A STRIPMALL PARKING LOT.
SETH: (VOICE-OVER) This job isn’t for everyone, you know. It’s given me a lot, but it always gets its cut. Always.
SETH “CHEAPSHOT” SANDORS, A MISSHAPEN POTATO OF A MAN SEEMINGLY DRESSED FOR HIGH SCHOOL GYM CLASS AND HOLDING A LARGE, HEAVY TEXTBOOK.
BARRY: I’m Seth “Cheapshot” Sandors, and I’ve been a pro wrestler for twelve years.
SETH BEHIND A DUMPSTER.
SETH: I’ve lost friends and loved ones to this business, actually. I mean, I know where they are – they haven’t just disappeared into thin air, or something. Obviously.
Well, for example: My sister once hit me with her car for a chance at a free trip to Classy Lou’s All-You-Can-Eat Buffet. She didn’t get it, unfortunately. And she hasn’t answered my calls… or responded to my lawyer’s attempts to get her to pay my hospital bills.
And then there was the time my one-time best friend slept with my girlfriend just to get a psychological upperhand in a match I wasn’t even involved in. (BEAT) Which, now that I think about it, doesn’t make too much sense, really…
Oh, check this out…
SETH REVEALS SEVERAL DISTINCT SCARS.
(POINTS) This is where they replaced one of my ribs with a titanium rod for some reason. This one is from the time I took a VCR to the back of the head during a “Be Kind, Rewind” match. And this, uh… this is from an unruly class of twelve–year olds who all decided to throw their desks at me for asking them to, please, put away their phones and stop recording my crying from all the mean things they were saying to me. (NERVOUS LAUGHTER) Middle-schoolers, right?
Anyway. I couldn’t go back to teaching middle-school English after that. (BEAT) Literally, I wasn’t allowed back on campus. But I also saw it as an opportunity to take my natural ability to absorb inhumane amounts of physical, mental, and emotional abuse and make something of myself. It’s all about making those opportunities for yourself.
That’s why I’m here, actually.
JOE, A MAN IN A WHEELCHAIR WITH A MAKESHIFT CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE BELT, PASSES BY.
Sorry, I’ve gotta clock-in real quick.
SETH SNEAK-ATTACKS JOE WITH THE LARGE, HEAVY TEXTBOOK.
(GESTURES) Come on! Come on!
REFEREE APPEARS OUT OF NOWHERE.
SETH PINS AN UNCONSCIOUS JOE WHILE A HORRIFIED CROWD WATCHES.
(TO REFEREE) Oh, stop staring and do your job!
REFEREE: (LIGHTLY SLAPPING THE PAVEMENT) One! Two! Three!
SETH STANDS, HOLDS UP THE MAKESHIFT CHAMPIONSHIP BELT IN VICTORY.
ANNOUNCER APPEARS OUT OF NOWHERE.
ANNOUNCER: Your new Calvin Carson’s Town Center and Outlet Mall Champion, Seth “Cheapshot” Sanderson!
EVERYONE LOOKS UPON THIS IN SILENT CONTEMPT.