The ReVival of Dusk
We cut from Bobby Dean to the sight of Matt Mills, standing with a microphone in his hand and looking ready and apprehensive all at the same time.
Matt Mills: Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my honor to introduce my next guest. He is a two-time Intense Champion… DUSK!
Dusk walks into the frame, ready for his match against Bobby Dean that is only moments away.
Dusk: Glad to see you again, Matt. Long time.
Matt Mills: Yes it has. I just hope you haven’t upset anyone and they’re going to show up here to shoot you.
Dusk: Oh, I don’t have to worry about that. I’ll just move you in front of me and you’ll take the bullet for me.
Matt stares at Dusk, smile removed, and terror present in his eyes. Dusk stares back at Matt, before he gives him a giant smile.
Dusk: Kidding, Matt. Kidding.
Matt Mills: Well, I sure hope so. You make your return to a PRIME ring for the first time in over a decade. Can you describe how you feel tonight?
Dusk takes in a deep breathe and slowly lets it out.
Dusk: You know, the entire day has been all about this build up. I would be lying if I said I didn’t have nerves or butterflies in my stomach. Even after thirty years of doing this, this moment means the most to me in all honesty. Getting back out there, hearing those fans, and feeling my feet inside of a PRIME ring again is surreal. I never thought I would be doing this again, coming back to PRIME or even wrestling again. I’ve thought about this night for quite a while and I can’t believe that it is here.
Matt Mills: That’s great to hear. Having been away from the ring for as long as you have, are you worried at all about how your body is going to handle being back in that ring again? How your mind is prepared for this match?
Dusk: There’s no amount of training, no amount of work, that I can put in that will truly get me ready for being in that ring. I’ve said it at other press conferences and in interviews I’ve given over the past couple of weeks, getting back into the gym and working out as hard as I’ve done these past few months has been nearly defeating. There’s no question about it. My body hasn’t stopped hurting since the first day and while I feel physically ready, I know I’m nowhere close to the man I was before. So I have to think differently, react differently. I’m not the man who could go all out every single night and just trade blows with someone still here. I’ve got to be methodical and patient, because there are a lot of young stars out in the ring now that are more agile, more cunning, then I ever was. So I have to lean on what I have that I know they don’t have.
Matt Mills: For example, your upcoming opponent, Bobby Dean?
Dusk chuckles as he puts his hands on his hips and slowly nods his head.
Dusk: Bobby Dean is unusually unique in the ring. In an industry where so many people care about their physique, Dean goes the complete opposite way. That can present some challenges that I’m not used to. He’s going to use his body in ways that I haven’t experienced in the ring and that means I have to be ready, each and every step of the way. Dean has over a hundred pounds on me. He’s a technically sound wrestler. If I let up for one second, take my eye off the prize for one moment, Dean is going to be all over me and there won’t be any stopping this man.
Matt Mills: Do you see yourself in the second round at the end of this night?
Dusk: You know, Matt, I’m not thinking that far ahead. That’s where you make mistakes and end up falling flat on your face. All my energy is focused on Dean tonight and if I make it past him, then I’ll be focused on my next opponent.
Matt Mills: You are the thirteen seed. Did that rub you the wrong way?
Dusk laughs again.
Dusk: I just took it as Troy playing a joke on me, that’s all. I can’t do anything about it and that doesn’t change anything to me.
Matt Mills: What does winning the Universal Title mean to you?
Dusk: Everything. It means everything.
Matt Mills: Any final words?
Dusk takes a moment to gather himself.
Dusk: Bobby, bring your best. Because I’m bringing my best and I plan on leaving everything I’ve got out in that ring. This is my home. This is where I became who I am today. Just know, I’m not going down without a fight, and I hope you’re ready for one.
With that, Dusk exits the screen, leaving Matt Mills there.
Matt Mills: Well, Dusk will have his work cut out for him in his next match, but he is prepared and laser-focused. Let’s head to the ring!