SLAMFEST 2020 - SLAMFEST 2020 - Final Boss

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Description: The final SLAM has arrived. The one true champion faces down a sequential gauntlet against the top contenders.

This has been a surprisingly good Slamfest for Lita. She was able to show she was skilled when any weapon was put in her hand. She managed to get her Blue Pro belt back. Now she had one more challenge to take on.

Lita receives the signal to enter, it starts with what sounds to be hybrid between a hum and a chant before a lone female voice starts singing in a haunting tone a cover of a Destiny's Child song. Lita, with large sword strapped to her back, steps out into the open pushing a shopping cart filled with various items, like trash cans and lids, street signs, kendo sticks, and steel chairs. Upon making it to the ring, she leaves the cart on the outside of the ring before climbing steps on the outside of the ring and then vaulting over the rope.

Once in the ring, she flexes for the crowd and then moves to her corner. From what she had been told, her opponent was incredible and she just wanted to do a respectable job out there before the next person in the gauntlet comes up.

COMBATSYS: [2wei - Survivor] As Lita slowly makes her way to the ring pushing a shopping cart filled with various improvised weapons, the sound of a single, haunting, female voice can be heard singing. "Thought I couldn't breathe without you, I'm inhaling | Thought I couldn't see without you, perfect vision | Thought I couldn't last without you, but I'm lastin' | Thought that I would die without you, but I'm livin'" She's not gonna stop. She's gonna work harder. -- LITA LUWANDA is Ready to SLAM!

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His presence is like the detonation of a nuclear bomb in human form. Golden light and sun flare like flames seem to emit from the colossus as he enters the arena with a swagger that seems just shy of shaking the ground from a combo of pure pressure of internal energy and physical strength. The World Champion, Victor Ortega, has arrived..and the whole of the Stadium erupts into thunderous roars at the sight and presence of the so called King of Kings as he makes his way to the ring.

Upon reaching the ring, he leaps, clearing the top rope from the ground level, and then descending thunderously into his corner of the Ring of Destruction. From here he straightens to his full height and then lifts a single arm upwards, his impossibly muscled physique bristling into a flex that looks like he ate a herd of bodybuilders before arriving. It's an awe inspiring show - or monstrous depending on ones point of view - but he's well versed at controlling the crowd and this -is- the final boss match after all.

And so he finally turns his vastness towards Lita.. the aura around him dimming as he looks upon her with stern judgement in his eyes. Neither smiling nor frowning. Just judging..and then:

"WELL DONE. You've made it this far. Having done so..I hope you intend to make this at least a little entertaining."

COMBATSYS: Victor Ortega enters the arena, to the roar of the crowd!

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Lita             0/-------/-------|=------\-------\0    Victor Ortega

When her music stops, she stops flexing and that's when the atmosphere of the arena completely changes. Even from a distance, Victor Ortega cuts an imposing figure. When up close, more so. To her credit, she doesn't back down in his presence. In hindsight, it seems as though the flexing she was doing earlier was kind of silly.

After the initial staredown, Lita backs away enough to let the referee start the bout. After the signal is given, she takes one step before leaping into the air to perform a double axe handle smash right down on the significantly larger man.

COMBATSYS: Victor Ortega blocks Lita's Improvised Slam.

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Lita             0/-------/-------|==-----\-------\0    Victor Ortega

Her attack is met by a corded forarm the size of some peoples legs. Indeed, it does make the earlier flexing seem silly under logical consideration..but Ortega appreciates bravado and if there is any place for bravado it is the Ring of Destruction.

Unfortunantely the impact against his upraised arm is like impacting a steel girder. The giant of a man doesn't move from the force and seems rather unbothered by the force of the blow. Instead he quickly reverses his movements, reaching up with the same arm to snatch at Lita's legs before she can rebound away and if successful will literally attempt to pivot and use her leg to drive her back down to the mat itself with...a considerable amount of force.

COMBATSYS: Victor Ortega successfully hits Lita with Hammer Smash.

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Lita             0/-------/---====|====---\-------\0    Victor Ortega

Lita rebounds away but not through any control over her movement beyond the moment her fists impacted his forearms. Her leg gets grabbed and knowing what was coming, she tries to tuck her chin and time an arm slap so that she can evenly distribute the impact. She goes down too fast to time it and ends up clapping her head on the mat and temporarily sees spots before rebounding on the ground.

She climbs to her feet and takes a few moments to clear her head before she shoulder charges Ortega's leg to upset his balance just a little bit. Hopefully enough that she could yank him, by his arm, face first to the ground. After that she attempts to wrench said arm into an armbar.

She's feeling a really strong urge to reach for her sword.

COMBATSYS: Victor Ortega endures Lita's Close Quarters Catch.

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Lita             0/-------/=======|=====--\-------\0    Victor Ortega

It's like he can read her mind - or at least sense her fighters urges.

"Why hold yourself back?" questions Ortega, speaking despite the tackle into his legs managing to actually push him back and then ultimately uproot him like the foundations of a building giving way. His impact against the mat is like a falling meteor but he seems yet unperturbed, even as his arm is gripped and pulled back. Something which begins to meet immediate resistance. His arm becomes a tree, holding tight to the earth and refusing to bend and then pulling the other way into a sudden lurch to try and swing Lita into the air and then up overhead as Ortega himself rolls to try and slam her back to the mat on the opposite side of him.

"If you resist your fighting spirit, you will fall to ME!"

COMBATSYS: Victor Ortega successfully hits Lita with Audacious Slam.

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Lita             1/----===/=======|======-\-------\0    Victor Ortega

"I don't always have it available in my regular line of work. I'm using this as an opportunity to improve."

Lita's grip on the armbar suddenly becomes a liability as she finds herself launched in the air. She doesn't have a chance to reorient herself before she's grabbed once more and slammed hard into the ground. The wind is pretty much driven out of her.

She rises to her feet as she reaches for the quick release latch so she can go for her large polycarbonate replica sword.

"That being said, I should also improve my sword wielding skills as well."

She leaps towards Ortega performing a sword slash to the shoulder, the core and then to the leg. After the series of slashes she slips to the side.

COMBATSYS: Victor Ortega blocks Lita's Triple Slash.

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Lita             1/----===/=======|=======\-------\0    Victor Ortega

The Champions muscular form seems every bit as durable as some of the reinforced walls and barriers that Lita has undoubtly encountered on her missions and journeys. Perhaps even moreso. Her strikes leave welts across his immense form but the tightening of his beefy physique seems to harden his body such that the flesh withstands the attacks..and he instead strides forward like some sort of juggernaut into the force of the onslaughts.

"This is no practice match, girl. The time for 'improvement' is over. The time to show me what you have obtained is now!"

He dashes into a blur that defies his vast size. A gargantuan arm stretches out, seeking to slam into her and send her hurtling back and away if possible.

COMBATSYS: Lita interrupts Medium Lariat from Victor Ortega with Bum's Rush.

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Lita             0/-------/-======|=======\======-\1    Victor Ortega

The former Delta Red likewise dashes towards the champion in what analysts and fans would likely regard as an ill-advised tactic. Granted, fighting defensively wasn't yielding much in the way of results either. The two impact simultaneously. She delivering her strike in the form of the flat of her giant sword blade swung like a cricket bat. Ortega running at her with a powerful lariat.

The force of that initial lariat carries her to the rope but this time, she can control her body's movement. In spite of her vision going blurry for a moment, she launches herself at Ortega once more delivering a second swing with the flat of her artificial sword before stepping through with one last swing with the flat of her blade.

"Practice, under the bright lights of the arena, or on the battle field. If I can live through it, I can learn from it!"

That..was a hit. The crowd goes silent..and then wild as one. Her dare worked and Ortega emits a loud gasp of shock and pain as he's taken from his feet to stagger backwards from the fury of the blow and the disruption of an assault he was sure would strike true. He is..briefly embaressed. The king has been wounded. The lion has been shown he can bleed and this is unacceptable because the wolves will now come.

His teeth grit but his visible anger is short lived as he's enough decorum to not allow a misstep to push him into some sort of tantrum. Lita good..and he began this tournament to find the worthy. Here she is..

"Very good!" he declares before lunging in..chi blazing around him like a sudden solar eruption and roaring about his immense arm to produce a trail like the tail of a comet as he surges in and blurs in with an upper cut that is surely more like a bazooka going off.

COMBATSYS: Lita blocks Victor Ortega's Aura Fire.

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Lita             1/-------/=======|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\1    Victor Ortega

For Lita, the sounds of crowd might as well not exist. In this moment, in this squared circle, only two people exist here. Her and this man in front of her who is head and shoulders above her in skill level in addition to the man's height. If anything, this moment was a boon. It gave her a new level to strive for.

The problem however is that along with a new level to strive for, it gave her a very, powerful uppercut she urgently needed to deal with. Sword meets chi engulfed fist and for a moment, she manages to strain against the fist before the sword is sent flying out of the apron and onto the ground. The moment, Lita knew she wasn't going to be able to hold onto her sword, she focused controlling the course enough that it wasn't going to hit the spectators. The cost was that she still gets caught by the chi trail of that powerful uppercut and it sends her stumbling back.

She regains her balance and dashes in to wrap up his legs as she goes for a double leg takedown. If she should get that, she'll perform a good ol' ground and pound delivering hammer fists over and over. Of course that's easier said than done considering that this champion larger and more skilled than she is.

COMBATSYS: Victor Ortega interrupts Seeing Red from Lita with SPirit Upper.

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Lita             0/-------/--=====|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>-\1    Victor Ortega

He's fast. To fast.

One moment he seems vulnerable to her incoming assault..the next he's blurred into movement such that The Ring of Destruction lurches from the force of his steps and lunges. Chi blasts around his enormous fists and a flash of sunlight and an explosion of chi generated fire later..he's lunging into a thunderous uppercut that lands full onto Lita's body. Energy shockwaves out from them both as his fist grinds inward and then continues upwards..pressing her body up and away from him with a roar of force that causes nearby monitors to flicker and erupt sparks.

Lita only manages to wrap her arms around Ortega's legs before she feels a fist bolstered by chi buried in her stomach. Her eyes bulge almost comically before her body is suddenly sent airborne. She has a few moments of agony before the body mercifully shuts down.

When her flight finally ends, she lands on her side, outside of the ring and blissfully unconscious.

It's time for the next challenger to step up.

COMBATSYS: Lita takes no action.

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COMBATSYS: Lita can no longer fight.

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COMBATSYS: Victor Ortega awaits the next challenger.

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A sound like some sort of drums and a guitar bit sound before the next challenger shows up. A brief silhouette is seen before the apparent teenager moves his hands to his waist where a prismatic flash leaves a belt and he strikes a pose. In a loud voice, the teen declares, "HENSHIN!"

And in another flash, there's the sight of J-Dragon in full costume as the prismatic sparks break away from him. The crowd at least gives a bit of a cheer for the teenage super-hero. He's had an interesting run. One loss, a tag team win with a kunoichi, and a run in the Pit O Pain before getting this far. Raising his hand to the sky, he makes a few gestures, "Mighty Dragon Fighter, J-Dragon has arrived!" Then he sprints down the runway before springing up from the ring floor no less to land in it.

Looking at Victor, the teenager gives a polite nod of respect before he launches into his first move, a spinning wheel kick with a prismatic looking light show that lashes out at Victor's legs in an attempt to knock him for a loop with the two hit combination as he seems to lash out with some sort of creature's tail from the light show itself. "Dragon Swings Tail!" Is called out in mid-air by the teen.

COMBATSYS: Koto enters the arena, to the roar of the crowd!

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Victor Ortega    1/-======/=======|-------\-------\0             Koto

COMBATSYS: Victor Ortega blocks Koto's Dragon Swings Tail.

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Victor Ortega    1/=======/=======|-------\-------\0             Koto

Well now - it's certainly about to become a light show in here. A very different sort of match then the one against Lita.

Victor turns, squaring his shoulders and flaring his monsterous pectorals into a series of thunderous independant bounces that contribute to driving the crowd crazy in the wake of the wild match that just finished up. He raises both of his arms skyward, pointing at the roof ot the arena and then brings one colossal arm down to point at the incoming teen, "Let's GO!"

When Koto spirals in, he finds that the kick might as well have slammed against a pair of sequoia's for all the lack of movement Ortega performs upon the impact. Golden light then blazes forth - a blast of sun tinged chi that roars like a bonfire around the giant who pushes back against the energetic teen and does so by swinging a massive arm out and unleashing what looks to be a chi laden gout of flame to wash over the ring towards the young man.

COMBATSYS: Koto blocks Victor Ortega's Flame Thrower.

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Victor Ortega    2/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|==-----\-------\0             Koto

The flaming wave is met by Koto as he tanks it. J-Dragon stands from being blasted by the flames with his suit slightly smoking, but otherwise looks none the worse for wear. Even then it's obvious as he shakes his arms that it was probably not expected to see chi flames in this.

Pacing a bit, J-Dragon takes the moment to recenter himself, but the pacing takes a different form as he starts to circle with a tighter stance before he closes in and throws off a fierce looking punch at the champ.

Said punch doesn't have any of the prismatic energies of the earlier move, but it's obvious perhaps that he's testing the waters so to speak. And starting to walk in literal circles a bit.

COMBATSYS: Victor Ortega interrupts Fierce Punch from Koto with Hammer Smash.

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Victor Ortega    1/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|======-\-------\0             Koto

"DON'T FALTER, BOY! Come at me with everything---!"

Ortega's booming voice seems to resound from everywhere as his stern judgmental visage looms overhead..and then transforms into a maddened battle hungry grin as his body crashes down towards Koto like a falling mountain range. Both of his fists descend - twin pistons, thundering forward and pounding downward in a haymaker that shakes the entire Ring of Destruction even after impact onto Koto, as it continues onward to strike the mat. "..Or you wilL FALL!"

Interrupted so fiercely, Koto takes a few steps back. The ring shaking definitely doesn't help him keep his feet like that. Then he steps forward again quickly. "Fine! You want everything!" The young voice declares.

Then comes a roundhouse kick aimed at Ortega's side.

The difference is that his leg is wreathed in prismatic looking energies. Energies that accelerate and strengthen the roundhouse kick into something that gives off a boom much like thunder, "THUUUNDER KICK!"

The fierce roundhouse is definitely something else, at least, and not something he likes using so soon but Koto's hoping to at least get a good idea of just how tough the champ is.

COMBATSYS: Victor Ortega blocks Koto's Thunder Kick.

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Victor Ortega    2/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|=======\-------\0             Koto

"Now that is more LIKE IT!" exclaims the Champion among Champions. He braces his immense figure, tightening his body up in a rippling display of over the top sinew and corded muscle like some herd of bodybuilders on display. The kick lands with a rainbow corona of light splaying out everywhere intermingling with Ortega's own burning sunlight driven aura. His enormous figure skids back slighlty but he does not topple and instead lunges a huge hand forward to grasp for Koto's head.

"Now I will reward your audacity!"

His massive body lunges forward and upwards as it pushes back against the young warrior - and then crashes down like a comet descending towards him and the mat. Ortega's sixe such that he may literally swallow the teen up from sight should the incoming attack land.

COMBATSYS: Koto blocks Victor Ortega's Body Splash.

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Victor Ortega    2/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|=======\=------\1             Koto

Finding his head grabbed, J-Dragon can only hold on to the hand for a moment, but somehow manages to at least stop himself from impacting the mat by a pair of sturdy legs that are reinforced a bit with prismatic energies again. The teen superhero gives a growl. "I'm not... going down... so easy!"

Then he slips from Victor's grip and leaps skywards. Prismatic energies blaze across legs before he brings one down towards Victor's shoulder. "RAIJIN--" Much like the Thunder Kick, the sound of thunder booms, but it's obvious that the teen isn't done as he backflips suddenly and brings the other leg upwards "--RYU!" In a second thundering kick as he backflips away from Victor.

COMBATSYS: Victor Ortega barely endures Koto's Raijin Ryu.

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Victor Ortega    2/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|==-----\-------\0             Koto

"Hmmm!" Victor rumbles in response to Koto's decleration, somehow making that sound a condenscending mocking taunt. His eyes widen and his grin enlarges but it is all wiped away as the thunder erupts and the rainbow of energy rushes down around and into him with the impact of J-Dragon's kick, followed by another one that erupts into and through the giant with a rush of force and chi that causes monitors to fritz and go static and the light show to blaze across the entire arena. "Whooollf!" roars Ortega, actually battered backwards and down towards his knees, staggering abit and almost falling. Almost.

His rebound is faster then it has any right to be given his size. Nearly seven feet of muscle lunges back up and forward, once more blazing with a fury like the erupting surface of the sun itself. His body red with fury and adrenaline and gigantic arms lunging forward and grasping for J-Dragon--

COMBATSYS: Koto barely endures Victor Ortega's Maximum Muscle Bomb but gets knocked away!

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Victor Ortega    0/-------/---<<<<|=======\======-\1             Koto

Into the air they go - spiraling upwards. It's not quite the spinning pile driver or the Gigas Breaker - but Ortega has been at this longer then either of them. Perhaps this is the Ur-Example of such moves. The one before all. The MAXIMUM MUSCLE BOMB.

Wreathed in a super nova of fire. Enveloped by muscle that can treat steel girders like putty. J-Dragon and The King hurtle up and then back down again - impacting like a minature extiction level event upon the Ring of Destruction and nearly buckling the entire ring in the process. In fact it is restraint on Ortega's part that does not destroy the ring. There are other matches yet to be held in this gauntlet.

At either rate, a shockwave peels out over the crowd, shaking the stadium to its core even over the sound of their raucous roars.

The teen is caught, raised upwards, and ends up going for the ride of a life time. Struggling to get away, the impact actually knocks J-Dragon out of The King's grip and into the air. That's probably the only thing that saves him from being a fixture in the ring itself from the impact. The unfortunate part is that it's sending him out of the ring, too, and it looks like the teen's barely conscious at that point.

/Something/ drives the J-Dragon, however, to at least give someone a chance against The King. To give some sort of impact to the entire thing even if he didn't get to challenge The King to some sort of show down. To do something!

In mid-air, the teenager's arms come up as he manages to at least get some control of his body. He knows the impact will definitely leave him unconscious, but well... he's not going down without at least one final blow!

The teenager's hands come up and form an L-shape with them. "AURORA--" Prismatic energy flares around the teenager before quickly going to his hands, "-BUUUUURST!" Then what can only be called havoc unleashes as a beam lances down, wildly going in a path at The King for a moment before the teenager's own beam attack cuts out as he ends up falling down on the outside of the ring, unconscious. The only real tragedy is that somehow he managed to nail a light fixture, which ends up falling on the other side of the ring after the display.

COMBATSYS: Koto can no longer fight.

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COMBATSYS: Victor Ortega guards against Koto's Aurora Burst.

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Both massive arms raise, crossing infront of him as the giant hunkers down and braces against the prismatic onslaught. Energy splays in every direction after hitting the champion, scorching the ring and blasting out towards the barriers and protective measures set to keep the spectators and commentors safe. But Ortega does not fall. He holds his ground, breathing heavy and body bruised..but still up.

"WELL DONE!" he declares after a final push back disrupts the last portions of the energy driven assault. Koto may very well not have even heard the immense champions verdict..but that's not Ortega's problem. Instead he launches into his signature pose - one arm stretched out and pointed away from him and the other arm bent into a boulder sized bicep flex as he leans back arrogantly to bask in the glow of the arena and the rings and flashes of cameras. It's a short lived flex though as the next opponent is mere instants away from leaping into the ring.

COMBATSYS: Victor Ortega awaits the next challenger.

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A new challenger approaches!

Honoka Inoue, still in her wrestling outfit - a different pair of patterned pants, with the same pattern but in a different colour, but the very same top she was wearing in her previous matches - is the next entrant.

She's still sore from her last fight. It didn't go the way she expected - the way she wanted SLAMFEST to. It was a terrifying match with blood, and left her more confused than anything else. But Honoka wanted her memories of SLAMFEST to be good, and that means she's coming to accept Ortega's challenge. Even if she gets immediately thrown out of the ring (which, let's be honest, is a possible result) at least it will have ended in wrestling.

And so with that in mind, Honoka slides into the ring. She pauses there to give Victor Ortega, owner and long-time champion of the CWA, a deep bow of recognition and respect.

That lasts for mere moments before she straightens, stiffens her back, and practically charges Ortega with a kiai! She ducks low at the last moment, rising up with a knee to Ortega's gut and then a low spinning kick, clearly trying to keep him off-balance - she saw the end of the last match and she's hoping he's a little slow because of it.

COMBATSYS: Honoka Inoue enters the arena, to the roar of the crowd!

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Honoka Inoue     0/-------/------=|=======\-------\1    Victor Ortega

COMBATSYS: Honoka Inoue successfully hits Victor Ortega with Tropical Storm.
+=+=!= Power Slam! =!=+=+

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Honoka Inoue     0/-------/------=|=======\=------\1    Victor Ortega

She may get her wish! At least partially. Ortega is indeed winded and wounded. A battered Lion that has fought and fought and who finds it harder to no sell the fact that he is bruised, burnt and slowed.,so much so that the force of her attack lands in full with only a last minute tightening of his physique to that of reinforced metal like durability serving to prevent damage from being more extreme. The force is sufficient to send him backwards and there is a collective gasp and series of screams, cheers and jeers as Ortega stumbles to his back foot and then back again, nearly teetering towards the ropes themselves like a massive tree finally yielding and pulling up from the ground..

But he regains his balance, swiftly and suddenly is lunging forward, dragging his massive arm down and then up again before him with chi blazing into an inferno of energy as it trails behind him.

A roaring blast of energy is unleashed, rocketing across the distance created by Honoka's attack and bursting at her like a fireball cast by some sort of muscle wizard. Perhaps a term that applies well to Ortega.

COMBATSYS: Victor Ortega knocks away Honoka Inoue with Aura Buster.

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Honoka Inoue     1/-------/=======|=======\====---\1    Victor Ortega

On the plus side: that actually worked! More or less.

Honoka rises from her strike, fists raised, posture still showing she's ready to fight - her position is loose but still combative, not poor so much as flexible. But, unfortunately, she's rising up right into the path of Victor Ortega's giant blast of chi.

The roaring detonation washes over Honoka, eliciting a squeaky yelp from the small brawler as it sends her recoiling back - not just one step, or two, but literally lifting her up and throwing her across the ring. She hits the far ropes, bowing them outward - until they spring back into place, launching Honoka forward with another yell. This one is more of a battle cry than a pained one, at least.

In midair, Honoka twirls, coming down toward Ortega back-first. Well... behind-first. It's fine! It's a wrestling tradition!

COMBATSYS: Victor Ortega endures Honoka Inoue's Jumping Hip Attack.

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Honoka Inoue     1/-------/=======|=======\=====--\1    Victor Ortega

"Brave of you girl!" thunders Ortega like some sort of divine decleration. At least he seems..entertained?

"You're the second young person here to challenge me and you're throwing your all into it. Literally!"

Indeed the 'butt check' slams right into his vast body - but again he's become some sort of adamant pillar. HIs huge frame shudders. His dense muscles lurch, but his body remains rooted in place, absorbing the shock of the blast and bending back ever so slightly in the process. Arms with biceps arguablly larger around then some peoples waistlines lunge up and then swing around to try and grasp the girl into a crushing hug as Ortega grins and thunders, "With such aggresiveness comes much risk!"

COMBATSYS: Honoka Inoue fails to counter Resting Hold from Victor Ortega with Deep the Dragon.

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Honoka Inoue     0/-------/--=====|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2    Victor Ortega

They're certainly bigger than Honoka's waistline. The size difference between the two of them is never more stark as when she's trying a maneuver like this; Honoka stands four foot eleven and probably doesn't weigh a hundred pounds, and Ortega is... well, built like Ortega.

Honoka hits Ortega and just kind of stops. She slides down slightly before he catches her - just enough that she can get her foot against the ground, and she tries to tip forward, overbalancing Ortega and sending him over her own head with his own weight and momentum.

She doesn't.

Instead she finds herself squeezed in place, practically crushed; her foot lifts back off the ground and flails around, trying to regain some leverage. Eventually she manages to free herself - not by the way she'd meant, but by simply slithering out of his grip, landing at his feet and rolling away reflexively, still down for the moment.

It was a good effort. Brave. Audacious. A Champion's risk. This pleases the King of the Ring - and urges him on to respond in kind - which might be a form of overkill but Honoka wouldn't be here if she had not earned it and Ortega is all about giving someone what they deserve.

"EXCELLENT!" he booms while bringing both of his hands together and raising his arms up high, Honoka is swallowed up by the behemoths shadow and then entire figure as he looms overhead with the glaring lights and blazing pyrotechnics of the arena framing him in an otherworldly glow.

His fists plunge downward. A haymaker capable of shaking the entire ring should it impact and a blazing rippling its way through his body and into the incoming fists.

COMBATSYS: Honoka Inoue just-defends Victor Ortega's Hammer Smash!

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Honoka Inoue     0/-------/--=====|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2    Victor Ortega

Honestly, if you asked Honoka, she wouldn't really know how she earned it. Sure, she had fought well in her matches - and she had done well, even the last one - but she knows she is severely outclassed here. This is her first tournament, ever; Ortega is a veteran of many.

But she's just thrilled to be here. She never imagined that she'd be across the ring with Ortega! It means a lot to her. Her heart burns with fighting spirit. "I - thank you!"

And her fighting spirit becomes visible when she moves again. Honoka's gloved hand trails wisps of deep red energy as she brings her arm up, blocking the blow - and actually managing to withstand it, though the force dimples the mat under her feet and springs her up a moment later. Her hand glows brighter, though the colour is so dark crimson that it is clearly distinct from Ortega's bright energy.

Honoka recovers remarkably quickly, striking with a punch of her own - a straight punch, again aimed at Ortega's midsection. But this time her blow trails the wispy crimson energy with it, and on impact, it discharges in a powerful burst, amplifying her impact and possibly even sending Ortega sliding back!

COMBATSYS: Victor Ortega interrupts Exploding Fist from Honoka Inoue with Enraged Aura Fire.

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Honoka Inoue     1/---====/=======|>>>>>>-\-------\0    Victor Ortega

A small nuclear explosion seems to go off in the ring. The impact of Honoka's dark chi blazes into and against the surging inferno of Ortega's fire and for a moment nothing can be seen as aura and energy whirls and the ring shakes, the ropes twisting and whipping like so much twine in a hurricane.

And then Ortega's figure emerges from the blast, his enormous arms wreathed in chi and massive body and fists lunging forward and into Honoka's attack with a series of rapid fire blows bolstered by the fury of a solar flare about his figure. A final strike blasts into the young woman as Ortega thunders, "YOU'RE WELCOME!"

Honoka vanishes in the force and the brightness of the light, swirling around her as the impacts strike home. Ortega can feel that he's managing to slam her, even if the audience might currently be in suspense; Honoka puts up a defense, but it's not nearly enough, her fist striking his and causing the ripple of chi blasting outward across the ring.

The blast clears. Honoka wobbles, barely on her feet... and, somehow, remains upright, the chi shrouding her arm intensifying. She draws her fist back again, the pulse of energy deeper, more intense than it was before. She gasps out, "Thanks - for the match - it's an honor!"

Honoka strikes. The blast might launch Ortega, if it hits, exploding outward with a second pulse of energy; it *definitely* launches Honoka on the recoil, sending her to slam into the far set of ropes and tangle in them, barely conscious. She manages to flop out of the ring after about six seconds of being held up by the ropes, but that's her last real contribution to the match.

COMBATSYS: Honoka Inoue can no longer fight.

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COMBATSYS: Victor Ortega blocks Honoka Inoue's Annihilation Stance.

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"Hmmm!" Ortega endures. This has intriguing exercise. The force of Honoka's attack blasts into him, burning away at what remains of his aura and he staggers back and briefly is forced to place both hands on his knees to avoid dropping to one knee. But he then straightens back up, pulls his huge arms back and emits a roar that shakes The Ring of Destruction. The King of the Mat still stands but..can this continue on much longer?

COMBATSYS: Victor Ortega awaits the next challenger.

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Victor Ortega    1/-----==/=======|

Backstage, Alex is warming up. The blond bruiser drops up and down, doing knee-bends to get his muscles working his legs. He takes hold of a stationary bar to lift up and keeps doing his reps. When he's done he shifts to rolling his shoulders, then drops to doing explosive push-ups.

"Mister...Alex?" one of the stage-hands calls him up. "You're up. ... good luck." The blond furrows his brow, reaches up, and adjusts his headband. He slips off his tanktop, adjusts his suspenders, and moves toward the ring.

Alex wasn't sold on the idea of a free for all. One guy surely couldn't take down all the challengers who'd made it this far, right? Nobody could be that least, nobody that Alex has met. Tom told him about some especially powerful fighters, but even back home, in a big city like that, he'd yet to see someone like that.

Until he's called to the ring. Alex climbs through the ropes, moving toward Victor Ortega. He squares up his shoulders and rolls his neck.

"So you're the champ, huh?" Alex says, "Not too keen on fighting a guy who's already been fightin' so hard...but I think you can handle it, huh?" The wrestler bends his knees, shifting into a wrestling stance with his hands held out open near his sides. "Let's make this a good match."

Alex explodes into motion suddenly, his boots leaving the mat in an explosive charge. He barrels right toward Ortega with deceptive speed, his arm extended in a running lariat.

COMBATSYS: Alex enters the arena, to the roar of the crowd!

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Alex             0/-------/------=|=======\==-----\1    Victor Ortega

COMBATSYS: Victor Ortega blocks Alex's Sledgehammer.

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Alex             0/-------/-----==|=======\===----\1    Victor Ortega

Now this is interesting. In many ways Alex is a slightly younger version of Ortega. Both are blond bruisers with enormous strength and physicality. Their physiques the pinnacle of human development if not a few steps beyond. Ortega is taller at a looming 6'7" but Alex isn't far behind and where Ortega has the mass and weight advantage by a considerable amount it's clear Alex is coming in like a run away freight train. As a result the crowd goes wild. This is not a skinny martial artists or a teenage sentai warrior but instead a clash of titans.

And so the two impact with Alex's lariat slamming into Ortega's torso with an audible *BOOM* and the giant slides back a few paces with Alex's arm splayed across his unmoving wall wide pectoral slabs.

"Impressive..! I would say 'At last a true challenger but I've had children and elite military agents face me down and perform above expectations. It is -you- who must prove your worth now!!"

He may have been fighting and fighting but to feel his body lunge forward and feel his unstoppable strength you wouldn't think so. A blazing golden aura surges around him, gathering into his fist as he lunges in and brings his fist crashing up and towards Alex with explosive force.

COMBATSYS: Victor Ortega issues a challenge!!

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Alex             0/-------/-----==|=======\===----\1    Victor Ortega

COMBATSYS: Alex blocks Victor Ortega's SPirit Upper.

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Alex             0/-------/----===|=======\===----\1    Victor Ortega

The thunderous impact of muscle against muscle staggers Alex for a moment when Or'tega stops him cold with a raw display of muscle. He draws back, pulling low as he tries to widen the gap between them.

"Yeah? I'm aiming to pass your test with flying colors!"

But as soon as Alex speaks Ortega is powering toward him, an energy-charged fist smashing toward Alex faster than he could have expected for the man's massive size. The smaller of the brawlers puts his arms up in front of him, intercepting the blow with his forearms but still sliding back across the mat. It takes him a moment to regain his footing and pivot into the counter attack.

And when he does, Alex goes low, stepping forward and throwing out a swift, sharp kick toward Ortega's legs to try and drive him back and get an advantage.

COMBATSYS: Victor Ortega fails to interrupt Short Kick from Alex with Back Breaker.

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Alex             0/-------/---====|=======\=------\1    Victor Ortega

Ortega may be the champion but he is a champion that has been going through a gauntlet and Alex is tough..very tough..and a true grappler. The commentators grasp and the audience wavers and roars as he misjudges Alex's movements and his own colossal arms go swinging overhead to completely miss his attempt to grasp the incoming younger fighter. For his efforts, Alex's atack lands true and solid, slamming into Ortega's legs and causing the immense man to topple slightly before staggering and regaining his balance.

Alex may not have quite the experience or the agility of some of the other competitors, but he knows the style well. As a fellow grappler, Alex has some experience with the strengths...and weaknesses...and those devastating throws.

He kick impacts lightly as Alex goes under the grab, but he's shifting his footing and moving to another position almost as soon as Ortega is staggered for even a second. Alex ducks down, spreads his arms, and darts in to try and grab the larger man by the waist.

If he gets a hold, Alex's muscles tighten and stress as he launches up, the giant in tow, and leap into the air to try and invert Ortega and slam him back first into the mat.

COMBATSYS: Victor Ortega blocks Alex's Powerbomb.

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Alex             0/-------/---====|=======\==-----\1    Victor Ortega

Again the Titan's clash - a true display of power and wrestling technique on display. Ortega may be winded but he's still fast. Far, far to fast. Faster then he has any right to be for his repeated back to back matches and as Alex lunges in in the aftermathof his kick, Ortega rises to meet him like some sort of sequioa emerging out of nowhere to attempt to swamp the other fighter with his size and presence. Alex lands his grip but Ortega powers through it and reverses the attempt, attempting to again envelop the younger fighter into his immensity as his chi suddenly blazes forth like the sun itself has settled into the arena into the middle of the Ring of Destruction.

If he grips him, similar to Alex's attempt, the two will go hurtling upwards into the air, spinning around in a whirl wind of movements before descending back towards the mat with earthquake inducing force.

COMBATSYS: Alex Toughs Out Victor Ortega's Muscle Bomb!

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Alex             1/-----==/=======|=------\-------\0    Victor Ortega

The speed and dexterity that Victor Ortega demonstrates even puts Alex to shame. For a man bigger than even he is, the giant of a wrestler moves with blinding speed. First, Alex's throw is intercepted and reversed, the seeming King of the Ring escaping the brunt of the blow.

And then Alex is caught in a surge of chi, a grab, and a launch. The two men go spiraling back into the mat hard enough to shake the ring around them. Lesser men would be floored, devastated by the blow.

But Alex endures, somehow. The wrestler endures the blow, pressing up from the damaged ring and staggering to his feet. His hair hangs long and loose over his face as he tries to shake off the worst of the hit, but it's slow going. Ortega's power is overwhelming.

But the relative rookie doesn't stop. His knees bend and he breaks into a sprint, cutting in close. He strikes out with a sharp, strong chop with his hand infused with chi. If he strikes Ortega, he uses the force of the blow to create an opening, shift behind Ortega, and grab him around the waist. From there, Alex drops backward, trying to slam Ortega over his head in a backdrop.

COMBATSYS: Victor Ortega barely endures Alex's Backdrop Bomb.

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Alex             0/-------/------=|=======\-------\0    Victor Ortega

"WELL DONE!" bellows Ortega as he rolls to the side and sees Alex recover so quickly from the Muscle Bomb, "But..."

He'sinterrupted as the rookie lunges forward with his own chi and Ortega sees no openings, no weakness, no place for him to manuever or even brace himself against the blow. His immense body attempts to become an immovable wall but it is not enough. The blow stuns him, sending his huge body staggering into a spin which lets him become easy prey for Alex's next move. An instant later and the already damaged Ring of Destruction is rocking violently with the quake and shockwaves rippling out beyond it into the crowds themselves. To say the audience is in a frenzy is an understatement. They can see the fatigue and weariness on the King of the Ring coupled with Alex's tenacity. Could this really be it?

Not yet it seems. Ortega kippups, launching back into a ready stance like some sort of acrobatic boulder and in the next instance he's on Alex again. His monstrous arms blaze forward as his body burns like a super nova with intensity dwarfing all else before. His physique seems to enlarge. A sinewy mountain range that slides forward seeking to envelop Alex once again. True enough this may be the last round of this gauntlet for him..but he will make Alex earn this!

An instant later, should he succeed in enveloping the other fighter a series of rolling slams would begin, followed by a comet like leap upwards, trailing chi behind them, and then an explosive fall once more towards the very center of the ring with ring side commentators literally ducking and covering in anticipation of theimpact.

COMBATSYS: Victor Ortega knocks away Alex with Maximum Muscle Bomb.

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Alex             1/------=/=======|-------\-------\0    Victor Ortega

The blow sets up for the devastating slam. It might not have packed the power that Ortega's did, but the strained ring barely holds together from blow after earthshaking blow. Alex's biceps and back tenses as he leans into the backdrop, supporting Ortega's weight long enough for gravity and muscle to carry him into the ground. When the dust settles, Alex has dropped onto his back, rolled over, and climbed back to his feet. Rubbing his forearm against his headband, he sweeps away sweat and brushes his blond locks out of his face.

But there's no time to breath, not time to hestiate. The Slam Master is upon him again, surging with energy. Slam after rolling slam takes Alex across the ring before the two men launch into the air, falling like a meteor back into the ring. The mat may very well give way on the impact before the explosion of force sends the New Yorker tumbling away from the crash site and smashing into a spectator table as the people around it scatter. Alex, meanwhile, lets out a low groan.

But slowly, gradually, he rises. The rookie coughs twice, plants his elbow, and pushes back up to his feet. He gradually staggers up, almost buckling, then gets his footing enough to stand. Even then he sways again before getting steady.

"I ain't done. Not yet," he murmurs, steeling himself once more. Muscles tense, sinew tightens. Alex powers forward into a sprint, closing the gap much faster than one might expect from his bulk, but then again these two men are full of surprises.

He sweeps high, then drops low, aiming to spear the taller man, drive him back, then get him by the waist again. If he does, Alex tenses, hoists him up, then drops into a German Suplex.

COMBATSYS: Alex dazes Victor Ortega with Hyper Bomb!

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Alex             0/-------/-------|======-\-------\0    Victor Ortega

"You can't escape!" Alex wheezes as he gets hold of Ortega, firmly gripping the giant of a man.

And as Alex delivers the German Suplex he twists, muscles tensed. In a feat of flexibility, the brawler rolls over Ortega and transitions into a second powerful German Suplex!

...and then he rolls a third time, this time landing upright with a heavy thump of those big combat boots. Alex's legs flex and his knees bend as he hoists the giant of a wrestler up, braces himself, then leaps into the air to deliver another of those devastating Power Bombs fromo before to finish the combination.

"HYPER BOMB!" the words roll out with Alex's thick Brooklyn accent.

As the saying goes: All good things must come to an end.

Ortega's stamina, durability and endurance may -seem- infinite..but they really aren't. He's taken sword swipes, energy blasts, various forms of martial arts and now this. Alex is upon him before he can even blink and the next his entire world is reeling and spinning and slamming..much..much SLAM.

His final impact into the Ring of Destruction sends it warping and wobbling as if the mat itself was but water and a tidal wave had been unleashed upon it. Supports bend and give way. Lights flash and a final eruption of chi explodes up like a volcano around the giant man.and then when all is said and done he lays still. Prone and stunned, back on the mat and massive physique sprawled across the center of the ring. The bells ring. The arena becomes a symphony of indecipherable noises and thrumming shouts..and the gauntlet is over!

COMBATSYS: Victor Ortega takes no action.

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Alex             0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Victor Ortega can no longer fight.

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Alex             0/-------/-------|

Alex breathes heavily, his chiseled chest rising and falling like a man taken to his absolute limit. He sinks into a half bend, hands on his thighs as he catches his breath--as he waits for Ortega to rise again and start the battle anew. When he doesn't, Alex breathes heavier--a sigh of relief.

The blond man looks out among the crowd, his eyes tracing the roaring fans. Slowly, the stoic blond manages a smile. He raises one fist in the air, fully extended in a narrow victory.

COMBATSYS: Alex takes no action.

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COMBATSYS: Alex has ended the fight here.

Log created on 16:58:29 03/16/2020 by Victor Ortega, and last modified on 15:11:11 03/29/2020.