The scene opens up to our main focus, Connecticut Forum Wrestling’s very own “Mr. CFW” Jared James. The twenty-four year old wrestler is dressed in khaki cargo shorts, a red blink-182 shirt, and black and white Vans shoes. He is accompanied by his manager, a Boston native who is on the downside of his forties, Paddy Connors. Connors, who is traditionally a very vibrant character, is dressed in an orange polyester suite and white loafers. Connors, who is carrying James’s equipment, is excited to be here in Las Vegas, Nevada while Jared has an anxious expression across his face. The duo continues walking along a sidewalk before finally stopping at the entrance to their destination. The camera pans upwards and an elaborate sign reads “RoughKut Inivitational” with a large six in Roman numerals below. The camera pans back down, and continues to follow Jared and Paddy into the arena. The duo enter the arena are in awe of the hustle and bustle that is already transpiring within it. The work their way through the crowd before finally discovering Jared James’s private locker room, in which Jared and Paddy are once again in awe of. Paddy places Jared’s equipment down onto the floor, and begins to put the equipment away as Jared James fixates his focus to the camera. The young man smiles at the camera, his long dirty blonde hair getting in the way of his face as he prepares to dive into this massive venture.
James: “We made it Paddy, the RoughKut Invitational. I never thought I would get an opportunity like this, to be here in Las Vegas preparing to do battle with some of professional wrestling’s finest performers.”
Connors: “Nor did I. Who would have thought, Jared James in the Sin City?”
James: “You have that right Paddy; we sure are a ways away from Connecticut… hell, from Iowa for that matter.”
Jared and Paddy continue to go about their business. Jared reaches into his pants pocket, and begins to shuffle through it. He pulls out a letter from his pocket, and reads through it a couple of times. He returns to his pocket, and once again shuffles in his quest to retrieve yet another letter. He reads through that one a couple of times also, before looking back at the other.
Connors: “What is that you have Jared?”
James looks up at Connors.
James: “Two letters… one of them is from RoughKut Industries, letting me know who my opponent is in the first round and what seed I am. The other, a letter from some guy named ‘The Executive’. He gave me ten grand and wanted to know if I would fix some matches in order to discredit the tournament.”
The duo begins to laugh hysterically at the notion of Jared James fixing a match.
“Evidently this guy has never heard of Jared James, or he would know already that I do whatever it takes to entertain the fans… make them happy. So, ‘The Executive’, you can take your money and shove because it is most certainly not welcomed here. Because Jared James, he is a man of pride, honor, and dignity. And that little bribe of yours? Well it most certainly violates all three of those qualities.”
Jared goes to the garbage with the letter and the check for ten thousand dollars. He looks down at the check and shakes his head. He rips it up into a million little pieces, and drops into the garbage. He turns around, and returns to his seat while shaking his head.
“Who would have thought that the Sin City would go about tempting us this soon Paddy? Well, I suppose that, now that our little issue has been taken care of, I should shift my focus to this other letter. Don’t you agree Paddy?”
Paddy turns over to Jared, who has turned back to see Paddy. Paddy nods his head a couple of times before returning to his work. Jared looks down and begins to reread the letter.
“Evidently my first round opponent is a fifth seed, named Engel Harlequin. It says here that he is some sort of clown type character… sounds fun, I like the circus.”
Connors: “Wait, Jared, does that mean you are the low seed? What are you?”
James: “Oh you know that does not even matter and you know it. But, since I know you will be persistent, I am a thirteen seed. Quite fitting, since I am more than likely the least accomplished wrestler within this tournament.
I can see it now, a crazy clown vs. the ultimate underdog! It will definitely be the match to watch in the first round, I will tell you that much Paddy. Perhaps though, I should tell these kind viewers what exactly Jared James is all about. You see folks; I am a young fella from the grand ol’ state of Iowa. Nothing special about me, really. Then, a few years ago, I signed onto a federation that has been around for quite some time now, Connecticut Forum Wrestling. Now I am going to be real honest with you folks, my accomplishments are nothing to be overly impressed with. Just two tag team title reigns with my cousin, two reigns as CFW’s Connecticut Heritage Champion, and one sole CFW World title shot… a shot that I lost. So why do I, a little pint-sized punk from Iowa, think I have what it takes to bring down the mighty clown, Engel Harlequin? Simply put, I have been doing stuff like this my entire career. Misfits, guys who have mental issues… they seem to come by the dozen in this business. So, Engel, you are nothing special in my eyes. I have no reason to fear you, no reason to be intimidated. To me, as it stands, you are just some punk with a mental disability who was sent out into the world to wreck whatever he can. Nothing ‘Mr. CFW’ cannot handle, that is for sure. The most electrifying, high-flying, and charismatic competitor that those fans out in the audience have never heard of, that is what you are up against Mr. Harlequin.
So you can take your past experiences, whatever they may exactly be, and shove it. It will do you no good when you and I step foot into the ring, the slate will have been whipped clean. I will no longer be assumed massive shortcomings to do my accomplishments, and you will not be able to instill fear with your quirky, psychotic antics that a clown such as your self does. This is the RoughKut Invitational, Engel Harlequin, where stars are born. And this is the summer of Jared James folks, which is exactly why I am going to not only come out of my first round match victorious… but I will be doing it in the most spectacular fashion that all of the participants in this tournament will have to take focus.
After all, there is more on the line for me then perhaps most people could imagine. This tournament is about becoming part of a select group of elite. This tournament is about is about representing to the best of my potential the company I cherish, Connecticut Forum Wrestling. This tournament is about having the entire professional wrestling community take notice of the young fella from Iowa, Jared James. So, Engel Harlequin, you can go about and do whatever you wish before our match. You can try to intimidate me; try to get inside my head… by guys like I have to remain focus in order to make the most of our opportunities. This is exactly what I plan on doing, in order to make sure that the audience will be one hundred percent satisfied… and so my statement will be made to its fullest.
So, Engel Harlequin, brace yourself for ‘Mr. CFW” and what he has in store for you in this first round match-up. Because nothing will matter when you and I step into that ring, not seeding, not history… nothing, so if you are not careful enough, you will see yourself on the losing side of the first ‘upset’ in this tournament and on your way back to 606. So, for now Engel, you go about laughing up a storm. I will be ready…"
With that Jared James gets up from his seat and turns back to help Paddy Connors finish unpacking his belongings. From there the scene fades to black, and finally concludes after the red and blue CFW logo flashes across the screen.