Mauro Ranallo: Get ready folks… it’s time for Total Supremacy! We are live from the sold out United Center in Chicago, Illinois, and we’re kicking things off with Maxwell Jacob Friedman versus Christian Cage!
“Take Over V2” hit as Christian made his way down to the ring to the cheers of the fans. Those cheers turned to boos as "Better Than You" began to play. Christian paced back and forth in the ring, awaiting the arrival of MJF, but the leader of Dynasty was nowhere to be seen. After about 30 seconds, MJF's face appeared on the Tron.
MJF: I bet you're wondering why I'm here and not there with you wonderful… strike that… with you people, in Shitcago, Illinois. Well, the answer is simple. I'm sick of being undervalued. I'm SICK of being taken for granted in this company, and not just me, the entire Dynasty will not be in attendance tonight. You wanted to see KC and Ace squash some local curtain-jerkers before the show goes live? Tough. You wanted to see me put Christian in the Salt of the Earth and make him cry like a baby… again? Tough shit. We'll be flying out to Europe tonight to join my buddies at the IXWF on tour. They know how to treat their talent, but rest assured, I will be back. We will be back. But not until you learn your lesson and treat us with the respect that we deserve. They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder; by the time we return, you'll fucking love us. Oh no, I said a bad word… what are you gonna do Wes? Suspend me?
MJF smirked as he switched off the camera, leaving Christian laughing in the center of the ring. Christian asked for a microphone.
Christian: Well, I'm sorry Chicago. I knew that MJF was a coward, but I didn't realize he was this big of one. I guess this means I'm one step closer to getting a title shot!
He dropped the microphone and headed back up the ramp to wait for the final.
After the match, the camera cut to Mauro Ranallo and Nigel McGuinness at ringside.
Mauro Ranallo: Well that was unexpected, and disappointing. MJF has decided not to show up, and on behalf of EBWF I’d like to apologize for his unprofessionalism.
Nigel McGuinness: Unprofessional, Mauro? Didn’t you hear what he said? He’s made his reasons for not showing up clear… he’s tired of being undervalued, so he’s taking a leave of absence.
Mauro Ranallo: Well I don’t agree with him not showing up here tonight, but as a result of MJF’s “leave of absence”, he forfeits his match and Christian Cage advances to the final of the King of the Ring tournament. We’re about to find out who Christian will face in the final as Xavier Woods takes on Matt Riddle!
Riddle made his way to the ring first, followed by Xavier Woods. Both men were cheered by the crowd. The referee called for the bell and the two men locked up. Riddle took Woods down to the mat with a headlock takedown, then went for an armbar, but Woods got his feet on the bottom rope. As Woods got to his feet, Riddle took him down with a double leg takedown, then went for a kneebar, but once again Woods got to the ropes. Riddle pulled Woods to his feet and hit him with a gutwrench suplex... but Woods landed on his feet! Woods hit Riddle with a series of punches, then lifted him up, hitting a suplex. He hooked the leg and the referee counted - 1… 2… Riddle kicked out! Woods pulled Riddle to his feet and hit him with a series of punches, then went to whip him against the ropes. Riddle reversed the Irish whip, sending Woods against the ropes. As Woods ran back towards Riddle, the two men collided with a double clothesline! Both men were down for several seconds, and as they got to their feet, Riddle went to hit Woods with a running knee. Woods ducked out of the way, then hit Riddle with a spinning kick, knocking Riddle back against the ropes. Woods then hit Riddle with a clothesline, sending him to the outside. Woods followed Riddle out of the ring and lifted him up onto his shoulders, then slammed him onto the ring apron!
Mauro Ranallo: Mamma Mia! Woods just dropped Riddle onto the hardest part of the ring!
As Riddle fell to the floor, Woods slid back into the ring. The referee began counting Riddle out, but as he reached the count of 5, Riddle got to his feet and slid back into the ring. Woods grabbed Riddle, setting him up for a DDT, but Riddle countered it into a northern lights suplex! Woods’ shoulders were down and the referee counted - 1… 2… Woods kicked out! Both men got to their feet and Riddle hit Woods with a superkick, then went for the Broton splash… but Woods got his knees up to block it! Both men got to their feet and Woods hit Riddle with a back drop, then hooked the leg. The referee counted - 1… 2… Riddle kicked out! Woods pulled Riddle to his feet and set him up for Lost in the Woods, but Riddle blocked it, hitting Woods with a knee smash. Riddle then set Woods up for a tombstone… but Woods countered it with a headscissors takedown! Both men got to their feet and Woods hit Riddle with a dropkick, knocking him backwards into the corner of the ring. Woods followed up with a running forearm smash, then as Riddle staggered out of the corner, Woods lifted him up, hitting a military press double knee gutbuster! He hooked the leg and the referee counted - 1… 2… Riddle kicked out!
Nigel McGuinness: Another near fall! There have been so many times it looked like Woods had this match won, but Riddle keeps fighting back!
Woods pulled Riddle to his feet and set him up for a cradle suplex, but Riddle blocked it, then got behind Woods and hit a release German suplex! Riddle climbed to the top rope, going for the Floating Bro… but Woods rolled out of the way! As Riddle got to his feet, Woods hit him with the Honor Roll, then followed up with Lost in the Woods! He hooked both legs and the referee counted - 1… 2… 3!
Mauro Ranallo: It’s over! What a performance by both men, but it’s Xavier Woods who advances to the final!
As Woods celebrated, the camera cut to the backstage area, where Christian was watching the match. He smiled and nodded, then walked away as a promo for EBWF Shop began to play.
The camera cut back to the ring, where the steel cage was being lowered for the next match.
Mauro Ranallo: Still to come, we will crown our King and Queen of the Ring, and we’ll hear from the Handsome Devil, Hook! Up next though, it’s a steel cage! Kane of The Coalition takes on Adam Cole of the Bullet Club, with the winner becoming the new number one contender for Xavier Woods’ Breakout Championship.
“All About Tha (Boom!)” hit and the crowd booed as Adam Cole made his way to the ring. Cole seemed reluctant to enter the cage, and once he was inside he began pacing back and forth nervously. Red light filled the arena, “Slow Chemical” hit and the crowd cheered as Kane headed to the ring. Once Kane was inside the ring, one of the officials at ringside locked the cage door and called for the bell. Cole immediately hit Kane with a superkick, then tried to climb out of the cage, but before he could reach the top of the cage Kane grabbed him, dragging him back down into the ring. Kane hit Cole with a series of punches, then threw him into all four sides of the cage one by one. As Cole fell to the mat, Kane began laughing and signaled for the Chokeslam. He waited for Cole to get to his feet, then grabbed him by the throat… but Cole fought back, kicking Kane between the legs then taking him down with a DDT! He hooked the leg and the referee counted - 1… 2… Kane kicked out! Cole stomped on Kane several times, then pulled down his kneepad and sat Kane up. He ran against the ropes, going for The Boom… but Kane moved out of the way! As Kane got to his feet, he hit Cole with a big boot, knocking him down, then followed up with a leg drop. Cole looked dazed as he got to his feet, and Kane lifted him over his shoulder before hitting the Tombstone Piledriver! He crossed Cole’s arms into a crucifix, pinning him. The referee counted - 1… 2… 3!
Nigel McGuinness: It’s over! Kane defeats Adam Cole, earning a shot at the Breakout Championship!
Mauro Ranallo: We’ll hear from Hook next!
A video package played recapping Hook’s EBWF career to date. The video showed Hook’s first EBWF appearance, when he had taken out KC Navarro and Ace Austin of Dynasty. It then showed Hook winning his debut match against Tanga Loa in the first round of the King of the Ring tournament, setting up a second round match with MJF. Finally, the video package showed MJF’s controversial countout victory over Hook, following interference from Alex Kane and Ace Austin. After the video package had finished, “The Chairman’s Intent” by Action Bronson hit and the crowd cheered as Hook made his way to the ring, accompanied by Taz. When Hook and Taz entered the ring, and Taz grabbed a microphone… which he then handed to Hook. Hook signaled for his music to be cut, and began to speak.
Hook: Alright, let me make a few things clear. First of all… yeah, I talk! Certain people seem to think that I’m incapable of cutting a promo, because I let my dad do most of the talking for me, but it’s not that I can’t talk… I just prefer to do my talking in the ring. And for six months, I did a lot of talking in this ring. I went nine straight matches undefeated, making short work of my opponents each time. And then in my tenth match… I got cheated by MJF and Dynasty. MJF said earlier that he was leaving EBWF because he’s “sick of being taken for granted”, and he’s taking the rest of Dynasty with him. But I know the real reason he’s not here tonight… it’s because he knew I would be here, and he’s scared of getting his ass kicked! Maxwell, I hope you enjoy your European vacation, because I promise you this… if you’re brave enough to set foot in an EBWF ring again, I will be here, waiting. And I will have my vengeance.
The crowd cheered and began chanting “Hook is gonna kill you”.
Hook: Tonight, though, I don’t give a shit about MJF or Dynasty. I’m out here because I want to wrestle, and prove to the world that my “loss” to MJF was a fluke. So I’m issuing an open challenge to any superstar in the back who thinks they can beat me.
Hook handed the microphone to Taz.
Taz: Beat Hook if you can… survive if he lets you!
Taz then exited the ring as Hook stared down the ramp.
Mauro Ranallo: Fighting talk there from Hook… who will answer the challenge?
A minute or so passed, and no one had answered the challenge. Hook shook his head, and was about to exit the ring… when “Judas” by Fozzy blasted over the PA system. The arena erupted as Chris Jericho stepped out onto the stage.
Nigel McGuinness: I can’t believe this… is Chris Jericho out here to answer Hook’s open challenge?
Mauro Ranallo: It looks like it, Nigel! He’s wearing his ring gear!
Jericho smiled as he walked down the ramp. As he reached the bottom of the ramp, he took the microphone from Taz, then entered the ring and began to speak.
Chris Jericho: You know Hook, I’ve called a lot of people “Junior” in my 30 plus year career… but never has it been more appropriate than when I’m standing in the ring with you. As I’m sure you know, I wrestled your father many times before he retired. We even teamed up a few times. And more often than not, I beat him. I think your dad only ever beat me once in singles competition… ECW in 2006, when you cheated in that shoot fight rules match. Does that sound about right, Taz?
The camera cut to Taz at ringside, who shrugged.
Chris Jericho: You want to prove yourself, Hook? Well tonight, I’m giving you the opportunity of a lifetime… let’s see if you can get a win over the GOAT!
Jericho handed the microphone to one of the ringside crew, then yelled at the referee to call the bell. As soon as the bell rang, Jericho went to hit Hook with the Judas Effect… but Hook ducked out of the way and hit him with a Saito suplex! As both men got to their feet, Hook took Jericho down with a hip toss, then applied an STF! Jericho was able to get to the ropes, and the referee ordered Hook to break the hold.
Nigel McGuinness: Well Jericho said he was giving Hook the opportunity of a lifetime… Hook has seized that opportunity with both hands so far!
Both men got to their feet and Hook went to whip Jericho against the ropes, but Jericho reversed the Irish whip, sending Hook against the ropes. As Hook ran back towards him, Jericho hit an arm drag, then stomped on Hook several times. He pulled Hook to his feet and hit a double underhook backbreaker, then hooked the leg. The referee counted - 1… 2… Hook kicked out! Jericho pulled Hook to his feet and whipped him into the corner, then hit him with a series of backhand chops. Hook fought back with a series of punches, then threw Jericho out of the ring. As Jericho got to his feet, Hook held his arms out, taunting Jericho.
Mauro Ranallo: Hook needs to be careful here… overconfidence could cost him, especially against someone as experienced as Chris Jericho!
As Jericho tried to climb back into the ring, Hook grabbed him on the ring apron, setting him up for a suplex… but Jericho countered it, suplexing Hook over the top rope to the outside! Both men were down outside the ring, and the referee began counting - 1… 2… 3… 4… 5… 6… Jericho got to his feet, and rolled back into the ring… 7… 8… 9… Hook got to his feet and slid back into the ring just before the 10 count! Jericho grabbed him and hit a double powerbomb, then hooked both legs. The referee counted - 1… 2… Hook kicked out! Jericho grabbed Hook by the legs, locking him in the Walls of Jericho!
Nigel McGuinness: Walls of Jericho locked in! Hook could be in trouble!
Hook tried to reach for the ropes, but Jericho dragged him towards the center of the ring. Hook managed to escape the hold by rolling over and kicking Jericho away. As Hook got to his feet, Jericho caught him with a kick to the midsection and set him up for a DDT… but Hook countered it into a bridging northern lights suplex! The referee counted - 1… 2… Jericho kicked out just before the 3!
Mauro Ranallo: Hook was so close to beating Jericho there!
Both men got to their feet and exchanged right hands back and forth. Hook looked to have gained the upper hand, and he went to hit Jericho with a clothesline… but Jericho ducked out of the way and got behind Hook, hitting him with a tiger suplex! Both of Hook’s shoulders were down and the referee counted - 1… 2… Hook kicked out! Both men got to their feet, and Jericho went for the Judas Effect… but once again, Hook ducked out of the way! This time, he grabbed Jericho from behind, locking in Redrum! He dragged Jericho down to the mat, and Jericho tried to fight out of it, but he was unable to do so. The referee asked Jericho if he wanted to submit, but Jericho refused! Hook increased the pressure on the hold, and Jericho passed out. The referee called for the bell and Hook finally released Jericho, smiling as the referee raised his arm in victory.
Nigel McGuinness: Hook just got the biggest win of his short career… he just choked out the 12 time EBWF World Champion, Chris Jericho!
Hook and Taz made their way to the back as the referee checked on Jericho.
Mauro Ranallo: We have arrived at the most anticipated moment of summer! It’s time to crown our Queen of the Ring!
Alexa’s theme hit and the crowd gave a mixed reaction as The Goddess stepped from behind the curtain.
Nigel McGuinness: Alexa has worked tirelessly all year to get to our women’s main event and you have to believe she thinks she can beat Allysin Kay here tonight.
Allysin was out to the ring next to a big ovation from the crowd. Once she was in the ring, Christy Hemme did the introductions. The crowd roared as the two women met in the center of the ring, jawing off face to face.
Mauro Ranallo: Here we go!
The bell rang, and Bliss stomped away at Kay. Kay powered her to the corner and took her down for a two count. Bliss quickly shoved her to the corner and shouldered her. Kay fought out and hit snake eyes on Bliss. Bliss then slammed her into the turnbuckles. Allysin stumbled out, and Alexa rolled her up for the two count.
Nigel McGuinness: Alexa trying to make it happen there, but came up short!
The crowd started up dueling chants. Alexa tried to keep the momentum by choking Allysin on the ropes. Alexa kicked her. She then applied a chin lock. Bliss fought out and stomped away at Kay. Bliss got her in the corner and slapped her in the face before bowing to the crowd. The Alexa fans in the audience cheered wildly.
Nigel McGuinness: There we go! A sign of confidence from Alexa and wait…
Kay exploded out of the corner with a clothesline. Kay stomped her and hit a rolling elbow drop. Kay charged, but Bliss slapped her in the face. Kay quickly snapped her off the ropes and kneed her in the face. Kay went to the top rope, but Bliss avoided her. Bliss hit the ropes, but Allysin kneed her. Kay went for a sliding dropkick through the corner of the ring, but Alexa avoided it. Bliss then pulled her shoulder-first into the ring post.
Nigel McGuinness: Alexa working quickly to try to get a pin!
Mauro Ranallo: No good! Alexa can’t believe it!
Nigel McGuinness: Alexa has to expose that shoulder!
Bliss worked over the injured shoulder and yanked away at it. Bliss went for a head-scissor, but Kay countered into a back suplex for a two count. Kay then hit a sunset flip into the turnbuckles. Bliss’ head bounced off the turnbuckles. Kay wiped her out with a crossbody. Bliss quickly took Kay down on the floor and hit Twisted Bliss. Alexa grabbed her ribs, but went for Allysin. Bliss got her in the ring and went to the top rope. Bliss fought Kay off the ropes and went for Twisted Bliss again, but Kay got the knees up. Kay moved to her feet and hit AK-47!
Nigel McGuinness: No, no, no!
Mauro Ranallo: Allysin Kay with the pin!
Mauro Ranallo: She did it!
Nigel McGuinness: You’re kidding me!
Christy Hemme: Here is your winner! And the 2022 Queen of the Ring! Allysin Kay!
Mauro Ranallo: An incredible effort from Alexa Bliss! What an amazing women’s main event. She has punched her ticket for a match for the EBWF Women’s Championship.
Allysin’s arm was raised in victory and she celebrated with the crowd as a final hype video for the main event began to play.
"New Day, New Way" hit the PA and the crowd cheered as King Xavier walked out from behind the curtain and onto the stage.
Mauro Ranallo: The crowd here tonight waiting to see if King Xavier can live up to his name.
Nigel McGuinness: He might have a bit of trouble against the veteran Christian Cage.
"TakeOver" hit and the crowd gave a mixed reaction to Christian Cage who stepped on the stage and shielded his eyes to look for his peeps. Christian proceeded to the ring as Christy Hemme introduced him.
Mauro Ranallo: We are just minutes away from naming our King of the Ring. This is going to be a banger of a match!
The bell rang and Christian and Xavier locked up. Christian Cage applied a tight side headlock. Xavier whipped Cage into the ropes and Cage came back with a shoulder block, knocking Xavier off his feet. Xavier kicked Christian in the midsection. Xavier retreated out of the ring. Christian followed him out and caught Xavier with a lariat!
Nigel McGuinness: A wonderfully laid trap by Christian Cage.
They battled their way back into the ring where Christian Cage chopped away at Xavier. Xavier kicked out Christian’s leg, knocking Christian off the turnbuckles. Cage went to the outside to try to collect himself. Xavier followed Christian out of the ring and then Xavier whipped Christian into the steel ring steps. Christian rallied back, leap frogging the steel ring post, crashing down onto Xavier on the arena floor! They traded strikes inside the ring and Xavier cracked Christian Cage with an enzaguri kick. Christian fired back, planting Xavier with the swinging DDT.
Nigel McGuinness: Christian looking for the Kill Switch... wait...
Xavier countered with a backstabber.
Christian rolled up Xavier with an inside cradle.
Mauro Ranallo: Christian tried to steal one, but it was no good.
Christian followed up with a reverse DDT! Christian attempted a diving headbutt but Xavier dodged it. Xavier rocked Cage with the running knee strike!
Mauro Ranallo: This has been an outstanding, strategic match.
Christian threw Xavier into the corner, and then jumped off the turnbuckles for a flying European uppercut. Xavier defended with a thrust kick! Xavier was looking for Lost in the Woods, but Christian countered with a hurricanrana! Christian charged at Xavier, but Xavier connected with a kick. Christian speared Xavier.
Nigel McGuinness: What a near fall!
Christian and Xavier went back-and-forth for several minutes, and the match spilled to the outside where Xavier slammed Cage into the barricade and then into the ring steps. Xavier went for Lost in the Woods, but Christian sidestepped him and tossed him to the floor. Christian hit a Plancha off the top but Xavier. The crowd started a "This is Awesome" chant as the two men battled back into the ring. Christian and Xavier exchanged right hands in the ring and then Xavier dove off the middle rope right into the boots from Christian. Christian hit a 10-count of punches in the corner before hitting a Springboard Sunset Flip out of the corner.
Nigel McGuinness: No way!
Mauro Ranallo: I thought Christian was gonna be crowned right now!
Christian hit the Pendulum Kick in the corner and followed up with a Swinging DDT for two. Christian went for the Unprettier but Xavier shoved him into the turnbuckles. Christian back kicked a charging Xavier and then leaped to the middle rope only for Xavier to catch him in a Backstabber for two. Xavier was frustrated and Christian surprised him with an Inside Cradle for two. Christian hit the Impaler and then dove off the top with a Splash.
Mauro Ranallo: Trading pins, and both men giving it their all here.
Xavier moved out of the way of the Splash and hit a series of kicks capped off with the a high kick!
No! Christian kicked out!
Christian and Xavier exchanged strikes from their knees. Christian went up top and dives off right into a Superkick in midair for another near fall. Xavier went Lost in the Woods, but Christian leaped up and uppercuts him. Christian followed up with a Frankensteiner off the top for a near fall of his own. Christian goes for a Spear but Xavier kicked him in the knee in mid-move and then went for Lost in the Woods again. Christian backdropped Xavier but ran right into another Superkick. Xavier went for a right hand but Christian ducked and rolled him up for two. Christian immediately hit the Spear!
NO Xavier kicks out! Christian goes for the Unprettier again but Xavier hooked his leg on the bottom rope to block it. He hit Christian in the eye with a closed first as the referee tried to separate them and Woods saw an opening to hit Lost in the Woods!
Mauro Ranallo: What a Main Event!
Nigel McGuinness: The effort from both of these men.
Christy Hemme: Here is your winner... the King of the Ring... King Xavier!
The crowd cheered as Xavier collected his crown and scepter, celebrating with his loyal subjects as New Day New Way blared throughout the arena.
Mauro Ranallo: This tournament has been going on for weeks, and has finally reached its conclusion! What will Warfare bring?
The crowd continued to celebrate with Xavier as Total Supremacy went off the air.