Pyro went off as Warfare went live from the State Farm Arena to the applause of the crowd.
Mauro Ranallo: We are live from Atlanta, Georgia - and the King and Queen of the Ring tournaments continue here tonight on what is sure to be an action packed show.
Nigel McGuinness: Many of these superstars who have been in EBWF for less than a year are making their presence felt in the tournament, and I have to say Mauro, I am very excited for what the future brings.
Austin Gunn was to the ring first and enjoyed a warm response from the fans. He slid into the ring, and turned toward the entrance, eagerly awaiting his opponent. Bad Luck Fale was to the ring next, and the crowd sent up a mixed reaction as he taunted Gunn before getting in the ring. Christy Hemme announced the competitors, and the bell rang. They locked up, and Fale stunned Gunn with some strikes. Gunn elbowed him back, so Fale sent him into the ropes. Fale leapfrogged him and dropped down before hitting a cross-body block. Gunn rolled out of the ring to recover. Fale grabbed Gunn at ringside and put him in the ring. Gunn knocked him off the apron and hit a baseball slide. Fale then pounced on Gunn, laying in right hands on the floor.
Mauro Ranallo: Both of these men want this victory!
Nigel McGuinness: The winner of this match will go on to face CM Punk in the quarter finals!
The two men powered back into the ring, and Fale attacked Gunn. He went for a power bomb, but Gunn got out and kneed him in the face. Fale went down and rolled out of the ring. Gunn sent him hard face-first into the ring post. Gunn got him in the ring and hit a double axe handle for a two count. Gunn applied a chin lock, but Fale powered out. Fale then hit a scoop powerslam.
Nigel McGuinness: At the end of the night, eight men will remain! Can Bad Luck Fale be one of them?
Fale threw Gunn across the ring and avalanched him. Fale sent him to the opposite corner and countered a slingshot. Gunn kicked him back and hit a twisting neckbreaker.
Mauro Ranallo: No good!
With Fale still down, Gunn went to the top rope. Fale was too quick, and grabbed him before he could get his bearings. Fale grabbed Gunn by the throat and hit him with the chokeslam from the top rope.
Nigel McGuinness: The Grenade! Fale has leveled Gunn here.
Bad Luck Fale hooked the leg.
Nigel McGuinness: That does it! Austin Gunn will not join his brother, Colten, in the quarter finals. Bad Luck Fale will take on CM Punk next week on Warfare!
The referee raised Fale’s arm in victory as an ad for King of the Ring began to play.
Mauro Ranallo: Up next, we've got another first round Queen of the Ring match... Alexa Bliss takes on Kacy Catanzaro and Mandy Rose in a triple threat match!
Kacy Catanzaro made her way to the ring first, followed by Mandy Rose and finally Alexa Bliss. When all three women were in the ring, the referee called for the bell. Alexa charged towards Kacy and took her down with a clothesline, then threw her out of the ring and turned her attention to Mandy Rose. The two women locked up, and Mandy rolled Alexa up into a small package! The referee counted – 1... 2... Alexa kicked out!
Nigel McGuinness: Mandy Rose tried to pull a fast one!
As both women got to their feet, Mandy hit a headscissors takedown on Bliss. As Mandy got to her feet, Kacy re-entered the ring and went for a clothesline, but Mandy ducked out of the way, then hit Kacy with an enzuigiri, taking her down. Before Mandy could make the cover, Bliss jumped on Mandy Rose's back, applying a chokehold, but Mandy slammed Bliss into the corner, forcing her to break the hold. As Bliss dropped to the ground, she rolled out of the ring, and Mandy turned her attention back to Kacy Catanzaro. Mandy went for Kiss the Rose, but Kacy ducked out of the way, then hit a neckbreaker. Kacy followed up with a standing corkscrew splash, then hooked the leg. The referee counted – 1... 2... Mandy kicked out!
Mauro Ranallo: Incredible athleticism by Kacy Catanzaro!
As Kacy got to her feet, Alexa attacked her from behind, hitting her with a forearm smash to the back of the head. Alexa then hit Mandy Rose with a low dropkick, before hitting the Insult to Injury. She hooked both legs and the referee counted – 1... 2... Kacy pulled Alexa off of Mandy, breaking up the pinfall attempt. Kacy went to whip Alexa into the corner, but Alexa reversed the Irish whip, sending Kacy into the corner then setting her up for a superplex. Mandy then grabbed Alexa for a powerbomb, setting up and executing the tower of doom! With both Bliss and Kacy down, Mandy went to cover Bliss. The referee counted – 1... 2... Alexa kicked out! Mandy then covered Kacy – 1... 2... Kacy kicked out! Mandy looked frustrated, and she dragged Kacy to her feet, setting her up for the Bed of Roses. Kacy countered with a back body drop, but then Alexa grabbed Kacy, hitting the snap DDT! Bliss hooked both legs and the referee counted – 1... 2... Mandy Rose broke up the count! Mandy whipped Bliss against the ropes, then went for Kiss the Rose, but Alexa blocked it, before hitting a chokehold STO. Alexa threw Kacy out of the ring, then went to the top rope and hit Mandy with the Twisted Bliss! She hooked the leg and the referee counted – 1... 2... 3!
Nigel McGuinness: It's over! Alexa Bliss advances to the semi-finals!
Bliss celebrated as Warfare went to a commercial break.
Mauro Ranallo: Early tonight we saw Austin Gunn defeated in his second round King of the Ring matchup, and now we will determine who will take on his brother, Colten, in the quarter finals.
“Booyaka Booyaka 619!” The crowd gave a mixed reaction to Rey Mysterio as he made his way to the ring. He faced the entrance as Aiden English’s theme played and the former EBWF World Champion headed to meet him.
Nigel McGuinness: Aiden English’s wife, Raquel Diaz has been the focal point of the Women’s Division as of late. Let’s see if Aiden can advance to the quarter finals here tonight.
The bell rang and the match got underway. Aiden put on a side headlock as he sent Rey to the ropes and followed up with a back elbow that knocked Rey down. Rey backed up and Aiden put on another headlock. He sent Rey to the ropes but Rey threw him to the outside. Rey landed a slide splash onto English.
Mauro Ranallo: Rey building momentum here.
They fought their way back into the ring, and Rey went for a crossbody but English moved out of the way. Aiden went for the cover but Rey kicked out. Aiden put on another headlock. Rey fought out with elbows to get out of it. He attacked Aiden’s left leg. Rey ran to the ropes but English hit a spinebuster. He went for the cover but Rey kicked out after 2. English pushed his knee into Rey’s back. Rey reached the ropes and the referee made English back off.
Nigel McGuinness: Aiden English is ruthless here tonight!
English slammed Rey in the corner. He ran toward Rey, but Mysterio got a boot up and put a kick to the face of English. Rey followed up with a tornado DDT. He went out on the ring apron and landed a right hand on English. Rey went to the top rope, but English laid into him with a right hand. Both men balanced on the top rope as English went for a superplex but Rey blocked it. Rey knocked English down, and connected with a sit down senton. He went for the cover but English kicks out.
Mauro Ranallo: Not enough!
Rey got English on the second rope. He went for the 619, but English moved out of the way and hit Rey with a swinging neckbreaker. He went for the cover but again Rey kicked out after 2. English pulled Rey to his feet and set him up for the Director's Cut, but Rey broke free and hit a drop toe hold, knocking Aiden back onto the second rope. Rey went for the 619 and this time, he connected! The crowd cheered as English tumbled to the mat. Rey followed up with a Springboard Splash, then went for the cover.
Mauro Ranallo: It’s over! Rey Mysterio moves on to the quarter-finals and will take on Colten Gunn!
Nigel McGuinness: What a matchup for Mysterio here tonight.
A Queen of the Ring preview began as Mysterio celebrated in the ring.
Raven's music blares throughout the arena as Seth Rollins is about to get ready for his match.
Nigel McGuinness: UH Oh Mauro looks like Raven is here to.....
Instead of Raven out from behind the curtain James Ellsworth steps out rolling a cart with a cover on it. James Ellsworth pulls out a mic and begins to speak.
James Ellsworth: Mr Rollins God could never control Brother Raven. Raven bows to no one. He is greatness. Raven is everything that Muhammed Ali proclaimed and even more of a Messiah than you proclaim to be.
James Ellsworth: Raven is glory. Brother Raven is grandeur greater than the most splendid palace or most impressive building. Brother Raven is radiance. RAVEN shines greater than the sun or any star that dare brave him in the heavens.
James Ellsworth: Nobody dare challenge him. Raven is ego. There is no person on the face of humanity, much less within the ranks of the EBWF that dare stand to Brother Raven. Nor stare him in the eye. There is no face fit for his gaze nor eye fit to meet his. Raven is infinite. Where ever he will go, his name goes before him like trumpets announcing the arrival of a King.
James Ellsworth: Brother Raven’s step falls only on red velvet and his hand touches only the finest linen. Frankincense and Mir are the only gifts fit for his presentation and Gold is common place in Raven’s hands.
James Ellsworth: Raven is eternal. His name echoes in greatness and those who profess disbelief soon turn their words. Raven is the Alpha and Omega. Brother Raven transcend cliché and finds himself in a world wholly in originality. Even the most overused words and phrases find new meaning under his thought and the most overtly profound of sentiments seem to flow freely from his mouth. But most of all Raven is unbeatable and Seth you will find this out....Quote Brother Raven Nevermore...
James Ellsworth drops the mic and removes the cover on the cart to reveal a severed Seth Rollins head the lights go out as a red spot light shines on the head before Warfare cuts to a commercial break.
As Warfare returned from commercial, Jeff Hardy made his way to the ring for the next match.
Mauro Ranallo: Our next matchup is singles action with two dynamic EBWF performers – Seth Rollins and Jeff Hardy. But as we saw before the commercial break, Rollins appears to have made an enemy of the EBWF Breakout Champion, Raven...
As Jeff Hardy was standing in the ring, a replay of James Ellsworth issuing a warning to Rollins about Raven played. "Visionary" by Def Rebel hit next and Seth Rollins made his way to the ring. He charged in under the bottom rope, and lambasted Jeff with right hands. The referee rang the bell. Rollins quickly hooked a side headlock. Hardy whipped him off and turned him inside out with a knee to the midsection. Hardy dropped a knee and went for a spin kick, but Rollins bailed out of the ring.
Nigel McGuinness: Seth Rollins working smarter not harder!
Rollins got back in the ring, so Hardy cut him off, sent him into the ropes, and kicked him down for a one count. Hardy grabbed him, but Rollins quickly kicked him in the knee and threw him out of the ring. Hardy grabbed his knee at ringside, so Rollins came off the apron with a flying knee to the face. Rollins bounced Hardy off the commentary table and got in the ring. Rollins kneed Hardy in the midsection three times. Rollins lifted him up and hit a gutbuster for a one count. Rollins put Hardy in the corner and shouldered him in the ribs. Rollins wrenched the arm and whipped him hard into the opposite corner. Rollins connected with a backbreaker for a two count. Rollins applied a grounded bearhug. Rollins cut Hardy off as he fought up and took him down. Hardy countered into an arm bar. Rollins immediately got a foot on the bottom rope and got out of the ring. Hardy then hit a baseball slide.
Mauro Ranallo: Both men outside now.
Hardy put Rollins over the apron and hit a running knee to the head before hitting a knee drop off the apron. Hardy got Rollins in the ring and kicked away at him. Hardy choked him in the corner. Rollins reversed a whip to the corner, but Hardy kneed him in the ribs as he charged. Hardy put him on the top rope and kneed him in the midsection again for a two count. Hardy got Rollins to his feet, but Rollins elbowed him back. Hardy quickly booed him in the face and went to the top rope. Rollins threw Hardy to the apron, but Hardy lost his footing and dropped hard to ringside. Rollins hit a suicide dive, got Jeff in the ring, and hit a springboard knee. Rollins followed up with a Sling Blade for a near fall.
Nigel McGuinness: I thought Rollins had Jeff there!
Rollins went for a falcon arrow, but Hardy fought it. They traded forearms before Rollins connected with an enzuigiri. Hardy avoided a Buckle Bomb and kicked Rollins to the corner. Hardy charged, but Rollins got a boot up. Hardy blocked it and put him on the ropes before hitting a sliding German Suplex. Hardy got in the ring and charged, but Rollins countered a kick into a Buckle Bomb. Rollins followed up with a Falcon Arrow!
Mauro Ranallo: Seth Rollins with the victory over Jeff Hardy!
Nigel McGuinness: Rollins may not have had the opportunity to compete in the King of the Ring tournament, but he sure showed his dominance here tonight.
The referee raised Rollins’ hand in victory as a video showing the wide range of merchandise available at EBWF Shop began to play.
Mauro Ranallo: Up next the Rated R Superstar, Edge, takes on the last remaining member of The Coalition in the King of the Ring tournament, Maven. Can Edge advance to the Quarter Finals once again, or will Maven pull off an upset?
Maven made his way to the ring first, followed by Edge. When both men were in the ring, the referee called for the bell. Maven ran at Edge, but the Rated R Superstar took him down with a hip toss, then as Maven got to his feet, Edge hit him with a series of right hands. He whipped Maven against the ropes, then hit a spinning heel kick. Both men got to their feet and Edge lifted Maven up, onto his shoulders, hitting an electric chair facebuster. Edge rolled Maven over and hooked both legs, but Maven kicked out after 2. Edge pulled Maven to his feet and hit him with some more right hands, then set him up for the Edgecution. Maven blocked it, then got behind Edge and hit a German suplex. Maven got to his feet and stomped on Edge several times, then pulled Edge to his feet and set him up for a powerbomb. Edge countered with a back body drop, then grabbed Maven by the legs, applying the Edgecator! Maven cried out in pain, but he was able to reach the ropes.
Nigel McGuinness: That submission hold is not a hold we see Edge use often these days... but the Rated R Superstar is doing anything he can to hurt Maven!
Edge broke the hold and stepped back, allowing Maven time to get to his feet. When Maven was up, Edge grabbed him and went to whip Maven against the ropes, but Maven reversed the Irish whip, sending Edge into the ropes. As Edge ran back towards him, Maven hit a dropkick, then as both men got to their feet, Maven hit a reverse STO. He hooked the leg and the referee counted – 1... 2... Edge kicked out! Maven pulled Edge to his feet and set him up for the M-Plosion, but Edge blocked it, then turned around and hit Maven with a suplex. As Edge got to his feet, he crouched down, watching Maven and waiting for him to stand. When Maven was up, Edge charged towards him, hitting the Spear! He hooked the leg and the referee counted – 1... 2... 3!
Mauro Ranallo: It's over! Edge gets the victory! He'll take on Jeff Hardy in the Quarter Finals!
"Metalingus" hit and Edge celebrated as Warfare went to a commercial break.
Mauro Ranallo: Up next is our women’s main event where we’ll see which of these women can advance to the semi-finals of the EBWF Queen of the Ring Tournament!
Rosemary was to the ring first, followed by Winter and then Trish Stratus. They entered the ring, all looking hungry to put on a good show. as the bell rang. All three women circled the ring. Stratus bounced off the ropes before rolling out of the ring. Stratus invited Rosemary and Winter to fight each other.
Mauro Ranallo: Trish Stratus said she didn’t want the hassle of this tournament, and now she’s being true to her word.
Nigel McGuinness: Sounds like the words of a woman who knows she can’t win, Mauro.
Rosemary took Winter down before Stratus sneak attacked Rosemary. Rosemary knocked Winter back, and Stratus attacked Rosemary. Stratus kneed Winter in the midsection, but Winter came back with a sit-out slam. Rosemary booted Winter back. Stratus took Rosemary down before hitting Winter with a fallaway slam. Stratus kipped up. Stratus chopped each woman. Winter and Rosemary fought back at Stratus. Rosemary head-butted Winter before clubbing away at Trish.
Mauro Ranallo: Rosemary is on the hunt here!
Rosemary sent Winter to the corner, but Stratus rolled up the turnbuckle and landed on the apron. Stratus knocked Rosemary down before shouldering Winter. Rosemary knocked Stratus off the apron and went for a summersault senton, but Stratus moved! Stratus then sent Rosemary into the barricade!
Nigel McGuinness: The Quintessential Diva showing her ring awareness there.
Winter blindsided Stratus with a hurricanrana off the apron. Stratus quickly sent Winter into the ring post before throwing her into Rosemary. Stratus got Winter into the ring and continued attacking her. Stratus went for a back suplex, but Winter flipped through. Stratus avoided a handspring back elbow and applied a high angle Boston Crab. Winter booted Stratus back. Rosemary hit Trish with a pair of clotheslines before kneeing her in the face. Rosemary booted her down and hit a basement dropkick. Winter quickly took Rosemary down and hit Stratus with a tiger feint kick. Stratus avoided a flying attack from Winter, but Winter still took her down and double stomped her. Winter hit Trish with a baseball slide for a near fall. Rosemary went to roll-up Winter, but they wiped each other out with strikes.
Mauro Ranallo: All three women are down!
Winter and Rosemary pulled themselves up, so Stratus hit them with a double clothesline. Stratus stomped Rosemary. She put Rosemary and Winter side-by-side on the mat and went to the top rope for a splash, but Rosemary got the knees up. Winter rolled Stratus up, but Rosemary broke up the pin. Winter countered a pump handle powerbomb and took Rosemary down. Winter then applied a crossface to Stratus. Stratus got out and big booted Rosemary for a near fall. The crowd supplied some “This is Awesome” chants.
Nigel McGuinness: The crowd showing their approval here.
Rosemary avoided the Chick Kick and slammed Stratus on her face. Winter then wiped Rosemary out with a springboard dropkick.
Mauro Ranallo: This crowd is buzzing!
Winter sized Rosemary up and hit the double knee attack. Stratus immediately hit Winter with a Chick Kick for a near fall! Trish looked unbothered, but Winter quickly rolled her up for a two count. Stratus immediately went for a figure four, but Rosemary ripped Stratus out of the ring by the hair. Rosemary punched away at Trish, but Stratus sent her into the ring steps. Stratus and Rosemary brawled at ringside. Winter hit Rosemary with a nice suicide dive and celebrated with the crowd until Stratus pounced on her. Stratus grabbed Winter and whipped her into the barricade. Stratus went to kick Rosemary, but Rosemary ducked. Rosemary punched away at Trish. Trish slapped her in the face, which got a nice nostalgia pop from the crowd. Trish sized Rosemary up and attacked. The crowd stirred as they saw Winter on the top turnbuckle! Winter hit Rosemary and Trish with a wild cross-body block! Holy Shit chants went up through the crowd.
Nigel McGuinness: Winter putting her body on the line there. We have to hope the result pays off.
Winter got Trish in the ring and went to the top rope. Rosemary crotched Winter and threw Trish hard into the turnbuckle. Trish rolled out of the ring to recover. Rosemary went for a superplex on Winter, but she fought it. Winter slid off and went for a frankensteiner! Winter went to the top rope. Trish slid back into the ring, and moved to her feet, just as Winter hit Rosemary with a moonsault! Winter went for the pin.
Mauro Ranallo: Trish is right there.
Trish put her hands up as she watched the pin.
Nigel McGuinness: Are you kidding me?!
Mauro Ranallo: Trish Stratus could have kept this match going, but she didn’t break up the pin and now Winter is moving on to the semi-finals of the Queen of the Ring tournament!
Nigel McGuinness: She’ll take on her friend Becky Lynch.
The camera found Trish, backing up the ramp, smirking as the referee raised Winter’s hand in victory and EBWF went to commercial.
Mauro Ranallo: Up next, it's time for our main event, and the final second round match in the King of the Ring tournament! Who will advance to the Quarter Finals... will it be Samoa Joe or Bray Wyatt?
Samoa Joe made his way to the ring first, followed by Bray Wyatt. Both superstars received a mixed reaction from the crowd. After Wyatt had entered the ring, the referee called for the bell. Wyatt smiled eerily at Samoa Joe, and challenged him to come at him. Joe smiled, then charged towards Wyatt and went for a forearm smash, but Wyatt blocked it and pummelled Joe with a series of punches. Wyatt then grabbed Joe and dragged him towards the corner, slamming his head against the top turnbuckle. Wyatt followed up by whipping Samoa Joe into the opposite corner of the ring, then charging towards him and hitting a bodypress. Wyatt dragged Joe out of the corner and set him up for a DDT, but Joe broke free and whipped Wyatt against the ropes, before hitting a Samoan drop. He hooked the leg and the referee counted – 1... 2... kickout!
Nigel McGuinness: Samoa Joe with a near fall! But it will take more than that to finish Bray Wyatt off.
Joe pulled Wyatt to his feet and went for the Coquina Clutch, but Wyatt broke free before he could lock it in, then the two men began exchanging right hands back and forth. Wyatt was able to gain the upper hand and he went to whip Joe against the ropes, but Joe reversed the Irish whip, sending Wyatt into the ropes, then hit a sidewalk slam. Joe stomped on Wyatt several times, but Wyatt arched his back and spider walked away from Joe, then got to his feet. Joe ran at Wyatt, going for a clothesline, but Wyatt took him down with a shoulder block, then lifted Joe up and hit a half-nelson slam. Wyatt ran against the ropes and went for a running senton, but Joe moved out of the way!
Mauro Ranallo: Mamma Mia! That shook the ring!
As both men got to their feet, Samoa Joe hit Wyatt with a powerbomb, then went for a single-leg Boston crab, but Wyatt kicked him away. Wyatt then whipped Joe against the ropes, before hitting a running crossbody. As Joe got to his feet, Wyatt grabbed him, hitting the Sister Abigail! He hooked the leg and the referee counted – 1... 2... 3!
Nigel McGuinness: It's over! Bray Wyatt gets the win.
The referee called for the bell and raised Wyatt's arm in victory. As Wyatt celebrated, the arena lights went out. When the lights came back on, Randy Orton was standing in the ring behind Wyatt. Wyatt turned around, and Orton hit him with an RKO! Orton then climbed the turnbuckle, posing with his arms out as the crowd cheered.
Mauro Ranallo: Well Wyatt might have advanced to the Quarter Finals, but the reigning EBWF World Champion Randy Orton gets the last laugh!
Orton continued to pose for the crowd as Warfare went off the air.