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Hart's challenge goes unanswered

Bret Hart recently spoke with Sports Illustrated regarding his rumored bout with Antonio Cesaro at Combat Entertainment's Divide and Conquer.  According to Hart, the Hitman has worked with Combat Entertainment on making the match official.  However, one stipulation Hart wants added to the match is that it be an Ironman match.

"I give Antonio Cesaro a lot of credit," Hart said.  "He's one of the best athletes in professional wrestling.  His strength is phenomenal.  He's a real challenge and he made it clear that he wants to face me and, to be honest, I want to face him."

"I didn't come to Combat Entertainment to fight guys that I already fought.  I came here to test myself against competition that I never even got close to facing.  Cesaro is impressive and he's the new wave of athlete.  I want to see how he fares against me."

When asked why the match has yet to be announced, Hart revealed that Cesaro's side has yet to speak up.

"I signed on the dotted line, he hasn't.  And I have a feeling that it's because of the little weasel he decided to hire as his manager," Hart said with a smirk.  "Heenan's always been a pain in the ass throughout my career, and he hasn't stopped here.  He came out and threw down the challenge, and I gladly accepted.  But, they haven't signed it."

When asked why Hart believes the dotted line has yet to be signed by Cesaro.

"Well, I can only assume it's because they want to drop the Ironman stipulation.  Why do I assume that?  Well, I've had about 5 different phone calls with Combat Entertainment, asking me if I'd be willing to drop that stipulation."

When asked if he would, Bret emphatically said, "No way in hell.  If Cesaro wants to throw a challenge down like he did, I want to see if he can really go the distance."

When asked if Hart had anything left to say, Hart talked to the camera towards Cesaro.

"Cesaro, I want you to think about something.  Ten years from now, twenty years from now - do you want to be remembered?  A match between us will be something to remember, no doubt.  But, if you want to be a story that father's tell their children about - that the records show was the greatest showdown of all time - then an Ironman match between you and I is the way to go.  I mean...unless you're scared.  In that case - you've already lost any match with me."

Bobby Heenan, on behalf of his client Cesaro, was reported to have "no comment on the matter".  Heenan added, "A premiere athlete like Cesaro doesn't speak with a hacky publication like Sports Illustrated.  Get me a real company and maybe we'll talk."



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Cesaro and Heenan speak out on Hart/Cesaro controversy

CombatEntertainment.com has recently released a sit-down interview with Bobby Heenan and Antonio Cesaro via their YouTube channel.  HBO Sports host Jon Frankel held the special interview, which was by-request from Bobby 'the Brain' Heenan.  Below is the transcript of that interview.

Jon Frankel: Hello, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to a special exclusive interview presented by Combat Entertainment.  I am your host Jon Frankel and I am seated here with the infamous Bobby 'the Brain' Heenan and his latest client, the Swiss Superman Antonio Cesaro.  Now, Mr. Heenan, it is my understanding that you requested this interview.  My first question is - why request this time?

Bobby Heenan: Well, first off, Frank, let me just say that your introductions need some work.  When you are speaking about the great Antonio Cesaro, you need to spend more time on just how amazing this man is.  You are not just talking about a Swiss Superman, you are talking about a multi-lingual professional, an amazing athlete, a multi-time champion all around the world.  This man bench presses 100 times the amount of weight that you carry around that midsection of yours.  He's not a man, he's a god amongst men.  He's the superior specimen of sports.  He is Antonio Cesaro.  And to you, he is Mr. Cesaro.  Understand?

Frankel: I understand.

Heenan: Good, you're not as dumb as you look.  (Pauses)  That doesn't mean you're smart, you're just not AS dumb.  Now, you questioned my reasoning for this interview, correct?

Frankel: (Clearing throat) that's right.

Heenan: Well, it's quite simple really - to refute the claims made by a certain washed-up, over-rated, has-been in Bret Hart.  My client and I have had our name drug through the mud by this man, and I wanted the time to clear up a few misconceptions drawn by Canada's own Bret Hart.

Frankel: With due respect, Bret Hart's interview on Sports Illustrated actually called Cesaro a great athlete amongst other things....

Heenan: Well, of course he did.  If he didn't, then the world would REALLY know how many brain cells you lose when your born of Stu Hart's DNA.  I'm not here to refute those claims.  I'm hear to refute the claims that my client Cesaro is afraid to sign the match with Bret Hart.  That is absurd and ludicrous.  And, quite frankly, could be grounds for a lawsuit.  You are defamating the great name of Antonio Cesaro - which should be punishable by death.

Frankel: Well, Mr. Heenan, according to my sources - the match between Bret Hart and Antonio Cesaro has not been made official as of yet.  If not for Bret Hart's claims that Antonio Cesaro is afraid to face him in an Ironman - then what is the reason for the delay?

Heenan: (Pauses) Look, we are in very private negotiations, alright?  Do you know what that means?  Of course you don't, you're a hack, not a professional like I am.  Let me break this down to you humanoids.  When you are professional like me, representing a premiere star like Antonio Cesaro, and you are in contract negotiations then you do not speak publicly about those negotiations.  Why?  Because it's considered rude and unprofessional.  You'd think that Bret Hart would know that - but no.  Why?  I don't know, maybe Canada doesn't raise them right.  Or maybe Stu Hart dropped baby Bret on his head one too many times.  Have you seen that man walk?  Like watching a leaf on a windy day...

Frankel: I understand, Bobby, but...if not the claims from Bret Hart, why pause such a match?  I mean, is it possible it may not even happen?

Heenan: Anything is possible.  If our demands aren't met, it might result in the Hart/Cesaro dream match not happening.  I'm not the one that will decide that and Antonio Cesaro is not the one that will decide that - Bret Hart is.  He understands our demands and it's up to him to decide if he really wants this match.  But, if I can speak candidly here, I think I know why Bret Hart hasn't moved forward on our demands.

Frankel: Why's that?

Heenan: (Smiles and pats Cesaro on the arm) He's afraid.  And who wouldn't be?  Look at this man, he's lower than 10% body fat, lifts nearly 6x his own bodyweight, and chews steel and spits out nails.  He's a dangerous man and he's just getting started in his prime.  Bret Hart has a storied career that spans years.  He's faced legends and somehow came out on top, but he's never faced someone like Cesaro and he knows that.  He said it himself!

Frankel: Do you really think that?

Heenan: Do you think I just like the sound of my own voice?  I do, but that's not the point.  Of course,  I think that, don't you?  (Shakes his hand) No one cares what you think, the point is...(Cesaro finally lifts a hand up on Bobby's shoulder to interject).

Cesaro: The point is...if he wants this match as badly as I do, he'll accept our terms.  Otherwise, if he doesn't, I'll find another opponent.




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Damn... you are officially my dark horse to win the whole thing... maybe even just the odds on favorite. I wasn't paying attention to these build threads, but seeing what you've got here... my confidence in my own card making it to the second round just sunk to a new low.

Hitman vs Cesaro w/ Heenan
This is great, in fact after reading the build so far it's probably my favorite match on the card, and this is a card that has a brawl between Austin and Goldberg!

Austin vs Goldberg
This was my #1 all-time dream match that has never happened. Austin circa 1998 vs Goldberg circa 1998 would IMO top Rock vs Austin, Hogan vs Savage, Bret vs Shawn, Punk vs Bryan, etc. 

Amazon vs Glamazon
That name sells the match as much as anything. I've seen little of Awesome Kong, and not a whole lot of Beth Phoenix, but I like both and would love to see more from both of them do this very day in the WWE. This might be my favorite womens match this season.

Suzuki vs Cena
Not one I'd like to see on paper, but this is a case where the promos sell it. You've done well with your promos to sell me on this match. I'd be very much looking forward to seeing this match.
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Cena claims ignorance to Minoru Suzuki's relevance

John Cena has been touring across multiple media outlets, in a media tour he has called "HUSTLE, LOYALTY, CONQUER" on social media, in order to promote his appearance at Combat Entertainment's Divide and Conquer show.  In his most recent appearance, Cena joined HBO Sports' Bryant Gumbel on his HBO show.  

On the show, Cena promoted a few movies he will be involved in over the course of 2018 while also promoting the Divide & Conquer event in 2018.  Cena coined the phrase, "John Cena is entering the Combat Zone!" to the collective groan of fans watching at home.  Behind the fake laughs and perfectly frame shots of his million dollar smile, Cena told Gumbel that he can ask anything and everything while on the show.

Bryant immediately asked John Cena if he's heard the recent interview conducted with Minoru Suzuki, to which Cena replied...

"Minoru...who?" Cena asked.  Gumbel chuckled, believing the question was a jab at the competition.  However, Cena's follow up seemed to be a legitimate question derived from confusion.  "Seriously, who is that?  You said his name is Minoru....what?"

"Suzuki," Gumbel answered.  "You seriously don't know who that is?  You're not just playing with me now?"

"(Shrugs his shoulders) Sorry, Bryant, I don't know who that is.  You said his name is Minoru Suzuki?"  Cena asked again.  "Who is that?"

"Well," Gumbel stammers as he straightens his tie.  "Minoru Suzuki is a professional wrestler and mixed martial artists from Japan.  He was recently drafted to Combat Entertainment - I believe in the round after yours"

"I see...," Cena says, straightening himself in his chair.  "So, what?  Is he some young kid who is looking to make a name for himself off of me?  (Interrupts before Gumbel can answer) Good on him.  It takes guts to call out John Cena with just a few years under your belt."

Gumbel awkwardly chuckles, feeling a bit uneasy at Cena's comments towards the vicious Suzuki.  "Umm, actually, Minoru Suzuki isn't a young wrestler.  He's quite seasoned.  (Pauses) You seriously don't know who he is?"

Cena shrugs again, "Educate me, Bryant.  Apparently, he hasn't been big enough to get my attention."

Gumbel, "Well, before I give a brief biography on the man, let's go to the tape to see what he recently said to you on Yahoo Japan."

As the video re-plays Minoru's comments, the camera refocuses on John Cena, who seems unphased and quite amused by the comments.  Bryant takes the opportunity to then give a brief biography on the man.

Cena comments first, "Wow, those are some strong words."  (Smiling throughout).

Bryant continues, "Well, you asked for a brief summary of the man, here it is.  Minoru Suzuki is a graduate of the New Japan Pro Wrestling Dojo in 1988.  He started making a name for himself in the famed Pancrase promotion in Japan, where he was known for his vicious strikes and submissions - Pancrase was a revolutionary MMA promotion that housed such names as Bas Rutten, Frank Shamrock, Guy Mezger.  Afterwards, Suzuki went on to tour in all of Japan's major 3 promotions - NOAH, NJPW, and AJPW.  He has held titles in all of these promotions.  He is a former AJPW Triple Crown Champion, GHC Heavyweight Champion, and IWGP Tag Team Champion.  His career spans over 20 years."

"Wow, quite a list of accomplishments," Cena quips sarcastically.

"Indeed," Bryant says.  "And it seems you've caught his attention."

"Well, I catch a lot of people's attention," Cena retorts.  "When you're the top draw, you tend to have a target on your back.  There's no surprise that some guy who wrestled in Japan wants to make a name for himself at my expense.  This Minoru Suchuchi..."

"Minoru Suzuki," Bryant corrects Cena.

Cena pauses and looks annoyingly at Bryant for the interuption for a moment.  Though, he laughs it off and continues, "Minoru Suzuki, thank you, Bryant.  This Minoru Suzuki says that I have a big mouth, and that's true, I do.  I've got a few other things that are big too.  And those attributes led me to be the top dog in our industry for over a decade.  He's heard of me.  I've never heard of him.  I didn't get to where I am because I had a few "pillow fights" as he calls it.  I went through hell, jack, and I earned my keep."

Cena raises his hands defensively, "Look, I'm not going to sit here and dog on the man's accomplishments."  

"I'm sure that the titles he's won and the people that he's faced mean something in Japan," Cena states condescendingly.   "But, let's be real.  This guy hasn't been in the big leagues.  NJPW and AJPW, those places are tough, no doubt.  But those companies aren't WWE.  I've toured around the world and faced the best of the best.  That's why people know who John Cena is.  Now, I'm sorry that my success makes him mad - but that's his problem.  Not mine.  I just do what I do better than anyone else does it.  Haters gone hate, Bryant."

Bryant placated to Cena's ego a bit more before asking if Cena had any comments for Suzuki.

"Honestly, Bryant, I'm not interested in a match with him," Cena commented.  "There's 10 more draft picks that the Combat Zone has left.  That means 10 more opponents that I can face.  They just recently drafted Neville and Rob Van Dam - that's huge.  Imagine who they might sign next.  I don't want to lock myself into a match with a guy I never even heard of, when I might be able to face some someone that really interests me.  I think the fan's want to see something more spectacular.  So, look, I'm sure Johnny Musa will draft someone that matches Minoru Suzuki's place in the card - but John Cena, he's shooting for the stars."

No comments were obtained from Minoru Suzuki at the time of this writing.  Though, reports are now claiming that Cena is lobbying for a main event push within the Combat Entertainment card.
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Suzuki coldly responds to Cena

Minoru Suzuki, having freshly defeated Hirooki Goto at the special "UPW" event co-hosted by New Japan Pro Wrestling, was questioned about the recent comments from Combat Entertainment's John Cena in the UPW post-fight press conference.  When a reporter told Suzuki what Cena had to say about Suzuki, pointing out that Cena claimed to not know who Suzuki even is, Suzuki stared at the camera with a sinister smile.

His response was short, and left a bit of a chill in the spines of every reporter.  With sweat running down his face and a sinister glimmer in his eyes, Suzuki coldly responded, "Who am I?  I will show you."

Suzuki promptly stood up and left the media box without saying another word.


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Agreements made for Bret Hart vs. Cesaro, next press conference to be the largest to date as a way to celebrate the mid-draft completion!

CombatEntertainment.com has reported that the parties representing Bret Hart and Cesaro have respectively come to an agreement on the terms of their match.  Johnny Musa commented, "We had a really tough time getting this one together, but we've finally come to terms on the contract."  The CEO of CE, Johnny Musa, stated that the contract is being written and that a public signing will take place at the ritual press conference home for CE - Madison Square Garden.

"Our next press conference will be an event unlike any other," Musa responded.  "We have taken this news as an opportunity to hold our largest press event to date."

"In the past week, we have done so much," Musa stated proudly.  "We just recently drafted our 9th and 10th round draft picks in Neville and Rob Van Dam.  Both of which I am extremely excited about."

Musa continued, "And we just announced our first 2 matches for the card with Bill Goldberg vs. Steve Austin in a No Holds Barred match and Awesome Kong vs. Beth Phoenix in the Amazon vs. Glamazon showdown.  Both of which are dream matches that have NEVER been seen before in our industry."

"We have a lot to celebrate, so we will," Musa exclaimed.  "This Friday night, HBO will be broadcasting a special 1 hour event called 'The Arrival of the Combat Zone' live from Madison Square Garden.  This event will include some major names and events."

The event will include the following:
  1. A live interview, via satellite, between Bill Goldberg and Stone Cold Steve Austin.
  2. The live contract signing of Bret Hart vs. Antonio Cesaro
  3. The silence is broken between Awesome Kong and Beth Phoenix, as both will be attending the event to comment on their eventual bout in the Combat Zone!
  4. Interviews with Combat Entertainment's 9th and 10th draft round picks - Neville and Rob Van Dam!
  5. The revelation of CE's 11th round draft pick!
  6. Attendance from none other than John Cena, who is rumored to be very interested in the 11th round draft pick!

Card is subject to change.


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"WHO AM I?!" - SUZUKI ANSWERS DURING HOGAN'S DEBUT

Combat Entertainment revealed their Round 11 draft pick during it’s HBO Sports special “The Arrival of the Combat Zone”, to the live Madison Square Garden attendees (of about 2000 fans and approximately 100 news staff, including cameramen, photographers, and reporters).  

The conference started with CEO Johnny Musa speaking about the previous draft picks and his overall strategy behind Combat Entertainment - “To bring you things you never thought possible”.  That being said, the CEO introduced the company’s Round 11 draft pick to be the “Immortal” Hulk Hogan!

Crowd in attendance exploded upon the announcement, as Hulk Hogan appeared to the New York crowd.  Rotating his wrist and cupping his ear, Hogan strutted to the podium with huge enthusiasm.

Chants of “HO-GAN” rain upon the Hulkster, as he pauses at the podium and soaks in the cheers from the crowd.

“Well, let me tell ya something, brothers…,” was all Hogan had to say to incite a wave of boisterous cheers from the crowd, and another “HO-GAN” chant.  “It looks like Hulkamania is running wild in the Combat Zone, brothers!”

“You know something, Hulkamaniacs, I can’t help but be excited about coming back to Madison Square Garden and competing in the squared circle.  It was right here, in Madison Square Garden, where Hulkamania was born.  January 23, 1984 - Hulk Hogan put down that dastardly Iron Shiek with the big leg and millions of Hulkamaniacs got on their feet and joined me in becoming WWF World Champion, brothers.”

“And now, I’ve got the opportunity to come back to Madison Square Garden.  And let me tell ya something, dudes, I know that this building builds legends and I know that this building brings moments you’ll never forget.  So, with that being said, I’ve got one mission in being back here.  (Pauses) To give you people, my Hulkamaniacs, a match that you will never forget.  A match that will cement itself as the biggest match ever witnessed.  So, Combat Zone, bring me the biggest and baddest that you’ve got, brother.  Because what are you gonna do….what ‘cha gonna do when Hulkamania runs WILD…ON…”



It was at that moment, a familiar tune played and immediately turned fans’ jovial cheers into spiteful jeers.  The music’s introduction may have been familiar, but it was cut into one less familiar.  However, despite the audience’s unfamiliarity with the music, the voice behind it was familiar enough to continue the parade of boos.

John Cena approached the podium.  He smiled invitingly towards Hogan and extended a hand.  Hogan paused for a moment, but eventually accepted the handshake.  Cena took a microphone as he music died down, but he could not speak.  The sheer volume of the audibly frustrated crowd prevented the microphone from properly picking up Cena’s voice.  Cena and Hogan stared down each other for a moment, before Cena could speak.

“The great and immortal Hulk Hogan,” Cena coyly stated with a smile.

“This, right here,” motioning towards he and Hogan being face to face, “I never thought that this would happen.  Yet, here I am, face to face with the man who ran wild on professional wrestling for over a decade.  I’m standing here, toe to toe, with a man who has held 12 World Championships and has defeated legends like Andre the Giant, King Kong Bundy, Randy Savage and Ric Flair.”

Cena pauses and looks at Hogan, “That’s impressive.  I mean, I’ve held 15 World Championships and have defeated legends like Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Batista, Ric Flair, and…well…pretty much everyone.  That is…everyone except…you.”

As Cena and Hogan look ready to continue their verbal tirade, something odd happens.  A small disruption begins to happen in the sea of reporters.  Johnny Musa is seen jumping up from his chair on the stage and rushing to the audience.  The distraction isn’t noticed by Hogan and Cena, who are still staring at one another - that is, until a figure appears on stage.

He is dressed in a relaxed sports jacket, slacks, and a fedora hat.  He looks almost unassuming at first glance, until you see the sinister glint in his eyes.  The figure calmly walks to the stage, grabs a microphone, and taps John Cena on the shoulder.  The figure is Minoru Suzuki.

Cena turns to see Suzuki, only to confusedly mouth off-microphone, “Who is this?” to a nearby staff hand.  Suzuki chuckles lowly and lifts the microphone to his mouth, speaking in slow English.

“Who am I?” Suzuki asks with a smile, extending a hand to Cena.  Cena shrugs and accepts the handshake - only for Suzuki to pull Cena in chest-to-chest, and speak roughly between his gritted teeth, “Suzuki…Minoru”.

Suddenly, Suzuki clamps his teeth down on the bridge of Cena’s nose and twists Cena’s arm upwards!  Chaos immediatley ensues as Hogan jumps on Suzuki to pull him off and is unable to.  We see Cena throwing heavy fists into Suzuki’s face, only for Suzuki to bite down harder.  Security rushes the stage and eventually a solid closed fist to Suzuki’s eyes from Cena knocks Suzuki backwards.  Cameras focus on Suzuki’s eye, which now begins to swell heavily.  Suzuki, however, is smiling and shouting daringly in Japanese towards Cena.

Meanwhile, Cena rises to the audience’s horrified gasps.  Cena’s nose looks to be tilted slightly, possibly broken, as blood pours from his open teeth marked wounds at the bridge of his nose (as well as a steady stream flowing from his nostrils).  Cena angrily pushes staff hands away from him and even pushes Hogan away from him (who is trying to help Cena up).  Hogan looks shockingly at Cena’s mangled face and looks towards Suzuki, who is now screaming towards Cena.

“WHO AM I, CENA?!  OI - WHO AM I?!”
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Exclusive Combat Entertainment Announcement

Amidst the turmoil that occurred during the HBO special for the Combat Zone, cameras caught the rarely seen Combat Entertainment's Chief Operating Officer Jessica Levine.  Levine, who is typically quite scripted in her interactions with cameras and press, commented that the company was extremely angry over the Minoru Suzuki attack on John Cena.

"I don't speak for Mr. Musa, but a number of us had a vision for John Cena in the combat zone," Levine commented.  "And Mr. Suzuki's attack has put a lot of plans in jeopardy."

Levine did not comment further and refused to hear any follow-up questions.  It was clear she was visibly frustrated over the ordeal.

Cameras also caught John Cena being attended to by medical personnel.  It was clear, from this segment, that Cena suffered lacerations to his face and a clearly broken nose.  Cena seemed quite upset and promptly threw camera staff out of the room.
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Neville calls to the Combat Zone to bring him a "real" challenge

The press conference continued with the announcement of one of Combat Entertainment's recent draft picks, and one of it's first cruiserweight competitors drafted, the "King of the Cruiserweights" Neville.  

Neville, dressed in an all black attire, seemed unamused by the New York crowd and even less amused by the Combat Entertainment staff.  He sent an eye towards Hulk Hogan, in particular, who recently was announced as the promotion's Round 10 pick.  

"You," Neville said, pointing towards Hogan.  "Are not worthy of my presence."

The crowd reacted with the traditional "OOOOH" of childhood anticipation for trouble.  While Hogan stirred in his seat, staff members held him back.  Neville simply scoffed and turned to the Combat Entertainment staff.

"And you...are not worthy of my presence either," Neville stated matter-of-factly, as he turned his face to the crowd.  "And you are barely worth the breath that comes from my lungs, let alone my presence.  Do you not realize who is before you?  You are standing here before true royalty - a KING.  I rule over this ring, and I rule over all of you.  Because I am greater than you will ever be and I can prove it every time I enter the battlefield."

Neville curls a lip towards Johnny Musa, "I know you may have signed some other wrestlers as potential opponents for me, allow me to save you some time.  I will not be signing any contract you bring for me as potential matches..."

Johnny Musa, off camera, is seen mouthing, "Excuse me?"

Neville sharply retorts, "You heard me, peasant.  There is not ONE man OR woman that you have brought into this promotion that is worthy of a match with me.  They are beneath me.  I could wrestle circles around their limited movesets and their broken bodies.  I am a pinnacle of perfection and I demand a REAL challenge."

"BRING ME REAL COMPETITION...or trade me to someone who CAN"

Neville stared at Musa for a moment, as if daring him to say something in reaction.  However, the CEO retained his composure and simply continued the stare.  Neville spat in his general direction (receiving another childish push from the crowd) before taking a seat far from the others on stage.

Later, backstage, Neville stuck to his words with reporters.  His message is clear - he is not interested in anyone on the current roster and demands that Combat Entertainment bring him someone worth his time, or he will gladly leave the Combat Zone and venture elsewhere.
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RVD SURPRISED BY OPPONENT REVEAL

"The Arrival of the Combat Zone" special on HBO saw the Combat Zone debut of "The Whole F**king Show" Rob Van Dam to the live NY audience.  Chants of "E-C-W" immediately broke out, as did chants of "R-V-D".

Rob Van Dam told the New York crowd how great it felt to be competing back in one of the mainlands of extreme.  He reviewed many of his "extreme" accolades and how he remains the only undefeated champion in ECW history.  He ends his short promo by making it clear to the audience why he was drafted to the Combat Zone.

"I didn't come out here to rip off my shirt (smirks at Hogan), or to come up with excuses to cover up my fear of competition (shrugs at Neville, who scoffs in his direction), I'm here because you people wanted to see some cool s**t in that ring," RVD said nonchalantly, as the crowd popped.  "And I've been known to do some cool s**t.  In fact, I've been known to do the coolest s**t in any ring I've ever been apart of.  And most of the coolest s**t I've done has been in this city."

"So, if I've been brought into the Combat Zone.  Rest assured, you're about to see some s**t that'll blow your mind, man," RVD said with a huge smile, as the crowd popped huge.  "And that's because I'm ROB....VAN...DAM....THE WHOLE...F***KING....SHOW" (accompanied by his trademark thumb pose).

"I'm very happy to hear that, Rob, which is what makes this next announcement that much more exciting," Johnny Musa interrupted with a big smile on his face, as he stood up from his chair.  "I didn't mean to interrupt you, but I just got off the phone with one of our draft leaders and just received word on one of our latest signings - someone we wanted to sign specifically to put in the ring with you..."

RVD smiled and mouthed, "Lay it on me, boss."

"You mentioned a great deal of what you did in ECW, and all of it was amazing.  And, you're right, we brought you in because of what you offer - the "cool s**t" you bring to the table," Musa shakes his head with a smile, as RVD shrugs.  "But there's two things you never did in ECW..."

"1. You never won the ECW World Championship."

"2. You never beat...the man who held that title when you were around."

...

"That's why, it's with great excitement that I announce a match that has NEVER happened inside the squared circle.  A match that no one ever thought they'd see.  The greatest ECW Television Champion facing the greatest ECW World Champion.  It's the match that was TOO EXTREME FOR EXTREME.  And it will FINALLY happen at DIVIDE & CONQUER, in the city where both of your names became household names."

...

"ROB VAN DAM....versus..."

"MIKE AWESOME!"

"EXTREME RULES"

The announcement shook the Madison Square Garden patrons - many of which were ECW fans to begin with.  The match that never came to be in ECW would finally come to be in New York City.  Rob Van Dam smiled wide and nodded his head, and shook Johnny Musa's hand firmly.  No fear expressed in RVD's face, quite the opposite.

As RVD walked back off stage, chants of "E-C-W" rang across the 2000 in attendance as we faded to a promotional video for DIVIDE & CONQUER.



The promotional video shown was for Mike Awesome, displaying clips of his past matches and spots that shook the crowd:




Edited by MUSA - 05/January/2018 at 05:38
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