Steel Cage Match: Dolph Ziggler vs. Drew McIntyre
We go to the cage and out first comes Dolph Ziggler as JoJo does the introductions. Drew McIntyre is out next.
The bell rings and they stare at each other for a few seconds. They attack and collide. Ziggler starts climbing the cage. McIntyre cuts him off and goes to work. Drew drops Ziggler with a huge chop at one point. McIntyre grounds Ziggler and talks some trash while beating him around. Ziggler gets up and fires back with strikes but Drew sends him into the steel and he goes back down.
McIntyre with more trash talking in the corner. Ziggler manages to come off the second rope with a big DDT and they’re both down now. Ziggler tries to keep some offense going but McIntyre keeps cutting him off. Drew drops Ziggler with a Glasgow Kiss headbutt. Ziggler climbs but Drew stops him. They trade shots while both are standing on the top rope now. Ziggler slams Drew’s face into the cage repeatedly. Drew crotches Ziggler by taking out the knee. Ziggler crotches Drew next and they’re both down on the top rope now. Ziggler falls to the mat and we go to commercial.
Back from the break and McIntyre has Ziggler down, talking more trash. We see Finn Balor backstage watching the match. Ziggler looks to turn it around now. Ziggler hits a Fame-asser for a 2 count. McIntyre goes to launch Ziggler but he counters and rolls Drew up for a 2 count. Drew sends McIntyre into the walls of the cage a few times.
Ziggler sends Drew into the cage wall again but he jumps right back up. Ziggler drops McIntyre with a superkick for another close 2 count. The referee opens the cage door and Ziggler crawls for it. Drew pulls him back into the ring. They both go down in the middle of the ring after colliding when Ziggler delivered a headbutt. Ziggler goes for the door as it’s opened again. McIntyre stops him and bets on him. Ziggler pulls the cage door toward them and it hits Drew in the head, knocking him back on the mat. They finally get back up and Ziggler nails a Fame-asser for another close 2 count. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Ziggler is trying to climb over the top of the cage but McIntyre is trying to stop him. McIntyre clubs Ziggler and stops him from making it over. McIntyre brings Ziggler back down to the mat with a huge superplex from the top. Fans chant “this is awesome!” now. McIntyre gets up first and waits on Ziggler, talking more trash to his former partner. McIntyre grabs Ziggler and launches him head-first into the cage. McIntyre goes on about how Ziggler won’t get off that easy and how he said there’s not enough room for both of them here. McIntyre launches Ziggler into the steel again. McIntyre gets back down in Ziggler’s face and talks more trash.
Drew keeps control until Ziggler suddenly jumps up and nails a Zig Zag out of nowhere. Ziggler readies for a superkick but McIntyre nails a Claymore kick out of nowhere. McIntyre waits in the corner now. Ziggler goes to get up but Drew levels him with another big Claymore. McIntyre covers for the pin to win.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
After the match, Drew walks out of the cage as his music plays. Ziggler crawls to the ropes and tries to get up, staring out of the cage at McIntyre and yelling at him. Drew goes over and grabs a steel chair. McIntyre uses the chair and goes back inside, pounding on Ziggler while he’s down. McIntyre puts Ziggler’s head between the chair and the cage, then goes flying in with a Claymore. McIntyre leaves Ziggler laying. Drew goes out of the ring and takes a mic. McIntyre says in case we didn’t know already, he is Drew McIntyre and he’s the king of the jungle. McIntyre tells Ziggler it didn’t have to be this way, Drew warned him but he kept coming for Drew’s scraps. Drew says Ziggler doesn’t even deserve his scraps. McIntyre says now that that chapter is finally closed, we can focus on what really matters. McIntyre says we already know he’s the king of the RAW jungle but now it’s time to become the king of WWE. Drew says he is going to win the Royal Rumble match and finally fulfill his destiny when he wins the WWE Universal Title. Drew goes to leave but he comes back into the ring and nails another Claymore to Ziggler, sending him right back to the mat. Fans boo as McIntyre marches to the back.
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