG would have been picking his teeth up from row G.
TCG spins around and shoves FLAMBERGE into the corner, and starts throwing wildly at FLAMBERGE. Windmill rights and lefts rain down on FLAMBERGE’s back. TCG steps back and holds his arms out to the crowd, he turns towards FLAMBERGE, holding his arms out.
Richard Parker: I don’t know how smart of an idea this is…
TCG steps forward, wrapping his arms around FLAMBERGE and begins rubbing his head against FLAMBERGE’s neck in a very invasive and exhibitionist nuzzling experience. FLAMBERGE’s eyes light up. He looks side eyed at Tristin who is just rubbing his face on FLAMBERGE’s neck. He looks further down at the neck, it moves slowly and rhythmically.
Nick Stuart: What in the…
FLAMBERGE explodes, grabbing the back of TCG’s head in a muay-thai plumb. He pulls him off and downwards, spiking TCG’s face off of his knee. Once, twice, and then a third time. Tristin slumps down to his knees as FLAMBERGE snarls. He takes a step back, bouncing off the rope and coming forward with a vicious ax kick.
Richard Parker: THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT!
TCG’s face slams off the mat as FLAMBERGE looks out into the crowd. The Voss Family reunion looks on in horror. FLAMBERGE reaches down and grabs TCG in a front face lock. There is no DDT that follows. FLAMBERGE just looks down and flexes as hard as he can. His arm locked in his forearm. He yanks upwards and flexes. TCG’s legs begin to kick and he taps out frantically. Turnbull calls for the bell.
DING DING DING
Nick Stuart: It doesn’t look like FLAMBO is going to let go…
Richard Parker: HE COLLECTS THE NECKS NICK! HE’S THE GREAT NECK COLLECTOR!
FLAMBERGE squeezes until TCG slumps down. Turnbull tries to pull him off, but fails and finally TCG falls over.
Vince Howard: AND THE WINNER BY SUBMISSION FLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMBEEEEEEERGEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!
FLAMBO snarls at TCG, and leaves the ring as the scene fades.