Mauro Ranallo: Good evening and welcome to Warfare! This is the final show before the 2021 Royal Rumble, and tonight we are live from Seattle, Washington!
Nigel McGuinness: The road to Wrestlemania begins this Sunday, and the EBWF World Champion The Rock will be defending the gold against Randy Orton! The two men meet in tag team action in our main event... Orton will be teaming with Edge, and The Rock will be forming what's sure to be an interesting alliance with The Miz!
Mauro Ranallo: Up first tonight though, Maven makes his return to EBWF as he goes one on one with the intrepid traveler, Paul London!
"The Heat Goes On" by Asia hit and the crowd cheered as Paul London made his way to the ring. When London was in the ring, "Around the Stars" by Mercy Drive hit and Maven came out to a mixed reaction with the crowd.
Mauro Ranallo: Maven will be appearing in the movie Caged Rage, which is in theaters this Sunday... there's no cage tonight, but will we see rage?
After Maven had entered the ring, the referee called for the bell and the two men locked up. Maven put London in a headlock, but London fought out of it and whipped Maven against the ropes. As Maven ran back towards him, London hit a dropkick, then as both men got to their feet, London hit an inverted atomic drop, followed by a frankensteiner. London hooked both legs and the referee counted – 1... 2... Maven kicked out! London pulled Maven to his feet and hit him with a series of right hands, then dragged him towards the corner. Maven climbed to the top rope and set Maven up for a tornado DDT, but Maven countered it, climbing the turnbuckle and hitting Paul London with a superplex!
Nigel McGuinness: What a counter from Maven... that shook the ring!
Maven hooked the leg and the referee counted – 1... 2... London kicked out! Maven got to his feet and stomped on Paul London several times, then pulled him to his feet and hit a DDT. Maven climbed to the top rope and went for a moonsault... but Paul London got his knees up and blocked it!
Mauro Ranallo: Fast reactions there from Paul London to block the moonsault... can the intrepid traveler spin the momentum back in his favor?
London pulled Maven to his feet and hit a swinging neckbreaker, then ran against the ropes and hit a shooting star press! He hooked the leg and the referee counted – 1... 2... Maven kicked out! London pulled Maven to his feet and went to whip him against the ropes, but Maven reversed the Irish whip, whipping London against the ropes before taking him down with a clothesline. As London got to his feet, Maven got behind him, going for the M-Plosion, but London blocked it, then hit Maven with a superkick! As Maven fell to the mat, London climbed to the top rope and hit Maven with the 450 Splash! He hooked the leg and the referee counted – 1... 2... 3!
Nigel McGuinness: It's over! Paul London gets the victory!
As Paul London celebrated his victory, Alexa Bliss walked out onto the stage and stood at the top of the stage.
Mauro Ranallo: What is Alexa Bliss out here for, Nigel? She's not scheduled to compete tonight.
Nigel McGuinness: Maybe she just wants to get a closer look at the action, Mauro.
Maven got to his feet and shook Paul London's hand, then raised his hand in a mark of respect... before taking Paul London down with a vicious clothesline.
Mauro Ranallo: What the hell?!
As London fell to the mat, Maven got on top of him and began punching him in the head over and over. Christian and Kane ran down to the ring, and as Maven saw them he got off Paul London, getting to his feet. He stared at Christian and Kane, who stared right back at him.
Nigel McGuinness: Thank goodness Kane and Christian came out here.
Alexa Bliss then entered the ring and the four superstars stood looking at each other. Then they all began to smile, before Kane, Christian and Maven began pummelling Paul London in a three on one assault. The crowd booed, then began chanting for Luchasaurus as he ran down to the ring to make the save. Luchasaurus hit Christian with a clothesline, then took Maven down with a big boot, but as he turned his attention to Kane, the Big Red Machine grabbed him by the throat, hitting a Chokeslam! As Christian and Kane got to their feet, Alexa Bliss grabbed a steel chair from underneath the ring. Kane then picked Luchasaurus up, before driving him down with a Tombstone onto the chair.
Mauro Ranallo: Oh my god! This is a heinous assault!
As Kane rolled Luchasaurus off the chair, Christian pulled Paul London to his feet and hit him with the Unprettier onto the chair. Meanwhile, Maven grabbed another chair handed it to Christian.
Mauro: Oh no... he can't be thinking...
Christian looked at the crowd with a smile then cracked London's skull with a one-man con-chair-to!
As EMTs rushed to the ring to check on Paul London and Luchasaurus, Christian called for a microphone.
Christian: You see that... that is just an example of what's to come around here. We are the four best wrestlers in the world and so we thought why not take over the best wrestling promotion in the world.
Christian then gave the microphone to Alexa Bliss.
Alexa Bliss: That's right, we are the best and we have been disrespected for far, far too long by talentless hacks and scared champions.
She handed the microphone to Maven.
Maven: And to celebrate our bond I decided to give us all a gift come on out here.
Just then four assistants came out each carrying a small box. They handed the boxes to the group, who opened them to reveal custom made rings.
Maven: Custom made rings courtesy of yours truly.
They all put on their rings and smiled. Maven then handed the microphone to Kane.
Kane: We will do whatever it takes to get to the top of EBWF.
He then handed Christian the microphone.
Christian: With the Royal Rumble coming up, no one is safe. We will ensure that either Maven, Kane, or myself wins the men's royal rumble match and as soon as my good friend Alexa gets the Women's Title match she rightfully deserves, you're looking at the next women's champion.
Christian: And just to make it clear we are not a regime and we are not a (Christian chuckled) kingdom. We are a coalition... The Coalition.
Christian dropped the mic as Kane set off his ring post pyro, then Just Close Your Eyes by Waterproof Blonde played as The Coalition raised their ring hands in the air. Warfare cut to commercial with the four members of The Coalition standing tall.
Mauro Ranallo: Welcome back! Before the commercial break, we saw a new alliance formed... Maven aligned himself with Kane, Christian and Alexa Bliss to form The Coalition, and they viciously assaulted Paul London and Luchasaurus. London and Luchasaurus are being tended to by our EMTs backstage, and we will keep you updated on their condition. Up next though, we've got former World Champion Aiden Englsh in action as he goes one on one with Tommaso Ciampa!
"Psycho Killer" by Talking Heads hit and the crowd gave a mixed reaction as Tommaso Ciampa made his way to the ring. When Ciampa was in the ring, "Kingdom" by All Good Things hit and the crowd booed as Aiden English headed to the ring. Once English was in the ring, the referee called for the bell and English and Ciampa charged towards one another exchanging punches back and forth. English was able to gain the upper hand and he whipped Ciampa against the ropes, before taking him down with a clothesline. As Ciampa hit the mat, English stomped on Ciampa several times, then pulled him to his feet and hit a swinging neckbreaker. He followed it up with a leaping leg drop, then hooked the leg. The referee counted – 1... 2... Ciampa kicked out!
Nigel McGuinness: A strong start from Aiden English, and you have to wonder if he wishes he was in the ring with Wes Ikeda right now rather than Tommaso Ciampa.
Mauro Ranallo: Well Nigel, we found out last week that Wes Ikeda is going to be entering the Royal Rumble... so English may get his hands on the EBWF Chairman this Sunday!
English pulled Ciampa to his feet and hit him with some more right hands, then whipped him into the corner. English charged towards Ciampa, hitting a corner clothesline, then as Ciampa staggered out of the corner, English lifted him over his shoulder, hitting a back-to-belly piledriver.
Mauro Ranallo: Aiden English just used It's Time To Go! He is definitely trying to get inside Wes Ikeda's head by using his own move!
Nigel McGuinness: Wes isn’t the only person that uses that move, Mauro!
Mauro Ranallo: Come on, Nigel... you know Aiden doesn't normally use that manoeuvre!
English hooked the leg and the referee counted – 1... 2... Ciampa kicked out! English pulled Ciampa to his feet and hit a DDT, then dragged him to the corner and sat him down. English walked across the ring and climbed to the top turnbuckle, then went for the Coast to Coast... but Ciampa rolled out of the way!
Mauro Ranallo: Are you going to say that was a coincidence too, Nigel? Aiden English just tried to hit the Coast to Coast for the first time in his career!
Nigel McGuinness: It was a risk that didn't pay off, Mauro... he might have just given Ciampa a way back into this match!
As both men got to their feet, Ciampa grabbed English and lifted him up, hitting the Argentine Facebuster. Ciampa then pulled English to his feet and tried to set him up for Project Ciampa, but English countered with a back body drop. As Ciampa got to his feet, English shoved him against the ropes, then hit him with a clothesline, sending Ciampa over the top rope.
Mauro Ranallo: Aiden English practising for this Sunday!
English rolled out of the ring and grabbed Ciampa, lifting him up and dropping him onto the ringside barrier. As Ciampa clutched his ribs in pain, English grabbed him, hitting a DDT onto the floor! English then rolled back into the ring, and told the referee to count Ciampa out. The referee began counting – 1... 2... 3... 4... 5... 6... Ciampa got to his feet and rolled back into the ring at the count of 7. English grabbed Ciampa and went to whip him into the corner, but Ciampa reversed it, sending Aiden English colliding into the turnbuckles. Ciampa then ran at English and hit a high knee, before setting him up for the Hangman DDT. Ciampa drilled English's head into the mat, then hooked the leg. The referee counted – 1... 2... English kicked out just before the 3! Ciampa looked frustrated and he stomped on English several times, then pulled him to his feet and set him up for Project Ciampa. He lifted English up... but English punched Ciampa in the head several times, knocking him down and stopping him from hitting his finisher! English then stomped on Ciampa's neck, winding him, before pulling him to his feet and hitting the Director's Cut! He hooked the leg and the referee counted – 1... 2... 3!
Nigel McGuinness: It's over! A hard fought match, but Aiden English gets the victory!
Mauro Ranallo: Another performance like that on Sunday and English could win the Royal Rumble, Nigel! The question is, does he want to... or will he simply be focused on taking out Wes Ikeda?
English celebrated his victory, then made his way to the back.
Returning live to Warfare after a brief commercial break, the EBWF Universe quickly lit up with excitement as "Violet Kung Fu Girl" by Eigenkreation bellowed into the arena, followed by Tam Nakano emerging at the head of the stage!
Mauro Ranallo: And here comes the self-proclaimed cutest wrestler in the universe, Tam Nakano! Last time we saw Tam here on Warfare however, things weren't looking too good for her. Her career seemed to be hanging in the balance after a vicious attack at the hands of Alexa Bliss, with many wondering if she'd be cleared to compete in the EBWF Women's title match at the Royal Rumble!
Nigel McGuinness: Forget about Tam, what about poor little Peaches the Panda? Alexa literally tore his head clean off!
Mauro Ranallo: I believe his name is P-Chan, Nigel.
Nigel McGuinness: Whatever! My point is that Tam Nakano is clearly in one piece, and she should be thankful for that.
Putting on a brave face, Tam grabbed herself a microphone and slipped into the ring, flashing the fans a smile.
Tam Nakano: Kon'nichiwa EBWF Universe!
Tam attempted to wave at the fans in attendance before wincing in pain, seemingly forgetting the injuries she sustained two weeks back.
Tam Nakano: Sadly as you can see, I'm not quite fully healed after the devastation Alexa Bliss inflicted on me weeks ago, so it's with great disappointment to tell you guys that I won't be competing here tonight.
The EBWF Universe responded with equal disappointment, as she'd suspected.
Tam Nakano: And even worse? I think poor little P-Chan will be out of action for even longer! But make no mistake, when Royal Rumble comes around? I will be ready to take on Trish Stratus and I will take home that EBWF Women's Championship. It's gonna take more than some jealous, evil little pixie to keep this girl down, and I-
Before Tam could utter another word, "Another Me" by Dale Oliver boomed throughout the Climate Pledge Arena. The EBWF Universe wasted little time letting Alexa know exactly how they felt about her as she emerged, although judging from the smirk sprawled across her face, it would seem that The Goddess could care less!
Alexa soon made her way down the ramp before snatching a microphone from the hands of a nearby stagehand - climbing the apron and dipping between the ropes before meeting with Tam at the center of the ring.
Alexa Bliss: Well well well, what do we have here!? It seems like you just don't know when to stay down, do you?
Tam kept a watchful eye over the self-proclaimed "Goddess of EBWF" as she paced back and forth before her.
Alexa Bliss: I mean, I hate to play the devil's advocate, but competing at The Royal Rumble when you're clearly not 100% could be detrimental to your health... maybe even your career!
The grin about Alexa's lips grew wider as she continued.
Alexa Bliss: So how about we come to a deal? You forfeit the Women's Championship match against Trish at the Royal Rumble and take alllll the time you need to make a full recovery, and I take your place in the match and face Trish myself!
The fans in attendance quickly objected to Alexa's offer, angering The Goddess.
Alexa Bliss: Or your could go ahead with the scheduled match as intended, but let me warn you Tam, what I did to you two weeks ago can just as easily be replicated tonight. I'd think about your decision very carefully if I were you.
The two women stared one another down briefly, but just as Tam brought the microphone back to her lips... "Bossy" by Kelis hit the speaker system! All eyes turned to the stage as the EBWF Women's Champion made her entrance before sauntering down the ramp, beckoning for a microphone to be handed to her before infiltrating the ring.
Trish Stratus: As much as I hate to interrupt this endearing little chit-chat, I thought I'd come out here and offer my two cents since I am, you know, the EBWF Women's Champion after all.
Trish flaunted the championship title that hung casually from her shoulder - the grand prize amidst all this chaos.
Trish Stratus: As far as I'm concerned? It doesn't matter which one of you decides to step in the ring with me at the Royal Rumble. Hell, make it a Triple Threat match and I'll kill two birds with one stone if I really have to. But no matter what you ladies settle on? I hope you know what you're getting yourselves in for. I am the most decorated woman in this place for a reason, and if you think you have what it takes to stand toe-to-toe with me? Then I won't hesitate to send your asses straight to the back of the line, just as I've done with plenty of hopefuls in the past.
Mauro Ranallo: Compelling words from our Women's champion, Nigel. She doesn't care who she faces at the Royal Rumble!
Nigel McGuinness: Of course she doesn't, and that's exactly why she's the EBWF Women's champ. She's arguably the best women's wrestler of all time and she knowns it!
As Trish's words began to settle, a familiar voice boomed from backstage.
???: Not so fast, ladies.
Within seconds the Women's General Manager, Angelina Love, came marching out onto the head of the stage, staring down all three women in the ring.
Angelina Love: Alexa, I don't know who you think you are, but the only woman that's gonna call the shots around here is me. And frankly? I don't think you should be rewarded for the vicious attack you subjected Tam Nakano to. If you want a shot at the EBWF Women's Championship? Then you're gonna earn it, just as Tam did when she beat you at Christmas Eve of Destruction.
"What!?" Alexa exclaimed,, visibly outraged as her plan began to derail.
Angelina Love: Let's see now, what would be a great way for you to prove to me that you're ready for a Women's title match? How about... oh I don't know... winning the Women's Rumble match!?
"You can't do this!" Alexa screamed, while Tam and Trish watched on gleefully.
Angelina Love: And since you're so confident that you can beat any woman you set your sights on, you'll be entering in at number...ONE!
A roar of cheers echoed around the arena as Angelina turned at her heels, pausing once more before she made her leave.
Angelina Love: Oh, and one more thing Alexa. If either you or any other member of The Coalition get the genius idea of attacking Tam or Trish before their match at the Royal Rumble? Your EBWF contract WILL be terminated. That's all.
Angelina made her departure, disappearing from the stage as she left Alexa completely shocked before Warfare went to a commercial break.
Mauro Ranallo: Our main event tonight could be a preview of events to come at the Royal Rumble this Sunday!
Nigel McGuiness: Randy Orton and The Rock are going to square off at the Royal Rumble for the EBWF World Championship, but tonight they will face each other in tag team action.
"Counting Bodies Like Sheep" blasted out of the speakers and the crowd gave a mixed reaction for The soon-to-be former Gateway Champion, Randy Orton. Flaking him was his tag team partner, Edge.
Mauro Ranallo: Words cannot express how fascinating the main event at the Royal Rumble will be, Nigel.
Nigel McGuiness: Are you kidding me? I got all my money on Orton. This man is the longest reigning EBWF World Champion of all time, the longest reigning Gateway Champion of all time, the longest reigning tag team champion of all time, and a back to back King of the Ring. This man is a relentless winner and he never shrinks from a challenge.
Mauro Ranallo: But Sunday he will be one on one in the ring with the most electrifying man in sports entertainment today, not to mention a man who is at the peak of his powers. The Rock is every bit the competitor he's ever been, and combined with his experience, that makes for a tough opponent to beat.
Nigel McGuiness: We'll see, Mauro.
Randy and Edge barely had time to get in the ring when...
"IF YA SMELLLLLL..."
The EBWF World Champion stepped out from behind the curtain with the title over his shoulder. Ignoring his usual playing to the raucous crowd, the Rock made a beeline for the ring, locked in a stare with the challenger. The Miz appeared from behind the curtain and flanked the world champ. There was no delay as the Rock slid into the ring and stepped right into Orton's personal space. The two exchanged inaudible smack talking as the referee attempted to separate them.
Mauro Ranallo: There is no love loss between these two, Nigel! They could be coming to blows even before the referee rings the bell!
Randy smirked in The Rock's face as Edge and The Miz retreated to the corners. The referee called for the bell. Before Randy or Rock could exchange blows, Edge stepped in and tackled the Rock to the ground. The Miz jumped into the ring and exchanged punches with Orton. A brawl immediately ensued as the referee desperately attempted to reestablish order.
Nigel McGuiness: These guys don't like each other, Mauro! They never have!
The Miz worked Randy into the turnbuckle and started stomping on his chest. Edge gave the Rock a thumb to his eye and pushed him through the ropes and sent him tumbling out of the ring. The Miz turned around from the corner and walked into a gigantic spear by the ultimate opportunist.
Mauro Ranallo: Miz just got speared out of his boots!
The Rock got back into the ring and exchanged blows with Edge, but just as it looked like Rock might get the upperhand, Orton exploded out of the corner and dropped Rocky with an inverted headlock backbreaker, which sent Rock to the mat. The team of Rated RKO then began stomping relentlessly on the people's champ, to the boos of the crowd. Edge picked the Rock up and dragged him to his feet, talking smack to him the whole way up.
Nigel McGuiness: Seems like Rated RKO wants to put an exclamation point on this before the Royal Rumble!
Randy smirked and turned around as Edge whipped Rock into the ropes, preparing to flapjack him into an RKO. Randy leapt up to connect, but didn't see Rock reverse the whip around and sent Edge careening into Randy's grip.
Mauro Ranallo: RANDY RKO'ED EDGE ON ACCIDENT!
Nigel McGuiness: This is terrible, Mauro! The Rock is cheating!
Randy looked stunned as he realized what happened. Before he could fully react, The Rock ducked underneath his arm and hit him with a Rock Bottom!
Mauro Ranallo: Rock Bottom on the challenger! A rare miscue from the longest reigning tag champs has cost them dearly!
Randy remained motionless on the mat as The Rock's music played and he stepped over Orton to mount the turnbuckle and raise his World title in the air.
Nigel McGuiness: The Rock stands tall tonight, but on Sunday he will face Randy Orton one on one, and all the posturing will be over!
Mauro Ranallo: We will see you on Sunday for the ROYAL RUMBLE!
EBWF Warfare went off the air as The Rock continued to celebrate in the ring.