Static covers the screen as a Play ► symbol appears in the bottom right-hand corner.
We arrive immediately centre ring to find Zero – the VHS Champion, standing by with a microphone and a scowl.
The crowd boo, bringing the atmosphere to a boiling point here tonight.
“Why am I not surprised to see you fuckin’ assholes come out in numbers for tonight?” He yells at the audience, bringing about more boos. “You blood-thirsty fucks wanna see some wrestlin’?”
The crowd roar.
“Yeah?” He enquires again. “Well, tough fucking shit.”
Lots and lots of boos.
“How many other Champions in the back have defended their titles as much as I have?” He offers, truthfully. “And now I’m the one being forced to outrun these other cunts? I don’t fuckin’ think so. This engine ain’t runnin’ tonight.”
Zero walks to the ropes, shaking his head no.
Suddenly, he stops dead.
Something changes, as if a switch has just been flicked.
The Hacker turns around, his visor clearly corrupted by zero’s and one’s.
It looks like whoever has control over Zero has different plans for him tonight; they’re going to make him fight!
As the marching drums from We Are by Hollywood Undead begins to play Impaler rises from a cloud of smoke head bowed and at the sixteen second mark into the song his head snaps up a sneer at the right corner of his lips.
Impaler marches to the ring his head moving serpent like from right to left intime with his entrance music.
Upon reaching the ring Impaler pulls himself up on to the apron and in a fluid motion he spins himself into ring and shedding his vest ending in a crucifix pose in the centre of the ring – completely ignoring Zero’s presence.
It’s on, folks!
THE IMPALER vs. ZERO ©
The way this special Outrun edition of TerrorVision works is simple;
The VHS Champion starts in defence of his title.
The winner of that match will be the VHS Champion and will then move onto the next defence. There are 12 people for Zero to Outrun, but that number will lessen for the winner who stays on, if he is not successful.
The bell sounds and Zero immediately attacks The Impaler from behind, violently sending him into the ropes with a Double Axe Handle.
He almost leaps on him with vicious right hands, pummelling away. Something has snapped in Zero – whatever this hacker has done to him, is making him attack.
Zero pulls The Impaler out and sends him across the ropes, leaping into a Shoulder Block that takes him down.
Zero pulls The Impaler back to his feet but takes punches to his mid-section for good measure. The right hands back him up, so he sends him across the ring…
Zero ducks underneath and handstands on his bionic arm.
HEAD SCISSOR TAKE DOWN!
Both men are back to their feet relatively quickly, The Impaler being scooped up for a Powerslam, only he drops down the other side!
Kick to the gut!
Legion calls for the end now, silencing a thumb quickly across his throat. He stalks the VHS Champion as he gets back to his feet…
Remember, the winner stays on here folks..
ZERO DROPS DOWN THE OTHER SIDE OF THE POWERBOMB! HE WRIGGLES FREE!
HE SPINS HIM..
KICK TO THE GUT!
PUNK CITY KILLER!
STUNNER! STUNNER! STUNNER!
He leaps into the cover….
Zero retains his VHS Championship and stays on in this winner takes all, last man standing, VHS Championship Outrun match!
TENCHU vs. ZERO ©
The introduction of The Voyage by Typhon begins as a mist fills the darkened stage, lights illuminating a form standing upon it.
It goes dark as the song hits a lull before the base, with a sudden bright red light piercing the darkness just as the bass kicks in. The lights flick fully on, revealing Tenchu online, active, and ready to wreak havoc.
But so is Zero!
The Hacker attacks again from behind, this time slamming his bionic fist into the metal face of Tenchu.
The Metal Shadow though ducks underneath a second attempt, scooping Zero up.
DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!
We nearly had a new VHS Champion right there! Tenchu pulls Zero back to his feet…
He’s going for Odowara Sent!
ZERO BREAKS FREE!
CPU DRIVER! CPU DRIVER!
THAT COULD BE IT!
TENCHU KICKS OUT!
This one has been a hundred miles per hour! Both of them slowly get back to their feet, barely a moment to breathe – not that they need it.
Tenchu leaps into action…
THE HIDDEN BLADE!
ZERO DODGES! HE DODGES!
Tenchu pushes out!
Zero spins around and comes running back, only Tenchu flips him overhead!
The Hacker lands on the ring apron!
By the time Kodokushi turns around to realize he’s still there and not on the floor, Zero is on the top turnbuckle.
LEAPING SUPERMAN PUNCH WITH THE BIONIC ARM FROM THE TOP OF THE FUCKING TURNBUCKLE!
SPARKS LITERALLY FLY FROM TENCHU’S JAW!
ZERO RETAINS! The VHS Championship stays with the BAD MOTHER FUCKER in his second straight defence!
SIR RENAULT vs. ZERO ©
The lights go out. Darkness. The heavy, crunching guitar in “The Punishment Due” begins playing over the speakers.
A lone spotlight shines down atop the stage, revealing Sir Renault in full body armor kneeling, his head down, and his hands clasped over the top of his upright pernach in front of him as the camera pans from left to right.
Renault saunters down the ramp holding his pernach. He climbs the steps and hurdles between the ropes to enter the ring.
Standing in the middle of the ring he slowly reaches for his helmet… and pulls it off to reveal a terrifying red and black mask.
The Hacker doesn’t strike immediately, he instead offers a test of strength.
Renault isn’t daft though and pretends to go for it, nailing him with a knee to the mid-section instead. He pulls Zero into a Side Headlock and wrenches on it.
The VHS Champion wrangles for position, throwing The Last Crusader into the ropes.
Sir Renault ducks it!
He grabs him from behind…
ROLLING GERMAN SUPLEX!
HALF NELSON SUPLEX!
BRIDGING DRAGON SUPLEX!
THE HOLY TRINITY!
KICK OUT BY ZERO!
The Fallen Knight can’t believe it. He gets back to his feet with a mind to end this match fast.
Zero is up, stumbling…
SIT-OUT CRUCIFIX POWERBOMB!
THE LAST CRUSADE!! HE GOT EVERY OUNCE OF THAT!
WE’RE GONNA HAVE A NEW VHS CHAMPION!
WHAT THE FUCK!?
THE WHOLE ARENA HAS BEEN THRUST INTO DARKNESS!
WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON?
The arena immediately falls deathly silent as red and white lights begin flashing across the fans and ring.
You’re trying to replace yourself, you’re trying to replace yourself
You’re trying to replace yourself, you’re trying to replace yourself
You’re trying to replace yourself!” ♫
As the piano strikes, Phineas Moody steps out onto the stage with his arms spread wide, cane in hand. He immediately spins theatrically around whilst walking forward toward the ring.
He does a little skip, throws in a little Cliff Richard kick of his heels and stops at the bottom of the ramp, rolling slowly under the bottom rope.
Sir Renault lunges for him, dropping him across the back with a Double Axe Handle as he enters the ring.
That flattens Moody in a hurry.
The referee surely has to call for the bell, and he’s tempted…
But Zero grabs Renault, pulling him off of Moody!
PUNK… CITY… KILLER!
STUNNER! STUNNER! STUNNER!
The VHS Champion covers….
Moody slides to the outside, cackling insanely as Zero gets back to his feet having retained once again. Sir Renault looks up at Moody, who backs up the entrance ramp – you can only imagine how pissed off he might be under that mask!
NIGEL ROYAL vs. ZERO ©
The English National anthem flares up and out steps Nigel from behind the curtain, union jack flag draped over him like a cape. He signals to the crowd for silence right now, listen and obey the greatest anthem in the world.
They naturally refuse so he makes a b-line for the squared circle, dropping his cape and sliding under the bottom rope.
Zero attacks immediately with stomps, but Royal manages somehow to get back to his feet, grappling behind him…
BELLY TO BACK SUPLEX!
THE ROYAL FLUSH! THAT’LL DO IT!
The VHS Champion slams into the canvas and rolls away in exhaustion. Royal takes his opportunity and heads to the top rope…
KNEE’S UP BY ZERO!
The Bloodline rolls away in agony as Zero gets back to his feet. He grabs by the head and pulls him up..
NO! ROYAL JUST BARELY KICKS OUT!
Zero quickly leaps over him, turning him around whilst he’s led on the canvas. What’s he going for here?
HE’S LOCKED THAT IN WITH THE BIONIC ARM SQUEEZING FOR GOOD MEASURE!
HE CALLS THAT THE BIONIC VICE! THERE’S NO ESCAPE FOR ROYAL…
SURELY, HE HAS TO TAP…
HERE COMES THE IMPALER, KAINE KNIGHTLORD AND SIR RENAULT! THIS IS THE TEAM THAT ROYAL IS TRYING TO PUT TOGETHER!
They attack Zero like fucking dogs, stomping away at him furiously in the middle of the ring.
The referee has seen enough and calls for the bell, but this mugging has only just started!
KAINE KNIGHTLORD vs. ZERO ©
There’s no entrance for Knightlord, as he’s already beating the unholy shit out of Zero in the middle of the ring!
Royal has tried to put this unit together and now they’re saving his blushes.
Zero is pulled back to his feet and tossed straight into The Impaler..
NIGHT CITY BLACKOUT!
RUNNING SINGLE SHOULDER POWERBOMB!
The Hacker slams into the mat with a fierce boom, but they’re not finished. Sir Renault pulls him back to his feet…
THE LAST CRUSADE!
JESUS FUCKING CHRIST!
SIT-OUT CRUCIFIX POWERBOMB!
THAT’S TWO POWERBOMBS IN A ROW… POOR ZERO IS FUCKING DONE FOR!
It’s now the turn of Nigel Royal, who organizes all four in attack…
QUADRUPLE POWERBOMB IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FUCKING RING!
OH MY GOD!
ZERO IS DAMN NEAR BROKEN IN FUCKING HALF!
Kaine Knightlord steps away…
The other three pull Zero back to his feet and stumble him straight into…
IF KNIGHTLORD COVERS, WE HAVE A NEW VHS CHAMPION! HE DOES… HE DOES…
KNIGHTLORD IS PULLED FROM THE FUCKING RING! IT’S CHUNKY MOSES! CHUNK MOSES IS FUCKING SLAMMING HIM WITH RIGHT HANDS!
MILES… ULTIMO… DEWEY…
THE FOREVER FRIENDS ARE ZOMBIFIED ASS KICKERS! THEY’RE BRAWLING WITH ROYAL, IMPALER, KNIGHTLORD AND RENAULT!
All eight brawl across the arena, leaving the referee no choice but to count as Zero pulls himself back to his feet…
IT’S OVER! KNIGHTLORD IS PUNCHED STRAIGHT THROUGH THE TUNNEL AND THAT’S THE LAST WEEK SEE OF THE FOREVER FRIENDS AND THEIR BRAWLING FOES!
ZERO SOMEHOW RETAINS BY COUNTOUT!
MORDECAI vs. ZERO ©
“Tonight, Tonight” blares through the speakers as the arena loses any light it had. A few spotlights remain on though, dancing throughout the venue in tune with the drums.
As the drumroll plays, all of the spotlights make their way toward the center of the entrance ramp. Just as they all connect, lightning strikes exactly where they point, allowing Mordecai to appear at the spot. The lights come back on not too long after that.
Before the first verse begins, the Gatekeeper of Dreams makes a slow walk to the ring. His eyes are hard focused on the ring, never breaking contact with it for a second. As he gets close enough to the apron, he grabs the second rope and pulls himself onto the mat. He then pushes down on the top rope and steps over it.
Once inside, he stalks the recovering Zero.
This is NOT good news for Zero.
He’s been destroyed.
Mordecai honourably waits for The VHS Champion to stumble back to his feet before scooping him up.
NO HANDED SPINNING BACKBREAKER RACK!
He drops him, watching as he stumbles…
KICK TO THE GUT…
ZERO ELBOWS OUT OF THE FALSE AWAKENING ATTEMPT!
He stumbles Mordecai with his shots, sending him off into the ropes with a quick Irish Whip, only The Gatekeeper comes flying back with a thunderous Clothesline.
ZERO IS RESLIENT, YOU HAVE TO GIVE HIM THAT!
Mordecai pulls him back to his feet….
What the fuck?
The lights flicker…
IT’S SANDY ROGERS!
OH MY GOD!
SANDY ROGERS NOW STANDS OPPOSITE MORDECAI IN THE RING!
He releases Zero and demands that Rogers come forward, but the Zombified Rogers – the man he killed, just stands there.
THE GATEKEEPER RUNS AT HIM!
CHEST FIRST INTO THE TURNBUCKLE!
ROGERS WASN’T REALLY THERE! EVEN AS A FUCKING ZOMBIE THIS GUY HAS CRAZY POWERS.
Mordecai stumbles from the turnbuckle, holding his chest..
Zero grabs him from behind.
SNAP GERMAN SUPLEX ACROSS THE BACK OF HIS NECK!
The Gatekeeper immediately rolls over onto his knees with the ferocity.
Zero is up, charging into the ropes.
SEATED BLOCKBUSTER THAT BENDS MORDECAI BACKWARDS BRUTALLY!
HE CALLS THAT THE BIONBUSTER!
Zero retains! Zero is STILL your VHS Champion! He has now defeated SIX of the TWELVE competitors in this match, not only putting him at the half way point, but beating the record set by Edward Newton!
Eighteen title defences puts him one ahead of the GREATEST OSW CHAMPIONSHIP REIGN OF ALL TIME!
That’s right, Zero has defended this VHS Championship a whopping 18 times in just under ten months!
Or is he?
SANCTUS BELLATOR vs. ZERO ©
The Mariachi music plays; an homage to the legacy of one Lux Bellator. Lights flicker around the Slaughterhouse in time with the bright music.
“Frozen like thieves in the night
Everything’s sacred gets lost in the night”
Sanctus, the Holy One, appears as a silhouette. The bright light behind him casts a shadow over his body, giving the effect of an aura of light around him. He makes ‘Yahweh’s Sign’, the Catholic Cross across his chest.
“Save our souls
These are dangerous and desperate times”
His arms extend into a crucifix position and he falls to his knees in prayer. When he rises, he charges at the ring, leaping up onto the apron and front flipping into the squared circle.
JESUS FUCKING CHRIST!
ZERO NEARLY TOOK HIS GOD DAMN HEAD OFF!
Bellator flips into the ring and catches a brutal Clothesline upon landing, sending him flying back over the top rope to the outside.
The Hacker backs up, running into the ropes…
STRAIGHT INTO THE STANDING BELLATOR!
Zero gets back to his feet and pulls Sanctus up, running him straight into the Steel Ring steps! He’s a man possessed. How Zero is still going in this match is beyond anyone inside this arena.
He’s given it his all.
The VHS Champion pulls Sanctus to his feet and rolls him back into the ring.
Only he stops, clawing at his own head.
Something isn’t right.
This pause is all the opportunity Bellator needs to recover!
Zero rolls back under the bottom rope to BASEBALL SLIDE THAT SENDS HIM STRAIGHT BACK TO THE OUTSIDE!
The Chosen One heads to the top rope. What’s he looking for here?
Zero is on all fours outside the ring.
TERRA TREMUIT FROM INSIDE THE RING TO THE FUCKING OUTSIDE!
HE GOT IT ALL!
BOTH MEN ARE DOWN AND THE REFEREE IS LETTING THIS ONE GO!
Bellator gets back to his feet and rolls Zero back into the ring, accompanying him immediately. He should cover, but he’s chosen not to.
This could be a huge mistake!
IMPERTIO! SPANISH FLY FROM STANDING!!
ZERO ELBOWS OUT!
PUNK CITY KILLER OUT OF NO-WHERE!
The VHS Champion scrambles into the cover….
ZERO RETAINS! ZERO RETAINS!
CXDY vs. ZERO ©
The house lights slowly dim, synced to the sound of a THX surround sound test causing the jam packed audience to erupt. The sounds of “Head Like A Hole” by Nine Inch Nails blares on the arena’s sound system as gold lasers wander around the arena. A strobe light flickers at the top of the entrance way while the entrance begins to fog up.
As smoke fills the entrance ramp, Zero demands that CXDY come and face him. He’s fired up.
CXDY FROM BEHIND WITH A RUNNING BULLDOG!
He quickly pulls the Champion back to his feet and whips him off into the ropes…
BIG IN JAPAN!
HIGH IMPACT LARIAT!
ZERO KICKS OUT!
CXDY looks to go to the top rope and does so… steadying himself.
DOUBLE FOOT ST-NOOOOOOOOOO!
ZERO MOVES! ZERO MOVES!
The Reflection wisely rolls through, getting straight back to his feet to meet Zero.
SLAPS, CHOPS, ROUDHOUSE…
MASSIVE SINGLE LEG DROPKICK!
ZERO KICKS OUT AGAIN!
Slamming his fists down on the canvas, Cody has had enough. It’s time to finish this and bring home a Singles Championship. He gets back to his feet…
But wait a second.
Stood on the entrance ramp is…. it’s… oh my God…
IT’S TYLER BROOKS!
THE ZOMBIFIED TYLER BROOKS IS HERE AND HE’S SNARLING!
As Brooks begins his walk to the ring, CXDY looks utterly panicked. He backs away…
THAT BASTARD ZERO STOLE! HE FUCKING STOLE IT!
CXDY slides to the outside and runs through the crowd to escape his former best friend who backs away, knowing that he’s got his enemy running scared.
DARKLORD vs. ZERO ©
The lights in the Slaughterhouse dim as the opening chords of Statue of a King play over the arena. The crowd looks to the empty entrance before smoke rolls out and a platform rises from the ground revealing Darklord himself, Void Breaker in hand.
The ruler of Carthus cracks his neck and walks down to the ring, ignoring the crowd as gets to ring side before, in a show of strength, he grabs the ropes, using them to leap onto the ring apron before effortlessly stepping over the top rope.
Zero defeated CXDY by the skin of his teeth, but this is going to take something a lot more.
As Darklord steps over the top rope, Zero runs and dives at him, toppling them both to the outside. They both manage to land on their feet, with Darklord reaching out.
Zero chops down across the Goozle with his Bionic arm, breaking the grasp.
KICK! KICK! KICK!
Multiple kicks to the mid-section finally double Darklord over. DDT! NO! DARKLORD BLOCKS IT, PUSHING ZERO FULL FORCE INTO THE RING POST!
The VHS Champion bounces off face first and slams into the barricade.
DARKLORD RUNS AT HIM!
STRAIGHT THROUGH THE FUCKING BARRICADE AND INTO THE FANS! DARKLORD HAS FUCKING NAILED HIM!
The crowd go wild as Darklord gets back to his feet and pulls Zero up, lifting him into a Gorilla Press and effortlessly tossing him over the top rope and back into the ring.
He follows carefully, watching as the Champ stumbles back to his feet, giving it all he’s got.
CHOKESLAM TO FUCKING HELL!
ZERO FUCKING KICKED OUT… HE JUST… ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME!? CAN YOU NOT KEEP THIS GUY DOWN!?
That just spurs Darklord on, who pulls him back to his feet…
ZERO FLIPS OVER AND DROPS DOWN BEHIND!
Both are groggy… both are tired… and both are getting back to their feet.
Darklord has dominated this match. Zero is hanging on for dear life.
They both stumble back to the centre…
BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH!
OUT OF NO-WHERE!
BIONIC ARM CHOKE INTO A SIT-OUT POWERBOMB!
KILL… IT… WITH… FIRE!
It was desperation once again, but he needed it. If it wasn’t for the KIWF, you just know Darklord would’ve finished this off.
Zero retains the VHS Championship, but we’re building to a crescendo, folks. Can he defeat the three remaining competitors? As it stands, he’s on his last legs!
JESSIE WILLIAMS vs. ZERO ©
Carry On hits the arena as the crowd begin to go wild for the classic OSW theme song. The Prince slowly opens the entrance doors and walks out onto the ramp, closing his eyes as he soaks in the cheers for a single moment, a slight smile and content washing over his face before he breaths deep, focus in his eyes as he rushes forward.
Jessie sprints up the ramp, releasing his boomstick just as he leaves the steel, gripping onto the top rope a good ten feet away and reeling in as he slingshots forward, flipping into the ring, and landing on his feet.
JESSIE SAW THAT ONE COMING FROM EARLIER AND DUCKS UNDERNEATH!
BOOMSTICK! BOOYAH! BOOYAH!
ZERO DUCKS UNDERNEATH!
TORPEDO DROPKICK TO THE SKULL!
ANOTHER KICK OUT! ZERO MANAGES TO SURVIVE ONCE AGAIN!
How is he doing this? How has he fought 9 other people and won, and remains in the fight against the 10th?
Jessie heads to the top rope…
CALL OF THE CHOSEN!
KNEES UP! ZERO WITH THE KNEES UP! JESUS CHRIST! JESSIE WILLIAMS BACK MAY BE FUCKING BROKEN!
Zero was playing a bit of possum there and gets back to his feet, pulling Williams with him. He scoops him up and down with a thunderous Powerslam, before dropping into the cover…
That’s not gonna do it. He pulls Jessie up…
NO! JESSIE FLIPS OUT!
HE GOT IT!
HE DROPS INTO THE COVER…
KICK OUT BY ZERO!
The VHS Champion is refusing to be put down here tonight; he’s refusing point blank! Jessie gets back to his feet, realizing that he has to end this now.
Zero slowly gets back up…
POWERED UP VERSION OF THE BOOMSTICK!
ZERO DUCKS UNDERNEATH…
JESSIE PUSHES HIM AWAY!
SUPERMAN PUNCH! SUPERMAN PUNCH! SUPERMAN PUNCH!
A BIONIC BOOYAH!!!
ZERO JUST NAILED JESSIE WITH HIS OWN FINISH, USING HIS BIONIC ARM!
It’s over! Zero picks up the win and retains his VHS Championship once again!
There’s two competitors left!
CAEL GABLE vs. ZERO ©
As the music starts to play, fog fills the arena and Cael Gable is slowly lifted via ramp through the stage. When the music picks up, Cael raises his arms and makes his way down the ramp as red, white, and blue lighting catch his every move.
This one is going to be a battle.
Zero is stood in his corner, looking oddly calm, collected, and energized. He’s fought ten people so far tonight and won, but this is the penultimate fight.
If he can just beat Gable, he’ll stand a chance of surviving Outrun and outrunning all his opponents.
They both lock up, Gable taking him down to one knee with a Headlock. He wrenches on it, finally being thrown into the ropes. He comes back, ducking a Clothesline by Zero and hitting the other side…
LEAPING SHOULDER BLOCK!
Down goes The VHS Champion!
Zero quickly rolls across the canvas as Cael continues, hopping over him. He pops up fast, propelling The Olympian into the air as he comes back.
EUROPEAN UPPERCUT WITH THE BIONIC ARM!
Gable’s jaw damn near shatters across the steel, only he flies backwards and through the ropes with the impact.
Zero crawls forward, angered that he’s missed his pinfall opportunity.
He rolls to the outside and grabs Gable, tossing him back into he ring and following.
GABLE KICKS OUT! CAEL GABLE KICKS OUT!
The VHS Champion can’t believe it. He thought he’d gotten it right there. He’s quickly back to his feet, demanding that Cael join him.
Slowly but surely, he’s back up..
Cael grabs him violently!
ZERO LOOKS LIKE HE’S JUST BEEN PUT THROUGH A FUCKING SPIN WASH! HE’S BACK UP ON INSTINCT, STUMBLING AROUND LIKE A FUCKING LOON!
Gable is up…
VERTICAL STALLING SUPLEX!
INTO THE CUTTER!
WE HAVE A NEW VHS CHAMPION!
HE GOES TO COVER BUT ZERO ROLLS OUT OF THE RING! HE ROLLS AWAY!
THIS IS UNREAL!
Gable can’t believe it. He slams his hands down on the canvas in frustration. He was so close.
He gets back to his feet.
What the fuck?
Static fills our screen as the lights go off.
We’re thrust into pitch black.
The sound of water slapping against the canvas can be heard. What the fuck is going on?
The lights come back on, and two are stood before us.
The Undead members of Pirate Gold’s crew….
The Pirate Crew storm towards Gable, attacking him with right and left hands – beating him into the corner. They slam him with hard shots, one stepping backwards as the other tosses Gable into a massive Clothesline.
BUT HERE COMES ISRAEL GRIMWOLF!
THE CAPTAIN IS COMIN’!
Grimwolf slides into the ring with a Steel Chair, slamming it into the Undead with brutal accuracy.
He turns around to help Gable up, tossing the chair to him.
ZERO IS BACK IN THE RING!
HE RUNS AT GRIMWOLF WITH A LEAPING SUPERMAN PUNCH!
SUPERMAN PUNCH INTO THE CHAIR AND FACE OF GABLE!
JESUS FUCKING CHRIST!
Zero turns to see Grimwolf being dragged out of the ring by the Undead. He drops into the cover…
ISRAEL GRIMWOLF vs. ZERO ©
This is supposed to be it.
The final match of Outrun. Zero has somehow managed to survive a whopping eleven opponents in defence of his VHS Championship.
We’ve had the Undead, we’ve had alliances formed and so much more. With Luke Storm and Pyre otherwise preoccupied with their Deademies, Zero has had to go this alone.
The VHS Champion looks for Grimwolf, watching as The Undead maul him outside the ring. He isn’t even thinking about getting involved, instead watching on from inside.
Suddenly, Gable comes storming into action with a Steel Chair. He attacks both Pirate crew, knocking them down to the floor.
We’re thrust into darkness yet again, and when the lights return, The Undead Crew are gone.
Cael helps Grimwolf back to his feet and tells him what’s ahead. He must get into the ring and fight Zero.
Israel nods and slides into the ring, straight into Zero who backs him immediately into the corner.
He drags him out into a Snapmare and slams a boot into his back for good measure. He backs up…
REVERSE BLOCKBUSTER, FOLDING THE CAPTAIN OVER!
Zero gets back to his feet and pulls Israel up too, looking for a Suplex…
Only Grimwolf wriggles out, landing on the ring apron. He leans over with a big right hand, stumbling Zero backwards.
He climbs the turnbuckle…
HE LEAPS OFF WITH AN AXE HANDLE!
ZERO CATCHES HIM!
BIONIC CHOKESLAM STRAIGHT TO FUCKING HELL!!
Gable can’t believe it on the outside. He leaps onto the ring apron, distracting the referee. Zero tries to push his way over…
He wants some of the Olympian.
GRIMWOLF HAS HIM BY THE TIGHTS…
ZERO KICKS OUT! THE HACKER KICKS THE FUCK OUT!
Pirate Gold can’t believe it. Zero is all alone out here. Grimwolf lunges forward as The VHS Champion gets back to his feet…
THAT DROPS HIM!
STOMP! STOMP! STOMP!
STOMP! STOMP! STOMP!
HE BACKS UP… ZERO SOMEHOW GETS TO ALL FOURS…
PIECES OF EIGHT!
ZERO ROLLS AWAY!
The Hacker barely escapes. He quickly handstands as Israel rushes towards him…
HANDSTAND HEADSCISSOR TAKE DOWN!
Zero scrambles into the cover…
SO CLOSE! SO SO CLOSE!
Both men are slowly back to their feet, utterly exhausted. Zero has been through absolute hell here tonight and The Captain took one hell of a beatdown from his once crew.
Zero with a right hand.
Grimwolf with a left.
Zero with a right.
DEAD MAN’S CHEST!
HEARTPUNCH! HEARTPUNCH TO ZERO! THAT HAS TO BE IT! ZERO JUST CRUMPLED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FUCKING RING! JESUS CHRIST!
GRIMWOLF NEEDS TO COVER! HE HAS TO COVER!
He pulls Zero back to his feet and kicks him in the gut…
BUCKLEBOMB! BUCKLEBOMB TO THE VHS CHAMPION!
HE BACKS UP…
ZERO FUCKING MOVES!
THE KILL IT WITH FIRE MISSES! IT FUCKING MISSES!
ZERO SCOOPS HIM STRAIGHT UP…
BURNING FUCKING HAMMER!!!!
HE GOT IT ALL!
IT’S OVER! IT’S OVER! ZERO HAS SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDED HIS VHS CHAMPIONSHIP AGAINST TWELVE… COUNT THEM… TWELEVE! OPPONENTS!
The referee hands him his Championship, the zero’s and one’s corrupting his visor having vanished almost immediately.
“What the fuck?” He asks. “What the fuck is goin’ on?”
THE HACKER & THE BOSS
In a darkened room filled with monitors, our hacker sits slamming keys as quickly as they can, being watched by the careful eye of whoever’s in charge.
“It worked,” the person in charge remarks with happiness. “The weapon works.”
“Works?” The Hacker argues back. “Are you fucking serious? He fought me every step of the way. He even gained back control. As that fight progressed, we battled between him having control and us. He only fought because he had to; this was not a success.”
“You may think that, but what you know about success and failure in this regard, I could write on the back of a post-it note,” comes the reply.
There’s an eerie pause; an almost deafening silence.
“He won the match, didn’t he!” The boss states, more so than questions. “All we need to do is stop him from regaining access. He’s a weapon and we must be able to activate and deactivate him at will.”
“I’ll work on a stronger version of our Firewall,” The Hacker promises. “Tonight was an Alpha Test. I’ll have the weapon ready in time for Beta.”
A gloved hand soon rests across the Hackers shoulders.
“You had better,” he ominously growls. “Tonight, despite your efforts, was a glaring success. You’ll know when you’ve failed.”
“How so?” Is the enquiry in return.
“Because I’ll kill you.”