Post by Kevin Bishop on Sept 24, 2017 19:16:47 GMT -5
Kevin Bishop's locker room at a live UCI show in Japan, days after he made his appearance at Slam 400 declaring his entrance into WAR. He sits on a bench wearing a black zipped up hoodie, black gym shorts, and black sneakers. His head rests downward staring at the concrete beneath him.
“Why did I do it?”
Bishop’s head lifts up to the camera in front of him.
“That's what I've been asked over and over again since I showed up at Slam 400…”
His words hang for a moment's time before he starts to speak again.
“But Bishop you have it so good in UCI, you are more UCI than you are WCF… So why come back to shorten your career and to be made out to be a fool in a WCF ring?”
Even Bishop's own words make him flinch a bit.
“Seth Lerch never knew what he had until I was gone… I had promise in his little company, but I never chose to bend the knee… That's why he never pulled the trigger on me… I personal shit ripping away at me and it cost me, allowing Dion to step up…”
A faint smile curls up on Bishop’s face.
“One of my brothers went farther than me in WCF… I'm sure that'll be added to the list of things people will shoot on me about… The crazy cult leader who couldn't get the job done in WCF so he ran off to the ‘other’ place… The place that isn't as established as WCF… The other place that many say can't hold a candle in the hurricane force that is the Dub…”
Kevin tilts his head to the left a bit.
“It sure as hell didn't stop guys like David Sanchez, Zombie McMorris, Crow McMorris, and…”
The next name is one that pains the insides of Kevin Bishop.
“Corey Black… from coming over to prove their worth. So call us 2nd rate… Call us miniscule… But truth of the matter is, we are indeed growing and we are indeed competition…”
Bishop sits back a bit and looks to the camera a bit more focused.
“Competition is why I came back… I've proven to be a World champion in UCI and I've broken their records… I have helped the company grow along with guerilla soldier-esque wrestlers looking to take something that was once seen as a safe haven for those banished from the WCF to something that could compete with the juggernaut for years to come. Seth feels it and he still extended an invitation to me to come to WAR to compete… I finished in the top 5 last year and I'm sure Seth knew that was a guy he needed in this year's WAR… His landscape is saturated with body bags that whatever remains of Everest and Pantheon have left in their wake… Jobbers among top tier talent and he needed stars like Shadowlove, like Bonnie Blue, like myself… UCI’S representatives returning to WAR to make a statement that we aren't some third world country of a wrestling promotion. We have talent for days and we are here to compete at the highest of levels… WAR is a proving ground and after making it to the top 5 last year, I know there's still more to prove.”
Kevin unzips his hoodie showing off an old Brotherhood t-shirt.
“First thing I'm going to prove… I don't need to The Brotherhood to go far at WAR… I'm going to be more dangerous because I'm not going to be looking out for anyone but myself… This match is about my success, not the success of men who chose to follow me. I have a chance to go out there and prove to Everest that I wasn't their whipping boy… I get to prove to Gravedigger and Jayson Price that I wasn't solely the reason we lost in the Trios tournament… I get to shut down the naysayers who said my best time in the WCF was when I was parading around as the People’s Champion…”
Bishop shakes his head slowly.
“No… Truth of the matter, I aimed high in the WCF and I fell hard… Careers that last the test of time have their ups and downs equally… If you stay constant at the top, then you don't truly grow… You're not humble if you don't know how to fall to work your way back up… That's the problem with more than half of the top tier talent in the Dub… You're all cut throat and you'll do anything to stay on top. You'll thrust kick newcomers into obscurity just because they look at you funny… You'll all but destroy a division just to prove that you're more superior… Where's growth in that, WCF?”
Bishop looks as if something comes to him after pausing for a second.
“Hell, Seth had to create the Omega title just to give the new guys a chance to build on themselves more before gunning for that World title. He noticed that the sharks at the top were blood thirsty for fresh meat and they had nothing to give back to the newcomers. A hungry shark can only stay hungry for so long they say… You know what happens once the sharks don't have a meal ticket handed to them?”
“They start eating each other… Seth didn't want that, did he? He didn't want his sharks running WAR and ruining the buyrate that comes with the unknown factor of a wildcard winning WAR this year. He didn't want WAR to turn into a penis showing game with Mushroom Mandingo and Everest… You really think Luke Force and SJW has what it takes to stand in the middle of the sharks and declare themselves worthy of that top tier? You think any of the bottom feeders for that matter, stand a chance? The returning Adam Young? William The Behemoth? Ainsley The Tank Ivanovik? Trey Carter? Agimat? Dag? Red Dragon? Greg St. Matthews? Leon Haze? Bryan Devlin? Hank Herron? Bomber? Gonzo? Tuff and Tall? Johnny Alpha? Matthew Drake? Kyle Kemp? Jay West? The old mascot of The Brotherhood Joe Smarts? UCI’S walking punching bag Petrov? The card filler Biohazard? The Monster Oblivion? Any of the pieces of work that belongs to the infamous Handler… Ugh the guy who brought us The Stache Family… All of them weigh out to be what makes up the bottom of the card… Sure I mentioned guys who put their time in, but they need to be truthful with themselves as I was… Sometimes you have to go back to the basics when you feel you've stretched too far ahead of your own abilities…”
Kevin pauses for a second.
“I took up a chance to put my focus in UCI and it helped me hone my craft once again… To give me the tools to get the job done like i use to do. You see I learned a very important lesson in Trios as part of The 3 Kings… I burnt myself out and I wore myself thin… as much as I don't want to take the blame for being a factor in my team losing against Everest… The proof is there. You can see a young minded wrestler who saw an opportunity to be something greater than himself with the help of two vets in Price and Digger… They promised me that World title shot… That shot I've wanted since I returned to wrestling and I found WCF… They helped inspire me to get me to push that much more to stand in the finale of the Trios… But I got ahead of myself… my judgement was clouded and all I thought about was myself… What was going to get Kevin Bishop to that World title? That's what I asked myself every morning leading up to that finale… It's the same thing I asked myself when I wanted to regain my UCI World title…”
Kevin leans over and grabs his title out of his locker and he sits it in camera shot in front to him.
“I learned that if I do for me and if I give it all, then I alone will reap the reward… so what… this leaves me standing amongst the blood thirsty sharks… I will stand tall in my efforts to fight each and every one of them… I will break down the mountain that is Everest… I will show Gravedigger and Price that they didn't carry me through Trios… I will remind Andre Holmes why I am the BEST UCI champion that UCI has… I will remind Mikey eXtreme why I am a man he shouldn't write off because he bested me in some tag match last year… I will show the vets who are returning that I am apart of the NEW breed and I am a man who will solidify his spot amongst the past WAR winners… Steve Orbit is probably back for a one off to see if he can finally win a WAR… Jay Omega is definitely here to attempt to prove that he isn't just some past winner who lacks any substance any longer… Sure he's won multiple times but what has he been doing lately? At least I can stand my successes in UCI, right?”
Kevin shines his title up.
“I put this title on the map… I helped lift UCI out of the damn shadow of WCF. The future is bright for both companies and we are breaking down that wall that was erected years ago to keep the two entities separate… To keep the sharks away from those looking to get an opportunity to become better wrestlers. UCI is a land of unity and we put on shows that the fans can be proud of… We have competition that makes other companies jealous… That's why Seth called for us… We were a wrinkle in time in the WCF and he has witnessed what we were able to do outside of his walls. There's money attached to our names and he knows the fans will eat it up with the idea of WCF vs UCI… Will it ever happen? Who knows… But putting the thought out there is enough to drive our fans crazy. Gauge their reaction at WAR once you have UCI and WCF talent in the same ring with each other… Then we will see how much the fans demand the competition between the two companies.”
“People would lose it to see The Guardians vs Everest. Ethan King throwing down with Bonnie Blue or Alex Richards… He'd get his ego knocked down a peg or two for his troubles that's for sure…”
Bishop rubs his beard for a second.
“But I get what you're thinking… Why shouldn't we want you to face off with Everest? It’s simple… There's no mystique to buy in to with me squaring off with them… Sure I could bring a different side of me, but we've all seen me face off with Everest. WAR won't be Bishop vs Ethan… Or Bishop vs Sanchez… It's going to be Bishop vs The World… That's just the way I want it… Every person going into this match feel that they have me all figured out… That they know my next move and how I'm going to approach my opponents in WAR… But truth be told, I'm not the crazy cult leader and ex People’s champion any longer… That's another Bishop’s title journey… One that he's shitting all over along with Gravedigger…”
Bishop shakes his head in disbelief.
“Teo and I lifted The People's title to higher heights and what we were able to do, you two have cut the legs right from under it…”
Bishop gives a thumbs up.
“Way to go fellas… Bishop you know your fate in WAR as well as you know your fate with The People's title… You are blemishing The Bishop name and if you cross my path in the ring, I'll be sure to rectify that.”
Kevin stands up and he looks down at his title for a second before looking back to the camera.
“Plenty of names in WAR but only The All Father cast the biggest shadow and it is well deserved. He was the first to speak his mind about everyone and he's the one aiming to make the biggest impact to win it all… The thing is, he has everyone's respect but he also has the largest target on his back… How many jobbers will it take to toss him over, it is unknown… What is known, he will take just as many with him in the process. I don't fear Odin, because I know he's already proven himself and he has no need to dig down deep to tap into that something extra to win WAR… That's what the younger generation has to offer… We want THIS more than the veterans… Hell, I want this more than even Frankie…”
“That's right, my old comrade, FPV is aiming to get back to the top once again… The man is always on that climb, isn't he? Can't knock him for that, because he did in fact get there time and time again. He didn't waste the briefcase he won off of Sanchez because he did win that grand prize… Him and I had our fair share of drag out fights… Hell I named a finishing move after him that stands as a reminder of what I did to him in our scaffolding match. FPV knows what kind of man I am when I really want something… So is my stance in this match that big of a surprise? I'm going to skyrocket myself to the top of WCF… a place that I was moments away from being before I fucked it all up. Life can be given second chances and I'm one that doesn't waste them under any circumstances… I got my second chance at winning back my World title and i did just that… if I wanted to be shackled to The People's title again I could do it in a heartbeat…”
Bishop shakes his head no.
“But I've said it before… This IS MY WAR to win… My name belongs next to the winners of the years before… I'm here to prove that. If you doubt me I accept it, because that is what will drive me.”
Bishop smirks again.
“Tell me that I don't belong here and that I'm only relevant in UCI… Tell me that I choked against some of the best talent WCF has to offer before I decided to waltz back in… Tell me I'm a fuck up with nothing left to offer WCF and that the only thing I did was waste a rookie year in the Dub and pretend The People’s title actually mattered…”
Kevin sits back down in front of the camera and it angles up to his face.
“I accept all of the shit you people choose to throw at me and it'll fuel me to be the last man standing…”
Kevin points to his lips.
“WCF… Read my lips… My return was foretold and I am BACK to hush all of my naysayers… I'm back to become YOUR WCF WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION. The very FIRST wrestler to hold both the UCI AND WCF World titles… It will be KEVIN BISHOP!”
Bishop holds up 4 fingers.
“Count them… 4 eliminations… First it was Adrian Archer… @@@... Triple A… He was lackluster but he played the thorn in people's side very well… I tossed him out on his head. Following Archer was my elimination of CJ Phoenix, a kid with great promise but just fell short at every turn when the going got tough… Then I eliminated Johnny Rabid, the man who will be your NEXT WCF World Heavyweight champion after he hits the Kingdom Destroyer on Theivin Steven… My final elimination was Cliff of Doom, a bright talent who had a tremendous outing in WAR that year… So 4 eliminations which was right under Odin’s 7 eliminations which is pretty damn impressive.”
Bishop pauses for a second then continues.
“2 hours… 6 minutes… and 26 seconds… That's how long it took to eliminate me from WAR last year and it’s a target for me to blow out of the water… This year is going to be different… Just wait and see…”
Kevin smirks and the camera bleeds into another shot… One from last years WAR.
Freddy Whoa: NO!, Gemini escapes it. Cliff grapples Flash and throws him to the ropes. Flash hits and Cliff runs at him, Clotheslining him before lifting him up onto the top.
Zach Davis: Cliff climbs up with Flash, lifting him.... War is meant for Cliffhangers and here comes one!
Freddy Whoa: HE HITS HIS TOP ROPE C4! CLIFFHANGER! CLIFF HAS FLASH!
Zach Davis: CLIFF LOCKS FLASH IN THE NO LEAF CLOVER!
Freddy Whoa: I don't know if this is wise - the chances of Joey Flash giving up?
Zach Davis: But he could pass out, Freddy! Or, even if not that, he's going to be seriously hurt for the rest of the match!
Freddy Whoa: BISHOP SPRINGBOARDS AND HITS CLIFF WITH THE BLACK DEATH! SPRINGBOARD CODEBREAKER WHILE CLIFF HAD THE NO LEAF CLOVER LOCKED IN!
Zach Davis: Bishop pins Cliff!, hooking the leg!
Freddy Whoa: ONE!
Zach Davis: TWO!
Freddy Whoa: THREE! The leader of the Brotherhood got him!
Zach Davis: Flash once again rolls out of the ring as Bishop soaks in the boos of the audience. He can smell victory, Freddy. We're down to our final four.
Freddy Whoa: Everyone in this match is exhausted. They've all been in here for God knows how long.... This has to be over soon.
The shot goes black and all that remains is Bishop’s voice.
“Following this final elimination by my hands… Gemini hit me with that God Paradox and got the three count on me… It is a mistake that I will not allow to happen again. We all learn from our mistakes and it is what we do with that knowledge that'll make us who we are within the fire. The fire that molds us all within WAR… No matter how the fight goes… It always calls us back or we wouldn't be here right now… We wouldn't be sending out these last ditch efforts of what we call promos to show the world why we are the horse to back.”
“Just remember everyone… This… is… MY… TIME.”