WWE Intercontinental Title Match: The Demon King vs. Bobby Lashley
Back from a break and out comes WWE Intercontinental Champion Bobby Lashley with Lio Rush. Finn Balor is out next as his Demon King character. Balor hits the ring as the pyro goes off. Lashley stares Balor down and he’s not impressed.
The bell rings and Balor immediately connects with a spin kick. Balor with more kicks and a clothesline. Balor sends Lashley out to the floor and then leaps out to take him down. Rush retreats. Balor brings it back into the ring and charges but Lashley drives him down into the mat. Lashley keeps control and hits a suplex, and another.
They go to the floor and Lashley sends Balor into the barrier. Lashley charges but Balor nails a Slingblade on the floor. Balor sends Lashley into the barrier again. Lashley ends up nailing a huge Spear from the ring to knock Balor off the apron to the floor. Lashley with another big Spear in the ring now. Lashley with a close 2 count. Balor fights out of a powerbomb attempt and delivers kicks and knees. Balor softens Lashley with more kicks in hopes of powerbombing him. Balor finally hits the powerbomb for a pop. Balor goes to the top and hits the Coup de Grace. Balor cover for the win and the title in this fairly short match.
Winner and New WWE Intercontinental Champion: Finn Balor
After the match, The Demon celebrates and makes his exit.
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Charly Caruso is in the ring with Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush now. She asks about how Finn Balor earned his WrestleMania 35 title shot last week, and if there’s any concern for Balor.
Rush interrupts and says last week’s win was a fluke because Balor didn’t even pin Lashley. Rush says Lashley won’t have to deal with that dead-weight Jinder Mahal at WrestleMania and the only concern they will have is where the WrestleMania after-party in New York City is at, because it sure won’t be here in Washington, DC. This gets Rush some local heat.
Caruso asks Lashley about rumors of The Demon King showing up at WrestleMania. Lashley says he’s been fighting for a long time so if we think he’s scared of some little Irish fairy tale, we’re out of our minds. He says Balor is The Demon and The Demon is Balor, and he dominates Balor every single time they meet. Balor suddenly appears on the big screen. He says Lashley should be concerned because he’s always had demons, and his demon will be Lashley’s nightmare at WrestleMania. Balor quickly re-appears as The Demon. He taunts Lashley with his tongue out. Lashley and Rush look on from the ring and Rush is shocked. Balor’s music hits.
The Demon is confirmed for WrestleMania 35.
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Before the match, Lio Rush cuts a promo. Rush says Balor’s road to WrestleMania goes through them. This isn’t a road Balor wants to be on right now. Balor should have quit while he was ahead. Now he’ll be forced to leave the game like a hot piece of garbage like Rob Gronkowski. The crowd loudly boos that. As much as he’d love to end Balor’s WrestleMania dreams, he’s not medically cleared to compete due to Braun Strowman. Lashley will be teaming up with Jinder Mahal.
If Balor wins, he’ll receive an IC Title shot at WrestleMania
Finn Balor vs. Bobby Lashley and Jinder Mahal
Lashley starts the match and manhandles Balor. Balor sidesteps an avalanche, but he’s soon overwhelmed trying to protect himself from The Singh Brothers and Lio Rush. Lashley clotheslines him to the floor.
We come back from the break to see Balor trying to fight back, but Lashley stops him. Mahal is tagged in, and Balor dropkicks him. Balor knocks Lashley off the apron and takes down Mahal. Lashley charges the ring, but Balor sweeps the feet and double stomps him. Balor gets Mahal out of the ring despite a distraction attempt by The Singh Brothers. Balor hits a summersault senton on everyone, gets Mahal in the ring, and hits Mahal with the Coup de Grace for the win.
Winner: Finn Balor
Lashley is furious, and he takes down The Singh Brothers. One of the Singh Brothers is annihilated by a vicious spinebuster! Lashley then spears Mahal down and furiously stares at Balor.
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Over the weekend, Finn Balor and Stephanie McMahon spent time in Abu Dhabi in support of the Special Olympics.
Finn Balor wishes Chicago a Happy belated St. Patrick’s Day. The luck of the Irish was not on his side last week when he lost the Intercontinental Championship to Bobby Lashley. This stubborn Irishman doesn’t plan on being a former champion for too long.
WWE Intercontinental Champion Bobby Lashley’s music cuts him off. Lashley comes out looking furious with Lio Rush by his side. Rush says it looks like the leprechaun is upset because Lashley has his pot of gold around his waist. Before they get this tag team match started, Rush wants Lashley to show the people his new favorite pose. It’s something they haven’t seen in a long time: a championship. Lashley holds up the Intercontinental Championship. Balor tells Lashley to enjoy it while he can because he plans on getting his hands on the title real soon. As for his partner, Rush will remember who he picked. This man plans on getting his hands on the both of them: Braun Strowman. Rush looks terrified.
Finn Balor and Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush
Braun Strowman will start against Bobby Lashley. They lock up, but they’re at a stalemate. They try again, and Lashley shrugs him off and poses. Strowman then shoves him down and poses. Lashley tries for a shoulder block, but Strowman absorbs it and takes him down.
During the commercial: Strowman knocks Lashley off the apron, but Lashley gets back in the ring and punches him. Strowman takes him down and tags Balor in. Balor comes off the middle rope with a sledge to the shoulder. Lashley soon sends him to the corner, blocks a kick, and knocks him to the floor. Balor gets back in the ring, and Lashley slams him down. Rush tags in.
Back from the commercial, Rush kicks Balor before tagging Lashley in. Lashley quickly stops Balor from making a tag and applies a chin lock. Balor fights up, but Lashley takes him down with a reverse STO for a near fall. Rush tags in and goes for a sunset flip, but Balor rolls through and dropkicks him. Lashley quickly tags in and punches Balor down. Lashley then manhandles him and takes him down with a chin lock. Balor fights up and tries for a tag, but Lashley stops it. Balor boots him back and tries for a tag, but Lashley slams him into his corner. Lashley charges, but Balor sidesteps him and sends him shoulder-first into the ring post. Rush tags in, jumps over Balor, is scared back by Strowman, and takes a falling elbow drop from Balor.
Strowman tags in, and he quickly grabs Rush and wildly flips him over. Strowman then throws him across the ring twice! Rush is drooling in pain.
Strowman clubs Rush in the chest and lifts him up, but Lashley spears him. Balor attacks Lashley and gets him out of the ring. Rush then knocks Balor out of the ring. Rush quickly goes to the top rope and hits a frog splash, but Strowman powerfully kicks out. Rush looks terrified as Strowman gets to his feet. Rush runs away, but he’s cornered by Balor. Balor catches Rush, but Lashley knocks him down. Strowman then shoulder blocks Lashley into the crowd. Strowman gets Rush in the ring and shoulder blocks him down. Strowman then kills Rush with a chokeslam. Lashley walks off on his partner. Strowman then hits an emphatic Running Powerslam on Rush for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Finn Balor and Braun Strowman
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WWE Intercontinental Title Match: Bobby Lashley vs. Finn Balor
We go to the ring and out comes WWE Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor to a pop. Balor stops and has a moment with Seth Rollins on the stage. Balor enters the ring and we see a very serious looking Bobby Lashley appear on the big screen, staring at the camera. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Lashley is out. We get formal ring introductions from Mike Rome. The bell rings and they go at it. Lashley takes Balor to the corner and unloads, overpowering him. Lashley keeps control and takes Balor down. Lashley with some trash talking now. Balor comes back with a dropkick. Lashley quickly turns it back around and delivers thrusts in the corner. Balor counters and goes to the apron but Lashley counters that and drops Balor with an elbow to the head. Lashley goes for a move from the apron but Balor slides out and knocks him off. Balor goes on and delivers a big running kick to the face from the apron, knocking Lashley back down on the floor. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Lashley has continued to dominate Balor, keeping him grounded now. Balor looks to make a comeback but Lashley drives him down for another pin attempt. Balor counters a move and ends up sending Lashley to the floor through the second rope. Lashley trips Balor and pulls him to the floor. Lashley slams Balor on the apron and rolls back in for a quick 2 count.
Lashley takes his time and manhandles Balor some more, dropping him with a right hand. Lashley keeps Balor grounded in the middle of the ring again. Balor makes a comeback and hits a basement dropkick now. Balor rocks Lashley and knocks him off his feet again with a forearm. Balor with a big chop in the corner. Lashley catches Balor in the corner but Balor slides out. Balor with the double stomp to the chest. Balor charges but Lashley cuts him off and delivers more shoulder thrusts in the corner, then the opposite corner. Lashley looks to put Balor away but Balor slides down and rolls him up for a 2 count.
Lashley scoops Balor again and launches him into the top turnbuckle. Balor comes back with a Slingblade. Balor dropkicks Lashley back into the corner and Lashley finally goes back down. Balor goes to the top for Coup de Grace but someone starts ringing the bell at ringside. We see Lio Rush ringing the bell over and over. Rush grabs the title and distracts Balor. Lashley tries to take advantage but Balor rocks him. Balor takes out Lashley and springboards in but Lashley knocks him out of the air with a big Spear. Lashley covers for the pin and the title.
Winner and New WWE Intercontinental Champion: Bobby Lashley
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Alexa Bliss makes her way out for another edition of “A Moment of Bliss” on the stage. Her guest will be WWE Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor. We go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Alexa Bliss is on the stage for “A Moment of Bliss” and she starts by saying “bye Ronda” to Ronda Rousey. Bliss says she never would have disrespected the RAW Women’s Title like that and officials know where to find her if they need a new WrestleMania opponent for Charlotte Flair. Bliss brings her guest out, WWE Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor.
Bliss welcomes Balor and he thanks her. Balor is dressed to wrestle. She brings up how he won the title by beating Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush at Elimination Chamber. She congratulates him. Bliss points out how the title covers up Balor’s abs and he needs to just let them breathe. Balor asks if she’s trying to make him blush. Bliss wants to make a deal – if Balor shows her his abs, she will show him her… the music interrupts and out comes Lio Rush to the stage.
Rush says this whole talk show is a sham. He says Balor doesn’t deserve to be champion because Lashley does. Fans boo. Balor says if Lashley wants to challenge him for this title, he knows where to find him. Rush says Lashley is preparing for Braun Strowman, which means Balor is answering to Rush now. Rush isn’t leaving until Lashley gets the title back, even if it means he has to take it from Balor’s hands. Balor asks if Rush came to challenge him for the title to prove he’s better than Lashley. Rush denies that. Balor says he believes Rush deserves to get the opportunity he’s fought hard for. Balor accepts the challenge and says it makes perfect sense because he pinned Rush for the title, so Rush should get the chance to challenge him back. Rush says he knows what Balor’s trying to do here. Balor proposes the match for tonight. Bliss asks if Rush is man enough to do the job by himself. Balor taunts Rush. Rush gets upset and takes shots at Balor, and accepts the challenge. Rush says he’s going in the back to prepare but Bliss informs him that the match is right now. Rush calls for his music to hit as he heads to the ring in street clothes. He barely makes it down the ramp when Balor’s music starts up. We see Bliss heading to the back as Balor gets up from his chair and makes his way to the ring.
WWE Intercontinental Title Match: Lio Rush vs. Finn Balor
Finn Balor wraps his entrance as Lio Rush looks on. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and we see more Happy Birthday tweets from stars to Ric Flair. We also see a video of Maria Menounos wishing a Happy Birthday to The Nature Boy. We see Titus O’Neil and WWE Hall of Famer Sting backstage at the red carpet area for Flair’s 70th birthday celebration. We return tot he ring and the match is starting. They lock up and Balor takes it to the corner but Rush avoids an attack. They tangle and Rush takes Balor down. Rush with a dropkick for a 2 count.
Balor takes control and they go to the mat for more back and forth. Rush comes back with kicks and nails Balor in the head. Rush kicks Balor to the floor. Balor comes back in and connects with an elbow to the face. Balor stomps away while Rush is down now as the referee backs him off. Balor dropkicks Rush back to the floor. Balor looks to leap from the apron but Rush jumps up and takes the knee out. Rush with an Asahi moonsault from the apron. Rush with more offense, including two big suicide dives, sending Balor into the barrier. Back in the ring now, Rush goes to the top rope but Balor gets his knees up.
Balor works Rush over now but Balor is selling a left knee injury. Balor drops Rush in the corner with a big chop. Balor goes on and hits a Slingblade. Balor charges but Rush charges and kicks the knee out again. Rush goes to work on the knee now, taking him down to the mat and working him over while grounded. Rush goes back to stomping on the leg. Rush takes Balor back down and keeps him grounded while fans start chanting for the champion.
Rush goes for the leg again but Balor drops him with an enziguri. Balor with more offense now. Rush counters a move as Balor’s knee goes out and rolls him up for a 2 count. Rush drops Balor again with a kick to the head for a close 2 count. Rush can’t believe Balor kicked out again. Rush lands on his feet from a moonsault attempt and Balor levels him with a clothesline. Balor limps to the top but Rush crotches him. Rush rocks Balor and climbs up for a Frankensteiner. They roll through and Rush ends up with another close 2 count. They trade more shots in the middle of the ring now. Balor counters a springboard Stunner and drives him into the mat with 1916. Balor goes back to the top and hits a Coup de Grace for the pin to retain.
Winner: Finn Balor
After the match, the referee checks on Balor’s leg and hands him the title as the music starts up. We go to replays. Balor poses in the ring and raises the title for a pop.
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WWE’s new Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor ordinarily walks to the ring as we go to commercial.
We are back and Finn Balor has something to say (and Paul Heyman is no longer here). Balor says it’s been a while since he held one of these titles and boy does it feel good. He mentions growing up watching greats like WWE Hall of Famers Razor Ramon, Shawn Michaels and Ric Flair. He says it’s been a dream to hold this title and he’s proud to continue the legacy as our Intercontinental Champion. Balor says he plans on defending this title at… the music interrupts and out comes Rush.
Rush says Balor doesn’t deserve to be Intercontinental Champion, Lashley does. Lashley suddenly attacks Balor from behind in the ring. Lashley unloads on Balor and stomps away while he’s down. Rush enters the ring and helps beat down Balor in the corner again. They go on and Balor hits a big splash from the top. The music interrupts and out comes Ricochet to a big pop.
Ricochet runs down and Rush leaps out but misses. Ricochet nails Lashley from the apron and hits the moonsault to Rush on the floor. Ricochet goes back to Lashley. The ring is cleared and Ricochet stands tall with Balor in the ring, looking out at Rush and Lashley on the floor. We go to commercial.
Ricochet and Finn Balor vs. Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush
Ricochet and Rush start things off. Rush pushes Ricochet and Ricochet pushes back. Rush with a side head lock and Ricochet escapes. Ricochet with a side head lock. Rush avoids Ricochet and Rush with a head scissors but Ricochet lands on his feet. Rush is flipped over and avoids Ricochet. Ricochet with a handstand head scissors followed by a drop kick. Lashley tags in and Ricochet with a side head lock but he sends RIcochet to the mat.
Lashley with a wrist lock and he wrings the arm. Lashley with a hammer lock. Ricochet with foreamrs to Lashley but Lashley blocks an Irish whip and Irish whips Ricochet into the corner. Ricochet with a kick and then he hits a rolling drop kick that sends Lashley to the floor and Ricochet teases a dive to the floor and hits a Superhero Landing. Rush wants to tag in and Lashley lets him. Rush wants a piece of the new champion. Balor tags in and they lock up. Balor misses a punch in the corner. Rush tags Lashley back in.
Lashley with a kick and he sends Balor into the turnbuckles. Lashley with a suplex for a near fall. Lashley with a reverse chin lock and he adds more pressure to the hold. Lashley gets a near fall after a Flatliner. Rush tags in and he chokes Balor in the ropes. Rush punches Balor in the ribs and Rush with a sunset flip but Balor rolls through because you don’t sunset flip Finn Balor and Balor with a drop kick. Balor grabs the leg to keep Rush from making the tag. Balor pulls Rush into the mat and sends him into the turnbuckles. Balor with kicks and boots to Rush.
Balor with a chop in the corner. Balor with an Irish whip and chop into the corner. Balor with another Irish whip and chop. Balor with slingblade and a running drop kick into the turnbuckles. Balor goes up top and Lashley stops him and Balor with kick to Lashley. Rush clips Balor on the apron and Balor falls to the floor. Balor is sent into the ringside barrier. Lashley works on Balor’s back. Lashley gets a near fall. Lashley with a reverse chin lock.
Balor tries to make the tag but Lashley with a knee and he sends Balor to the apron. Balor with a shoulder to Lashley and a kick to Rush. Lashley blocks a sunset flip attempt and Lashley with a kick and slam for a near fall as we go to commercial.
We are back and Lashley with a cobra clutch on Balor. Balor tries to make the tag but Lashley stops him. Lashley with an Irish whip but Balor with a boot and then he punches Rush on the apron. Lashley runs Balor into the turnbuckles and punches Balor in the ribs. Rush tags in and he slaps Balor. Balor with an elevated elbow drop and both men are down. Rush stops Balor from making the tag. Rush with a Gator Roll and Lashley tags in. Lashley goes for a power bomb but Balor gets to his feet and he takes Lashley down and hits a double stomp. Ricochet tags in and so does Rush.
Ricochet with clotheslines and a neck breaker. Ricochet with a shoulder into the corner followed by a springboard drop kick to Rush and one to knock Lashley off the apron. Ricochet with a Fosbury Flop onto Rush and then Lashley chages Ricochet around the ring and Ricochet flips off the ringside barrier over Lashley and Balor with a drop kick to Lashley. Ricochet with a springboard drop kick and a 630 for the three count.
Winners: Ricochet and Finn Balor
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