Title: Watch
Featuring: Dan Leo James
Date: 3/22/24
Location: NOLA

Jan 17th, 2024
DEFIANCE Road: Night One

THUNK!

DAN GOES FACE-FIRST INTO THE LCD FIST ON STAGE! 

DDK:
OH, GOD! 

Lance:
WHAT THE HELL?!

Titaness nearly jumps out of her skin and lets out an uncharacteristic shriek! There’s static on the LCD FIST display where Dan’s head struck! Darren and Lance are still trying to process what the hell is happening when Uriel grabs Dan and PULLS him up by the shirt! 

Uriel Cortez:
YOU LITTLE SHIT! 

Titaness is horrified as Uriel continues berating Dan. 

Uriel Cortez:
I SHOULD HAVE NEVER LISTENED TO YOU! THAT TITLE WAS MINE!

He RIPS the Titanes Familia shirt off Dan’s back and then THROWS it away from ringside as deafening jeers from The Faithful!

DDK:
No… Uriel, STOP! 

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Titaness grabs Uriel by his arm and snaps on him. 

Titaness:
WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING?! URIEL, STOP NOW! 

Uriel pulls his arm away from his wife, then points at the downed James on stage. 

Uriel Cortez:
I’M MAKING SOME FUCKING CHANGES, THAT’S WHAT I’M DOING! STARTING WITH THIS...  HE… AIN’T… FAMILIA!

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March 22nd, 2024
Outside UMC New Orleans

Standing outside NOLA’s biggest hospital on a busy Friday afternoon, today should be a good thing for the massive Dan Leo James. Just over nine weeks removed from a day he hasn’t been able to forget, he was just given good news… 

???:
You’re cleared to compete again, kid. That’s fucking awesome. Ahead of schedule, too!

Next to him, none other than Vae Victis’ own surly spokesperson, Sonny Silver stands arms folded as they wait for their car to pull up. 

Dan Leo James: [distracted]
Yeah. 

Sonny continues to wait with Danny’s head still in the clouds and several more awkward moments pass. Not a word said by either man. 

Dan checks his phone. 

Sonny looks over and pulls out his phone. 

Sonny Silver:
Ugh… fuck public transpo. Says he’s still ten minutes out, but I’m pretty sure this app said that TWENTY minutes ago…

When he waits for Dan to continue the conversation, he gets nothing in return. 

Sonny Silver:
You know… not to hit you with the “back in my day” bullshit, but you always used to be told to never get into a car with strangers. Now, you’re getting rides FROM strangers and they’ll even bring someone’s lazy ass dinner and groceries. How the fuck that happen?

He waits to get a response from the joke, but all Dan gives him is a tepid “heh” before looking back at his phone. Clearly lost in thought. 

Sonny continues to wait for Dan to initiate some kind of conversation. When it fails yet again, the Vae Victis spokesperson addresses the likely elephant in the room. 

Sonny Silver: [sighing]
Look, kid… 

Dan turns to look down at Sonny. 

Sonny Silver:
All right, I’ll bite… what’s up your ass, Dan? I thought you’d be stoked. You’ve got the green light to wrestle again. You did it just ahead of the twelve weeks they originally called for, right? It’s that fucking Viltrumite DNA of yours. Healed way ahead of schedule. 

Dan looks confused. 

Sonny Silver:
You’re not watching Invincible? That comic was good, but the show is GOOD. 

Dan Leo James:
That the one where everyone bleeds on everybody? Uh… nah, little violent for my taste, Mr. Silver. 

He looks completely gobsmacked by Danny’s reaction.

Sonny Silver:
What? Too Viol… motherfu…. YOU’RE A WRESTLER! YOU HAVE SIGNED UP FOR VIOLENCE! YOU…

When he realizes what he’s doing, Sonny backs off and puts his hands up apologetically. 

Sonny Silver:
Look, Danny… this your first major injury, right? You’ve been given what we in wrestling call “a second chance.” You’ve got cleared to do whatever you want and… 

Dan Leo James: [interjecting]
Do you think I’m weak, Mr. Silver? 

Sonny Silver:
What? 

Dan clicks his phone off and tucks it away into his pocket. 

Dan Leo James:
Honest question… do you think I’m weak? 

Sonny Silver:
You want my honest opinion?

Dan gives him a nod before he braces for the impact. 

Sonny Silver:
Of body? No way. You got some GENETICS, kid. I’ve seen a LOT of big, strong kids, but I saw that match you had with Henry Keyes for the SOHER back in August. He’s the one you have to thank for putting you on our radar, kid. He said you had the goods. 

He reaches up to tap Danny in the chest. 

Sonny Silver:
But HERE? That’s the shit that’s gonna come back and get you. That’s the shit that you’ve done a disservice to yourself listening to. You got everything you need physically to run through ANYONE in this promotion… but you need to toughen up QUICK. This business isn’t about family and it’s not about friends. You need to be ready to make enemies, Dan. Cause if you aren’t making enemies…

He gestures at the gold Rolex on his right hand. 

Sonny Silver:
…You’re not making dollars. 

Sonny Silver looks at it. 

Sonny Silver:
Some idiots buy cars. Some buy houses or mansions. I did watches. You lose money when you take cars off lots. One crack in a wall can depreciate a house… but watches? I only buy the ones that go up in value. I literally paid for over half of my daughter’s college tuition selling another one of these things. I sold another and paid for an overdue renovation at my wrestling school. 

He shrugs. 

Sonny Silver:
But you didn’t ask for fucking story time., so I’ll punt this question to you, Dan. You now have a second chance on your hands to do things how you want to do. What do you want to do with it?

Dan looks down at Sonny… but before he can answer, their Uber ride gets there. 

Sonny Silver:
Let’s go. Oscar has a favor he wants to ask you in person when we get back. 

As they enter the car, Dan looks at the luxury van from the outside. He then looks at Sonny. 

Dan Leo James:
…I don’t want to be weak anymore. 



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