The rookie Tanner had a difficult debut here at Rock Hard, getting beat badly by the ¬Ďtotal package¬í Bruce Ballard. Bruce worked over every single one of the ¬Ďfitness fanatic¬ís¬í ripped muscles. Well, the wrestling gods must not be looking favorably on Tanner because he now has to go up against the reigning King of the Ring, redhead Austin. It¬ís much too early in Tanner¬ís career for this to be a KOTR match, but none the less Austin brings the belt with him as a message to the rookie as to who he¬ís going to be taking on. In fact, Austin not only wants Tanner to realize he¬ís taking on the reigning KOTR, he wants the rookie to address him like royalty. The match starts with the rookie in the ring jumping rope and getting warmed up. The redhead comes into the ring, flashing his KOTR belt and toying with the rookie. Tanner makes a big mistake calling him ¬Ďprincess¬í within the first minute of the match, and boy is he going to pay for that! Coop starts the action off with a duck under takedown and rolls the rookie up and onto his shoulders for a quick attempt at a pin count. When that doesn¬ít work, he lifts Tanner into a rear bearhug, takes him to the mat to stretch his lean body out before wrapping the jump rope around his neck and begins to choke out the bewildered fitness model. But Coop doesn¬ít stop there, he picks the blond up and then drops him into a backbreaker, then wraps his tree trunk legs around Tanner¬ís arms and spreads the newbie¬ís trim muscles out as he flexes his 17¬Ē bicep dominating the rookie. Tanner¬ís body suffers nicely at the hands of the current King as it absorbs more and more punishment. With the blond rookie¬ís arms tied up and helpless, Austin attacks the opposite end, prying his legs apart with his gigantic arms. Coop¬ís control continues in this first round; he laces Tanner¬ís defined body through the ropes and softens him up with a reverse choke hold, and then inflicts some serious pain with a standing surfboard. Tanner¬ís brilliant muscles and super shredded abs are yanked back in the ropes and suffer tremendously from the brute strength imposed by the King. Coop beats him up some more with a high arching camel clutch, then gives him a headache with some special moves. Surprisingly, the rookie is able to endure the punishment, and even gets a few shots into Coop¬ís six-pack, but unfortunately for the rookie it¬ís not enough. Austin ultimately sets him up to finish him off in round one. He brings the blond to his feet, pulling him up by his ears and putting his muscles on full display with a back breaking crucifix. Tanner endures the agony but soon wishes he didn¬ít. Coop lets him fall to the mat then places him in an excruciating submission hold and forces the rookie to declare ¬ĎAustin Cooper is the King¬í and cry out a submission to end the torment. Austin sits on Tanner¬ís beaten, sweaty body then flexes and boasts that he¬ís the greatest to claim round one.
For round two, Tanner is leaned over in his corner still smarting from the beat down he took. Hopefully he¬ís learned the lesson that he shouldn¬ít refer to the current KOTR as a ¬Ďprincess¬í. Coop, for his part, wants to send a message to all the rookies and veterans that he intends to keep the belt for a long time. The ¬ĎKing¬í shoves Tanner back against the ropes and begins to viciously bash away at his extraordinary shredded abs. The redhead even boasts he¬ís going to try to break a rib as he pounds away. The fitness model has neither the size nor the experience to break away from his opponent, which makes the situation even worse. Austin drives his fist deep inside the blonde¬ís mid-section, grinding it into his gut. Shockingly, Tanner tells him he¬ís still a princess, which only motivates the redhead to dish out even a greater punishment. Coop doesn¬ít like it one bit that this lightweight rookie isn¬ít showing him the royal respect that he deserves. Once he¬ís through destroying Tanner¬ís abs, he places the teen muscle boy into an ab stretch that amplifies the pain already inflicted on his 8-pack. Coop seems to be obsessed with annihilating Tanner¬ís abs to the point where they¬íll be sore for the next month! He carries Tanner over to the turnbuckle, lays him across the top rope, and continues to assault the poor boy¬ís abs again. Tanner¬ís limp body drops to the mat as Coop tells him he¬ís done. But is he? Can Tanner somehow manage a comeback to win this round and a shot at a huge upset over the current King? Or, does Austin use the fitness model¬ís shredded abs as his personal punching bag and make a royal example out of the rookie? If you like ab bashing, you¬íre going to love watching this match to find out!