A few days after their arrival to South Africa, Lew is caught exercising and training in the lounge area. Hayley and Jordan sit outside on the balcony in the sun monitoring Lew.
Lew: It'd be nice if I could spend some time enjoying the weather guys.
Jordan: You need to get ready for your match! Besides, you're in the shade. You'll be able do more whilst being cooled down.
Hayley: It is really hot out here. It is better that you do this now in the shade and enjoy the warm night later when we go out and explore the area.
Lew nods his head side to side and enjoys the thought.
L: Ah, fine. I do need the extra concentration. My vision of winning is slowly becoming distant.
J: You still thinking about the match?
L: Yeah, my opinion on my opponent has changed.
H: Mikey Unlikely?
L: A most recent interaction I've had with him was when it was MVC against Blanca. When I assisted Chris Hopper bringing Dynasty away from Claudio. Even after that, moving toward Ace In The Hole, I've never been alone with this guy. I've always had this shroud of false belief that this guy is actually decent.
H: We told you a few days ago, Lew...he's a member of Dyansty.
L: I always used the excuse that even though a name has a bad rep about it that not all the people are bad under that banner. I always saw Sean Jackson and Mikey Unlikely were those exceptions. Sean Jackson had enough of it and kicked the bucket. Mikey Unlikely was the only one left in my mind that was the ying to Dynasty's yang.
J: He's just like Blanca, Lew.
H: Although, credit to Lew, Mikey is, by comparison, to Blanca a nicer seeming chap.
J: Regardless. Mikey is a part of Dynasty, Lew. Kick that view of yours about him out of your head. Treat him like you would Blanca.
H: Or Dick Fury.
J: In all seriousness. Think of it like this. He's Blanca's team mate. He stands with people like Kendrix and CBR. You know your view of Kendrix and Unlikely supports that! Get it? "Friend of my enemy is also my enemy"?
Lew stops working out and comes to a sighing halt.
L: Yeah...yeah. It'll be hard to kick that image of what I've had of him. But, it won't take long to replace that with mind fuel to fire my victory once it's gone.
Jordan rises and approaches Lew.
J: Good on ya, Lew. He respects you the same as Kendrix, CBR and Blanca do. Which is not alot. Just because you've both sort of passed each other every now and then, doesn't mean he's not scowled at you from the shadows. Especially when you had your little tiff with Kendrix and when you came close to winning the UTA World Championship.
H: Correction. Lew did win it. James Wingate took it away from him.
J: I stand corrected.
L: You flatter me, Hayley. Jordan. You're absolutely right. Mikey needs to be updated. I'm still anti-Dynasty. Mikey chose to be a part of that and so...I need to be sure to give him equal exposure as to what I'm made of.
H: You're not worried about the karate thing anymore?
Lew hums and grabs a drink of water that's been waiting for him and leans against the balcony, staring out at the city.
L: It still bothers me. But it's who I am. It's what I do. UTA needs the diversity and the fans and the other wrestlers can't get enough of me. Not because I'm skilled or popular. It's because I'm different. Wins, losses, draws. Nothing matters to me. As long as I can entertain, kick some butt and enjoy myself doing it, then I'll achieve greatness. Only after then will I improve enough to be World Champion or Legacy Champion, which is my jam by the way, or Wildfire Champion. I'll be what I want to be when I'm ready. Right now? I have to continue to plant myself here.
J: Despite being here for over a year already?
L: Yeah, despite that.
H: You've mentioned before that VCW was very different to UTA. You need to continue stepping up every opponent. No matter if it's a new opponent, someone you know in the ring or a debut. Everytime, you need to better yourself.
L: Agreed, I'll never gain experience if I keep losing!
J: Think of it this way. You're in South Africa, right? You're up against an American boy. And you're English. England used to own these parts. Let's take Johannesburg back for the night and have everyone cheering for you and not "the world's greatest entertainer"!
H: Cause that's all that he is! And entertainer! Does it all for show! Throw his pretend punches right back at him with your self defense!
Lew smiles and nods.
L: You're right. A bit on the strange historical side, Jordan but yeah! Let's do it!
The three gather on the balcony and all look out toward the skyline.
MIKEY! MY OPINION OF YOU HAS CHANGED. I WAS SURPRISED THAT IT WAS SEAN JACKSON THAT LEFT AND NOT YOU. I WOULD'VE THOUGHT THAT YOU WERE THE ONE WHO WOULD'VE LOOKED FOR GREATNESS ON YOUR OWN AND NOT LEANING ON THE SHOULDER OF YOUR MORE POWERFUL COUNTERPARTS. THAT ASIDE, I'M READY FOR YOU AT VICTORY. WHETHER I WIN OR LOSE...MY LESSON WILL BE TAUGHT TO YOU. IF I FAIL, I'LL CONTINUE TO PURSUE YOU, KENDRIX, CBR AND LA FLAMA BLANCA. YOU'LL ALL BE MY PERSONAL TARGETS. STARTING WITH YOU, SIR. STARTING...WITH...YOU!
"I am a failure. I am a failure if judged by the black and white of wins and losses."