The Fire Pit Arena
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
September 18th, 2016
The opening signature plays, showing shots of The White Wolves, F.U.X., Lazlo Vaughan, Lobo Malo, Second Hand Smoke and lastly FTF Champion John Ire. We then cut to the announce table where Chris Jones stands with Alan Irvine.
Chris Jones: Ladies and gentlemen welcome to FTF Episode Sixteen: Apex! Tonight we have our biggest show to date! Seven huge matches, including two championship matches.
Alan Irvine: Aw yeah. We’re also going to see a Loser Leaves Town Match and a Falls Count Anywhere Match. FTF brings you all kinds of action and tonight it’s going to cement us as one of the top independent promotions in the world. Fuck anyone who isn’t us.
Chris Jones: I concur. While we plan on taking over the wrestling world, The Dread Haven wants to take over FTF. Second Hand Smoke and Nobody have become a serious force here in FTF.
Alan Irvine: Tonight two of our best try to stop The Dread Haven before it can really get started. Al Derringer will take on his former friend, now going by the name of Nobody.
Chris Jones: And in the main event John Ire will attempt to defend the FTF Championship against the undefeated Second Hand Smoke. What are his chances of success Irv?
Alan Irvine: They are slim. Second Hand Smoke has barely been challenged by anyone physically so far in his FTF career. The guy seems like he was sent straight from hell.
Chris Jones: That much is definitely true. But if one person can take down Second Hand Smoke then it is our champion John Ire.
Alan Irvine: But that is much later tonight. Let’s get to the action! My favourite tag team in FTF is in action, right now! Awww. Yeeeee.
Tag Team Match
Jin Feng & Ren Bao
15 Minute Time Limit
The first match of the evening saw the Chinese imports Jin Feng and Ren Bao take on Karina Zima and Marie Veleno. Feng and Zima started the match with Feng coming at her hot. Following a running forearm to the face, Feng tagged in Bao and the two planted her with a double back suplex.
Bao climbed to the top rope and went for a double stomp which connected. He went for a cover but Zima rolled to the outside of the ring. Bao then attempted a suicide dive but Zima moved and Bao went head first into the guardrail.
Chris Jones mentions that before that move, “The Bangkok Knights’ were looking strong. Alan Irvine countered by saying that it isn’t working out for them now.
Zima got Bao into the ring and worked his neck before tagging in Veleno. The two put some furious double stomps to Bao while Feng begged for the tag. Pretty/Dirty attempted their high/low combination but Bao dove forward and tagged in Feng.
Veleno sent Bao over the top rope with a spinning heel kick. Zima then dropped Bao with The Proshchay Driver and covered for the three count.
Nina Nichols: Here are your winners, Karina Zima and Marie Veleno, Pretty/Dirty!
The two celebrate after the contest, motioning that they want the tag team titles.
Cut to the parking lot where headlights appeared beyond the opening garage door. As the car approached we could see that it is a green candy painted low rider. The driver wasn’t visible but the camera panned down to show Mexican license plates.
Chris Jones: Who could this be Irv?
Alan Irvine: I have a suspicion…
Still at license plate level we saw a figure step out of the passenger seat but we only saw their feet. The figure in question was wearing expensive looking alligator skin shoes. The camera panned over to show another pair of feet emerging, also wearing alligator skin shoes. The two figures then walked out of frame and the camera pans up just in time to see the door to the arena closing behind them.
Loser Leaves Town
15 Minute Time Limit
The second match of the night saw “The Heartstopper” Tom Cherry hit the ring first, followed by perennial underdog Windham Zedler. Chris Jones noted that Zedler had yet to get a win in FTF and if he lost tonight then he would be done with the company.
Zedler came at Cherry right off the bell with explosiveness. Zedler hit Cherry with a big combo of rights and lefts before he caught him with a knee to the chin that sent Cherry flying backwards over the top rope.
On the outside Zedler whipped Cherry hard into the ring steps and then charged. Cherry moved at the last second and put Zedler face first into the ring steps with a drop toe hold. Zedler was busted open from this move and the audience support died.
Back in the ring, Cherry was in control. Alan Irvine said that Cherry is the future of FTF and the future does not include Zedler. Zedler tried to rally back at this point but he was rocked. Cherry mocked Zedler and then flipped him off and then planted him with the Cherry Popper. Cherry covered and got the victory.
Nina Nichols: Here is your winner, Tom Cherry!
Chris Jones: Unfortunately for Windham Zedler, his time in FTF is now done.
Alan Irvine: Good! If you can’t win, you shouldn’t be here!
Chris Jones: Thank you for your time Zedler, good luck in the future.
Zedler sat up in the middle of the ring and then gets to his knees. He looked around in the audience but there was no sympathy. They started singing “Na-na-na-na…etc.” to him and he looked devastated. Devastated and unemployed.
In the interview area we see Ben Choi with his trusty microphone in hand.
Ben Choi: Ladies and gentlemen please welcome my guests at this time, Brixton and Joffrey Gough, The Kingmakers.
The hated duo walk into frame.
Ben Choi: Gentlemen, tonight you take on the team of Hiccup Bigelow and Mick Mooney. Can I get your thoughts.
Brixton Gough: Our thoughts are this; people like Bigelow and Mooney do not deserve to be in a company like FTF. This is a business for the powerful, for the mighty.
Joffrey Gough: Those two are not mighty. They are children. They are insects.
Ben Choi: Some would disagree, some would say that Bigelow and Mooney are serious contenders for the Tag Team Titles.
Brixton Gough: Those people are wrong. They cling to people like Bigelow and Mooney because they believe that if Bigelow and Mooney succeed, then these peasants can rise up and make something of themselves.
Joffrey Gough: But the truth is that they can’t. This is a world molded by men like us. Everyone else is just living in it. Tonight we will make that point very clear.
Brixton Gough: Very, very clear.
With that, The Kingmakers walked out of frame ready for battle.
Tag Team Match
Hiccup Bigelow & Mick Mooney
15 Minute Time Limit
In tag team action Mick Mooney started the contest against Joffrey Gough. The two went back and forth with Mooney getting the upperhand. After a serious of offense Mooney sent Joffrey hard into a corner and caught him with a palm strike.
Mooney wrenched Joffrey’s arm and then tagged in Bigelow. Bigelow climbed to the top rope and came off with a double axe handle to Joffrey’s arm. She then applied an octopus hold, looking for the submission.
Joffrey fought out of it and poked Bigelow in the eye. Joffrey then planted her with a lariat and tagged in Brixton. The two planted her with a back suplex neckbreaker combo and covered for one. Alan Irvine noted that despite Mooney and Bigelow’s work as a tandem, brothers work better together.
After frequent tags between The Kingmakers, Bigelow was sufficiently worn down. Brixton attempted a superplex but Bigelow shoved him off of the top rope and nailed a top rope elbow. Bigelow made the tag to Mooney and they double teamed Brixton.
Bigelow speared Joffrey through the ropes to the outside and Mooney planted Brixton with The Rough Go for the pinfall and the victory.
Nina Nichols: Here are your winners, Hiccup Bigelow and Mick Mooney!
As Mooney and Bigelow celebrated, Brixton took Bigelow down with a chop block. Joffrey dumped Mooney to the outside and then collected a chair. Joffrey placed Bigelow’s leg inside of the chair and Brixton came off the middle rope with a stomp. Bigelow writhed in pain as The Kingmakers left the ring.
Alan Irvine: They said they were going to make a point tonight and they did.
Chris Jones: And yet they didn’t win.
Alan Irvine: They sure look like winners to me.
– VIDEO PACKAGE
Following the last match we get a video rundown of the issues between Al Derringer and The Dread Haven. We see that Second Hand Smoke essentially kidnapped Al Derringer’s army pal Carl Walken.
Cut to our last major show Duality and Carl Walken assisting Smoke in defeating Derringer in brutal fashion. Second Hand Smoke announces that Walken has been reborn as Nobody and is the first disciple of The Dread Haven.
FTF Champion John Ire knocks some sense into Derringer and tells him that in order to get his friend back, he has to beat some sense into him. Smoke issues to the challenge on Nobody’s behalf and Derringer reluctantly accepts. If Derringer can beat Nobody, then he can face Smoke in a contest of his choosing.
15 Minute Time Limit
The contest began with a staredown. Derringer tried to speak to Nobody but Nobody’s expression remained unchanged, Nobody just stared a hole through his former friend.
Chris Jones said that Nobody is not Carl Walken, he is now a follower of Smoke and no amount of discussion will change that. Alan Irvine agrees.
Nobody charged Derringer and hit him with a palm strike. Nobody doubled Derringer over with a knee to the midsection and then laid in some knees to the side of Derringer’s head. When Derringer dropped to all fours, Nobody jumped in the air and put a knee straight down into the back of Derringer’s head.
Nobody continued his onslaught with kicks to Derringer’s head, with Derringer not defending himself. Finally after Derringer began bleeding from the ear he caught one of Nobody’s kicks, lifted him up and planted him with a powerbomb.
Derringer then led Nobody around the ring and introduced his face to all four turnbuckles. Derringer then levelled him with a clothesline. Derringer covered but Nobody kicked out. Nobody tried to rush Derringer but Derringer caught him and planted him with a DDT.
Nobody looked out of it and Derringer shouted at him to stay down but Jones asserted that Derringer would have to “pull the trigger”. Derringer shook his head and then lifted Nobody up, planting him with the Shock & Awe.
Nobody crawled to the ropes and Irvine was impressed, he said that it takes quite the warrior to keep moving after that move. Derringer once again told Nobody to stay down but the latter refused. Nobody rushed Derringer again and again he was hit with a Shock & Awe. This time Derringer covered and Nobody was not getting up. Derringer got the three count.
Nina Nichols: Here is your winner, Al Derringer!
Following the contest, Derringer tried to reason with Nobody but Nobody just rolled out of the ring. Nobody held favoured his neck but backed up the ramp, staring at Derringer with a blank expression.
Alan Irvine: Derringer gets his match with Smoke but he doesn’t get his friend back.
Chris Jones: I think he knew that beating Nobody wouldn’t be the end of this. To get Carl Walken back, Derringer needs to cut off the head of the snake.
Alan Irvine: Easier said than done Jones.
In Morgan Odin’s office he stood facing the camera.
Morgan Odin: Ladies and gentlemen I hope that you are enjoying Apex thus far. I will not derail the show for any longer than necessary but I felt that this was the best occasion to make an announcement.
The audience buzzed in anticipation.
Morgan Odin: The growth of FTF has been exponential since our inception and with that we have showcased a unique style of wrestling. We sign competitors from all over the world, from different wrestling scenes, with different styles. Here, those styles blend together and become Fire Thunder Fighting.
An “FTF” chant started in the arena.
Morgan Odin: With that being said, I want FTF to be a place of opportunity. A place where competitors can have goals and can see proof when the achieve those goals. A few months ago we introduced Tag Team Titles and the matches in that division have been fantastic so far. But now it is time to introduce a new goal, a new achievement to work towards.
The audience quieted and waited for the kick.
Morgan Odin: At our next super show we will crown the first ever FTF Hybrid Champion. I have ideas on how to accomplish that but I won’t reveal them just yet. The Hybrid Championship will be a stepping stone for new competitors to prove their mettle en route to an FTF Championship opportunity. I look forward to seeing what the Hybrid Division has to offer. More information will be available in the coming weeks. Now let us return to the action.
The scene then cut and the audience was left to speculate amongst themselves.
FTF Tag Team Championship
Tag Team Match
White Wolves (c)
w/ Ken Laurier
15 Minute Time Limit
The next match was our first of two title matches, a rematch from the D3T finals. Hatchet Muldoon started the contest against Constance Ripley. Muldoon tried to over power Ripley early but she was too quick, working his knee. Chris Jones said that the Wolves would have to adjust their strategy based on which member of F.U.X. was in the ring. Alan Irvine said “duh”.
Before he took too much damage, Muldoon was able to shove Ripley away and tag in Merrick. Merrick hit a springboard glancing knee which stopped Ripley’s momentum. Merrick wore Ripley down with a chin lock as Ezra LaForge tried to will her on from their corner.
Merrick tagged Muldoon back in and then held her in a waist lock. Muldoon charged and smashed Ripley with a big boot as Merrick took her over with a German suplex. Muldoon covered but Ripley kicked out.
Muldoon attempted the Drongo Bomb but Ripley spun and turned it into a huricanranna. Ripley then tagged in LaForge, who went to work. Muldoon got up but Ripley and LaForge took him down with a double dropkick.
Merrick tried to enter the ring but the Wolves took him down with a double dropkick as well. Muldoon scrambled back to his feet and charged LaForge but she lowbridged the top rope. Ripley then went for slingshot splash to the outside but Muldoon caught her and hit a fallaway slam into the barricade.
Back in the ring Merrick hit LaForge with a knee to the lower back then spun her around and nailed her with the Gobsmacker! LaForge dropped and Merrick covered but he was not the legal man. Muldoon slid into the ring for the cover but only got a two count.
Muldoon hoisted Merrick up for a Drongo Bomb and as he brought it down Merrick hit LaForge with a backstabber completing Downunderworld! Muldoon covers and just as the referee’s hand came down for the three count Ripley hit springboard elbow to break up the fall.
Ripley got Merrick up and shot him into the ropes and on his return Merrick went for the Gobsmacker but Ripley moved and Merrick nailed Muldoon! Ripley then nailed Merrick with a high roundhouse kick to the head which dropped him. Muldoon got back to his feet and got hit with the Pack Mentality dual superkicks by the White Wolves. LaForge covered and got the three count.
Nina Nichols: Here are your winners and still FTF Tag Team Champions, Constance Ripley and Ezra LaForge, The White Wolves!
Ripley and LaForge collect their titles and get their hands raised. Ken Laurier enters the ring and celebrates with them as Merrick pounds his fists on the mat in anger. Merrick leaves before Muldoon can get to his feet.
Chris Jones: The champions retain!
Alan Irvine: Good move on Merrick’s part for getting out of dodge. Muldoon is bound to be irate after Merrick’s mistake.
Chris Jones: No doubt but he won’t get his reaction tonight. Tonight, the White Wolves stand tall!
– VIDEO PACKAGE
We saw Lobo Malo being interviewed by Ben Choi. Lazlo Vaughan came into frame and after an exchange between Vaughan and Malo, Vaughan used a taser to subdue Malo.
Cut to the week before where Vaughan was speaking to someone on the phone and promised that he would get to work as long as “the money had been sent to his account”.
At Duality, Malo and Vaughan went one on one with Malo coming out victorious. Following the contest, Vaughan attacked Malo and used a steel chair to destroy Malo’s knee.
Following a victory for Vaughan and Tom Cherry at FTF Episode 014, Malo returned and attacked Vaughan. The following week Vaughan challenges Malo to a falls count anywhere match at Apex. Malo is then interviewed and he knows that Vaughan is working for The Riveros, the brothers that ran him out of Mexico. Malo accepted Vaughan’s challenge.
Malo tried to attack Vaughan later that evening but Vaughan retreated. Vaughan pointed at his temple and told Malo that he’d see him next week.
Falls Count Anywhere
15 Minute Time Limit
The penultimate match at Apex started backstage with “The Handsome Grifter” Lazlo Vaughan jumping Lobo Malo in the gorilla position. Vaughan used everything at his disposal to attack Malo before sending him through the curtain.
At the top of the ramp Vaughan dropped a bunch of hard elbows onto Malo’s head before he tried to introduce Malo’s head to one of the stage lights. Malo countered with a hook kick to Vaughan’s mid-section and then planted him with a tornado ddt.
Malo then climbed up onto the tron, about ten feet in the air. Malo then jumped off with a double stomp and landed perfectly on Vaughan’s sternum. Vaughan rolled to the side and off of the stage.
The audience was hype for Malo but Malo didn’t seem to care, the luchadore showed up to destroy Vaughan. Malo went looking for Vaughan just to the right of the entrance ramp but Vaughan was nowhere to be found.
Malo looked around for Vaughan for a moment and then Vaughan jumped out of the shadows and caught Malo with a taser! Vaughan shoved it right in Malo’s back and the luchadore dropped to his knees.
Knowing full well that he could beat Malo now, Vaughan decided against it. The Handsome Grifter wanted to hurt Malo and badly. Vaughan dragged Malo to ringside and whipped him hard into the ring apron. Vaughan then followed that up with a running, flying forearm.
Vaughan went under the ring and pulled out a table. The audience popped (for the table, not for Vaughan). Vaughan set it up and when he turned to face Malo he was treated to a wheel kick to the face. Malo then went under the ring and pulled out a ladder.
Vaughan stood and attempted to use the taser again but Malo kicked it out of his hands. Malo then dropped Vaughan with Mala Luna! Not content with pinning Vaughan right then and there, Malo set up the ladder and then laid Vaughan on the table.
Malo climbed to the top of the ladder, with his back to the table. He pointed back at Vaughan who was lying prone on the table. That’s when two figures came through the crowd. It was the two men with the lavish alligator skinned shoes.
Chris Jones: Is this…are these two men The Riveros?
Alan Irvine: They’ve got to be! These are the two men that drove Lobo Malo out of Mexico!
Chris Jones: The men who hired Lazlo Vaughan to take Malo out!
One of The Riveros took hold of the taser and climbed up on the apron. He tased Malo and the other Rivero flipped over the top of the ladder and hit a sunset flip powerbomb off of the ladder, through the table. Vaughan barely rolled out of the way in time. With Malo downed, Vaughan fell back and covered Malo for the victory.
Nina Nichols: Here is your winner, “The Handsome Grifter” Lazlo Vaughan!
Following the contest, Vaughan fled ringside as The Riveros stood on either side of Malo. Neither man said anything, but they both pointed down at Malo and dragged their thumbs across their respective throats.
Chris Jones: It seems that Mexico has come for Lobo Malo. What does this mean Irv?
Alan Irvine: It means that even though Malo thought he was safe, he really isn’t. I guess The Riveros felt that Vaughan couldn’t get the job done on his own so here there are.
Chris Jones: Something tells me that we have not seen the last of this issue.
– VIDEO PACKAGE
In preparation for our main event we got a video package with highlights of how we arrived at the evening’s main event. The package begins showing John Ire, the pissed off Welshman advancing through each round of the Summit Series before finally defeating Miyami Kana to become champion at Episode 004. We then see Ire defend the title for the first time against Kana at Death or Glory successfully. Then at Duality Ire defeated Kana two falls to one to retain the title yet again.
On the flip side of that we see the debut of Second Hand Smoke, “The Emissary of Darkness” was the first of his kind if FTF. He is dominant in every match he takes place in, leading to an impressive undefeated streak. We then see him defeat Al Derringer at Episode 008 and again in a brutal contest at Episode 012, with help from his disciple Nobody.
At the start of Episode 013, Smoke interrupted Ire and challenged him to a championship match at Apex. Later in the evening, Nobody attacked Ire with a steel chair following the latter’s victory over Lazlo Vaughan. Smoke then taunted Ire with Nobody at his side.
Seeking revenge the following week, Ire demanded a match with Nobody from Morgan Odin. Odin refused, saying that Nobody had yet to sign his contract. Ire then said that he would be waiting for Nobody in the parking lot, all night.
Later that evening Smoke attacked Ire in the loading bay and kicked him off of the loading dock. Nobody then went to finished Ire with a lead pipe but Al Derringer showed up just in time to stop the attack. The following week Ire promised to do away with The Dread Haven by cutting off the head of the snake.
Second Hand Smoke
John Ire (c)
30 Minute Time Limit
The entrances occur and surprisingly Second Hand Smoke came to the ring alone. John Ire stomped to the ring and tossed the title into the ring. The introductions happened and the bell sounded. Ire immediately rushed at Smoke and began hitting him with huge shots to the mid-section.
Chris Jones noted that no one had taken the fight to Smoke like Ire was doing. Ire peppered Smoke with a flurry of shots to the mid-section before a big uppercut. Smoke staggered back and Ire hit him with a running shoulder block into the corner.
In an impressive move Smoke dropped a double axe handle on Ire’s back and then lifted him over head with a Canadian backbreaker. Smoke then dropped Ire over the top rope with Ire landing hard on his face on the outside of the ring.
Smoke worked on Ire at ringside and whipped him into the steel steps. Smoke took hold of Ire, lifted him up and dropped him with a back suplex onto the ring apron. Smoke then slid Ire up onto the apron, with the champion looking up at the lights with his legs under the bottom rope and his head hanging over to the outside.
Smoke got up on the apron, stepped forward and jumped into the air. Smoke came down with a guillotine leg drop onto Ire’s neck. Smoke landed on the outside and maintained his stoic expression while Ire rolled around in agony.
Smoke reentered the ring and kept Ire grounded with a reverse chin lock. Ire fought up and hit Smoke with a series of elbows to the mid-section to break the hold. Ire then hit the ropes but on his return he walked right into a big boot. Smoke covered but only got a two count.
Smoke sat himself on the top rope and waited for Ire to rise. Jones said that this was uncharacteristic for Smoke but Irvine countered by saying that they don’t really know anything about The Emissary of Darkness. Smoke came off the top rope with a double axe handle but Ire smashed him with The Pisstaker elbow out of nowhere.
Irvine called Smoke “a genius” for rolling under the bottom rope or else Ire would have retained. Smoke used the top rope to pull himself up and Ire grabbed him. Ire lifted Smoke up overhead and hit the To Hell With Ye Alabama slam into the corner.
Smoke was rocked and Ire was calling for another Pisstaker when Nobody came charging down the ramp. Before Nobody could intervene, Al Derringer hopped the barricade and took him out with a lariat. Derringer then mounted Nobody and began laying into him with strikes.
The referee tried to break up the fight on the outside and while he did that someone else entered the ring. The figure whistled and Ire turned right into a massive spear! Ire went down hard and then we got a look at the person’s face.
Chris Jones: That’s…that’s Bill Griff! He’s supposed to be in a coma.
Alan Irvine: Look at his eyes Jones, he looks like he’s in a different kind of trance now.
The coloring around Griff’s eyes was blackened, like he hadn’t slept in weeks. Griff then rolled out of the ring, jogged around the ring and hit Derringer with a massive spear right through the barricade! In the ring Smoke got Ire up and planted him with Black Smoke, a modified reverse STO. The referee turned and saw Smoke covering, he counted the three.
Nina Nichols: Here is your winner and new FTF Champion, Second Hand Smoke!
Nobody and Bill Griff entered the ring, the two flanked Smoke and stood tall beside him. Smoke was handed the FTF Championship and he stared at it for a moment before dropping it on the ground in front of him. The Dread Haven stood tall to end the broadcast, stronger than ever.
– Pretty/Dirty def. Jin Feng & Ren Bao
– Tom Cherry def. Windham Zedler
– Hiccup Bigelow & Mick Mooney def. The Kingmakers
– Al Derringer def. Nobody
– White Wolves def. F.U.X. to retain the Tag Team Titles
– Lazlo Vaughan def. Lobo Malo
– Second Hand Smoke def. John Ire to win the FTF Title