The show, taped in Manchester, New Hampshire, starts with an in-ring conversation between Intercontinentacl Champion The Miz, accompanied by wife Maryse, and World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns. As such segments often do, this one ends in violence as the Miz tries to launch an attack on Reigns and gets tossed out of the ring.
This is an odd choice due to both these men being champions. Reigns obviously needs to be established as superior to The Miz, but making Miz look bad is also a reflection on the Intercontinental title.
Sami Zayn/Cesaro/Kalisto def. League of Nations
In classic Team Heel vs. Team Face action, the good guys win on a count-out, as Del Rio, Sheamus and Rusev fight amongst themselves and leave the ring one at a time. Backstage, the arguing continues and it is confirmed that the League of Nations is no more, as Sheamus declares he doesn’t need his now former European brethren.
Baron Corbin def. Damien Sandow
This wasn’t a particularly long match, as Corbin quickly mowed down Sandow as a final televised match before his Payback showdown with Dolph Ziggler.
The Ambrose Asylum is up next with Natalya, Charlotte and Ric Flair joining the Lunatic Fringe in the ring for his new talk show. The segment was good for what it was, but Ric reportedly finished it off by telling Natalya to kill herself, which will almost certainly not make the final cut for the television program.
Enzo/Big Cass def. The Social Outcasts
This was a battle of solid microphone workers that went the expected way in the ring, but things got a little crowded. The New Day made their way to the ring area first to do commentary for the match, making Byron Saxton sit on the floor. Then the Vaudevillains came out to the stage area to watch the match.
Apollo Crews def. Stardust
These two put on their second solid match of the week after an under-the-radar gem on Monday.
Roman Reigns def. The Miz
This was a non-title match all the way around, with all the expected interference. Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, The Usos and AJ Styles all got involved or appeared in some way.
Titus O’Neil made his return to the WWE ring in a dark match victory over Tyler Breeze during the evening’s festivities. O’Neil had been suspended for 60 days following an incident involving contact with Vince McMahon.
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