Mauro Ranallo: Good evening and welcome to Warfare! Tonight, we are live from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada!
Corey Graves: Kicking things off tonight, we've got Becky Lynch in action against the two-time Women's Champion, Velvet Sky!
"Celtic Invasion" by CFO$ hit and the crowd cheered as Becky Lynch made her way to the ring. After the Irish Lass Kicker had entered the ring, "Angel on my Shoulder" hit and the crowd continued to cheer as Velvet Sky headed to the ring. When Velvet was in the ring, the referee called for the bell and the two women locked up. Velvet went for a snapmare, but Becky blocked it, countering with a hammerlock. Becky followed it up with an inverted DDT, then stomped on Velvet several times. She pulled Velvet to her feet and whipped her against the ropes, before hitting a leg lariat. Velvet got back to her feet and went for a clothesline, but Becky ducked out of the way then hit a fisherman's neckbreaker. She hooked the leg and the referee counted – 1... 2... Velvet kicked out!
Mauro Ranallo: A strong start here by Becky Lynch!
Becky pulled Velvet to her feet and set her up for a suplex, but Velvet blocked it, countering with a suplex of her own. As the two women got to their feet, Velvet whipped Becky into the corner, then ran at her and hit a clothesline. Becky staggered out of the corner and Velvet set her up for a bulldog, but Becky blocked it and pulled Velvet down to the mat, applying an armbar. Velvet managed to get to the ropes, and Becky broke the hold. Becky pulled Velvet to her feet and hit a body slam, then went for a running leg drop, but Velvet rolled out of the way. Both women got to their feet and Velvet hit a northern lights suplex. Becky's shoulders were down and the referee counted – 1... 2... Becky kicked out!
Corey Graves: So close to a three count! Velvet almost had Becky beat there!
Velvet pulled Becky to her feet and went to whip her against the ropes, but Becky reversed it, sending Velvet into the ropes. As Velvet ran back towards her, Becky hit a hip toss, then as Velvet got to her feet, Becky hit the Bex-Plex! She hooked the leg, and the referee counted – 1... 2... Velvet kicked out! Becky pulled Velvet to her feet and whipped her into the corner, then hit a flying forearm smash. As Velvet staggered out of the corner, Becky took her down to the mat, locking in the Dis-arm-her! Velvet quickly tapped out and the referee called for the bell.
Mauro Ranallo: It's over! An impressive victory for Becky Lynch!
Becky celebrated as Warfare went to commercial.
Ciampa was to the ring first and received a reaction of jeers from the crowd. Rollins was out to the ring next, and the crowd greeted him by screaming, "Burn It Down" along with his music.
Corey Graves: As our buddy JR is fond of saying, Mauro, this one is sure to be a slobber knocker.
Mauro Ranallo: There are certainly two very talented men entering the ring for this one, Corey.
The ref rang the bell, and they tussled for position before Ciampa backed Rollins into the ropes and shouted at him to come after him. Complying, Rollins charged, but put the brakes on to confuse Ciampa. Ciampa wrenched the arm and took him down. Rollins quickly turned it on him and rolled him up. Ciampa avoided a knee. Rollins took Ciampa down and covered for a two count. Ciampa quickly got to the ropes to avoid a roll-up, and he got out of the ring. Rollins posed on the turnbuckles to show up Ciampa. Ciampa wearily smiled before getting in the ring. Ciampa went for a test of strength before kneeing Rollins in the midsection. Ciampa whipped him to the corner, but Rollins popped out and clotheslined him down. Ciampa quickly dropped him on the apron and went for a shoulder, but Rollins countered with a leg drop. Rollins skinned the cat to get in the ring and hit the ropes. Rollins changed direction when Ciampa moved and went for a suicide dive. Ciampa countered him with a kick. Ciampa laid him out on the apron and kneed him in the chest. Ciampa put him in the ring for a near fall. Ciampa got in the ring and stalked Rollins. Ciampa hit a snapmare and dropped a knee for a two count. Ciampa took him down and choked him with his boot. He continued by applying a front facelock and kneeing him in the head. Rollins fought out and hit a reverse STO in the corner.
Mauro Ranallo: Rollins doing whatever he has to do to stay alive here!
Rollins punched back and had a whip reversed. Rollins came right back with a Sling Blade. He booted Ciampa in the face, but Ciampa quickly came back and went to the second rope. Rollins grabbed him and hit a scoop slam over the top rope. Rollins hit the ropes and hit a suicide dive. Rollins immediately got back in the ring and connected with a second suicide dive. The crowd was roaring, so Rollins hit a third suicide dive. Rollins got Ciampa in the ring and connected with a springboard clothesline for a near fall. Rollins splashed him in the corner and went for a suplex, but Ciampa got out and kicked him in the skull. They took their time to get to their feet, and Ciampa viciously kicked away at the knees. Rollins reversed a whip to the corner, but Ciampa quickly kneed him in the midsection. Ciampa took him down for a near fall. Rollins fought out of a hold, but Ciampa hit a backstabber. Rollins quickly wiped him out with a superkick for a near fall. Ciampa was dead weight. Rollins went for a Buckle Bomb, but Ciampa got out and kicked him. Ciampa kicked away at him before the referee pulled him off. Rollins came back by wildly punching away at him. Ciampa countered a short-arm clothesline into a triangle choke! Rollins powered him up and slammed him in the corner with a Buckle Bomb.
Corey Graves: That's going to put Ciampa in a bad way!
Rollins got the crowd chanting, “Burn it down,” and Ciampa avoided the Stomp. Ciampa struck away at him and hit a landslide for a near fall.
Mauro Ranallo: Ciampa can't believe it!
Ciampa went to the top rope, but Rollins caught him with a superplex before rolling through into a Falcon Arrow.
Mauro Ranallo: Seth Rollins has a big win over Ciampa!
Corey Graves: What a showing for both men here tonight.
Warfare came back from commercial with Raquel Diaz standing in the ring. She was wearing black leather pants and a black denim vest with silver crowns spray painted on it in several locations. She was pacing back and forth with the mic hanging at her waist as the crowd booed loudly.
Mauro Ranallo: Listen to this Winnipeg crowd showing their dislike for Raquel Diaz.
Corey Graves: How can anyone hate the first lady of wrestling?
Mauro Ranallo: Where did you come up with that title?
Corey Graves: She’s married to the King but Liv Morgan is still Queen!
Mauro Ranallo: First lady though?
Corey Graves: What would you call her? King’s consort? I dare you!
Mauro Ranallo: No! I didn’t say that!
Corey Graves: The King of EBWF is going to be mad at you! I can’t believe you would disrespect his wife like that.
Inside the ring Raquel attempted to hush the crowd with hand gestures before tapping several times on the microphone. She shook her head at the rowdy crowd as they continued to shout at her. She walked to the corner and rested against it. She feigned looking at a watch that she wasn’t wearing. She walked to the ropes closest to the ramp and waved for someone to come down to the ring. “Moments” by Sevendust started playing and the crowd got even louder. Several moments later the crowd fell mostly silent after the music stopped without Aiden coming out. Raquel leaned over the top rope with a confused look on her face. She waved again.
Corey Graves: This crowd is being so disrespectful, who can blame our new EBWF World Champion for not coming out tonight?
The music played again but the crowd amped back up almost drowning out the music for the television audience. Someone broke from the backstage area but instead of Aiden English it was a stagehand who quickly made his way down to the ring. He jumped up on the apron and said something to Raquel. She threw her hands up and pointed to her ear. The stagehand leaned in and said it again. Raquel nodded and made her way back to the center of the ring.
Mauro Ranallo: The look on Raquel’s face says volumes. She is clearly upset.
“Moments” stopped playing for a second time and Raquel finally pulled the mic to her lips. When she started talking she was still being drowned out by the crowd. She clenched her free hand into a fist.
Raquel Diaz: EXCUSE ME!
The crowd was almost stunned into silence. Raquel had finally let a smile break across her face. She turned on her heels to face the other side of the arena.
Raquel Diaz: I said… EXCUSE ME! Thank you. YOUR new EBWF World Champion has decided that he will not appear before this DISRESPECTFUL crowd unless they agree to a joint apology for their actions against the crown! So… Let’s get a heartfelt apology for the way we’ve treated the First Family of Wrestling! The EBWF Royal Family!
The crowd booed and a “you suck” chant started in one of the corners but quickly consumed the entire crowd. Raquel was physically distraught at the reaction of the crowd.
Raquel Diaz: The Champion will not come out here unless you all settle down and apologize for mistreating me and disrespecting the most successful man in the industry!
Corey Graves: This crowd needs to shut up so our King can come down here and celebrate his awe inspiring victory at Summerslam!
Raquel Diaz: Your treatment of the champ of the KING is tantamount to TREASON! So if you can’t muster up an apology like some good little Canadians at least sit down and shut up so you can receive the glory of AIDEN ENGLISH!
The crowd got even louder at the mention of their nationality. The cheap heat drew a long reaction. “Moments” by Sevendust played again and the crowd ignored it, sure that it was another misdirection. Two men dressed in medieval costumes of black and silver walked out from backstage with a roll of black carpet. They sat it at the top of the ramp and rolled it down toward the ring. Aiden English stepped out wearing his black cloak, silver crown and both the Gateway and World titles around his waist. He had a microphone in hand but stopped several feet from the black carpet. He took in the boos of the crowd.
Corey Graves: HERE HE IS! OUR NEW WORLD CHAMPION!
Mauro Ranallo: Contain your excitement Corey!
Corey Graves: Are you kidding? There’s no way!
Aiden posed at the top of the ramp, pointing toward both titles. He spent enough time posing that eventually the crowd lost some of their enthusiasm and settled.
Aiden English: I had planned on coming out here and discussing the fate of the Gateway Title. I had planned on sharing in my celebration with everyone in attendance tonight! I had planned to allow all of you to bask in my greatness. To allow the darkness to consume you and strengthen you! Honey. It’s time to call it a night, this crowd doesn’t deserve our presence!
Aiden dropped the microphone with a pop. Raquel slid under the bottom rope, leaving her microphone in the ring, and made her way up the black carpet. The two men who rolled it out followed behind rolling it back up as she made her way to her husband. At the top of the ramp Aiden threw his arm around Raquel and kissed her. The two stared at the booing crowd until “Moments” broke across the arena again and they made their exit.
Corey Graves: No! Look at what this crowd has cost us! Now we don’t get to see the World Champion!
Mauro Ranallo: I’m more worried about what’s going to happen with the Gateway Title! Aiden English is still wearing it.
Mauro Ranallo: Up next, it's time for our main event! Hardcore Holly and Bobby Lashley team up to take on PJ Black and Heath Slater!
Black and Slater came to the ring first, followed by Holly and Lashley. Holly and Slater started the match, and as the referee called for the bell the two men exchanged punches back and forth. Holly was able to gain the upper hand, and he whipped Slater against the ropes before hitting a dropkick. Both men got to their feet, and Holly took Slater down with a DDT, then hit a jumping knee drop. He hooked the leg and the referee counted – 1... 2... Slater kicked out!
Lashley called for the tag and Holly made his way towards the corner, tagging his partner in. Across the ring, Slater tagged in PJ Black, and as he entered the ring, Black charged towards Lashley, going for a leg lariat... but Lashley reacted quickly and ducked out of the way, then hit Black with a clothesline.
Corey Graves: Stiff clothesline there by Bobby Lashley!
Mauro Ranallo: He almost took Black's head off, Corey!
Black looked dazed as he got to his feet. Lashley hit him a series of punches, then lifted him up, hitting a military press drop. Lashley stomped on Black several times, then dragged him back to his feet and hit a full nelson slam. Lashley hooked the leg and the referee counted – 1... 2... Black kicked out! Lashley pulled Black to his feet and hit him with some more right hands, then whipped him into the corner. Holly held Black in the corner, allowing Lashley to hit him with a series of knees to the midsection. The referee intervened, yelling at Holly not to get involved. Holly let go of Black, protested his innocence, then held out his hand for the tag. Lashley tagged in Holly and after entering the ring, Holly dragged Black away from the corner, then hit him with a pumphandle slam. He hooked the leg and the referee counted – 1... 2... Black kicked out!
Mauro Ranallo: Effective teamwork by Hardcore Holly and Bobby Lashley there to wear down PJ Black! Slater looks concerned for his partner...
As Heath Slater shouted words of encouragement to his tag partner, Hardcore Holly sat Black up, applying a sleeper hold. Black was able to fight out of it, and as both men got to their feet, Black hit Holly with an enzuigiri. Holly staggered backwards, then charged back towards Black, going for a clothesline... but Black ducked out of the way then hit the Blue Thunder Bomb! He hooked both legs, and the referee counted – 1... 2... Holly kicked out!
Corey Graves: Great counter by PJ Black there to turn this match on its head!
Black pulled Holly to his feet and whipped him against the ropes, then took him down with an arm drag. Holly got back up, but Black immediately knocked him down again with a superkick! Black then ran towards the ropes, going for a springboard moonsault, but as he hit the ropes, Lashley hit him with a forearm smash! As the crowd booed, Lashley grabbed the tag rope and held out his arm for the tag. Holly tagged in Lashley, and upon entering the ring, Lashley hit Black with big boot, then set him up the Dominator... but before he could hit it, Black countered with a headscissors takedown! Black crawled towards the corner, then tagged in Heath Slater!
Mauro Ranallo: Black needed to make that tag! Can Heath Slater put the All Mighty away?
Upon entering the ring, Slater charged towards Lashley, hitting him with a series of puncheon quick succession. Lashley fought back with some punches of his own, then whipped Slater against the ropes. As Slater ran back towards him, Lashley went for a back body drop, but Slater countered with a knee smash! Lashley looked dazed, and Slater followed up with the Smash Hit! He hooked the leg and the referee counted – 1... 2... Lashley kicked out!
Corey Graves: Slater can’t believe it! He thought for sure he had Lashley beat!
Slater held his head in disbelief, then got to his feet and stomped on Lashley several times, trying to keep him grounded. Lashley rolled away from Slater and got to his feet, then as Slater ran towards him, Lashley hit the Spear! Lashley turned around and ran towards Black, knocking him off the ring apron, then pulled Slater to his feet and hit the Dominator! He hooked the leg and the referee counted – 1... 2... 3!
Mauro Ranallo: What a turnaround! Slater was a split second away from getting the three count, but fast forward a couple of minutes and Bobby Lashley emerges victorious!
Corey Graves: Given what happened at Summerslam, I think Lashley and Holly needed that victory Mauro!
Lashley and Holly celebrated together as Warfare went off the air.