We go to the ring and out comes WWE Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor. He will face a new RAW Superstar coming to the brand, picked by The McMahon Family.
Andrade vs. Finn Balor
Back from the break and out comes Andrade with Zelina Vega a WWE Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor waits in the ring. Vega and Andrade are now on the red brand.
Vega takes the mic on the ramp and introduces them. She also takes a shot at Balor for being ordinary. She goes on about how Andrade has been extraordinary on the blue brand for the past year. Andrade speaks Spanish as he enters the ring, getting the “What?!” treatment and boos from fans. Balor readies for a fight as Andrade enters the ring running his mouth. The bell rings and they go at it. Andrade drops Balor with an uppercut and whips him in the corner for a kick. Vega cheers him on from ringside. Andrade with running double knees in the corner for a 2 count.
Back and forth as Balor fights for the upperhand now. Balor sends Andrade to the floor and dropkicks him through the ropes. Balor goes to deliver a kick off the apron but Andrade puts Vega in front of him as a shield. Balor puts on the brakes and this leads to Andrade dropping Balor on the floor. Vega and Andrade taunt Balor and stand tall as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Andrade unloads on Balor in the corner. Balor dodges the running knees. Balor beats Andrade down in the corner and kicks him in the face. More back and forth. Andrade goes for the injured knee again as Balor goes for an enziguri with Andrade up top. Andrade brings Balor to the mat but Balor counters and slams him to the mat for a close 2 count. Vega continues to cheer Andrade on. Balor with a Slingblade. Andrade delivers a big kick to the head for a close 2 count. Andrade goes to the top for a moonsault but he has to land on his feet. He follows through with another but Balor gets his knees up. Balor ends up dropping Andrade near the corner. Balor goes up for Coup de Grace but Andrade sweeps his leg.
Andrade runs into a kick in the corner and he goes down. Balor goes to the top for Coup de Grace but Andrade moves out of the way. Andrade with a big back elbow. Balor counters the Hammerlock DDT with a roll up for a 2 count. Balor sends Andrade to the floor. Vega gets on the apron and taunts Balor for boos. Balor runs the ropes anyway and leaps over Vega, taking Andrade down on the floor. Vega ends up taking Balor down with a hurricanrana while the referee isn’t looking. This leads to Andrade hitting the Hammerlock DDT in the middle of the ring for the non-title win.
After the match, Vega enters the ring to pose with Andrade as the music hits and we go to replays. Vega and Andrade celebrate as Balor recovers.
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Zayn reintroduces himself and says if you’re going to miss WrestleMania, you might as well come back on the RAW after WrestleMania. His schedule is wide open and he could go for a match right about now. Zayn challenges anyone in the back to come out and have a match against him. WWE Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor will answer the call. This match will be for the title!
WWE Intercontinental Championship – Sami Zayn vs. Finn Balor (c)
They lock up, and Zayn powers him to the corner. They lock up again, and Balor backs him to the corner. Zayn turns him around and playfully slaps the chest. They lock up a third time, and Balor wrenches the arm. Renee Young has rejoined commentary and will not comment on Dean Ambrose. Zayn gets out and wrenches Balor’s arm. Balor kips up and fights out. They’re at a stalemate.
They lock hands, and Zayn takes him down with a waistlock. Balor fights up and hits him with some arm drags. Balor sends him out of the ring, but Zayn gets in and knocks him out of the ring. Zayn teases a plancha, but Balor moves so Zayn flips off the top rope and does a dance. Balor gets back in the ring, and Zayn applies a side headlock. Balor tries to whip him off, but Zayn keeps the headlock applied. Balor finally whips him off and connects with a nasty dropkick for a near fall. Balor applies an arm bar, but Zayn soon fights up and pounds away at Balor. Zayn chops the chest and goes for a sunset flip, but Balor rolls through and dropkicks him. Balor takes him down and hits a double stomp to the chest. They trade chops until Balor hits him with an overhead kick.
We come back from the break to see Balor knocks Zayn to the outside. Zayn quickly makes a comeback and hits a Blue Thunder Bomb in the ring for a near fall. Balor quickly comes back with a dropkick into the corner. Zayn avoids the Coup de Gras and rolls him up for a near fall. Zayn hits an exploder suplex in the corner and tries for a Helluva Kick, but Balor moves. Balor hits him with the Coup de Gras to retain the title.
Winner and still WWE Intercontinental Champion: Finn Balor
Finn Balor puts his WWE Intercontinental Championship on and goes up the ramp.
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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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