The blues riff of Motorhead’s “You Better Run” pumps through the arena, and a white spotlight in the shape of a horned skull hits the ramp, soon fading into blood red. As the distorted guitar comes in, Santa Muerte stands on the ramp, head down, in a black robe, with a bouquet of white roses in her skeleton-gloved hands. She raises her head, staring down the ring, her face painted in a Day of the Dead sugar skull motif, with blood-like paint covering the top half of her face in a drip pattern, over white bone with black filigree. She starts to walk down the ramp as Hueso comes in behind her.
She slowly steps into the ring, letting the robe trail behind her, and stands in the middle of the ring. She pulls out one of the roses, kissing it, and dropping it at the feet of her opponent. As the house lights come back on, she steps to her corner, tossing the bouquet to Hueso along with her robe, and stares down her opponent from the corner.
- Sombrabomb [Tiger bomb]
- Naja de Sangre [buzzsaw kick]
- majistral cradle
- float-over DDT
- swinging neckbreaker
- fisherman's suplex
- dropkick variants
- stiff lariat
- various punch and kick combinations
Sean Boden is gone. The specter that hung over the heads of the Vice Squad has disappeared. But with him, he took the man to whom all three members looked to for guidance.
The death of Roberto Cortez, Jr. has not been taken lightly by the Vice Squad. His daughter has felt this wound harder than any physical pain she’s ever endured. Abandoning her father’s namesake, Marisol Cortez Walsh has taken up the mantle of Santa Muerte, a saint/deity worshipped in Mexico and starting to take root in the American southwest. Santa Muerte is death, the bringer of curses upon your enemies, and she blesses her children, be they poor migrant workers, or ruthless cartel leaders.
It is important to note that worship of Santa Muerte is considered heresy by the Catholic Church. Marisol is beyond such concerns. Now that her father is gone, the Church is far from her mind, an outdated institution that has brought her nothing.
Santa Muerte understands. Santa Muerte is the only truth. Everything dies. So, too, will the rest of the EWA.
Sangria is wrestling royalty. Marisol Cortez Walsh (nee Garcia Cortez) is the fourth daughter of Roberto Cortez, Jr., the second Sangria. After his first three daughters, Marisol became the son he never had. She had met Jared Walsh when they were training together, and much later, the two were married (the circumstances of this marriage are best left for another day).
When they moved to Boston, she had figured it was for Jared to be closer to the show. After her own lackluster run in OPW, she hadn’t considered getting into the ring again.
Until Sean Boden returned. Until he broke Lou’s arm.
There was no question that she would say yes. She had been training students in Purgatory before Jared came to the EWA. She was more than ready to get back in the ring. And now, she would get back in with the Vice Squad.
They would come back stronger. And they would take what once belonged to them.
* denotes a guest appearance in someone else’s RP
Black Widow (9.22.17)