We open to the RISE Gym, where there are multiple fans in the stands. In the ring, Rusty Mahone is standing by with all of the remaining members of the competition. The remaining mentors are all sat in chairs on the stage, all lightly clapping. Rusty then begins to speak.
Welcome to the 4th episode of Who’s Next! I am your host, Rusty Mahone, and with me in the ring tonight are our five remaining contestants! Bianca Reed!
Boaz Kennedy Astor!
Heavy round of boos.
A solid portion of cheers and some boos.
Another round of heavy boos.
And Tristan Martinez!
Big pop for the RISE champion.
Now, let’s not waste any time! Let’s see what our contestants and their mentors did this past week!
Mahone points to the tron, which comes to life and begins to display the small videos involving all the remaining competitors.
wrote:The scene fades inside of a wrestling ring at the Slaughterhouse Gym in Los Angeles, CA where it looks that Bianca and Emilio have been hard at work. Emilio has been tough on Bianca this week and has turned it up a notch. In their sparring sessions he hasn’t really been holding back on her as he has been going full force and full speed with her. When she asked for breaks, he denied her of them telling her to stop acting weak well...That’s the PG version but simply just letting her know they wasn’t taking any breaks until he said so.
The purpose of this was for Emilio to see how far he could actually push Bianca. He wanted to see just how tough the Reed family member was whether it be physically or mentally. Vialpando knew that only way he could truly know how good she was, he’d have to know how far he could push her to see how tough she was in both spectrums.
Bianca was clearly pissed off and tired, but she gritted her teeth and kept going, wondering if she’d get a break for knocking him out. It was more than any of her trainers had put her through in one session before, but she wasn’t about to quit. Not when she had just won the last challenge. But her determination was laced with stubborn anger and she spent a fair amount of time pushing back against Emilio, most of what she called him getting bleeped out later by the censors. It gave her a second wind as she worked with her mentor, even as she wondered if she was going to have to pass out before he let her get a break.
After the training, Emilio loosened up a little and told her how well she did as well as how proud he was of her. He told her that she needs to remember not to ever let up if she wants to be the best or even make it to the top. No one else will push you as hard as you can yourself. After telling her this he took her out to get something to eat and just finally relax after a long day of hard work and busting their asses.
BIANCA REED: I been busting my ass lately not only with RISE and Who’s Next, but also filming for Clockwork Knight and tryna figure out the holidays so when I got to Los Angeles to train with Emilio I was not at all in the mood for the workout he put me through. Dunno if I would’ve been even if I’d been fully rested, you know what I mean? But this was a lesson I had to learn. I want to be the best there is in this business and you don’t get to that level by taking it easy on yourself. I’m lucky I got someone who’s not gonna take it easy on me and who’s not gonna let me rest on a win. In a lot of ways, Emilio’s like my brothers. He doesn’t hand me anything and he won’t give me an out. There’s no excuses for not being at the top of your game and at the end of the day, I’m the one getting in that ring every show and I’m the only one I can blame if things don’t go my way. I want to be successful in this business, more than I’ve ever wanted anything in my life. I want to show everyone else in this competition that they can’t sleep on me, or else they’re gonna get blown away. Winning this competition won’t be the first time I’ve taken my destiny into my own hands, and it sure as hell won’t be the last. I know I can do this, and now I just have to prove it to everyone else.
EMILIO VIALPANDO: As you can see...I wasn’t being easy on Bianca. She has to know that to make it to the top you gotta push yourself hard whether it be just training or out there in the ring during the shows. When people notice how hard you work they know there’s more to you than just what they think. The more work you put in the much better off you’re gonna be from it. I’m sure Coach Lassie es training the kids in RISE to do that but...This ain’t RISE and I ain’t no damn Coach Las. I don’t have any trainers anymore since I left mi familias gym. I’m in here in Slaughterhouse busting my own ass every time I step in here getting work done. Pushing myself. Why? Because I have a goal in mind. To stay on the top of my game. If Bianca wants to be that in her days when she moves up, then she’s gonna have to know that she’s the one that has to push herself. No one is gonna be there to hold her hand anymore like in RISE or anyplace else. Sure, you’ll have people you can work out with or even work out with the trainers HKW has available but it’s you...You that’s gonna be the only one to help make you to wherever it is you wanna be. Guess I can thank mi padre for that lesson...Only I can do this myself. No One else can do it for me. Mi y Bianca are the same when it comes to being from a well known wrestling dynasty. But our familias aren’t the ones whose gonna make us better or get us to the top. It’s ourselves. I’ve done that. Time to see if Bianca has what it takes to do the same. And honestly? I think she does...But it’s up to her to take the reins on that potential she has inside her.
The visual began inside the HKW Training Facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Zero McHannon was in the middle of an exhibition match with Boaz Kennedy Astor, urging him to use everything he knew.
It was easy to see that Zero didn’t have his foot pressed down on the gas as he allowed Boaz to hold control. Boaz hit Zero with a couple of fluid dropkicks, then lifted him on his shoulders for a torture rack, but Zero slid down Boaz’s back and landed a neckbreaker!
“Don’t get overconfident.” Zero told Boaz as he transitioned the neckbreaker into a side headlock. “That’s how they get you.”
Boaz tried to fight out of the headlock, but Zero’s grip was too tight. “PANZI! YOU’RE SQUISHING MY CHEEKBONES!”
“GET OUT OF THE HEADLOCK! I’M THE HEADLOCK KING! IF YOU GET OUT OF THIS, YOU’LL BE AS GREAT AS ME ONE DAY!” Zero claimed.
And tried some more, but all it did was tire him out. He took a second to regain his energy before pushed up to his feet and tried to rip his head away once more. Realizing that wasn’t working, Boaz wrapped his arms around Zero’s waist and dropped him back with a bridging belly to back suplex. Boaz made the count.
“ONE! TWO! THREE!”
Boaz let go of Zero and bounced up to his feet, throwing his arms up in the air as he did so. “”I just beat you!” Boaz yelled, a grin on his face.
“This doesn’t count in the record books, Boaz.”
“Yes. Yes it does.”
Everything went quiet.
ZERO MCHANNON: THAT DIDN’T COUNT!
BOAZ KENNEDY ASTOR: Yes it did.
Christian Kane and Tristan Martinez are seen inside of the RISE Gym in Detroit. CK tells Martinez he can’t stand being in Detroit and hands him a stack of papers before he looks to leave. Tristan stops him and asks him what this is before CK smiles and tells him to read up; it’s the autobiography he’s written. “Christian Kane: I Did Do Blow Out Of A Hooker’s Ass”.
Kane then leaves the gym while Tristan stands there, looking confused and almost regretting the fact that he got paired with Christian. Sighing, he finds a seat and begins reading, a look of disgust appearing on his face almost ten seconds into reading it.
TRISTAN MARTINEZ: I think this was a horror story, not an autobiography.
CHRISTIAN KANE: Once he’s done reading that, Tristan will go out there and be the second greatest wrestler in the world, right behind the SAVIAAAAAAAAH!
The scene opens in the RISE gym in Detroit, where Faith is first found working over a heavy bag before she was joined by her Who’s Next coach, Artemis Kaiser. After exchanging greetings Artemis complimented her form, but went on to say that there is always room for improvement. And as such, this week, they were going to work on her precision and speed. A series of clips followed, showing the young blonde cycling through a collection of punching bags with targets painted on them. Each time she missed her mark, Artemis would stop her, and have her start over from the beginning. A successful completion was met only with a ‘Again. Faster.’ Which was typically met with an exasperated sigh and a roll of the eyes from the student. Until at last, Artemis seemed satisfied and called a halt.
ARTEMIS KAISER: Faith continues to show promise, and an understanding that sometimes, in order to improve, we must trust in those more experienced than ourselves. It is obvious that sometimes she does not approve of my methods or my philosophies, but she is, at the very least, willing to learn.
FAITH: Not approve is a little bit of an understatement. I came to RISE to learn and to better myself, but that doesn’t make it easier to take being told what to do.
Jaxon Queen and Miguel Giovanni are both sitting outside of the RISE gym, dressed in clothes not meant for the cold weather of Michigan (sweats). The two just sit on a bench and stare at the gym before Jaxon speaks, telling Miguel that he needs to calm down when it comes to doing these challenges. He needs to stop overthinking it all. That’s why they’re out there tonight. Jaxon wants Miguel to stay out here in the cold and not think about it. Not thinking about how he’s freezing. Not think about how he could get sick. But think about something to take his mind off of it. To keep himself calm.
Queen then slaps Giovanni on the back and begins to head back inside. Miguel asks him how long he has to stay out there and Queen responds with “as long as it takes” before entering the gym, leaving Miguel out there.
JAXON QUEEN: Well, he actually managed to do it. He managed to calm down and slow everything down. That’s good. That’s real good.
MIGUEL GIOVANNI: It took a while, but I managed to do what Jaxon asked of me. At first I thought he was crazy but now I understand he is crazy and smart.
The shot cuts back to ringside, where Rusty begins chuckling.
Some of you mentors really do have interesting ways of going about things. Now, when we come back from this little break, we will begin our challenge...which will test each wrestler’s memory and knowledge!
We go to break as Mahone speaks to the competitors away from the mic.