Coming into this match, the Founding Fathers, “Dangerous” Dan Murrell and John “The Outlaw” Rocha, had only ever lost two matches. The first was in their first year as a team in the 2018 Ultimate Schmoedown Teams Tournament, and the second came in a #1 Contenders Match last year. The common denominator in both matches: Mike “The Killer” Kalinowski and Chance “The Cobra” Ellison, Korruption.
Korruption (7-2) continues to be kryptonite for the Founding Fathers (5-3) as they hit their 5-pointer late to secure the win and become the Teams Champions of the world once again.
“I think I am most excited that we can put this rivalry to bed,” manager Shannon Barney said following the match. “Rocha says he’s coming back for us, but I don’t see where that’s gonna happen. This rivalry as far as I’m concerned is dead! Fossil fuels are old, we’re moving on to renewable energy. I would love to play any other team.”
Whether Barney is sick of it or not, Korruption and the Founding Fathers have one of the best rivalries in Schmoedown history, lopsided as it may be. Korruption is the only team to force the Founding Fathers to answer questions in Round Three. All of their other matches have resulted in a knockout or technical knockout. Likewise, the previous two matches in the series were inverses of one another. In the former, the Founding Fathers hit all three questions in Round Three to avoid the TKO and force Korruption to beat them, and in the latter, Korruption did the same to Founding Fathers in Orlando. Both teams always bring out the best in one another, and this match was no different.
Both teams were neck-and-neck at the end of the first round, as Ellison went perfect in including the Bonus to tie the game at 13-13. Korruption spun first in Round Two landing on 80s movies and hitting 6/6 for 10 PTS. This left an opening for the Founding Fathers who went 6/6 for 11 PTS in the category of Angela Bassett to take a 1-point lead, 24-23, over Korruption heading into the betting round.
Both teams pulled correct answers in Round Three, but a conservative bet from Korruption led to a widening of the lead, putting Rocha and Murrell up 2 PTS heading into the speed round. This quickly became irrelevant, however, as Kalinowski and Ellison dominated the speed round, going 5/5 and 4/4 respectively for a total of 9 PTS. The Founding Fathers were unable to fair nearly as well, as the pair each went 3/4 for 4 total PTS resulting in a 34-31 lead heading into the final round.
In Round Five, the two teams bounced back and forth until the Founding Fathers hit their 5-point question to force Korruption to win the game. The pair seemed stumped at first, but Ellison secretly knew the answer all along, using all of their remaining JTE rules before locking in the final question to reclaim the belts by a score of 44-41.
Neither Founding Fathers nor Korruption have ever missed a 5-point question. In the four times that they have played, when the Founding Fathers have had to hit their 5-pointer, Korruption has taken the match.
Korruption set a new 5 Round Points Record with the win. No team prior to Korruption and Founding Fathers had ever craked the 40-point threshold, and both teams had more than that mark in this match.
“This was a match, and it shows,” Kalinowski remarked afterward. “Can we just assume that I’m the king of the speed round? That’s where I come through, and that’s what I love about Chance and I. We cover each other’s backs. We go round for round. Sometimes I falter, sometimes he falters, but we get each other done.”
This win gives Korruption 3 PTS in the Faction Standings tieing them with S.W.A.G. for the top spot on the year.
Following the loss, the Founding Fathers may enter the Teams Tournament, or they may be done for the year. Regardless, the loss lit a fire under Dan Murrell that could be dangerous for whoever he faces next.
“This is the shortest I’ve gone from being bummed out about losing to being ready to come back,” Murrell said after the match. “Because I don’t know how you could watch that match that we just played right there and say that this rivalry is done. This rivalry is not done! We have to talk with Gucci because there is a tournament coming up that we are now eligible for, so let me tell you what’s gonna happen. If the Founding Fathers are picked to be in the tournament, we’re gonna go to the tournament, we’re gonna win, we’re gonna rack up some points, we’re gonna pass Korruption in the standings, and this rivalry is not over, because this ends at Spectacular. That’s where this ends.”
As for the new champions, they are on a bit of a hiatus as they await Shazam later this year. The team currently pivots towards the Singles Tournament where Kalinowski faces off against “Scary” Perri Nemiroff and Ellison meets “Diamond” David Del Rio.