ROCKY DE LEON vs. KERRY KUROYAMA
“Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard” by Streetlight Manifesto cuts through the arena.
🎵The mama pajama rolled out of bed
And she ran to the police station
When the papa found out he began to shout
And he started the investigation🎵
Nick Stuart: Rocky De Leon has been grinding and working his way up the ladder in PRIME. He’s definitely grown in his time here.
Richard Parker: Yeah, that’s great and all, but he’s got a huge mountain in front of him. An emerald one!
Rocky marches with a purpose to the edge of the ring. He runs up the ring steps quickly and wipes his feet on the apron before nimbly hopping over the ropes and waving to the crowd. Rocky points a finger to the crowd and bounds up the corner to the top turnbuckle, then gives a mighty bellowing SKREEEE! He pumps his fists in the air and hops down, all business.
Vince Howard: From Laredo, Texas!… Weighing in at 215 pounds… “THE FDP” ROCKY DE LEOOOOOOON!
A tempest rumbles through the darkness.
The sounds of howling wind and pouring rain.
Verdant stormclouds fill the PRIMEview.
A flash of lighting.
A deafening crack of thunder.
And without warning, “Blouses Blue” by Konrad OldMoney and Sleep Steady suddenly THUMPS through the PA.
The stage lights up. Flashing strobes. Smokescreen. Green lasers.
A silhouette appears and marches forth from the haze, stopping at the head of the ramp.
The spotlight hits, revealing Kerry Kuroyama, clad in his emerald and silver robe. Eyes forward. Arms up. Knuckles touching, to form a peak over his head.
Rows of white and green fountain pyros erupt at his flanks.
The lyrics kick in.
Focused and fearless, Kuroyama strides down the ramp.
His gaze never leaves the ring.
Vince Howard: And the opponent, hailing from Seattle, Washington, and weighing in at two-hundred and fifty-four pounds, please welcome… the Emerald Apex, KERRY KUROYAMA!!
Kuroyama arrives at ringside. He climbs the stairs, steps through the ropes, and occupies the center of the ring.
He faces away from the hard camera, waiting for his music to build to its climax.
When it does, he tears off his robe in a single, swift motion and tosses it aside, gifting the camera a good look at the a green storm dragon tattooed across his sculpted back.
Then he twirls around to face the camera
His clenched fist proudly held up.
His defiant eyes are full of conviction.
The storm has arrived.
Nick Stuart: Kerry Kuroyama is under a lot of pressure to perform, but he looks ready.
Richard Parker: Of course he’s ready! Kuroyama is the pinnacle of REAL pro wrestling and he’s gonna make sure this mask wearing jerk learns that!
Kerry rushes forward, trying to engage Rocky with a collar and elbow tie-up. Rocky ducks up and backs up, bouncing off to the side. Kuroyama glares at the masked man, the tiniest hint of disgust flashing across his otherwise stone cold exterior. The Emerald Apex stalks forward again, but De Leon continues to keep his distance. Unfortunately for the FDP, there’s only so much room in the ring. Kuroyama manages to get Rocky backed into the corner. A juke left? Kerry flashes an arm that way. Try to break right? Kuroyama is ready.
Nick Stuart: KK has Rocky backed into the corner. De Leon wants to keep the pace quick, but Kuroyama won’t just give that to him.
Richard Parker: Not to mention, the kid is just about the embodiment of everything Kerry hates about wrestling.
Nick Stuart: I think that’s a bit dramatic, Rich.
Richard Parker: Hey, those aren’t my words! You keep your ear to the ground in the back, you hear things.
Seattle’s BEAST pushes Rocky back into the corner. Referee Ashley Barlow starts her count. Kerry gives her a glance, breaking on two. That doesn’t mean he gives the Sultan of Skree much room to breathe. Kuroyama sends an open palm slap crashing across Rocky’s chest, the sound loud enough to be heard even in the cheap seats.
De Leon slowly sinks down, clutching at his chest. He gets no reprieve, as Kuroyama drags him back up by the mask. A few quick elbow strikes keep Rocky in trouble. In this case, Ashley Barlow proves to be his guardian angel, as she again backs Kerry off. KK looks to move back in, but is met with a desperation kick to the gut while the FDP clutches at the top rope.
Nick Stuart: Rocky’s going to try to fight from underneath! He’s not in an enviable position, though.
Richard Parker: Nope. Kuroyama has him right where he wants him! He’s gonna help Rocky actually fly by the end of the night, I’d say!
Another gut shot, followed by another. Rocky manages to create just the tiniest opening for himself. Showing sneaky strength and amazing agility, De Leon rolls himself up and over, finding himself in a seated position on the top. Recovered, Kuroyama’s eyes are locked on his masked opposition.
Rocky draws into a crouched position. Kuroyama stays in place, practically daring him to dive off. The stand-off is short lived. With a nonchalant shrug, the Tsar of the Top Rope flies off with a cross body!… That Kuroyama easily catches.
Nick Stuart: Oh boy, miscalculation by Rocky. He’s in trouble!
Richard Parker: He played right into KK’s hands! I know Rocky isn’t the smartest, but that was a dumb move. Even by his low standards!
Kerry casually carries the flailing De Leon towards the middle of the ring. After a quick glance towards the crowd, Kuroyama powers Rocky up into a vertical suplex! Though momentarily stunned, De Leon won’t stop fighting. It works in his favor, as he flops to his feet behind the flustered Emerald Apex.
The Master of Moonsaults opts for the dropkick in this situation, staggering Kuroyama forward. Rocky bounces back to his feet quickly, taking off towards the ropes. He flies back off the ropes with another dropkick. Again, Kerry is in trouble, but still on his feet. Rocky plays to the crowd for just a moment. Another dash towards the ropes and the FPD hurls back towards his opponent with a moonsault!… that Kuroyama walks away from with indifference, sending De Leon crashing to the mat!
Nick Stuart: Well that just looked disrespectful!
Richard Parker: Almost as disrespectful as Rocky acting like a masked goof!
Nick Stuart: Oh light up a bit, Richard.
Richard Parker: Wrestling is serious business, Nick! There’s no room for clowns like Rocky here!
Nick Stuart: Do I need to find that shock collar again?
Richard Parker: Please don’t.
Kuroyama moves to the downed Rocky and puts him into a tight rear chinlock. He cranks on it, Rocky screaming in pain. The Pacific Blitzkrieg drags De Leon up but puts him right back down with a perfectly executed gourdbuster.A few knee drops targeted towards Rocky’s head and neck have the FPD in serious trouble. Kerry stays on De Leon, tying him up in an elevated cloverleaf.
Rocky tries to turn towards his back, but Kerry has the hold applied expertly. He attempts to make the ropes, but dragging the heavier Kuroyama that way won’t be an easy task. Rocky gives it an honest effort, the crowd rallying behind him. He makes progress, drawing closer and closer. His progress slows, though. About six inches away from the bottom rope, Rocky collapses.
Richard Parker: He’s out! He’s out! Kuroyama wins!
Nick Stuart: Calm down, Richard! Ashley Barlow still needs to check him!
Indeed, Barlow is crouched down, checking Rocky’s condition. She raises De Leon’s arm, which goes limp. A second try, same result. Barlow solemnly shakes her head, but lifts the Sultan of Skree’s arm one last time…
Rocky’s arm stays up. Placing both arms underneath him, Rocky makes one last lunge forward and just barely gets a few fingers on the bottom rope! Ashley is quick to start the count for the break. Kuroyama disgustedly throws Rocky’s legs down to the mat. The Paragon of Professional Wrestling Excellence darts in to take a leg and drag De Leon towards the middle of the ring.
Rocky doesn’t cooperate, unsurprisingly. He manages to get his free foot underneath him. The FPD is now bouncing up and down on one foot, Kuroyama staring a hole through his foe. Rocky throws his free leg up, catching KK under the chin while flipping himself up and over onto his feet! Rocky takes a page out of Kerry’s book and keeps the pressure on, firing off a hurricanrana that sends Kuroyama crashing onto his back! Kerry slides under the bottom rope and to the outside of the ring.
Nick Stuart: What a series of counters by Rocky De Leon! Say what you want about the way he carries himself, this guy is talented!
Richard Parker: Yeah yeah, whatever! Kuroyama will show him what REAL wrestling is!
Nick Stuart: The guy in a group that quotes Mean Girls?
Richard Parker: Shut up, Nick! What do you know about quality cinema?!
Full of adrenaline, the crowd firmly behind him, De Leon charges towards the ropes, leaping to the top rope gracefully. He flies off at the unprepared Kuroyama, crashing into him with a flipping senton!
FDP! FDP! FDP!
Rocky recovers before KK, though he’s not looking great himself. He pushes the bigger man back into the ring, bolting to the top rope after. The Tsar of the Top Rope rockets off with a Pterricanrana that he holds onto for the pin!
Feeling confident, Rocky lets Kerry slowly recover to a knee. De Leon charges the ropes. He comes flying off towards the still recovering Kuroyama with the Flying Squirrel!
Rocky flops to the mat as KK counters with a desperation Yakuza Kick that catches the FDP in the face! Kuroyama takes a moment to breathe, looking at the downed De Leon. Rocky staggers to his feet after a brief recovery, only to be put back down with the Squall Line Lariat!
Nick Stuart: What a vicious discus lariat by Kuroyama!
Richard Parker: He tried to knock his head off into the third row!
Kuroyama doesn’t go for a cover, opting to rain stomps down onto Rocky’s left leg. De Leon tries to take shelter in the ropes, but KK has had enough of that, dragging him away before Ashley Barlow can call for a break. Kerry sends a few targeted knees right into the FDP’s hamstring, causing howls of pain to escape from under Rocky’s mask.
De Leon does manage to pull himself to his feet, but he’s clearly hobbled. Ever defiant, Rocky tries to send a few low kicks to the leg to back Kuroyama off. They only temporarily stall the Emerald Apex as he draws in close to Rocky.
Nick Stuart: Not a lot of power behind those kicks, Rich.
Richard Parker: Sure isn’t. Look, I’ve given this kid a lot of crap, but I have to give him this; he’s not gonna roll over and just let Kuroyama have his way. Not sure it’s gonna matter in the end, though.
Sure enough, Kerry catches one of the kicks from Rocky. He jerks De Leon forward, locking his arms around his waist and hoisting the Master of Moonsaults up onto his shoulder. Rocky doesn’t sit there long, as he’s planted with a Dominator, the Judgement Bolt Bomb!
Kuroyama rears back and roars in determination. He yanks Rocky up and scoops him up into a fireman’s carry. KK swings him around and plants him with an Emerald Flowsion.
Nick Stuart: Kuroyama Driver II! That has to be it! Cover!
DING DING DING
Nick Stuart: That was a great effort from Rocky. For a moment, he looked like he could pull it off, but Kerry Kuroyama was just too much.
Richard Parker: He did his best, yeah yeah. No shame in losing to one of the best, kid.
Vince Howard: The winner of this match… The Emerald Apex, KERRY KUROYAMA!
We then cut to commercial.