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United States Champion Baron Corbin def. Intercontinental Champion The Miz

HOUSTON — After weeks of trading nasty, personal attacks over social media, Intercontinental Champion The Miz from Raw and United States Champion Baron Corbin from SmackDown finally squared off.

The Miz instantly had an extra layer of motivation as his wife Maryse — absent in recent weeks due to her pregnancy — watched on from ringside. The Miz’s aggressive streak was apparent as the two jockeyed for position in the early goings with punches and kicks in place of any traditional wrestling holds.

When Corbin finally gained an edge, he couldn’t help but taunt Maryse, which released a rarely seen ferocity from The A-Lister. That fierceness did not throw off The Miz’s typical strategy, though, as Miztourage members Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas did not hesitate to interject themselves into the contest whenever the opportunity presented itself.

Axel and Dallas’ attempts to pull a fast one eventually ran dry, however, with Corbin literally stopping them in the act and decimating both to even the playing field. Miz appeared to have momentum on his side as he wore The Lone Wolf down with a barrage of It Kicks and running strikes, but Corbin brought things to a sudden stop when he caught Miz with a jarring End of Days to give SmackDown LIVE its first win of the night.

After the contest, Corbin grabbed the microphone and stated facts bluntly: He didn’t just shut up The Miz; he just up the entire WWE Universe.