The Legend of Zelda: The Ring of Destiny, Chapter 11, finale
The Second Triforce Tournament’s opening round comes to a close as the Bracket of Courage finally begins! Who will follow Link’s footsteps to glory?
- Link VS Skull Kid; Link wins.
- Bracket of Courage: Fin Balure VS Dreadfuse; Balure wins and advances.
- Bracket of Courage: Ghirahim VS Ashei; Ghirahim wins and advances.
- Bracket of Courage: Ravio VS King Bulblin; Ravio wins and advances.
- Bracket of Courage: Volga VS ReDead; Double Disqualification.
PLAY BY PLAY
Link VS Skull Kid!
Fans here at Courage Steppe in the Faron region are so excited to see the original Triforce of Courage and the now two-time Triforce Champion in person. Link, still wearing his Hero of Old gear, waves hello and high fives those in the front row. Link and Skull Kid shake hands and bow to show sportsmanship between them, and fans cheer as the bell rings!
The two circle, Skull Kid claps it up, and fans pick up on the rhythm. “S-K, U-L-L, K-I-D, FIGHT!” Link and Skull Kid share a laugh because it’s not Saturday night, it’s Monday. They approach, feel out the grapple, and Skull Kid gets around Link to swagger about. Link smirks and nods, then he and Skull Kid circle again. They approach, Skull Kid slips past Link again, and flexes on behalf of the Studly Guys. Skull Kid double gun flexes to one side of the crowd and they cheer, then he turns to another side and they cheer. Skull Kid turns and ends up facing Link, and Link flexes in return. Fans cheer the flexing from the champion, and Skull Kid nods his respect.
Skull Kid and Link feel out the grapple, tie up, and Link powers Skull Kid to ropes. The ref counts, Link arm-drags Skull Kid away, but Skull Kid rolls to his feet, and starts flossing. Y’know, that silly arm flailing dance. Link tries to figure out how he’s doing that but can’t floss himself. Skull Kid chuckles before he and Link circle again. They tie up, Link wrenches to a wristlock, clamps onto the shoulder and brings Skull Kid around, but Skull Kid rolls and wrenches back. Skull Kid wrenches again, shifts to a waistlock, but Link standing switches. Skull Kid switches back, then tries for a cobra twist.
Link fights it off, they go around and around and around, and Link puts Skull Kid in the cobra twist, only for Skull Kid to get the ropebreak! Link lets Skull Kid go and fans cheer the sportsmanship. Skull Kid takes a moment, comes back to circle with Link, and they low five before they tie up again. Link headlocks, hits the takeover, and shrugs off Skull Kid’s attempt at a headscissors. Skull Kid moves around, rolls Link to a cover, ONE, and Link holds on. Skull Kid gets the headscissors this time but Link pops out. Skull Kid reverses roles as he hits a headlock and takeover, only for Link to headscissor.
Link holds on tight as Skull Kid tries to pop out, and fans rally up as Skull Kid keeps trying. Skull Kid hops and hops and headstands. Skull Kid finally pops out, then double guns, then offers Link a hand. Link takes it and Skull Kid helps him stand up, to then arm-drag him! Link gets up, runs into another arm-drag, and Skull Kid has the armlock. Link endures, fights up, throws body shots, a forearm, then whips Skull Kid to ropes. Skull Kid holds the ropes to avoid the superkick, then runs in and tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Link ends up in a corner, Skull Kid runs in, but Link puts him out on the apron.
Skull Kid slingshots back in to headscissor Link again, but Link handsprings through. Skull Kid waistlocks, Link elbows him then standing switches. Link lifts, Skull Kid flails to resist, then reaches down to get a leg. Skull Kid trips Link with that leg, but Link boots him away with the other leg, sending Skull Kid at the ropes! Skull Kid springboards and crossbodies! But Link catches Skull Kid! Link pops Skull Kid to the fireman’s carry, but Skull Kid sits up to rain down punches! Skull Kid spins and huricanranas Link onto ropes! Skull Kid builds speed but runs into a SUPERKICK! Link dead lift suplexes Skull Kid up to a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!
Fans fire up as Link watches Skull Kid sit up. Link runs, Skull Kid ducks the shining wizard, BOOMERANG KICK! Skull Kid flounders to ropes, Link draws his sword and takes aim at Skull Kid. Link runs, comes back, PUMP KNEE! Apparently, Link calls that “The Master Sword,” in honor of the blade he was given as the prize for winning the Hyrule Warriors match. Link drags Skull Kid up, fireman’s carries, BOMBOS MEDALLION! Cover, Link wins!
Winner: Link, by pinfall
The Hero of Hyrule didn’t even need his best for this! But Link still respects Skull Kid and helps Skull Kid to his feet to shake his hand and then raise it. Skull Kid isn’t quite as enthusiastic after losing, but will this encouragement help him rebound?
Wait, Zelda is here? She also won her own non-title match just yesterday against Riju of the Desert Flowers, but now she’s walking down the ramp and into the ring to join Link. “Congratulations on the win, Link. And honestly, what a great showing from Skull Kid!” Zelda has the fans give another round of applause before continuing. Zelda knows she’s pointing out the obvious, but they’re both champions right now. “Just a year ago, we were both in this Triforce Tournament, starting on parallel journeys towards that, THE Hyrule Pro-Wrestling Triforce Championship of the world.”
And not to bring up the past, but Link was the first champion, lost it, but is champion again after HyruleMania just a month ago. Zelda also won the HPW Goddess Championship at HyruleMania, but she’s been wondering. Yes, Ganondorf beat her at Clash of Fates back in October, and Link’s tied with Ganondorf in 1v1 competition. “But what about us? We haven’t had a 1v1 match at all, even when I was disguised as Sheik.” There are plenty of rounds left in this tournament, and the winner will receive a match for the Triforce Championship, but it doesn’t have to be against Link. Link looks at Zelda with a curious smile, perhaps wondering if she’s going where we think she’s going with this.
Zelda says she isn’t trying to insinuate anything or jump any lines. She’s just wondering what would happen if she and Link went 1v1. “It doesn’t have to be for the Triforce Championship. Unless you want it to. After all, you’re the champion, your input means a lot to management.” But Zelda knows Link will still give it his all, even if the title isn’t on the line, because he’s a great competitor. Link doesn’t have a mic but he does say he’ll put the title on the line! Really? That’s great! If she wins, she not only becomes HPW Triforce Champion, but becomes a double champion because of her HPW Goddess title, and HPW makes history again.
Fans suddenly boo and Zelda is surprised. Why’re they booing? Do they not like the fact she’ll become- Er, possibly become a double champion? Is that not fair? “Yes! Yes! Yes!” Well, yes, Zelda does see their point. But Link can’t become the HPW Goddess Championship, this belt is still only for the Women’s Division. But now that Zelda thinks about it, wasn’t there something last year…? “Yes, now I remember. At the end of the Triforce Championship Triple Threat, when you won…” Can production in the back help remind us all what that was?
After waiting a moment, the titantron replays footage from Link being crowned the champion. Link had the mic and said to Zelda, “I guess that’s worth a kiss, huh?” That’s what it was! Link wasn’t serious back then, was he? Link has a sly smile and shrugs, and Zelda smirks back at him. But then fans chant, “Kiss! Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!” Zelda laughs and says, “Oh stop it! Really? Does everyone really want to see me give Link a kiss?” “Yes! Yes! Yes!” Zelda sighs but smirks, and says, “If… IF… Link wins…” Fans cheering makes her stop and laugh a little more. She again says IF Link wins and retains the Triforce Championship, Zelda will kiss Link, on the cheek. Fans boo but she says they can’t be greedy.
But then Nabooru walks out? She stays on the ramp as she tells Zelda not to get ahead of herself. Nabooru knows she lost her match in the Triforce Tournament, but that doesn’t mean she’s done. And Zelda might be Goddess Champion now, but that could change, too. Zelda won against Nabooru and the others in a Fatal 4 Way, but let’s see how that goes when it’s 1v1. Will Zelda accept Nabooru’s challenge for the Goddess title? Zelda thinks as she looks at Link, and Link looks back at her with a questioning look. Zelda accepts Nabooru’s challenge! And despite what Nabooru says, someone will be ready! Zelda will be ready for her match with Nabooru! But will Zelda be ready for her match with Link?
Fin Balure VS Dreadfuse!
The Bracket of Courage opens as the Zora Prince takes on the Terror of the Seven Circuits! Will Balure sink the wrestling pirate’s chances at the finals before he can even set sail? Or will Dreadfuse keel haul Balure out of the tournament?
The ref and Balure question Dreadfuse’s hook hand. It was apparently fine for Hyrule Warriors but this is a standard singles match so… Dreadfuse takes his hook hand off, and puts on a regular hand! Well, he is a robot… The bell rings and fans cheer as Balure and Dreadfuse circle. They tie up, go around, and Dreadfuse headlocks. Balure throws body shots, powers out, but Dreadfuse runs him over. Dreadfuse runs, Balure stays low, then follows after Dreadfuse! Dreadfuse stops, they collide shoulder to shoulder but Dreadfuse stays up. The two talk some trash and Balure turns to run, only to CHOP Dreadfuse! Balure whips, Dreadfuse reverses, then catches Balure into a sleeper hold!
Balure flails as Dreadfuse squeezes tight! Fans rally as Balure reaches around, Dreadfuse thrashes him away from the ropes, but Balure backs Dreadfuse into buckles! Dreadfuse holds on, Balure rams him into buckles again, then snapmares free. Balure throws forearms on Dreadfuse and backs him down to whip, but Dreadfuse reverses and breaks free to UPPERCUT! Good thing that isn’t a hook hand anymore. Dreadfuse runs but Balure pulls him in by his hair for a dragon sleeper and elbow drop DDT! The ref reprimands but Balure ignores him to stomp away on Dreadfuse. Dreadfuse gets to ropes but Balure just springboard stomps him over and over and over again!
The ref counts, Balure stops stomping at 4, then runs to baseball slide dropkick Dreadfuse out of the ring! Balure follows after Dreadfuse and CLUBS him down! A ring count starts as Dreadfuse stumbles to railing, he hits back with an elbow, then he whips Balure, only for Balure to reverse! Dreadfuse hits railing, and Balure runs up to CHOP him against the railing! Balure refreshes the count at 6 but Dreadfuse kicks him low! Dreadfuse brings Balure around to whip him HARD into railing! Balure goes down in a heap, fans rally up as Dreadfuse storms over. Dreadfuse stomps Balure in return, then digs his boots into Balure’s head! The ref counts, Dreadfuse lets off and goes into the ring.
The ref checks on Balure but Balure says to shut up because he’s fine. Balure drags himself up with the railing and hobbles into the ring. Dreadfuse rushes over but Balure gets clear of his stomp and trips him up! Balure drags Dreadfuse back out to throw him hard into railing! Balure stomps Dreadfuse into the railing over and over then digs his boots into Dreadfuse! The ref counts again and Balure lets off, to bring Dreadfuse up and put into the ring. Balure drags Dreadfuse up, CLUBS him, then facelocks. Dreadfuse resists the suplex, wrenches out and back suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO!
Dreadfuse drags Balure up, throws forearms and puts Balure in a corner. Dreadfuse throws more forearms and even back elbows, then whips Balure corner to corner! Dreadfuse runs in, Balure goes up and over to the apron, then he ROCKS Dreadfuse with a forearm! Balure jumps in and dragon sleepers, but Dreadfuse resists the inverted suplex. Balure clubs away on Dreadfuse’s chest, but Dreadfuse drops to snapmare free. Dreadfuse aims but Balure dodges the Penalty Kick to roll him up! TWO, and Balure CHOPS Dreadfuse again! Balure fires more forearms, whips Dreadfuse to ropes but Dreadfuses reverses again. Balure kicks Dreadfuse’s back drop away, trips him up, and DOUBLE STOMPS him down!
Fans fire up as both men are down! Balure catches his breath and gets up first. He goes over to Dreadfuse and drags him up for more forearms and even some body shots. Balure whips Dreadfuse to ropes, Dreadfuse ducks the forearm to whip Balure, but Balure comes back, only for Dreadfuse to block the Slingblade to a Side Leg Sweep! Dreadfuse rolls back and drops a leg! Cover, TWO! Dreadfuse keeps his focus and stalks up behind Balure. Dreadfuse clamps onto Balure for another sleeper but Balure slips out to PELE! Balure grabs Dreadfuse in the dragon sleeper again, inverted suplex and SLAM! The Low Tide! Cover, TWO! Dreadfuse survives, Balure is furious, but fans fire up!
Balure drags Dreadfuse to a drop zone and goes up top, ready for the coup de grace! Fans fire up as Balure stands, but Dreadfuse gets up to hit the ropes! Balure is tripped up and lands on his dinghy! Dreadfuse throws forearms and CLUBS Balure to then drag him out on the top rope. TOP ROPE DRAPING DDT! Cover, TWO!! Balure survives and shocks Dreadfuse but fans fire up again! Dreadfuse stalks Balure as he crawls, then drags him up into a headlock! Dreadfuse goes to sweep the leg but Balure pops out the back! Balure runs past Dreadfuse, comes back and SLINGBLADES Dreadfuse down!
Fans fire up with Balure as he takes aim from a corner, and he SHOTGUN dropkicks Dreadfuse to the other corner! Balure hurries back to the corner and up top while Dreadfuse is in the drop zone! Balure aims, stands, and leaps, DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! The Deep End! Cover, Balure wins!
Winner: Fin Balure, by pinfall (advances to the second round)
Dreadfuse’s ship has been sunk and Balure is sailing on! Will he make it through the choppy waters ahead and take the Bracket of Courage?
Ghirahim VS Ashei!
The Living Blade wants after the Zora Prince for what happened in the Hyrule Warriors match at Clash of Fate! But first, he must get through the young woman with ice in her veins! Will Ghirahim be able to cut through to the next round? Or will Ashei leave him out in the cold?
The bell rings, fans sing for “A-sheeei~, Ashei Ashei Asheeeeei~! A-sheeeeei~! A-sheeeeei~!” as she circles with Ghirahim. Clearly the fans have chosen a side. Ashei and Ghirahim tie up, and are in a deadlock. They break, Ghirahim glares as he and Ashei circle again, and then tie up again! Ghirahim tries to use his height for leverage, but Ashei uses that momentum to put Ghirahim on the ropes. Ghirahim turns it around, but Ashei turns it back around. The ref tells them to break but they end up in the corner. The ref counts, Ashei lets Ghirahim go, and the two glare at each other. The ref wants Ashei to back up but she doesn’t budge as Ghirahim gets in her face.
The ref keeps telling Ashei to stand down, and she finally takes a few steps away. Ghirahim exits the corner and circles with Ashei again. They tie up, Ghirahim gets around to waistlock but Ashei standing switches. Ghirahim resists the lift, hooks the leg and uses it to drag Ashei down. Ghirahim goes after an arm, Ashei moves around, rolls and spins to kick Ghirahim from below. Ashei wrenches Ghirahim’s arm to a hammerlock, Ghirahim reaches for ropes, but Ashei moves him away. Ghirahim slips out of the hammerlock to arm-drag Ashei away! Ashei runs back into a headlock takeover! Ashei rolls it to a cover, ONE, and Ashei headscissors, but Ghirahim pops out!
Ghirahim swings but Ashei gets around to shove him to ropes! Ashei CLUBS Ghirahim in the back on the rebound, then reels him in for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Ashei drags Ghirahim back and dead lifts him in a waistlock! Ghirahim elbows back over and over and over until he’s free, then then runs to ropes! Ghirahim springboards, but Ashei blocks the cutter! Ashei stands Ghirahim up, spins him around and fireman’s carries, but Ghirahim kicks and flails to get free, to then shove Ashei and SUPERKICK! Ashei staggers, into a SNAP SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Ghirahim grows frustrated but the fans rally up!
Ghirahim grabs Ashei’s leg, stands on it, stomps it, then brings it up to SMASH into the mat! Fans boo while Ashei clutches the leg, but Ghirahim drags Ashei around by the leg. Ghirahim yanks on the leg, kicks and stomps it, then clamps on with an ANKLE LOCK! Ashei shouts in pain but endures as fans rally up! Ashei reaches for ropes but Ghirahim drags her away! Ashei endures more, powers up, and rolls! Ghirahim is thrown off, but he rushes back in, into a GORON DROP! Cover, ONE as Ghirahim gets a ghost pin! TWO, Ashei blocks the superkick to spin Ghirahim to a GERMAN SUPLEX! But Ghirahim lands on his feet! PENALTY KICK!
Fans fire up while Ghirahim grows further frustrated. Ghirahim drags Ashei up to CLUB her on the back, then he KICKS her leg! Ghirahim goes after the ankle again but Ashei scrambles around. Ashei turns over and boots Ghirahim away! Ghirahim runs back but Ashei dumps him out! Ashei slingshots and PLANCHAS Ghirahim down! Fans fire up again but Ashei hobbles as she gets up. Ashei brings Ghirahim up, pushes him into the ring, and slowly gets up into the ring. But Ghirahim rolls all the way to the other side of the ring and bails out. Ashei hobbles in pursuit, but as she gets on the apron, Ghirahim sweeps the legs with a clothesline! Ashei falls hard on the apron!
Fans boo as Ghirahim spins Ashei around to drag her out a bit, and gives her Kowata Kicks over and over in the face! The ref counts, Ghirahim stops, then BOOTS Ashei down! Fans boo more as Ghirahim leaves Ashei to the mercy of the ring count. Ashei slowly rises at 3, drags herself up with the apron skirt but fumbles and falls back down at 5! Ashei seems in a daze, but she manages to stumble up at 8, leans against the post, and gets in at 9.5! Ghirahim dropkicks her into the corner! Cover, TWO!! Ashei survives and fans are thunderous! Ghirahim hammers away in anger, then drags her to ropes to choke her!
The ref counts, Ghirahim stops at 4 and fans boo as Ghirahim runs, to dropkick her against the ropes! Ashei flops back to the apron while Ghirahim soaks up the heat. Ghirahim reaches through the ropes to stomp Ashei, but lets off as the ref counts. Ghirahim drags Ashei up and bends her against the ropes until the ref counts 4. Ghirahim drags Ashei in and Ghirahim shouts, “You watching, Zora Prince?!” Ghirahim STEALS DEPTH CHARGE! Cover, TWO!! Ashei survives Ghirahim’s knockoff of Balure’s move and Ghirahim is furious! Ghirahim demands she get back up, watches as she slowly rises, and then runs to the ropes, but Ashei gets behind him to catch him in a waistlock! HIGH ANGLE GERMAN SUPLEX! But Ashei’s leg won’t let her hold the bridging cover!
Fans are thunderous again as Ghirahim survives but Ashei still holds onto the waistlock. Ashei hobbles up, dead lifts Ghirahim again, but the bad leg holds her back! Ghirahim pries out, KICKS the bad leg, reels her in, but Ashei elbows the saido suplex off. Ashei ROCKS Ghirahim with a forearm, fireman’s carries him, and hits SNOWPEAK GUTBUSTER!! But the bad leg slows her down on the cover! TWO!!! Ghirahim barely survives and Ashei is beside herself! Ashei hobbles up again, goes to Ghirahim but Ghirahim CHOP BLOCKS her leg! Ghirahim then CHOPS her chest, runs and springboards, GHIRA CUTTER!! Cover, Ghirahim wins!
Winner: Ghirahim, by pinfall (advances to the second round)
The Demon Lord will have his fight with the Zora Prince in the bracket semifinals! Will he be able to cut Fin down he like did Ashei?
Ravio VS King Bulblin!
The third of the HPW Training Center prospects is #Murusagi, short for Murasaki Usagi, the Purple Rabbit! To keep this fair, the Bulblin King isn’t allowed his henchmen in the Bulblin triplets at ringside. But will that matter against a quite literally big challenge in the opening round?
Ravio insists that Bulblin is just hiding the Bulblin Triplets somewhere. The ref and King Bulblin are both confused and Bulblin says he’s not hiding anyone or anything! Ravio is skeptical, and the ref goes out to check under the ring. Bulblin defends his innocence, but this distraction keeps him and the ref from seeing Ravio hide something in a buckle pad! Ravio then quickly scoots to a different corner before Bulblin and the ref finishing proving there’s no one hiding under the ring. Bulblin says he told them both before and they just wasted time. Ravio apologizes and accepts that he was wrong. With that, the bell rings and the match begins!
Ravio and Bulblin circle, tie up and Ravio gets around to waistlock. Ravio tries to lift Bulblin but he’s very big and heavy. Bulblin easily throws Ravio off! Ravio flounders up and Bulblin whips, but Ravio reverses, only for Bulblin to block it with size and strength! Ravio keeps trying to whip but Bulblin keeps blocking. Bulblin reels Ravio in and runs him over with a shoulder! Fans boo but Bulblin just soaks up the heat. Bulblin looms over Ravio and gives him toying kicks. Ravio gets to ropes, drags himself up, and Bulblin ROCKS him with a right! Ravio staggers and he wants to go to the corner, but Bulblin turns him around to DECK him with another right!
Bulblin kicks Ravio to the ropes! Fans boo as Bulblin stands on Ravio’s body! The ref counts, Bulblin lets go of the ropes but he still stands on Ravio’s back! Ravio grabs the ropes, the ref counts again, and Bulblin finally steps off Ravio at 4. Ravio crawls and flops out of the ring to rest on the floor. The ring count starts but Bulblin doesn’t wait long, he goes out and fetches Ravio back into the ring. Bulblin drags Ravio up and wraps him in a bearhug! Ravio endures as Bulblin squeezes and thrashes him around! Fans rally, Ravio pushes his forearms into Bulblin’s face, then bell claps! Bulblin holds on but Ravio bell claps again, then twists Bulblin’s ears! The ref reprimands but Bulblin lets go!
Ravio kicks Bulblin’s leg, then runs, but Bulblin FLAPJACKS him! Bulblin grumbles as he glares at Ravio and drags him up by his mask’s rabbit ears! Ravio holds onto his mask and the ref reprimands, but Bulblin point-blank LARIATS Ravio down! Cover, TWO!! Ravio somehow survives and Bulblin chuckles. Bulblin drags Ravio back up and puts him in the corner. It’s the corner Ravio hid something in! Bulblin RAMS his shoulder into Ravio, then RAMS him again! Bulblin hoists Ravio up top, climbs up to join him, but Ravio resists the superplex! Ravio throws body shots, then gives Bulblin DOUBLE PURPLE NURPLES?!? Bulblin stumbles down, then Ravio rakes his eyes!
The ref is busy checking on Bulblin’s eyes, and Ravio brings out the thing he hid earlier! It’s a small bottle of something, with a rabbit eared cap. Ravio pops the cap off, squirts what seems to be soap or oil all over the mat and ropes in the corner, then caps the bottle to drop it on the floor! Bulblin comes back to the corner and he starts slipping on the stuff! Ravio SLAPS Bulblin and Bulblin falls over! Ravio adjusts, and he smartly didn’t put grease or whatever on the top rope. Ravio aims and hits a 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Bulblin almost got screwed by a soapy oil slick! Ravio keeps his cool and thinks of another plan.
Ravio hurries to the other side of the ring and he starts untying a buckle pad! The ref reprimands him and works to tie the pad back on, but Ravio is just using that as a distraction in itself! Ravio hurries out and grabs the bottle of suds! Ravio uncaps the bottle, but Bulblin reaches through the ropes to grab at Ravio! They fight over the bottle, and it squirts all in Bulblin’s face! Bulblin freaks out over getting it in his eyes! So maybe it is soap? Bulblin writhes and flails and the ref wonders what happened, but Ravio gets in to hit a BLINDSIDE DOUBLE KNEES! Cover, RAVIO WINS!
Winner: Ravio, by pinfall (advances to the second round)
Ravio wins with a rabbit punch style knees! They’re rabbit knees! And though there were some sneakier things that led up to it, Ravio still pins a former HPW Death Mountain Champion! Will Ravio have more tricks up his sleeves and shock us again in the second round?
Volga w/ The Dark Forces VS ReDead w/ The uWo!
The Burning Berserker and his faction were betrayed at HyruleMania! And now, a new trio of darkness has been formed! The UnderWorld Order is here, is this the first step in them taking over HPW?
As the uWo make their entrance, it would seem ReDead has gone through a bit of a makeover. He now wears black and gold, and seems to be calling himself “Hollywood” ReDead? Well, new name and gear aside, will he be able to deny Volga his vengeance and glory in the opening round’s final match?
Volga, Gibdo and Wizzro are all in the ring as ReDead, Death Sword and Gomess get in. The trios stare down but this isn’t a trios match and the ref tells them as much. The ref wants the others to back down and exit the ring so that it’s only Volga and ReDead. ReDead and the uWo debut a unique hand sign, crossing pinkie and ring fingers while keeping index and middle fingers side by side. They put those together up in the air, then Gomess and Death Sword suddenly CHOP Gibdo and Wizzro! ReDead choke grips Volga and tosses him to a corner while Death Sword and Gomess throw haymakers on Gibdo and Wizzro to send them out of the ring!
The ref tries to restore order as Death Sword and Gomess keep going after Gibdo and Wizzro on the outside! ReDead throws hands on Volga in the corner then stomps him down! The bell hasn’t rung so this isn’t an official match yet! Gibdo turns things around on Death Sword and CLUBS him against railing! Gomess chokes Wizzro against the railing while ReDead digs his heels into Volga’s neck! The ref tries to pull ReDead away from Volga but ReDead shoves him away! ReDead then drags Volga up to whip him corner to corner hard! Death Sword turns things back around on Gibdo and HEADBUTTS him! Death Sword boots, but Gibdo moves and Death Sword hits the post!
Gomess brings Wizzro around the way with a headlock but Wizzro starts throwing body shots. Wizzro gets free, throws haymakers of his own now, then coordinates with Gibdo. They shove Death Sword and Gomess into each other, then Gibdo tackles them both with a big crossbody! Fans fire up with Gibdo but the ref is still trying to restore order! ReDead drags Volga up, trophy lifts him, and TOSSES him out onto Gibdo! Wizzro checks on Gibdo and Volga as ReDead goes out after them. Wizzro throws hands on ReDead but ReDead traps the arms! ReDead roars right in Wizzro’s face, then TRAPPED ARM OVERHEAD SUPLEXES him onto Gibdo and Volga!
Fans are going nuts as ReDead gets up and roars more! The ref keeps shouting for him to get in the ring and have an actual match but he just dismissively waves a hand. ReDead drags Volga up and into the ring then follows. The ref has ReDead stay back while Volga gets to a corner. ReDead is annoyed but he stays back as the ref talks with Volga. Volga says he wants this fight so the ref has the bell ring. Volga runs at ReDead but into a BOOT! ReDead soaks up the heat as he shouts, “I’M THA MAAAAN~!” ReDead drags Volga back up, scoops him, but Volga slips out to shove ReDead to a corner. Volga SHINING WIZARDS, then hits a BULLDOG!
Fans fire up as Volga fires up, and he aims as ReDead sits up. ReDead blocks the basement superkick and spins Volga but Volga dragon whip kicks! ReDead staggers, Volga SUPERKICKS him in the back of the head! ReDead staggers, Volga full nelsons and DRAGON SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO! Volga watches ReDead slowly get up, runs in, but ReDead avoids the curb stomp! ReDead pops Volga up to SPINEBUSTER! ReDead runs for the LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous as ReDead argues with the ref! The fans then boo as ReDead gets in the ref’s face and backs him down to a corner. The ref shouts back that he is the official so ReDead needs to respect that.
ReDead drags Volga up to throw forearms. ReDead whips, Volga reverses and follows to clothesline ReDead at the ropes! Volga whips but ReDead reverses. Volga dodges the clothesline and both run, and double clotheslines take them both down! Wizzro gets up on the apron but Gomess storms over! The ref sees them both and tells them to stay back! But while the ref is busy with Wizzro and Gomess, both Volga and ReDead get up, and ReDead LOW BLOWS Volga! Fans boo and ReDead plays innocent but Gibdo gets on the apron now! Death Sword drags Gibdo down and they’re brawling!
The ref is busy shouting at them, and ReDead is distracted, so Volga LOW BLOW UPPERCUTS ReDead! Fans cheer as both men are down! The ref looks over to see both men are down and is of course confused, but he’s also busy with the Dark Forces and uWo brawling again! The ref shouts at all four of them and EJECTS them!! Maybe they should’ve been banned from ringside in the first place. Death Sword and Gomess throw hands on Gibdo and Wizzro up the ramp as they’re leaving! Wait, CIA jumps in from the crowd! She tosses her “magic scepter” to Volga, but ReDead is there to grab it, too! They’re fighting over it as the ref turns back to look at them! Cia ducks but a little too late…
ReDead and Volga try to blame the other for this, but the ref recognizes it’s Cia’s scepter! The ref shouts that he has had it with all of this, and he has the bell ring! Volga and ReDead point and laugh at the other, but the ref hasn’t said who is being disqualified! The ref talks with the ring announcer, Purah, while ReDead and Volga argue that the other is losing. “Ladies and gentlemen, the result of this match… Is a DOUBLE DISQUALIFICATION!” WHOA~!!
ReDead and Volga are both furious! They’re mad at the ref for making this a double DQ, and then they say the other screwed them over! Fans are also a bit upset, but then Volga and ReDead start brawling! They spill out of the ring, the rest of the Dark Forces and uWo rush back out, and its chaos all over again! Wizzro jumps on Gomess to try a sleeper hold, but Gomess throws him off, then DECKS him with a right hand! Death Sword throws hands on Gibdo but Gibdo kicks a leg out. Gibdo RAMS Death Sword into barriers, then whips him, only for Death Sword to reverse and send Gibdo into the other barriers!
Volga fires off a strike fest on ReDead and hits a ROLLING ELBOW! Volga SUPERKICKS ReDead and he staggers into Gomess and Death Sword. Cia springboards and LEAPS onto the uWo for a crossbody! They all topple over and fans go wild! Cia gets up and stands with the Dark Forces triumphantly! But this war between fearsome factions is only beginning! Who will stand tall when it’s all over? And what does the double disqualification mean for the Triforce Tournament?!
I fear I did a bit of Vince WWE style booking as far as the order of these matches. I wanted there to be a cliffhanger in terms of how the second round is supposed to go with that Double DQ draw. Then with Link VS Skull Kid going first to then set up Link VS Zelda, I felt like it had to go first to follow the formula from yesterday with the Bracket of Wisdom having Zelda VS Riju first. Setting things up for Zelda VS Nabooru was just spur of the moment, too, but I think it’s a fair move so that there’s a chance Zelda will be kept from being a double champion.
BWN Nerds’ Movie Review: Kong: Skull Island (2017)
The Nerds are back to a more normal format for this review! German Judge Patrcik O’Dowd returns to help Dave and guest reviewer Rey Cash on Kong: Skull Island (2017)!
Welcome to this week’s edition of the Nerd Review! Every week the Nerds give you their take on a different classic from the Nerdosphere. This week Dave and Patrick and, making his Nerd review debut, Rey Cash review 2017’s Kong: Skull Island!!
The Flick: Kong: Skull Island
What’s it About: A team of researchers receive a grant from the government in the wake of the Vietnam war to explore a mysterious island discovered in the Pacific Ocean. Upon arrival to Skull Island, the team finds a lush paradise teeming with life…and a dangerous secret.
Metacritic Score: 62
The Nerds’ Take on Kong: Skull Island (2017):
Patrick: Oh my, it is good to be back! I hope you all missed me as much as I missed writing these reviews. Last week, Dave kicked off our Kaiju run to Godzilla vs. Kong with his review of 2014’s Godzilla. This week, we tackle the other half of the Kaiju showdown with a review of 2017’s Kong: Skull Island. I gotta say, I picked the right movie for my triumphant return.
The first rule of any good Kaiju movie is that the human characters are completely secondary to the film itself. The movie is all about the monsters. Forty-Five minutes into the film, Kong: Skull Island completely embraces this philosophy. The story follows a familiar arc to those familiar with the character. In this iteration, a pair of “geologists” convince a senator to fund a research expedition to an uncharted island in the Pacific. The pair secure their funding, a military escort, and hire a retired SAS agent to act as a guide. Along the way, the group is joined by a photographer and a second research team. Of course, upon the group’s arrival to the island it is revealed that the geologists are monster hunters who have been looking for proof that giant creatures exist. And boy, do they ever. As the team sets off seismic charges (explosives) disrupting the life on the island, Kong emerges and wipes out most of the team. However, nothing is what it appears and as the survivors delve deeper into the island, they learn the truth behind Kong and Skull Island.
I am sure Dave will give a much more detailed plot description, so I’m just going to dive into the good. Monster fights. Loads and loads of monster fights. Once we get past the ho-hum exposition of who the human characters are and get to the island, we get scene after scene of Kaiju attacking, roaring and dominating our senses. The special effects are terrific, especially the work done to bring Kong to life. He’ terrifying and for a CGI character really carries a commanding presence. And then there are the monster battles. Again, the special effects team really outdid themselves. The climactic battle between Kong and the largest of the Skull Crawlers is truly epic in scope and feel. My only regret is that I didn’t catch this movie on an IMAX screen. I imagine the experience would have been even more magnificent than it was on my tiny television.
The cast is loaded with talent. Tom Hiddleston plays Conrad, the former SAS operative hired as a guide for the team. He’s clearly cinched in as the human protagonist and the rational member of the group. Brie Larson plays an antiwar photographer Mason Weaver, in a role that can best be described as minimal. She’s a part of the team, but outside being a sounding board for Conrad and the maiden to be rescued by Kong, she doesn’t do much else. Samuel L. Jackson is cast as Colonel Preston Packard, the commanding officer of the US Military escort driven mad with a desire to stop at nothing to kill Kong. A tropey character type for sure, but necessary. For me though the performance of the film comes from John C. Reilly. Reilly plays Marlow, a soldier who crash landed on the island during the 1940s, yet managed to survive by endearing himself to indigenous people on the island. He provides the audience with much needed plot points regarding the island and, more importantly, the creatures therein. Reilly’s Marlow is quirky, but not too funny, and very relatable as a man who just wants to go back home and have a hot dog.
I really, really enjoyed this iteration of the Kong Story. As is typical for the character, Kong is the hero of the tail whereas man is the threat. This idea is even more pronounced in this film as it is the expedition team’s destruction of the island prompts Kong’s hostilities. While the human characters are the audience’s anchor to the story, Kong is the star. This film was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it. Totally worth the two hour run time to watch.
Patrick’s Rating: 4.29/5.0
Dave After my somewhat tepid review of Godzilla last week, I went into this week’s assignment with somewhat low expectations. I had never seen Kong: Skull Island before and had heard mixed things about it. After watching it though, I can say this: It is a monstrous improvement over Godzilla (pun intended) and sets the stage for Legendary’s MonsterVerse much more effectively than Godzilla did.
Usually, I save a discussion of the cast for the end of these reviews. But for Kong: Skull Island, you almost have to address it at the beginning as it is the cast, and the chemistry they have, that sets this movie apart from Godzilla. There is a simple reason for that: We end up with a mini-MCU reunion here. Samuel L. Jackson plays Col. Packard, Tom Hiddleston plays James Conrad, and Brie Larson plays Mason Weaver. So, right off the bat, you have actors very familiar with each other (especially Jackson and Hiddleston from their portrayals as Nick Fury and Loki) and you can see how this familiarity translates into some exceptional performances that, to a certain extent, Godzilla lacked. Add in John Goodman and John C. Reilly and there was star power aplenty for this movie.
The premise of the movie is familiar to anyone who has been a King Kong fan at any point in their life. Bill Randa (Goodman) a high-ranking official with Monarch Corporation, with a lot of help from geologist Houston Brooks, convinces a US Senator (played by Richard Jenkins) to help fund an expedition to a strange island in the South Pacific, known as Skull Island. It is surrounded by a perpetual storm system, which has allowed it to elude discovery…. until now. Meanwhile, the Vietnam War is ending and Col. Packard is looking for one last assignment. He is asked to be the Military detail on Randa’s expedition to Skull Island. Conrad is hired on an as an expert tracker while Weaver comes aboard as a photographer. Once the group reaches Skull Island, they drop seismic charges to map out the island. This pisses off Kong, a 100-foot-tall ape (roughly 50 feet taller than he has been portrayed previously), who has his way with the helicopters and kills at least half of the men on those helicopters.
The survivors are spread across the island. Packard leads a group to try to get to the crash site of one of the helicopters that has weapons on board that he feels can kill Kong. Conrad and Weaver lead a different group and they stumble across the remnants of a civilization of indigenous people. Among them is Hank Marlow (Reilly). Marlow crashed on the island with a Japanese pilot named Gunpei at the very beginning of the movie and they encountered Kong. The two men were then stranded on the island for some 28 years, ever since the end of World War II. Without a war to fight, the two men become closer than brothers and are befriended by the people of Skull Island. Gunpei eventually dies leaving Marlow to only hope and pray for an eventual return to civilization. It is here that the usual Kong lore gets tilted quite a bit. Marlow explains that Kong is a god to the people and actually protects them from a subterranean race of reptilian creatures that he calls Skullcrawlers. Many of these Skullcrawlers killed off all of Kong’s species, save for him, and the natives believe that if Kong dies, an enormously large Skullcrawler that Marlow calls “The Big One” will emerge and threaten the entire planet.
This leads to some significant conflict between Packard, Conrad, Marlow, and Weaver. Packard is hell bent on killing Kong and, after the survivors are reunited, he tells them they have to go and find Chapman, one of his missing men. Chapman, meanwhile, has been devoured by a Skullcrawler. Packard leads the group into a mass grave where the skeletons of Kong’s species are located. Naturally, a pack of Skullcrawlers emerge and lay waste to much of the group. Packard remains undeterred to kill Kong but once the rest of the group learn his real intentions, they are not willing to follow. The groups split up again and Packard’s group is able to render Kong unconscious. But Conrad is able to intervene before Packard detonates explosives that will kill Kong. Unfortunately, all the activity attracts the attention of The Big One and this leads to a titanic showdown between Kong and The Big One. Based on the upcoming sequel, it is obvious who wins…. but it’s still a damn good throw down.
This movie does a lot of things right. It is fun, fast-paced, and does a great job of introducing just enough cool creatures to give Kong a good challenge without over whelming you with too many creatures. There are several characters you really care about and Jackson does a great job of making you genuinely dislike Packard, who gradually comes unhinged as the movie goes along. What I absolutely loved about the movie were the subtle tweaks it made to Kong lore. It took several well-established elements and gave them just enough of a fresh coat of paint to make the movie really stand out. This is most notable in two places. Weaver is the person who connects with Kong the most. But even though she is a female, her connection with Kong is not on the romantic or quasi-sexual nature that it was portrayed in the 1933 original, the 1976 remake, or even the 2005 reboot (a prime example of monster/creature over saturation). It is a subtle connection and it is done very well. Then there is Kong himself. In the 1933, 1976, and 2005 movies, Kong is always the misunderstood creature who dies in the end to protect the woman he loves. It is always heartbreaking, especially in 1976 and 2005. Here though, Legendary gave us what many of us wanted: Kong as the hero who survives and, obviously, lives to fight another day. I have always been a huge fan of the 1976 movie. Kong: Skull Island was almost as good.
It is, of course, not perfect. The Skullcrawlers were cool creatures, and a big step up from the MUTOs in Godzilla. But they are still not quite the perfect antagonist. Perhaps that was intentional as man has always been Kong’s most dangerous opponent. Still, something was missing from there a bit. There is some obvious romantic/sexual tension between Conrad and Weaver that never plays out that could have added an element to the story. And, similar to Bryan Cranston in Godzilla, John Goodman did not last nearly long enough. But these are really minor complaints. Kong: Skull Island is a very good movie and the true starting point for the MonsterVerse. Make sure you check out the post-credit scene that really sets the stage for Godzilla: King of the Monsters and introduces the concept that the planet has never been ours….and the monsters are about to retake it. More on that next week. As for Kong: Skull Island, this is how a reboot should be done and I highly recommend you check it out.
Dave’s Rating: 4.25/5
Rey’s Take: As a younger guy, I’m not well versed on the history of King Kong movies. I mean, I get it. Big monkey in the wild scares small white people, and big monkey falls in love with cute white woman, then big monkey gets killed or captured trying to save white woman. The story is very easy to digest and understand. And that very reason is why I loved Kong: Skull Island. It takes that ideal, the big monkey in the wild having an unnatural relationship with a white woman, but it flips it. In this story, Kong is the good guy! Kong is actually the hero!
Not only is Kong the hero, but there are actually 3 antagonists! First off, there’s John Goodman’s government lackey Bill Randa. Randa was so obsessed with finding Kong and the mysterious Skull Island, so much so that he knowingly put his people and the troops set to escort him in danger. We’ve seen a number of movies where man meddling with science comes back to bite them, and this is no different. Randa’s exuberance soon becomes his demise, as nobody was prepared for what they were dealing with.
Secondly, we have the monster antagonists of the movie – the Skullcrawlers. As is such in a kaiju/monster movie, the beauty is in the destruction. And oh, what glorious destruction there is between Kong and a number of giant reptilian monsters. This fight is what leads us to find John C. Reilly’s fantastic character, Air Force Lieutenant Hank Marlow, who was stuck on Skull Island since 1944. He’s the person that lets us know, along with the quiet and workmanlike Iwi tribe, that Kong is actually their protector and is the latest in a line of Titans that used to rule the Earth. Important foreshadowing for a certain mega movie coming out soon, wink wink.
Finally, we have the best character in the whole movie. Samuel L. Jackson’s Lieutenant Colonel Preston Packard is a ball as the angry army lifer who isn’t ready to give up the life and is willing to die for his cause. His beef with Kong isn’t even rooted in logic. He just wants to kill something. He just wants to continue to feel like a soldier. He essentially just wants to do his job. And the dichotomy his brigade has between following their leader and realizing what’s actually happening in front of them is just damn good movie viewing.
Most monster movies don’t have much heart. Ultimately, they’re big blow up movies when it comes down to it. This movie, however, has heart in spades. Each character has defined character motivations. Kong goes from being the destructive villain that must be vanquished to becoming the misunderstood hero who actually does the vanquishing. Not often that you get that much out of a movie about a big monkey.
Rey’s Rating: 4.5/5
Overall Nerds’ Kong: Skull Island (2017) Rating: 4.35/5.0
Mitchell’s Hyrule Puro-Resu Results & Report! (3/3/21)
It’s the Bracket Finals!!
The Legend of Zelda: The Ring of Destiny, Chapter 13
FINALLY! The Second HPW Triforce Tournament reaches the Bracket finals! Who will take the Triforces of Power, Wisdom and Courage this year?
- Death Mountain Championship Open Challenge: Gold Lynel VS Humbirdo Carito; Lynel wins and retains the title.
- HPW Trios Championship #1 Contender’s No Holds Barred match: The Dark Forces VS uWo; uWo wins and will challenge Forged By Violence at Triforce Anniversary.
- Bracket of Wisdom Finals: Hilda VS Cia; Hilda wins and advances to the Triforce Anniversary.
- Bracket of Courage Finals: Ravio VS Ghirahim; Ravio wins and advances to the Triforce Anniversary.
- Bracket of Power Finals: Yuga VS Ganondorf; Yuga wins and advances to the Triforce Anniversary.
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Here is the updated tournament bracket!
HPW and HXS TV set the scene!
A tradition is being built before our very eyes! The Second Triforce Tournament is into the third round, and the Bracket Finals have returned! Ganondorf is going for history all over again as he’s made it back to the end of the Bracket of Power! But the Artist, Yuga, stands in his way! Yuga himself has found ways to get around bigger and stronger opponents, will he have a trick up his sleeve for the Gerudo Ace? “Her Grace” Hilda and the Dark Sorceress each had intense showdowns in the second round, and now collide to follow in Zelda’s footsteps! And in quite the twist, Ravio was the first person to get a bye in the second round to be in the finals! Will that time off help or hurt him against the determined and vicious Living Blade?
Plus, as announced just over 10 days ago, the HPW Trios Champions will know who their next challengers are! While the Dark Forces look to settle things with the newly formed uWo, they will also be battling for a shot at Forged By Violence! Can Volga contain his fury so that he, Gibdo and Wizzro can go for gold? HPW in Necluda Ash Swamp begins now!
Gold Lynel is here?!
Well this is unexpected! The Death Mountain Champion is not part of the tournament so why is he going to the ring? He asks for a mic and is given one so that he can speak. “HPW Management is rather lazy, aren’t they? They sure drag their feet, don’t they? I’ve had this title for two whole months, and yet they haven’t given me a single challenger to face. Well, I’m going to take the initiative now! I dare anyone to step out on stage and challenge me for this title!” Fans are shocked to see this boldness, but he wouldn’t be the One True Monster if he was willing to sit around and do nothing! A call comes in, and despite Lynel’s attitude, management is approving this match!
So who answers Lynel’s challenge? HUMBIRDO CARITO! The young high-flyer wants to climb Death Mountain, but will he be grounded then ground into dust?
Death Mountain Championship Open Challenge: Gold Lynel VS Humbirdo Carito!
The introductions were already given so the belt is raised, and this surprise title match kicks off things in Necluda!
Carito slowly approaches Lynel, but Lynel stays put. Lynel puts his hands up in a stance, Carito calls for a knuckle lock and Lynel follows. They tie up, Carito wrenches an arm and then hooks a leg, but Lynel resists being dragged down. Lynel powers up and throws Carito off with that one arm! Carito rolls back to his feet and is wary again. Fans rally up behind Carito as he approaches again. Carito and Lynel tie up, Carito wrenches the other arm this time and pulls on the fingers! Lynel gets mad and he throws Carito again! Carito gets up again, Lynel storms over but Carito gets around and KICKS a leg! Lynel barely flinches, and then he glares as he and Carito circle.
Carito avoids Lynels grip, gives him more kicks to the leg, but Lynel just gets angrier. Lynel corners Carito, but Carito slips out to the apron and swing kicks Lynel in the arm! Lynel still grabs at Carito but Carito slides under, goes around the way, goes up the corner and leaps over Lynel’s horse back! Carito rolls and runs, he slides under Lynel’s boot, and then slips around to the horse back and knees it in the side! Lynel swings a back hand, Carito gets under it, and then Carito runs to springboard and crossbody! But Lynel catches Carito and then POWERSLAMS Carito down! Cover, TWO!! Carito survives and Lynel chuckles while nodding. Perhaps he respects Carito’s toughness.
Lynel drags Carito back up, pats his head, then pushes him to ropes! Lynel scoops Carito but Carito slips out! Carito sits on Lynel’s horse back, but Lynel starts bucking like a bronco! Carito holds on, and fans start counting! Carito only makes it to 5, not the full 8 second ride! Carito flounders up, avoids the clothesline and then runs! Carito comes back, tilt-o-whirls, but Lynel blocks the DDT! Lynel throws Carito, Carito lands on his feet, and Carito dropkicks! Lynel stays up! Carito hurries up, throws hands, Lynel counter punches then push-kicks Carito away! Lynel mule kicks Carito on the rebound, then gut wrenches him up, for a SIT-OUT BOMB! Cover, Lynel wins!
Winner: Gold Lynel, by pinfall (still HPW Death Mountain Champion)
The One True Monster makes quick work of the courageous Carito and retains the title! Will this motivate management to give him more challengers? Or will this scare everyone off from the Death Mountain title completely?
HPW Trios Championship #1 Contender’s No Holds Barred match: The Dark Forces VS uWo!
Back to our regularly scheduled programming, this grudge match was created because of the back and forth between these two factions ever since October’s Clash of Fates! ReDead sold out to join Death Sword and Gomess, and now they could be on their way towards the titles! Or will Wizzro returning to the ring as a wrestler and not just a manager help Gibdo and Volga get revenge?
The Dark Forces enter first, but they don’t leave the ring as the uWo make their entrance. “Hollywood” ReDead leads the way with his newfound swagger, but then Volga runs and FLIES out onto all three of them! Direct hit and he bowls all three of them over! Fans fire up but the ref reprimands as Volga drags ReDead up and puts him in the ring! The Dark Forces surround ReDead as he gets up. ReDead looks at each of them, the bell rings, and then they swarm! Fans chant “You Deserve It!” at ReDead as The Dark Forces punch and kick him 3v1! They get him down and start stomping, but then Gomess and Death Sword get in! Gomess DECKS Gibdo while Death Sword BOOTS Wizzro!
Gomess throws Gibdo out and Death Sword CHOKE SLAMS Wizzro! ReDead throws hands on Volga now that it’s 1v1, then whip him. Volga dodges ReDead, springboards and hits a FLYING CHUCK! Gomess rushes Volga, Volga dodges, but Death Sword catches him to a choke grip! Death Sword lifts, Volga flips through the slam, then SOBATS him away! Gomess runs back over and tackles Volga into a corner! Gibdo returns, waistlocks Gomess and GERMAN SUPLEXES him away! The Dark Forces regroup as Wizzro crawls over, and they rush the uWo! Volga SUPERKICKS Death Sword, Gibdo CLOBBERS Gomess and Wizzro dropkicks one of ReDead’s legs!
ReDead hobbles, Wizzro throws hands and Gibdo helps out. Gibdo CLUBS ReDead, brings him around, and puts him in a standing cobra twist! Wizzro goes to the apron, holds Gibdo’s hand to add leverage, then Volga holds Wizzro’s other hand while also grabbing railing! The Dark Forces create a chain to add onto the stretch! ReDead can only endure because this is No Holds Barred! But Gomess comes in from around the way and CLOBBERS Volga! Wizzro leaps onto Gomess but Gomess catches him, to RAM him into the apron! ReDead is still stuck in the cobra twist, though! Death Sword grabs Gibdo by the head and HEADBUTTS him, freeing ReDead in the process.
ReDead angrily stomps Gibdo down. “Why are you still with them?! Don’t you get that they don’t respect you!?” ReDead tells Gibdo he can join the uWo and be part of HPW’s future! ReDead holds out his hand, Gibdo stares at it, and fans duel between “YES! YES!” and “NO! NO!” Gibdo sits up, reaches back, but slaps the hand away! He then gets up to fireman’s carry ReDead! Gibdo starts spinning, and ReDead’s boots hit Death Sword! Gibdo keeps spinning, then slows down for a GORON DROP! Cover, but Gomess breaks it! Gomess hammers away on Gibdo, Death Sword sees Wizzro on the apron and DECKS him!
Gomess double chicken wings Gibdo, Death Sword storms over and mugs Gibdo with body shots. Death Sword headbutts Gibdo again, then Gomess hits a TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, but Volga barrels into Death Sword, and they fall on the cover! Fans fire up as Volga rains down fists on Death Sword, then stomps him! Volga stomps Gomess, too, but ReDead waistlocks him! Volga resists the lift, elbows ReDead over and over, then standing switches. ReDead resists the lift now, backs Volga into a corner, but Wizzro is back! And he is using CAMERA CORD to choke ReDead!! The ref reprimands but that’s about all he can do!
Volga slips out from behind ReDead and throws body shots as Wizzro keeps choking him! Death Sword storms over, Volga elbows him away, CHOPS ReDead, then CHOPS Death Sword. Death Sword laughs that off before he throws a palm strike SLAP! Volga staggers, Death Sword feeds him to Gomess’ DANGEROUS SAIDO! But Gibdo CLOBBERS Gomess! Death Sword grabs Gibdo and chokes him with both hands! Death Sword shouts at Wizzro to stop choking ReDead! Wizzro shots back that he will, only if Death Sword stops choking Gibdo! The two of them agree to let go at the same time, but then hesitate because they don’t trust the other.
Death Sword and Wizzro shout at each other to let go, and then they both count. On three, they both go. But ReDead DECKS Wizzro and Gibdo throat chops Death Sword! ReDead and Gibdo head for each other and start throwing hands! Fans fire up as they go fast and furious! ReDead gets the edge, backs Gibdo down, but Gibdo blocks the whip by holding ropes! Gibdo breaks free, ROCKS ReDead with an uppercut, then ROLLING ELBOW! Gomess clotheslines Gibdo out of the ring! Volga SUPERKICKS Gomess! Volga whips, Gomess reverses but Volga comes back with a SLINGBLADE! Death Sword BLINDSIDES Volga! Wizzro SMACKS Death Sword with a kendo stick!
Wizzro fires off on Death Sword with the stick and fans fire up! He smacks and smacks and smacks, breaking the kendo stick! Wizzro tosses the stick away and stomps away on Death Sword now! Gibdo is getting up on the outside, and he starts looking under the ring. Fans sing “Nana nana, nana nana, nana nana, nana nana… NA NA NA NAAA~!” Gibdo brings out chairs! Lots and lots of chairs! He puts them all in the ring, Wizzro gathers them, and Volga gets up to help out. The Dark Forces drag Death Sword up, put him in a corner, then hoist him up onto the top rope. Wizzro makes sure the chair pile is in the right spot as Volga and Gibdo climb up.
ReDead is up again, and he grabs Wizzro! Gomess attacks Gibdo and Volga at the corner while ReDead pops Wizzro up for a GUTBUSTER! ReDead shifts to a facelock and suplexes Wizzro onto the chair pile! It was a little double-edged, but ReDead drags Wizzro out of the ring as he exits. Gomess drags Volga away from the corner in a sleeper hold! Gomess adds body scissors as he drags Volga down to the mat! Volga can only watch as Death Sword fights Gibdo, then slips down and brings Gibdo up for a POWERBOMB onto the chair pile!! Cover, the UnderWorld Order wins!!
Winners: The uWo, by pinfall (NEW HPW Trios Championships #1 Contenders)
They have the win, but Gomess doesn’t let go of Volga and ReDead is still clubbing away on Wizzro’s back! Death Sword just looms over Gibdo while the ref tries to get Gomess to let Volga go! Other officials rush out to stop ReDead, but he tosses Wizzro over the commentary desk! Volga fades out, Gomess finally lets go! The uWo regroup around Death Sworld as he still stands over Gibdo. ReDead kneels down and again tells Gibdo, “You can join us. You can be part of wrestling’s future.” ReDead stands back up, the uWo leave, but will Gibdo take his former friend up on that offer? Will Forged By Violence be ready for a war with the UnderWorld Order?
Bracket of Wisdom Finals: Hilda VS Cia!
Her Grace defeated Master Kohga and Osphala, but perhaps with some help? Someone had to slip her those bananas and cause those technical malfunctions. And usually it’s the Dark Sorceress using tricks and misdirection. Who will pull a fast one on the other first and move to the Triforce Anniversary?
As Cia enters the ring, Hilda mockingly asks what happened to Cia’s friends. Cia gets angry right away but Hilda stays in a corner and referee Maron keeps Cia back. Maron signals, the bell rings, and Cia rushes Hilda! Hilda gets in between the ropes for defense, and Maron again has to keep Cia back. Hilda goes out to the apron and sarcastically says, “Wow!” Maron tells Hilda to get back in the ring, but Hilda is bratty about it. She wants Cia to stay back, and Cia reluctantly goes to a corner while Hilda steps back in. Hilda and Cia finally circle and fans rally up.
Cia and Hilda approach, tie up, are in a deadlock, and then they break. Hilda smirks but Cia snarls and they tie up again. Cia pulls Hilda’s hair and brings her to ropes! Maron reprimands, but then Hilda pulls Cia’s hair! Maron reprimands them both as the two go around like that! She tells them to let go, starts to count, and both women let go of the other’s hair at 4. But Hilda pie faces Cia! Cia’s anger builds and she rushes Hilda, but Hilda baits her towards ropes! Hilda holds ropes down and dumps Cia out, then aims, to slingshot and RANA! Cia is sent into barriers and fans fire up! Hilda gets up, soaks up both cheers and jeers, then throws Cia down by her hair!
Hilda soaks up the heat from the fans while Maron reprimands. Hilda drags Cia up, puts her in the ring, then takes her time soaking in more cheers and jeers before going in. Cia crawls, Hilda stands over her and stomps her down! Hilda drags Cia up by her hair, Maron reprimands, but Hilda wraps on a dragon sleeper, for an inverted suplex! Hilda hooks up Cia’s arms and adds a chinlock, for the CAMEL CLUTCH! Her Grace may be of the new generation but she’s bringing back a classic hold! Fans rally as Cia endures and Hilda pulls back! Cia gets an arm free, and manages to get her legs under her! Cia powers up and pushes up, only for Hilda to CLUB her!
Hilda whips Cia into a corner, runs in and hits a forearm smash! Hilda goes side to side, and hits another forearm smash! Then side to side the other way, for a running CHOP! Hilda stomps Cia down, digs her boots in, but lets off as Maron counts. Hilda stomps Cia a couple more times, then runs corner to corner to come back, and slides to a stop right in front of Cia! To SLAP her! Hilda shows no respect to the former HPW Goddess Champion! Hilda drags Cia back up, wrenches an arm, hammerlocks then facelocks, but Cia powers Hilda into ropes! Maron calls for the ropebreak, starts to count, but Hilda lets go fast. Cia slowly backs up, and SLAPS Hilda back! The feeling is mutual!
Hilda gets mad, Cia eggs her on, and the two star throwing hands! Fans fire up as they go fast and furious! Cia kicks low, front kicks, then whips Hilda to a corner. Cia runs in, Hilda puts up a boot and STOMPS Cia down! Hilda drags Cia back, sits her up, but Cia knows she’s after Her Royal Highness’ Matched Luggage! Cia gets Hilda’s leg, drags her down, and clubs away on Hilda’s back! Cia stomps Hilda more, then runs to LYNEL-SAULT onto Hilda’s back! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Cia grows frustrated. Cia grabs Hilda’s legs, drags her back, and works to turn her over, but Hilda resists! Hilda pushes Cia away, then kips up to jump and sunset flip! Cover, TWO!
Cia runs at Hilda but Hilda dodges to run. Hilda ducks the back elbow, springboards and crossbodies! She bounces off the cover but keeps moving to handspring MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Hilda gets right on Cia with a facelock and drags her up, but Cia throws body shots. Cia wrenches out to a wristlock, throws elbows into Hilda’s shoulder, then steps over to throw Hilda down for an ARMBAR! Hilda clasps hands to resist, reaches with a leg, but Cia pries at the fingers! Cia gets the hands free! But Hilda scrambles and gets a ropebreak with a foot! Cia holds on until Maron counts 4, and Hilda bails out of the ring.
Maron tells Cia to stay in but Cia refuses and she chases after Hilda. There’s a bit of cat ‘n’ mouse as Hilda goes around the corner, goes in the ring only to go right back out, and then goes back around. Cia is getting angrier as they go closer to commentary. Commentary tells them to stay away but Hilda hides behind Rusl! Cia clambers over the desk to get at her! Hilda runs away to the ring, Cia scrambles back that way, but Cia anticipates Hilda dropping the elbow! Cia avoids that and Hilda clutches her arm, and then Cia is right after it! Hilda scrambles to avoid Cia going right to the Black Magic Crossface!
Cia drags Hilda from ropes, drops a leg on the arm, then shifts to trap the arm. She reaches for the other arm but Hilda keeps moving around. Cia hammers Hilda’s back, grabs the arm, and SNAPS the arm back! Cia did this to Zelda last year! Hilda clutches the arm while she flails and shouts in pain! Maron checks on Hilda as she goes to a corner, but Hilda refuses to let this end the match. Hilda clutches the bad arm as she stands up in the corner, and Cia runs in to KNEE her down! Cia drags Hilda to a cover, TWO! Hilda gets to ropes, Cia goes after her, but Hilda holds the ropes with her good arm and a leg. Maron counts, Cia lets off at 4, but then Cia KICKS the bad arm!
Hilda scrambles along the ropes in pain, Cia follows after, but Maron wants to check with Hilda again. Hilda gets to a corner, Maron backs Cia off, and Hilda slips out of the ring. Maron wants Hilda to stay put, but Hilda… Goes under the ring? Cia and Maron are both confused, but Cia goes out after her. Maron follows and tells Cia to get back in the ring, but then Hilda’s entrance music starts playing! She can’t be re-entering, she’s still under the ring! Maron is confused and she looks to commentary and the timekeeper, but no one has any idea what’s happening. Cia looks under the ring, but Hilda’s crawling out from the opposite side! But then something blasts Cia! Is that fire extinguisher spray?!
Cia screams in pain as her eyes sting and burn! Hilda shrugs, she has no idea what happened. Is that true or is she playing dumb? Hilda gets in the ring, Maron checks on Cia, and medics get Cia water to wash out those eyes. Cia blinks, she can see, and she gets back in the ring, just as stubbornly determined to finish this match! Hilda runs in and bicycle BOOTS Cia down!! Hilda shakes out the bad arm before she drags Cia to a drop zone. Hilda goes up the corner, aims, and 450 SPLASHES! Cover, Hilda wins!!
Winner: Hilda, by pinfall (advances to the Triforce Anniversary)
What a turn of events! Another entrance music mishap, then someone shoots fire extinguisher chemicals at Cia! But without evidence Hilda is behind this, there’s nothing to say she cheated! But as the first one into the Triforce Anniversary Triple Threat, will this conspiracy be able to screw over two opponents at once?
Bracket of Courage Finals: Ravio VS Ghirahim!
#Murusagi must have rabbit’s feet, because he got very lucky. Volga and ReDead cost each other last round and he’s here without breaking a sweat! But perhaps the Living Blade will make him shed blood, sweat and tears before eliminating him from the bracket?
As Ravio enters, Ghirahim tells referee Tiger Sahasrahla to check him thoroughly. Ravio doesn’t understand why but Ghirahim says that he watched Ravio’s only other match and how he squirted that oily stuff everywhere! Ravio pretends to have no idea what Ghirahim’s talking about but even with that bunny mask, he doesn’t have the best poker face. Sahasrahla checks Ravio, and yep! There’s a bottle of body oil with little rabbit ears on it, tucked into Ravio’s waistband! Sahasrahla confiscates that, Ghirahim has a smug look on his face, and Ravio is worried now as the bell rings!
Fans chant, “You Suck, Ghirahim, You Suck!” *clap clap* but Ghirahim shouts at them to shut up! “At least I didn’t cheat to win!” Ravio and Ghirahim circle, tie up, and Ghirahim powers Ravio to ropes. Sahasrahla calls for the break, counts, and Ghirahim lets off at 4. Ghirahim shows a chop but that’s a feint, and he laughs as Ravio covers up. Ghirahim waits for Ravio to relax and he pie faces him! Ravio keeps his cool and he circles with Ghirahim again. They tie up, Ravio gets around to waistlock, Ghirahim pries the hold, wrenches out and has a wristlock. Ravio rolls, but Ghirahim grabs the bunny ears to throw him down! Sahasrahla reprimands but Ravio kips up!
Ghirahim grabs the bunny ears again, Sahasrahla reprimands again. Ravio throws body shots, wrenches to a wristlock of his own, but Ghirahim ROCKS him with a forearm! Ravio still holds on, wrenches again, but Ghirahim throws another forearm! Ghirahim wrenches back, grinds the shoulder and brings Ravio to the mat. Ravio endures, fans rally up, and Ravio rolls, spins, gets the arm and WRINGS Ghirahim out! Ghirahim staggers up, Ravio fires off furious fists at the ropes but Sahasrahla counts. Ravio lets off to run, but Ghirahim sends him out to the apron. Ravio counter punches Ghirahim, steps in and hits a TORNADO COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!
Ravio stomps away on Ghirahim, then runs. Ghirahim avoids the leaping elbow drop! And PENALTY KICKS Ravio down! Cover, TWO! Ghirahim seethes, drags Ravio up into a dragon sleeper, and inverted suplexes! Ghirahim holds on and rolls back to a dragon sleeper stretch! Ravio endures, reaches out with his hands, then his feet. Ghirahim drags Ravio away from the ropes, but Ravio gets his feet under him and pushes back! Ravio turns the dragon sleeper into a cover, TWO and Ghirahim lets Ravio go! Ghirahim swings but Ravio ducks, then comes back to hurdle over Ghirahim, and tilt-o-whirls to headscissor Ghirahim away!
Ghirahim ends up in a corner, Ravio runs in, but Ghirahim moves as Ravio leaps! Ravio lands safe on the second rope but Ghirahim mule kicks the legs out! Ravio gets stuck in the ropes, Ghirahim drags him out in a dragon sleeper, DRAPING INVERTED DDT! Cover, TWO!! Ravio barely kicks out in time, and now he flops out of the ring! Ghirahim hurries out after, then RAMS him into barriers! And RAMS him into the apron! And then RAMS him back into the barriers! Sahasrahla tells Ghirahim to get back in the ring, but Ghirahim brings Ravio around to POST him! Ghirahim puts Ravio back in the ring, drags him to a cover, TWO! Ghirahim grows annoyed but fans rally up.
Ravio sits up and Ghirahim KICKS him in the back! Ghirahim drags Ravio back up, CHOPS him against the ropes, then CHOPS him in the corner. Ghirahim whips Ravio corner to corner hard! Ravio bounces off buckles and hits the mat, then staggers up into Ghirahim’s CHOP! Ravio staggers and falls into the corner, Ghirahim stomps him, then digs his boots in! Sahasrahla counts, Ghirahim stops at 4 and drags Ravio up to whip him corner to corner hard again! Ravio is down again but Ghirahim takes his time walking back over. Ghirahim stands on Ravio’s head and tells him he doesn’t belong in the finals, he’s only here because of “dumb luck.”
Fans boo Ghirahim but he tells them to shut up again. Ghirahim digs his heel into Ravio’s head, but stops as Sahasrahla reprimands. Ghirahim gives toying kicks to Ravio, then KICKS him in the side! Ravio crawls but Ghirahim stomps him down. Ghirahim puts Ravio on the ropes and chokes him! Sahasrahla counts, fans boo, but Ghirahim lets off at 4. Ghirahim grabs Ravio’s legs but Ravio holds onto the ropes. Sahasrahla counts, Ghirahim lets go right away, but Ravio kicks him in the leg! Ghirahim gets angry and he stomps away on Ravio again! Sahasrahla counts, Ghirahim tells him to shut up and then stomps Ravio more.
Sahasrahla backs Ghirahim off, they argue, and Ravio slides out of the ring. Ghirahim sees that, Sahasrahla tells him to stay in the ring but Ghirahim refuses. Ghirahim goes out and pursues Ravio, clobbers him from behind, then pushes him into barriers again! Sahasrahla reprimands, Ghirahim hammers away on Ravio’s head against the barriers, and Sahasrahla starts a ring count. Ghirahim lets off to throw Ravio down by his mask again. Ghirahim stomps away on Ravio again, then goes into the ring at 4 of 10. Ghirahim goes back out, drags Ravio up and says he’s “not getting off that easy!” Ghirahim bumps Ravio off the announce desk then puts him back in the ring.
Fans rally for Ravio but Ghirahim watches as he slowly rises. Ghirahim runs to the ropes, but Ravio drops down to his knees! Ghirahim awkwardly aborts the springboard, and Ravio is… begging?! He begs Ghirahim for mercy! Ghirahim is a bit surprised, but starts to think Ravio understands his place. Ravio nods and says he does. Ravio is lying down on his back! He’s telling Ghirahim to cover him? Ghirahim walks over, but then he stops. Ravio’s just setting him up, isn’t he?! Ravio sits up and swears he’s not tricking Ghirahim! Ghirahim KICKS Ravio down! Ravio sits back up and still tries to claim innocence but Ghirahim KICKS him again!
Ravio sits up again, he ducks the kick this time, and he rolls Ghirahim up! TWO, Ghirahim swings but Ravio ducks and gets around him. Ravio waistlocks, Ghirahim resists the lift, elbows free, then runs, only for Ravio to follow! O’Conner roll with a bridge! TWO, and Ravio scrambles to the apron! Ghirahim grabs Ravio and drags him in, but Ravio is holding the apron skirt! Sahasrahla reprimands and counts, Ravio lets go of the skirt at 4, and while Sahasrahla is busy with the skirt, Ravio rakes Ghirahim’s eyes! Ravio kicks Ghirahim’s legs out, then runs to hit the RABBIT KNEES! Cover, RAVIO WINS!!
Winner: Ravio, by pinfall (advances to the Triforce Anniversary)
Murusagi didn’t have a trick up his sleeve, or in his tights, but he still found a way to sneak a win! Ravio does a celebratory dance on his way out, but then stops when he sees Ghirahim sitting up. Ghirahim looks around for Ravio and Ravio runs away to the back as fast as he can! Will Ravio have another chance to do his dance on the Triforce Anniversary?
Bracket of Power Finals: Yuga VS Ganondorf!
The Artist has so far painted a masterpiece of outmaneuvering much more massive and muscular opponents, but he’s up against perhaps the meanest and strongest opponent possible! Will Yuga complete his work and make it to the Triforce Anniversary? Or is there no stopping the Gerudo Ace from making his mark in the history books?
The bell rings, fans boo and some even chant, “You Both Suck! You Both Suck!” Ganondorf ignores it but Yuga gets annoyed. Yuga glares at the fans while he circles with Ganondorf, and Ganondorf rushes Yuga to power him into a corner! Sahasrahla reprimands and counts, Ganondorf lets off at 4, to mule kick Yuga! Sahasrahla reprimands, Ganondorf brings Yuga out to snapmare him and KICK him in the back! Yuga writhes and fans still boo as Ganondorf looms over him. Ganondorf gives toying kicks to Yuga, Yuga gets up and starts getting angry, and he throws a big forearm! Ganondorf barely budges, and he DECKS Yuga with a forearm in return!
Yuga crawls to ropes but Ganondorf stalks behind him. Ganondorf stands on Yuga at the ropes, Sahasrahla counts and fans boo again, but Ganondorf steps off at 4. Ganondorf stomps and kicks Yuga, then has him on the ropes to choke him! Sahasrahla counts, the fans boo and Ganondorf stops at 4 again. Ganondorf taunts Yuga, “What’s wrong? Don’t you have any tricks to play on me, ya clown? Get up and fight me!” Yuga gasps and sputters while he stays under the bottom rope, so Ganondorf reaches through ropes to drag Yuga up on the apron. Ganondorf hooks Yuga’s arms on the ropes and starts clubbing away on Yuga’s chest! Sahasrahla counts, Ganondorf gets 10 hits in before the ref counts 4!
Ganondorf lets Yuga go and Yuga flops to the apron. Fans still boo as Ganondorf gives stomps to Yuga while he’s on the apron. Sahasrahla counts, Ganondorf stops at 4 yet again, and backs off to let Yuga flop off the apron. Sahasrahla starts a ring count, Yuga slowly rises and staggers up at 5. Yuga goes around the way, Ganondorf slides right out to BOOT him down! Ganondorf laughs but a lot of the fans still boo. Ganondorf drags Yuga up, puts him back in the ring, covers, TWO! Ganondorf slaps Yuga around, Yuga staggers up, and Ganondorf shoves him into a corner. Ganondorf stomps a mudhole into Yuga, Sahasrahla counts and Ganondorf lets off at 4.
Ganondorf runs corner to corner and he SPLASHES Yuga! Ganondorf whips Yuga corner to corner hard, and Yuga bounces off buckles to hit the mat! Yuga writhes and ends up in the corner, Ganondorf runs in to CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! Yuga flounders around, Ganondorf brings him around and whips him to ropes. Yuga holds the ropes, Ganondorf storms over, Yuga boots but Ganondorf blocks it, only for Yuga to enziguri back! Ganondorf shakes that off, swings on Yuga but Yuga ducks and swings around to get a facelock! Yuga hops on to get body scissors and has a GUILLOTINE! Fans still boo as Ganondorf manages to stay up and endures the hold!
Ganondorf reaches out but Yuga cranks harder on the hold! Fans duel in the reverse, “We Hate Ganon!” “Yuga Sucks!” Ganondorf starts to fade and he drops to a knee! Sahasrahla checks on Ganondorf as Yuga pulls back as hard as he can! Ganondorf gets back up and reaches out. Yuga lets go of the body scissors, brings Ganondorf around, but Ganondorf powers up and powers Yuga away. Yuga lands on his feet, and he runs back in to RAM into Ganondorf at the ropes! Sahasrahla reprimands as Yuga throws body shots! Ganondorf CLUBS Yuga, Yuga kicks a leg out, and he goes for the guillotine again! Ganondorf pushes Yuga off to a corner, runs in but Yuga elbows him away!
Yuga goes up the corner, WHISPER IN THE WIND! Direct hit and down goes Ganondorf! Yuga hurries to go after Ganondorf’s legs, but Ganondorf powers him off the figure four! Yuga ends up back in the corner, Ganondorf somersaults and corner clotheslines him! Ganondorf whips Yuga corner to corner but Yuga goes up and over! Yuga waistlocks, O’Conner rolls, TWO! Yuga scrambles towards his corner and grabs his “magic scepter!” Sahasrahla reprimands Yuga and tells him to put the scepter down! Yuga refuses so Sahasrahla grabs it from him! But while Sahasrahla is busy giving the scepter to the timekeeper, Yuga aims a low blow at Ganondorf, but Ganondorf blocks it! Ganondorf LOW BLOWS Yuga!
Ganondorf laughs again as fans are thunderous with booing! He reels Yuga in, but Yuga drops down. Ganondorf drags Yuga back up but Yuga uses his head to LOW BLOW Ganondorf back!! Sahasrahla doesn’t realize something happened until Ganondorf doubles over. Both men are down and the fans duel again, “We Hate Ganon!” “Yuga Sucks!” Sahasrahla starts a standing count, Ganondorf uses ropes to stand up at 7. He hobbles over to Yuga and drags him up. Ganondorf clamps onto Yuga’s head with both hands and squeezes tight! Yuga endures the vice and reaches around with a leg, but Ganondorf keeps him from the ropes with another TOSS!
Ganondorf storms over and drags Yuga back up. Ganondorf uses the vice-like grip on Yuga’s head again, but Yuga grabs at Ganondorf’s face! Sahasrahla reprimands but Yuga won’t stop going after Ganondorf’s eyes! Ganondorf throws Yuga away, but into Sahasrahla! He couldn’t see because of the eye gouging and now the ref is down! Yuga hurries to the timekeeper’s area and he wants his scepter back! The timekeeper tries to stop him but Yuga pushes him aside to grab the scepter and bring it to the ring. Yuga swings at Ganondorf, but Ganondorf blocks it! Ganondorf glares at Yuga, but then the scepter goes into STROBE LIGHT MODE?!
Ganondorf lets go of the scepter, and Yuga SMACKS him on the back! Fans boo even harder and now they’re in agreement, “YUGA SUCKS! YUGA SUCKS!” Yuga puts the scepter between Ganondorf’s legs and pulls it up to LOW BLOW Ganondorf again!! Yuga tosses the scepter aside as Sahasrahla starts to get up, and Yuga pump handles Ganondorf to bring him down to a cradle! Sahasrahla counts the cover, TWO!?! Ganondorf survives and Yuga is furious! Fans are also going nuts as Ganondorf is just as furious as Yuga! Ganondorf manages to stand, he and Yuga have a glare down, and then they start throwing hands! Fans ironically fire up and start chanting, “Take Each Other Out!”
Ganondorf gets the edge on Yuga and ROCKS him with an uppercut! Ganondorf manages to run, but Yuga dodges his clothesline to run. Yuga jumps but Ganondorf catches his crossbody! Ganondorf shifts Yuga around but Yuga slips off! Yuga shoves Ganondorf to ropes, table tops him and high stacks, but he puts feet on ropes!! Sahasrahla spots that in time and stops counting! Yuga pretends to not know what’s wrong and he argues with Sahasrahla, but Ganondorf gets him in a waistlock! Yuga grabs at Sahasrahla to resist the lift, and then he MULE KICK LOW BLOWS Ganondorf!! Yuga hits a Side Leg Sweep, rolls back with Ganondorf and hooks legs with legs for the cover! YUGA WINS!!
Winner: Yuga, by pinfall (advances to the Triforce Anniversary)
The Artist cheats the Gerudo Ace out of history! And, actually, all three finalists have made it because of controversy, suspicious circumstances, and outright blatant cheating! Will Yuga, Hilda or Ravio prove to be the sliest, sneakiest, schemingest rising star in HPW?
Wait, Yuga goes over to Ganondorf’s corner, and he’s taking a look at Ganondorf’s boar headdress? Yuga seems to find something appealing about it. He’s picking up the headdress! He’s taking Ganondorf’s headdress!? Ganondorf glares but the pain below the belt is keeping him from giving chase! Yuga says something about making the headdress “a true work of art,” but what does he mean by that? Will Ganondorf be able to get revenge before we find out?
What a wild event right here! I had fun writing a Heel VS Heel match with Ganondorf and Yuga, which I originally didn’t have planned as the main event, but then I thought that Ganondorf being the star, he should get the main event spot. The other tricky part was creating three finishes that were basically cheating, but each different from the other. The April Fools HPW anniversary is going to be a lot of fun now.
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