That’s Why I Wanna FIght
Writing Prompt: Yes
Date: 7th Nov 2021
Monday, November 1, 2021
Venom 11 (TFCC)
“He is playing Checkers. She is playing Chess.”
Austin Ramsey is impatiently pacing in his and Todrick’s room on the cruise ship. Security has widely escorted him to his room while Chris Page and Todrick Tabor-Ramsey were out at ringside. All was well until the Judas Effect elbow strike happened, and Austin had to be physically restrained from rushing down to the ring to brawl. The lock clicks and Todrick opens the door, holding her jaw. Austin rushes to her side and helps her into the room and onto the bed. He puts some ice into a washcloth and gently holds it up to her face. His green eyes are dark, and Todrick says nothing as she pushes him back on the bed and puts her head on his chest. Her breathing and his heartbeat began to synch up, and that was calming Austin.
Austin Ramsey: You alright?
Todrick Tabor-Ramsey: I’m not going to sit here and act like it was nothing. He definitely wants to play a game. I’m down for that, but I hope he realizes that he is playing checkers, and I’m playing chess. I am a different girl, and I meant that.
Austin grunts, and Todrick sits up and looks at him. He puts his hands behind his head ad looks up at his partner.
Todrick Tabor-Ramsey: I know you are upset, but I have to fight this battle. Right now, everyone expects you to go ballistic and do something stupid, and I need you not to do that. He doesn’t know me, but I will make him know me. I need you to let me do this my way.
Austin looks away and says nothing. Todrick gently grabs his face, and he looks into her eyes.
Todrick Tabor-Ramsey: He fancies himself a game master, and I know how to play and win games. I know your heart is doing gymnastics right now, but I need all of that to disappear. If you fight this battle for me, all the momentum and credibility I have right now is lost. I know you don’t see what’s next for you, but you will find your way. I believe in you, and I know you. Now believe in me, and remember that you know me.
Austin tries to look away again, but Todrick diverts his gaze back to her. Austin parts his lips, and no sound escapes. He knows Todrick is right.
Austin Ramsey: Alright, I won’t directly interfere with your matches or anything. I am gonna have words with him about that your husband is easy bullshit. As a man, I have to at least address that Toddy.
Todrick Tabor-Ramsey: Alright, my love. I understand, and that is fine. I owe Chris some payback anyway to show him that he is playing the wrong game. Perhaps we can achieve our goals together.
Austin Ramsey: I’d like that. I wanna go get drunk now.
Todrick laughs, and as Austin tries to sit up, she pushes him back down on the bed.
Todrick Tabor-Ramsey: Before you go, you know my rule, you leave the room satisfied and not hungry. There is always some hoe out there with a sandwich, so let me get you right before you go.
Austin raises an eyebrow, and Todrick leans down and kisses him as the scene goes dark.
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Clevelander South Beach Hotel and Bar
Miami Beach, FL
“Is This What Life Is Like For A Montuori?”
Todrick is on one of the lounge chairs sipping a mimosa at the beautiful Clevelander South Beach Hotel and Bar pool area. She was enjoying the beautiful moment alone as Austin had gone to the beach with their dogs. The sun was shining, and the weather was gorgeous. Her mind was at peace; she and Austin had a plan for Venom 12 for Chris Page. He was going to let her do things her way, and she would hopefully help him find himself again in the process. But at Venom 12, Chris was not the primary focus. A successful retention of the Manhattan Championship was what was written in the stars for that night. Joe Montuori had won the bid for a championship rematch, and he would undoubtedly be looking to end his severe losing streak and recapture pieces of his life that he had lost. Behind the scenes, Joe and Austin had gotten quite close, they practically talked every day, and The Ramsey’s and Joe and Mia had been hanging out.
Hanging out with Joe meant lavish excursions and fine dining. Todrick had no complaints about that. Austin worked so hard to ensure they could have whatever life they wanted that why not enjoy the finer things in life. Toddy closed her eyes and got lost in her thoughts.
”This must be what life is like for a Montuori. I love living like this, and Austin loves providing it for me. Honey, we aren’t trying to keep up with the Jones’. We are the Jones’.”
Todrick giggles to herself as she sits up and takes a sip of her mimosa. A waiter brings her a fresh drink and a fancy cheese and cracker platter.
Todrick Tabor-Ramsey: Excuse me, I didn’t order this.
The waiter points at the bar, and Todrick lowers her Gucci shades and sees Samuel Chatman’s back. She shakes her head and smiles as he turns around with a drink in hand and a stupid grin plastered on his face. He heads over and sits down next to Todrick.
Samuel Chatman: So, you really thought you were going to come to my city and me not know?
Todrick Tabor-Ramsey: Hello, big brother. We would’ve come by, but we didn’t call first. You know how I am about that. So we just got a room, and I see one of my Rockstars caught me and posted it on social media.
Samuel Chatman: This is my fucking city, and nothing happens without me knowing. Where is Lil’ Dude? Y’all two are always attached at the hip.
Todrick Tabor-Ramsey: He hates it when you call him that. Anyway, Austin is at the beach with Duke and Domino.
Samuel Chatman: I’m surprised he’s not in jail after what happened at Venom last night. I’m sure he was already in a foul mood after losing in his match against Dane Preston. Then whatever that was with you and Chris Page. Although not gonna lie, that shit reminded me of the segments that made me start watching wrestling. You two stole the show.
Todrick Tabor-Ramsey: Thanks, Sam. Well, it’s not from lack of trying. Austin doesn’t know that I know security dragged him back to our room and made him stay there. He doesn’t know that because I arranged it. I didn’t know what would happen when Chris called me out, so I took the Austin matter into my hands. I will learn a lot from Chris, just like I’ve learned a lot from Joe.
Samuel Chatman: You ready for that rematch?
Todrick Tabor-Ramsey: I was sitting here thinking to myself if this is what life as a Montuori is like. It is more than a physical thing to beat Joe, and you have to get inside his head as he does to all of his opponents. What makes him tick? Sure he loves all the finer things in life, he loves Mia, and loves his family, but what really makes him tick? What is his state of mind when it comes to his career? Is the riff with Paul affecting him to the point where FIGHT brings the memories he’d rather not deal with?
All of that is on my mind. Joe seems to be taking one step forward but then eight steps backward. The thing with Sahara consumed him to the point where he made serious mistakes, and some have said that is how he lost the championship in the first place. He doesn’t have that obstacle in his path this time, so if…no, when I win, I can put that rumor to rest. Honestly, Sam, I keep saying that I am a different girl to anyone who will listen, but I am. My confidence is on lock, and last season, I spent my time learning lessons in therapy and applying them.
I am always learning, but I realized that everyone who doubted me or thought I was an easy challenge fell at my feet. Joe doubted me the first time we fought, so much so that he lost what he held dear. I don’t doubt he will make that same mistake again. Joe and Austin have gotten very close, and I’ve had the opportunity to observe him more. There are many versions of Joe, and I think what will be his undoing is that he won’t feel the need to bring “Twizted Thoughts” Joe to the ring because I am sweet and loveable Todrick. I will do whatever it takes to keep this Manhattan Championship.
His relationship with Mia seems to be giving him pleasure, but when you look at him, that’s the only thing that is driving him forward lately. It’s all he is focused on, and I like Mia for him, and she balances him like I balance Austin. But she won’t be in the ring with us, so I can absolutely use that to my advantage.
Samuel Chatman: Is that a good strategy, though? Without doing something to her, how can you use that? It sounds like that’s not the road you want to go down because you like her.
Todrick Tabor-Ramsey: Oh, I would never do anything to hurt her, but if she is at ringside and say the fight was happening near her, he will be distracted. Every time he is distracted, I have to capitalize on that moment. He makes few mistakes in the ring, and I have to be ready each time he does.
Samuel Chatman: I like this new version of you. It’s what Akasha and I have been telling you for years. Guess it took Austin, therapy, and FIGHT to make you see it. You know how to deal with powerhouse wrestlers, so I’m not worried about that, but is Austin’s friendship with Joe going to affect you in any way? Because let’s be real, you have a friendship with him as well.
Todrick Tabor-Ramsey: We do, I really enjoy hanging out with him, and you are right; I consider him a friend. It’s rough because my relationship with Paul is more robust than with Joe. I’m worried about him, and I don’t hear much from him anymore. Then there is Ricky, he is broken, and I’m trying to help fix him right now.
Samuel Chatman: Look, I get it, your circle is broken, but you can’t focus on them so much right now. They know how to get a hold of you if they need you. So, here it comes, brace yourself; the same goes for your husband. That sounds cruel, but the same way you analyzed Joe, people do the same to you. Austin is your greatest blessing and your greatest curse if that makes sense.
Todrick gulps down her mimosa. She knows that Sam is correct, but she does not want to accept it. She and Austin had been through so much together, and this is what the doctor had talked about. Austin was indeed Todrick’s greatest asset and weakness, and there could be no weakness to the Manhattan Champion.
Todrick Tabor-Ramsey: Your words make a lot of sense, but I’m not letting anyone distract me from my ultimate goal, and that is a legendary run as the Manhattan Champion in FIGHT. That includes my husband. I gave him the Blood Money he needed to make his way when he wanted to go after the Bareknucle Championship, but that is all I’m willing to do, and he has to do the rest. It’s my time now. Montuori’s are always on top, and now that I know what that feels like, I’m going to stay there. I’ve earned it, and my Rockstars need to see me stay there. I can’t let them or myself down.
Sam and Todrick clink glasses and bask in the sunlight as the scene fades.
Friday, November 5, 2021
New York, NY
“Queen Of The Night vs. Goddess of War”
Todrick had spent a day of recording confessionals for The Life NY, and while it was a long day of filming, Austin had paid for extra time so Todrick could talk about his upcoming match on Venom 12. Todrick was tired, but Austin was not taking no for an answer.
Austin Ramsey: Toddy, we aren’t arguing about this. You need to say something to the world about your match. If you are that tired, just go hand, Joe the belt now. If not, stop bitching and be the woman that the world knows you to be and record this fucking segment.
Todrick sighs as the make-up team and wardrobe rush on the set. Todrick changes, and she is handed the Manhattan Championship as the team moves quickly to create an entirely new look. Austin has arranged a surprise for Todrick, and Akasha Monroe walks onto the set and hugs her little sister.
Akasha Monroe: Surprise Bih. Austin flew me in from ATL. He said you needed an interviewer with class and sophistication. Also, when I got pregnant and stopped competing in the ring, I bestowed the moniker “Queen of the Night” upon you, so I want to dish about what you’ve been doing with that.
Todrick’s eyes get misty, and the make-up team gives her a look. She chuckles and controls her emotions.
Todrick Tabor-Ramsey: My man is always surprising me. An Akasha Monroe interview has been putting people on the map since 2009. Girl, I wondered why he was so mean when he knew what confessional shooting day is like. This is my fourth look of the day. We have three mandatory looks, and she was not here for another one.
The two giggle, and Akasha rearranges her note cards. Austin walks onto the set and goes to kiss Todrick, and Ms. Sandra stops him and makes him kiss Todrick on the cheek. The trio laughed as the team gathered their stuff and walked off set.
Austin Ramsey: You like your surprise, Baby?
Todrick pulls Austin’s face in and holds it against the side of his face. She didn’t dare smear her lipstick. This was something any girl would understand. The two shared such a bond that no words needed to be spoken. The touching of their skin was the nonverbal communication of their love language. Austin walks away, and the segment producer counts down. 3…2…1.
Queen of the Night by Whitney Houston begins to play as the scene comes into focus. The music dies down, and Akasha Monroe looks into the camera.
Akasha Monroe: Hello boys and girls, and all the haters in between. It’s ya girl, Akasha Monroe, the original Queen of the Night, and I’m here with my good Sis, Todrick Tabor-Ramsey, the girl I chose to pass my crown off to. Now we all know, heavy is the head that wears the crown, so let’s dish with my good Sis, who is scheduled to defend that very crown at FIGHT! NYC’s Venom 12 in the rematch heard worldwide for the Manhattan Championship against “Twizted Thoughts” Joe Montuori. Welcome, Todrick.
Todrick Tabor-Ramsey: Thank you, Sis. It’s good to be here with you tonight. Chile, heavy is the head, is the understatement of the year. We have a lot to unpackage tonight.
Akasha Monroe: Girl, so I’ve always seen what you could do because it came to me in an epiphany, and I just needed you to see it as well. It seems like you have, and I want to get into what brought about that change in you.
Todrick Tabor-Ramsey: Last season on FIGHT, I kept telling my Rockstars about the lessons that I was learning. I believed in all those lessons during this journey, and I came out on top with every contest. That has caused some big names to take notice of my journey, like Betsy Granger and the notorious “Chronic” Chris Page. Honey, you crowned me the “Queen of the Night,” and I have lived up to that.
Akasha Monroe: Yes, you have, honey. You came out of nowhere and captured the Manhattan Championship against an opponent that many said you wouldn’t be able to beat. What was different for you that night?
Todrick Tabor-Ramsey: It started when things were at the lowest point for me. My husband had been intentionally sabotaging my career. Vhodka Black was checking on me, and she gave me the words that I needed to hear. If it weren’t for her and my therapist, then I don’t know what I would’ve done. Ricky, Sam, and you were always there, but what was a girl to do. But I started taking the lessons to heart, and I was scheduled to fight some tough names to redeem myself.
She was going into Toxic Tag III facing Kacey, Valkyrie, and JJ Starfire; she was not the girl they all bet on. She knew it, but that didn’t matter. She went out there and gave it her all and earned the title of #1 Contender. Those names are enormous names when you talk about wrestling. I couldn’t allow their star power to outshine mine because Todrick Tabor-Ramsey is a name in this business now. These heauxs have to deal with it now. After winning the matches that I’ve won now, how are you going to tell me that I’m not the girl to beat?
Some girls give advice, and I tell them to have their own shit right. Some of these girls aren’t even living what they try to preach to me. If they want to advise about my life, then they need to make sure that their shit is tight. Honestly, Akasha, I welcome fighting Joe again because I want to dead the doubters and haters. There are haters out there that say that I won because Sahara had Joe distracted. While there may be some truth in that, I won because I was the better competitor that night. I’ve told the world how much I respect Joe’s legacy, but there is respect, and there is embuing the spirit of the Goddess of War. You told the world that I am the new Queen of the Night, but we have so many Queens in this business that I needed something to set me apart.
Akasha Monroe: I know that’s right. A Goddess trumps a Queen any day. But I wouldn’t be a good interviewer if I didn’t ask uncomfortable questions. We all know that death is a part of life, and we experience it sometime or another. Your friend, Druscilla White, recently passed away on the Tara Fenix Charity Cruise; how is that affecting you? Is that affecting your resolve heading into this match?
Todrick Tabor-Ramsey: Dru was one of those beautiful souls, and her passing has saddened me. Her death has also lit a fire in me. Dru would want me to carry on and be the roughest and toughest bitch I can be when I face Joe Montuori. Dru would not want me to be sad and let him take what we spent many nights planning strategies for. Dru was always one of my biggest supporters, and her death will not go in vain. I was an honorary wolf, and I cannot let the pack down. Dru shaped me in more ways than anyone knew.
She always sent me messages and called me to make sure that her Toddy knew what she meant to the world. Dru was better than my therapist because she made me believe all those lessons. If it wasn’t for her, I don’t know that I would have had the resolve to beat Joe in the first place. Austin physically trained me, but Dru mentally taught me. She taught me how to have that predatory instinct that I needed, and I will draw on that on Monday.
It’s a random cliché just to dedicate your match to your hero or idol, but dedicating it to Dru means so much to me. I cannot let her down. I cannot let the pack down. Valkyrie is on the hunt, and I cannot let her down. My family is depending on me; that is not lost on me.
Akasha Monroe: If Dru was here, what would you say to her, now?
Todrick Tabor-Ramsey: Dru, my love, my angel, my pack leader. Whitney Houston said it best; I will always love you. I have always heard every word of wisdom that you have bestowed upon me. You have believed in me for so many years, and I owe it to you to go out there and do the best that I can. I will channel your fighting spirit and let it manifest itself as I go the distance with Joe. I’m not ready to give you up, and I’m not ready to give up this Manhattan Championship that the pack worked hard for.
My beloved, you shaped me in ways that cannot be expressed in words, and I promise to go out there at Venom 12 and give it everything I have. Your passing has ignited a rage in me that most will not understand. Wolves stick together, and you taught me that. You taught me so much.
Todrick has to pause. The tears are flowing, and her mascara is running. Austin wants to come on the stage, and she waves him off. Austin wasn’t prepared for that and stopped dead in his tracks. Akasha knows this is interview gold and says nothing.
Todrick Tabor-Ramsey: No! Dru, I loved you! How dare you leave me? How dare you go before this moment that you got me ready for? I’m so angry at you. You…you left me. Now what? Now what, Dru? Why did you go and do that? Now I have a rage in me that I don’t know what to do with except turn it towards another friend. Joe is my friend, and Sam was right. I’m so angry. You left me before my moment. You left me, DRUSILLA. How dare you?
The tears begin to flow, mascara is running, and Todrick looks angry.
Todrick Tabor-Ramsey: You left me. How dare you leave me before another significant moment in my life? You said you would always be there. You lied to me, Dru. You sold me a dream, and you took it away from me. Now what, Dru? Who helps me pick up the pieces? Sure, I can direct all my rage at Joe, which is a given, but when it’s done, who helps me pick up the pieces? Austin is just as broken, so it can’t be him. How dare you die, Dru! How dare you leave me.
Akasha signals for a break, but Todrick waives it off.
Todrick Tabor-Ramsey: No, I don’t need a break. I won’t get a break when things get tough during my match with Joe. It’s okay for me to be mad at Dru. I can love her and be mad at her at the same time. I love Dru and Valkyrie, and I understand why she took that bullet. I can be mad at her for that. Her death will continue to shape my career. That’s why I wanna fight now. Joe, I need to unleash this rage; I need to let it all out. Don’t shake your head, but give in to this fight that I’m about to bring.
You can handle it; you’re the man for it. I need to make this all right. I will show you that we can make this right, and I will show you how I make this right. I have multiple reasons to fight and win this match. Dru would want me to fight with all I have. She would want you to do the same. I believe that you are the man for it. I am the woman for it. On Monday, I will bare my teeth and snarl like our fallen pack leader. I will give the pack the leader they need until Valkyrie finishes her hunt. Wolves rally around me, and let’s go out there and honor Dru properly. Joseph, I won’t lose to you on Monday night because I won’t dishonor our beloved Dru.
Todrick gets up and leaves the set. Akasha and Austin look at one another and acknowledge the interview is over. They both rush to Todrick’s side but he waives them off. She let’s out a wolf’s howl and the scene fades to black.