Lew paces back and forth in his hotel room, humming to himself. Jordan and Hayley come through the door energetically with bags of food from the shop.
Lew: You guys surely took your time.
Jordan: Have you seen what we went to go get?
Hayley: We're prepared for tonight.
L: What's so special about to tonight?
J: Nothing special, just a good night.
L: For what?
H: Starting the new year!
L: But this year hasn't gone as how you or I expected.
J: That's fine. There's the rest of the year to improve.
H: Agreed! Although it was a unfortunate start, we need to get our act together. Starting with a good meal.
L: You think my performance is linked to my diet?
H: No, no. You eat right and you work out right. I feel that if we were to sit down and have a good meal and chat, we would be motivated to stick it to the others this year. Come out on top.
J: Well, don't know if on top but...
L: Ha! Screw it, cook it up! We'll kick ass this year!
They all cheer as Hayley takes the helm for food.
J: Right, whilst we prepare for the future, we must talk about the past and the present.
L: Agreed. Last Victory's loss was an unforgiving performance. Abdul is a beyond experienced wrestler. Going up against him had an inevitable ending for me.
J: Indeed, you put up a reasonable fight. But it wasn't good enough.
L: I know.
H: It's a good thing you're up to a newcomer this upcoming Victory.
L: A newcomer? That's nice! New year, definite win. Just like it happened with Kendrix. He joined, I beat him. Now his newcomer, no doubt, I'll kick their new butt. Who is it?
J: Someone by the name of P. T. Merciless.
Lew pauses a while.
L: Merciless? Oh, damn.
Hayley and Jordan let out a sound of question.
L: Now, a newcomer with a past or no past is one thing. But a newcomer with a deadly name? Now, am I going to have a bad time?
J: Heh. A name is just a name. Perfection isn't perfect. Ya know?
L: Hopefully, you're right.
J: You never know about your opponent when you combat them for the first time. Kendrix, you never knew about his skill. You beat him. Look where he is now.
L: Funny that. People who I beat in their debuts come to be one of the best. The person who beat me in my debut is nowhere around.
J: Well...Kendrix was one of those outcomes. Don't forget Orobin Thor.
L: Oh yeah...what happened to him?
H: Never mind lads, starters are ready. The main will be on it's way soon!
L: I suppose we can talk more about my opponent after food.
The lot all sit down for starters as the rest of the food cooks.