WWE Intercontinental Championship – Triple Threat
Seth Rollins vs. The Miz (c) vs. Finn Balor
Seth Rollins makes his entrance wearing bright blue contacts that match the stage lights for him. It’s a play on “Game of Thrones.” The Miz comes out with The Miztourage, but Miz sends them to the back. Finn Balor makes his entrance surrounded by “Balor Club” fans on the ramp. Balor is not in Demon makeup.
The bell rings, and the crowd is buzzing over the first match on the WrestleMania main card. They take their time approaching. Balor waistlocks Miz, but Rollins hooks a side headlock. Balor gets out and arm drags both men. Miz goes for a Skull Crushing Finale, but Rollins rolls him up. They trade roll-ups before Rollins clotheslines Miz over the top rope. Balor rolls up Rollins, but Rollins gets out and goes for a Curb Stomp. Balor moves and clotheslines him over the top rope. Balor then takes out Miz and Rollins with a summersault plancha. Balor gets Miz in the ring. Miz goes for a sunset flip, but Balor rolls through and dropkicks him for a two count. Balor slingshots over Miz, but Rollins quickly takes him out with a springboard clothesline. Miz attacks Rollins and covers Balor for a two count. John Cena is seated at ringside watching with the fans. Rollins boots them back and hits them with a double blockbuster. Rollins covers Miz for a two count. Rollins hits Miz with a running forearm and hits the ropes, but Miz turns him inside out with a knee to the midsection. Miz then hits Balor with his patented corner clothesline. Miz comes off the top rope with a double axe handle to Rollins for a two count. Miz then applies a modified chin lock. Rollins fights up, so Miz sends him into Balor. Miz hits the Reality Check on Balor while big booting Rollins down. Miz picks up a two count on Balor. Miz goes to the modified chin lock on Balor. Balor fights up, but Miz quickly grounds him. Balor fights up a second time, but Miz knees him before sending him to the corner. Miz charges, but Balor boots him back. Balor floors him with a pair of running forearms before taking him down and hitting a double stomp. Balor gets fired up and chops Miz in the corner. Balor sends him to the opposite corner, but Miz boots him back. Miz goes to the top rope, but Balor kicks him to the floor.
Balor goes for a Sling Blade on Rollins, who just got back in the ring, but he gets out. Rollins then hits Balor with a Sling Blade. Rollins hits Balor with a suicide dive, quickly gets back in the ring, and hits Miz with a suicide dive. Rollins gets in the ring, and Balor hits him with a Sling Blade. Balor waits for him to get up and charges, but Rollins superkicks him. Miz then hits Rollins with a kneeling DDT for a near fall. Miz soon gets to his feet and blocks a kick from Rollins before kicking him in the knee. Miz goes for a Figure Four Leglock, but Rollins kicks him away. Rollins goes for a springboard, but Miz big boots him to the floor. Miz then blocks a kick from Balor and hits a dragon screw on the ropes. Miz then applies the Figure Four Leglock. Balor screams in agony. Balor reaches for the ropes, but the move is broken by Rollins connecting with a massive Frog Splash on Miz for a near fall! A “This is awesome” chant picks up. Rollins rolls out of the ring, and he’s limping. Rollins then grabs Miz and goes for a turnbuckle powerbomb into the barricade. Rollins drops him and blocks a running kick from Balor. Rollins goes for a turnbuckle powerbomb into the barricade, but Balor gets out and hits a Sling Blade on the floor. Balor then dropkicks Rollins into Miz. Balor puts Rollins in the ring and goes for the 1916, but Rollins gets out. They trade forearms in the center of the ring before trading overhead kicks. Balor then hits the 1916 for a near fall. Balor is stunned. Balor sets Rollins up and goes to the top rope, but Miz cuts him off. Miz goes for a superplex, but Balor blocks it. Rollins comes from behind and grabs Miz for a turnbuckle powerbomb. Rollins then hits Balor with a superplex and goes for a falcon arrow, but Balor counters into an inside cradle for a near fall. Miz then hits Rollins with a Skull Crushing Finale for a near fall!
A louder “This is awesome” chant picks up. Miz goes for a Skull Crushing Finale on Balor, but Balor gets out. Miz avoids a double stomp and tries again for a Skull Crushing Finale, but Balor counters into a roll-up for a near fall. Balor jumps over the top rope and floors Miz with a kick. Balor goes to the top rope, and Miz crotches him up there. Balor yells in pain. Miz goes for a superplex, but Balor punches him and goes for a super 1916, but Rollins dropkicks Balor. Miz and Balor are in a daze on the top rope. Rollins goes to the top rope, and Miz hits a Super Skull Crushing Finale! Miz covers, but Balor breaks it up with the Coup de Grace. Balor gets the crowd going. Miz slowly gets to his feet. A “Let’s go Balor” chant picks up. Balor hits a Sling Blade and a dropkick into the corner on Miz. Balor goes to the top rope and hits the Coup de Grace. Balor tries to roll him over, but Rollins hits him with a Curb Stomp onto Miz’ back! Rollins gets the crowd fired up and hits Miz with a Curb Stomp to win the Intercontinental Championship.
Winner and new Intercontinental Champion: Seth Rollins
This makes Seth Rollins a WWE Grand Slam winner.
— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) April 8, 2018
As the one and only @HowardFinkel would say…
— WWE WrestleMania (@WrestleMania) April 8, 2018
Excellent opening match for #WrestleMania. The #ICTitle is back to it's status as the workhorse title in this one. All three guys looked great. Good showing from The Miz in particular. Everyone gave him grief, and he came through. Rollins and Balor great as always.
— Wrestleview.com (@wrestleview) April 8, 2018