The Chairman Makes an Announcement
SVH: Ladies and gentlemen... we’re back from the commercial break and ready to contin...
(With that, “Damn It Feels Good” by Far East Movement suddenly thumps through the arena as the very stylish and impeccably dressed Jalen Latham walks up the ramp to a chorus of cheers... Pausing on the ring apron, Jalen takes the moment to soak all of those cheers in before entering the ring under the top rope... With a mic in his hand that was given to him by the ring announcer, he smiles before speaking...)
Jalen: MCW Arena... let’s make some noise!
(The crowd becomes unhinged... Jalen has a long wait before he can speak again without interruption...)
Jalen: The era of Jalen Latham’s MCW leadership is upon us, and I couldn’t feel any better than I do about my decision to come here than I do right at this very instant. We have a small but talented roster that is destined to grow over the next few weeks. We have a capable and motivated staff behind the scenes. We have me, of course... but most importantly, we have you fans to keep us going.
Jalen: I’m sure that a lot of the wrestlers in the back thought that after Christian Sands, there would be no more Major Championship Wrestling, and they would be forced to find employment elsewhere. You know, back to where the leadership doesn’t appreciate them or give them the fair chance that they deserve. I couldn’t stand idly by and let that happen. I pulled each and every one of them into the conference room for a meeting. I told them that I am committed to making them all stars, if they put forth the effort. If I can’t work them here, I will be sure to find them a place where they can shine. That is what MCW is all about.
I haven’t forgot that.
Just because the budget is a little larger and the talent pool is growing in no way means that I will let any of these stars slip through the cracks. All I ask of them is to come in here and give you fans the best show that they can possibly give. I’ll live up to my side of the bargain.
(Small pop from the crowd...)
Jalen: It occurs to me, though, that maybe I’m a little bit of a bleeding heart when it comes to how I run a business. Maybe I tend to look at the good side in everyone when I know good and well that some professional wrestling athletes can be shady, underhanded, and maybe a little evil.
(The crowd murmurs and eventually starts up a “First Class” chant...)
Crowd: Fiiiiiiiiiiiiirst Claaaaaaaasss! Fiiiiiiiiiiiiirst Claaaaaaaasss! Fiiiiiiiiiiiiirst Claaaaaaaasss! Fiiiiiiiiiiiiirst Claaaaaaaasss!
Jalen: I see some of you already have somebody in mind when I say that.
Like I said, I know my weaknesses. That is why yesterday I made a little phone call. I brought in somebody who can definitely deal with that aspect of professional wrestling. Someone who can make somebody understand his way of thinking. Fans, I give to you...
(Jalen pauses for dramatic effect...)
Jalen: LEONARD JOHNSON!!!!!!!!!!
(CUE UP: “Other World”...As the song truly kicks in after about fifteen seconds, Leonard Johnson steps through the curtains in a brand new, immaculate suit...He stands there until the lyrics start, when he walks down the aisle to a mixed reaction...Climbing the steps, he looks around with a smirk on his face, as if he’s the cat that got the cream when you weren’t looking...Finally, he enters the ring, shaking hands with Jalen...He takes the mic as the music fades, and looks around at the hushed crowd...)
LJ: Thank you, Jalen. This is truly a magnificent day in the history of Major Championship Wrestling.
LJ: When I got asked to come down here tonight and take up the reigns as commissioner of this company, I knew what I wanted to do. I know as well what I am going to do – make this company the greatest Professional Wrestling company on the planet! This company, with Jalen and I in charge, is going to continue its growth. It is going to take its place amongst the elite.
Of course, that isn’t to say sacrifices won’t be made. In the over twenty-five years I’ve been in this business, I’ve seen many companies make the same promise. I’ve seen just as many fail, because they didn’t have what it takes. They didn’t have someone willing to make the sacrifices necessary for the benefit of the company. They didn’t have a roster with the dedication to put on the best contests each and every week. They had someone steering the ship that was a bleeding heart and let egos run riot over them.
I am not a bleeding heart.
(He pauses for a moment, stepping back into the centre of the ring and straightening his jacket...)
LJ: The commitment that Jalen and I have for this place is the same level that I expect from anyone signed to a contract. If you are not willing to give it your best, then don’t show up. Playtime, my friends, is over. If you want to succeed, you’re going to have to work and put in the effort. Effort and success will both be rewarded in their own ways. Laziness has its own ‘reward’.
Thank you for your patience.
(He goes to leave, but stops part way through the ropes, and backtracks...)
LJ: One last thing, to everyone in the back. Just as I am not a bleeding heart, I am not intimidated. If you have a problem, bring it to me, but don’t try and bully me. If you do, you’ll find what it’s like to be struck by Lightning.
(CUE UP: “Other World” as Leonard Johnson leaves the ring, tossing the microphone to the ring announcer...)
SVH: Can you believe it? Jalen Latham has just hired Leonard Johnson to act as his go-to guy.
CW: I like this chairman better and better each and every day. When Leonard Johnson is around, you know that Blitz can’t be that far behind.
SVH: So true, but will we see Blitz in action in the ring, or will they be behind the scenes.
CW: My guess is that they’ll just be around to make sure when Leonard says jump, everyone says “How high”.
SVH: As always, great insight from my colleague in the broadcast booth. Folks, we’ll be back after this... when we’ll see Drunken Tiger take on Kenny Hardwood in Kenny’s debut match here in Major Championship Wrestling!
(Scene fades to a commercial...)