Post by Renee Jonae on Jun 12, 2020 10:46:38 GMT -8
🗽The video begins with Renee Jonae opening patio window doors to a relaxing outdoor lounge. She was on the phone as she stepped out, but hangs up as she had just finished her conversation while doing so. She enjoys the sunshine, and stretches her arms as she smiles, then winks at the camera for her admirers at home. She’s in a rather good mood after the window of time since DreamState.🗽
“When one door closes, another door opens. It’s quite a cliche, but it is something most of the world is being forced to put their efforts into believing as we all have to do our best to react to the changing times. Everyone on Dystopia is doing the same with new management, I am so proud to be a part of the large number of people shaking off the feeling of uneasiness and embracing what changes may come in the upcoming future. In the past, I was someone who let her intuition suddenly decide what I do at any moment’s notice, and I’m not ashamed of that because I trust my instincts. Today, I still go by my gut feelings, but I’m more thoughtful about how I go about my business. Something has been bothering me for a long time. A fellow competitor and his sister have also been very welcoming of the idea of talking to me for quite some time too, because they see what I see. We see the black cloud over WWH’s head, and despite the changes going on, it is one of the only things that remains a constant. So I’ve been making calls, for a change, because the warning signs are that clear and they require me to plan ahead. Soon enough you’ll know what I mean, because I never have and never will be someone who allows Dystopia to fall victim to a downpour of brutality without protection. Even when I was a rookie, despite not fully knowing what was going on, I was the type of woman who’d charge headfirst into defending this place! It’s how I got to know Mercedes Vargas.
Mercedes, I don’t know if you remember it was my true Dystopia debut. It was only my first night on the main show, you were jumped from behind and busted open, I didn’t know much about the Sanatorium then, but I knew that what they were trying to do to you during their invasion was wrong! I rushed in to defend you and the rest of Dystopia. After that, we gained respect for each other as we teamed multiple times against the Sanatorium forces, I’d even say we had a bit of a sisterhood thing going on between us. In all of those times, we never let each other down, never betrayed one another. Regardless of the time between then and now, my respect and appreciation of you have never wavered. Even as we fought when you became the number one contender for my old Women’s World Championship, I never hated you for trying to write your name into the history books. Despite my victory, I feel you still made history and the magic we had in that match is something I’ll always cherish in my heart. I know, some question how the two of us can get along. Some, in error, might even accuse me of pulling punches, for not nitpicking your current status in the company, as if I’m meant to act like you’re completely washed up. They don’t know you like I do. You rarely show a friendly side to others, you’re not a people person most of the time and honestly recent setbacks for you might have given a lot of the people in the back just cause to forget just how great you are. You’re the Argentine Assassin, you have Latina heat and are outspoken about it! I’ve always said, how you carried yourself with dignified poise and cultural pride made me confident that I could openly do the same here.”
🗽Jonae does a black pride power fist.🗽
“Truly, much love Mercedes. I think you’re fully capable of making a great comeback, at all times you can flip that switch and become a threat comparable to a dash of deadly nightshade. I know it was a comedy skit, but when I think of no one expecting the Spanish Inquisition I can’t help but have you on my mind. You’re someone who hits hard when no one sees it coming. Are you ready to show you’re back to 100 percent after you got hurt? Are you able to make the next Dystopia the night you’ve returned to true Mercedes form? I don’t know, you’re for sure capable of it, but only you can know if you want to step up and do your part as half of the match that makes this worthwhile. You’re the only one that can show signs that you’re ready to get out of your slump.
Which sort of differentiates us, in a way.
I don’t have slumps. I have reigns of seemingly endless splendour, then I get a little humbled like all people need, but I never stay down for long. I don’t get knocked down to the preshow, let alone lose it in, nor be on it back to back before being gone and returning to the company. I get up real quick and refocus. In this business, you can’t stay static, I think it’s about time I get myself into a whole new championship picture, and losing to you doesn’t help me achieve that. Everyone knows, there is a certain being out there that has TWO of WWH’s championships, and fate would have it he’s a creature I pinned right in the middle of that ring right before the War of Attrition PPV. I haven’t forgotten, there may have been interference, but I did beat Havoc in a singles match. I think that should get my foot in the door, how many other people can stay they beat the champ when he was on top and didn’t get a title shot? I just failed to get back my championship, and parting from it hurts my heart, but I’m not like Paige Matthews and Maki. When my predecessors realized the Women’s World Championship had left their reach, they devolved into madness and eventually decayed away from WWH completely. I, on the other hand, will soar higher than I ever have before! I know you know better than to doubt me, Mercedes. You have felt the brunt of what I can do, and I am not a woman to be trifled with. I can be as calm as the seas, and people can enjoy our beauty, but they must always be careful to not be dragged down to face our depths. My willpower, my ability to make magical moments, and my uncanny flair, they run deep like the oceans and you don’t want to see what happens when I kick up a storm!
Many souls have not left the Fay Noire Forest the same way they came in. On paper, the only person I have retired is Paige, but I know I have something to do with a lot of the people I have bested losing faith in the business. Unlike most people, I don’t shy away from the damage I’ve done. People put their heart into this craft, and as a winner I’ve eaten more hearts than Ammit. Every person that finds success deep down begins to understand that it all comes at a price. The difference between Havoc and I is that I only made enemies through the normal means of competition. I don’t cheat, I don’t belittle people unnecessarily, and I always try to do things with honour. Whether to dread or be excited to face me depends only on if you feel you’re up the task of hanging with me! The return of the old Mercedes sounds great, but I won’t just let it come at my expense, that’s not how this works. To be the best, you have to strive for more and more, even as the bodies of your competitors start piling up at your feet and weighing on your soul. Even if you ever get to the position where come recognize you as the best, you still have to strive to outdo what you did before. Do better! Be better! That’s the type of mindset I have and always will have. It’s what Michael Jordan felt and expressed on The Last Dance. To get to the next level, I’m becoming more dangerous than ever before Mercedes. I’m doing what I never thought of doing before, I am getting out of my comfort zone and finding out I really do belong among the top talents in this company. But that never means selling out. Being on brand and expanding your brand are not mutually exclusive, I’m upping my game while staying true to my principles, I’ll continue to show you how far I’ve come since the early days where I was just the new recruit trying to make a name for herself. I used to run through any open door I saw, but now I pick which doors I want to go through and people tend to know I’ll kick them down if they try to lock what I want away behind closed ones. This Dystopia, I’m out to send a message loud and clear that I’m on the move towards superstardom! And despite the niceties, at the end of the day you’re just in my way Mercedes. The only way for me to get the spoils of victory is to once again make sure everyone knows I have your number and I can tuck you into bed at night whenever I’m the one who has to put you to sleep. So I’m going to darken your doorstep, knock on wood, and let you decide if the door to my victory opens up the easy way or the hard way.
For the self-respect I know you have deep down, I hope and trust you’ll make it difficult for me.”
🗽Renee smiles and blows a kiss at the camera as she as it goes the video fades to black.🗽
Post by Mercedes Vargas on Jun 12, 2020 18:16:11 GMT -8
"Choose Your Own Adventure: Todo o Nada (All or Nothing)" Present Day ♦ S E R E N I T Y • C A L I F O R N I A
The look on her face was one part contemplative, one part somber and reflective in light of recent events as Mercedes peers into the camera, her hair in curls and wearing a jacket covered her sleeveless black shirt, overlapping blue skinny jeans, resting upon just the back of her high heels.
"Familiarity breeds contempt, or something like that."
Mercedes follows this with a nonchalant shrug of her shoulders.
"I mean, it could be true. Probably not all the time, but it could be. You spend enough time around someone, you know all about them, sometimes better than you know yourself. You know how they think, how they wrestle, how to outsmart them, how to hurt them."
Mercedes goes quiet for a moment as she lowers her head. She lets out a sigh before raising her head again
"Familiarity breeds contempt, but contempt is the least emotion I'm feeling right now. This weekend is the fallout show from the Dreamstate pay-per-view that went down just two weeks ago. And for the second year in a row, I walked out of that pay-per-view with nothing to show for it. Last year, the Sanatorium brand decided to invade Dystopia only because they can, and each and every time they showed up, every time these matches were drawn up to decide brand supremacy, Dystopia came up on top. That wasn't the case last year. I lead my team alongside Renee Jonae and Aubrey Cassidy against Sanatorium's best, captained by Chris Matthews, Gary Black and Nikki Caldwell in a six-person tag match. And we would have won that match too if it wasn't for that rotten Maki!
There's an awkward pause as Mercedes looks thoughtful.
"Yes, Maki just had to make that match about herself, and Aubrey just had to be distracted by her. The point is, Sanatorium won the match by countout, but you wouldn't believe it by the way they were celebrating like they won the World Series. In the end, Sanatorium may have won that battle, but Dystopia eventually won the war, as if there was any doubt."
Mercedes gives a serious roll of her eyes.
"Wrestling isn’t the most glamorous job in the world. Not when you’re on the road practically every weekend. Now do this, repeatedly, for 11 years, in a male dominated sport, and having to do a balancing act between managing your weight and eating healthy, getting beat up, and scratching and clawing your way for main events and title opportunities – while being trotted out under a hundred pounds of makeup just to look good in front of that all-important 18 to 35 male demographic – and it’s any wonder how I survived this long.
Earlier this year, I had to sit out the first few shows in World Wrestling Headquarters. I missed the first Dystopia of 2020. Because of a concussion I suffered in a match I had in another promotion, that meant me missing opportunities. And it's not like I can afford to be missing shows. Each week means missed opportunities that are going to someone else.
The saying goes "Time heals all wounds", but you look at what remains after the hurt and the pain and you can see that saying is not true. For me, time has not been kind. The wounds did not heal. The healing would not come.
"People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care. When I went on social media and announced stepping away from the ring after my concussion, Renee Jonae was the only, THE ONLY ONE, that gave a damn.
There's a huge difference between being hard on yourself and being honest with yourself.Being honest doesn't mean beating yourself up.
"Familiarity breeds contempt, but contempt is the least emotion I'm feeling right now. So imagine my surprise when I found out I would be facing Renee again one-on-one.
"It's been awhile since we last saw each other, Ren. Too long. I just have to ask one question, and please don't be offended, sweetie, but, uh, have you been losing weight recently? Losing the Women's Championship still stings but I was kind of hoping we would be having our rematch for that. Thanks to Stephanie I guess that won't be happening. But, hey, don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. At least you had a good run to look back on and you still have your pride."
Mercedes lowers her eyes, shaking her head. She blinks a few times before taking a deep breath.
"I've spent everday of my waking hours looking forward to our match, Renee, because pride is what our match is all about. Usually, I’m in a zone, I’m upbeat, I’m ready to kick ass and takes names. But I can't seem to get Mankind Divided out of my mind. I gave you my best that night in Los Angeles, but my best wasn't enough. That night was supposed to be the night where all my hard work paid off. It was the place where everything was supposed to come together, the opportunity I needed to prove to you, prove to the world, prove to the fans, prove to everyone in the back, and prove to myself that I had what it took to be World Champion. And what do I have to show for it?"
She let's out a laugh.
"The same thing that happened at Dreamstate this year. Nothing!"
The realization made her want to laugh and cringe at the same time.
"That said, 2020 is starting off to be another rough year and it's certainly something I'm not readily to admit nor am I happy about. These last few months, I've lost focus. To be known as a failure is not something I'm striving for. But I guess that can't be helped now. It's probably what everybody is thinking and there's nothing I can do about it. That Women's World Championship contender's match should have been mine. Latoya, Nightshade, Belladonna, Joanna, and Kendall doesn't have what it takes to take on Stephanie. Belladonna won the match, good on her, will end up as another footnote in her reign."
Brushing away a few strands of hair that got in the way, Mercedes continues, her tone remains steady, though signs of anger are there too.
"Most people would be surprised to know that this past February marked three years since I joined World Wrestling Headquarters. I may not have been in this company from the very beginning, I may not have been the first talent signing or the first champion and, yeah, there have been better champions, but for three years, I wrestled who I was told to wrestle, when I was told to wrestle, even putting a smile on my face when I was placed on the pre-show. It didn't matter where I was placed on the card: pre-show, the opener, the mid-card or the main event, my name was on the card and I showed up week-in-and-out, non-stop. I have scratched and clawed and fought and bled to get to where I am today.
"In that time, I've seen so much turnover, I've lost count. The faces are a blur, the authority figures come and go, shows and championships are here today and gone tomorrow. It takes a special kind of person to roll through the punches. But while the years go by, while the faces change, the song remains the same.
"Maybe I can't change what happened at Dreamstate, maybe I can't change what happened in our match at Mankind Divided..."
Mercedes holds an index finger in a wait-a-minute gesture.
"Well, maybe there is one thing. Try and make it right. It's the least I can do, Renee, because contempt is the least emotion I'm feeling this weekend."
Mercedes shakes her head while mouthing the word “no.”
"More like redemption. That's why this match is one where I'll be showing up. That I get to visit an arena I've already been to four times is a moot point. At Dystopia, I'm reigniting that fire and focusing all my energy on you because it's about time you get the step up in competition you deserve. I'm willing to risk it all. I'm willing to put my cards on the table. I'm willing to do whatever it takes to put you down for three or put you to sleep. Choose. I'm not too picky."
Looking deadset into the camera lens, her voice drops to a whisper though her words hold conviction behind them. She pauses, mostly for dramatic effect.
"For what it's worth, the first half of the year may be over, but that doesn't mean it's over for me. I'm going to show why I'm far from over, why I'm far from done in World Wrestling Headquarters. Sunday is where I pick up the pieces and come back fiercer, hungrier and stronger than ever before. And if you think that won’t happen, well you better just watch me.”
KID CARNAGE: Good job on the show
Mar 24, 2020 13:13:02 GMT -8
Overseer: thank ya thank ya
Mar 25, 2020 3:22:58 GMT -8
Overseer: Everything will be updated this coming Monday. That's my next day off
Mar 25, 2020 3:24:43 GMT -8
Niobe Martin: *flops on the floor* Hi..
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