Backstage: Baron Corbin and Dolph Ziggler get ready in the locker room and the Face of America enters. He wants to talk and he tells Baron not to act up. Dolph asks Kevin if he is going to tell them to follow their lead. Baron says he won’t listen to Kevin. Kevin says he does not like Baron and he likes Dolph a little more than he likes Baron. Kevin says there are two options tonight. They can work together and take out Nakamura, Sami, and AJ. Then on Sunday it is just the three of them to try to get the briefcase instead of six. Or you can punch him in the face. Dolph can kick you in the face and then Kevin can power bomb Ziggler. They don’t have to be friends, they just have to not be their own worst enemies.
Kevin Owens, Baron Corbin, and Dolph Ziggler versus Sami Zayn, AJ Styles, and Shinsuke Nakamura
The match is joined in progress and Ziggler with a wrist lock on Nakamura but Nakamura with a reversal and a knee to the midsection. Nakamura with a snap mare and knee drop. Nakamura with boots in the corner. Ziggler with an uppercut and drop kick. Owens tags in and he kicks and punches Nakamura. Corbin tags in and he punches Nakamura and connects with knees. Corbin chokes Nakamura in the corner. Ziggler tags in and he snap mares Nakamura and applies a sleeper. Ziggler with a leaping elbow drop but he misses. Styles tags in and he chops Ziggler and hits a flying forearm. Styles takes care of Corbin on the apron before hitting a splash on Ziggler and then he hits a pump handle gutbuster. Styles takes care of Owens and hits an Ushigoroshi on Ziggler. Owens goes after Styles and Zayn stops him. Owens is sent to the floor and Zayn with a plancha onto Owens. Styles sets for the Styles Clash but Ziggler counters into a DDT and Ziggler gets a near fall. Corbin and Zayn tag in and Zayn leaps over Corbin. Corbin with Deep Six for a near fall. Continue reading
AJ Styles versus Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler goes for the leg and AJ stays on his feet. Ziggler with a rollup for a near fall. Styles with a waist lock take down. Ziggler gets another near fall. Ziggler with a front face lock and Styles with a side head lock. Ziggler with a top wrist lock and head butt. Styles with strikes to Ziggler but Ziggler with a drop kick and he gets a near fall. We are back and Ziggler with a head lock but Styles with a jaw breaker. Styles and Ziggler exchange punches. Styles with a chop and punches. Ziggler with a knee to the midsection but he misses a Fameasser. Styles with a clothesline. Ziggler with a double leg take down and he uses the ropes for the cover but the referee does not make the count when he sees Ziggler’s feet on the ropes. Ziggler with a Fameasser for a near fall.
Ziggler puts Styles on the turnbuckles and he sets for a superplex but Styles blocks it. Styles slides under but Ziggler with a kick to Styles. Styles sends Ziggler away when he goes for the tornado DDT. Styles with a forearm and then he avoids Ziggler trying to stop a springboard move. Ziggler blocks a sunset flip attempt and drops down for a near fall. Styles with a Styles Clash for the three count.
Backstage: Renee Young is with AJ Styles and he is asked about his match against Dolph Ziggler and Money in the Bank. AJ says great teams play great teams to show how good they are. He will move on to win at Money in the Bank and become a two time WWE Champion. Dolph interrupts and he says that he laid the foundation here and he reminds AJ that he is the only one in the match who has won the Money in the Bank match and cashed in the briefcase. He will do it again at the pay per view. Dolph asks AJ if he wants to go right now. AJ takes off his shirt and he says he is ready. Dolph says he will see him outside ‘kid’.
Dolph Ziggler versus AJ Styles
Ziggler goes for the leg and Styles stays on his feet and gets Ziggler in a waist lock. After standing switches, they get to the ropes. Ziggler with an elbow but Styles with a forearm and a drop kick. Ziggler with a punch and he sends AJ into the ring post ribs first. We are back and Ziggler with a side head lock but Styles with elbows and punches. Styles with a belly-to-back suplex to get out of the hold. Styles blocks and punch and connects with punches of his own and then he connects with a clothesline. Styles with a forearm into the corner followed by a snap mare and sliding forearm. Ziggler gets off Styles’ shoulders but Styles with a sit out gourdbuster for a near fall.
Styles goes for a Styles Clash but Ziggler counters and uses the ropes for extra leverage but the referee does not make the count. Styles with an Ushigoroshi for a near fall. Styles thinks about the Styles Clash but Ziggler gets to the ropes. Styles with a forearm and he sets for a suplex back into the ring but Ziggler with a knee. Styles with a suplex into the turnbuckles. Styles goes tot he turnbuckles for a Super Styles Clash and Ziggler escapes. Ziggler with a leaping hesitation DDT and both men are down. Styles avoids a Fameasser and Styles tries for the Styles Clash. Ziggler with a head butt and Styles with a back breaker. Styles runs into a knee from Ziggler. Ziggler puts Styles on the turnbuckles and he sets for a superplex but Styles slides under and he pulls Ziggler off the turnbuckles and hits Snake Eyes. Styles misses a splash into the corner. Styles applies the Calf Crusher but Ziggler rakes the eyes to get out of the hold. Ziggler sends Styles into the ropes and he hits a Zig Zag for a near fall. Ziggler misses a super kick and Ziggler’s knee gives out. Ziggler sends Styles to the apron and Styles with a forearm and then he goes for the Phenomenal Forearm but Ziggler crotches him. Ziggler with a super kick for the three count. Winner: Dolph Zigger
In Ring: Shane introduces the participants in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match. AJ Styles comes out. He is followed by Baron Corbin. Out next is Sami Zayn. Dolph Ziggler is the fourth man to come out. Kevin Owens makes his way to the stage and he has a mic. Shane stops Kevin’s music and he tells Kevin that he is not in the Money in the Bank match. Shane brings out the fifth man and it is Shinsuke Nakamura. Shane says these are your five participants going into Money in the Bank.
Kevin Owens asks Shane if these are the five guys going into Money in the Bank. He understands why some belong. Nakamura and Sami won at Backlash. Kevin reminds Shane that he won at Backlash. Kevin points out that the man he beat at Backlash is in the match but he is not. Kevin says it is all about favoritism. Smackdown is the Land of Opportunity when Shane dictates those opportunities. Kevin says he thinks Shane did not put him in the match. It is because at Smackdown, he did what Shane could not. He beat the Crown Jewel of Smackdown, AJ Styles. Shane says Kevin has some salient points. Because of your performance at Backlash and because you are the United States Champion. Shane says that Kevin is the sixth participant in the Money in the Bank Match. Baron tells Kevin to stop talking. Baron says that Kevin will pay for whining and crying to get in the match. Baron says none of them have a chance so they should lower the briefcase right now and give it to him. AJ tells Baron to hold on and he reminds Baron that this is the House that AJ Styles Built. It was not built with twigs, sticks, or bricks. It was built by him being phenomenal night after night. It was not built by count outs and cheap shots. He does not care if it is WWE’s Eric Cartman, the Show Off, the Lone Wolf, the Underdog, or the Rockstar. He will show why he is the franchise player on Smackdown and he will get the briefcase and get back his WWE Title. Sami says that he respects what AJ has done, but he did not come here to watch AJ run victory laps.
Baron interrupts and says that Sami is coming off his upset. He says that Sami is the Rudy of this match. He will be living off that for the rest of his pathetic life. Sami says Baron may call it a fluke but he calls it kicking Baron in the face and beating him. Sami says if Baron wants to go Double or Nothing, they don’t have to wait. Kevin tells them to shut up and Dolph tells Kevin to shut up. Dolph says that he is the only one who has won Money in the Bank of the people in the ring. Dolph reminds everyone he cashed it in and became World Champion. He says he will do it again. Nakamura takes the mic and he says for those of you who do not know him, he is Shinsuke Nakamura. You can call him Mr. Money in the Bank. Shane says that there will be a rematch from Backlash. Baron Corbin will face Sami Zayn. In the main event, Dolph Ziggler and Kevin Owens will face Shinsuke Nakamura and AJ Styles. Continue reading
Dolph Ziggler vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
The Artist Known as Shinsuke Nakamura completed the first stroke of his masterpiece at WWE Backlash, denying a defiant Dolph Ziggler in the Japanese icon’s much-hyped in-ring debut as a member of the SmackDown LIVE roster. Ever since he bowed on Team Blue two nights after WrestleMania, Nakamura has found himself in the crosshairs of The Showoff, who claimed The King of Strong Style was an overhyped unknown, and little more than a pretender to the throne Ziggler had been holding down for the entirety of his WWE career. Ziggler’s trash-talk reached its pinnacle during the Backlash Kickoff, when he promised to “put on a clinic” against Nakamura as his way of telling “told you so” to all the “fanboys” who came to Chicago in support of the two-time NXT Champion, and preemptively pitied anyone who had to follow him.
Ziggler did, indeed, put on the clinic he promised, employing tricks of both the professional and amateur trade to keep his opponent at bay. The Showoff subjected Nakamura to collegiate-style single-leg takedowns and cradles, as well as the high-style, high-velocity elbow drops that have come to define his sports-entertainment career. Nakamura refused to stay down, however; kicking out of both the Zig Zag and a particularly gnarly superkick to the back of the head, he responded to each of Ziggler’s taunts with something between bemusement and pride, though he never seemed like he wasn’t enjoying the competition on some level. That, of course, changed when some combination of frustration and arrogance led Ziggler to disrespect Nakamura even further and, at that point, The King of Strong Style stopped having fun and put on a clinic of his own. Nakamura draped Ziggler over the ropes, nailed him with a knee to the side of the head, then followed with an exploder suplex and a final Kinshasa knee that brought the curtain down on The Showoff. Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
Backstage: Dolph Ziggler says he never understood the hype over Shinsuke Nakamura. He called him a nobody and a fraud last week. Dolph says he did his homework and research. He will show all of the remarkable things Nakamura has done here. He shows a video that says ‘Footage Not Found’. Dolph says he has done nothing in WWE while Dolph says he has done everything. We see a video package for Dolph. He says everyone is looking forward to Nakamura’s match at Backlash. Dolph says he is looking forward to spitting in the faces of the hypocrites when he beats Nakamura.
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