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Backstage: Kurt Angle is trying to get cell reception and Chad Gable stops by. Chad says he was looking for Kurt in his office. Kurt says he likes it in the hallway because it is quiet. Kurt says that he would have loved to have replaced Jinder with Chad last week, but management had other plans.
Chad says when he gets that opportunity . . . Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler show up and Dolph tells Kurt he loves what he has done with the place. Drew reminds Kurt that they beat Finn Balor and Braun Strowman and they would love to do it again, but that decision is above Kurt’s pay grade. Chad says that Drew and Dolph seem special. Drew says they are. Dolph says that he doesn’t just sit around for a hand out. Chad says he isn’t waiting, why not do it now. Kurt says that it will be settled in the ring tonight.
Chad Gable versus Dolph Ziggler (with Drew McIntyre)
The match is joined in progress and Gable with a waist lock into a wrist lock. Gable with an arm drag and waist lock. Gable with a drop toe hold into a front face lock. Ziggler tries to escape but Gable holds on. ZIggler gets to the ropes and Gable breaks. Ziggler goes for the leg but Gable gets a near fall. Gable with a waist lock but Ziggler with an elbow and drop kick for a near fall.
Ziggler runs his boot laces across the face and then he applies a reverse chin lock. Ziggler with a leaping elbow drop for a near fall. Ziggler with a chin lock. Gable punches Ziggler and takes Ziggler down and gets a near fall with a rollup. Gable with a jackknife cover for a near fall. Ziggler with a kick to the knee. Ziggler with a waist lock and Gable lands on his feet. Ziggler blocks a German suplex attempt and hits a neck breaker.Ziggler runs into an elbow and Gable with a thrust kick. Gable with a rollup for a near fall. Ziggler is sent into the turnbuckles and Gable with a German suplex for a near fall. Gable grabs the leg and the referee tells Gable to release the hold. Ziggler with a head butt and super kick for the three count.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Backstage: We get comments from Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre. Drew says the locker room has gone soft. They have a banquet full of pigs stuffing their faces at the trough. Ziggler talks about the choreographed entrances. Drew says that the hunger is gone in their eyes and they are here to remind them of that. Drew says that they are here to flip the table over.
Finn Balor and Braun Strowman versus Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre
Strowman and Drew stare at each other as the bell rings and Drew smiles at Braun. Balor and Ziggler start things off. They lock up and Balor with a waist lock. Ziggler with a standing switch and Ziggler with a punch. Ziggler punches Balor. Ziggler with a sunset flip and Balor rolls through and hits a drop kick. Drew tags in and so does Braun. Drew tags Ziggler back in before making contact with Braun. Strowman slams Balor onto Ziggler. Strowman and Balor do the Braun pose but that allows Ziggler to recover and hit a jawbreaker. Balor with a drop kick and Drew trips Balor when he sets for a plancha. Drew tags in and he kicks Balor. Drew with a chop and punch to Balor. Drew stomps on Finn’s hand and then he chops Balor in the corner. Dolph tags in and he kicks Balor. Balor with a forearm but Ziggler keeps Balor from making the tag and hits a neck breaker for a near fall. Ziggler with a sleeper and body scissors. Ziggler keeps Balor from making the tag and Drew tags in.
Drew sends Balor into the corner and Balor fights out of the corner but he cannot make the tag when Drew catches him and connects with a knee and forearm. Drew with a chop. Drew misses a charge into the corner when Balor moves and Strowman tags in. Ziggler tags in and he connects with shoulder tackles on Dolph. Strowman with a forearm across the chest. Ziggler moves and Strowman hits the ring post with his shoulder. Balor tags in and he gives Ziggler a double leg take down and double stomp. Balor with a chop and he floats over. Ziggler with an elbow and Balor with an enzuigiri and an elevated elbow drop for a near fall.
Ziggler with a rollup and Balor with Slingblade. Balor with a running drop kick and then he goes up top but Drew grabs the leg and Balor goes to the apron. Strowman with a running shoulder tackle to Drew on the floor and Drew knocks over the Greatest Royal Rumble trophy. Ziggler pulls Balor off the turnbuckles and gets the three count.
Winners: Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre
Rhyno and Heath Slater versus Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler
Rhyno and Ziggler start things off and Ziggler with a waist lock and slap. Ziggler with another waist lock but Rhyno with a chop. Slater tags in and he goes up top and hits a chop to the arm followed by a running forearm. Slater with atomic drops but Ziggler lands on his feet and tags in Drew. Slater welcomes Drew back and Slater with jabs and punches. Drew with an Irish whip and Slater tries to float over but Drew with a kick to the midsection.
Drew pulls off Slater’s shirt and chops him. Ziggler tags in and he super kicks Slater and Drew with a reverse Alabama Slam. Drew head butts Rhyno off the apron. Drew with a Claymore while Ziggler hits the Zig Zag and they get the three count.
Winners: Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler
Apollo Crews and Titus O’Neil with Dana Brooke versus Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler
Titus and Dolph start things off and Titus throws Ziggler into the corner and he punches Dolph. Dolph with kicks and he tags in Crews. Crews with a clothesline followed by a standing moonsault for a near fall. Drew with a kick to the head and he tags in. Drew with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Ziggler tags in and Ziggler with a super kick to the head and Drew hits a reverse Alabama Slam. Drew tags in and Ziggler with a Zig Zag while Drew hits the Claymore for the three count.
Winners: Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre
After the match: Dolph and Drew are in the ring and he is asked why did he bring Drew McIntyre with him. Dolph says he never had anyone watch his back and now he has Drew watching his back. He says that Drew is dangerous. Drew says he is right. He is dangerous. He is especially dangerous to a locker room that has apparently gone soft. He sees no fire or ambition. All he sees are people collecting checks. This is what a superstar looks like and this is how a superstar speaks. Drew says you can trust him when he says the times are a-changing. He is the wake up call and reality check that WWE needs. Dolph says they don’t care about stealing the show because this is the show.
In Ring: Dolph Ziggler makes his way to the ring. Dolph says he is back on Raw. A lot of things changed and a lot of things stayed the same. He will always steal the show and he is the best superstar to walk that aisle.
Dolph is interrupted by Titus O’Neil’s music and he is joined by Apollo Crews and Dana Brooke. Titus welcomes Dolph to Raw and he says a lot of things have changed. That includes the creation of Titus Worldwide. If you are looking to maximize your return, look no further than their team. He can take Dolph to the next level in and out of the ring. Titus says that Dolph is a multi-platform superstar. They can rule the planet.
Dolph says what he was going to say is that he did not come back to Raw alone. Drew McIntyre shows up and he attacks Titus and Apollo. Drew and Dolph send Titus into the ring post. Dolph with a super kick to Titus and then Drew punches Apollo. Drew hits a Claymore while Dolph hits a Zig Zag.