JULIAN BATHORY vs. JACOB MEPHISTO
“TIIIIIIIIME… IS ON MY SIIIIDE…YES IT IS!”
Nick Stuart: Put on your Halloween masks, folks!
Richard Parker: It’s spooky time!!
Wilson Pickett serenades the arena, and the boos come rolling in. Out walks Jacob Mephisto, The Twins following close behind. He wears a scowl across his scarred face, marching toward the ring with agitated purpose.
Vince Howard: Our next match is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, from Nazareth, Pennsylvania! Accompanied by The Twins, standing six feet, five inches tall and weighing in at 265 pounds…Jacob! Mephistoooooo!!!!!
Nick Stuart: It’s cult against cult to kick off the second half of the night! Jacob Mephisto will square up with Julian Bathory, and something tells me he’ll look to establish dominance as the leading “organization” in PRIME.
Richard Parker: He should look to establish a win.
Nick Stuart: Can’t deny that point, partner. Jacob Mephisto, a looming figure he may be, is still in search of his first victory here in PRIME.
Patience and Decius take position to the side of the ring as Mephisto steps through the ropes, taking place in his corner and glaring up the ramp as the music shifts. “Shadow” by The Enigma TNG rolls through the Garden like a mist, the eerie tones leading Julian Bathory and Violence Jack out onto the ramp.
Vince Howard: And his opponent! From Szeged, Hungary and accompanied by Violence Jack! Standing six feet, two inches tall and weighing 226 pounds…The New World Savior…Julian! Baaathorryyy!!
Nick Stuart: Meanwhile, the Carpathian Devil is starting to set his hooks in. Despite losses in the Almasy Invitational and the Number One Contender’s match at Culture Shock, Bathory is coming off a win against Shawn Warstein at ReVival 6’s main event.
Richard Parker: And as always, ol’ Violence Jack hanging close by.
The Prince of Tears breaks from his mentor, climbing the steps and through the ropes while VJ stares down Patience and Decius. Bathory locks eyes with Mephisto while Head Referee Timo Bolamba gives them a quick check before calling for the bell.
Mephisto is quick to act, charging Bathory and clinching him around the shoulders, driving the smaller opponent into the corner. The knees start flying into Bathory’s abdomen, Mephisto holding the clinch tight while alternating lefts and rights.
Nick Stuart: A chip on Mephisto’s shoulder tonight! Quick to take the fight to Bathory!
Jacob pulls Julian from the corner and pivots, sending him over to center-ring with a big hip toss. The Carpathian Devil’s momentum carries him across and scrambling to his feet, finding himself in the opposite corner, and turning to find Mephisto following and smothering him with a running lariat.
Nick Stuart: Mephisto keeping the pressure on after a BIG lariat in the corner! He’s got Bathory in a headlock, dropping to a knee, flipping him over with a snapmare, then a big knee drop to the chest! Here’s the quick cover…
Richard Parker: The big man is feeling feisty!
Jacob is swift to drag Bathory to his feet by the hair, leaning down to glower in his face. The words “who do you think you are!?” are audible over the crowd noise as he snaps Julian’s head back before delivering a big chop to the chest, pushing the Prince of Tears against the ropes.
Nick Stuart: He’s definitely taking out his frustrations on the smaller Bathory!
Mephisto swings another big chop into Julian’s chest, leaning him further against the ropes. “You’re just a poser!” can be heard and seen from his frothing mouth. He pushes Bathory off the ropes and sends him across the ring, meeting him with a stiff clothesline and sending the New World Savior to his back.
Richard Parker: And apparently there’s a lot of it!
“A false prophet!” jaws Mephisto before falling into a heavy elbow drop. He drags Bathory to his feet once more, draping an arm over his head.
Nick Stuart: Bathory in trouble, Mephisto hoists him overhead! He stalls, he turns…Come and See from Mephisto!!!
Bathory flops to his back after the big vertical brainbuster. Mephisto growls and drops down to a knee, hooking the leg.
Nick Stuart: And Violence Jack sneaking into the picture!
Shanahan steps away after reaching under the ropes and grabbing Mephisto by the boots, pulling him away from the count. He puts his hands up in defense while Jacob seethes, leaving Julian on the mat.
Richard Parker: And now The Twins want to get involved!
Patience and Decius decide to return the favor after VJ’s interference. The two reach under the ropes, dragging Bathory to the apron, clobbering him with forearms across the chest and face. Across the ring, Violence Jack exchanges words with Head Referee Bolamba, keeping him distracted.
Nick Stuart: And to no one’s surprise, this match is devolving thanks to interference!
Richard Parker: Welcome to PRIME in 2022, Nick!
The attack on Bathory, however, does not go without response, as Shanahan sprints to the other side of the ring and bull-rushes Decius with a shoulder, barking at him after the charge. The Twins turn their attention to Violence Jack, who stands his ground like a cornered dog.
Nick Stuart: Shanahan and The Twins getting into it, but Mephisto getting involved!
Jacob has stood tall, leaning over the ropes and hollering at Decius and Patience, pointing back to the ramp and commanding them to get out of the way. The Twins glance between their patron and Shanahan, unsure of how to respond.
Richard Parker: Trouble in paradise in the Mephisto camp!
Nick Stuart: And he’d better watch out!! LOW BLOW FROM BATHORY!
Mephisto doubles over after the Prince of Tears takes the opportunity. Having quite enough, he locks in a cobra clutch and heaves back with all his might, arching his body low to the mat and releasing the larger Mephisto from his grasp, snapping him over violently.
Nick Stuart: And Bathory responding with The Last Resort! Release cobra clutch suplex from The Prince of Tears!
Richard Parker: Shanahan’s eating it up!
The move sends Mephisto from the back of his head to a dazed seated position. Violence Jack smacks the apron with approval, the maneuver named for his favorite bar in Boston. The protege is quick to his feet and back to work, rebounding off the ropes behind Jacob.
Nick Stuart: Bathory with the upper hand, coming off the ropes. He runs, leaping forward…RUNNING NECK SNAP ON MEPHISTO!
Julian somersaults forward as Mephisto goes from his head wrenching forward to snapping back, causing him to clutch his neck with both hands. Bathory keeps the pressure on with a boot to the ribs, then an elbow drop across the chest. The Carpathian Devil brings his opponent to his feet, tensing his body to scoop the larger Mephisto before laying him flat.
Nick Stuart: Scoop slam from Bathory, he’s off the ropes again, and a sliding dropkick catches Mephisto in the face!
Sitting up from the slide, Julian’s stare is focused on Mephisto as he stirs. Standing to his feet, Bathory looks to Violence Jack ringside, who offers him a nod. The New World Savior turns back to Jacob, stalking slowly back and forth as his opponent clambers to a knee.
Richard Parker: It looks like Bathory’s claim himself King of the Cult Castle!
Bathory steps forward as Mephisto pitches his chest upward, just in time to see Julian lift an elbow high, then bring it straight down to the top of his head. Jacob leans back, dazed from the sharp strike. The Prince of Tears wraps an arm around the front of Mephisto’s face, further tilting him over before flashing a look to his mentor.
Nick Stuart: Here it comes! Bathory looking to wrap this one up!
With a twist and a slam, Bathory plants Jacob’s forehead into the mat with a swinging reverse STO, causing the big man to flop onto his back. Bathory glares out at the crowd, then turns that scowl to his downed opponent.
Nick Stuart: CHAOS REIGNS! Bathory with the pin!
DING DING DING
Vince Howard: Your winner! Julian! Bathorrryy!!
The Carpathian Devil rolls nonchalantly out of the ring as “Shadows” returns to the PA system. Jack meets his protege in stride as they ascend the ramp, locking eyes with Decius and Patience as they walk by The Twins then make their way to the ring to tend to their patron.
Nick Stuart: And for the time being, MESSIAH reigns supreme!
Richard Parker: That one’s gonna sting for a while, Nick!
Nick Stuart: Another win for The New World Savior, and another match here at ReVival 8 is on its way! GREAT SCOTT squares up with Shawn Warstein after the break!
Richard Parker: Here on the ACE Network!