We cut to the backstage area where the always professional Matt Mills is standing by.
Matt Mills: Matt Mills here and I have Adam Ellis with me along with his wife Ginny Van Lear.
Ellis and Ginny Van Lear step into the shot.
Matt Mills: Adam, congratulations on the win.
Adam Ellis: Thank you Matt.
Matt Mills: I know going into tonight that after two bad losses you really, really wanted to get the win tonight over Tony Gamble to kickstart your PRIME career.
Adam Ellis: Yes I did. After what happened against Jonathan-Christopher Hall, I went back to the gym and worked with Charlie Blackwell. I screwed up in that match. I made a classic rookie mistake. And Charlie made it clear that it was a rookie mistake he didn’t want me to EVER make again.
Matt Mills: I see.
Adam Ellis: Basically, If I’m going to make progress here at PRIME and become an elite wrestler, I can’t be making those types of mistakes.
Ginny leans in to add her two cents.
Ginny Van Lear: He also knows I ain’t gonna be showin’ off my kit and kaboodle at the gym ev’ry time he loses.
Matt gives Adam a bewildered look.
Adam Ellis: Uh, because I got distracted in the Hall match by Ginny beating the heck out of Darin Zion at ringside and lost, Charlie made Ginny come to the gym with me one day and stay at ringside wearing a string bikini while I wrestled- to try to work on my focus.
Ginny Van Lear: Wearin’ sump’m not proper for a God fearin’ daughter of a Baptist preacher to’be wearin.
Adam Ellis: That’s why Charlie worked my ass off to drill into my head that I had to stay focused on my opponent.
Matt Mills: Did it work?
Ginny’s face turns a little red with embarrassment.
Ginny Van Lear: No. Not really.
Adam Ellis: I got better, though.
Ginny Van Lear: He c’dn’t keep his eyes off me.
Mills tries to redirect the conversation back on topic.
Matt Mills: So Adam, now that you’ve got a win under your belt, what is your goals and expectations for the rest of 2023?
Adam Ellis: Matt, I just want to keep learning and I want to keep getting better. I realize that there ain’t no shortcut on the road to success and I have to keep working and working at it.
Matt Mills: No more distractions.
Adam Ellis: That’s right. Focus and no more distractions.
Speaking of distractions, Ginny’s head jerks up as if she’s suddenly seen something floating in the air above them.
Ginny Van Lear: What th’…
The shot from the Pedersoli Magnum Double Barrel 12 Gauge shotgun that Ginny has literally pulled out of nowhere and in one swift quick motion fired causes Mills to literally levitate off the ground and Adam to cover his ears.
Matt Mills: WHAT THE HELL?
Upon further inspection, the remnants of what appears to be a floating advertisement for a sponsor has just crashed to the floor after being shot out of the sky.
Ginny Van Lear: Oh…
Her face turns red again.
Ginny Van Lear: …thought t’was one of those Chinese Spying balloons.
Cue a very awkward smile.
Ginny Van Lear: Um… sorry.
Adam Ellis: Sorry ‘bout that Mr. Mills.
And with that last parting shot…, Ellis grabs Ginny by the hand and quickly moves along leaving a bewildered- but remaining his usual professional self- Matt Mills behind.
Mills looks up and down, near and far, and asks the obvious question…
Matt Mills: Where did that shotgun come from?