Match Number One: Bobby Lashley (with Lio Rush), Baron Corbin, and Drew McIntyre versus Braun Strowman, Finn Balor, and Elias
Corbin and Strowman start things off. Corbin tags Drew in before locking up. Drew with a waist lock into a side head lock and Drew with a shoulder tackle but Braun stays on his feet. Drew with a knee and chop but Braun sends Drew into the turnbuckles. Drew with a boot and punches. Braun with a shoulder tackle and Drew goes down. Balor tags in and Braun slams Finn onto Drew. Drew with a slam to Balor. Drew misses a charge into the corner and Balor goes for an enzuigiri but Drew with a forearm. Drew sends Balor into the ringside barrier.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Drew with a suplex to Balor for a near fall. Corbin tags in and he kicks Balor in the ribs. Baron with a forearm and kicks to Balor and then he tags in Lashley. Lashley with a running shoulder into the corner for a near fall. Corbin tags back in. Balor with forearms and he tries to make the tag but Corbin keeps Balor away from Braun. Balor with elbows but Baron runs Balor into the corner. Balor with a boot and Baron with Deep Six for a near fall. Lashley tags in and he sends Balor into the turnbuckles. Lashley with a hard Irish whip to Balor.
Lashley with an Irish whip but Balor tries to float over and Lashley catches Balor. Balor with a rollup for a near fall. Lashley with a clothesline for a near fall. Lashley sets for a power bomb but Balor counters and goes for a back drop but Lashley holds on for a sunset flip and Balor rolls through and kicks Lashley. Elias tags in and he connects with forearms. Elias with an Irish whip and clothesline into the corner followed by kicks.
Lashley with an Irish whip and Elias with a mule kick when he floats over. Corbin goes over the top rope when he charges at Elias. Lashley with a forearm. Elias with a boot and Balor tags in. Balor and Elias with a double clothesline to send Elias over the top rope to the floor. Balor with a plancha onto Corbin and Lashley. Balor goes up top and Drew crotches Balor when Lashley distracts the referee. McIntyre tags in and hits a Claymore to eliminate Finn.
Finn Balor eliminated
We go to commercial.
We are back and Drew tags in and kicks Elias. Corbin tags in and kicks Elias. Lashley tags in and kicks Elias. Drew tags in and takes Elias to the mat and applies an arm bar. Elias with kicks but Drew with a clothesline. Drew with an overhead belly-to-belly throw. Lashley tags in and hits an overhead belly-to-belly throw. Lashley gets a near fall and then he punches Elias. Lashley sends Elias into the turnbuckles and tags Corbin back in. Corbin sends Elias into the turnbuckles. Elias blocks a punch and punches Corbin. Corbin with a hard Irish whip.
Lashley goes after Strowman and McIntyre with a knee off the steps to Braun. Elias with a jumping knee to Corbin and he goes up top for an elbow drop. Lashley breaks up the cover and Elias is sent to the floor. Lio gets in Elias’ sight line and Lio decides to run away and leap over Elias. Elias pushes Lio into the ringside barrier and Lashley with a spear on the floor. Elias is counted out because he cannot beat the ten count.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Drew with knees and punches to Strowman. Lashley tags in and Bobby with a shoulder tackle. Corbin tags in and he punches Strowman. Corbin with boots to Strowman. Corbin with a half nelson and chin lock on Strowman. Strowman with an arm drag and running shoulder tackles. Braun with a splash into the corner followed by a forearm to the chest. Strowman with a running shoulder tackle to Lashley on the floor and then he runs into a boot from Corbin. Strowman grabs Corbin by the throat and then hits a power slam but Drew hits Strowman with a chair and is disqualified.
Drew McIntyre eliminated
Drew hits Strowman with the chair while Lashley holds Strowman. Lashley with a spear to Strowman on the floor. Drew punches Strowman. Strowman is sent into the ring steps by Drew and Lashley.
Strowman grabs Corbin by the throat and Lashley hits Strowman from behind and Drew with a Claymore to Braun. Braun is sent into the ring steps by Lashley and Drew. Corbin stands over Strowman and jams the chair into Strowman’s throat. Corbin gives Lashley his belt to wrap around Brauns’ arm. Corbin has a chair and is about to hit Strowman with it, but he sees the ring steps and drops them on Strowman’s arm.
Strowman struggles to get back to his feet after the attack but he collapses to the floor again.
The medical staff checks on Strowman and he says he cannot feel his fingers.
Back from a break and the men’s Team RAW is backstage. Braun Strowman walks in. He tells DDrew Ziggler, drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley that he doesn’t like them. He doesn’t even know who Lio Rush is. He says Finn Balor is alright but he needs to help tonight. Drew steps up and says if anyone should be barking orders, it’s him because he took out The Shield, among other accomplishments. Braun gets in Drew’s face. Drew warns Braun to stay out of his way. Baron Corbin interrupts. Braun gets in his face and Corbin reminds him of his deal with Stephanie McMahon, that he can’t touch Corbin until after tonight or he doesn’t get his match. Braun throws Rush into Corbin and says that will have to do for now. Braun walks off. R-Truth storms in and tries to get Team RAW on the same page. Corbin yells at him and says he’s not even a part of their team, to get out.
Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Finn Balor, Bobby Lashley Vs. SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon, Jeff Hardy, The Miz, Samoa Joe, Rey Mysterio
We go to the ring and Cole is back on commentary with Graves and Renee. JoJo introduces Acting RAW General Manager Baron Corbin first and out he comes as the Team RAW Captain. Bobby Lashley is out next with Lio Rush. Finn Balor is out next, followed by Dolph Ziggler. Drew McIntyre is out next and he heads down with Ziggler. Braun Strowman is out last. He enters the ring and stares Corbin down. Team SmackDown Captain The Miz is out first for his team, followed by Jeff Hardy. Samoa Joe is out next, followed by Rey Mysterio. SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon is out last.
There’s a brief fight between the two teams before the bell rings but things quickly calm back down. Strowman and McIntyre argue about who is going to start. Strowman yells at Drew to get his ass out of the ring. Joe starts off with Strowman but Drew immediately tags himself in. Joe runs from behind and applies the Coquina Clutch on Drew to get things started. Drew fights out but Joe is still fired up. Joe applies the Clutch again. Drew breaks it and nails a Claymore kick for the pin. Joe has been eliminated to loud boos from the crowd.
Drew laughs at Joe as a “bulls–t” chant starts up. Hardy enters the ring and sizes Drew up as he warns the Team SmackDown members. Drew takes Hardy to the corner and backs off. Hardy fuels a “delete!” chant before going at it with Drew. Drew with a big clothesline and a tag to Ziggler. Ziggler taunts Hardy and waits for him to get up. Hardy avoids a superkick and in comes Shane for a pop. Ziggler is fired up to go at it with Shane. Shane backs Ziggler into the corner with strikes. Ziggler stuns him with a dropkick to the jaw. Shane comes back with arm drags. Ziggler blocks a DDT and rolls him for a 2 count. Ziggler with a Fame-asser for a 2 count.
Ziggler ends up hitting a big Zig Zag on Shane but Miz breaks the pin. Miz tags in and goes at it with Ziggler. Ziggler avoids the Figure Four. Miz misses a kick and they roll through but Ziggler nails a dropkick. Ziggler talks more trash about being the best in the world. Braun tags himself in and Ziggler doesn’t like it. Miz looks terrified. Drew immediately tags himself in. Braun isn’t happy and they have words. Braun and Drew start fighting. Team RAW tries to break them up. Team SmackDown also gets involved as another brawl breaks out. Team SmackDown gangs up on Strowman but he blasts out and they go flying. Rey drops Braun into the ropes and hits 619. Miz and Shane send Braun over the top rope to the floor. Miz sends Drew into the steel ring post. Team SmackDown keeps control on the floor. Miz, Rey and Hardy bring Braun over to the announce table and place him on top. Shane goes to the top turnbuckle and leaps out, putting Braun through the announce table with a huge elbow drop. Corbin is pissed. Miz and Hardy check on Shane. Corbin throws a fit and yells at the referee as we get a replay.
Miz brings Drew back into the ring and kicks him for a 2 count. The referee tries to restore order as we see Paige and Stephanie McMahon backstage watching the match. Fans chant “this is awesome” as Miz keeps control of Drew. Drew levels Miz with a Glasgow Kiss headbutt. Drew has the chance to tag but he doesn’t. Miz comes from behind and Drew drops him. Balor tags himself in, slapping Drew on the arm, then drops Drew with a kick. Balor unloads on Miz now. Balor with a double stomp as Corbin looks on. Miz blocks a Slingblade but Balor blocks the Skull Crushing Finale. They roll up for a 2 count. Balor keeps control and Miz rolls out of the way from a Coup de Grace. Balor with a dropkick to Miz and a Slingblade to Rey. Balor dropkicks Miz into the barrier. Balor brings Miz back into the ring but Rey tags in and hits the flying seated senton on Balor. Rey keeps control with offense to Balor. Balor catches him in mid-move. Balor drops Rey for a close 2 count. Corbin is still frustrated at ringside. They go on and Rey drops Balor into the ropes for 619. Balor ducks it and hits a Slingblade.
Balor dropkicks Rey back into the turnbuckles. Balor goes to the top but Rey avoids Coup de Grace. Rey counters and drops Balor for the 619 again. Rey hits it this time. Rey springboards in and drops the dime for the pin. Balor has been eliminated.
Drew comes right in and levels Rey. Drew picks up Balor on his way out and drops him, then tosses him out of the ring. Fans boo. Rey dropkicks Drew from behind and goes for 619 but Lashley tags in and drops Rey with a big boot. Lashley poses as fans boo. Lashley presses Rey high in the air and drops him but Rey lands on his feet. Lashley catches Rey and launches him into the corner face-first. Lashley with a neckbreaker as Rush cheers him on but fans boo. Lashley lifts Rey for the suplex and holds him high in the air. Rey fights out and drops Lashley on the way down. Rey with an enziguri to Lashley. Ziggler tags in as Rey sends Lashley to the floor. Rey avoids a roll-up from Ziggler. Rey kicks Ziggler in the face. Hardy rallies the crowd for Rey and waits for a tag. Hardy tags in and unloads on Ziggler as fans pop. Hardy drop Ziggler and legdrops him for a 2 count. The Twist of Fate is broken. More back and forth now. Ziggler with a stiff DDT to Hardy for another 2 count. Rey gets fans to chant for Hardy. Ziggler cranks up for a superkick as Hardy slowly gets up. Hardy counters and hits a Twist of Fate. Hardy goes to the top and goes for a Swanton Bomb but Ziggler gets his knees up. Ziggler clutches his knees as we get a replay.
Miz tags in and nails Ziggler in the corner again. Miz looks at Ziggler down in the corner and then at Shane, who is back in the match. He points at the corner. Miz tags in Shane and Shane limps over to the corner for a Coast 2 Coast. Shane leaps out and nails Coast 2 Coast on Ziggler. Shane covers for the pin. Ziggler has been eliminated.
Lashley runs in and levels Shane. Lashley with a big throw to Shane. Lashley with a knee and another throw. Miz tags in but Lashley tosses him. Lashley drops Miz face-first and poses for more boos. Miz sends Lashley shoulder-first into the ring post. Miz keeps control and drops Lashley in the corner. He looks to Shane for another Coast 2 Coast. Miz tags in Shane again. Shane can barely stand up but he limps over to the corner again. Shane climbs up and leaps out for another Coast 2 Coast but Braun jumps up on the apron and swats Shane out of mid-air. Lashley takes advantage and covers Shane but Rey breaks the pin. Rey drags Shane to their corner. Hardy tags in. Lashley tags Strowman in. Hardy attacks Braun and unloads but Braun takes it. Braun blocks the Twist of Fate and nails a big powerslam for the pin. Hardy has been eliminated.
The match is 3-3 now as Rey flies in and goes at it on Braun. Braun shuts him down and drops him with a big powerslam for the pin. Rey has been eliminated.
It’s now down to Braun, Lashley and McIntyre vs. Miz and Shane. Miz is terrified as Braun stares him down. Shane can barely walk at ringside as Braun runs him over with a shoulder. Braun chases Miz down and brings him back in. Braun powerslams Miz and covers for the pin. Miz has been eliminated.
Braun waits in the ring as Shane tries to pull himself back up to the apron. Shane rolls under the bottom rope and struggles to get to his feet. Corbin mocks Shane. Shane stands up and stares back at Braun. Fans chant “you can do it” at Shane. Shane motions for Braun to bring it and fans pop. Braun delivers a huge dropkick, sending Shane into the corner. Braun with a corner splash now. Braun scoops Shane and hits a running powerslam for the pin to win.
Winners: Team RAW
After the match, Strowman stands tall as his music hits. Corbin comes from behind and drops Strowman. Corbin leaves with McIntyre and Lashley, laughing up the ramp. Corbin’s music hits as he raises the arms of Lashley and McIntyre on the apron as Strowman yells at them from the ring. We go to replays.
Kurt Angle’s music plays but it is interrupted by Dolph’s record scratch and Drew McIntyre.
Drew says when he first showed up on Raw, he said he would take over. Do you believe him now? First, he broke the Shield and he broke Kurt Angle. Last week, Kurt went into their match an Olympic Gold Medalist, a Hall of Famer, a National Treasure, and an Icon. After the match, he was nothing more than an embarrassment. Drew says Kurt gave him everything, but when he looked in Kurt’s eyes, he saw Kurt’s will to win fading. Kurt realized he was in the ring with a superior opponent. Drew says that he saw Kurt crying.
He was crying. Drew says he has never been more disgusted in his entire life. He was more than happy to put Kurt down and beat him with his own ankle lock. Drew says he has worked eighteen years for this moment. He has sacrificed more than anyone. He tells everyone to look into his eyes. Drew says that Raw is his show and he will mold it in his image. There is no more room for weakness or nostalgia acts.
Finn Balor interrupts and makes his way to the ring.
Drew says he has to hand it to Balor because he has a lot of guts to come out after what he did last week.
Balor says that what Drew was saying was too much. You crossed the line last week. You could have just beaten Kurt.
Drew asks Finn if he offended Finn or Kurt. Drew tells Finn that dignity is not a right reserved for everybody. He could have done so much worse to Kurt. You are angry that he kicked your head off last week that he was going to help Finn against Bobby Lashley for European pride. There are too many people who care about their feelings. He tells Finn to turn around and go back up that aisle and cry to his Balor Club.
Finn says he has dealt with bullies his entire life. Finn suggests that they have a match right here and right now.
Drew says he doesn’t know what is more fragile. Your feelings or your body, but if you want a match, you’ve got a match. It is not against him. You are going to have a match against the man who is the true Best in the World . . . Dolph Ziggler. If you can defeat somebody like Dolph, Drew says maybe he will lower himself to Finn’s level.
Drew with a headbutt to the chest.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Three: Dolph Ziggler (with Drew McIntyre) versus Finn Balor
The referee checks on Balor and starts the match. Ziggler with a punch and kicks. Ziggler chokes Balor in the corner and rakes the eyes. Ziggler with an arm bar and chin lock into a standard chin lock. Ziggler with a leaping elbow drop for a near fall and then he returns to the reverse chin lock and adds a body scissors. Ziggler punches Balor and applies a reverse chin lock. Balor with elbows but Ziggler with a kick to the knee. Ziggler runs into a boot from Balor and Balor with punches. Ziggler with a kick and he goes for a sunset flip but you don’t sunset flip Balor and Finn rolls through and hits a dropkick.
Balor misses the running chop into the corner and Ziggler with a rollup for a near fall. Balor goes to the apron and hits an enzuigiri. Balor goes up top but Ziggler crotches Balor and we go to commercial.
We are back and the referee checks on Balor. Ziggler stands over Balor and hits a neck breaker. Ziggler runs into boots from Balor but Ziggler with kicks but Balor with a chop. Ziggler goes for a superkick but Balor blocks it. Ziggler with an elbow but Balor with a Pele Kick. Balor with a chop in the corner but Ziggler with an Irish whip. Balor floats over and hits an enzuigiri. Balor with a double stomp for a near fall. Balor waits for Ziggler to get up while Drew ponders on the ring steps. Balor with Slingblade but he runs into a boot and Ziggler hits a hesitation DDT for a near fall.
Balor blocks a superkick but Ziggler with a Fameasser for a near fall. Balor with a running dropkick to send Ziggler into the turnbuckles. Balor leaps over Ziggler and then sends Ziggler to the floor. Balor with a baseball slide to Drew and then he back body drops Ziggler over the top rope to the floor. Balor with a plancha onto Ziggler and McIntyre. Balor misses Coup de Grace and Ziggler with a rollup but Balor counters with a roll-up of his own for the three count.
Winner: Finn Balor
We are back and Stephanie tells that she is impressed with Finn for standing up to Drew and for winning tonight, he is on the Survivor Series team.
Drew McIntyre comes to confront Finn and Stephanie tells him to stand down.
Stephanie says that Drew cannot hurt his teammate on Sunday. Stephanie knows that Ziggler cannot wait to get his hands on Shane for what he did in the World Cup. Stephanie says that she wants Drew to do to her brother Shane and the rest of Smackdown what he did to Kurt Angle. Work as a team on Sunday, but then you can tear each other apart.
Kurt Angle versus Drew McIntyre
Kurt attacks Drew before the bell rings.
The match officially starts and he continues with punches to Drew but Drew with a head butt to send Angle to the mat. Drew with punches and kicks. Drew with an arm bar and he takes Angle to the mat. Angle with punches but Drew with a back elbow for a near fall. Drew with a neck breaker. Drew with an arm bar and Angle with punches. Drew with a chop in the corner. Drew with an Irish whip but he misses a splash. Angle with an Olympic slam but Drew rolls to the floor.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Drew with a neck breaker for a near fall. We see footage from the commercial break when Angle was sent into the ring steps. Drew with a suplex for a near fall. Drew with a clothesline and then he applies an arm bar and chin lock. Angle with punches and a kick but Drew with an overhead belly-to-belly throw for a near fall. Drew kicks Angle in the corner and then he snap mares Angle and returns to the arm bar and chin lock.
Angle with punches and a jaw breaker. Drew gets Angle up for a slam but Angle gets to his feet. Angle with the Three Rivers German Suplex combination. The straps come down but Drew escapes the Olympic Slam and Drew hits a Claymore. Drew looks at Angle and does not cover him. Drew asks if this is the legendary Kurt Angle. Drew puts his hands behind his back and Kurt goes for the leg but Drew with punches and a kick.
Drew tells Kurt to go for the leg and Angle with a double leg attempt but Drew with a flurry of forearms to the back. Drew tells Kurt to look him in the eye and he calls Kurt a coward and embarrassment. Angle with an ankle lock. Drew kicks Angle away. Drew with an Olympic Slam to Angle. Drew goes for the ankle and applies an ankle lock. Drew adds a grapevine and Angle taps out.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
WWE World Cup First-Round Match: Kurt Angle vs. Dolph Ziggler
We go to the ring for the final first-round World Cup match as Hamilton does the introduction for WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle. Angle comes out as red, white and blue fireworks go off around the stadium. Out next comes Dolph Ziggler with Drew McIntyre. We get a sidebar video of Ziggler and McIntyre backstage earlier in the day. Ziggler says the cup is coming home with the true best in the world.
The bell rings and they lock up. They tangle and trade holds. Angle slams Ziggler first. Ziggler looks to mount offense but Angle hits a belly-to-belly suplex. Angle with two German suplexes now. Ziggler is on the apron now as McIntyre gives him a few words of support. Angle looks to German Ziggler off the apron but Ziggler hangs onto the ropes. Angle gets knocked off the apron to the floor. Ziggler whips Angle into the steel ring steps. Ziggler brings it back into the ring with offense. Ziggler nails a neckbreaker for a 2 count.
Ziggler keeps Angle grounded on the mat with a bodyscissors and Sleeper now. Angle fights up and out, slamming Ziggler back into the turnbuckles. Angle with a German suplex. He doesn’t release and hits two more for a close 2 count. Ziggler blocks the Angle Slam and nails a DDT for a 2 count. More back and forth and counters now. Ziggler misses the Fame-asser and Angle hits the Angle Slam for a close 2 count. A nervous McIntyre hops on the apron.
Angle drops the straps as the crowd pops. Angle goes for the ankle lock but Ziggler kicks him away. Ziggler with the Fame-asser for a close 2 count. Angle blocks another Fame-asser and they go back & forth again. Angle catches Ziggler in the ankle lock in the middle of the ring. Ziggler screams out but Angle keeps it locked. Ziggler goes for the rope but Angle drags him back. Ziggler rolls but Angle turns the hold right back over as McIntyre looks on. Ziggler finally breaks the hold. Angle charges but hits the ring post shoulder-first as Ziggler moves. Ziggler with a Zig Zag for the win to advance.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
After the match, McIntyre enters the ring and checks on Ziggler as the music starts. Ziggler stands tall as we go to replays. Ziggler and McIntyre head to the back together as we get a look at the updated brackets. Ziggler vs. Rollins and Mysterio vs. Miz are confirmed.
WWE World Cup Semi-final Match: Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler
We go to the ring and out comes WWE Intercontinental & RAW Tag Team Champion Seth Rollins. Out next comes Dolph Ziggler with Drew McIntyre.
They size each other up and go back & forth with holds to start. Rollins goes for the hurt ankle early on. They break and go for a test of strength but Ziggler kicks Rollins. Ziggler takes Rollins to the mat with a headlock. They break and run the ropes. Rollins leap frogs and catches a crossbody. Rollins slams Ziggler to the mat and clotheslines him over the top rope to the floor. Rollins follows to the floor and chops Ziggler. Rollins sends Ziggler into the barrier as the referee counts. Rollins with another big chop. Rollins brings it back into the ring but McIntyre gets in his way. They have words. Rollins dares Drew to hit him to get the disqualification. Rollins heads back into the ring but Ziggler spikes him with a big DDT on the hurt neck for a close 2 count.
Ziggler rakes Rollins’ eyes and forehead over the top rope as the referee warns him. Rollins counters and looks to fight back but Ziggler kicks the knee out. Ziggler with a neckbreaker for a 2 count. Ziggler keeps Rollins grounded now and continues to focus on the neck. Back and forth now. Ziggler gets the upperhand again and drops Rollins face-first. Ziggler with a 2 count. Ziggler mocks Rollins while he’s down now. Ziggler goes down but kicks Rollins into the turnbuckles. Ziggler with a neckbreaker for another pin attempt. Ziggler shows frustration now.
Fans chant for Rollins as he tries to fight free. Rollins counters and rolls Ziggler for a 2 count. Ziggler jumps for a DDT but Rollins catches him. They trade counters and pin attempts again. They trade several more pin attempts. Rollins catches a superkick and hits the Ripcord knee. Rollins falls on Ziggler for a close 2 count as a worried Drew looks on. Rollins cranks up for the Stomp but has to knock Drew off the apron. Dolph takes advantage but Rollins dumps him over the top rope to the floor. Rollins runs the ropes and nails a suicide dive on Ziggler and Drew right as Drew was telling Ziggler to get it together. Rollins brings Ziggler in and springboards but has to roll through. Ziggler with a Fame-asser for a close 2 count.
Ziggler goes to the top but Rollins runs up and nails the superplex. Rollins holds it for the Falcon Arrow but Ziggler counters that with a Zig Zag for another close 2 count. Rollins blocks another Zig Zag and drops Ziggler with a superkick. Rollins with a suicide dive to send Drew into the barrier. Ziggler runs up to the top but Rollins pushes him to the mat. Ziggler sells an ankle injury to distract the referee, allowing McIntyre to push Rollins from the top. Ziggler takes advantage and nails a superkick to get the win.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
After the match, McIntyre hits the ring to help Ziggler up as the music hits. Ziggler vs. Miz is now official for the finals. Ziggler and McIntyre stand tall over Rollins as we go to replays. Ziggler and McIntyre head up the ramp and Saxton stops them. Saxton says it doesn’t seem fair Ziggler won that way and says some people would see this as an upset win. Ziggler goes on about how he’s been saying this for 13 years but no one believed him or gave a damn about him. Ziggler says the next time we see him in the ring, he will be holding his trophy because he is the best in the world. Ziggler and McIntyre head to the back as the music starts back up and some fans boo.
WWE World Cup Finals: The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler
Back from a break and it’s time for the WWE World Cup tournament finals. SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon is introduced. Acting RAW GM Baron Corbin is at ringside to also watch. The Miz is out first. We see highlights from the other tournament matches from earlier tonight. Dolph Ziggler is out next with Drew McIntyre. We get formal ring introductions from Hamilton.
The referee ejects McIntyre before the bell hits, sending him to the back. Ziggler and McIntyre argue with the referee but Drew leaves. Miz takes advantage and attacks Ziggler before the bell. The referee tries to restore order but Miz attacks again. They both end up on the outside. Miz clutches his ankle. Miz sends Ziggler into the steel steps. It looks like Miz might be selling an injury. The referee tries to get them in the ring. Miz brings Ziggler in but they’re both struggling. Miz says he’s fine but the referee wants him to prove he can get back in the ring. The referee calls Shane over and says Miz isn’t good to go. The referee calls for other officials from the back, telling Shane he can’t let Miz compete. Miz says he’s never been injured.
The referee tells Hamilton that Miz can’t compete and must forfeit. Shane says it’s not going down like that. He interrupts Hamilton’s announcement. Shane says he’s going to take The Miz’s place. The announcement is made and it’s official.
WWE World Cup Finals: Shane McMahon vs. Dolph Ziggler
Baron Corbin throws a fit as Shane McMahon enters the ring to get ready to go at it with Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler also isn’t happy. We see two referees helping The Miz to the back. The bell rings and Shane unloads in the corner. Shane with a big elbow. Corbin gets involved and argues with the referee again. The referee ejects Corbin to the back. Ziggler takes advantage and hits a Zig Zag on Shane from behind but Shane kicks out at 2.
Ziggler goes to work on Shane now. Fans chant “this is awesome” now. Ziggler rakes at Shane’s face. Shane fights back from his knees now, wearing jeans, sneakers and a tank top. Shane counters and hits a DDT. Shane catapults Ziggler into the top turnbuckle now. Shane goes to the top and hits a big Coast 2 Coast in the corner. Shane covers for the pin.
Winner of the WWE World Cup Tournament: Shane McMahon
We are back and Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre come to the ring. Dolph mentions Crown Jewel and he says he has his eyes on the prize. Dolph asks Drew what is he looking forward to the most at Crown Jewel. Drew says now that they have broken the Shield, his attention will be on one match at Crown Jewel, the Universal Championship match.
Dolph says whoever wins that match will have a target on their back and a Claymore to the face. He says that Kurt should not be talking about winning Crown Jewel. Dolph says he has looked up to Kurt Angle most of his career. What he did for collegiate wrestling and the Olympics. He won a gold medal with a broken freakin’ neck. Without people like Kurt Angle, guys like Dolph Ziggler wouldn’t exist in WWE.
Dolph says he will cement his legacy by winning the World Cup. Dolph says you will get an example of what will happen at World Cup in a few minutes. Dolph says he is the best thing going now and the best thing to happen to this business. Dolph says he is the best in the World.
Match Number Seven: Dolph Ziggler (with Drew McIntyre) versus Apollo Crews
Ziggler with a side head lock as the match is joined in progress. Ziggler runs into a back elbow in the corner. Crews has a kick blocked and he turns it into an enzuigiri. Crews with a thrust kick and boot to the head. Crews with a flying clothesline followed by an enzuigiri for a near fall. Crews goes up top and Ziggler crotches Crews and gets a near fall. Ziggler has a super kick blocked but Crews misses a jumping round kick. Crews blocks a hesitation DDT and sends Ziggler face first into the mat.
Crews presses Ziggler over his head and drops Ziggler behind him and hits a standing moonsault for a near fall. Crews goes up top again and Ziggler goes up tpo and goes for an X Factor. Crews pushes Dolph off and Dolph gets his knees up on a frog splash. Ziggler with a super kick for the three count.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler