Curtis Axel vs. The Miz (WWE Intercontinental Title)

WWE Intercontinental Championship
Curtis Axel (c) w/ Paul Heyman vs. The Miz

The Miz with some quick offense on Curtis Axel early on and Axel bails. Miz with a dropkick through the ropes over Axel and then catches Axel with a sledgehammer off the ring apron. The Miz starts arguing with Paul Heyman at ringside. Miz presents Heyman hit him and the referee sends Heyman to the back. A loud “WE WANT HEYMAN” chant starts up. Axel takes the back of Miz and gets in a quick back suplex. Miz counters another back suplex and Axel connects with the corner. Miz with some big left hands and catches Axel with a big boot. Miz messes with the crowd getting a mixed reaction and connects with his corner sitting clothesline. Miz takes the back of Axel, Axel counters out, connects with a kick to the gut, Miz counters a Perfect Plex and Axel counters a Figure Four attempt. Axel connects with a Perfect Plex on a second attempt resulting in a two count. Miz drops the leg/knee of Axel over his shoulder and then immediately gets the Figure Four applied. Axel is screaming in pain throwing his arms in the air. Axel is trying to turn it over and Miz pulls back applying more pressure. Axel gets Miz turned over and now Miz is screaming in pain. Miz teases he may tap out. Miz lifts himself up and then gets Axel turned back over. Axel pulls himself over to the ropes and gets the bottom rope to break the submission. Axel rolls out of the ring.

The referee starts the count. JBL talks about Axel being smart to take advantage of the break with the 10 count from the referee. Miz bails from the ring and starts chasing Axel. Axel jumps back in, kicks Miz in the face, Miz falls face first into the ropes, Axel kicks the ropes, Miz holds his jaw and Axel forces the head of Miz hard down into the mat in a modified reverse neckbreaker. Axel gets the pinfall.

Winner and still WWE Intercontinental Champion: Curtis Axel

After the match, we see highlights including The Miz clapping his hands at ringside to pretend Paul Heyman slapped him to get him kicked out and the finish with Axel retaining his title.

A promo for WWE Summerslam on August 18 airs.

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