‘The Ravishing Russian’ Lana is introduced, and she makes her way out to speak a little bit of Russian, dedicate tonight to the ‘most powerful man in the world’, Russian president Vladamir Putin, and introduce Alexander Rusev.
Alexander Rusev vs. R-Truth and Xavier Woods
Truth dedicates this match to the US and the two men hit the ring. Woods runs right into a huge kick and both are sent to the outside. Rusev launches Truth into the barricade, then sends Woods crashing into the ring apron. Rusev tosses Truth into the ring and belly to belly suplexes Woods on the floor. The ref finally rings the bell and Rusev goes on the attack, punching and kicking Truth in the corner.
Rusev sends Truth crashing into the corner hard, then follows with a big back splash. Rusev looks down on Woods, still laid out on the outside. Rusev runs right into double boots from Truth in the corner. Truth is able to cartwheel away from Rusev and hits a big spinning kick, and running clothesline in the corner. Truth connects with a missile dropkick from the middle rope, ducks a clothesline, and hits a spinning back elbow and axe kick, but Rusev won’t stay down for three. Rusev catches Truth in mid air, and goes for a fall away slam, but Truth lands on his feet. Rusev knocks him down with a huge spinning back heel kick. Trainers check on Woods on the outside. Rusev takes Truth down with a spinning, standing black hole-like slam. Rusev clamps on the camel clutch, and Truth is forced to tap out.
Winner: Alexander Rusev
While making their way to the back, Lana points at Woods and tells Rusev to crush him. Rusev picks up Woods and plants him with a fall away slam on the floor before leaping up and screaming out.
In the ring, Lillian Garcia talks about the Special Olympics USA Games, which will be held in New Jersey. Lillian introduces members of the New Jersey Special Olympic team, who get a bit of camera time.
Backstage, Renee Young stands with Evolution. Young says tonight they’ll finally get in the ring with The Shield. Hunter says they think Evolution’s egos will be their downfall. Hunter says they have massive egos, but they’re well deserved, because you’re looking at 31 World Championships between these three men. Batista is the most powerful, destructive man to walk into a WWE ring. Then there’s Randy Orton, the most naturally gifted athlete to ever walk into the squared circle. And tonight you’ll find out why they call him the cerebral assassin. They have egos, but they’re well deserved. Orton says you have to adapt or perish, and tonight, the Shield will perish, and you can believe in that. All three men put their fists in the middle to mock the Shield further.
Wade Barrett is out next for his Intercontinental Championship match, earned in the #1 Contenders tournament.
Barrett says he’s afraid he’s got some bad news. A big virus just made landfall in the US, and everyone here will be struck down with sickness, but that will pale in comparison to the sickness Big E will feel when he’s defeated for his Intercontinental Championship.
Big E is out next, and he gets less of a reaction out of the fans than Barrett did.
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Big E vs. Bad News Barrett
The bell rings and we’re ready to begin. Big E tries for a slam, but Barrett lands on his feet, so Big E hits a shoulder tackle that sends Barrett fleeing to the outside. Big E follows, and Barrett scores with a couple of quick shots. Barrett tries to send E into the ring post, but E blocks it and sends Barrett into the ring post instead. Big E spears Barrett against the ring post and brings things back into the ring. Barrett kicks the rope into Big E low, then kicks him to the floor before dropping an elbow from the apron. Barrett brings things back into the ring for two, then mounts Big E with a series of punches.
Barrett goes for a suplex, but Big E blocks and reverses it. Big E runs into a back elbow from Barrett. Barrett sits on the top rope, and grabs Big E in suplex position. He drops down to the mat and uses the momentum to suplex Big E. Barrett clamps on a rear chin lock. It’s not long before Big E fights out, but he runs right into a big cross body for two. Barrett kicks Big E in the chest, then lays him out with a running big boot. Barrett continues to kick and swat at Big E before choking him against the middle rope.
Barrett traps E in the ropes and lays in with knees to the chest before hitting another running big boot that knocks Big E to the apron. Barrett lays Big E out across the top rope and hits some clubbing blows to the back before gloating a bit. Big E responds by hitting a huge belly to belly suplex that sends Barrett across the ring.
Big E hits a clothesline, then another, and another belly to belly suplex. Big E hits a spear in the corner, and a running splash that sends Barrett to the outside. Fans are booing Big E. Big E tries to suplex Barrett from the apron into the ring, but Barrett fights it off. Big E hits the ropes and spears Barrett through the ropes, both men falling to the floor.
Big E sends things back into the ring for a near fall. Big E hits the ropes, but runs right into winds of change, but Barrett can only come up with two. Barrett stomps at Big E’s head, then picks him up to his feet. Big E sends Barrett into the corner, but misses another attempt at a spear. Barrett hits the wasteland, but Big E still won’t stay down for three.
Barrett pulls down his elbow pad and charges, but Big E counters with a urunage for two. Big E hits his splash, and pulls down the straps. Big E waits for Barrett to stand, and he shoulders him. Barrett drops down, misses the elbow, but connects with a second attempt. Barrett pins Big E, and gets the three count.
Winner and NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion: Bad News Barrett