I have searched the forums and found various threads like mine but none have solved my issue. I was able to get the favicon icon to show up but the main page still displays as blank.
I was able to solve the issue myself.
Solution had 2 key things missing that the documentation is not very clear on...
1) i.war has to be in the same directory as the listener installation
2) The apex image version has to match BOTH the listener version and the database apex installation version.