The Philly crowd was hot for the opening pyro for Warfare.
Mauro Ranallo: Get ready, folks… it’s time for Warfare!
Nigel McGuinness: Tonight we’ll see Britt Baker in action against Allysin Kay, and in our main event the #1 contender for Miz’s EBWF World Championship will be determined in an Elimination Chamber match.
The crowd cheered as the sounds of bombs dropping filled the arena. The Dudley Boyz were in control in the early stages, and after putting KC Navarro through a table, D-Von Dudley began climbing the ladder while Bubba Ray Dudley stood guard. Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa attacked Bubba Ray, and as D-Von came to his partner’s aid, the rest of Bullet Club (minus Prince Devitt) rushed to the ring. The other members of The Coalition came out to even the numbers, and as both stables brawled Ace Austin quickly climbed the ladder, retrieving the briefcase and earning Dynasty a Tag Team Title shot.
Warfare cut to the backstage area, where the EBWF Women's Champion Alexa Bliss was walking down the hallway before she eventually stopped and walked into The Coalition's locker room. Upon entering the room Alexa heard a loud thud and flinched in surprise. The camera turned to reveal Liv Morgan sitting on the floor holding her head.
Liv Morgan: Ow.
Alexa walked over to Liv and helped her to her feet, Liv smiled in appreciation.
Liv Morgan: Thanks I was trying to surprise ya but I slipped and well you saw the aftermath.
There was a moment of silence before Liv spoke again.
Liv Morgan: Uhh hi.
Alexa Bliss: Hi.
Liv Morgan: It's been a while since we've seen each other in person.
Alexa Bliss: Look for everything I've-
Liv held her hands up to interrupt Alexa.
Liv Morgan: No apology needed. I've watched how you've changed in the last year and have tried to redeem yourself, Lexi, as far as I'm concerned it's water under the bridge.
Alexa smiled with relief.
Alexa Bliss: Thank you, so what brings you here?
Liv Morgan: Well I noticed that you've been having trouble with people ganging up on ya and I just wanted to tell you that I've got your back, especially since even though you destroyed her last week there is a chance Leva Bates will try to interfere in your match on Sunday with Britt Baker…and also I wondered if you wanted to..be…friends again.
Liv flashed an innocent smile and Alexa smiled back.
Alexa Bliss: Yes I would love that.
Liv squealed in excitement and hugged Alexa who looked surprised for a bit before hugging back. After the hug, Liv spoke again.
Liv Morgan: Well do you want to watch the rest of the show?
The two grabbed a couple of chairs and sat down to watch the show on a TV as Warfare went to commercial break.
The EBWF crowd gave Steve Lombardi a big welcome and waited for the arrival of Paul London. Once both men were in the ring, they traded some hard rights and sparred a bit. After a hard fought battle, Lombardi tried to hit the Sidewalk Smash, but London took him down with a DDT and hit London Calling from a standing position. London went for the pin.
Mauro Ranallo: Not a great start for Steve Lombardi in EBWF.
London’s hand was raised in victory as EBWF went to commercial.
“The Fight Song” by Marilyn Manson hit the PA System and the arena darkened as the crowd began to boo. A crimson spotlight shined on the center stage. The entrance curtain opened and out walked the Satanic Diva - better known as Winter - onto the stage right into the crimson spotlight. The negative reaction from the crowd only served to intensify when they caught sight of her. After a few moments, Winter began making her way down the entrance ramp while the crimsons spotlight followed.
Christy Hemme: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome at this time… The Satanic Diva… WINTER!!!
Mauro Ranallo: It was back in the fall of last year that Winter made her true intentions known when it comes to Becky Lynch.
Nigel McGuinness: She had said that she was the reason why Becky was feeling so much animosity toward the EBWF in general, that she wanted Becky to bow out so she - Winter - could rule the women’s division with an iron fist.
Mauro Ranallo: Winter then set Becky Lynch on fire, and shockingly enough, all Becky did was laugh. It was like she didn’t want to give Winter the satisfaction of hearing her scream in pain. The Cerebral Lassassin would later play mind games by costing Winter the Inferno Match against Allysin Kay.
Nigel McGuinness: When Becky made her return to Warfare, the first thing that she did was challenge Winter to a Buried Alive match at Fallout. Winter would attack Becky later that night. One would think that was her way of accepting the match, but obviously some people are too stupid to understand that actions speak louder than words.
Winter made it to ringside and climbed up onto the apron. She raised her arms and the lighting returned to normal. Winter entered the ring and approached Christy. Christy handed Winter the microphone and left the ring. Winter stood in the center the ring with the microphone in hand as “The Fight Song” faded out and the crowd continued booing her. After a few moments of looking around at the crowd, Winter raised her microphone.
Winter: I find it mystifying how no one can take a hint. When I set Becky Lynch on fire, I thought that she would be smart enough to stay away and go to Hollywood after healing up. Like the hardheaded bitch that she is, she had to not only meddle in my Inferno Match with Allysin Kay, but she also made it emphatic that she would not leave the EBWF and that led to her challenging me to a Buried Alive match.
Winter paused momentarily as the crowd cheered in response to the challenge that Becky laid out two weeks earlier.
Winter: I attacked her after the match and left without saying a word.
The reaction from the crowd immediately changed from cheering to booing.
Winter: I thought that would have been enough to answer her, but considering how stupid humans can be, stupid enough to not understand that actions speak more volumes than words, I will say it slow and clear enough so even the idiots here can understand. I ac-cept your chal-lenge! Either way, this will be the end for one of us. The loser, which I find will be you, will never darken a doorway here in EBWF ever again. How fitting that you chose the Buried Alive match to face me in. I already burned you and I will bury the remainder. The hands of time are catching up with you, Rebecca, and when we finally meet in this ring at Fallout, your time is up.
“Celtic Invasion” by CFO$ hit the PA System and the crowd gave an ovation, one that was incomparable. The reaction from the crowd intensified when Becky exploded through the entrance curtain and ran down the entrance ramp.
Mauro Ranallo: Uh-oh! Here she comes!
Nigel McGuinness: We’re getting a preview of Fallout!
Becky slid into the ring and got up to her feet. She attempted to throw a punch, but Winter blocked it and threw punches - one, two, three - before Becky took Winter down with a double leg takedown. With Winter down, Becky started throwing punches at Winter - punching her in the head one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten times. Winter managed to turn the tables and was on top of Becky. With her being on top of Becky, Winter threw - one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen - punches at Becky’s head and body. Meanwhile, security came pouring out of the backstage area and hit the ring.
Mauro Ranallo: Here comes security!
Nigel McGuinness: We’ll need a lot more than ten people to pull these two apart.
Security managed to pull Winter off of Becky and this allowed Becky to get back up to her feet. Security was able to back Winter into the northwest corner. Before they could back Becky into the southeast corner, the Cerebral Lassassin charged Winter like a bull in a china shop. She leaped up and struck Winter with her forearm. The two kept trying to get at one another until security managed to pull Becky back to the southeast corner while the crowd booed, because the crowd wanted to see Becky and Winter fight.
Mauro Ranallo: Security managed to pull these two apart.
Becky and Winter started fighting off the security guards that were restraining them. Winter managed to fight off the guards restraining her first and she ran at Becky, and punched her in the face. This enraged the Cerebral Lassassin, and she completely broke free. After she broke free, Becky took Winter down with another double leg takedown and tried to choke Winter. Winter managed to turn the tables and was on top of Becky.
Nigel McGuinness: You were saying?
The entire locker room came running out of the backstage area in order to try to break these two up while they continued throwing punches at each other. The crowd booed again, because they were very much enjoying the fight between the two former best friends.
Mauro Ranallo: Here comes the cavalry!
Nigel McGuinness: That might do it!
The locker room managed to pull Winter off of Becky, and Becky quickly got up to her feet. The locker room tried to pull Becky and Winter apart, which was easier said than done. They managed to get Becky out of the ring and she made a beeline for Winter. She hopped up onto the apron next to Winter and the two continued trading punches. The locker room was quick to pull Becky and Winter apart once again. Becky managed to break away from the group that was trying to lead her away from the ring. She slid back into the ring and charged at Winter again. Becky jumped up and nailed her with another forearm. The two continued throwing punches at each other while the crowd chanted “Let them fight! Let them fight!”
Mauro Ranallo: We need some law and order here!
Nigel McGuinness: The 82nd Airborne wouldn’t be able to keep these two apart!
The locker room pulled Becky and Winter apart for the third time, and the group assigned to Becky managed to get her out of the ring. As the group surrounding Becky started to lead her away from the ring, Winter broke free from her group and left the ring. The Satanic Diva ran toward the Cerebral Lassassin, and they continued throwing punches at each other. The group of talent that was keeping Winter away from Becky left the ring in a hurry and both groups managed to pull these two apart. This time for good, at least until Fallout.
Warfare returned from commercial and the crowd cheered when "The Doctor Will See You Now" blared over the PA and Dr. Britt Baker made her entrance into the arena. Once in the ring, she turned toward the entrance to wait for Allysin Kay who taunted the crowd as she made her way to the stage.
Mauro Ranallo: Britt Baker will take on Alexa Bliss at Fallout as Dr. Britt looks to capture her first EBWF Women's Championship!
Kay met Britt in the ring and the two women jawed off to each other before the bell rang. Britt went for a quick roll up, but only got a one count. Britt put Kay in an arm lock, and brought her down for a quick roll up, but it was only good a two count. The crowd started chanting DMD.
Mauro Ranallo: The crowd is trying to get behind Britt Baker here!
Kay was back on the offense. Britt took down Kay and tried to go for a lockjaw, but Kay broke out. Things turned into a bit of a shoving match.
Nigel McGuinness: The disrespect here!
Kay was on the rope, but Kay was brought back into the ring as Britt hit Kay with a butterfly suplex. Britt hit Kay with knee shot to the face. Britt tried to go for a lock jaw but Kay broke out of it and hit Britt in the arm. Britt was in the corner and Kay hit Britt with several kicks to the face. Kay went for the pin, but only got a two count.
Nigel McGuinness: I really thought Allysin had Britt there.
As Kay climbed the top rope, Britt hit a neckbreaker on Kay from the first rope. Britt stomped Kay in the back of the head.
Mauro Ranallo: Oh, what is this?
The crowd started to boo as Alexa Bliss and Liv Morgan came down the ramp.
Mauro Ranallo: Alexa usually gets a bit of a mixed reaction but the Philly Faithful have no patience for the Women's Champion tonight.
Britt looked at Alexa, clearly angry. Alexa gestured to the belt on her shoulder. Kay, out of nowhere gave Baker a stunner and went for the pin.
Mauro Ranallo: No, this would be a miscarriage of justice.
Britt kicked out at two, and struggled to her feet to pick Kay up and drop her on the ring apron. Britt went for a pin, but it was no good! Britt put Kay in a backslide for a pin, but only got a two count again. Britt came up, and put on the lockjaw. Liv began pounding the mat.
Nigel McGuinness: Is Liv Morgan trying to encourage Allysin Kay?
Liv jumped up on the ring apron pretending to take umbrage with the goings on in the ring. The referee turned his back on the action to deescalate the situation and while Britt still had the submission locked on, Alexa Bliss slid into the ring.
Mauro Ranallo: What?! Get out of there! Oh no!
Alexa slammed the women's title into the side of Britt's head and Britt fell over dazed. Alexa bailed out of the ring, and Kay went for the pin. Liv directed the ref's attention back to the action, and seeing the pinfall fell for the count.
Mauro Ranallo: What a damn shame that is!
Nigel McGuinness: All's fair in love and wrestling!
Mauro Ranallo: Alexa Bliss trying to get the advantage on Britt Baker prior to Fallout.
The camera focused on Alexa and Liv waving to a downed Britt as they backed up the ramp and Warfare went to commercial.
As Warfare returned from the final commercial break of the evening, the Elimination Chamber was in place.
Mauro Ranallo: Up next, it’s time for an Elimination Chamber match, and it will be commercial free! Six men will enter, and the winner will face the EBWF World Champion The Miz at Fallout!
MJF came to the ring first, followed by Xavier Woods, Bray Wyatt and Alex Shelley. When all four men were in their respective pods, “Unsettling Differences” by Blue Smock Nancy hit and Kevin Steen made his way to the ring. Finally, “You’re the Best” by Joe Esposito hit and the crowd booed as Prince Devitt headed to the ring.
Nigel McGuinness: Kevin Steen and Prince Devitt will be starting this match off!
Once Devitt was inside the chamber, the referee called for the bell. Steen hit Devitt with a series of punches, knocking him down to the mat, then stomped on him several times. Devitt rolled away towards the ropes, and used the ropes to pull himself up, but as he did so Steen hit him with a clothesline, sending him over the top rope. Steen then climbed out of the ring and picked Devitt up, slamming him into the chamber wall. Devitt looked dazed as he got to his feet, and Steen set him up for a package piledriver… but Devitt countered with a back body drop! As Steen got to his feet, Devitt hit a front dropkick, knocking Steen back into one of the chamber pods. Devitt then dragged Steen to his feet and threw him back into the ring, where he hit a brainbuster. Devitt hooked the leg and the referee counted - 1… 2… Steen kicked out! Devitt then went to whip Steen into the corner, but Steen reversed the Irish whip, sending Devitt into the corner before hitting him with a corner clothesline. As Devitt staggered out of the corner, Steen hit him with the Go Home Driver then hooked the leg. The referee counted - 1… 2… Devitt kicked out! Steen got to his feet, stomped on Devitt several times, then put him in the Sharpshooter! As Devitt tried to fight out of it, the 10 second countdown for the next entrant began. As the clock struck zero, the light lit up on Xavier Woods’ pod and doors opened. The crowd cheered as Woods entered the ring.
Mauro Ranallo: And here comes the Breakout Champion… will the man who calls himself the King be crowned victorious here tonight?
Steen broke the hold on Devitt and charged towards Woods, hitting him with a series of punches. Woods fought back with some right hands of his own, the whipped Steen against the ropes before hitting a clothesline. Woods then turned his attention to Prince Devitt, grabbing him and taking him down with a bulldog. As Woods got to his feet, Steen grabbed him and set him up for a suplex, but Woods blocked it and countered with a neckbreaker.
Nigel McGuinness: A strong start here by Xavier Woods… he’s taking the fight to both Steen and Devitt!
Woods threw Devitt out of the ring and suplexed him on the outside, then climbed to the top rope. Steen was back on his feet, and Woods went to hit him with a crossbody… but Steen caught him in mid-air and countered into a fallaway slam! Steen followed up with a running Senton, then hooked the leg. The referee counted - 1… 2… Woods kicked out! Steen pulled Woods to his feet and whipped him into the corner, then hit him with a series of punches and kicks, causing Woods to fall into a sitting position. Steen took several steps back, then went for the cannonball… but Woods moved out of the way! Woods pulled Steen to his feet, climbed the turnbuckle and hit a tornado DDT, then hooked the leg. The referee counted - 1… 2… Steen kicked out! As Woods got to his feet and stomped on Steen several times, the 10 second countdown for the next entrant began. When the clock struck zero, Alex Shelley’s pod opened.
Mauro Ranallo: What a moment this is as Alex Shelley enters the Elimination Chamber match for the first time!
As Alex Shelley stepped out of his pod, Prince Devitt charged towards him, hitting a series of punches. Shelley fought back with some right hands of his own, then hit Devitt with the Shellshock! Shelley threw Devitt into the ring, then climbed to the top rope and hit him with the frog splash! He hooked the leg and the referee counted - 1… 2… 3!
Nigel McGuinness: Prince Devitt has been eliminated!
As Devitt exited the chamber, Alex Shelley turned his attention to Xavier Woods. Shelley whipped Woods into the corner and hit him with a series of backhand chops, then sat him on the top rope. Shelley set Woods up for a superplex, but before he could hit it, Steen grabbed Shelley and hit a powerbomb at the same time as the superplex.
Mauro Ranallo: The Tower of Doom!
Steen covered Shelley and the referee counted - 1… 2… Shelley kicked out! Steen then covered Woods and the referee counted - 1… 2… Woods kicked out! Looking frustrated, Steen turned his attention back to Alex Shelley and set him up for a package piledriver… but Shelley broke free and lifted Steen over his shoulder, hitting a back-to-belly piledriver! Before Shelley could make the cover, Woods got back to his feet and he grabbed Shelley, lifting him over his shoulder and hitting a fireman’s carry cutter. He hooked the leg and the referee counted - 1… 2… Shelley kicked out! As Woods got to his feet, the 10 second countdown started once again. As the clock struck zero, the lights flicked between MJF and Bray Wyatt’s pods, landing on MJF’s. The pod door opened, but MJF stayed in the pod! The crowd booed as MJF refused to leave his pod.
Mauro Ranallo: That’s typical of MJF… once again, he’s trying to cheat!
Nigel McGuinness: How is it cheating, Mauro? There are no rules that say you have to exit your pod when the door is opened!
Woods pointed at MJF and challenged him to enter the ring. MJF shook his head… so Woods exited the ring and went to MJF’s pod! As Woods tried to pull MJF out of his pod, MJF hit him with a knee to the groin, then dragged Woods inside the pod and slammed his head against the side of the pod. As Woods fell to the ground, MJF pressed his foot against Woods’ neck, choking him! MJF then exited the pod while a referee checked on Woods to see if he was still breathing. Alex Shelley and Kevin Steen were fighting one another, and as MJF entered the ring he leaned against the ropes, quite content to let the two men slug it out. After Shelley had gained the upper hand, hitting Steen with a single knee facebreaker, MJF attacked Shelley from behind, taking him down to the mat and locking in the Salt of the Earth!
Nigel McGuinness: Salt of the Earth locked in, and don’t forget there are no rope breaks in an Elimination Chamber match… so Alex Shelley either has to try and escape the hold or tap out!
Shelley cried out in pain, but when the referee asked him if he wanted to submit he shook his head defiantly. MJF yelled at him to tap, then tried to increase the pressure on the hold… but as he did so he inadvertently loosened his grip, giving Shelley the chance to pull his arm free. Shelley then rolled MJF up and the referee counted - 1… 2… MJF kicked out! Both men got to their feet and began exchanging punches. As they did so, the ten second countdown began for the final time. Realizing Bray Wyatt was about to enter the chamber, MJF hit Shelley with a headlock takedown, then ran to the other side of the chamber, getting as far away from Wyatt as he could. As the countdown clock struck zero, Wyatt’s pod door opened and he entered the ring, looking first at Alex Shelley, then at Kevin Steen. As Wyatt locked eyes with Steen, the Canadian superstar could be heard yelling “You wanna fight, huh? Let’s fight!” Smiling, Wyatt nodded. The two big men then began exchanging right hands back and forth. Wyatt was able to overpower Steen, and after hitting a DDT he dragged Steen to his feet, kissed his forehead, then hit Sister Abigail! He hooked the leg and the referee counted - 1… 2… 3!
Mauro Ranallo: Kevin Steen has been eliminated!
As Steen exited the ring, Wyatt turned his attention to Alex Shelley. The camera cut to Xavier Woods, who was attacking MJF outside the ring. After hitting MJF with several punches, Woods trapped him against the side of the chamber, dragging his head against the chains while MJF cried out in pain. Woods then lifted MJF over his shoulder, ran towards one of the pods and threw MJF head-first into it! MJF hit the pod with a loud thud, then fell to the floor. Woods threw MJF back into the ring, then went to climb back into the ring, but before he could MJF trapped him between the top and middle ropes, then hit the Heatseeker! He hooked the leg and the referee counted - 1… 2… Woods kicked out! MJF then signaled for the Double Cross, but before he could hit it, the sound of shattered glass echoed throughout the arena, then “Unbreakable” by Cage 9 began to play.
Nigel McGuinness: That can’t be Stone Cold Steve Austin, can it? I thought he was still suspended?
MJF made that same argument to the referee, but Austin was nowhere to be seen, and after a minute or so, his music was cut. The crowd booed, clearly disappointed not to see Stone Cold… but their boos turned to cheers when Xavier Woods hit MJF with Lost in the Woods! He hooked the leg and the referee counted - 1… 2… 3!
Mauro Ranallo: Xavier Woods has eliminated MJF! We’re down to the final three!
As MJF got to his feet, he complained to the referee, saying he had been distracted by Austin’s music. The referee responded by holding up three fingers, making it clear to MJF that he had been eliminated, then ordered MJF to leave the chamber. MJF did so… but not before first hitting Xavier Woods with a low blow! As Woods fell to the mat clutching his groin, the camera cut to the other side of the ring, where Bray Wyatt had Alex Shelley trapped in the corner. After hitting Shelley with a series of stiff punches, Wyatt took several steps back, then ran towards Shelley, going for a body avalanche… but Shelley moved out of the way! As Wyatt stumbled backwards, Shelley grabbed him from behind and ran back towards the corner, hitting the Sliced Bread #2! He hooked the leg and the referee counted - 1… 2… Wyatt kicked out just before the 3!
Nigel McGuinness: So close to a 3 count!
Shelley held his head in disbelief, then got to his feet, contemplating his next move. As he did so, Xavier Woods grabbed Shelley from behind, lifting him up and hitting the Blue Thunder Bomb! Woods hooked both legs and the referee counted - 1… 2… Shelley kicked out! Both men got to their feet and Woods threw Shelley into the corner with a hard Irish whip. Shelley fell to the mat after hitting the turnbuckles, and as he got to his feet, Woods went for the Honor Roll… but Shelley ducked out of the way, then grabbed Woods from behind, hitting a backstabber before locking Woods in the Border City Stretch! Woods was unable to escape the hold, and he tapped out.
Mauro Ranallo: That’s two eliminations now for Alex Shelley… can he also defeat the Eater of Worlds, Bray Wyatt, and book his place in the main event of Fallout?
As Woods exited the chamber, Shelley looked over at Bray Wyatt, who was standing in the corner. Wyatt held out his arms, then began singing “he’s got the whole world in his hands”. Shelley responded by holding out his arms, and singing “I’m just a city boy, born and raised in south Detroit!” Laughing, Wyatt moved out of the corner and charged towards Shelley, hitting him with a running crossbody. Wyatt then dragged Shelley to his feet, lifted him up over his head and threw him out of the ring. Shelley landed hard on the outside, and Wyatt went after him, dragging him to his feet once more and this time throwing him into the side of the chamber. As Shelley stumbled backwards, Wyatt grabbed him and went to throw him into one of the chamber pods… but Shelley blocked it, slammed Wyatt’s head off the side of the chamber, then hit him with a superkick. As Wyatt fell to the ground, Shelley looked up… before climbing onto the top of one of the chamber pods. He waited for Wyatt to get to his feet… then hit him with a flying clothesline!
Mauro Ranallo: Mamma Mia!
Nigel McGuinness: Shelley went high risk, and although it paid off you have to wonder what condition he’ll be in to face Miz on Sunday if he wins this match.
Both men were down for several seconds before Shelley threw Bray Wyatt back into the ring. Shelley then climbed to the top rope and went for a frog splash… but Wyatt got his knees up and blocked it! As Shelley clutched his ribs, Wyatt arched his back and began spider walking around the ring. Wyatt got to his feet, grabbed Alex Shelley and hit the Uranage, then hooked the leg. The referee counted - 1… 2… Shelley kicked out! Wyatt lifted Shelley up once more, this time going for a swinging gutbuster… but Shelley was able to counter it into a cutter! Shelley draped his arm over Wyatt, and the referee counted - 1… 2… Wyatt kicked out! Shelley got to his feet and grabbed Wyatt by the leg, going for a single leg Boston crab… but Wyatt kicked him away before he could lock it in, then got to his feet. Shelley and Wyatt began grappling, and Shelley set Wyatt up for the Shellshock… but Wyatt blocked it, and countered with Sister Abigail! He hooked the leg and the referee counted - 1… 2… 3!
Mauro Ranallo: It’s over! Bray Wyatt is the victor… what a match!
Nigel McGuinness: You have to wonder what Miz is thinking right now, Mauro… and Paul Heyman, for that matter!
As Wyatt celebrated, Miz walked out onto the stage, the EBWF World Championship over his shoulder. He looked at Wyatt with a concerned expression on his face. Wyatt smiled deviously, and the two men continued staring at one another as Warfare went off the air.