Backstage: Dolph Ziggler is in the back and Renee asks Dolph about the risk he took last week and being the Triple Threat Match tonight. Dolph says Baron was looking for a fight and he got it. It might not have been the best decision to put the title match on the line. Tonight, you have the Lone Wolf Baron Corbin and the Phenomenal One at the top of his game. Where does that leave Dolph? Opportunity after opportunity has been presented to him. Maybe he is the wild card in this thing. He gets your hopes up. Every once in a while, that wild card changes the whole damn game.
Baron Corbin versus Dolph Ziggler versus AJ Styles for the WWE Championship
All three men try to figure out how to take the early advantage and Corbin goes after Styles. Ziggler with a drop kick to Corbin. Styles with forearms in the corner and kicks to Corbin. Ziggler with a splash and Corbin catches Ziggler as Styles sends Ziggler into the ring. Corbin knocks Styles off the apron and Ziggler drops Corbin on the top rope. Corbin waits for Ziggler or Styles to get back into the ring as we go to commercial. We are back and Corbin with a hard Irish whip to Styles and then he goes to the floor to run Ziggler into the apron. We see footage from the commercial break when Corbin sent Styles high into the air for a back body drop. Corbin is done wtih Ziggler so he goes back to Styles and he runs AJ into the apron. Corbin sends Styles back into the ring and he gets a near fall. Corbin wtih a knee to the midsection and then he picks AJ up. Styles with a kick and chops. Corbin catches Styles but Ziggler with a drop kick and Styles gets a crucifix cover so Ziggler breaks up the cover. Styles blocks a suplex and then so does Ziggler.
Ziggler and Styles with punches but Corbin with a double clothesline and Corbin gets a near fall on Ziggler. Corbin kicks Ziggler and then picks him up. Corbin taunts Ziggler and sends Ziggler sternum first into the turnbuckles. Corbin looks at Styles on the floor before he continues to work over Ziggler. Ziggler with punches and then Ziggler stomps on the foot. Ziggler is sent into the air. Corbin goes for End of Days but Styles blocks it. Styles punches Corbin and sends him into the turnbuckles. Corbin sends Ziggler into the same corner. Ziggler wtih an elbow to Corbin and Styles with a boot. Corbin goes to the floor and comes back in with a clothesline to Ziggler and an STO to Styles to get a near fall. We are back and Corbin punches and kicks Ziggler. Corbin punches Styles and we see Corbin punching Styles when AJ went for a springboard move. Corbin continues to work over both men. Ziggler with punches to Corbin and Styles joins in and they both work over Corbin. Ziggler with a head butt and then they clothesline Corbin over the top rope to the floor. Styles and Ziggler also go to the floor and Corbin sends Styles into the ringside barrier. Ziggler gets on Corbin’s back and Corbin with a snap mare. Corbin rearranges the announce table and then he misses a shoulder as he hits the ringside barrier. Styles with a forearm off the steps and Ziggler with a super kick that sends Corbin onto the table. Ziggler and Styles go to the ringside barrier and Styles with a leg drop while Ziggler hits an elbow drop at the same time that destroys the table. Continue reading
AJ takes a mic and he says he is sorry that you had to witness that. AJ says it has been building up for six weeks and it was a long time coming. Now, Rudolph and that chinless reject can go back to the Island of Misfit Toys. AJ says he can move on to some more important things. AJ says he has done the most important things already this year. It is time for 2017. AJ says he does not have to ask Santa for anything because he has everything. It looks like it is a Merry Christmas for AJ Styles and a Happy New Year.
Dolph Ziggler’s music plays and he walks to the ring. Dolph congratulates AJ and he wishes him a Merry Christmas. Before the end of the year, there is one more thing. Dolph says he is next in line for the WWE Title. AJ says it will be a cake walk because you are so good at losing. Dolph says he is aware of his win/loss record, but this is coming from a guy who needed four chances to beat James Ellsworth. AJ says he will only need one try to beat Dolph. Dolph says it won’t be that easy. Dolph says he put his career on the line for a shot at the Intercontinental Title and he came out on top. Dolph asks AJ if he knows what he will do to get that WWE Championship.
Baron Corbin’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring. AJ leaves the ring and Baron says it should be him versus AJ Styles for the WWE Championship. How many chances are they going to give you . . . little man? Dolph says you might be new around here, but you don’t get chances, you earn them. Dolph says he earned his shot while you took the week off. Baron says the only reason why you earned anything was because he wasn’t there. He says that Dolph will lose because that is what you do. You don’t steal the show, you steal opportunities and you waste them. Corbin with a punch and Ziggler gets in some shots but Corbin hits End of Days.
Backstage: Daniel Bryan is with Dolph Ziggler. Daniel tells Dolph not to let Baron draw you in. Ziggler demands Baron Corbin tonight. Daniel gives Dolph the match, but he tells Dolph if Corbin beats him, he gets the title match next week. Dolph says he will go out with a fight. Continue reading