Dolph Ziggler vs. Apollo Crews & Kalisto
Crews entered alone first. When Kalisto entered, Ziggler attacked him from behind on the stage and then tossed him hard into the digital board. Crews wasn’t happy. So, it’s a singles match. Crews attacked Ziggler and worked him over with punches in the corner. He was setting up to suplex Ziggler from the apron into the ring but was instead snapped throat-first onto the top rope.
Ziggler worked over Crews, using his boot to choke him in the corner before nailing a hangman’s neckbreaker. Ziggler cinched in a side chinlock but Crews fought his way out. Ziggler went for a superkick but Crews caught it. Ziggler nailed Crews and snapped him down to the mat. Ziggler continued to control him and rode Crews’ back with a rear chinlock. Crews fought back but was snapped with anther neckbreaker. Kalisto began limping towards the ring. Ziggler complained to the referee, allowing Crews to nail an enziguiri from behind. Kalisto pulled himself up on th apron. Crews crawled to make a tag and finally did. Kalisto nailed a big kick and a springboard reverse seated senton for a two count. Kalisto nailed a handspring kick. Apollo tagged in as Ziggler was taking Kalisto down, so Crews slipped in from behind and nailed a sitdown spinning powerbomb for a two count.
Winners: Kalisto & Apollo Crews
After the match: Ziggler attacked Kalisto, wiping him out on the apron before hitting the ring and Pillman-izing Crews’ ankle with a chair. He went and did it again, further cementing how far he’s gone after turning heel. The crowd chanted, “Thank you Ziggler.”
30 Man Royal Rumble
#24 was Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler hit the ring and teamed with Miz to hit a double DDT on Crew, then superkicked Miz and Crews. He tossed Miz over the top but Miz was able to land on the apron. Ziggler and Ambrose battled. Dean was tossed over the top but was able to hang on. More Goldberg chants. Orton battled Corbin. Jericho worked over Miz. Rusev battled Crews.
#25 was Luke Harper. He went right after Crews and tossed him, then locked eyes with Randy Orton. That was playing off of their recent issues. Wyatt tried to calm them. Harper nailed Bray with a lariat and drilled Orton with a kick. Didn’t see that one coming! Luke grabbed Bray and set him up for Sister Abigail but Orton caught him with a RKO. #26 was Brock Lesnar. He tossed Ziggler and Ambrose immediately, eliminating them.
Winner: Randy Orton
WWE Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match: The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler
They started out hot with Miz hitting a catapult over the top, sending Ziggler to the floor. Miz tried to send Ziggler into a ladder in the aisle. Ziggler avoided it and went for a DDT but was shoved off and kicked in the face. Ziggler ran Miz into a ladder on the floor. He worked over Miz on the floor and grinded his face into the steel of the ladder, Ziggler picked up a side of a ladder and tried to slam Miz inside it but Miz escaped and nailed a drop toehold into the ladder. They battled over the ladder outside. Ziggler tried to do the Famouser on a ladder set against the apron but Miz caught him. Ziggler turned it into a DDT onto the ladder, wiping both men out in the process. Back in the ring, Miz drilled Ziggler into the buckles with the ladder. He bridged a ladder across the buckles and set up Ziggler. Dolph knocked him into the ladder. Ziggler came off the buckles with an awesome flying elbow. A ladder was set up and Ziggler tried to climb up. Miz pulled him down but was nailed with a lariat. Dolph ascended the ladder and went for the belt but Miz toppled the ladder and Ziggler crashed into the ropes. Miz drove Ziggler into the corner and drilled him with a ladder. Miz dropkicked the ladder into Ziggler. He began mocking Daniel Bryan’s mannerisms, allowing Ziggler to smash him with the ladder. If they aren’t doing Bryan vs. Miz at Wrestlemania, they really are screwing with people’s hopes and that’s not cool. If they are going in that direction, it’s an awesome build so far.
Ziggler and Miz climbed the ladder and met at the summit, battling back and forth with right hands. Ziggler knocked him down and reached up for the championship belt but Miz recovered, grabbed Ziggler’s leg and slammed it against the ladder. Miz tied Ziggler’s leg up in the ladder and tipped it over. Miz grabbed Ziggler and drove him knee first down into a ladder that was braced against the ropes. There was a sizable “Miz” chant after the spot. Miz set the ladder up on the mat and began beating Dolph’s knee into the ladder. This has been a pretty damn good match thus far. Miz cinched in the figure four leglock, with Ziggler’s leg trapped in one of the rungs of the ladder. Great idea. Miz went for the Skull Crushing Finale. Ziggler tried to fire away with elbow to break free but was finally nailed with the move. Miz went to the top and grabbed the belt but Ziggler pulled the ladder away, leaving Miz hanging in the air. Ziggler drilled him with the ladder. Miz crashed down and rolled out screaming and grabbing at his leg. He did a great job of selling the big bump.
Ziggler recovered and set up the ladder. He pulled himself up the ladder with one leg but Miz, also on one leg, finally stopped him. Miz pulled him down and used a slingshot off the ropes into a powerbomb onto the ladder that was bridged across the buckles. Miz set up two ladders. He pulled himself up on one while Ziggler made his way up on the other. They battled back and forth on the ladder. Ziggler battered him with right hands. Miz still tried in vain to grab at the belt, which was swinging back and forth. Miz crashed down to the mat after a headbutt. Left alone, Ziggler tried to make it to the top and grab the belt but Miz returned and nailed him twice in the nether regions. Ziggler finally crashed down to the mat. Miz pulled down the belt and retained.
Winner: The Miz
The Miz (with Maryse) versus Dolph Ziggler – Career vs. WWE Intercontinental Title Match
Ziggler goes for the leg but Miz gets to the ropes. Ziggler goes for a super kick but Miz avoids it. Ziggler with a clothesline for a near fall. Miz catapults Ziggler over the top rope to the floor and Ziggler with a drop kick and a Mick Foley clothesline. Ziggler with a clothesline when they get back into the ring. Miz sends Ziggler sterum first into the turnbuckles. Miz with punches to Ziggler and he chokes him in the ropes. Miz with a running splash to the back. Miz with a double under hook but Ziggler escapes. Miz with a clothesline. Miz gets a near fall. Miz punches and stomps on Ziggler’s chest. Miz with a catapult into the bottom rope. Miz goes for a surfboard and he mocks Bryan and drives the knees into the mat. Ziggler gets back to his feet and he kicks Miz in the knee. Ziggler has a super kick blocked. Miz with Reality Check for a near fall.
Miz sets for the running drop kick into the corner and he hits it. Miz hits two more running drop kicks into the corner. Ziggler with a drop kick as Miz runs across the ring. Ziggler with two flying clotheslines followed by a splash in the corner, a neck breaker, and a leaping elbow drop for a near fall. Miz counters a Fameasser attempt and tries for a power bomb but Ziggler with a sunset flip for a near fall. Miz uses the ropes for extra leverage so the referee stops his count. Miz misses a charge into the corner and Ziggler with a rollup. Miz with a counter for a near fall. Ziggler goes for the hesitation DDT but Miz blocks it and then he kicks Ziggler in the knee and hits a DDT for a near fall. Miz with a knee to the hamstring as he sets for the figure four leg lock. Ziggler kicks Miz away. Ziggler has a kick blocked and Miz puts the leg in the ropes and kicks it. Miz with a drop kick and then he goes for a figure four leg lock, but Ziggler counters with an inside cradle and a near fall. Miz with an Awesome Clothesline and Miz goes up top. Ziggler hits the ropes and it crotches Miz. Miz goes for a sunset flip power bomb but Ziggler blocks it. Ziggler counters the slingshot power bomb into a sunset flip but Miz is able to lock in a figure four leg lock. Miz gets a near fall but Ziggler gets to the ropes.
Maryse gets on the apron and Miz exposes the turnbuckle. Ziggler with a Rough Ryder for a near fall. Ziggler sets for the Zig Zag but Miz holds on to the ropes and Miz sends Ziggler into the exposed turnbuckle. Miz with a slingshot power bomb for a near fall. Miz kicks Ziggler. Miz winds up for the round house kick and Ziggler ducks and hits a Zig Zag but Miz kicks out. Miz blocks a super kick and Ziggler with a rollup out of a Skull Crushing Finale. Ziggler with a sleeper and Miz is losing consciousness. Miz reaches for the ropes and he gets to them in full desperation.
Maryse sprays Ziggler and Miz hits the Skull Crushing Finale but Ziggler is able to get his foot on the rope to stop the count. Miz punches Ziggler and the referee warns Miz. Ziggler removes the boot and Miz punches Ziggler. Ziggler with a super kick and Maryse signals to the back. Kenny and Mikey come to ringside and Ziggler super kicks Mikey. Miz with a Skull Crushing Finale but Ziggler kicks out. The referee sends Mikey, Kenny, and Maryse to the back. Ziggler with a super kick and he gets the three count.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match: The Miz (with Maryse) vs. Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler started out aggressive but Miz Zbyszko left the ring and killed time walking around. Ziggler was controlling Miz but was caught with right hand and Miz slammed him down. Ziggler made a comeback with a series of dropkicks but avoided a superkick. Miz sent Ziggler into the ropes and worked him over. Ziggler cut him off but was caught during a dropkick attempt and hit a catapult that sent Ziggler over the top to the floor. Ziggler was grabbing at his shoulder as he came up. Miz hit a dropkick through the ropes and sent Ziggler back into the ring, scoring a two count. Ziggler sent Miz into the corner and went for the splash but Miz moved. Miz locked on a modified surfboard, working on Ziggler’s back, then stomped the back of Dolph’s knees. Miz continued to lay waste to Ziggler, nailing the Awesome clothesline in the corner. Ziggler surprised Miz with a forward roll but Miz escaped at two. He followed up with a big dropkick but was too exhausted to follow up. He drilled Miz with an elbow as he charged in the corner. Ziggler nailed a series of clotheslines, a splash in the corner and a neckbreaker. He took down Miz and began nailing elbows. They continued back and forth until Miz nailed his shoulder on the ringpost. He was able to nail a slingshot off the ropes into a sitdown powerbomb, but his shoulder was hurting and was unable to make the cover initially. When he did, Dolph kicked out.
Dolph went to kick Miz as he charged, but Miz snatched the leg and begna working it over. Ziggler caught him with a bulldog for a two count. Miz blocked the Zig Zag. Ziggler cinched in a sleeper. Miz tried to get to the ropes but was pulled away. He finally ran to the buckles, slamming Ziggler into it. Ziggler caught Miz with a leaping DDT but Miz kicked up at two. Ziggler went for a superkick but Miz blocked it, nailed a DDT and cinched in a figure four leglock. Ziggler battles and makes it to the ropes. Nice pop when he makes it. Miz continued to work on the leg and nailed a running kick to the face. Miz went for the figure four again but Ziggler pushed him off and nailed the superkick but Miz got his foot on the ropes at the last second. Miz pulled himself out of the ring and tried to climb up the aisle. Ziggler caught him and brought him back to the ring. Maryse distracted Ziggler, allowing him to roll up Ziggler. Ziggler rolled through and even hooked the tights but Miz kicked out. Ziggler was sent into the ropes, where Maryse pulled out an old Precious trick and sprayed him in the eyes. Miz nailed the Skull Crushing Finale and scored the pin.
Winner: The Miz
WWE World Title Match: Dean Ambrose versus Dolph Ziggler
Dean wants Ziggler to take a shot and they lock up. Ziggler wtih a side head lock take down. Ambrose slaps Ziggler and Ziggler slaps back. Both men with near falls as they go back and forth and Dean backs into the ropes. Dean with a kick and he tries for a slam but Ziggler escapes and hits a drop kick. Ambrose goes to the floor. Ziggler with a Stinger Splash into the ringside barrier followed by a neck breaker on the floor. Dean goes for the double underhook DDT but Ziggler escapes. Ziggler goes for a hesitation DDT and Ambrose counters and sends Ziggler over the top rope to the floor. Ambrose goes tot he floor and he slams Ziggler’s head into the ring steps. Ambrose punches Ziggler and both men get back into the ring. Ambrose with a chop in the corner and then he puts Ziggler on the turnbuckles. Ambrose goes for a Butterfly superplex and he gets a near fall. Dean with a slam and he gets a near fall. Dean stomps on the midsection. Dean with a single leg crab but Ziggler is able to escape and get a near fall. Ambrose with a clothesline. Ambrose with a suplex. Ambrose comes off the turnbuckles but Ziggler with a drop kick and both men are down.
Ziggler misses a super kick and Ambrose with a Tiger Front Driver for a near fall. Ambrose mocks Dolph and Shawn Michaels by tuning up the band and he sets for a double underhook DDT. Ziggler with a punch and Ambrose goes to the floor. Ziggler with a hesitation DDT for a near fall. Ambrose with punches and forearms. Ziggler goes for the Fameasser but misses. Ambrose charges into the corner and Ziggler moves. Dean goes shoulder first into the ring post and Ziggler hits a Fameasser for a near fall. Both men go for a cross body and they both go down.
Ambrose with Sting-ike punches and chops. Ambrose with clotheslines and then he waits for Ziggler to get up. Ambrose with a running forearm into the corner followed by a bulldog. Ambrose goes up top and he hits an elbow drop to the upper chest and Ambrose gets a near fall. Ziggler with a sleeper and Ambrose goes through the ropes to the floor to get out of the hold. Ziggler with a super kick and Dean tries not to fall into the crowd. They get back into the ring and Ziggler gets a near fall. Ziggler has a super kick blocked and Ambrose with a kick and he tries for a double underhook DDT. Ziggler with a Zig Zag for a near fall. Ziggler with elbows to the head and he applies a sleeper and he adds a body scissors. Ziggler turns it into a rear naked choke. Ambrose gets back to his feet and he snap mares Ziggler. Ziggler misses a super kick but he forces Dean near the ropes and he rebounds with a clothesline. Ambrose goes up top and Ziggler hits the ropes and it crotches Ambrose. Ziggler sets for a superplex but Dean blocks it with punches. Ambrose with a head butt and Ziggler falls to the mat. Ziggler leaps to the turnbuckles and Ambrose holds on to the ropes. Ziggler with head butts and he goes for a super X Factor but Dean lands on his feet and he hits the double underhook DDT for the three count.
Winner: Dean Ambrose