EBWF Warfare went live to a cold open. Drone footage flying over Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River straight into the city until it was flying over the MGM Grand Casino, Comerica Park, Ford Field and then over the Little Caesars Arena. The whole time the drone took viewers on the tour of downtown Detroit a familiar voice provided a backing track.
Wes Ikeda: Sometimes as a wrestler there is one City that defines your entire career. It was the place that broke you. It was the place that made you. And sometimes you're lucky enough to build a company, a brand, that is so wholeheartedly welcomed by your City that every time you come home everything just feels right. That's what the Motor City, the Border City, is to me. Home. The house that built me is a bingo hall just across the river...
The crowd could be heard cheering that.
Wes Ikeda: ...the way I paid my dues was with barbed wire and broken glass. You could paint the Lion's gridiron with the blood I've spilled in this town. Because the people of Detroit? We don't know when to quit. Every time you think this City is dead, we just come roaring back. My love of professional wrestling was cultivated in this town. And my style of wrestling? Perfected right here. Which is why, here tonight, Warfare goes back to its roots. It lives up to its name. Because your opening match of the evening is now... A Detroit Street Fight.
The crowd could be heard cheering again and suddenly the screen flashed and Wes Ikeda came into the frame, in a black t-shirt that had an Ikeda logo in the center with a circular design around it that read "Made In Detroit". Wes smirked briefly, and then uttered one of the most ubiquitous Michigan pop culture references of all time.
Wes Ikeda: Welcome to mother fu-*bleep*-in Detroit.
The crowd cheered loudly as the inside of the arena was shown, and Christy Hemme was shown in the center of the ring.
Christy Hemme: This match is a Detroit Street Fight where the competitor can only win by pinfall or submission!
"Rebel Heart" hit and the crowd cheered the arrival of Johnny Gargano! Christy Hemme did the ring introduction before "Better Than You" hit and MJF made his way to the ring to a mixed reaction from the crowd. Christy got out of the ring in a hurry, and the bell rang.
Mauro Ranallo: Get ready folks this is Warfare! And welcome to Detroit we are under...WHOA!
Gargano superkicked MJF down as he tried to go after him with a chair! Gargano hit a suicide dive before throwing MJF over the commentary table into Nigel McGuinness!
Nigel McGuinness: This is just disrespectful! MJF is not ready for a street fight!
Gargano cleared off the commentary table. Gargano went for a powerbomb, but MJF clipped the knee. MJF yelled at Mauro Ranallo.
Mauro Ranallo: I'm just trying to call the match, Maxwell.
Nigel McGuinness: Behind you!
Gargano wiped out MJF with a dive. Gargano hit MJF in the head with a monitor. Gargano got MJF in the ring and then lifted the ring apron. He threw a garbage can into the ring, along with a kendo stick and a steel chair.
Nigel McGuinness: To quote the goat... Business is about to pick up!
Gargano hit a slingshot spear and punched away at him. Gargano bent the garbage can over MJF’s back and wedged it in the corner. Gargano clotheslined him over the top rope. Gargano went for a suicide dive, but MJF smacked him in the face with a garbage can lid!
Mauro Ranallo: Mamma Mia! MJF just turned off Gargano's lights.
MJF went under the ring and took out six chairs. The crowd was going nuts as MJF set them up seat to seat to create a chair platform. While setting them up, MJF stopped to attack Gargano with the chairs. MJF got Gargano on the apron and went to slam him, but Gargano fought it. Gargano got out of a stunner, but MJF came back with a powerbomb into the garbage can wedged in the corner. MJF went to powerbomb Gargano out of the ring onto the chair platform, but Gargano got out. Gargano landed on the apron and hit a suplex off the apron through the chair platform!
Nigel McGuinness: I can't believe what we just witnessed!
Gargano got MJF in the ring and limped around ringside. Gargano went under the ring and pulled out a table to a huge ovation. Gargano got on the apron and went to suplex MJF through the table, but MJF fought it. MJF hit the ropes. Gargano went for a slingshot spear, but MJF viciously kneed him in the face! Gargano blocked a kick and spinned him. MJF kneed him, but Gargano hit an enzuigiri. MJF hit a spinning forearm in the face and hit the ropes. Gargano got out of the ring and hit him in the face with a chair. Gargano then hit a Panama Sunrise on the floor! Gargano pulled MJF over to the table at ringside and laid him on it. Gargano went to the top rope, but MJF slid off the table. Gargano went to ringside. MJF jumped over the table and hit a rolling stunner on the floor! MJF powerbombed Gargano through the table and got him in the ring for a near fall. MJF drove the chair into Gargano’s midsection and punched away at him. MJF set the chair up in the center of the ring and kneed him in the face. MJF grabbed Gargano and hit a sidewalk slam through the chair for a near fall!
Mauro Ranallo: I thought it was over, but somehow Johnny Gargano survived!
MJF grabbed a kendo stick and smashed it onto Gargano’s spine. Gargano rolled out of the ring, and MJF hit Gargano with the kendo stick again. MJF punched away at Gargano. Gargano’s head was against the steel steps. MJF went to hit him with the chair against the steps, but Gargano moved. Gargano took out MJF and hit him with the kendo stick. Gargano got him in the ring and hit One Final Beat. He went for the pin!
Nigel McGuinness: No! No good! MJF holds on.
Gargano applied the Gargano Escape, but MJF turned over and gouged the eyes. MJF clipped the knee and hit a flipping Unprettier.
Mauro Ranallo: MJF is bruised and cut from that kendo stick.
MJF got a new garbage can in the ring and choked Gargano on the ropes. MJF put Johnny in the corner with the garbage can over his head and went to the top rope. MJF went to the top rope.
Mauro Ranallo: He is not going to... oh my god!
MJF hit Gargano with Coast-to-Coast! The crowd booed relentlessly as MJF went to pin Johnny Gargano, but Gargano turned the tables and rolled him up. MJF kicked out quickly. The crowd chanted, “This is awesome!” MJF threw Gargano out of the ring and cleared off the commentary table. MJF laid Gargano on the commentary table and put a chair over his body. MJF tried to go for Salt of the Earth, but Gargano kicked him off, got off the table, and as MJF was stumbling up, Gargano threw the chair into his face. Gargano then grabbed him on the apron and powerbombed him through the commentary table! MJF screamed in pain.
Mauro Ranallo: First match of the night and the commentary table is no more!
Gargano grabbed MJF at ringside, but MJF low blowed him. MJF got in the ring with a rolling thunder stunner for a near fall! MJF grabbed a chair from ringside and smashed it onto Gargano’s spine. MJF laid in some more chair shots to the back. MJF talked trash to Gargano while holding his face. Gargano low blowed MJF and the crowd went wild.
Nigel McGuinness: An eye for an eye, Max!
Gargano smashed the chair onto MJF’s back and chest. Gargano got out of the ring and grabbed another chair. Gargano smashed that onto MJF’s back as well. Gargano stood MJF up in the ring and put a chair over his head. Gargano smashed MJF into the con-chair-to, completely stunning him! Gargano applies the Gargano Escape!
Mauro Ranallo: MJF is trying to hold on, but it seems he's had enough.
MJF was sent tapping and the bell rang.
Christy Hemme: Here is your winner, Johnny Gargano!
"Rebel Heart" played over the loud speakers as the Detroit crowd went wild. Gargano celebrated in the ring and an ad for Gateway to Glory began to play.
The cameras opened in a large-scaled infirmary. From the relative modern look of this place, it would not be your first guess that we were inside the NEO Biishiki-Gun estate. It had been announced before the show that Sakisama would have an answer to Alexa Bliss’ claims and her challenge.
However, it wasn’t clearly stated that Sakisama would personally appear to give her answer, was it?
In the infirmary, we saw a sharply dressed man check on his medical equipment even though his appearance did not match that of a typical doctor. He turned to the camera and started to speak in perfect English.
???: Good evening, EBWF. My name is Dr. Yukio Saint-Laurent.
A small collection of short clips played, all showing Dr. Yukio helping Sakisama in her matches throughout her career.
Dr. Yukio: I am the mentor and the personal doctor of our glorious Mademoiselle, Sakisama, whose response to Miss Bliss should be clear in a few moments.
Before he continued with that, he checked his syringes, making sure all the fluids were ordered correctly.
Dr. Yukio: Miss Bliss’ latest statements about her were so over-stepping of her five foot boundaries and downright sickening … well, it is appropriate of me, her doctor, to make this statement on behalf of her.
A small cough escapes the throat of the doctor. It looked like he wanted to articulate that message perfectly.
Dr. Yukio: Sakisama is clearly worried that Miss Bliss is no more durable than a stick if she considers taking a tray to her ugly head as an attempt at ending her career. Furthermore, she continues to deny that neither her, Utami or any member of this esteemed estate’s involvement in her unfortunate accident. If the little girl who Sakisama describes as ‘an unsightly goblin’ plans to continue besmirching Sakisama’s good name through baseless and disgusting accusations like that, Sakisama would not hesitate to show her what would happen if she actually gets her hands on Miss Bliss.
Dr. Yukio’s expression turned a bit more serious.
Dr. Yukio: She is frankly appalled by Miss Bliss outright calling her ‘Saki’ when it is very clear that her name is Sakisama. She feels even more revolted by Miss Bliss’ insistence of calling herself a Goddess in her presence. She feels that those wrongs must be corrected at once and a blight like Miss Bliss should receive proper punishment for her misdeeds.
Dr. Yukio took one of the syringes in his hand, examining the viscosity of the fluid carefully.
Dr. Yukio: Therefore, our Mademoiselle accepts this puny challenge and will be at ‘Gateway to Glory’ to wipe her boots with Miss Bliss’ hideous face.
The good doctor put the syringe down again before closing the case that held all the syringes. He turned to the camera once again after that.
Dr. Yukio: That … shall be all for now. Au revoir.
The camera faded to black, bringing this message to an end.
When Warfare returned from commercial break Christian Cage and Seth Rollins were standing in the ring which was decorated for the Peep Show.
Christian Cage: Welcome to the Peep Show.
The crowd booed, clearly not interested in seeing the talk show.
Christian Cage: Just what I thought. I do something nice and bring back the greatest talk show of all time, and you Motor City sweathogs boo like the ungrateful bastards you are.
The crowd booed louder.
Mauro Ranallo: Now that was uncalled for.
Christian Cage: Now my guest tonight is without a doubt the most deserving guest, someone who knows what it’s like to be great… Seth Rollins.
Seth cackled and did a little dance.
Mauro Ranallo: Oh good lord.
Christian Cage: Now Seth, we have a lot in common. We’ve won championship gold, we’re extremely talented, and extremely charismatic, just to name a few. But the main thing is that we know what it’s like to pay dues in this business. So how does it make you feel when you see someone like Hook running around using his father’s name to get by?
Seth Rollins: Well my friend it absolutely disgusts me. You see it took me years to get signed to a big company, meanwhile all Hook had to do was pop out of his mother and become of age to get signed. What also disgusts me is the fact that Hook likes to stick his nose in other people’s business, hell that’s why this thing started right?
Christian Cage: You’re right because Hook is like all these people, they think they have the right to judge me. But they don’t even know what it’s like to be completely disrespected by someone when all you’re trying to do is be a good friend. Now speaking of people who like to stick their nose in other people’s business, tonight Seth you go one on one with Chris Jericho.
The crowd cheered at the mention of Jericho.
Seth Rollins: You are absolutely right, I will face Chris and I assure you that I will embarrass him for getting involved in our match last week. But I guess I can’t be too hard on him because after all, he needs to be with Hook to stay relevant in EBWF today and-
Before Rollins could finish what he was saying, “Judas” by Fozzy hit and the crowd cheered as Chris Jericho and Hook ran down to the ring! Christian immediately exited the ring and ran off through the crowd, but as he reached the ringside area Hook hopped over the barrier and followed Christian. Meanwhile, in the ring, Seth Rollins had grabbed the chair he was sitting on. As Jericho entered the ring, Rollins threw the chair at him, but he missed! Jericho then charged towards Rollins, taking him down to the mat and hitting him with a series of punches. Jericho then got to his feet and threw both chairs out of the ring, before calling for a referee. As a referee ran down to the ring, Jericho grabbed Christian’s “Peep Show” sign and hit Rollins with it! As Rollins cried out in pain, Jericho threw the sign out of the ring, then moved into the corner at the instruction of the referee.
After telling Jericho to move into the corner, the referee checked on Rollins, who was struggling to get to his feet. After confirming with Rollins that he was okay to start the match, the referee called for the bell. Rollins ran across the ring, catching Jericho with a knee strike, then hit Jericho with a series of punches and kicks in the corner. Rollins whipped Jericho into the opposite corner and went for a corner clothesline, but Jericho got his feet up and kicked Rollins away, then climbed to the top rope and hit a missile dropkick! As Rollins got to his feet, Jericho hit a tiger suplex, pinning Rollins’ shoulders to the mat. The referee counted - 1… 2… Rollins kicked out! Jericho then pulled Rollins to his feet and hit him with a series of chops, but Rollins fought back with several right hands, then whipped Jericho against the ropes. As Jericho ran back towards him, Rollins took him down with a clothesline, before stomping on Jericho several times. Rollins then moved onto the ring apron, getting himself into position for a springboard clothesline… but before he could hit it, Jericho got to his feet and hit a springboard dropkick, sending Rollins to the outside!
Mauro Ranallo: What quick reflexes from Chris Jericho!
Nigel McGuinness: He’s got an unfair advantage, Mauro… he attacked Rollins before the match had officially started!
Jericho followed Rollins to the outside and hit him with a series of punches, before slamming his head off the steel steps. Jericho threw Rollins back into the ring and climbed to the top rope, then hit a diving elbow drop. He hooked the leg and the referee counted - 1… 2… Rollins kicked out! As Jericho got to his feet, he grabbed Rollins by the legs, going for the Walls of Jericho… but Rollins kicked Jericho away, sprung to his feet, then hit an enzuigiri! As Jericho got to his feet, Rollins hit him with a series of punches, then whipped him against the ropes. As Jericho ran back towards him, Rollins hit a slingblade, then he whipped Jericho into the corner and hit a forearm smash. As Jericho stumbled out of the corner, Rollins went to the top rope, before hitting Jericho with the blockbuster! He hooked the leg and the referee counted - 1… 2… Jericho kicked out!
Nigel McGuinness: Impressive aerial technique by Seth Rollins, but Jericho is able to kick out!
Rollins pulled Jericho to his feet, setting him up for a powerbomb, but Jericho countered with a back body drop, then put Rollins in the Walls of Jericho! Rollins cried out in pain, but he was able to get to the ropes, and the referee ordered Jericho to break the hold. Jericho did so, then took a step back, allowing Rollins time to get to his feet. Rollins used the ropes to pull himself up, and as he got to his feet, Jericho ran at him, going for a clothesline… but Rollins reacted quickly, pulling down on the ropes and sending Jericho to the outside. Rollins then ran against the ropes, before hitting Jericho with a…
Mauro Ranallo: Tope suicida!
Both men were down on the outside, and the referee began counting them out. As he reached the count of 5, Rollins got to his feet and he grabbed Jericho, throwing him back into the ring. Rollins then climbed to the top rope, going for a frog splash… but Jericho got his knees up and blocked it! As both men got to their feet, Jericho took Rollins down with a bulldog, then hit the Lionsault! He hooked the leg and the referee counted - 1… 2… Rollins kicked out just before the 3! As Jericho got to his feet, he signaled for the Judas Effect, then waited for Rollins to get up. When Rollins was up, Jericho went for it… but Rollins ducked out of the way and caught Jericho with a kick to the midsection, before lifting him up, hitting the Falcon Arrow! He hooked the leg and the referee counted - 1… 2… Jericho kicked out!
Nigel McGuinness: Another near fall! The momentum in this match is swinging back and forth, Mauro!
Rollins pulled Jericho to his feet, and the two men exchanged right hands back and forth. Rollins was able to gain the upper hand, and he set Jericho up for a turnbuckle powerbomb… but Jericho countered with a hurricanrana! As both men got to their feet, Jericho went for the Walls of Jericho again… but Rollins rolled him up into a small package! The referee counted - 1… 2… Jericho kicked out! As both men got to their feet, Rollins hit a superkick, then signaled for the Curb Stomp! He stomped on the mat several times, waiting for Jericho to be in position, then he went for it… but Jericho got to his feet and hit Rollins with a European uppercut, followed by the Judas Effect! He hooked the leg and the referee counted - 1… 2… 3!
Mauro Ranallo: It’s over! Chris Jericho gets the victory!
Jericho celebrated, then made his way to the back as a video package played recapping Adam Cole issuing a challenge to Brock Anderson.
The Four Horsemen theme hit and the arena immediately grew louder with boos and jeers as Brock Anderson made his way onto the stage, dressed to the nine with both the Gateway and Breakout championships draped over his shoulders. He mocked the fans booing and giving him thumbs down, as he made his way to the ring. Brock walked up the steps and smugly waited for someone to hold the ropes down for him so he could enter the ring. Once in the ring, he stood front and center, taking in the hostility from the crowd.
Brock Anderson: Well, well, well, if it ain't Adam Cole, the bitter little man with a long memory, that finally got me out to see you miserable people.
The crowd grew more hostile. Brock grinned widely, starting to pace around the ring.
Brock Anderson: So you're still sore about that DDT into the concrete, huh? Guess that's a lesson you won't forget.
Brock paused, smirking.
Brock Anderson: But hey, if you want another shot at me, I'm not one to shy away from a fight.
Brock adjusted the Breakout and Gateway Championship belts on his shoulders as the boos from the crowd intensified.
Brock Anderson: You want both of my titles, Adam? You want to prove that you're more than just a chip on your shoulder? Well, congratulations, you've got my attention. You see, I'm Brock Anderson, the Breakout Champion, the Gateway Champion, and the one who's been showing the EBWF what true dominance looks like.
Anderson raised his voice to talk over the crowd as the boos grew louder.
Brock Anderson: So, I'm game for your challenge. But let's not make this just any old match. No, no, no. I want this to be something unforgettable. If you want to win both my titles, then you’ve got to beat me twice, so let’s make it two out of three falls. And where better to prove once and for all who the real man is than at Gateway to Glory?
Brock nodded as the crowd's hostility remained palpable. He looked to the camera and talked to the viewers at home, Adam Cole likely to be one of said viewers.
Brock Anderson: Listen up, Adam. This isn't about your bitterness or your vendetta. This is about me showing the world that I'm the true force in the EBWF, the one who's gonna leave you regretting every single step you took in my direction.
The crowd's boos almost drowned Brock out as it grew more intense.
Brock Anderson: Gateway to Glory, Adam. Get ready for the fight of your life, because when the dust settles and the clock ticks down, you'll realize that challenging me was the biggest mistake you've ever made.
Brock raised his championship belts high, soaking in the negative energy from the crowd. He smirked sinisterly.
Brock Anderson: Get prepared, Cole. Because once that bell rings, there's no turning back, “bay bay”.
Brock Anderson dropped the mic and exited the ring, a look of arrogance across his face. The boos of the crowd lingered in the background as Brock made his way back up the ramp.
Mauro Ranallo: Up next, it’s time for our main event! For the first time ever, Trish Stratus teams up with Dr Britt Baker, DMD, to take on the EBWF Women’s Champion and the 2023 Queen of the Ring, Arisa Hoshiki!
“The Epic” hit and the crowd cheered as Britt Baker stepped out onto the stage. Britt waited at the top of the ramp for Trish Stratus, and when “Time To Rock & Roll” hit, there was a thunderous ovation for 8-time EBWF Women’s Champion. Trish and Britt made their way down the ramp, and as they entered the ring they turned back towards the stage, awaiting the arrival of their opponents. “Twilight Dream” hit and the crowd continued cheering as Tam Nakano and Arisa Hoshiki headed to the ring. Tam was wearing the lavender colored boiler suit that she had worn previously when wrestling deathmatches in Japan.
Nigel McGuinness: Here they are, teaming together again for the first time in four years… it’s Dream Shine!
Arisa and Trish started the match, and as the bell rang the two women locked up. Trish put Arisa in a headlock, but Arisa fought out of it before whipping Trish against the ropes. As Trish ran back towards her, Arisa went for a clothesline, but Trish ducked underneath it, then hit a back drop. As Arisa got back to her feet, Trish went to whip her into the corner, but Arisa reversed the Irish whip, sending Trish into the corner before hitting her with a hip attack! Arisa then tagged in Tam Nakano, who pulled Trish to her feet and hit a fisherman suplex. Tam hooked the leg and the referee counted - 1… 2… Trish kicked out! Tam pulled Trish to her feet once more and hit her with a series of kicks, before setting her up for a cutter… but Trish blocked it, then hit Tam with a neckbreaker! Britt Baker called for the tag, and Trish tagged her in. The crowd cheered as The Doctor entered the ring.
Mauro Ranallo: Britt Baker stepping into the ring with the women who entered her title reign last year… business is about to pick up, Nigel!
Britt and Tam exchanged right hands back and forth, and after gaining the upper hand, Britt whipped Tam against the ropes, before hitting a sling blade! As Tam got to her feet, Britt hit a superkick, then hooked the leg. The referee counted - 1… 2… Tam kicked out! As Britt got to her feet, she pulled out a glove, going for the Lockjaw… but before she could lock it in, Tam took her down to the mat and put her in an Indian deathlock! Britt was able to get to the ropes, and the referee ordered Tam to break the hold. As Tam got to her feet, she tagged in Arisa, who sat Britt on the top rope, setting her up for a superplex… but Britt reversed it, hitting the Panama Sunrise! She hooked both legs, and the referee counted - 1… 2… Arisa kicked out!
Nigel McGuinness: Britt Baker looking good here… and you have to think a win for her and Trish Stratus tonight would put them both in contention for a Women’s Title match!
Britt tagged in Trish Stratus, and as Trish entered the ring, Tam Nakano tagged herself back into the match. Trish and Tam charged towards one another, exchanging right hands back and forth. Trish was able to gain the upper hand, and she whipped Tam against the ropes before going for a spinebuster… but Tam countered with a Lou Thesz press, taking Trish down to the mat before hitting her with mounted punches. Tam then pulled Trish to her feet and whipped her against the ropes, then hit the Violet Shoot! She hooked the leg and the referee counted - 1… 2… Trish kicked out! Tam pulled Trish to her feet and set her up for the Violet Screwdriver… but as she lifted Trish up, Trish got behind her, hitting a German suplex! As both women got to their feet, Trish jumped up onto Tam’s shoulders, hitting her with a hurricanrana before hooking both legs! The referee counted - 1… 2… Tam reversed it! 1… 2… Trish kicked out!
Mauro Ranallo: That was close, Nigel!
Exhausted from the hard fought battle, Trish and Tam circled each other like prizefighters as they got to their feet, both searching for that one last knockout punch. There were dueling chants for both women as Trish made the first move, nailing Tam with a Chick Kick! Tam spun around from the impact, only the ropes saving her from collapsing to the mat. Before Trish could capitalize, Arisa flew off the top rope and took her down with a 1339! Immediately after she landed on the mat, Arisa herself ate a superkick from Britt Baker! As Britt stood over Arisa, the fans popped again as Tam recovered enough to nail her with a roundhouse of her own! All four women were down and the eponymous "THIS IS AWESOME!" chant erupted from the crowd.
Nigel McGuinness: This high stakes contest has turned into a total car wreck!
Mauro Ranallo: All four competitors have dug extra deep tonight in this intense main event! It's all down to who has that last ounce of energy left to finish their opponent! Who's going to find it, and how on earth is this match of the year candidate going to end?
Slowly Trish climbed to her feet using the ropes, while Arisa did the same across the ring. They gave each other a look of mutual respect, but neither was able to launch another attack. Instead the crowd buzzed with tension as two figures rushed into the ring and blindsided them. Trish was turned inside out by a lariat from Jamie Hayter; simultaneously Arisa was taken out by a chair aided missile dropkick by AZM! Immediately the ref called for the bell, ending the match in a no contest.
Jamie mounted the prone Trish and wailed away with punches to the head. With Arisa neutralized, AZM's eyes shot across the ring at Britt, who was just starting to stir. The smaller woman rushed in, ducking a clothesline and baseball sliding out of the ring. Britt's attention immediately turned to Jamie, and she charged in to tackle Jamie off of Trish. The pair exchanged furious punches until - CRACK! AZM slammed her chair right into Britt's back. Britt fell to her knees and AZM hit her with the chair three more times - CRACK! CRACK! CRACK! Tam was back up by this point, a little unsteady on her feet but ready to fight. AZM tossed the chair to Jamie, who cut off Tam's counter attack with a chair shot mid-charge. Tam crashed to the mat, then rolled out of the ring to the floor.
Mauro Ranallo: Mamma mia, this main event has been ruined by a vicious sneak attack by Oedo Tai. Why in the world are they out here?
Nigel McGuinness: Jamie Hayter has been the most vocal member of this new Oedo Tai, and according to her everyone's a target. We've also seen that when Oedo Tai say something on social media, something bad is about to happen. When they said the mask was coming off, AZM revealed herself to the world. Jamie recently has made threats of sending Trish Stratus to the hospital, and it looks like that's what she's aiming to do now. They've got to get some out here to stop this!
Mauro Ranallo: Oedo Tai have also mentioned a Third Woman, someone who will tip the scales of power in their favor. Is this attack tied to those warnings?
Trish started to roll into her stomach to try and push herself up, but Jamie booted her in the ribs. The Lord and Savior of EBWF motioned to Trish 's prone form. AZM stabbed the chair into Trish's throat, pinning her to the ground as Jamie motioned for the mic. As it was handed up to her, we saw Tam leaned up against the ring steps.
Jamie Hayter: How d'you like that, Trish? I know this wasn't the big main event you wanted, but it's the one you deserve. You're just another target for Oedo Tai.
She smirked to AZM, then walked over to boot Arisa in the head. Boos rang out as she circled back to the center of the ring.
Jamie Hayter: Maybe now you'll get the message that Oedi Tai runs this place now. All of you just need to accept that things have changed, and that we'll be doing whatever the hell we want!
To emphasize the point she spun around and decked a recovering Britt with a big boot! Then she signaled to AZM, who pulled the chair off of Trish. Trish exploded to her feet, exhausted but ready to use the last of her energy to take out Jamie. But the fresh Jamie ducked her desperate Chick Kick, rebounded off the ropes and hit another lariat. With all threats seemingly neutralized, Jamie traded her mic for AZM's chair. The youngest woman in the ring grinned as she raised the mic to her lips.
AZM: How do you like that? We turned this ring into a morgue, because there's so many dead grandmas in here.
The boos intensified as AZM mockingly laughed. She then looked ready to continue speaking when Tam finally got back up, glaring at the women in the ring. With chants of "TAM IS GONNA KILL YOU!" echoing throughout Little Caesars Arena, the champion menacingly climbed up onto the ring apron and locked eyes with Jamie. Meanwhile Arisa roared furiously as she took rose to her feet. Tam stepped into the ring, staring down Jamie as Arisa stared down AZM.
Mauro Ranallo: Oedo Tai might have underestimated their intended victims tonight! Tam looks absolutely furious at this carnage, and Arisa is about to kill AZM!
Nigel McGuinness: I don't think even the mysterious Third Woman could stop the Dream Shine beatdown we're about to witness!
Tam sneered at Oedo Tai, then dramatically reached up to grab the zipper in the front of her deathmatch boiler suit. The fans roared as she unzipped it and prepared to unleash cosmic fury on her attackers. No, something was off. Rather than her normal purple and white gear, she wore entirely new black, red and purple gear. Arisa's face fell as Tam stepped out of the boiler suit, revealing a much darker set of ring gear. Notably the kick pads were red and bore the kanji for 'OEDO TAI' on the front. The fans let out a collective shocked gasp as Tam stepped up between Jamie and AZM.
Nigel McGuinness: Oh my god, what the hell is this?!
Mauro Ranallo: I can't believe this, the EBWF Women's Champion has aligned herself with Oedo Tai?! Tam Nakano is the Third Woman?!
Arisa shook her head in disbelief, to which Tam just grinned in amusement. When Arisa tried to attack, Jamie wrapped the chair around the Shining Star's head. Boos rang out until they were deafening, while Tam motioned for AZM and Jamie to pick Arisa up. They held her while Tam ran the ropes and then hit a Violet Shoot on Arisa! Arisa, Trish and Britt all lay prone on the mat as Tam stood there and soaked in the reaction of the stunned crowd. AZM dutifully handed her a mic, then stepped back.
Tam Nakano: Surprise!
The fans booed louder, and Tam just ate it up.
Tam Nakano: What Jamie said is right, we run this place now. I have consistently proven that I am the best wrestler on the planet. I have proven that I am the greatest champion in EBWF history! And when the wolves started circling, when they had their starved eyes on MY beautiful championship? When even my supposed best friend decided she wanted to steal it? I remembered the only real family I've ever had. Everyone else always abandons Tam, but Oedo Tai is always there for its sisters. Besides, it's lonely at the top of the mountain, so why not bring back the one true family I've ever had?
She motioned to the women standing to either side of her.
Tam Nakano: A year ago I came back on my own to see if I could be better than I was before. And a year later, I've proven I'm better than all of you.
She then smirked at the carnage in the ring.
Tam Nakano: All I see in this ring are losers. A bunch of self important failures who think they deserve to be in the same ring as the most dominant champion in EBWF. I'm far stronger than I've ever been, and the only way this place gets better is if I force it to become that way. So from now on, Oedo Tai is going to just do whatever the hell we want to whoever we want. You're going to learn to fear me.
She glared down at Arisa and shook her head.
Tam Nakano: As for Gateway, I'm feeling playful. So maybe I'll grant Trish her wish and humiliate her again. And then I'll end Arisa's career once and for all so she stops fighting me. And really, there’s just one thing left to tell you all. Something I learned from the man who helped make me who I am today.
She flashed her cute smile before driving home the point.
Tam Nakano: If you hate me, get BETTER than me.
She tossed the mic down and held her championship up high. Boos rang out as 'Oedo Ranbu' played, and Tam high fived her new sisters as Warfare went off the air.