1/18/2021 - Hit the Road 2021 Jan 17, 2021 23:48:22 GMT
Post by Big Time Fights on Jan 17, 2021 23:48:22 GMT
The cameras cut backstage to the classic LRX backdrop. Standing there by himself is “The Absolute” Austin Anderson, the manager of the tag team, The Standard. With his arms crossed, Anderson has a thoughtful look on his face.
When I decided I wanted to become a professional wrestler, at the young age of 17, I knew I wanted to be the best. I knew I wanted to be the greatest. I knew I wanted to be... the standard. The Standard is a group of individuals who have the skills and talent to be the very best that professional wrestling has to offer. Last week, Josh Williams and Joe Bailey battled for the World Tag Team Championship. They fought and clawed with all their might against a team that has been the very standard of Lion’s Road tag team wrestling. Williams and Bailey came up short but they learned, they gained insight, they developed. The Standard put themselves on the map as a team to watch out for in the future and that’s truly what the Standard is about. We are pure talent, growing and developing, to eventually become the very measuring stick to which all future generations of wrestlers are measured against.
Anderson stops and lets that sink in for a moment.
With that in mind, I look to the future. I will be clear with my intentions here. I want the very best pure talent to come and be part of my team. I want to take the best that the indies have to offer and develop that into... the standard. With that, I am proud to announce the newest member of the Standard. A man who is the very definition of pure talent and incredible skills. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome...
As Austin continues to talk, we can see a man with a hood over his head walk into frame.
...BALMAINS BEST KEPT SECRET… LUKE! MARSHALL!
The man in the hood drops the hood back, revealing himself to indeed be the one and only, Luke Marshall.
Oi Oi Lions Road! You’re not mistaken. I’m real, not some hologram. Luke Marshall has officially joined forces with one of the best ever to do it. I’ve joined The Standard. This is massive for my career, you get that, right? Like, you get how aligning myself properly with Austin and The Standard can boost my career to new heights. Not only can it do all that, but Austin is guiding me to success. He is mentoring me, coaching me. Fine tuning my skill so I can be the best me that I know I can be. PROVING to the rest of the world that I am the fastest rising star in professional wrestling today, PROVING that I am going to be the person that everyone talks about when they talk about “One of the best professional wrestlers in the world.”... and most importantly, under the guidance of Austin Anderson, Ryan Samuels will be my bitch. Lions Road! This is the start of something new for me, I won’t be actin’ any different, I’ll still be the same old Luke Marshall as I was before, I'll just have Austin Anderson by my side each time I go out there... and Ryan... I'll see you real soon, compadre. This ain't over between us.
With that, Austin pats Luke on the back and smiles proudly. The other two members of the Standard, Josh Williams and Joe Bailey, walk into the cameras view and shake hands with the newest member of their group.
In the opening bout of the evening, Luke Marshall was accompanied to the ring by Austin Anderson - his new manager. Jeremy Squire came alone which Hewitt and Shelzi attributed to AJ Knight not wanting to invite any necessary attention because of the bounty. Shelzi wondered aloud about his whereabouts, for he could be an easy target without his usual tag-along there to support him. Squire and Marshall started off with a traditional collar-and-elbow tie-up and Squire dominated the early moments of the match, which is not all that surprisingly considering the experience edge. Of course, Jeremy Squire is his own worst enemy and without AJ Knight there to reign him in - he got a bit cocky and started breakdancing between moves. This turn of events allowed Luke Marshall to mount a comeback, mostly using rugby tackles to keep Squire on the mat. Squire avoided one and tried to hit his B-Side standing moonsault side slam but Marshall broke free and spiked him with a Michinoku driver before putting him away with the Green and Golden Bomb - his variation of the Last Ride/elevated powerbomb. Austin Anderson applauded his new client's victory after the match, raising his arm and proclaiming a new standard in pro-wrestling!