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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Charly Caruso is backstage with Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush. She asks about what we just saw with The Shield. Drew says he broke The Shield months ago and that was just three people living in the past, and it makes him sick. Corbin plugs tonight’s match against Braun Strowman, WWE Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor and WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle. Lashley has words for Balor while Corbin knocks Angle.
Finn Balor, Kurt Angle and Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley, Drew McIntyre and Baron Corbin
We go to the ring and out first comes WWE Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and out comes Braun Strowman. We see WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle at ringside with Balor. Bobby Lashley, Drew McIntyre and Baron Corbin are in the ring with Lio Rush. Strowman stares the heels down as he marches to the ring. Strowman starts off with Corbin but Corbin stalls and tries for a cheap shot after throwing his vest. Strowman sends Corbin out but he comes right back in, running into a big right hand. Strowman sends Corbin out of the ring to the floor. Strowman follows and knocks Corbin hard into the barrier.
They bring it back in and McIntyre looks to take it to Strowman but Strowman overpowers and rocks him. Strowman keeps control and tags Balor in. McIntyre turns it around on Balor and tags in Lashley. Balor fights Lashley off and sends him to the floor through the ropes. Balor sends Corbin out as well. Balor runs the ropes and nails them both on the floor. Balor sends McIntyre out next. Balor runs and goes to nail all three opponents but Rush interferes and trips him from the outside. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Corbin catches Balor with a big Deep Six for a 2 count. Corbin keeps control and works Balor around. Balor tries to fight back but Corbin rocks him with a right hand. McIntyre tags in and keeps the attack on Balor going now. McIntyre with a big suplex for a 2 count. McIntyre keeps Balor grounded now. Angle eventually gets the tag and hits a pair of German suplexes to Drew. Drew fights back but Angle counters and hits the third German.
Drew avoids the ankle lock but Angle keeps control and gets it locked in as the crowd pops. Angle breaks the hold when Lashley runs in. Angle with a German to Lashley. Drew drops Angle with a Glasgow Kiss headbutt. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Strowman finally gets the tag. He unloads on Corbin and the others. Strowman keeps working at Corbin and nails a running powerslam as Balor tags in. Balor goes to the top and hits the Coup de Grace. Balor covers for the pin but Rush breaks it from the outside. Balor chases Rush around the ring now. Lashley catches Balor and rams him spine-first into the ring post. Strowman runs around the ring and drives Rush through the barrier. Lashley and Drew can’t believe how hard Strowman and Rush hit. Back in the ring, Lashley tags in and hits the Spear on Balor for the pin to win.
Winners: Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin and Bobby Lashley
After the match, the heels continue destroying the babyfaces. Angle is driven into the steel ring steps at ringside. Corbin calls for part of the steps to be brought into the ring where Balor is. Drew drops Balor with a Claymore Kick when he gets back up. Braun is still down on the outside. Balor gets driven onto the steps now. Drew stands over Balor on the steps to pose. Corbin and Lashley also pose as Lashley’s music hits.
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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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