We cut to the back hallway of the Smoothie King Center. TOUGH LOVE Darin Zion is on the move. Sporting his brand new TOUGH LOVE PRIME blue shirt and jeans; Zion jets towards a special locker room. His eyes lock onto the sign on the door: The Love Convoy. Zion’s made it towards their locker room. Without a single ounce of hesitation–Darin Zion’s foot kicks the wooden door with force.
TOUGH LOVE marches into the room, eyes darting all around the place like a madman. But Darin cannot find the purpose of his mission. The San Diego native calls out, his voice echoing through the locker room.
Darin Zion: VICKIE?! Where the fuck are you?!
Lurking around every corner of the Love Convoy’s special quarters, Darin searches for any sign of Vickie Hall.
Darin Zion: GOD DAMNIT! Vickie…where the hell are you?
Darin barrels through the next area of the locker room. The veins on his forehead are now throbbing.
Darin Zion: VIIIIIIIIICKIE……I swear….
Before Darin can continue his pursuit, Vickie catches TOUGH LOVE off guard and startles him. The Bae of Jonathan-Christopher wraps her arms around Zion’s body tightly while she shrills out in excitement.
Vickie Hall: OH EM GEEEEEEEEE! ZIOOOOOOOON! I’m so proud of your performance last week, buddy. Congratulations on advancing to the next round of the Alias Title Tournament. Got a surprise for you, boo! I got your match bumped off Revival 24. Figured TOUGH LOVE and one half of the PRIME 4EVA TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD COULD use a break after all his hard work. Between your skyrocketing performances here and….THAT OTHER GOD AWFUL organization…you need a break.
Vickie squeals with delight, but Darin doesn’t reciprocate the love. Zion stands still, clenching his fists. TOUGH LOVE’s breathing is rather heavy–his grunting shows is annoyance with Mrs. Hall. He bites down on his lips, while Vickie continues to fidget with the angered Alias Title Contender. Vickie lightly jabs Zion in the shoulders while she gloats.
Vickie Hall: COOOOOME ON, ZIOOOON! #Zion4FutureAliasChamp! #ZionAlias4EVVVAAA! #Conquest4Gold…..ZION IS DA BESTEST DOOD EVAAAAAAR! Jonathan-Christopher and I owe you big as the LOVE CONVEY is about to take ALL THE GOOOOOLD…
Darin Zion: Vickie….shut the hell up!
The New Orleans crowd explodes in a loud pop as Vickie’s smile fades. TOUGH LOVE inches closer to Vickie Hall–backing her straight into one of the wooden lockers. The frantic Smoothie King center chants “Zion!” They all wonder if tonight’s the night Zion betrays 2B1.
Darin Zion: Seriously, shut the fuck up before you bury yourself even more. Let’s take a quick trip down good ole’ memory lane, shall we, HOOOOOOON?
Zion whips out his Zi-Phone 14 Max and shoves it straight in Vickie’s face. Darin hits play at the end of the segment from Revival 22 after he exited the room.
Vickie Hall’s Voice Last Week: It’s do-or-die for Zion tonight, dear.
The clips flashes back to Jonathan-Christopher empathically nodding before we cut back to an infuriated Zion, about to tear his tag partner’s boo a new asshole. Darin slips his phone back into his pocket. He cracks his knuckles and glares a hole straight into Vickie Hall.
Darin Zion: I don’t know what the fuck is your problem…
Vickie Hall: Well for starters you owe me money for the dancers for our 4EVER….
Darin Zion: QUIET! BITCH!
The appalled look on Vickie’s face sells her disappointment in Zion. But TOUGH LOVE doesn’t read the room. Darin continues to belittle her, edging closer to Vickie’s face.
Darin Zion: Like I said…I don’t know what your fucking problem is…but it ends here tonight. I gave you MY commitment to making The Love Convoy work a few weeks ago. I’ve told you how I felt when we LOOOOOOST the PRIME Tag Team Titles at Colossus. But you can’t seem to let this little misunderstanding go.
Vickie crosses her arms while Darin continues.
Darin Zion: Now, I’ve had 2 other tag team partners in HOW betray me. Both befriended me and became my BFF’s. Both stabbed me in the back. And I don’t take kindly to idle threats made behind my back. ESPECIALLY when it may ALLUDE to the same outcomes I’ve experienced in the past.
Darin Zion looks down to the ground. TOUGH LOVE shakes his head.
Darin Zion: Jonathan-Christopher, Tritan-Crispin, and you are my BFFs. I’ll stand by your side through thick and thin. But you hurt me last week after I left. That really fuckin’ stung. It hit me right here…
Darin Zion slams his fist stiffly against his chest. Vickie stands there, staring off into the distance.
Darin Zion: Look, I don’t like having to play the bad guy and establishing these boundaries. Hell, I don’t enjoy sharing my emotions on these things, Vick…I don’t. I hate every minute of it. But…
Vickie flinches as Darin Zion cocks back his arm and…
TOUGH LOVE wraps his arms tightly around Vickie, giving her the biggest bear hug in the history of PRIME. The crowd boos as Zion squeezes his BFF tightly.
Darin Zion: Let’s bygones be bygones already, buudddddy!!!!! HOOOOOOOOOONK! HOOOOOONK! HOOOOOOONK!
Darin Zion squeezes his hug tighter.
Darin Zion: We gotta strengthen this connection so we can become the FOOOOOOORRREEEEEVVVVVVERRR CHAAAAAAAAAMMMMPIONS ACROOOOOSSSSSS ALLLLL PRIME Wrestling!!!!!
TOUGH LOVE releases the hold, slapping Vickie across the back rather stiff-like.
Darin Zion: Now come on….show me where JC and TC are at so I can help strategize with their matches tonight.
Zion skips off into the distance as Vickie just sneers before walking off camera.