Ladder match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins vs. Finn Bálor vs. Samoa Joe vs. The Miz
Rollins and Joe go at it while Miz and Balor engage to get the match started. Joe ends up as the last man standing, but The Architect quickly recovers and hits a blockbuster to Joe and Miz at the same time. Seth hits a couple of precision suicide dives before grabbing a ladder. Joe ends up tripping Rollins into a ladder for the first painful spot of the match.
Balor drops Joe on the ladder to get a little pop from the crowd. He sets it up and begins to climb. Miz pulls him down and kicks him in the face. Balor and Rollins fight over the ladder until they end up on opposite sides. Miz and Joe come in and tip it over to take them out. Joe turns on Miz and sets up a ladder in the corner. It falls down, so he slams Balor on top of it. Finn hits a sling blade and a dropkick into the ladder to take control. He climbs to the top rope and Seth meets him up there. Joe grabs them and turns it into a tower of doom.
Samoa Joe takes a Skull Crushing Finale right onto the ladder and rolls out of the ring. Rollins meets Miz on top of the ladder and both men reach for the belt. They fight until Miz knocks Seth down. Miz is a one-man wrecking crew as he takes out Balor and Rollins with some of his signature moves. Balor kicks Miz and he lands on the ladder. Finn hits the Coup de Grace while Miz lays on the ladder before setting it up and beginning to climb. Joe runs in and rips him down.
Joe plants Finn with an urinagi. He climbs up the ladder but Balor tips it over and he hits the top rope. Rollins springboards onto the ladder and grabs the title before Balor can reach it to retain in one of the better Ladder match endings we have seen in recent memory.
Winner: Seth Rollins
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The Miztourage is talking to Finn Balor about wanting to team with him. Balor turns them down.
Finn Balor and Seth Rollins versus Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas
Finn and Bo start things off. They lock up and Bo with a side head lock. Bo with a shoulder tackle and he celebrates. Bo and Curtis tag by doing a Shield fist bump. They lock up and Axel with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Curtis and Bo Too Sweet but not each other. They lock up and Balor with a waist lock. Axel with an elbow. Axel with a sunset flip but Balor rolls through and drop kicks Axel. Axel punches Balor and chokes him in the ropes. Bo tags in and he hits a knee drop for a near fall.
Bo with a series of knees and a reverse chin lock. Bo with a punch but Balor with a Pele Kick and both men are down. Rollins and Axel tag in and Rollins with a springboard clothesline followed by Slingblade. Rollins sends Axel into Dallas and then clotheslines Axel over the top rope to the floor. Rollins with a suicide dive onto Axel. Rollins with a blockbuster. Axel with a kick and Rollins avoids the Son of Perfectplex. Rollins with Black Out and Balor tags in for Coup de Grace for the three count.
Winners: Finn Balor and Seth Rollins
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Bobby Lashley, Bobby Roode, Braun Strowman, Finn Balor, Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, the Miz, & the Miztourage (Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel)
Rollins and Owens to start, KO with a boot to the midsection and stomps, right hands, backing him into the corner, knee lift, whip across but he gets caught by the reverse STO into the turnbuckles and a springboard lariat! Dumping Kev to the floor, Seth is fired up and hits a plancha! All five heels outside and all five babyfaces inside and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Axel is in control on the Architect but Rollins posts to his feet and shoots him off. Drop down, leapfrog, dropkick, arm wringer and a tag to Roode. Bobby with a straight suplex, only good for two, arm wringer, tag to Balor and he comes in with a diving double axehandle to the arm. Curtis with a knee, whip reversed, sunset flip rolled into the dropkick, only good for a nearfall!
The crowd wants Strowman, Finn is ready to give him to them but Axel takes him into the corner and tags Owens in. Working him over, quick tags to Dallas and Miz, the A-Lister stomping away but he can’t put Finn down. Reverse chinlock applied, Balor out with elbows but he falls prey to the inverted facelock backbreaker / neckbreaker combo! Tag made to Zayn, Finn sidesteps a charge and tags Lashley in!
Overhead suplex, charging lariat, shoulder thrust, into the Argentine backbreaker rack but he drops it to clear the apron and Sami tries to take advantage with a forearm. Leapfrog, lariat, delayed vertical suplex and he makes him think about it, one-armed even! HE PRESS SLAMS MIZ TO THE FLOOR AND WE GOTTA GO TO BREAK!
Back from commercial, the match has broken down into chaos on the floor as Owens rolls Rollins back inside and clubs at his head before locking a reverse chinlock in. Seth to his feet, reaching for the tag but he gets slammed down and the senton connects for a nearfall. Armbar, to the corner, Miz tags in and claws at Rollins’ face.
Basement DDT almost does the trick, and the A-Lister raises his fingers to the air for the Daniel Bryan chest kicks! Duck the buzzsaw, schoolboy, only two! Duck a lariat, back suplex and now the Architect has breathing room, stumbling and crawling as the Miztourage head around to clear the apron! Seth gets to his corner, nobody’s there, he lands on his feet off a back suplex and hits the enzuigiri!
Crawling, reaching, Braun pops down to knock Kevin and Sami down and Rollins gets the tag to Roode! Lariat in the corner for Axel, whip across, another, into the neckbreaker, headed up top and he comes down with a diving lariat! Fired up, Glorious DDT denied, shoulder thrusts, boots up, to the second for the diving blockbuster but he can’t put Curtis away!
Dallas breaks it up, Bobby dumps him and Axel gets the chop block and tags Miz in! Lariat wipes him out, Strowman is the only one standing on the apron… TAG MADE! Miz bails and runs away but Braun catches up to him and throws him into the barricade but Sami runs interference enough that Miz thinks he can throw some kicks. Off the ropes, Braun with the goozle and the chokeslam!
Stacking the Miztourage up but they sidestep and the monster takes the post hard! Finn back in, Sling Blade on Bo, Axel dumps him, Rollins dumps Curtis, off the ropes, duck a lariat, suicide dive! Sami turns around and gets hit by the Glorious DDT and Owens wipes him out with a superkick in turn! Lashley hits a spinebuster, Miz dumps him and we’re back to the legal men!
Running corner dropkicks, shades of Daniel Bryan… STROWMAN HITS A RUNNING DROPKICK OF HIS OWN! Miz goes for the tag but the Miztourage pop off the apron, they’re done with him! Braun lies in wait as the A-Lister slowly turns around, fully cognizant of his own doom..
Bobby Lashley, Bobby Roode, Braun Strowman, Finn Balor, & Seth Rollins win by pinfall with a running powerslam from Strowman on the Miz.
The babyfaces stand tall in the ring as Miz sits in agony against the apron and the other heels leave up the ramp.
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Seth Rollins makes his entrance.
He takes in the nigh-obligatory “You deserve it!” chants for a second before beginning, saying there’s been ups and downs but that was the longest “Burn it down!” he’s ever heard. After last night, he can finally say Seth freakin’ Rollins is back, baby! And he has to admit, “Grand Slam Rollins” has kind of a nice ring to it. He finally caught up to Roman and Dean and now every member of the Shield is a Grand Slam Champion and that’s pretty cool.
But what makes it special for him is that he got to win the last leg of his on the grandest stage of them all at WrestleMania. The fans made the whole week special–
Enter Finn Balor. He’s sorry to interrupt but there’s something he’s been thinking about all day and he has to get it off his chest. Rollins is all for it and Finn continues in the ring, congratulating Seth on his victory. He says Rollins was the better man last night, but it was a triple threat, so there was a winner, a loser, and this guy, left wanting more.
So he came out here to tell Seth he wanted to be the first person to step up and challenge him for his title! Rollins shakes his hand, it’s on!
Enter Miz, flanked by the Miztourage. He says he’s more than happy to interrupt the celebration and he wants to be the first to say that Seth doesn’t deserve it, he does. He made that title the most prestigious and relevant title in all of WWE, and last night he walked down the ramp by himself because he knew that if the Miztourage came with him he’d never hear the end of complaining when he won.
Seth asks if he’s saying he can’t win without the Miztourage, but Miz won’t admit, saying that he wanted no excuses, no asterisks when he became the longest-reigning Intercontinental Champion of all time, and two weeks ago he became a father– Rollins and Balor congratulate him and a “He’s got kids!” chant goes up– and last night his little angel watched his match.
And what did Maryse say about that? When Monroe saw Rollins steal the title, it made her cry. Seth made his little princess cry, and that made his wife cry, and when he heard that happened, he’s man enough to admit it, he cried too. Rollins steps up and says he’s proud of Miz to admit that he cried, because that’s what everyone does when they watch him try to wrestle.
If he wants the title back, he’s not getting it because Miz isn’t fit to lace his boots. Miz says Finn isn’t owed anything, but he’s owed his rematch, and Rollins says he hasn’t forgotten, and if he’d like to invoke his rematch clause, why not do it right here, right now? (Van Halen’s kicking ass in America?) Miz declines, pointing out that he’s wearing a custom-made suit, and he’d like to invoke his rematch clause at Backlash.
The A-Lister has a lesson for them, they need to negotiate from a position of strength, and he offers a handicap match between the two sides. They’re down and take their shirts off, ready to fight–
JEFF HARDY’S BACK! WE GOT A TRIOS MATCH! The Miztourage take their jackets off… and they bail and run off.
Our babyface team is walking backstage when Jeff Hardy runs into his brother Matt. He’s glad Jeff overcame his broken CONDITION and Jeff speaks to him in his own parlance before Matt introduces him to the new and improved Bray Wyatt, who calls him Brother Nero. Bray says he feels wonderful now that Sister Abigail has been DELETED and they move on.
Finn asks what that was about and Jeff shrugs.
Finn Balor, Jeff Hardy, & Seth Rollins vs. Miz & the Miztourage (Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel)
Miz and Rollins to start, but the A-Lister backs off and tags Axel in. Side headlock, shot off, shoulder block, Curtis with a side headlock, shot off, drop down, leapfrog, arm drag into an armbar but Axel gets away and tags Dallas in. Seth fights them off one-on-two, drops a leg on Bo and tags Finn in. Hardy comes in, Poetry in Motion on both sides! The babyfaces stand tall and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Dallas has Rollins locked down with a reverse chinlock but Seth fights to his feet and floats over. Back elbow, tag to Balor, kick to the head, charging forearm, clear the apron, duck a lariat, double leg into the double stomp, hard chop in the corner, inverted headlock elbow drop… nope! Miz tags in, putting boots to Finn, off the ropes, boot to the face, only two and he grabs a reverse chinlock to grind him down.
Inverted facelock backbreaker / neckbreaker combo, only a nearfall and the A-Lister takes Balor into his corner and tags Axel in. Running neck snap, reverse chinlock, trying to deny the tag, off the ropes, a dropkick and Curtis is very pleased with himself. Tag to Bo, body slam, off the ropes with a fist drop and repeated knees to the face… NOPE!
Reverse chinlock applied, shot off, back suplex connects but Bo tags Miz in. Sunset flip, trying to block the tag, Finn rolls through and hits a dropkick… tag to Hardy! He comes in hot, lariat, Manhattan Drop, double leg drop to the midsection, big splash but the Miztourage are able to cut him off and get a tag… WHISPER IN THE WIND!
Tag to Rollins, in hot, boot to the face, diving blockbuster, lariat to the floor, fired up… SUICIDE DIVE WIPES ‘EM OUT! Back in, Miz perches up top, Seth meets him, superplex rolled into the Falcon Arrow and Bo breaks it up! Finn in with a Sling Blade, lariat Curtis to the floor, off the ropes… TOPE CON GIRO! Rollins rolls Miz through…
Finn Balor, Jeff Hardy, & the Miz win by pinfall with Blackout from Rollins on the Miz.
Just for good measure, the babyfaces hit a Coup de Grace and a Swanton Bomb on Axel after. BLACKOUT!
The babyfaces stand tall as commentary explains the concept of the Superstar Shake-Up.
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Finn Balor vs. Seth Rollins vs. the Miz (c) (WWE Intercontinental Championship)
Balor with a waistlock on, Miz, Seth from behind, arm drags from Finn, schoolboy from Seth, Finn grabs one on him, Miz grabs one on Balor and Rollins dumps the champion. Blackout denied, roll-through, low superkick, Finn dumps the Kingslayer… TOPE CON GIRO! He takes Miz back inside, gets cut off, whip reversed, sunset flip, roll through into the dropkick, only one!
Chops in the corner, up and over, Seth cuts him off with a springboard lariat! The A-Lister puts Rollins into the corner, off the ropes, boot on Finn… NOPE! Seth with boots for both guys, double blockbuster! Charging forearm, Falcon Arrow denied, Skull-Crushing Finale denied, a knee from Miz, Awesome Clothesline on Balor, diving double axehandle for Rollins, only two!
Cobra clutch applied, he throws Rollins into Finn when he gets up, backbreaker / neckbreaker combo… NO GOOD! Back to the cobra clutch, on Balor this time, taking him down as he gets back up, knee lift to break before he can do damage but a charge sees Finn get a boot up. Rolling hot, forearms, double stomp to the chest connects! Whip across, enzuigiri in the corner and the A-Lister tumbles to the floor!
Sling Blade denied, off the ropes, Seth hits his own Sling Blade! Suicide dive follows, one for Miz as well. Back in, Rollins wipes Balor out with a superkick, Miz comes in to pick the bones, DDT on Seth! Charging in, catch the boot, kick the hamstring, spinning toehold, Rollins kicks him away, up and over to the apron, springboard… MIZ CUTS HIM OFF WITH A BOOT AND KNOCKS HIM TO THE FLOOR!
Charging over, catch a kick from Finn, dragon screw and now the figure four leglock is applied in the middle of the ring! Balor struggling, falling back, count of one, reaching for the ropes, trying to turn the hold over… ROLLINS WITH A FROG SPLASH! NOT ENOUGH! All three men to the floor, Seth limping over, he hooks Miz for the buckle bomb, Finn cuts him off with the penalty kick, Rollins catches it, goes for the powerbomb, Balor slips out and hits the Sling Blade!
Shotgun dropkick sends both men into the timekeeper’s barricade! Taking Seth back in, inverted facelock, denied, trading strikes, ripcord knee blocked with a forearm, enzuigiri traded for Pele kick, inverted 1916… NOT GONNA DO IT! Headed up top, Miz comes from behind with clubbing blows to the back of the head! On the second, thinking superplex, Rollins gets under him… BUCKLE BOMB!
Headed back to Finn, superplex… COUNTERED INTO A SMALL PACKAGE BUT HE CAN’T BEAT HIM WITH IT! Miz runs over, Skull-Crushing Finale… SETH ROLLINS KICKS OUT! Miz going for it again, Finn throws him off, double stomp comes up empty, Skull-Crushing Finale reversed to a victory roll for a nearfall! Sidestep the charge, kick from the apron, Balor heads up top but the A-Lister recovers and crotches him!
Headed over, the welts visible on his ribs, Finn cuts the champion off, inverted facelock but Seth makes the save with an enzuigiri. MIZ GETS AN AVALANCHE BULLDOG ON ROLLINS! COUP DE GRACE! Balor lies in wait, Sling Blade, shotgun dropkick, headed up top again, Coup de Grace… ROLLINS FROM OUT OF NOWHERE WITH BLACKOUT! Tuning up the band, waiting for Miz to get into position…
Seth Rollins wins by pinfall with Blackout on Miz, winning the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
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