Moss: Up next we’ve got a very interesting matchup!
Howley: You’re not kidding Moss, mostly because we don’t know all the participants!
Moss: Right you are! We’ve got the former Tag Team Champions, Foreign Legion going up against Harry Chest and a mystery partner! The question on everyone’s mind is who’s it going to be?
Howley: My money is on the Double Decker! We haven’t seen him in a while and I’d say he’s about due at this bus stop!
Moss: Let’s go to the ring and find out!
“New World Symphony, 4th Movement” by Antonin Dvorak hits the PA system as Harold Robbins steps through the ropes with a microphone. The fans start to boo as Eddie Dante moves through the curtain followed by his brutes.
Robbins: Coming to the ring first, at a total combined weight of 532 pounds… Accompanied by their manager, Eddie Dante…. This is Mushigahara….Leon Van Zandt… THE FOREIGN LEGION!
They make their way to ringside ignoring the fans as they walk. They enter the ring and the intimidating Mushi steps over the top rope and raises his arms high into the air.
Their music is cut off by that of Harry Chest’s
The house lights flicker as “Let It Rock” by Bon Jovi plays throughout the venue. The slow build of the guitar riff primes the crowd for the appearance of their hero in tights.
At the apex of the song, Harry Chest walks out on stage sporting his flashy smile and signature heroically caped attire.
He marches to the ring and misses most hand slaps with the fans. His hair is gelled back and his chest is pushed out with pride. About three quarters of the way down to the ring he stops, and sizes up his opponents. He then looks back towards the curtain and out comes…
Moss: Who’s it going to be Thunderbird!?
Howley: Who is that!?
Moss: That’s Marty! Marty Murdoch! He’s part of our ring crew and backstage help! What’s he doing out here!
The wrestler steps through the curtain unsure of himself. He looks out into the crowd and gulps really hard. His nervousness is evident from the beads of sweat on his forehead. He looks down at Harry Chest who goads him into walking down a little faster.
Robbins: And their opponents… at a total combined weight of 415 pounds…. The team of MARTY MURDOCH & HARRY CHEST!
Moss: Chest has helped Murdoch out of a pickle recently in regards to a couple bullies in the Foreign Legion, now it appears Chest has given Marty his shot at redemption!
Howley: Yea but does he want it!? Look at him! He’s gotta be 90 pounds soaking wet Moss!
Marty never actually enters the ring, when he reaches the apron he becomes almost frozen in place. Harry tells him to stay there and he’ll start the match. He’s starting against LVZ.
The bell rings and Harry goes to remove his cape. As he does he’s attacked from behind by the very technically sound Leon Van Zandt. On the outside Eddie Dante is pleased. Van Zandt tosses the cape unceremoniously over the top rope to the outside and begins an onslaught of forearm strikes to the shoulders and back of Chest.
Marty watches in fear as LVZ pulls Chest to the center of the ring by the arm and wrenches him down to the mat hard. Sitting on the shoulder of our resident superhero, Leon yanks the arm back and hooks in a quick armbar. Harry goes for the ropes but is too far away. He tries to power his way up and with some help from the fans clapping, he’s able to fight his way back up to a vertical base.
The Foreign Legion are able to keep control as LVZ drops an elbow into the arm of Harry and holds onto it before tagging in his enormous tag team partner.
Moss: Here comes Mushigahara!
Howley: Watch out!
An Ax Handle Smash on the back of the neck of Harry Chest sends him sprawling once more. The big man than stalks over to his opponents corner but Murdoch seems him coming and jumps down off the apron rather than come face to fist with Mushigahara.
Mushi turns around and goes back to work on Harry Chest. When he gets back up Mushi vaults him off the ropes. Attempting a clothesline that might behead the hero, Mushi puts everything he’s got into it but Harry Chest is able to slide underneath the attack. As the lumbering giant turns around it’s Harry Chest’s feet that find their place.
Howley: LOOK AT THE HEIGHT ON THAT DROPKICK!
The big man rocks, Harry is up and dives at the back of the leg of former tag team champion. Mushi hits the mat hard and finally Harry has the chance to look towards his own corner. When he and Marty lock eyes, Marty’s face twists into a look of worry. Harry starts nodding and encouraging his partner as he walks over. Just before Harry can make a tag Leon Van Zandt darts across the ring and blasts Harry from behind, knocking him through the ropes and to the outside.
Moss: What a cheapshot!
LVZ then darts over and throws an elbow that connects with Marty sending him falling to the arena floor also. Leon then moves over to Mushi and stands directly over top of him.
Leon Van Zandt: GET UP! WHAT ARE YOU DOING!? YOU FAT PIECE OF….
He reaches down and slaps Mushigahara which immediately riles the big man. He stands right up to his feet and gets in the face of LVZ. The fans hush as they don’t know what’s coming. Outside Eddie Dante barks at both men to keep focused. Outside Harry and Marty are coordinating.
Moss: I don’t think The Foreign Legion is paying attention!
On opposite turnbuckles are Marty Murdoch and Harry Chest. The pair of foreigners are in the ring still yelling at one another. The fans start to rumble and as both LVZ and Mushi turn their opponents jump in near unison. Crossbody block by Harry Chest, Missile Dropkick by Marty sends everyone in the match to the mat hard. The classic fans explode as the official starts to sort out the illegal men.
Howley: Thats how you regain control Moss! High risk and highly effective.
Moss: I’ll say! Marty runs to his corner now and wills on Harry! Here he comes… and TAG! Marty is now the legal man.
Marty comes running in pumping his fists. As LVZ gets up he catches a couple right hands and then a big running kick that sends him through the second rope. The fans get louder as tiny Marty starts to gain momentum.
Moss: Look at him go! Get em Marty!
He turns around and finds Mushigahara who’s on one knee. Marty punches him, once, twice, three times. Mushi eventually stands up through the onslaught and Murdoch is able to see the full size of what he’s attacking. His eyes go wide but he doesn’t give up. Running off the ropes Marty tries to go as fast as he can and comes back with a diving clothesline.
Howley: MushroomGary is rocking!
Moss: That’s Mushigahara!
Marty comes off the ropes again and dives once more. This time Mushi catches him in midair and tosses him back down to the mat hard with a fall away slam that shakes the ring. Marty arches his back in pain once he’s able to stop rolling.
With Eddie Dante pleased on the outside, Mushi gets to work on the young upstart. Body slam after body slam leaves the rookie hurting. The GodBeast picks up Marty over and over again before slamming him down relentlessly.
Moss: If Murdoch doesn’t do something quick, this match is going to be over in no time!
Howley: This match!? His career is going to be over Moss!
With victory in hand, Mushigahara tags in Leon Van Zandt. Mushi goes to get out of the ring, but LVZ pulls him back in. He tells him to hook the young wrestler so he could hit him. Mushi goes to leave again but LVZ once more insists the big man help him. Reluctantly Mushi complies and picks up Marty once more. He puts him in a full nelson position. LVZ runs off the ropes and goes for a flying kick. Marty is aware enough to see it coming and falls to his ass.
Moss: HE MISSED! HE HIT MUSHIGAHARA!
Mushi falls through the ropes. Eddie Dante loses it on the outside. Marty crawls across the ring with haste. The fans get louder the closer he gets to Harry Chest.
Howley: HERE COMES HARRY CHEST! Van Zandt is confused!
LVZ turns and Harry kicks him in the gut and plants him.
Moss: CHIN DIMPLER!
Howley: What a jawbreaker!
Harry makes the cover, the referee slides into position. Eddie Dante tries to get Mushi back in the ring to break it up. Marty lies face down in his corner.
The fans explode as Harry Chest jumps off of LVZ. He rushes over to his tag team partner and lifts his nearly lifeless body off the mat. Waking him up in the corner, Harry tries to convey they won.
Robbins: Ladies and Gentlemen your winners…. MARTY MURDOCH AND HARRY CHEST!
Murdoch hears his name and comes alive. He gets very excited with his arms in the air. On the outside the losers of the match argue with one another once more.
Moss: Who would have thought! Harry Chest and Murdoch get it done!
Howley: Anyone can win any given match! Especially here in Classic Wrestling!