Women’s Championship Match
(C) Alexa Bliss Vs. Becky Lynch
Becky takes Alexa down to get things going. Alexa comes back and puts her in a bodyscissors, but Lynch rolls over and puts her in a reverse Figure Four. Bliss crawls to the ropes to break the hold.
Lynch starts to focus on the arm of Bliss. Alexa applies a headlock, but Becky reverses it and takes her to the mat. A shoulder block knocks the champ down before they trade near-falls with reversals.
Becky escapes a pin by bridging. She goes for a standard armbar, but Bliss is able to roll her over for a 2-count. An STO takes Lynch down for a 1-count. Bliss slows the pace down so she can punish Becky by standing on her neck and back.
They take the fight out of the ring where Alexa runs Becky into the ring post as we head to a break.
Bliss is still firmly in control when we come back from the commercial. She chokes Becky against the middle rope until the ref makes her break. Bliss stands on Lynch’s hair and pulls up on her arms.
Becky makes a comeback and nails Bliss with some well placed kicks. She goes for the Bexploder, but gets pushed away. She takes Bliss’ arm and yanks it back in a way that looks unnatural for most human beings. Bliss might be double jointed, because that looked nasty.
Becky takes her out with a dropkick from the top rope, but only gets a two count. Some music plays and someone dressed in Becky’s La Luchadora costume runs down to the ring.
She rips off part of the turnbuckle cover while the two competitors trade near falls. Becky counters Twisted Bliss and locks in the DisArmHer, but Bliss gets her foot on the rope.
Bliss is definitely double jointed because she makes it look like her arm is broken before hitting a DDT to retain the title.
Winner: Alexa Bliss
Renee Young is backstage, outside the dressing room of The Miz. Maryse comes out to berate Young but Miz pulls her back inside and talks to Renee alone. She asks how he plans to follow-up his resurgence in 2016 next year, The Miz starts to respond but Dean Ambrose appears behind him
Ambrose attacks Miz, beating him against a wall. The Miz’s security guards come running but Ambrose beats them down, then grabs a walkie talkie from one of them and says “all clear”.
The commentators debate who La Luchadora could be. Our main event is up next!
We’re back and we get a look back at last week’s segment with Carmella, Natalya and Nikki Bella. Nikki is interviewed backstage and she says she has achieved a lot in her life, none of which is because of her looks. She says she’s damn proud of her reality TV shows, and she’s in love with the man of her dreams. She says whatever she has to say to Natalya, she’ll say it to her face.
Renee interviews Baron Corbin, who simply says that Ziggler and Styles are two little men that are about to meet the End of Days.
WWE World Championship Triple Threat Match
(C) AJ Styles Vs. Baron Corbin Vs. Dolph Ziggler
The bell rings and all three men circle each other. Corbin shoves Styles down right away, but he gets hit with a dropkick from Ziggler. All three men trade counters as they trade focus from one opponent to the other. The first big hit comes when Corbin slugs Styles and knocks him off the apron.
We return to see Corbin driving Ziggler into the apron while Styles lays out on the floor. Corbin finished Ziggler, then goes around the ring and starts working over Styles.
Corbin gets a 2-count before delivering a knee to the gut of AJ. Styles starts to fight back with some chops and punches. Corbin blocks a crucifix pin, but a dropkick from Ziggler sends him over.
Styles and Ziggler go back and forth trying to suplex each other. Corbin ends the struggle by clotheslining both men out of their boots. The Lone Wolf whips Ziggler into the corner chest first for a huge collision. Baron maintains control by overpowering both opponents, and he comes close to winning with an STO that almost makes Styles do a 360 flip.
Corbin is dominating as we return, and he did so during the break. Both Ziggler and Styles start hitting him with punches and kicks, working together to put him down. They double clothesline him over the top rope to the floor. Styles and Ziggler escape the ring and continue.
Corbin launches Styles into the barricade and Ziggler jumps on his back but Corbin tosses him off. Baron takes apart the announce table, then runs at Styles who moves, Corbin smashes into the barricade. Styles leaps off of the steps and forearm’s Corbin, then Dolph superkick’s him onto the announce table. Both Styles and Ziggler climb onto the barricade and simultaneously jump onto Corbin and crash through the announce table.
Both Styles and Ziggler crawl back to the ring but Styles yanks Dolph back out. Ziggler slams Styles into the ring apron, then throws him into the ring and hits a snap-DDT for a 2-count. Ziggler goes for a Zig-Zag but AJ catches him in mid-air and hits a fireman’s carry into a knee. Styles attempts a springboard but Ziggler kicks his foot off of the ropes and he lands rough.
Ziggler hits a quick superkick after a roll-up attempt and AJ kicks out at the last possible second – probably because Corbin was supposed to make the break but didn’t get to them in time. Ziggler starts attacking Corbin but eats a Deep Six for a near-fall. Styles ducks shots from Corbin and hits a flurry of blows. Corbin hits End of Days on AJ, but at the exact same time Ziggler hits a Zig Zag on Corbin – it looked awesome! Near-fall for Ziggler.
Corbin looks for a superplex on Ziggler but gets kicked off. Corbin ducks Ziggler and hits End of Days, gets up and eats a Phenomenal Forearm from Styles! AJ pins Dolph Ziggler for the win!
Winner: AJ Styles
What a match and what a performance from Baron Corbin! After the match, John Cena runs to the ring and confronts AJ.
Cena tosses his hat to the crowd, who are singing along to his music. He takes his shirt off and squares-up to Styles, who holds his title up. Cena goes for a handshake and AJ points to his belt, then lays the belt down between them. AJ shakes Cena’s hand and it looks like we have our Royal Rumble match!
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