Episode: S01E05
Date: 21/02/2014

The video begins and we see The Chapel Show logo on the screen. After a few seconds it fades out to reveal Lexy Chapel walking in the sunlight. It’s not immediately clear where she is but it is clear where she isn’t because just from the opening seconds of the video she seems to be a long way from her small apartment in Las Vegas, Nevada. She has a smile on her face and her hair tied back tightly in a ponytail and she looks tired, not as though she’s not been sleeping but more like she’s been working particularly hard. She looks confidently at the camera though as she keeps walking. “What’s up fuckers?” she asks with confidence, ignoring the fact that she’s on a street somewhere and not in her normal home and still saying the line with her normal enthusiasm and carefree attitude. “I’m Lexy Chapel, and it may be cold in Russia at the Winter Olympics, but I’ll always find ways to keep you warm,” she says before winking at the camera and giggling a little. “Welcome to another episode of the Chapel Show, and as you can see this one is going to be a little different to normal. The reason it’s a little different is that right now I’m not at home. Now that’s not because of anything quite as dramatic as two weeks ago – thank god – but the last couple of weeks have been a crazy thrill ride of excitement, so let me see what I can do to help run through a little bit of it for you guys.”

She keeps walking as she’s talking, occasionally looking forward to see where she’s going but for the most part keeping eye contact with the camera, and as she’s walking it becomes clearer and clearer that she’s definitely not in Las Vegas from both the scenery behind her and then the fact that we can see what seems to be the ocean in the distance as she walks past a few buildings. “So, where do I even begin in explaining the last few weeks?” she asks, pausing for a moment before shrugging her shoulders. “Hey, I’d love to find some kind of jump off point for it all but then I’d need to explain how I got to there. Let’s just say that ever since the last video we posted things have been a tiny bit crazy for me, and by a tiny bit crazy I in fact mean freaking nuts! It all started of course with Nate’s injury. Now guys you know this by now but I grew up around professional wrestling. My dad is a wrestler, my mum is a wrestler, my brother’s are wrestlers, and one thing you learn when your whole family is involved in this sport is that injuries are a part of this business. I mean nobody wants to get injured, and it’s never a positive thing when it does happen, but no matter how much you try to fight it this sport is brutal to the human body. People get thrown around, they get beaten down, they endure all kinds of crazy punishment and not just a couple of times a year either, guys and girls in this business do this on a weekly or fortnightly basis! The amount of pressure we put on ourselves in this business is second to none, and what we do isn’t train every day to compete once every two years at a World Championships or Olympic Games, what we do is train every day and fight every week.”

She has a real passion in her voice as she talks. “But while I’ve grown up around injuries and I know how common they are in the ring, the one thing you don’t ever want in this business is to get hurt outside the ring. We know we take risks every time we get in the ring, but to get hurt on our own time is just so completely unfair, but yet that’s exactly what happened to Nate,” she says before letting out a sigh. “We came to Exodus Pro together. We came in to this business together and we had so many dreams, so many ideas, so when he got hurt, after I recovered from the initial shock of the fact he’d gotten hurt, I started to wonder what that meant for me. I’m aware that’s an incredibly selfish thing to think at a time like that, but I wasn’t just thinking about myself. With Nate hurt I genuinely had no idea how we were EVER going to make any money, and we already struggle every month to make rent, so when you throw medical bills on top of that then let’s just say it was a difficult period for us. Then, of course, I made the call to Exodus and they responded in the most positive way, and before I knew what was happening I was embarking on a singles career, something that I’ll admit I’ve dreamt about forever but something that I never even considered before. It is what I used to dream about when I was younger, I used to imagine myself standing in the middle of a wrestling ring with a crowd full of screaming fans, I used to pick up the title belts that my father held and I used to pretend they were mine – and believe me, those things were heavy when you’re just a kid as well.”

“But yeah, I used to make pretend that I was a champion, and I used to tell people that one day I would be, that one day I’d stand in the middle of the ring and the entire world would know the name Alexandra Adams. Of course whether the whole world will ever quite know that name now I’m not sure, but I want the entire world to know the name of Lexy Chapel for sure,” she says with a smile on her face after referencing her maiden and married names. “And last week, thanks to Exodus Pro, I got the chance to make my debut as a singles wrestler in Exodus and I was nervous. Oh I seriously cannot even begin to tell you how nervous I was. I thought for sure that something was going to go horribly wrong  even before I got out to that ring, that what happened to Nate was the beginning of some kind of evil curse on the two of us – seriously, Nate is obsessed with curses and conspiracy theories and that shit gets in your head – but nothing went wrong and on EXPRO on FX #11 I made my in-ring singles debut not only with the impressive performance that I wanted to put on and show the world I could do against a man I have nothing but a huge amount of respect for in the form of Blake Jones, but by doing something that nobody thought I’d be able to do, by doing something that honestly even I doubted I’d be able to do. I beat Blake Jones, I shocked the world and that was just the beginning to this story!”

She laughs as she stops walking for a moment, moving the camera a little closer to herself. “After that incredible moment, after what I thought was an impossible dream come true, this just got crazier. See, after the match I was in the back and... We filmed this at in San Diego two weeks ago. I’d tell you what happens but honestly I don’t want to spoil it,” she says with a huge grin on her face. “Let’s just say that since we started this wild adventure, since The Chapel Show started this whole crazy ride I’ve got to live a lot of incredible dreams but this one may just be one of the best ones yet.”

The Chapel Show

The scene changes from the street that Lexy was walking down to a corridor inside a building that is presumably the RIMAC Arena in San Diego, California. We see Lexy in her ring gear in the corridor with a huge grin on her face with the camera angled slightly as though this is being filmed from a seated position. “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, allow me to be the first one to proudly present to you the one, the only – the winner of tonight’s match with Blake Jones – Mrs Lexy Chapel,” we hear Nate’s voice saying from behind the camera, although while it’s clearly the Brit he’s also clearly doing an impression of some ring announcer. We hear the sound of clapping before Lexy takes a bow to the camNathan Chapelera. “I am so proud of you baby! I’d say I was on the edge of my seat out there but, you know, I’m kind of stuck in this damn wheelchair, but I was at least there in spirit!”

“You mean you couldn’t get to the edge of the wheelchair?” Lexy asks jokingly.

“I tried that before and the whole thing toppled over, remember?” he reminds her before letting out a sigh. “These things are dangerous! Ooh, that’s an idea...”

“Don’t say an unflippable wheelchair...” Lexy says with a sigh.

“AN UNFLIPPABLE WHEELCHAIR,” Nate declares proudly, and we see the camera moving about as he seems to be reaching around for something. “Goddamn it, where’s my notepad of incredible ideas? I know I put it around here somewhere. When did I have it last? Ooh, I know, it’s when I spilled that can of Coke and—”

“Babes, I’m not convinced the drinks holder you wear around your neck is that great of an idea,” Lexy tells him supportively. “I mean it’s an idea, and it would definitely stop you from spilling your drink but... I’m not sure anyone would ACTUALLY wear one because, well... they’d look kind of stupid.”

“Oh sure, and you put appearance over safety?” Nate asks dismissively. “You might baby, but the world doesn’t! The world doesn’t care about looking good; the world cares about being safe and not spilling their goddamn Coke down their favourite t-shirt. That was sticky all day!”

“Yeah, ok, the world doesn’t care about the way things look,” Lexy says sarcastically. She rolls her eyes and is obviously watching her husband while Nate is still looking around for his notepad and not paying attention to his wife or the man walking up the corridor behind her. Lexy continues to watch Nate, completely unaware that here’s anyone at all behind her. “Maybe you left it in the locker room babes? You want me to wheel you in there and find it for you?”

“I don’t need you to wheel me anywhere,” Nate replies in a childish tone. “I’m capable of looking after myself you know.”

“Oh I know, I remember your epic struggle finding a way to lift yourself off the floor and spending half an hour doing that when you wouldn’t let me just help you up the last time you fell out of the wheelchair,” Lexy reminds him with a smile. She still has no idea there’s someone behind her until he clears her throat and scares the hell out of her. We can see she physically jumps in shock, spinning half way around to face the person behind her before her mouth drops open just a little and she stands there wide-eyed and staring in shock. “Oh my god, no way! You know you scared the unholy hell out of me, right?”

“Yeah, well, you two seemed to be having a moment and I didn’t want to interrupt,” Jonathan Collins tells her with a smile.

“No, that’s fine, you can totally interrupt me any time,” Lexy tells him, almost rushing the words and quite obviously still in shock that he’s standing that close to her, let alone that she’s talking to him. The composure she had before is completely gone now and she seems almost like a crazed fan that’s just got to meet the person they idolize the most. “Well, I mean, not any time. I mean if I was having sex or something that would be weird. But then why would you interrupt me having sex? Why am I talking to you about me having sex? Why did I just say sex this many times? Oh god, can I start over? Hi!”

Collins can be seen just laughing. “You seem nervous,” he says supportively, like he’s talking to a fan at a convention who’s about to pass out from the shock of meeting him. The truth is Lexy looks a little like she might also pass out from the shock of him being right here. “Are you ok? You want to sit down or something?”

“I’m fine,” Lexy says before biting her lip nervously. “Well, I mean, I’m a little flustered and I REALLY want to ask you for a hug but would that be weird?”

“You want a hug?” he asked genuinely before shrugging his shoulders. “Yeah, I could give you a hug. After your match tonight I’d say that’s the least you’ve earned.”

He puts his arms around her and she wraps her arms around him and squeezes tightly before looking at the camera and mouthing the words ‘holy fuck I’m hugging Jonathan Collins’. After the hug’s gone on a few seconds Nate very loudly clears his throat, distracting Collins and causing the hug to come to an end as he looks over at Nate. “Err, hi?” Nate says, almost as though he’s reminding Collins that he’s there. “Is this a thing for you? You find the new people and hug them? I don’t remember being offered a hug but fine...”

“Do you want one?” Collins asks with a smirk.

“What? No,” Nate replies before muttering under his breath. “What the hell is with this guy? Wants to give me a hug? Some kind of freak...”

“Ignore him,” Lexy tells her idol with a huge grin on her face. “Oh my god, I can’t believe you’re real. I mean, I knew you were real because, you know, you’re Jonathan fucking Collins, but I mean I can’t believe you’re really here!”

“You can’t believe I’m here? We’ve tweeted each other how many times?” Collins asks casually. “And yet you can’t believe I’m here?”

“Well yeah, but that’s TWITTER, that doesn’t even count,” Lexy tells him with a shake of her head. “I mean people tweet stuff all the time to people and it’s not real, you know? It’s just the Internet. Oh god, I really can’t believe you’re here. I mean, you’re here! Right here, in front of me. And I hugged you? Oh wow, I used to watch you on TV all the time when I was little. Well, not THAT little. I’m not saying you’re old! I’m just—”

Collins laughs again and smiles at her in a friendly way. “I get what you meant,” Jon assures her before putting a hand on her shoulder. “You know you make me laugh, right? Most people who come in here come in with massive egos thinking they’re going to retire me and make a name for themselves. I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who reacted quite that way at meeting me before.”

“Yeah well, you’re amazing. You’re a legend. You’re... Jonathan fucking Collins,” Lexy tells him happily. “I remember watching you in New Era Wrestling. Do you remember the night you won the International Championship? Oh my god I loved that match so much! Seriously, I mean all those guys were amazing but you? I loved you. I mean, err; I respected you as a competitor. I didn’t love you. That would be weird and totally fan-girl-like, and, um...”

Jon grins at her again. “Well thank you, it’s good to meet someone who still remembers the old stuff,” he tells her with another smile. “And I’ve got to say, as much as you think you’re a fan of mine I’m quickly becoming a fan of yours. You’ve been great the last couple of shows. I didn’t get to really watch your match in Japan because I was busy, but I’ve watched both your EXPRO matches so far and that’s actually why I came to find you. I wanted to congratulate you in person. You made a hell of an impression tonight.”

“I did?” Lexy asks excitedly before turning to Nate. “Oh my god, I made an impression?”

“You really did,” Jon assures her. “In fact there are a lot of people around here talking about you right now. You did a hell of a job out there.”

“Did you hear that?” she asks Nate again excitedly. “I did a hell of a job out there!”

“I know baby, I told you that,” Nate says a little jealously at her reaction to everything Collins is saying. “You remember? You came back here and I told you that you were incredible... no? You’re not even listening to me, are you? You’re paying attention to him...”

Nate trails off, clearly more than a little jealous, and Lexy looks back at Jon again, clearing her throat nervously. “Well, I mean, I tried hard out there,” she says, trying her best to sound a little more like a professional and less like a star struck fan. “It wasn’t easy, and I’m still really inexperienced, but I gave everything I had.”

“How much experience do you have?” he asks curiously.

Lexy’s facial expression changes to one of a little concern. “Well, you know my parents were wrestlers, right? Me and my brother’s used to wrestle in the garden all the time when we were at home. My mum used to get so mad that they’d throw me around the way they did but I didn’t care, I just wanted to keep going. And obviously I train with Nate all the time, but in terms of actual, you know, experience and stuff?” she asks nervously. “Err... not much. There’s a lot I still need to learn, but right now I’m learning new things every week.”

“How’d you like to actually learn some new things?” he asks with a smile. “You know I’ve got a few guys I get together every week or so, we go over everything from the basics to a lot of advanced training, we talk diet and fitness... if you wanted to come by some time we’d be more than happy to help you out.”

She stands there looking at him for a long moment before finally reacting. “Wait, are you saying you want to help me improve?” she asks, looking almost afraid that he might take it back now that he’s put it out there. “Like, for real? You’re not kidding, or this isn’t come kind of joke?”

“Why would I joke?” he asks sincerely.

“I don’t know, because you’ve got an evil sense of humour and you really hate the whole hash tag ‘Team Collins’ thing on Twitter?” she suggests with a shrug.

He just laughed and shook his head. “No, I’ll admit a few things you’ve said on there have made me a little concerned, but the truth is you’re a good kid and you’ve got a huge amount of potential,” Jon tells her before smiling at her again. “I like to help out when I see potential in people. What do you say? We’re getting together next week. I’ll give you a card. Call me if you want to come by, ok?”

“Absolutely,” she says excitedly before Jon reaches in to his pocket and removes his wallet, pulling from it a business card that he hands to her. He nods at Nate before walking off. We can hear Nate, who’s still been filming this whole thing, mumbling under his breath and while whatever he’s saying isn’t completely obvious the general tone seems to indicate an incredible amount of resentment and jealousy. Lexy however doesn’t even notice that when she turns to him excitedly and rushes over to him. “Oh my god, did you see that? Jonathan Collins just invited me to train with him? JONATHAN COLLINS! Oh my god, this is so amazing! I can’t believe this is happening!”

“Yeah babe, I’m happy for you,” Nate tells her, although something in his tone indicates he’s perhaps not being as sincere as his words would imply. Once again however Lexy doesn’t seem to notice, just so completely overwhelmed with excitement.

“Seriously, he wants to help me?” she asks again rhetorically before letting out a little excited squeal. “This could be so amazing Nate. Can you imagine what I could learn from him? He’s a legend! And I could get the opportunity to train with him? The actual god’s honest chance to really get in a ring with him and learn from him? Oh my god, this is so huge!”

The Chapel Show

The scene cuts from the hallway at the RIMAC Arena and from an overly excited Lexy back to the streets somewhere in California where Lexy is still walking down the sidewalk.

“I was a little bit excited after that,” she says with a sly smile. “In fact not only was I excited after that but I was excited for the next few days. That was until we got back home and we found out the medical expenses we had to pay out. Money for us right now is a quite serious issue and it’s not one that either one of us really knows how to address. Nate obviously has medical insurance that cover a lot of the costs but every day he’s in the wheelchair we have other expenses to pay out, he’s not making money now and stuff for us got very complicated, so my week started off utterly amazing with the win and then with Jonathan Collins inviting me to train with him, but back home it got complicated again and I wasn’t really sure what to do. Then I actually watched the video we’d filmed in the arena and I saw Nate’s reaction to it all, and I decided I wasn’t going to do it.”

She pauses and lets out a long breath. “It wasn’t an easy choice for me, especially considering I’ve been a fan of Jonathan Collins since I was a little girl, but I’ve got a job, I’ve got responsibilities and I didn’t think I could just go running off to another state to train with someone. It didn’t seem like something you did when you were a grown up, and if there’s one thing I’ve tried to be in the last few months then it’s a grown up,” she says before letting out another long sigh. “So, I asked for extra shifts at work to help out with the money issues and over the next few days we didn’t film anything, which is incredibly rare for us. The amount of stuff we film that doesn’t make it in to these videos is crazy. I mean I could show you so much stuff, like my Flexi-Lexy Yoga workout that Nate just loves watching me do – absolutely showing you that another time, but not today – because, as you’ll see in the future I’m very flexible. I can put my legs behind my head and everything! See, I can do amazing things with my mouth but the rest of me is pretty damn amazing too!”

She laughs and winks at the camera. “Seriously though, for a few days I became a complete crazy person and I worked three double-shifts in three days just to try and get us some money in so we didn’t have to worry about rent. Then I woke up one morning and went in to the other room and Nate was there and I don’t really know how he found out I wasn’t going but he did,” she says by way of an intro. “I know it’s crazy but part of me thought he’d be happy. I was so wrong! People ask me why I love him because sure he can be a bit of an idiot at times, but if you guys ever wanted to know why I married Nathan Chapel then this right here is why. And don’t ask me why he was filming this, I really have no idea.”

The Chapel Show

The scene switches and we see Nate sitting next to the camera but in front of it tapping away on the keyboard of his laptop when the door behind him opens and Lexy walks out in her pyjamas and looks over at him, raising an eyebrow curiously as she looks at the camera.

“Is that actually filming?” she asks casually before laughing. “Hmm, how glad am I that I’m wearing clothes.”

“How was work last night?” Nate asks before wheeling himself backwards in the wheelchair and spinning himself around in it. “You got in late.”

“Wow, that was impressive. You were practicing that yesterday, weren’t you babes?” Lexy asks playfully regarding the spin he did in the wheelchair. “You’re getting pretty good in that thing now. But work? Um, it was pretty lame. I was so tired when I got in, sorry I didn’t wake you, I just wanted to crash. Worked way too many hours this week! But, you know, we need the money so...”

“Actually we don’t,” Nate tells her with a shake of his head. “I’ve taken care of it.”

Lexy had begun walking in the direction of the kitchen again and quickly spins back around to look at him. “You’ve taken care of it?” she asks curiously. “Did you ask your dad for the money? Because I was serious babes, I don’t want to take money from him! It’s not even a pride thing, ok? We don’t need the money that badly!”

“My dad probably wouldn’t give me money even if I did ask him, which I didn’t,” Nate assures her. “No, I felt bad about everything that happened and I figured out a way that we could make some extra money, and I know you’ve been working insanely hard lately and I wanted to help out, so it’s sorted.”

“You sold your body to medical testing?” Lexy guesses jokingly.

“You couldn’t live without my body,” Nate replies with a coy smile.

“Oh it’s sad that that’s true,” Lexy agrees, looking at him more curiously now. “Ok, so if it’s not medical testing then what? If you’ve sold me to an Arabian Prince without at least letting me ask him how many palaces he has first I’m going to be so mad...”

“I was tempted, but the highest bidder said he only owned one yacht and I knew you wouldn’t go for it so I called it off,” Nate replies jokingly.

“Only one yacht?” she replies with a shake of her head. “That’s disgraceful! You know I’m beginning to think Taken lied to me, damn French action thrillers! Ok, so seriously, what did you do?”

“I sold some of my Pokémon cards,” Nate says with a shrug.

The look that Lexy gives him shows that he’s clearly not joking and that this is clearly an actually important thing for him to be admitting to. “No way, you love those cards,” Lexy says with a shake of her head. “You collected them since you were a kid, you told me all the stories about them, there’s no way that I would ever have wanted you to sell something that meant that much to you.”

“You’re right, I’ve collected them for a long time, but I was a kid when I started collecting them Lexy and I’m not a kid anymore,” he says with a shake of his head. “I know I can be a little immature sometimes, and I know I’ve had some pretty whacky ideas for a few things that haven’t exactly panned out the way I hoped but I’m not a kid anymore. I didn’t sell them all, I’ve still got most of them in fact, but I just took a few of the rarer ones out the other day when you told me about the double shifts and I listed them on eBay and as of this morning every one of them has sold. A few sold for a couple of hundred bucks...”

“A couple of hundred dollars?” Lexy asks in disbelief. “Pokémon cards are actually worth that much money?”

“I sold one for two thousand dollars,” Nate continues and Lexy’s eyes widen in disbelief. “It was a little hard to part with it I’ll admit but the cards are packaged up and ready to go to their new owners as of this morning. They’ll be whisked out of here in a while and I’ll move the money from my PayPal account and for once baby you don’t have to worry about money for a while.”

“You’re joking, right?” Lexy says after hesitating for a moment. “That’s why you’ve got the camera on. You DID say you wanted to do a new version of Punk’d with you as the host, so this is like an audition tape for a network or something, isn’t it? You’re totally tricking me right now.”

“Nope, I’m serious,” Nate promises her. “If you don’t believe me you can see my PayPal balance. Look, falling out of that window was stupid. It was by far the stupidest thing I’ve ever done, and in a lifetime of stupid things I’m comparing it to a lot of stupid things. But I’m tired of being the one who spends our money while you bust your ass for it. You deserve a break baby, and this is my way of giving it to you. I’m not a kid anymore, and the man is meant to provide, remember? This is my way of providing for us. And now it means you’re free to go to California.”

“Wait, you did this so I could go to California?” Lexy asks puzzled. “Babes, I watched the tape ok? I know you don’t like Jonathan. So I decided with everything else going on that I’m not going. It’s not worth the hassle and I don’t want to be away from you for that long and—”

“I think you’ll find you are going,” Nate tells her with a smile. “I’ve already made all the arrangements for you, and I called Jonathan and I accepted his offer on your behalf. He was right with what he said baby – although I still say I said it first. You’re incredible. You were amazing in that ring last week taking on Blake Jones and you can be amazing again! EXODUS are giving you the opportunity to get in to contendership for the San Diego Bay Championship and I know what that kind of opportunity would mean to you.”

Lexy shakes her head slowly. “Yeah, but your accident and—”

“And nothing,” Nate says, slapping the arm of his wheelchair. “I’d put my foot down over this but... you know... my legs aren’t exactly working that great right now.”

Lexy walks over toward her husband and leans down and kisses him happily. “Are you really sure about this?” she asks with hesitation. “Because I watched the tape babes! I heard the way you were mumbling and I saw the way you were about Jonathan and I don’t want to do anything that’s going to upset you.”

“Yeah, I’m sure,” Nate tells her with a smile. “I want what’s best for you, and I think the guy is a bit of a tool but he is one of the best out there, and the chance to train with someone like that is a dream we both used to have, remember? You can learn a lot from him.”

“Everyone can learn a lot from you,” Lexy tells him happily, kissing him again before wrapping her arms around him. “Thank you baby! You have no idea what this means to me!”

“Oh, I think I do,” Nate replies with a smile. “Plus I expect a special reward for this!”

“Oh you’re so getting a special reward,” she promises before smiling at him. “After selling some of your cards you’re SO getting a very special reward!”

Nate looks straight in to the camera and nods his head and winks before they both start laughing.

The Chapel Show

We cut from their apartment to another location now, which seems to be a hotel room somewhere presumably in California. Lexy is no longer walking and is now sat on the bed with her shoes and socks off and her bare feet happily resting on the bed as she sits cross-legged.

“So, where was I before?” she asks the camera before thinking back. “Nate sold some of his Pokémon cards – seriously, he collected them when he was a kid and I never knew they were worth money now but apparently some of them are worth tens of thousands of dollars! For a Pokémon card? I bet anyone who ever threw theirs out is PISSED OFF that they didn’t keep them, but I digress – and that gave me an opportunity to come out here to California and train with a man I have seriously idolised since I was little. It’s a chance I never thought I’d get in a million years and I’ll tell you this, I learned more in two hours talking with and training with Jonathan Collins and I think I’ve learned about wrestling from ANYONE else in my life. And I’m sorry to my dad for saying that, because my dad is a legend in his own right, but Jonathan is just so damn amazing! I know I get a bit crazy around him sometimes – I’m absolutely working on that, by the way – but c’mon you guys, you’ve got to understand why, right? Honestly, I was nervous when I found out what they were doing in order to fill the now vacant San Diego Bay Championship. I was nervous about just the idea of going out there and compeLexy Chapelting on my own for anything, because I’ll be honest part of the reason I was so excited about being part of a tag team was the idea that I had Nate there and whether we won or whether we lost we did it as a team. As a unit. As a couple! And the idea of doing it all on my own, having that pressure entirely on MY shoulders, was crazily intimidating. But I talked with an actual LEGEND in this business, an ICON in this business, and now? Well, I’m still nervous. I’m still feeling pressure. But I’m also more excited than I’ve been in my life!”

“A few weeks ago I competed on the pre-show before Battle Without Honor Or Humanity and being THAT close to one of the big events, the first big event in my time in EXODUS Pro, and NOT being on the big show itself was heartbreaking in its own special, torturous way, but I know I’m not the only one who experienced that heartbreak. I’ll get to that in a minute though. First I want to tell you that competing there, competing in Japan, was an incredible opportunity but like anyone given just a taste of the action I wanted so much more. Last week I was given more. Last week I wasn’t put in the ‘low-risk’ match. You know the one I’m talking about, right? It’s the one that’s so early in the show that no matter what happens in it, the fans aren’t really going to remember it when the show is over. It’s the one that the bookers put there expecting it to be over quickly, for the newcomers to come in and get a taste of the company and for the guys in the suits to assess them and find out what they’re worth. I’ve been in that match twice, and last week I wasn’t in that match anymore and I was on my own and the pressure was so crazy that I felt like one slip up and it could damage everything, it could take everything away, but I didn’t slip up. I didn’t slip up at all! I won. I beat Blake Jones, and even saying those words sound CRAZY to me! Blake, you know that I adore you, right? You KNOW that I adore you! You’re an amazing competitor, a fantastic guy, and it was my HONOUR to fight you last week, and I’m not just saying that. I mean that with every fibre of my being. Any time you and me get in the ring again I’m going to relish the opportunity to go with you a second time. But last week I won the match and I took a giant step toward something incredible...”

“Two weeks ago I sat on my bed at home and I talked to you guys and I told you all about my hopes and my dreams and my ambition to one day find a way to get in to contendership for the San Diego Bay Championship, you guys remember that?” she says before smiling. “Well, did any of you think I’d manage it THIS quickly? I didn’t! Last week I may have put on a confident facade but inside I was screaming at the idea of having to fight Blake Jones, and this week the pressure on me has been ramped up even more because last week I wasn’t in the ‘low risk’ match anymore but this week I’m climbing the card. When I first looked at the card for this week I looked right at the bottom, expecting to find my name there, and when it wasn’t there I dared to look up a little bit, and up a little bit more, and I never expected to find my name half way up the damn card! And sure, with that kind of level comes an expectation. People are legitimately beginning to expect me to be able to win now. Blake Jones even thinks I have the potential to become San Diego Bay Champion. So with that comes expectation and pressure, and dealing with the pressure on my own is intimidating, but it’s also exciting. It’s genuinely exciting! The chance to go out there and fight in front of thousands of people, the chance to hold a championship belt high above my head like I used to do when I was a child, the chance to write my name in HISTORY and forever be able to say that no matter where my career goes, no matter if I end up in the main event or if I end up serving burgers for the rest of my life or going home in defeat, the chance to say that I was a CHAMPION right here is more than I could ever have hoped for this quickly and the excitement from that alone is racing through my veins right now.”

“Now I don’t know what Fiona Rouke was thinking when she vacated the San Diego Bay Championship – I mean I do kind of get why she did it, but I know that I couldn’t ever give up something that valuable like she did – but the truth is I’m glad she did because now it gives me an opportunity. It gives me a chance to go on and win that championship, and as everyone knows I’m just two matches away. Is the pressure insane? OF COURSE IT’S INSANE,” Lexy screams playfully, pulling at her hair jokingly, “but is it also going to be the most exciting experience and the biggest thrill of my life? Damn right! And it starts this week against Spirit Z. Now I said before I’d get to not being the only one who was so close to the big show and yet so far from it and this is exactly what I meant, because I know for a fact that Spirit Z was right there as well, so close to the big show and yet so very far. I know what happened on that night, I know what we both went through, but don’t worry; I’m not going to imply that what happened there could happen again. I mean it COULD happen again, but I’m not going to say it’s automatically GOING to happen again! Going in to that event I was in a playful mood, I made some jokes and I wanted to have a good time, and I do still want to have a good time going in to this week as well but this week it’s not just about playing around, this week is serious competition. This is a serious chance to change my life forever, two matches away from being able to claim that championship belt – the first championship belt of my young career – and I’m taking this very seriously, but I know more than a little about you Z and I know you’ll be taking this seriously as well.”

“I’m new to this whole game, I’m shockingly inexperienced when it comes to the championship hunt, but I get the feeling that you’re not. Ok, so maybe you’re not an age-old pro, maybe you’ve not been up and down the roads long enough to gain legend status, but everyone knows you’re something of an established name, everyone knows you’re something of a contender and that means this week I’m the one with everything to prove and while I said before that people are starting to expect from me, the truth of the matter Z is that I think they expect just a little bit more from you. Going in to last week, everyone thought I’d lose. Going in to last week the best that people thought they’d see out of Lexy Chapel was that she’d put up a good fight, but I caused the upset NOBODY expected. This week I’m looking to do that again. This week I’m looking to pull the second biggest upset of my career so far and pin your shoulders to the mat, and we both know that your experience in this business is going to weigh heavily in to this match,” she says before nodding her head slowly. “You’re experienced enough to know how rare chances like this are, aren’t you Z? You’re experienced enough to know that if you don’t seize an opportunity like this when it comes along it could be a very long time before you get another chance to seize it again. And I’m guessing this isn’t your first ever tournament either. I’m guessing this isn’t the first time you’ve danced this dance. You know all the steps, am I right? And I’m just standing here, wondering what the first step should be and wondering how I’m going to make them up as I go along. Sure, I’m the rookie here, I’m the one that has the pressure on her but you’ve got pressure on you too Z. You picked up a BIG win last week, one you needed to cement your spot, but now you need this as much as I do, or even more. You need this win to cement your spot, you need this win to show that last week wasn’t just a fluke, that you’re here and you’re here to stay, and you can do that. You can prove that this week, if you beat me.”

“The name of Spirit Z can be thrown in to the big picture and next month, at The Downfall of All Of Us, you won’t be sitting like you were before, you won’t be watching from the pre-show, you won’t be feeling that same disappointment that I felt at being THAT CLOSE and yet so far from the big show because you’ll stamp your ticket TO the big show, you’ll stamp your ticket to the biggest match of your time in EXODUS so far, and I know you want it. Of course you want it. Who in their right mind WOULDN’T want it? And you’ve been teased with it before, right?” she says before smiling. “Yeah, I was shocked when Fiona vacated the title, I couldn’t understand why anyone would vacate something they worked so hard for, even if the future looked right for her by doing so, but you? You must have been more than a little pissed off. That match last week was hyped as the one to find the next contender, and instead of walking in to a San Diego Bay Championship match you’ve instead walked in to a match with me. You’ve got to dispatch another rookie on your way to the title shot you could already have had. Does that make you mad? Does that make that veteran blood boil? You’re going to go out to that ring this week looking to prove what you proved last week, right? Except I’m not Angry Pete, I’m not Alexis Terry, I’m not a former ANYTHING champion, all I am is a little girl from London, England with a dream of making it, with a dream of being a star here in EXODUS Pro, and you’re standing in my way. So what are you going to do Z? Are you going to look past me? Are you going to get angry at the situation? Or are you going to bust your ass in that ring and prove yourself all over again?”

“I think it’s going to be the third one. I think it’s going to be busting your ass in that ring, and I think that when you get in to that ring you’re going to prove just how good you are, and I’m going to have a fight on my hands all over again. That scares me. Facing a veteran of the business when I have so many dreams in the balance scares me. But I’ve never been crippled by fear. I was scared when I left my family, but I didn’t let it stop me. I was scared when I ran away with the guy I loved, but I didn’t let fear keep me locked in my room. I was scared when he put a wedding ring on my finger, but him doing that was the best thing that happened to me up to this point. And I was TERRIFIED when I first stepped in to an EXODUS Pro ring, so scared that I thought they’d be trolling us with the match and they’d laugh us out of the building the moment we stepped foot in it, but I didn’t let that stop me from showing up,” she says with a passion in her voice again. “I’ve been scared. I know what it feels like. But I don’t let it hurt me; instead I use it to motivate me. I use that fear to push myself harder than I ever have. I use that fear to push myself further, I embrace it and I use it as fuel to keep me going and this week I’m going to reach down inside me, I’m going to grab that fear and I’m going to use it to push myself more than I ever have. You’re going to knock me down Z, I know that. I’m going to get back up! You’re going to hurt me, you’re going to put me down and I’m going to kick out and keep going. You’re going to stand in between me and the thing that we both want and I’m going to push myself through the barrier, push myself through the fear, push myself further than I’ve EVER pushed myself before and I’m going to show you the strength I was born with, because I was BORN to be in this business Z!”

“The daughter of Union Jack, the little girl who grew up every day with the knowledge of who her daddy was and everything he accomplished and yet who looked at America, who looked at the biggest companies in the world and said that she was going to outdo her father, THAT’S who I am! I could treat this like a joke, I could make fun of your name again, but for me this week it’s anything but a joke. I have so much to prove, I have so much to accomplish, I have so much pressure on me to be a STAR in this business and this week I’ve got it dangled in front of me and when the world asks if I have what it takes I’m going to stand up tall and in a resounding voice reply YES I DO! When the world asks me if I can reach out and I can earn this and I can move on to a legitimate chance on pay per view I’m going to reach out and I’m going to reply in a resounding voice YES I CAN,” she says, getting more and more excited and passionate as she speaks. “And I don’t know how I’m going to do it, I don’t know the steps to the dance, but I do know that I’m going to find a way to stay right there in it, I’m going to fight the strength to stay right there in this match with you and when you make a mistake, and you WILL make a mistake, I’m going to show you why I’ve been given this opportunity in the first place. I’m genuinely sorry about all of this Z, because I have nothing against you, but there is only room for ONE of us in that match at The Downfall of All of Us and I want that one to be ME! So I’m going to scratch, I’m going to claw, I’m going to crawl and I’m going to FIGHT this week and maybe, just maybe, when that bell rings it’ll be my music they play and my name they announce and if they do then I’m sorry Z, or I will be somewhere inside of me, but if it’s me who wins this week I’m going to walk forward toward that championship and I’m never looking back. I have a dream Z. I have a dream that Lexy Chapel is the name the entire world gets to know, and to make that dream come true I’m got to beat you, so that’s what I’m going to do. It’s not personal.”

She pauses, the intensity in her voice calming a moment before she smiles at the camera. “Oh god, you guys have no idea how hyped I am for this,” she tells the camera once more before smiling again. “Now for the business bit! Did you like what you saw? Don’t forget to subscribe and rate the video, we appreciate every time someone does. I’ve been Lexy Chapel, and this has been the Chapel Show. Until next time fuckers!”

She smiles at the camera and the Chapel Show logo comes up on the screen as the video ends and the replay button appears.

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