Pyro went off inside of the Simmons Bank Arena as EBWF Warfare went live on A&E.
Mauro Ranallo: Good evening ladies and gentlemen! I'm Mauro Ranallo alongside Nigel McGuinness.
Nigel McGuinness: Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we have a great night of action lined up for you. The tag team titles will be decided tonight in a gauntlet match. And we are just two weeks away from Wrestlemania 19!
Mauro Ranallo: There's no telling what will happen as we make our last stops on the road to Wrestlemania. First up tonight, we kick things off with some women's wrestling action.
"Glasgow Cross" hit the PA and the crowd gave a mixed reaction to the arrival of Nikki Cross who did her usual frantic entrance on the ramp way before proceeding down to the ring.
Nigel McGuinness: Nikki Cross is here to take on Becky Lynch tonight and the Lass Kicker is fit to be tied, Mauro.
Mauro Ranallo: Becky has made it clear that she wants her shot at Shayna Baszler after pinning her in singles competition, but with Trish Stratus having won the Royal Rumble, there's no opportunity on the horizon for Becky.
"Celtic Invasion" hit and Becky Lynch came to the stage without Winter. She sized up the crowd before proceeding confidently to the ring. The referee rang the bell as she got inside and Becky charged immediately at Nikki.
Nigel McGuinness: Becky is ferocious!
Becky got a waist lock take down and immediately pinned Nikki to the crowd's surprise. Nikki kicked out and got to her feet, hitting Becky with a forearm. Becky followed through with another waist lock take down. Becky pushed Nikki into the corner and kicked her. Nikki egged Becky on, wanting more and Becky followed up with a kick to the midsection. Nikki mounted some offense with a head scissors take down but Becky sent Nikki to the floor. Becky went to the apron and Nikki pulls out the ring skirt and pulled Becky to the floor. Nikki followed through with punches and kicks.
Mauro Ranallo: Fair to say that Nikki is the underdog here, but she's definitely showing some teeth.
They returned to the ring to break up the count, but Becky immediately went back to the floor. Becky tripped Nikki on the apron and Nikki fell to the floor. Becky swung Nikki into the ringside barrier multiple times and kicked Nikki into the ring apron. They returned to the ring and Becky got a near fall. Becky held on to a reverse chin lock. Nikki powered out, and then followed up with elbows but Becky went for an exploder. Nikki reversed and countered with a rollup for a near fall. Becky got up, angry, and hit a drop kick for a near fall.
Nigel McGuinness: Nikki Cross making a case that she is competition to be reckoned with in this division, but Becky seems to be coming up with an answer for everything.
Becky got a knee to Nikki's head and then hit an exploder. Becky kept on with a flying forearm and she got another near fall. Becky kicked Cross in the back of the head. Nikki seemed to be energized by it, and turned around with a forearm but Becky countered with a kick. Nikki subdued Becky with a forearm and then she got on Becky’s back for a sleeper. Becky backed her into the turnbuckle to get her to release the hold. Becky and Nikki exchanged forearms. Nikki kicked Becky in the corner and hit a few clotheslines. Nikki charged with a splash into the corner followed by a bulldog. Nikki went to the apron and then she went to the turnbuckles. Nikki leapt off for a cross body.
Becky kicked out and the crowd went wild for the fast paced action! Nikki was frustrated and tried to pin Becky again, getting another near fall. Nikki followed up with some kicks in the corner. Becky sent Nikki into the bottom rope and Becky applied DisArmHer. The crowd cheered, trying to will the match to continue, but Nikki tapped out.
Mauro Ranallo: Incredible effort by Nikki Cross, but she couldn't overcome Becky Lynch.
Nigel McGuiness: I'm not sure that Shayna is going to get to keep dodging Becky at this rate, Mauro!
Becky's hand was raised in victory as Warfare took a commercial break.
As Warfare came back from commercial, the camera cut to the parking lot, where Aiden English had just arrived at the arena. The crowd cheered as English stepped out of his rental car.
Mauro Ranallo: Here comes the EBWF World Champion, who will be defending his championship against Chris Jericho in two weeks!
English was about to enter the arena when he was attacked from behind by Chris Jericho! Jericho knocked English down onto the ground and stomped on him several times, then pulled him to his feet and dragged him back towards his car. Jericho threw English into the car, then ran towards English and hit him with a knee to the face!
Nigel McGuinness: Did you hear the sound of English's head slamming against the car, Mauro? That's knocked him out cold!
As English slumped to the ground, Jericho crouched down and got in his face.
Chris Jericho: Who's the clown now, Aiden?!
Jericho dragged English to his feet and lifted him up, powerbombing him onto the windshield! As medical staff rushed onto the scene, Jericho walked way, grinning sadistically.
The camera cut to Mauro Ranallo and Nigel McGuinness at ringside, who were both looking sombre.
Mauro Ranallo: Shocking scenes just now, and we'll keep you updated on Aiden English's condition, but right now we've got Charly Caruso backstage ready for an interview with Trish Stratus!
The camera cut backstage, where Charly Caruso was seen standing in front of a backdrop that had the EBWF logo emblazoned on it. She smiled brightly into the camera and spoke into a microphone.
Charly Caruso: Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome the winner of the 2020 EBWF Women's Royal Rumble, Trish Stratus!
Trish stepped into the frame, wearing her long hair down, covering the straps on a simple black tank top.
Trish Stratus: Hey, Chuck.
Charly Caruso: Trish, you've been uncharacteristically quiet since your victory in the Royal Rumble match at the end of January. You are just a few weeks away from taking on Shayna Baszler at Wrestlemania 19. How are you preparing for that match up?
Trish Stratus: How am I... preparing? Well, Charly... winning the Royal Rumble was just the beginning of making even more dreams come true in 2020. Seeing that big Wrestlemania sign hanging over the arena, knowing that I'd be returning to the grandest stage of them all... there's no feeling like it. Then came the unexpected wild card of Shayna Baszler.
Trish chuckled to herself and shook her head.
Trish Stratus: Okay, I can roll with that. You see Charly. I've been around for years. I'm sure Shayna will mention that at one point or another in the coming weeks. I've seen them all come and go, but I'll still be standing here when Shayna is on her way out, returning to the Octagon where she came from. I'm looking to expedite her departure when I take the championship away from her at Wrestlemania.
Charly Caruso: What makes you so confident that you can win?
Trish Stratus: That's a good question. Partly, Charly, I think that I want it more. I think that Shayna feels entitled to the championship, and I think that I've earned it. I think that losing to me will be embarrassing for Shayna. So embarrassing she won't even want to show her face around here anymore. Shayna isn't here to represent EBWF. She's out for herself, and I don't think that's a person who should be the face of the EBWF Women's Division. I crawled so Shayna Baszler could run. I scratched and bit and bled all over that ring so some random cage fighter could come in here and disrespect everything the women's division has worked so hard for. I want to crush her dreams, simply because so many people think I can't.
Trish Stratus: Thanks, Charly.
Charly smiled after Trish as she left the frame and the scene faded.
Mauro Ranallo: Up next, we've got a tag team gauntlet match! Five teams will enter, and one of them will walk out as the new EBWF Tag Team Champions!
"I Came to Collect" by CFO$ hit, and the crowd booed as Lio Rush and Erick Rowan made their way to the ring. When Rush and Rowan were in the ring, "Psycho Killer" by Talking Heads hit and the crowd gave a mixed reaction as Tommaso Ciampa stepped out onto the stage. Ciampa stood at the top of the ramp, waiting for his partner. "The Deletion Anthem" hit, and the crowd cheered as Matt Hardy joined Ciampa on the stage. Ciampa and Hardy walked down the ramp, and as they entered the ring they stared across at their opponents. The referee called for the bell and Hardy and Rowan moved onto the ring apron, leaving Ciampa and Rush to start the match. As the bell rang, Rush walked up to Ciampa and got in his face, talking smack. Ciampa smirked, then hit Rush with a stiff right hand! Rush staggered backwards, and Ciampa hit him with some more right hands, then whipped him against the ropes. As Rush ran back towards him, Ciampa went for a clothesline, but Rush ducked out of the way, ran against the opposing set of ropes and hit Ciampa with a dropkick. Both men got to their feet, and Rush set Ciampa up for a clothesline, but Ciampa blocked it, then lifted Rush up, hitting the Argentine facebuster! Ciampa stomped on Rush several times, then pulled him to his feet and whipped him into the corner. Ciampa then charged towards Rush, hitting him with a high knee! As Rush fell to the mat, Ciampa tagged in Matt Hardy. Hardy climbed the turnbuckle, and hit Rush with a diving leg drop! Hardy hooked the leg and the referee counted – 1... 2... Rush kicked out! Hardy pulled Rush to his feet and hit him with a series of punches, then set him up for a northern lights suplex. Rush blocked it, countering with a DDT! Rush then made his way to the corner, tagging in Erick Rowan. As Rowan entered the ring, he charged towards Matt Hardy, hitting a big boot! Rowan stomped on Hardy several times, then pulled him to his feet and hit a pumphandle backbreaker. Rowan hooked the leg and the referee counted – 1... 2... Hardy kicked out! Rowan dragged Hardy to his feet and set him up for the Iron Claw Slam... but Hardy blocked it and countered with a sitout jawbreaker! Hardy tagged in Ciampa, and as Ciampa entered the ring, Rowan got to his feet. The two men locked eyes, then exchanged right hands back and forth. Rowan gained the upper hand, then went to whip Ciampa against the ropes... but Ciampa reversed the Irish whip, sending Rowan against the ropes, before hitting Rowan with a lariat. Rowan got to his feet, and Ciampa hit a neckbreaker, then grabbed Rowan by the legs, locking him in the Cloverleaf!
Mauro Ranallo: Is Tommaso Ciampa going to make the big man tap?
Rowan crawled towards the ropes, but before he could reach them, Ciampa dragged him away! The referee asked Rowan if he wanted to tap out, but Rowan shook his head, then powered out of the submission hold! Rowan got to his feet, and he grabbed Ciampa, lifting him up for a powerslam... but Ciampa wriggled free and rolled Rowan up! The referee counted – 1... 2... 3!
Nigel McGuinness: I don't believe it! Ciampa just stole a victory!
As the referee called for the bell, Rowan got to his feet and roared in frustration, then grabbed Ciampa and hit him with the Iron Claw Slam! As Rush and Rowan made their way to the back, "I Hope You Suffer" by AFI hit and the crowd cheered as Jimmy Havoc and Braun Strowman headed to the ring.
Mauro Ranallo: It's like a fairytale, Nigel... the Bastard and the Beast are back together!
As Jimmy Havoc climbed onto the ring apron, Braun Strowman entered the ring and pulled Ciampa to his feet, then hit him with a clothesline.
Nigel McGuinness: There's a lot of history between Strowman and Ciampa!
Ciampa looked dazed as he got to his feet, and Strowman whipped him into the corner, then charged at him and hit a bodypress. Strowman tagged in Jimmy Havoc, who stomped on Ciampa in the corner several times, then pulled him to his feet and lifted him over his shoulder, hitting a back-to-belly piledriver. Havoc hooked the leg and the referee counted – 1... 2... Ciampa kicked out! Havoc got to his feet and stomped on Ciampa several more times, then pulled him to his feet and went for the Acid Rainmaker... but Ciampa ducked out of the way, then hit Havoc with a German suplex! Ciampa crawled towards the corner, tagging in Matt Hardy! As Hardy entered the ring, he charged towards Havoc and hit him with a series of punches, then hit him with the Side Effect. He hooked the leg and the referee counted – 1... 2... Havoc kicked out! Hardy pulled Havoc to his feet and set him up for the Twist of Fate... but Havoc blocked it, then hit a neckbreaker. Havoc turned Hardy over, then locked in the Suicide Silence! Just when it looked like Hardy was about to tap, Ciampa entered the ring and attacked Havoc, forcing him to break the hold! As Ciampa stomped on Havoc, Braun Strowman entered the ring, grabbing Ciampa and throwing him out of the ring! As Strowman followed Ciampa to the outside, Matt Hardy grabbed Jimmy Havoc, pulling him to his feet and hitting an inverted DDT. Hardy climbed to the top rope and went for a moonsault... but Havoc moved out of the way! Both men got to their feet, and Havoc hit the Acid Rainmaker! He hooked the leg and the referee counted – 1... 2... 3!
Mauro Ranallo: Ciampa and Hardy have been eliminated!
Edge and Randy Orton came out next, and as Orton entered the ring, the referee called for the bell. Havoc looked across at Orton and beckoned the Viper towards him, as if to say "let's go". Orton smirked, then charged towards Havoc and hit him with a series of punches. Havoc fought back with some right hands of his own, then whipped Orton against the ropes. As Orton ran back towards him, Havoc went for a clothesline... but Orton ducked out of the way and grabbed Havoc from behind, hitting an inverted headlock backbreaker. Orton stomped on Havoc several times, then pulled him to his feet and dragged him towards the corner, slamming his head off the turnbuckle then pummelling him in the corner with a series of punches and kicks. Orton tagged in Edge, then held Havoc in place while Edge hit him with a kick to the midsection. As Orton exited the ring, Edge whipped Havoc against the ropes, then hit an arm drag. Havoc got to his feet, and Edge hit a flapjack, then hooked the leg. The referee counted – 1... 2... Havoc kicked out! Edge sat Havoc up, and put him in a sleeper hold... but Havoc fought out of it, then hit Edge with an STO. Strowman held out his hand for the tag, and Havoc made his way to the corner, tagging the big man in. Strowman entered the ring and charged towards Edge, hitting him with a big boot. Strowman stomped on Edge several times, then pulled him to his feet and grabbed him by the throat, setting him up for the chokeslam. Edge blocked it, then kicked Strowman in the gut and hit the Edgecution! He hooked the leg and the referee counted – 1... 2... Strowman kicked out!
Nigel McGuinness: Edge almost had Strowman beat there!
As Edge got to his feet, he crouched down, readying himself for the Spear. Strowman got to his feet, and Edge charged towards him... but Strowman blocked it, then lifted Edge up and hit him with a powerbomb!
Mauro Ranallo: What a counter!
As Edge got to his feet, Strowman lifted him over his shoulder, then hit a Running Powerslam! He hooked the leg and the referee counted – 1... 2... Orton broke up the count! Strowman got to his feet and glared at Orton, who glared right back at him. Just as Orton and Strowman were about to come to blows, Edge grabbed Strowman from behind, hitting him with a Russian legsweep! Orton quickly moved onto the ring apron, and Edge tagged him in. Upon entering the ring, Orton hit Strowman with a Thesz press, then hit him with mounted punches. Orton then got to his feet, and stomped on Strowman repeatedly, before hitting a knee drop.
Nigel McGuinness: Orton is trying to keep Strowman grounded, and it's proving effective so far!
Orton pulled Strowman to his feet and lifted him up, hitting an Olympic Slam! He hooked the leg and the referee counted – 1... 2... Strowman kicked out! Orton punched the mat several times, signalling for the RKO. He waited for Strowman to get to his feet, then went for the RKO... but Strowman blocked it, then lifted Orton up and hit a backbreaker! Havoc called for the tag, and Strowman walked towards the corner... but Edge ran around the ring and pulled Havoc off the apron! As Edge fought Havoc on the outside, Strowman turned around. Randy Orton was back on his feet. Strowman charged towards him, going for a big boot... but Orton ducked out of the way, then hit Strowman with an RKO outta nowhere! He hooked the leg and the referee counted – 1... 2... 3!
Mauro Ranallo: Rated RKO have eliminated Havoc and Strowman!
As Strowman rolled out of the ring, "I Came To Play" by Downstait hit and The Miz made his way to the ring. Miz walked down the ramp, grinning around at the crowd. He stopped at the bottom of the ramp, then "Electrifying" hit and the crowd cheered as The Rock walked through the curtain. The Rock looked around at the crowd, then walked down the ramp, joining The Miz at the bottom of the ramp. Miz and Rock bumped fists, then entered the ring. Edge and Orton were both in the ring, and all four men stared one another down. Just as they were about to come to blows, the referee got between them and ordered both teams into their corners. After The Rock and Orton had moved onto the ring apron, the referee called for the bell, and The Miz and Edge locked up. Miz put Edge in a headlock, but Edge fought out of it and whipped Miz against the ropes, then hit a dropkick. As both men got to their feet, Edge hit Miz with a half nelson bulldog, then hooked the leg. The referee counted – 1... 2... kickout! Edge pulled Miz to his feet and set him up for a powerbomb... but Miz countered with a back body drop, then grabbed Edge by the legs, applying the figure four leglock! Edge cried out in pain, but he was able to get to the ropes, and the referee told Miz to break the hold. After breaking the hold, Miz got to his feet and tagged in The Rock. Upon entering the ring, Rock hit Edge with a series of punches, then whipped him against the ropes. As Edge ran back towards him, The Rock lifted him over his shoulders, hitting a Samoan drop. Edge got to his feet and The Rock hit a snap DDT, then hooked the leg. The referee counted – 1... 2... Edge kicked out! The Rock got to his feet and stomped on Edge several times, then pulled him to his feet and lifted him up for a scoop slam. Edge wriggled free, then hit an inverted DDT. Edge pulled The Rock to his feet and whipped him into the corner, then as Orton held Rock in place, Edge charged towards him, hitting a forearm smash. As The Rock fell to the mat, Edge tagged in Randy Orton. Orton stomped on The Rock several times, then set him up on the middle rope, hitting the Hangman DDT! He hooked the leg and the referee counted – 1... 2... kickout! As Orton got to his feet, The Rock rolled out of the ring, giving himself a moment to recover. Orton followed The Rock out of the ring and hit him with a series of punches, then threw him into the ring steps. Orton rolled back into the ring, and told the referee to count Rock out. The referee began counting – 1... 2... 3... 4... The Rock got back to his feet and slid into the ring as the referee counted 5. As Rock re-entered the ring, Orton grabbed him, setting him up for an exploder suplex, but The Rock blocked it, countering with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex! Both men got to their feet, and The Rock hit Orton with a series of punches, then whipped him against the ropes. As Orton ran back towards him, The Rock hit a spinebuster, then signalled for the People's Elbow! As The Rock removed his elbow pad, he looked across at The Miz, who nodded, then ran across the ring, knocking Edge off the ring apron. Meanwhile, The Rock ran against one set of ropes, then jumped over Orton and ran against the opposing set of ropes... but as he ran back towards Orton, Orton got to his feet and hit Rock with a powerslam! The Miz was still in the ring, and Orton charged towards him, clotheslining him over the top rope. As Miz got to his feet, Edge hit him with a Spear! Meanwhile, back in the ring, Orton hit The Rock with an RKO! He hooked the leg and the referee counted – 1... 2... 3!
Nigel McGuinness: It's over, Maura! Edge and Orton are the new Tag Team Champions!
The referee called for the bell, then handed the titles to Edge and Orton. Rated RKO celebrated together as Warfare went off the air.