The Evolution Of Todrick Tabor-Ramsey
Writing Prompt: Yes
Date: 27th Dec 2021
Monday, December 14, 2021
”Even Wonder Woman Loses A Battle”
Todrick Tabor-Ramsey is riding home alone from FIGHT Tower. Last she heard, Austin had an altercation at the Velvet Rabbit, then another in the tower, and then he was back out in the streets after a trip to medical. She did not have the energy to deal with the tom foolery and bill fuckery. Chris Page had gone out of his way to drive a wedge between the two with the fake Austin. At this moment, he didn’t need any of that. Todrick looks down at her Wonder Woman sweatsuit and shoes and then out of the window, deep in thought. She takes out her phone and goes live.
Todrick Tabor-Ramsey: Hello, my Rockstars, tonight, I thought I had it. I’m not sad about my performance at all. I showed the world my resiliency. No one thought I had the willpower to kick out of most of the situations that I found myself in, but I did. Though he would never admit it, I even had the great Chris Page doubting that he had what it took to put me away. I am leaving FIGHT Tower with my held high. I held my own against a legend in this business, and no one can take that away from me.
So, I don’t want any of you to be sad that the battle ended this way because even Wonder Woman loses battles from time to time. Like her, I am a beacon of light and hope, and that means getting up, dusting myself off, and getting right back on my warhorse, and riding into my next battle. Countdown is coming, and I promise you a spectacular show. I promise you a battle to rival all battles, no matter who my opponent is. If my request is honored and it is against Ricky Rodriguez, then you know what we both are capable of. Let’s all focus on that. Tonight is over and done, and it’s time to look towards closing season two as strong as we came into it.
I may not have a championship belt, but I am a champion in all of your hearts, and for me, that’s enough. I love you all, and I wish you a good night. Muah.
Todrick stops the broadcast and puts her phone down and her AirPods in her ears. She opens Find My Phone and sees that Austin is back at the Rabbit. She adds a stop on her trip and decides to go and get him and take him home. She sighs and thinks to herself, ”Till death do us part, right? Austin is going to be the death of me, but I love him.” The Lyft pulls up, and she tells the driver that she will be right back. She finds Austin drinking with Joe Montuori and crew, and they are celebrating another Beiber knockout. Austin sees Toddy, and he doesn’t even put up a fight, he says good night to his friends, and they leave the club.
Neither says anything on the ride home. Austin turns his head because he doesn’t want Todrick to see the stitches in his head from his encounter with James Raven earlier in the evening. He instead holds Todrick’s hand; by now, they had their own nonverbal communication, and Todrick knew Austin was sorry for his actions. No need to kick him while he was down. They get out of the car and head into their house as the scene goes dark.
Friday, December 17, 2021
Austin’s car headed to All Body Inc, NY
New York City, NY
Things had been quiet in the Ramsey house this week. Though they were not in a fight, both had just been going through their daily motions. After training and working out, they had fallen into a routine of going back home, eating, and Todrick would go to their bedroom, while Austin would sit downstairs with the dogs playing X-Box with his friends. He had been talking to Jason Cache and Ricky Rodriguez a lot, but Todrick didn’t pry. She had been talking to Akasha Monroe, Alexis Hunter, and Diamond Dior. They were headed to Alexis’ new boutique in NYC for brunch.
Diamond had flown up for some emotional support after her very public breakup with Bam Miller. This was a welcome change for them to get out of the house because the Countdown card had been released, and they both had matches up until that morning. Austin and Todrick had both silently cringed as Austin’s opponent went nuclear on Twitter. They both stared at their phones in disbelief as he doubled down on being a jackass. The writing was on the wall, and when Austin’s phone rang, they both knew it was Serotonin or Miss F to let Austin know that he was now without a match at Countdown. Todrick snuggled up to Austin as he took the phone call like a champ. When he hung up, he looked at Todrick and allowed himself to be vulnerable, and broke down and wept silently.
Toddy’s heart broke for her husband as she knew that meant all his hard work during season two was gone in an instant. He had worked so hard to overcome his shortcomings in season one, and now he was no longer a part of the season finale. Toddy’s dreams had come true, and she was not only facing Ricky Rodriguez again, but it was for a chance to become the #1 contender for the Brooklyn Championship. She was elated when she saw it. They both were, and now there was nothing she could say to comfort her husband.
In a way, it was their journey in FIGHT doing another 180-degree turn. In season one, it was Austin that came in confident and riding high. Everyone knew who he was and what he could do. Toddy was not confident in herself, and everyone treated her with such pity. She was not taken seriously and had to work so hard to turn that all around. Austin had taken a destructive path, and soon his star faded, and by the end of it all, Toddy was the star and Austin the shadow. Season two came, Toddy came out the gate swinging; she was at the top of her game and defended the Manhattan Championship plenty of times.
Austin struggled to find his way; he was unsure of himself and his abilities. He found bareknuckle fighting to channel his rage. Toddy had a job to do, and she did it but still supported her man. She loaned him the Blood Money to challenge their dear friend Dru for the Bareknuckle Championship without hesitation. Austin’s star was rising, and Toddy’s was stable. He was making a name for himself again. Chris Page entered their lives, and in a way, he had elevated them because all eyes were on the two of them now. You cannot deny what he had done no matter the journey.
Now they both had significant fights at Silent Fight, and the Ramsey’s seemed like the dominant force to beat. That night did not bode well for either of them. However, Austin’s star continued to rise, and Toddy’s began to take a back seat. Fast forward to now, Toddy’s star was once again shining bright, and she was closing out season two shining bright like a diamond, and now Austin’s light was snuffed out due to no fault of his own. They were back to where they started when season two began.
Alexis sent the invitation at the right moment, and now they were on the way. Todrick turns to look at Austin. Austin can feel her staring and tenses up. If she was going to pull the serious conversation card, he was trapped. He hated serious conversation; it’s why he usually just went along with whatever Toddy said or wanted to do without question.
Todrick Tabor-Ramsey: Austin.
Austin grits his teeth and clenches his jaw. Todrick noticed, but like Austin, she knew he had nowhere to run.
Austin Ramsey: Todrick.
Now it was Todrick’s turn to feel uncomfortable. He called her Todrick, not Toddy. Were they in a fight, and she was unaware? Austin’s eyes did not look warm, and she wondered if she should proceed. She did not know which #Austin was in the driver’s seat, but she was sure that it was not one that she would care for at this moment. She chose to press forward because all of the #Austins had a code that included not hurting her.
Todrick Tabor-Ramsey: Todrick, huh? You aren’t angry at me, Austin. Direct that energy somewhere else, please.
Austin Ramsey: Your name is fucking Todrick, right? So I called you by your name. Get off my dick; I didn’t do nothing wrong.
The second it left his lips, Austin regretted it. He wasn’t himself, and he wasn’t feeling this trip right now. He would’ve preferred to have the ladies come over later in the day. He wanted to drink and smoke himself stupid right now. He wanted all of Toddy’s love and attention right now. He knew there was a tantrum brewing inside of him, but he couldn’t say to no to the love of his life.
Todrick let Austin’s hand go and turned to look out of the window. Both wanted to say something to the other, but neither could make the sound come across their lips. Austin pulled over onto the side of the road and banged his head on the steering wheel, shouting the word “stupid” over and over. The tears began to form in Toddy’s eyes. She grabbed Austin’s face to stop him and kissed him to bring him back.
Austin returned, and his eyes told the story of how sorry he was. Toddy nodded and said, “I know, Austin, I know.” She called Alexis and invited the ladies over for dinner because they couldn’t come now. Alexis and Diamond were both familiar with how Austin worked and understood completely. Austin pulled back onto the road and turned around to take them back home. They arrive back home and go straight to bed.
Friday, December 17, 2021
The Ramsey House
“Would You Still Love Me?”
Austin was downstairs playing Madden with Jason. They were talking trash about the Texans and the Giants to one another as usual. Todrick got out of the bed, and she still needed to have that conversation with Austin. She slowly headed downstairs and went straight to the bar. She made them both a drink, sat next to Austin, and put his drink in front of him. He noticed she had one too, and he knew that meant he hadn’t escaped that serious talk after all. He told Jason he had to go over the headset and turned off the X-Box. He picked up his drink and turned to look at Toddy.
Todrick Tabor-Ramsey: Babe, I need to talk to you about something that has been on my mind for a few weeks now.
Austin Ramsey: Alright, Austin can do this. What’s on your mind?
Austin sees the look on Todrick’s face and takes her hand into his. Todrick hesitates, and Austin pulls her onto his chest as they lie back on the couch. With a shaky voice, Todrick proceeds.
Todrick Tabor-Ramsey: Austin, would you still love me if I decided to transition to a woman?
Austin Ramsey: Baby, I’ll stick it into whatever holes you got.
Todrick rolls her eyes, and the tension is mildly cut.
Todrick Tabor-Ramsey: Austin, cut it out; I’m serious.
Austin Ramsey: I know you are. I’m not good at super serious conversation like this. I said that to say. I love you no matter what you choose to do with your body. I’m bisexual, so either way is a win for me, and I still get to lay next to you every night. I want you to be comfortable in your own skin. Nothing changes between us; I’m going to annoy you for the rest of our lives. You’re stuck with me.
Todrick breathes a sigh of relief, and Austin kisses her on the top of her head.
Todrick Tabor-Ramsey: I’ve just been thinking about it since things heated up with me and Chris Page. He took some flack in the media over his pronoun usage when it came to me and some of the things he said. It’s been over a year since I’ve addressed proper pronouns when it comes to me. He/Him and She/Her are acceptable but never they/them. I didn’t immediately speak up, and I should have; it wasn’t fair for him to be raked over the coals for that. It made me think, though, because I primarily identify fem, what would it be like to be a woman. I’m not ready to pull the trigger or anything, but I think about it a lot. I also think about what it would do to my career as a wrestler.
Sure Ricky wouldn’t have a problem with it, but what if I did this and my match with him at Countdown is my last professional match because no one else wants to work with me? Sure the LGBTQ+ community has made significant advances in sports, but I don’t want my story to end just yet. I’ve got so much more to give. If I do this, what will it do to your career? You will be married to what the world will see as a “thing.” We both know better, but there are cruel people out there, and I don’t want to affect you negatively.
Austin Ramsey: Baby, stop, stop it right now. Do you think I give two shits about what people think about me? This decision is yours and not about me. I’m not a factor in it; my job is to love and support you no matter what you decide to do. I will give you that, just like I gave you my ring and my last name. I’m yours, Todrick Tabor-Ramsey. If you want to transition, I’m going to be right here.
As to your career, so what if Ricky is your last match? It’s going to be one hell of a match, and we both know it. How many arenas have the two of you brought the house down at? You are both quick, agile, and versatile with your wrestling styles. You both complement one another, and that’s what makes your matches so good.
See, here’s the thing, my love, I don’t think it matters if you transition because you said it yourself that most people already think you have based on the heat that Chris Page took. You’ve already broken down barriers, and you looked amazing while doing it. When I click on your Twitter profile, that’s your pinned post, and you did that, Baby. You did that! When those idiots online went on that campaign to make you wear traditional men’s wrestling gear, what did you do? You ignored it, glammed it up even more, and your fanbase grew. Babe, you’re a star; your gender has never mattered. It will never matter.
Todrick puts her head down on Austin’s chest and listens to the sound of his heartbeat. He holds her tight, and she is relieved.
Austin Ramsey: Promise me one thing, don’t do this for me, for your mom, for the fans, for the haters, but for yourself if you choose to go through with this. The only one that matters is you. You are more intelligent than me, and you’ll be here when I’m gone. There is nothing I wouldn’t do for you. I love you. Now stop fretting; I’ll always be here. Almost losing you is a feeling that I will never forget, and I never want to experience again. I appreciate what I have.
Todrick Tabor-Ramsey: I promise, Austin. It’s my decision and mine alone. Thank you, baby. Now, what can I do for you?
Austin gets a devilish grin on his face, sits up, and takes off his shirt.
Austin Ramsey: How about you do that thing I like?
Todrick smiles, and the scene fades.
Saturday, December 25, 2021
New York City, NY
Todrick is at the heart of Central Park, and a camera follows her and Austin as they walk through the historical landmarks. They look happy, and what has become a common sight to show their unified front, the two are holding hands. The camera catches the twinkle in their eyes and focuses on Todrick’s beautifully made-up face.
Todrick Tabor-Ramsey: Hello, my beautiful Rockstars. Merry Christmas to all. I hope that your every dream was fulfilled this day and that you are full of cheer and content. I most certainly am. You see, my beauties, my golden moment is almost here. Looking back on 2021 and my journey here in FIGHT has given me a lot of perspective on my upcoming match with Ricky Rodriguez. Many of you wrote me and asked what I would change if I could change one thing about this year, and that is an excellent question.
This year and the last two seasons of FIGHT have been filled with ups and downs on my path. You all saw my journey to Ascension begin at Toxic Tag III. You then saw me transform from a little mouse into a war goddess when I won the Manhattan Championship. I heard the chants of long may she reign, and I believed it as much as you believed in me. I kept a firm grip on that title until Silent Fight, and no one saw that coming except my husband, my loyal fans, and me. I was a champion that kept the prestige of that title that it was meant to have.
That’s not saying Joe Montuori didn’t, but this isn’t about him; this is about me. I’m okay with embracing that and saying it out loud now. I earned the right to talk about my accomplishments just like my haters talk about my failures. But when facing a question like what would I change, it is instantly thought of as something negative, but what if, and hear me out, it didn’t have to be negative. What if you learned something from every experience, win or lose, and it helped you grow. This isn’t just limited to the wrestling ring, my Rockstars, but life in general. I choose not to live my life kicking myself over things that I cannot change but rather better preparing myself for the next time I face the same or a similar obstacle.
Sure, I would love to have had more confidence during Season one of FIGHT, but that is something that I cannot change now. Only Betsy Granger can travel in that manner, but I wouldn’t change it; without that humility and healthy fear, I wouldn’t be sought out by some of the top names in the business today. People can say they aren’t watching and I’m not worthy enough to be on their radar, but that’s a lie. When you have the last name Ramsey, they are always watching and waiting. If you succeed, they will quietly go about their business. Fail, and it will be sung from the rooftops.
It comes with the job, and I welcome it because it challenges me to move faster, fight harder, and put on a PPV-worthy match every time that music hits, and I saunter out onto that stage. When you hear Akasha Monroe’s voice fill that arena, that first word of my entrance music says it all. Finally! Finally, because she is the girl that you all have been waiting for. Finally, the words that everyone has ever used to try to hurt me, well, they don’t hurt me anymore.
Ricky Rodriguez, double R, my brother, that same word signals the beginning of the end of your night. When you hear finally, you know that one mistake will be very costly for you. One slip, and I’ll have you on that mat on your back, and three seconds later, it will all be over. If you zig when you should’ve zagged, I’ll have you wrapped up and struggling not to tap out; when you do, I’ll exhale, and you’ll hear that word. Finally, there is power in that word; it has many meanings, which is why I chose it to represent me. Akasha was kind enough to record it, but I embody it.
Ricky, we have known each other for such a long time. I wouldn’t change anything about our relationship or any match that we have had. The back and forth of every match keeps the crowd stimulated, and we become giants amongst men with each minute of each contest. Countdown will be no different, and we both know it. We will come at one another with every ounce of strength and willpower that we can muster. We will sweat, we may bleed, but we will put it all on the line, and the best showman will take center stage and bow.
Then we will walk up that ramp together and raise each other’s arms. No one really loses in a Tabor-Ramsey vs. Rodriguez match because the fans are the real winners. It truly is just business between two hungry young people in this business who want to make a name for themselves. We fight hard, but we fight smart. Will we take risks? Of course, but the most important thing is we trust each other to pull off those moves and give all of you the match you paid to see.
I’m not going to lie down for Ricky, nor he for me. We both want to win because a coveted #1 contender slot is up for grabs for the Brooklyn Championship. If memory serves me correctly, because it was such a long time ago, my cousin, Amari Kent, was the first Brooklyn Champion. WHEN I win this match and go on to become the champion, I’ll show you how it’s supposed to be done, Cuzzo. All I have to do is make it through Ricky first. So that means gearing up and getting serious about this match. I have gone on record to say that I believe it is Ricky’s time, but not at my expense. Gold looks good around this waist, and I intend to put it there again.
My strategies are many for this match, but Ricky. He is versatile in the ring, but he likes to show off, he likes to leap off of things, and he’ll need legs to do that. If he decides to grapple, he will need his arms to lock in a hold, I have the acumen and precision to take those things away from him with well-placed strikes, kicks, grapples, and submission type holds. Why would I allow him to keep his greatest assets and then potentially fall in this contest? No, by any means necessary is the name of this game. This is a must-win contest for me.
Ricky, season three is yours to seize initially, but I’m closing season two out how I began it. On top of the world with all my Rockstars behind me. I am their champion, and I will earn their gold to elevate that status. The stakes were raised for our match, and we both earned this. I just want it more. This is my season finale, and I’m just allowing you to be a part of my wild ride. I love you, but this is still my moment. Hit me with all you got; I don’t die, I don’t quit. Ask anyone who has ever faced me in that ring.
So back to the question of what would I change about this year? Absolutely nothing, I came, I saw, I conquered, I fell, I got back up and dusted myself off, and here I am ready to climb this mountain again. This time, you all saw what I can handle and what I can do, so you know that I will conquer any obstacle in my path. At Countdown, Ricky is my hurdle, but I take gold in the hurdle event. I love you all, my Rockstars. See you at Countdown.
Todrick blows a kiss at the camera, and it pans back to show the couple united and confident. The cameraman stops recording, and Austin and Todrick thank him for his time and service. The footage will be aired on TMZ News later and posted on their website. This time next year and the Ramseys will be sitting down with ESPN. They stroll off into the darkness, and nothing but the dark of the night remains.
Sunday, December 26, 2021
The Ramsey House
”We Have To Be Responsible”
Todrick just finished their social media post about the painful decision to postpone Toddy’s dream wedding. Todrick was taking it in great strides. She had talked to Austin about it earlier in the day, and he was disappointed, but he understood. She did not want to have a super spreader event with all their close family and friends. The airlines had been canceling so many flights due to the COVID variants, and venues were started to refund deposits for events. The writing was on the wall yet again in the Ramsey home.
Toddy had called the airlines for all the confirmed guests and arranged for their tickets to be able to be exchanged for a later date as long as it was within the following year. The airlines were happy to accommodate this because they were eyeing canceling flights anyway, and this way, refunds wouldn’t have to be issued. It was a win/win for all parties. Todrick is exhausted and climbs into bed next to Austin and the dogs. They both look at her, annoyed that they have to move because this was Daddy time for them. Austin wakes up and looks at Todrick, and smiles.
Austin Ramsey: Is it done, Babe? Can I retweet it now?
Todrick Tabor-Ramsey: That nap did you some good, I see. And yes, it’s done.
Austin Ramsey: Naw, it’s how you put me down for that nap; that did wonders.
Austin slaps Todrick on her ass, and she shakes her head.
Austin Ramsey: Damn, I had just asked Ricky to be one of my Groomsmen. He is gonna think I was messing with him cause of the match at Countdown.
Todrick Tabor-Ramsey: I doubt that very seriously. Besides, Big Ass Bobby just put up a poll that was just as messy as any of the MIL Network polls.
A naked Austin hops out of bed and pulls Todrick into the bathroom to the shower with him.
Austin Ramsey: Oh word? What’s it about?
Todrick giggles and says nothing. The shower steams up, and Todrick knows that Austin will finish this tale on his own. The scene fades into black.