The Imperial Russian Empire. They were perhaps the SWAT Cats first major rivalry at the promotion. The rivalry between them was the longest-running one in LAW's tag division to date. And with the trio of luchadoras having become the top cats of the division and the top team in the league, there was no question of whether or not The Soviet Seductress and The Baltic Beauty would come after them. With or without the open challenge series the Cats were doing to showcase LAW's tag division, Natasha Rostovik and Valentina Vladinova would have made their move to pounce on Katherine, Tracy, and Aurora, and blindsided them for their shiny new championship belts. It was always a question of when not if. And tonight, the Ravishing Russian duo were finally making their move!
Despite Natasha's recent follies, the two of them made their entrance with even more confidence and charisma than they had come to be known for! Their appearance together in matching red attire, their daunting theme music, their stoic expressions. All of these signs came together to show that IRE was once again setting themselves on the path of dominance. They were eager to show once again that they were every bit as dangerous as they were curvy! And the torrent of boos that followed the sound of their entrance music playing was proof enough that they had the resumes and the skills to be major threats to the champions and the titles!
Of course, behind closed doors, Nat and Val were inseparable. In and out of the ring, whether they were being naughty or nice, it was easy to see why they were a career tag team, and cornerstones of the LAW tag team division. Their interactions with each other backstage were warm and uplifting. The two complimented each other quite well. Any rumors heard second hand by passerbys eavesdropping on their chats backstage or cameras picking up warm moments like Valentina lifting Natasha's spirits earlier brought smiles to the faces of people that heard about them via tabloids or the internet. Fans online had been shipping the pair for as long as they had been teaming. And IRE had always delighted in making sure they wiped any smiles and approving expression right off the audience's faces! And as the super-serious heel duo made their way to the ring, they got to do just that!
An overzealous fan tried their hand at groping The Baltic Beauty. And he earned a swift right hand for his troubles! The echo of Val's fist smacking the side of his head rang out! Replays on the big screen above the entrance ramp would show that the fan got what was coming to him. Katherine, Tracy, and Aurora in the ring clapped in approval as security swarmed in on the KO'd fool and Val marched on unscathed and confident. She was well known for being quite the character and quite the talker. It was easy to forget that she was the muscle of the team. Commentators at the desk at ringside were quick to point out that Vladinova just gave us an empathic reminder! One that it seemed the champs and the fans could get behind, as that fan clearly got what was coming to him! But any semblance of cheers was once again replaced by heat when Natasha stepped up to indulge in some fan interaction of her own....
Kat shook her head and extended a hand out towards the fan when she saw Nat sign that book. She knew exactly what was coming next. Natasha ripped the book up cover to cover, scattering the pages all about the ring! As the paper flew everywhere, Hart facepalmed. Tracy stepped up to the ropes to tell obscenities at the Seductress. Aurora shook her head. The Russians were back in full swing. Having been the brains of the team, even Aurora, their newest member, was keen on IRE's devilish and devious ways. They were back in full swing! And their presence here could only mean that Natasha Rostovik and Valentina Vladinova wanted to accept the SWAT Cats Open Challenge Series and fight them for the titles!
Once The Russians were on the ring, it took a moment for the boos and the jeers to settle. And once they did Val addressed The Super Kitty, Katherine Hart. Kat would nod and raise her mic up to her face.
"Yeah, as a matter of fact, I-" Hart began, only to be interrupted by the ever-arrogant, ever-rude, ever-imposing Valentina Vladinova. Kat adjusted her title belt over her shoulder as Val continued. An annoyed, yet dismissive expression formed on her face as she waited for IRE to make their point. She raised an open palm at Tracy, who's just about ready to let Val have it, and Aurora, who clenched the other title belt tightly, seemingly ready to throw down as well! The trio held their tongues. Surely there would be more verbal jabs thrown their way. But maybe, just maybe IRE was going somewhere with this. Kat communicated nonverbally to her teammates that they should give Nat and Val a chance to explain themselves, at least.
As Nat and Val slandered the integrity of the belts and the champs, eyebrows would raise in the ring and throughout the arena.
"Fake...?!" Tracy exclaimed while pointing at Val. "Only thing fake around here is those pair of-"
"Calm down, Trace! Let's relax. They're just stirring the pot. It's been a while but we all know that's their thing..." Kat stepped in, grabbing Tracy by the shoulder and holding her back so that this encounter wouldn't devolve into a brawl here and now!
"Kat, might I "hit them the facts"?" Aurora offered Kat and Tracy the chance to step in and set the record straight. A chance that The Super Kitty and The Circus Cat signed off on by nodding in unison.
"Natasha Rostovik, Valentina Vladinova. Pleased to meet you. Aurora Estrella, Galaxy Cat. I'm the newest member of the SWAT Cats and current tag team champion alongside my best friends here." The lightweight luchadora began. She tucked her shiny, translucent skirt to the side and curtsied while introducing herself. A kind gesture meant to contrast the scathing words to come.
"Let's get onto business, shall we? At the LAW pay per view event We Are LAW 4, exactly five tag teams displaying the most initiative in the division signed up to wrestle a gauntlet match to determine the first ever LAW World Tag Team Champions. The contest was won when The SWAT Cats defeated The Wings of Wrestling via submission to capture the gold. Since then, we've been the poster girls of tag team wrestling at LAW and tag team wrestling in the pro wrestling industry as a whole. We're on the promotional posters, in the commercials, on the mugs, tee shirts, the ice cream bars, what have you. We have moved on to bolster the tag team division as a whole by allowing any and every tag team to come on down and challenge us for the belts every time we appear on the card. And we've given each of our challengers the best tag matches of their careers!" Aurora spoke clearly yet quickly and eloquently. She finished with an empathic remark that sparked cheers throughout the stadium!
"And while we were winning championships at the top of the card in pay per view events, while we were taking on all comers as distinguished, capable, charismatic, and attractive champions, I believe you were idly twiddling your thumbs while your esteemed partner here was getting stretched out and sat on by all the top stars in the company. Soooooooo-" Estrella pointed to Val first, then Nat. Tracy was quick to follow up on her statement.
"If you wanna feel how "fake" these belts are, we'd be happy to whup your Russian backsides holding these title belts in one hand while showing you the LAW record books with the other." Tracy stepped in, lifting the belt on Aurora's shoulder and holding it high in the air as she stepped closer to Natasha!
"There's only one set of real undisputed tag team champions at this company, and you're looking at them. And if it wasn't for the fact that we were openly defending them against any eligible team, you might not even be here." Katherine finished up. The trio exchanged fist bumps and hip bumps as they celebrated telling off the Russians.
But even as they celebrated, the SWAT Cats and every savvy fan in the arena knew that IRE would not take this tongue lashing sitting down!