WWE Champion Kofi Kingston and Dolph Ziggler amazed the WWE Universe with an incredible 2-out-of-3 Falls Match, wherein The Showoff could earn his way into the WWE Title Match at Extreme Rules with a win. Elsewhere, another 2-out-of-3 Falls bout took centerstage as The Miz squared off against Elias.
Following a chaotic Eight-Man Tag Team Match Elimination Match last night on Raw that saw both teams mix it up, The New Day and SmackDown Tag Team Champions Daniel Bryan & Rowan squared off in non-title competition on the blue brand. After eliminating Bryan & Rowan just 24 hours ago, Xavier Woods & Big E looked to push the pace against the champions and had them reeling several times.
In the heat of the moment, Xavier & Big E neutralized Rowan on the outside and dropped Bryan with the Midnight Hour to give New Day their second victory in as many nights over the Team Blue Tag Team Champions. New Day would have little time to celebrate though, as they were soon blindsided by Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn, but Heavy Machinery arrived to assist Woods & Big E and help New Day clear the titleholders, KO and Zayn from the ring.
With tempers flaring high, neither side would have to wait long to get their hands on their enemies, as New Day & Heavy Machinery would team up to take on Bryan, Rowan, Owens and Zayn, and that match would be next.
With The Miz still itching to get his hands on Shane McMahon, The A-Lister squared off with Elias tonight, and if he could prevail over The Living Truth in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match, he would get a future one-on-one contest with The Best in the World.
Miz came out of the gates hot, but he was put down for the first fall when Shane ran interference, allowing Elias to catch him with Drift Away to secure the first fall.
From there, a methodical Elias slowed the pace, but Miz battled back, decking Shane-O-Mac and nearly evening the score when he connected with the Skull-Crushing Finale. However, Shane ran into the ring and ambushed The Miz to prevent the three-count, though his actions gave the second fall to The Awesome One. Shane and Elias continued their onslaught, beating Miz down and ramming him into the announcer’s table before Shane finished the pulverizing with a mocking of Roman Reigns’ Spear. Staggered from the savage attack, The A-Lister was easy pickings for Elias, who took the third fall to once again keep Shane out of Miz’s grasp.
Shane and Elias returned to the ring to add the exclamation point, as Elias held Miz in place to absorb the full brunt of Shane’s Coast-to-Coast directly to the guts. The lesson, according to Shane? Don’t come at him again.
Looking to get retribution after he came within an eyelash of defeating Kofi Kingston for the WWE Championship inside a steel cage this past Sunday at WWE Stomping Grounds, Dolph Ziggler squared off against the WWE Champion on the blue brand in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match.
If Ziggler could prevail tonight, he would be added to the Kingston vs. Samoa Joe match for the WWE Title at WWE Extreme Rules, making it a Triple Threat.
Ziggler attempted to use the ropes as leverage on a rollup attempt, but the official spotted it, allowing Kofi to catch Ziggler with a rollup of his own for three. An irate Showoff responded by immediately lambasting Kofi right after the fall, finally connecting with a Zig Zag on the floor during the mandatory rest period, and a vulnerable Kingston was caught with a superkick that evened the score at one fall apiece.
The Dreadlocked Dynamo battled back at the onset of fall three, staying with Ziggler move for move and catching The Showoff with a pinpoint Trouble in Paradise square on the jaw for an incredible, gutsy victory to keep his match at WWE Extreme Rules one-on-one vs. The Samoan Submission Machine.
In other action … Kofi Kingston and Dolph Ziggler continued their war of words … The New Day & Heavy Machinery def. Daniel Bryan, Rowan, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn … Nikki Cross def. Bayley … and Sonya Deville def. Ember Moon.