The video package began outside of the Hard Knox Wrestling business headquarters in Times Square, New York. Holding the camera was Boaz Kennedy Astor, his voice heard as he paced forward.
“We have a problem…”
Boaz spun the camera around, and began ranting about not hearing from Zero since the Knoxer Awards. He continued by telling the world that he’s out looking for Zero right now, claiming that his disappearance was all his sister Alexa’s fault.
“She doesn’t want me to be a star in this business, so she’s trying to take away everyone who does. I don’t know what happened between her and Zero at the awards show, but I know where Alexa likes to hangout and I’m going there right now to find my mentor.”
The picture turned into static…
ONE HOUR LATER
Boaz found himself outside what used to be a pet store in downtown Brooklyn. He told the people watching that the place was now owned by Alexa, and it was where she kept her birds - specifying that she had an infatuation with black birds. He pushed open the door and saw Alexa’s friend and tag team partner, Zagan Solas, feeding one of Alexa’s ravens.
“Where is Zero?!” Boaz shouted, pushing forward in Zagan’s direction.
Zagan? She ignored Boaz and continued what she was doing. Boaz shouted the same thing once more, Zagan answering with a simple “I don’t know, and I don’t care.”
Boaz popped right in front of Zagan, pointed his finger at her face and said: “I never liked you.” before he spun around and walked out of the front door.
The scene cuts to an interview room.
BOAZ KENNEDY ASTOR:
This is bullsh**. How does this happen to me?! How is it that it’s my mentor that goes missing? It’s a f***ing conspiracy against me and I’ve known it from the beginning! Posterboy my tan ass! This whole company from the top down to the bottom is against me because they don’t want to annoy my sister. Here’s a little unknown fact, panzis. My father, West Kennedy Astor, used to pump money into Hard Knox Wrestling when they first went independent. I should be treated like a SULTAN, but these panzis all want to throw dirt on my name!
He stopped, only to calm himself down.
BOAZ KENNEDY ASTOR:
Best form of revenge is success they say … and I am winning this whole thing. If I have to do it on my own? So be it.
The video opened up to Jaxon and Miguel sitting in the office of the same gym he and Miguel were at in the last video. Both men seem to be watching videos of some of the worst wrestling promos ever known to man before they stop. Queen turned to Giovanni and asked him if he understood what a lot of them did wrong, but instead of waiting for Miguel to respond, he answered for him.
Jaxon stated that none of the people speaking in that had any confidence in their words. None of them believed what they were saying.
“I have confidence in my in ring skills. I just know I'm not the greatest at trash talk, never have been and never will be.”
Miguel was just being honest with himself. After looking at the tapes though, he knew he wasn't the worst either.
“I got to improve Jaxon, I've got to stop being the one people forget about.”
Queen nodded before the two went back to watching what they were watching before the scene turned towards an interview room and Jaxon Queen was seen sitting by.
He knows his weaknesses. That’s good. That’ll get him far in this thing. Hell, he might even be able to win the whole thing if he can fix the stuff he’s terrible at.
It then transitioned to Miguel in the same interview room.
Jaxon has taught me a lot about myself in such a short time. He opened my eyes to the fact I need to accept my weaknesses and work upon them. Jaxon and I are going to win, I just know it.
That wrapped up the interviews as Miguel got up and left.
The scene opens in the RISE gym in Detroit, where Artemis and Faith are meeting at the beginning of the new week. Artemis opens by telling Faith that she’s exceedingly proud of her total victory in the first challenge. But now is not the time to rest on her laurels, there are other challenges that stretch before her. To which Faith responds that she doesn’t have any intentions of slacking off, that goes against her nature. A response that earns her a smile from her mentor before Kaiser motions for the younger blonde to follow, leading her off to the side where they can speak more privately, where she begins outlining her plan to eliminate the remaining challengers each in turn.
Bianca Reed was chosen the week before, because, while her score was the lowest, she still represents a threat. Particularly in the coming week. Faith makes a face, commenting that she’s not exactly a fan of this week’s proposed challenge. It isn’t, she says, that she can’t trash talk, more that she doesn’t like to, someone who has the talent, and the capability, doesn’t need to get under their opponent’s skin to achieve victory. Artemis informs her that a competitor does what they must. She goes on to add that setting up that groundwork will give you the psychological edge. Faith narrows her eyes at her mentor. She goes on to say that it is not the best way.
Artemis turns into her heel to stare at Faith. For once, there is a look of disdain on her face towards her pupil. She tells her that without it, how can one advance properly when skill is not enough? It is that psychology in and out that will be able to push her that brink. It will help her win this contest, whether she likes it or not. Defeating an opponent mentally, physically, and emotionally will ensure dominance. Faith should see all the things Artemis has done for more details; Artemis smiles proudly on the matter.
Faith’s temper issues are fairly well documented, and for a moment...for a moment it might appear that she’s on the cusp of one of her snarling episodes. But, instead of giving into the anger she exhales slowly and says that while she doesn’t agree, she’s mature enough to acknowledge that entering into this competition, and being a part of RISE in general, means acknowledging that she doesn’t know everything, that there’s always something for her to learn. And being part of Who’s Next especially means accepting the advice of her mentor.
Artemis’s sharp eyes and hostile demeanor subsides in favor of a warmer one. She openly apologizes for her coarse words, and shrugs. She tells her that she found her own path in wrestling; Faith will find hers. She has done well so far, but Artemis gave her this piece of advice not to adhere by, but to linger on. Something to think about when Faith needs to. She taps on her temple, before giving Faith a quick smirk.
After some morning workouts at the Slaughterhouse Gym in Los Angeles, CA, Bianca Reed and Emilio Vialpando were seen sitting outside catching a breather. The two began to talk about what happened last show when Reed was voted to the bottom two. Vialpando didn’t think she deserved to be there and he was glad she was able to defeat Michelle Storm to stay alive in this competition. With that said, he says they have to move past that and focus on this upcoming week.
The next challenge for the Who’s Next contestants was based on their trash talking ability, certainly something both Vialpando and Reed were efficient but Reed of course needed some improvement. Vialpando began to talk about his own experience with his trash talking and throughout the years he’s learned that you have to be creative and willing to cut deep with your words. He told Bianca that he was gonna help her with that as well on just speaking in general.
Bianca nodded, throwing out that she’d been able to hold her own on Twitter so far, but insulting someone in one hundred forty characters or less was easy. Throwing down live, when she didn’t have a delete key and gifs to help her out, was a whole different story. She wasn’t afraid to rip her opponents to shreds - she just needed material and practice making it sound natural. Bianca told her mentor that while she could have looked to her brothers for ideas and inspiration, she wanted to focus on developing her own style, instead of just imitating what Aries and Cassius had done in the past.
Looking over at Vialpando, she asked him how he wanted to start off, whether he wanted her to just start talking or if there was someone or something he wanted her to focus on. Whatever he wanted from her, she was ready to do so that they could figure out how to strengthen her weaker points.
Emilio told her that in order to do this she’d gonna have to find her own voice. They talked a while long before the two started shooting on a few pictures of those in RISE. Vialpando then begins to shoot on Bianca seeing how she would react. She caught on and the two began to shoot on each other until. Vialpando was saying all that he possibly could that would cut her deep and it was working.
Even though what he said hurt, it only fueled her desire to get back at him and she gave as good as she got. Her anger and her passionate desire to not let the HKW Hall of Famer win - despite his status - made her forget any worries she had about how she would come off to her hypothetical audience. She lost any self-consciousness she might have had in the heat of the moment and found that she was enjoying the battle of wits and words with her mentor. It made her feel confident that once she got to the challenge, she’d be just fine.
After their sparing of verbal jabs, the two ending their day on some sparring inside the ring. Afterwards the two reflected on what went on today.
After what happened last week, I definitely don’t want to be in the bottom two again. So I’m looking forward to this week because this relies on creativity rather than brawn. We’re still figuring out how to get me an edge in future physical challenges so those odds won’t be so against me. But that’s for after this challenge. Right now, I’m focused and I’m ready for whatever gets thrown at me. I know I can go in on anybody in this competition - just give me that mic and get out of my way. This is only the second week. There’s a lot more y’all ain’t seen yet from me and I promise you, the longer I stay on this show, the better I’m gonna get. I didn’t come here to play games. I came here to go all the way. And let me tell you, there ain’t anybody in this who’s gonna stand in my way. Y’all gonna see why they call me Killer B, just watch me.
Last week was tough on Bianca breh. Hard on me too, just because I had to see her fall to the bottom two. She didn’t deserve to be there but with how that challenge went...It just wasn’t in her favor. This upcoming show is a whole other story though. She has to go out there and bust one helluva promo and I think she honestly has the tools to do so. Sure, you might look around and see some pequenos en this competition that talk the talk much like her so I think she has a great chance of avoiding the bottom. We only just got pass the first hump of this competition but I’m not looking for a early fucking exit. She’s not either. We came to compete breh. I wanna bring out the best in Bianca, we’ve have yet to see that but it’s coming breh. It’s coming….It’s about to be Showtime
Christian Kane and Tristan Martinez are seen in the office of Brett Sands. Sands isn’t there, but he’s allowed his good pal Kane to use the office. Kane rolls in a flat screen TV before he hands Tristan Martinez a box set of “The Best of Christian Kane” #STUDLIFE”. Kane tells Martinez that all he needs to learn about trash talk is in those tapes before walking off, saying he’s gotta go back to LA to tittyfuck his wife.
Once Christian’s left the room, Tristan looks at the box set for a second, shaking his head...before pulling out one of the DVDs and putting it into the DVD player. Martinez then sits back and watches the best trash talking and wrestling from his mentor.
The scene then cuts to an interview room, where Tristan is at.
I’m going to be honest with you...I learned a lot from that.
It then cuts to CK, who only says one word.
June and Cassius are seen standing in front of a statue of Muhammad Ali, though the location seems to be unknown. Cassius tells June that Ali was a man of a few words, but when the man said something people listened. That’s what Reed wants June to do. Not speak too much, but when he does, he makes sure everyone’s listening.
June agrees, saying that he’s the underdog in this thing, but he’s sure that whatever is thrown his way, he can get through it, especially with someone as FUNKY~! as Cassius. Reed agrees and yells out FUNK~! as well before the two fist bump and walk off.
We then cut to an interview room, where we see a smiling June Kolby.
Cassius knows exactly what to say and I almost admire that. I think he’s helped me enough this week that when my time comes to show the world what I can do on the mic, I’ll impress them.
Cut to Cassius in the same position, in the same room.
It’s all FUNKY...FUNKY...FUNKY!
Ashley Hamilton and Cyncity are seen talking to each other as they take in an indy wrestling show. One competitor gets on the mic and immediately begins stumbling, unable to say what he has to say. Cyncity scoffs and begins booing the young man, who just hangs his head in shame before he exits the ring.
Cyncity then turns to Ashley and tells her that the one thing she can’t do during her time on the mic is stumble. She needs to say everything with conviction, otherwise she’s going to lose the challenge. Ashley nods, agreeing with her mentor, before she asks Cyncity if she knew what exactly she had to trash talk about. Cyncity shrugs and tells her it doesn’t matter, she needs to be ready for whatever anyway. Hamilton slowly nods her head before we cut to the interview room, where the RISE wrestler is standing by.
Cyncity and I are really clicking as a duo right now...she’s a good teacher. That’s really gonna help me in the long run.
The scene transitions to Cyncity in the same room at a later time.
If she pays attention to meeee and what I said, then she should win this week’s challenge.