Mauro Ranallo: Get ready folks… it’s time for Warfare! Tonight, we are live from the Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas!
Nigel McGuinness: We’ve got two first round Queen of the Ring matches later on as Natalya takes on Allysin Kay and Alexa Bliss faces her longtime rival, Trish Stratus!
Mauro Ranallo: Up first though, we’re starting off the second round of the King of the Ring tournament with Dynasty’s Ace Austin going one on one with Jack Evans!
Jack Evans made his way to the ring first, accompanied by Angelico. When Evans was in the ring, Ace Austin came out, accompanied by KC Navarro. When Austin was in the ring, the referee called for the bell and the two men locked up. Evans put Austin in a headlock, but Austin fought out of it and hit Evans with a series of punches, then whipped him into the corner. Austin hit Evans with a series of backhand chops in the corner, then whipped Gunn across the ring to the opposite corner, before running at him and hitting a corner clothesline. As Evans staggered out of the corner, Austin took him down with a superkick, then hooked the leg. The referee counted - 1… 2… Evans kicked out! Austin pulled Evans to his feet and set him up for a spinning neckbreaker, but Evans blocked it, countering with a snap suplex. As both men got to their feet, Evans hit Austin with a series of punches, then whipped him against the ropes. As Austin ran back towards him, Evans went for an arm drag, but Austin blocked it, countering with a reverse STO. Austin then applied an armbar, and while the armbar was locked in he pulled a card out of his trunks. Keeping the hold locked in, Austin spread Evans’ fingers… but before he could slice the card between his fingers, the referee confiscated it!
Mauro Ranallo: We saw Ace Austin use that card “trick” on Austin Gunn in the first round… but the referee was wise to it this time!
KC Navarro climbed onto the ring apron and began arguing with the referee, demanding that he give Austin his card back. While the referee was distracted, Angelico entered the ring and hit Austin with a boot to the face, forcing him to break the armbar. Angelico swiftly exited the ring as the referee turned around, and Evans pulled Austin to his feet, then grabbed his shoulders and went for a bridging backslide pin! The referee counted - 1… 2… Austin kicked out!
Nigel McGuinness: Jack Evans almost stole a victory there!
Both men got to their feet and Austin went for a spinning heel kick, but Evans ducked out of the way before hitting an inverted DDT. Evans then went to the top rope and signaled for the 630 Senton… but before he could hit it, KC Navarro grabbed onto his foot! Evans kicked him away, but Navarro’s interference had given Austin time to recover and as he got to his feet, he ran into the ropes, causing Evans to fall onto the turnbuckle. Austin jumped up, hitting a hurricanrana… then as Jack Evans got to his feet, Ace Austin hit The Fold! As Austin hooked the leg, Navarro attacked Angelico at ringside, stopping him from interfering. The referee made the count - 1… 2… 3!
Mauro Ranallo: It’s over! After a lot of shenanigans, Ace Austin advances to the quarter finals!
Austin and Navarro celebrated as a promo for Total Supremacy began to play.
After the promo for Total Supremacy had finished, Allysin Kay came to the ring to boos from the crowd. She slid in under the bottom rope and awaited her opponent. Natalya received a welcoming ovation from the Wichita crowd as she headed down to the ring. Once the introductions had been made, the two women squared up inside and the bell rang. Allysin got Natalya in the corner with a drop kick. She followed up with some right hands and then executed a shoulder block. Natalya rolled to the outside.
Mauro Ranallo: Natalya seems a little surprised at the tenacity of Allysin Kay here.
Nigel McGuinness: Allysin wants to advance in this tournament and beating Natalya is her ticket to do that, Mauro!
Natalya got back in the ring as Allysin went for a right hand but Natalya ducked and she dropped Allysin. She went for a dropkick but Allysin moved out of the way. Allysin tried for the jackknife cover but Natalya kicked out. Allysin landed the bodyslam and climbed the top rope. Allysin went for the frog splash and pinned Natalya.
Mauro Ranallo: No! Allysin Kay almost had Natalya there.
The women battled their way back to their feet. The crowd cheered a hurricanrana from Natalya. She went for the cover but Allysin kicked out. Right hands from Natalya as Natalya climbed the second rope but Allysin brought her down with a suplex.
Nigel McGuinness: Both women are down!
The women fought to their feet. Allysin hit a shoulder block followed by a drop kick. Then she hit back elbow followed by a spinebuster! She went for the cover but Natalya kicked out.
Mauro Ranallo: Natalya is relentless. Allysin can't keep her down.
Allysin went for a moonsault but Natalya moved out of the way. Allysin landed on her feet! Both women backed up and a huge clothesline by Natalya. She went for the cover but Allysin kicked out. Natalya dropped Allysin down but Allysin kicked her away. Both women ran toward each other and knocked each other down. Allysin was to her feet first and hit the AK47!
Mauro Ranallo: Allysin Kay with the pin!
Nigel McGuinness: Natalya can't believe it!
Natalya looked shocked as she sat up in the center of the ring. Allysin Kay had her hand raised in victory as EBWF went to commercial.
When EBWF returned from commercial, Kevin Steen's theme hit and the crowd gave a mixed reaction as he came from behind the curtain.
Mauro Ranallo: Tonight, Kevin Steen takes on Riddle to determine who will move forward in the King of the Ring tournament and I have to say Nigel, Matt Riddle might be a dark horse pick to win the whole thing!
Nigel McGuinness: He certainly surprised EBWF fans with his stellar debut!
The crowd started a "Bro" chant as Riddle came out to the ring. He was clearly hyped up for his match, and proceeded to the ring, doing his usual entrance by kicking off his sandals once inside. He stared Steen down and waited for the bell to ring.
Steen charged in with a head lock, but Riddle sent him to the ropes. Steen came back with a shoulder block. Steen went to the ropes and Riddle wrenched back with an arm bar but was forced to break the hold as Steen grabbed onto the ropes and scrambled to the outside.
Nigel McGuinness: Quick thinking by Kevin Steen.
Riddle landed a baseball slide. He threw Steen back into the ring. Steen hit a back elbow and followed up with a right hand. Kevin unloaded with right hands on Riddle and the crowd began to furiously boo. Steen was unrelenting with forearms to the face followed by a head lock. Riddle was struggling but managed some right hands to get out of it. Riddle got a kick to the face that rocked Steen.
Mauro Ranallo: Both men are down!
Riddle landed another forearm to the face followed by a fisherman’s suplex. Riddle went for a moonsault, but Steen moved out of the way. Riddle went for a splash but Steen got his knees up. Steen went for the Stunner, but Riddle avoided it and followed up with a kick. Riddle climbed the top rope and Steen pushed him off.
Nigel McGuinness: Kevin Steen with the upper hand here.
Steen moved to the top rope but Riddle ran to meet him there as Steen pushed him down. Steen jumped and Riddle got a knee to the face. He went for the cover but Steen kicked out. Riddle went for the Bro To Sleep but Steen landed on his feet. Steen got the Michinoku driver. He went for the cover.
Mauro Ranallo: Not enough!
Steen threw Riddle on the ring apron, but Riddle got to his feet and threw Steen to the outside. Riddle landed a kick to the face followed by a corkscrew moonsault. He helped Steen back into the ring and hit a powerslam!
Nigel McGuinness: Riddle proving looks can be deceiving! Look at the way he got Steen up there.
Riddle grabbed Steen and Steen was on the ring apron. Riddle got the DDT off the second rope. Riddle went for a DDT but Steen rolled to the outside of the ring. Riddle taunted Steen to get back in, and the big man did, only for Riddle to meet him with the Bro Derek. Riddle hooked the leg!
Mauro Ranallo: That's it!
Nigel McGuinness: Matt Riddle will take on Max Caster or Edge in the next round of the tournament, and I think you might be right Mauro! No one should be sleeping on Matt Riddle!
The crowd kept up their "Bro" chant as Riddle pumped his fist and EBWF went to commercial.
When Warfare returned from the commercial break, KC Navarro was on his way to the ring, accompanied by Ace Austin.
Mauro Ranallo: Welcome back! Up next, we’ve got the Breakout Champion Xavier Woods in action as he goes one on one with KC Navarro!
When Navarro was in the ring, “New Day, New Way” hit and the crowd cheered as Xavier Woods headed to the ring. After Woods had entered the ring, the referee called for the bell and the two men locked up. Woods was able to overpower Navarro and he shoved him into the corner of the ring, then hit him with a series of kicks. Navarro tried to fight back with a series of punches, but Woods grabbed him and slammed his head off the turnbuckle, before lifting him up and hitting a back drop. He hooked the leg and the referee counted - 1… 2… Navarro kicked out! Woods pulled Navarro to his feet and hit him with a series of backhand chops, then went to whip Navarro against the ropes… but Navarro reversed it, sending Woods against the ropes before hitting a dropkick. As both men got to their feet, Navarro set Woods up for a DDT, but Woods countered with a bridging northern lights suplex! The referee counted - 1… 2… Navarro kicked out!
Nigel McGuinness: Xavier Woods is in control here… but KC Navarro isn’t going down easily!
Mauro Ranallo: And with Ace Austin at ringside, the odds aren’t exactly in Xavier’s favor…
Woods pulled Navarro to his feet and hit him with a series of punches, then whipped him against the ropes. As Navarro ran back towards him, Woods went for a clothesline, but Navarro ducked out of the way, then hit Woods with a superkick! He hooked the leg and the referee counted - 1… 2… Woods kicked out! Navarro pulled Woods to his feet and whipped him against the ropes, and as Woods hit the ropes Ace Austin grabbed both of his legs, tripping him up. The referee looked at him, but Austin protested his innocence as Navarro pulled Woods to his feet and hit him with a suplex. He hooked the leg and the referee counted - 1… 2… again Woods kicked out! Navarro got to his feet and climbed the turnbuckle, signaling for the Satellite DDT. When Woods was up, Navarro went for it… but Woods caught him and countered with a running powerslam!
Nigel McGuinness: What a counter by Xavier Woods!
Ace Austin climbed onto the turnbuckle to try and distract the referee, but Woods ran across and hit him with a forearm smash, then pulled Navarro to his feet and hit Lost in the Woods! He hooked the leg and the referee counted - 1… 2… 3!
Mauro Ranallo: It’s over! Woods advances to the quarter finals, where he will face Prince Devitt or Bubba Ray Dudley!
Woods celebrated as a video package played previewing the remaining King of the Ring second round matches.
After the video package had finished, the camera cut to Mauro Ranallo and Nigel McGuinness at ringside.
Mauro Ranallo: We’ve got four more King of the Ring second round matches scheduled for next week, along with two Queen of the Ring first round matches! Up next though, it’s time for our main event as Trish Stratus takes on Alexa Bliss… and it’s fair to say there is no love lost between these two superstars!
Nigel McGuinness: The winner will face Allysin Kay, who looked impressive in her match earlier.
Alexa Bliss made her way to the ring first, followed by Trish Stratus. There were dueling chants for both women as they stared across the ring at one another. The referee called for the bell and the two women locked up. Alexa took Trish down with a snapmare, then stomped on her several times. She pulled Trish to her feet and whipped her into the corner, then went for a corner clothesline... but Trish moved out of the way! Alexa stumbled out of the corner and Trish hit her with a series of punches, then whipped her against the ropes. As Alexa ran back towards her, Trish took Alexa down with a hip toss, then grabbed her by the legs, going for a sharpshooter, but Alexa kicked her away and got to her feet. Alexa hit a snap suplex, then hooked the leg. The referee counted – 1... 2... Trish kicked out! Alexa pulled Trish to her feet and hit her with a series of punches, then went to whip her against the ropes, but Trish reversed it, sending Alexa into the ropes. As Alexa ran back towards her, Trish took her down with a Thesz press, then hit her with repeated punches against the mat. Trish pulled Alexa to her feet and hit a neckbreaker slam, then hooked the leg. The referee counted – 1... 2... Alexa kicked out!
Mauro Ranallo: Great back and forth action thus far!
Trish pulled Alexa to her feet and whipped her into the corner, before hitting a Stinger splash. As Alexa moved out of the corner, Trish went for the Chick Kick, but Alexa ducked out of the way, then hit a snap DDT. She hooked the leg and the referee counted – 1... 2... Trish kicked out just before the 3!
Nigel McGuinness: Alexa thought she had it there!
Alexa looked frustrated as she got to her feet. She stomped on Trish several times, then hit Insult to Injury. She hooked the leg once more - 1… 2… again Trish kicked out! Alexa pulled Trish to her feet and whipped her into the corner, then sat her on the top rope. She set Trish up for a superplex… but Trish countered it into a sunset flip powerbomb! She hooked both legs and the referee counted - 1… 2… Alexa kicked out! Trish pulled Alexa to her feet and set her up for the Stratusfaction… but Alexa broke free and grabbed Trish, drilling her head into the mat with a reverse STO. She then climbed to the top rope, and hit Twisted Bliss! She hooked the leg and the referee counted - 1… 2… 3!
Mauro Ranallo: It’s over! Incredible effort by both superstars, but it’s Alexa Bliss that emerges victorious!
The referee called for the bell and raised Alexa’s arm in victory. Alexa celebrated as Warfare went off the air.