King of the Ring First Round Match: Ricochet vs. Drew McIntyre
We go to the ring and out first comes Ricochet for this King of the Ring first round match. Mike Rome does the introductions. Drew McIIntyre is out next. Drew stops on the stage to check out the crown and scepter. He raises it in the air while standing on the throne. We saw sidebar videos from both competitors as they made their entrances.
Drew overpowers Ricochet and drops him to start. Drew keeps control and launches Ricochet back into the corner. Ricochet keeps coming but Drew dominates him with power moves and big chops. Ricochet sends Drew over the top rope to the floor. Ricochet lands on his feet after a moonsault attempt to the floor. Drew catches Ricochet in mid-move and slams him on top of the barrier. Drew holds Ricochet and climbs to the top of the steel steps. Drew drops off the steps and slams Ricochet ribs-first into the apron. We go to commercial with Drew standing tall on the outside.
Back from the break and Drew remains in control in the middle of the ring. Ricochet finally drops Drew with an enziguri. Ricochet sends Drew face-first into the corner, then kicks him in the face. Ricochet flies in with a missile dropkick. Drew rolls to the outside. Ricochet runs the ropes and flies out, taking Drew back down on the floor. Ricochet brings it back in but Drew overpowers and prevents a move. Ricochet goes for the inverted hurricanrana but it’s blocked. Drew turns that into a face-first slam into the mat. Ricochet kicks out at 2. Drew picks Ricochet up and slaps him back down. Drew presses Ricochet high in the air but he slides out. Ricochet catches Drew in the corner but it’s blocked.
More back and forth now. Ricochet with a big kick and another flying attack. Ricochet with a standing Shooting Star Press for a close 2 count. Drew ends up rocking Ricochet with a huge right hand to knock him back to the floor. Ricochet avoids being sent into the steel steps. He jumps off the steps and takes Drew back down on the floor. Ricochet charges on the outside but Drew hits a huge Glasgow Kiss headbutt in mid-air. Drew brings Ricochet back into the as fans boo and cheer.
Ricochet gets up and Drew goes for the Claymore Kick but Ricochet meets him in mid-air with a big kick. Ricochet with more kicks until Drew levels him with a huge clothesline. Drew with a sitdown powerbomb for another close 2 count. Drew shows some frustration now. Drew takes Ricochet up on his shoulders but he can’t put him away. More back and forth now. Ricochet with a big Recoil. Ricochet goes to the top as fans pop. He nails the 630 and covers for the pin to advance in the tournament.
After the match, Ricochet celebrates his spot in the second round as the music hits. Ricochet vs. Samoa Joe is confirmed for the quarter-finals next week. We see the updated KOTR brackets. We see Drew sitting up against the barrier as we go to replays. Drew backs up the ramp and looks back at the ring from the stage. Ricochet continues his celebration as fans cheer him on.