2024: 0/1/0 — Points: -1
The arena lights and screens turn off as the klaxon sounds, filling the air with it’s abrasiveness. The sound of boots stomping starts quietly, and slowly builds into it’s clear crescendo as Corey Taylor’s monologue begins
“This is the year where hope fails you.
The test subjects run the experiments,
And the bastards you know,
Is the hero you hate.
But cohesion is possible if we strive.
There’s no reason,
There’s no lesson,
No time like the present.
Tell me right now,
What have you got to lose?
What have you got to lose,
Except your soul?
Who’s with us!”
Immediately after this, the klaxon and boots fade out, and the aural assault begins, the drums booming through the sound system with military precision, the riffs stuttering over the top like machine guns. The music quickly drops into a brief fill, accentuated by a big fuck off pyrotechnic explosion right in the centre of the stage. It’s around this time that the screen sparks back into life, showing a fairly simple, barebones video, of Townsend hitting some cool moves and looking generally cool. Like professional wrestler entrance videos generally do.
The man himself appears after the explosion, towel wrapped around his neck. There’s no real pizzazz to his entrance, it’s why he put a big fuck off explosion in it. He walks from ramp to ring, not stopping, not acknowledging anyone, carrying the face of someone totally focused. There’s no wasted movement as he walks up the steps, wiping his feet on the apron before climbing into the ring, discarding the towel he’d been wearing around his neck to one of the ring attendants, ready to do some wrestling.
Finisher: Single Leg Boston Crab of DOOM~!
Description: It’s a single legged Boston Crab. Surely you’ve seen one of those? Rhys is absolutely superb at this relatively simple professional wrestling move, and is able to get into it from almost anywhere. Obviously, people can and will escape from it, but once Townsend’s smelled some crab legs, he’s gonna keep going back to the buffet.
Signature: Das Suplexen
Description: Again, real simple – it’s a German Suplex. Townsend delivers a very pretty, picturesque one, and will bridge into pins from it as appropriate.
- Chops. Townsend loves a chop. Townsend loves a chop battle even more
- Elbows. Rhys will use his elbows instead of throwing a punch, and will occasionally throw a discus/roaring elbow
- Knee Drops - Not from the top rope, however
- Snap Vertical Suplex
- Stalling Vertical Suplex
- Belly to Belly Suplex
- Head and Arm Suplex
- Exploder Suplex
- Vertical Drop Brainbuster
- Tiger Driver
- Tiger Suplex
- Backdrop Driver
- Deathlock STF
- Head Smash - In hardcore, or matches where the referee is more hands off, Townsend is likely to grab his opponent’s head and attempt to smash it through some object. His favourite thing to attempt to smash a head through is a door.
- #PREDICTABLE - Musclebuster - Townsend will ONLY use this to set up for the Single Leg Crab of Doom. He will not use it for anything else.
About the Wrestler
About The Wrestler
Rhys Townsend is a rare thing for a wrestling company in the 21st century. He made his professional wrestling debut in a High Octane Wrestling ring, on the lawn of the White House, in a dark match, in August of 2010, shortly after his 18th birthday. This inauspicious start, and the troubled months that followed it were deceiving, however, as the Lee Best Invitational rolled around in January 2011 and the then 18 year old from Wales went on what was, at the time, called a “Cinderella Run”, all the way to the final. All this talk seemed to do was infuriate the Welshman, who promptly went on to win the HOW World Championship. His 2011 included a second World Championship, and the first of many pay per view main events, proving that his LBI run was no fluke. He followed this year up with numerous other championships, including the ICON and Tag Team Championships, as well as main eventing every pay per view, and wrestling in pretty much every single match that High Octane Wrestling had to offer. Also a founding member with John Sektor and Evan Ward of the storied stable Ground Zero, this Hall of Famer has etched an indelible mark on the history of High Octane Wrestling. Some call him HOW’s Finest Homegrown, alluding to both his development and connection to the HOW’s fanbase, as well as the man’s love for cannabis. Some call him HOW’s One True Monster, alluding to his destructive time in the Best Alliance, and others know him as the leader of Ground Zero. Whatever you want to label him, what’s inarguable at this point is that he is one of the most successful wrestlers to ever step foot in a High Octane Wrestling ring.
Townsend has wrestled almost his entire career in High Octane Wrestling, having had less than ten matches outside the walls of HOW. He is a five time former World Champion, and his ego, as well as his expectations of himself are what you’d expect of a guy who’s climbed the figurative Everest as much as he has. Calm and easy going in everyday conversation and life, there’s very much a switch with Townsend – and once it’s been flipped, he’s likely to attempt complete and total destruction of everything around him, regardless of cost. In the ring, Townsend is largely rule abiding, though, as you might expect for a man who knows little other than High Octane, he’s not above taking the occasional shortcut, though he has a disdain for using weapons, preferring to do things with his hands. He does not go to the top rope, figuring the land of flippy shit is something for other people.
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