Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler came out to no music or lights with the idea that he doesn’t need a fancy entrance. Or, maybe he’s doing the ECW Dudley Boyz. They went back and forth with solid action, but were in a position where the audience was just waiting for the main event. Ziggler was working over Roode’s arm for a long time. The work was fine. Ziggler cinched in a sleeper and scissored his legs around Roode’s body to try and prevent him from fighting his way out. Roode slipped out and tried to escape. He made his way to his feet and nailed a belly to back suplex.
Roode continued to work over Ziggler but was unable to put him away. Ziggler nailed a DDT for a two count. There was actually a chant cheering Ziggler. Ziggler caught the Famouser for a two count. Ziggler went for a superkick but missed. Roode caught him with a spinebuster. They went into a series of rollups, including Ziggler hooking the tights until Roode rolled through and hooked the tights and scored the pin.
Winner: Bobby Roode
After the match: Ziggler immediately attacked him with the Zig Zag and left him laying.
Money in the Bank Ladder Match for a Title Match for the WWE Championship: Baron Corbin vs Sami Zayn vs Dolph Ziggler vs Shinsuke Nakamura vs AJ Styles vs Kevin Owens
Baron Corbin attacks Nakamura as he makes his way to the ring and he grabs a ladder. Corbin hits Nakamura in the ribs with the ladder. He hits Nakamura a second time. Corbin hits Nakamura a few times with a video camera. Medical staff checks on Nakamura and Corbin wants the match to start. Styles punches Ziggler while Owens and Corbin go after Zayn. Owens with forearms to Corbin and Corbin fires back. Zayn and Styles work over Ziggler. Styles punches Corbin while everyone else goes to the floor. Owens with a forearm to Zayn and then Ziggler. Owens sends Ziggler into a ladder on the floor. Owens and Zayn exchange forearms. Zayn hits Owens with a ladder and Corbin sends Zayn into the ringside barrier. We see Nakamura being sent to the back. Zayn sends Owens into the apron. Zayn looks around while Corbin and Ziggler work on Styles. Zayn with a flip dive onto Owens. Styles with punches and chops to Ziggler and Corbin but they stop Styles. Corbin and Ziggler grab a ladder and they hit Styles with it. Corbin punches Ziggler. Corbin drops a ladder on Styles’ ribs. Ziggler with a super kick to Corbin.
Ziggler is sent to the floor. Owens pulls the ladder out of teh ring. Zayn with a running clothesline to Owens. Zayn puts a ladder against the ropes so he can pull it in but Styles hits Zayn from behind. Styles sends Zayn to the floor. Styles grabs the ladder but Ziggler stops him. Ziggler tries to send the ladder into Styles’ face but he stop. Ziggler is pushed into the ring steps. Ziggler climbs the ladder on the apron and hits Styles when he goes for a springboard move to the floor. Corbin with Deep Six to Ziggler on the floor. Zayn with an Arabian Press onto Corbin but Zayn holds his knee. Styles pulls the ladder into the ring but Owens with a super kick and he punches Styles. Owens picks up the ladder and he hits Styles in the ribs with it. Corbin and Ziggler get on the apron and Owens knocks them off. Styles with a drop toe hold and Owens falls onto the ladder. Styles and Owens exchange punches. Styles sets for a Styles Clash but Owens blocks it and Owens back body drops Styles over the top rope to the floor. Zayn hits Owens before he can set up the ladder. Owens goes to the apron and he drops Zayn on the top rope. Owens looks around and he goes up top and sets for a swanton onto Ziggler, Corbin, and Styles but Zayn press slams Owens onto the ladder opened on its side and the ladder is bent. Zayn tries to set up the ladder but he knows it will not work so he throws it to the floor. Zayn sends a bigger ladder into the ring and something happens on the floor that the camera missed. Ziggler with a forearm to the back of the head to stop Zayn. Ziggler sets up a ladder in the corner and he sends Zayn into the ladder. Ziggler climbs the ladder and Zayn pulls him off. Ziggler pulls Zayn off and hits a drop kick. Ziggler has a super kick blocked and Zayn with a Blue Thunder Bomb. Zayn climbs the ladder and Corbin stops him. Zayn is sent into the ladder by Corbin and the ladder falls down. 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
Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal
Everyone surrounds Braun to start, but he starts tossing people right out of the gate and that ends pretty quick. People are going quick: Kalisto, Simon Gotch, Heath Slater, on of the Usos, Goldust, lots of people going quick. It’s pretty much Big Show and Strowman dominating here. Konnor goes out, and now Show and Strowman turn their attention to each other and everyone else stops to watch. Well, they do until Zayn nails Strowman and everyone else gangs up to try and toss them both. Strowman breaks free and tosses Show, then he tosses Victor and everyone else gangs up to toss Strowman! Wow, that was not expected. The battle royal continues, and now it’s anyone’s game. Curt Hawkins goes out, Ginger Mahal tries to toss Killian Dane without success, and Dolph gets tossed but hangs on and rolls back in to avoid elimination. Ziggler ducks a charge and R-Truth goes out. Ziggler tosses Rhyno, Jason Jordan and Chad Gable both go out, Tyler Breeze and Fandango in rapid succession, and some guy in a blue suit and mask I don’t recognize go. Mark Henry goes, and this is speeding along like the Gimmick Battle Royal at this rate. Okay, I’m calling either Titus O’Neill or Luke Harper wins at this point. We’ll see how I do. Ziggler superkicks Bing to the floor, Sami Zayn uses a Heluva Kick to eliminate Epico, and we’re down to about ten guys left. Ziggler again gets tossed and hangs on, Harper goes to the eyes and tries to boot him out, but Ziggler is hanging on. Mojo Rawley tosses…some guy I didn’t recognize and even the announcers didn’t seem to know. Mojo nails Ziggler with a shoulderblock and eliminates Ziggler as Apollo Crews is tossed.
Winner: Mojo Rawley
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