“Escalate” the other way around

Can escalation go the other way around? such as from gunshot to melee or from melee to just talking?

For example, two players were having a shooting contest, and I called for acuity + will, at some point the losing player decided to "escalate" and punch the contender on the face.

Other example: Two players are arm wrestling until a player says "I wonder if you are a better arm wrestler or a better liar?"