TEDDY PALMER vs. DUSK
Silence fills the MGM-Grand Arena before “Death Grip” by Watt White fires up as the PRIMEView comes to life and starts playing the entrance video for “The Lost Soul”… Dusk! The man himself emerges from the backstage area and stands at the top of the ramp, soaking in the cheers from the fans.
Vince Howard: This match is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first from Los Angeles, California…weighing in at 225lbs and standing 6’4”, he is DUUUUUSK!
Nick Stuart: Dusk on his way to the ring here with a brand new entrance theme, and the fans seem to be enjoying it!
DUSK DUSK DUSK DUSK!
Richard Parker: Only took him how many weeks to debut this? I bet he didn’t even pick it out himself.
Dusk makes his way down the ramp, high-fiving the fans on his way down, a renewed energy in his eyes as he slides under the bottom rope and bounces off the ropes a few times before he stops in the middle of the ring, a smile on his face. He slams his fists into his legs and abdomen, working to get the blood pumping, and his eyes look as focused as ever, as there is a tiny glimmer of a fire there.
“My Reward” by Hail the Villain plays and the PRIMEView dazzles with bright light and the video for “The Wayward Son” Teddy Palmer.
Nick Stuart: Teddy looks to be ready for a scrap tonight Richard. I hope he is up to the task that the stalwart Dusk presents.
Richard Parker: You know, it isn’t lost on me that this is a matchup between “The Lost Soul” and “The Wayward Son.” Maybe the loser can come up with a new nickname?
Teddy emerges from the back and makes his way down the ramp flanked by Grady Patrick. He stops to slowly walk up the ring steps before checking his brightly colored shorts and wrist tape. As Palmer steps through the ropes, Vince Howard steps forward to make his announcement.
Vince Howard: And his opponent, from Toronto, Ontario, Canada…weighing in at 215lbs and standing 6’1”, he is “The Wayward Son” TEEEEEDDDYYYY PAAAAALMEEEERRR!
Nick Stuart: Here we go!
Teddy steps forward quickly and is met in the center of the ring by Dusk in a classic collar and elbow. The two men are pretty evenly matched in terms of strength with any size Dusk might have as an advantage giving way to youth. Eventually experience wins and Dusk is able to spin into a go-behind followed by a hammerlock. Teddy takes a couple hops before trying a back elbow that Dusk ducks under deftly.
Nick Stuart: Some quick base wrestling by both men in this match. Dusk is showing his ring generalship and out maneuvering the younger man.
Richard Parker: What is he paying Grady for if he is getting outworked by father time?
Dusk turns the momentum of the missed elbow into an atomic drop which sends shocks up Teddy’s spine. He stumbles forward and turns around in time to be met with a forearm smash from Dusk. The older wrestler grabs Teddy and whips him into the ropes. He uses Palmer’s momentum to deliver a knee to the midsection. Dusk grabs Teddy around the head and whips his hand around in a circle over his head.
Nick Stuart: What is that supposed to mean?
Richard Parker: Maybe it is some kind of old guy gang sign? Like he is signaling his motor scooter posse?
Dusk drops Teddy with a filthy DDT hard onto the mat and the younger man sprawls out. Dusk is on him quickly looking for a pin. Elvis Nixon slides into place with practiced grace.
Teddy kicks out and Dusk kneels over him. Slowing the pace a bit, he grabs teddy and begins to lay palm strikes into his downed opponent.
Nick Stuart: Smart move by Dusk not using a closed fist! He can get away with a lot more strikes by using the palm of his hand instead of his knuckles.
Richard Stuart: Yeah but that has gone the way of Pancrase. Nobody uses palm strikes anymore.
Nick Stuart: Tell that to Dusk!
Dusk ramps up the strikes, gaining momentum until he is rhythmically dropping shots followed by another forearm smash. Palmer kicks and covers his face, rolling out of the way of the PRIME veteran.
Grady Patrick swings to the side of the ring closest to the action and admonishes Elvis Nixon for allowing closed fist shots, but Elvis pushes back, informing the rodential man that all the shots were perfectly legal according to the PRIME rule book. Grady slams his hat to the ground and stomps while protesting about the treatment of his wrestler. Nixon seems nonplussed by his behavior, but Dusk yells something that only the manager can hear and waves his hand at him as if to say “stay out of it”.
Nick Stuart: You aren’t going to win by badgering the official!
Richard Parker: No but you can get the time you need to get out of a bad situation!
Teddy uses the distraction and launches a kick into Dusk’s midsection. Dusk stumbles backward and barely has time to see a European uppercut as it connects with his jawline. Ted uses his momentum to swing again and the force spins Dusk and pushes him into the corner. He grabs Dusk around the waist and lifts him quickly into a release German suplex.
Nick Stuart: This was ALL Dusk until Grady got involved!
Richard Parker: I guess that is what he is paying him for!
Teddy goes for a quick pin, but Dusk kicks out before Elvis can even count to one. Frustrated, Teddy tries for another pin, but Dusk kicks out again, this time with gusto and he rolls away from his opponent. He stands up and grabs Teddy in a modified Thai plum and begins to launch knee strikes to his opponents midsection.
Ted drops to a knee and weakly tries to guard his ribs giving Dusk an opening to knee strike his opponent in the jaw. Teddy falls backward, but Dusk doesn’t wait long, running back into the ropes and coming off with speed.
Nick Stuart: Dusk coming with nasty intentions!
Richard Parker: Really? I wouldn’t think he is planning on hugging him.
Dusk hits Teddy with a running knee strike and immediately goes to a pin. Elvis slides into place again…
Teddy kicks out and Dusk sits on his knees, trying to think about how he will put his competitor away. He seems to have a sly smile as he starts to make his way to his feet slowly.
Nick Stuart: Dusk has to be thinking of going to the well on this and breaking out one of his trademark kicks.
Richard Parker: I mean, he is kinda known for those things. It would shock me if he didn’t try for one at some point in this match.
Dusk slowly walks to the opposite corner and begins sizing Teddy Palmer up. The younger man stirs and begins to get to his feet as he stumbles around, Dusk step-hops forward and fires a Super Kick right into the jaw of Teddy. The Wayward Son slowly teeters backward and falls on his back hard. Dusk wastes no time in hooking the leg and going for a pin.
Nick Stuart: Dusk with a picture perfect superkick!
Elvis Nixon slides into position and begins his count.
Teddy kicks out weakly! Dusk pops up and steps to the opposite corner one again. He beckons for Teddy to get to his feet. Outside the ring, Grady fumes and screams for Teddy to stay down. However, Palmer does not hear his manager through his ringing ears and stumbles to his feet once again.
Nick Stuart: The writing is on the wall here, folks.
Richard Parker: I feel like the writing on the bottom of Dusk’s wrestling boot is about to be on Teddy’s face. I hope he wears a recognizable brand!
Dusk launches another monstrous superkick into Teddy’s chin and puts him down hard. Dusk drops for the pin and Elvis counts.
DING DING DING
Vince Howard: Your winner…DUUUUUSK!
Nick Stuart: Teddy Palmer just didn’t have it together tonight and Dusk is able to pick up a win!
Richard Parker: Sometimes it just isn’t your night and you bear the shame of losing to Dusk.
Nick Stuart: I don’t think there is any shame in losing to a PRIME veteran like him.
Richard Parker: Veteran is right!
Dusk makes his way back up the ramp as ReVival rolls on.