Pyro shot off in the Pacific Coliseum as the EBWF Crowd inside popped loudly for the start of Warfare.
Mauro Ranallo: Good evening ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to EBWF Warfare! I'm Mauro Ranallo, alongside Nigel McGuinness.
Nigel McGuinness: Thank you, Mauro. Tonight we find out who will be the finalists and the semi-finalists in the Queen and King of the Ring tournaments. This is sure to be an amazing night!
Liv's music hit and the crowd popped for her as she came down to the ring. She slid in under the bottom rope and awaited her opponent, Mickie James. Mickie got a chorus of boos from the fans, but as she had been doing lately, she remained laser focused on Liv and ignored the crowd.
Mauro Ranallo: Mickie Mizanin has shown a bit of a vicious streak here lately.
Nigel McGuinness: I wouldn't want to cross her.
The bell rang. Both women locked up.
Mauro Ranallo: This one is on!
Liv went to work on Mickie's arm, but James countered out with a cartwheel and a leg sweep. James in turn went to work on Morgan's arm, hitting Morgan with a monkey flip when she tried to counter out. Mickie hit a snap mare and followed it up with a low dropkick that's only good for a one count.
Nigel McGuinness: Mickie trying to put Liv away here.
Mickie hit a neckbreaker and went up to the top rope, but Morgan was right there, sweeping her off the second turnbuckle and down to the mat. Morgan pulled Mickie's hair and used as much of the five count as she could. Mickie tried to fight back, but Morgan hit a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker before locking in a body scissors.
Mauro Ranallo: Liv knows Mickie won't play fair so she's trying to beat her at her own game here.
Mickie connected with a couple of big forearms to Morgan's head and began to mount her comeback. Morgan charged James in the corner, but Mickie stopped her and hit a hurricanrana. Mickie went back to the top and hit a Thesz press. She tried for a DDT, but Morgan fought back and countered with a Northern Lights suplex. Morgan went for the scissors kick, but she missed and Mickie connected with her big DDT. Mickie went for the pin.
Mauro Ranallo: Mickie James moves on in the finals! We'll find out later tonight who her opponent will be, Becky Lynch or Lacey Evans.
Mauro Ranallo: Up next, we've got Damian Priest versus Tomohiro Ishii... which one of these EBWF newcomers will book their place in the King of the Ring semi-finals?
"Stone Pitbull" hit and the crowd cheered as Tomohiro Ishii made his way to the ring. When Ishii was in the ring, "Nightmares" hit and Damian Priest came out to a mixed reaction from the crowd. When Priest was in the ring, he squared up to Tomohiro Ishii, towering over him.
Nigel McGuinness: Look at the size difference between these two superstars, Mauro. Damian Priest is 12 inches taller than Tomohiro Ishii!
Mauro Ranallo: Ishii has been fighting bigger men his entire career, Nigel. He might only be 5'7" but he's tough as nails!
The referee called for the bell, and Ishii and Priest exchanged right hands back and forth. Priest overpowered Ishii, and whipped him against the ropes, before taking him down with a big boot. Ishii got to his feet, and Priest whipped him into the corner, then hit him with a running clothesline. As Ishii staggered out of the corner, Priest hit a reverse STO, then hooked the leg. The referee counted – 1... 2... Ishii kicked out!
Nigel McGuinness: A dominant start by Damian Priest!
Priest got to his feet and stomped on Ishii several times, then pulled Ishii to his feet and whipped him against the ropes. As Ishii ran back towards him, Priest went for a corkscrew roundhouse kick, but Ishii ducked out of the way, ran against the opposing set of ropes, then took Priest down with a spear! Both men got to their feet, and Ishii headbutted Priest in the chest. Priest staggered backwards, and Ishii grabbed him, turning him around then hitting a German suplex. As Priest got back to his feet, Ishii hit a lariat, then ran against the ropes and hit Priest with an elbow drop. Ishii hooked the leg, and the referee counted – 1... 2... kickout!
Mauro Ranallo: Another near fall! Like I said before Nigel, you can’t underestimate Ishii!
Ishii pulled Priest to his feet and set him up for a DDT, but Priest blocked it, countering with a back body drop. As Ishii got back to his feet, Priest hit him with a series of punches, then hit a kick to the chest. Ishii glared at Priest, and Priest went for another kick to the chest... but this time Ishii blocked it, grabbing Priest by the leg and hitting a single leg takedown.
Nigel McGuinness: Great counter by Ishii to take the big man down!
Ishii leaned over Priest and punched him in the head several times, then pulled him to his feet and set him up for a vertical drop brainbuster. He lifted Priest up... but Priest countered it, landing on his feet behind Ishii and hitting a rolling cutter!
Mauro Ranallo: The Reckoning! And by my reckoning, this could be it for Tomohiro Ishii!
Priest hooked the leg, and the referee counted – 1... 2... 3! The referee called for the bell, and raised Priest's arm in victory. Priest celebrated as Warfare went to commercial.
As Warfare returned from commercial, "I Hope You Suffer" hit and the crowd booed as Jimmy Havoc made his way to the ring to the ring. Those boos quickly turned to cheers as "If Ya Smell..." blared out and the crowd cheered.
Nigel McGuinness: The living legend, The Rock, is here!
Mauro Ranallo: And he takes on the sadistic Jimmy Havoc here tonight.
The referee checked the men's boots, and then rang the bell.
Mauro Ranallo: Here we go!
Rock and Havoc immediately started throwing fists. Havoc broke it up with kicks. Rock hit a quick clothesline, Havoc avoided an early Rock Bottom and Rock clotheslined Havoc over the top rope to the outside. Rock got a right to Havoc and then tossed his head off the announce table. The referee had started a 10 count. Havoc ate a big right from Rock. Havoc quickly tossed Rock back in the ring. Rock laid on right hands when Havoc returned. Havoc rolled out and then kicked Rock in the gut when he came out. Rock sent Havoc into the barricade, but Havoc caught him with a boot. Heyman hit a cheap shot to Rock. Havoc got a jumping clothesline to Rock. Havoc dropped Rock off the barricade. Havoc tossed Rock back in the ring as a loud “ROCKY” chant started up. Havoc got knees to Rock, and followed up with a big kick to his back. Havoc wrapped up Rock on the mat and Rock broke it up with elbows to the head. Havoc with a knee to the gut that cut off Rock when he hit the ropes. Havoc kept Rock grounded applying a modified triangle choke. Rock fought out, connected with big rights, an inverted atomic drop and Havoc with a big heel kick that cut off a Rock comeback. Havoc stood over Rock and smiled as the fans booed. Havoc threw in forearm shots to the chest of Rock against the bottom rope. Havoc picked up Rock and dropped him over the top rope. Havoc went for the cover.
Nigel McGuinness: Jimmy Havoc kicks out!
Havoc laid in some stomps to Rock in the corner and then connected with a springboard dropkick that sent Rock to the outside.
Mauro Ranallo: Looks like Havoc came down a little awkwardly on that knee.
Havoc went up top, jumped and connected with Rock. Havoc favored his knee when he hit the floor. They returned to the ring and Rock started kicking the bad knee of Havoc. Havoc was on the ring apron, springboarded off the top turnbuckle and missed falling on his bad knee. Rock hit kicks to the back of Havoc and then to the chest of Havoc. Rock landed more rights. Rock with a quick Russian leg sweep. He hooked the leg and Havoc kicked out. Havoc countered a Rock Bottom with big elbows. Havoc had Rock up for a DDT. Rock caught the knee of Havoc. Rock attempted to turn it around into a Sharpshooter and Havoc rolled applying a submission hold. Rock countered into a pinfall and Havoc broke it up to avoid the pinfall. Rock hit a quick DDT. Rock went for a Rock Bottom. Havoc countered. Rock rolled through and Rock got the Sharpshooter applied. Havoc was reaching for the bottom rope. Havoc lifted himself up and got to the rope. Rock broke it up. Havoc then rolled out of the ring to avoid Rock.
Mauro Ranallo: That knee has to be killing Havoc!
Rock cleared the Spanish announce table and then sent Havoc face first into it. Rock laid in right hands to Havoc sending him on top of the table. Havoc kicked Rock in the head, dazing him. Havoc pulled Rock up on top of the table. Havoc called for a DDT, smiling. Rock attempted a Rock Bottom, but the table gave and broke. Rock favored his right knee. Rock rolled in the ring to break the count by the referee. Rock hit Havoc with a Rock Bottom on the floor!
Nigel McGuinness: My God! Havoc broken in half by that Rock Bottom.
Both men were down and the referee started a new count. Rock rolled Havoc in the ring, hooked the leg and Havoc kicked out. Havoc got a huge kick to the head of Rock. The referee started the count. Havoc and Rock were both up at 9. Havoc laid in desperate kicks to the legs of Rock. Rock responded with right hands. Rock and Havoc exchanged shots. Rock hit a flying clothesline and spinebuster on Havoc. Then he called for the People's Elbow, bouncing off the ropes, and pulling off the elbow pad.
Mauro Ranallo: It's the most electrifying move in sports entertainment!
Rock hit the People's Elbow and went for the pin.
Nigel McGuinness: Havoc is out! The Rock moves on to the semi-finals. We'll see him next week at King of the Ring, against Damian Priest!
The Rock's hand was raised in victory as EBWF went to commercial.
When EBWF returned from commercial we went right to the ring, and Celtic Invasion hit to bring the arrival of Becky Lynch.
Mauro Ranallo: She's rude with a bad attitude, and we're about to find out if she's taking on Mickie James for Queen of the Ring.
Nigel McGuinness: EBWF newcomer, Lacey Evans, may stand in her way...
Lacey was next to the ring, and came down the ramp, before standing at ringside to remove her tearaway skirt. Then she got in the ring. Christy Hemme gave formal introductions, and the bell rang. They locked up and go at it. Becky took it to the corner and got in Evans' face but got slapped. They had more words, and then they went at it and Becky took Evans to the floor for a leg lock but Lacey quickly got the bottom rope. More back and forth between the two. Becky took Lacey from turnbuckle to turnbuckle. Becky got a springboard kick out of the corner. Becky ended up hitting a baseball slide kick while Evans was on the floor. They came back in and Evans finally turned it around with a shot to the ribs.
Nigel McGuinness: Lacey Evans isn't taking this lying down.
Lacey wrapped Becky around the ring post and slammed her into it over and over as the referee warned her. Lacey dragged Becky over for a 2 count. Lacey hit more shots to the ribs now. Evans kept Becky down and focused on the ribs. She took Becky to the corner and kicked away at the ribs as the referee warned her. Lacey focused on the injured left arm and the ribs, pounding on Becky while keeping her grounded.
Mauro Ranallo: Lacey might have this in hand.
Evans tried two pin attempts while keeping Lynch grounded with elbow strikes. Becky clutched her ribs while trying to mount offense. Evans came right back with a tackle for a pin attempt but Becky powered up and rocked her. Becky springboarded with another kick. Evans turned it back around in the corner and looked to go for a superplex but Becky rolled her to the mat and over, going for the Disarm-Her. Evans tangled and we get a 2 count. Becky went back for the hold but couldn't get it all the way locked in, and Lacey broke it up. Becky charged but Evans sent her face-first into the turnbuckle. Evans launched herself into another big rib shot in the corner but Becky kicked out at 2.
Nigel McGuinness: Becky won't give up!
Lynch took advantage of a recovering Evans and unloaded to make the comeback. Evans hit a right hand to the ribs. Becky came right back and hit a flying forearm shot. Becky looked to mount offense again. Becky charged into the corner and stomped away as the referee warned her. Becky hit the Bexploder suplex for a close 2 count. More back and forth now as Evans kept coming. Evans finally turned it around and leveled Lynch but couldn't get the 3 count. Evans showed frustration and argues with the referee. Evans went to the top but Becky cut her off and sent her to the mat. Lynch immediately applied the Disarm-Her and Evans tapped out as soon as it's locked.
Nigel McGuinness: There you have it! Becky Lynch has done it.
Mauro Ranallo: Becky Lynch will face Mickie James-Mizanin next week to determine who will be Queen of the Ring!
Becky stood up on the turnbuckle and raised her arms as EBWF threw it to another commercial.
Mauro Ranallo: Welcome back! We've still got two more King of the Ring quarter final matches to come... Randy Orton goes one on one with CM Punk in our main event, but first we've got Shane Helms versus Edge!
"Ladies and Gentlemen" by Saliva hit, and the crowd cheered as Shane Helms made his way to the ring.
Nigel McGuinness: Well there's no sign of The Hurricane tonight, Mauro... has anyone checked under the ring?
Upon entering the ring, Helms climbed the turnbuckle and posed for the fans, then stepped down and awaited the arrival of his opponent. "Metalingus" by Alter Bridge hit, and the crowd cheered as Edge stepped out onto the stage. Edge walked down the ramp and slid in to the ring, then removed his trenchcoat and stared across the ring at Helms. The referee called for the bell, and the two men locked up. Helms applied a headlock, but Edge fought out of it and whipped him against the ropes, then hit a dropkick. Both men got to their feet and Edge whipped Helms into the corner, then ran at him and hit a clothesline. As Helms staggered out of the corner, Edge went to the top rope, and hit Helms with a diving crossbody! He hooked the leg and the referee counted – 1... 2... Helms kicked out! Edge pulled Helms to his feet and hit him with a series of punches, then set him up for a northern lights suplex, but Helms blocked it and countered with a DDT. Both men got to their feet, and Helms whipped Edge into the corner, then sat him on the top rope, setting him up for the Frankensteiner. Helms climbed to the top rope, and leapt onto Edge's shoulders, but Edge countered with a powerbomb!
Mauro Ranallo: Mamma Mia! A powerbomb from the top rope! Helms looks in pain!
Helms rolled out of the ring, giving himself a chance to recover. Helms was about to slide underneath the ring when Edge climbed to the outside, dragging Helms away from the ring apron. Edge pulled Helms to his feet and slammed his head off the edge of the ring, then rolled him back into the ring. Edge slid back into the ring and crouched down in the corner, waiting for Helms to get to his feet. When Helms was up, Edge charged towards him, hitting the Spear! He hooked the leg and the referee counted – 1... 2... 3!
Nigel McGuinness: It's over! Edge advances to the Semi-Finals!
Mauro Ranallo: Will he face Randy Orton or CM Punk at King of the Ring? We'll find out next!
Edge celebrated as Warfare went to commercial.
As Warfare returned from the final commercial break of the evenng, the camera cut to Mauro Ranallo and Nigel McGuinness at ringside.
Mauro Ranallo: Now it's time for our main event, as two of the all-time greats take each other on for the opportunity to go to the semi-finals of King of the Ring!
Nigel McGuinness: This is going to be a heartbreaker for one of these men.
The telling guitar riffs of Cult of Personality hit the PA and CM Punk came out to the stage, and hit his knee. He checked his wrist before yelling out, "It's Clobbering Time!" The crowd cheered as he headed down to the ring, just ahead of Randy Orton's entrance.
"Go Back to Sleep..."
Mauro Ranallo: Probably not the best theme song for this opponent, but Randy Orton is walking down the ramp with confidence.
Nigel McGuinness: The Apex Predator is used to this kind of pressure, and he's been on quite a role lately.
Indeed, Randy was wearing the Gateway Championship around his waist, and holding the tag title on his shoulder. He relinquished both with the timekeeper and got into the ring. The referee rang the bell.
Mauro Ranallo: Here we go. This one could be an instant classic!
They locked up and went to the corner. Lots of back and forth with dueling fan chants started the match. Orton hit a big dropkick and some stomps on Punk. Punk turned it around in the corner with knees. Punk dropped Orton for a 2 count. Orton brought Punk in from the apron but Punk countered the draping DDT. Punk sent Orton out to the floor with a dropkick. Punk leapt out with a suicide dive and took Orton out.
Nigel McGuinness: That wiped them both out!
Orton got to his feet first, and struggled to get his hands on Punk. He helped the Second City Saint into the ring, and got back in control with a headlock. Orton hit a t-bone suplex for a close 2 count. The traded right hands, and Punk rolled through a pin but Orton kicked out at 2. Punk hit a neckbreaker and another 2 count. Punk nailed the big elbow drop and got the crowd hype. Orton blocked the GTS and they both went down. Punk blocked the RKO and the back and forth continued. Punk nailed another high knee in the corner. He went for GTS but Orton fought out. Punk charted, and Randy whipped him off the ropes, and as he returned, Randy reared back for the RKO!
Mauro Ranallo: Out of NOWHERE!
Orton hit his knees and pinned Punk, hooking the leg.
Nigel McGuinness: It's over! Randy Orton advances, and once again he will face his tag team partner Edge in the King of the Ring tournament!
As Orton celebrated, Edge walked through the curtain and stood at the top of the ramp, applauding. As Orton looked at Edge, Edge mouthed the words "see you Sunday". Orton smirked and nodded, then continued to celebrate as Warfare went off the air.