Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel def. The Miz

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July 14, 2013

The Miz vs. Curtis Axel - Money in the Bank 2013

PHILADELPHIA — Young Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel has a few less doubters thanks to a big win over former WWE Champion The Miz. The victory is Axel’s second on the pay-per-view stage in as many months.

View photos of the war for the Intercontinental Title

Going into the bout, Miz admitted to being the underdog, thanks to the “Paul Heyman presence” in Axel’s corner. In a clever move early in the match, The Awesome One feigned being hit in the face by Heyman. The ref bought into the ruse and Axel’s mentor was immediately ejected from ringside, forcing to Axel to fight on alone.

As the two waged war for the prestigious Intercontinental Title, Axel came close to victory with a Perfect Plex, but Miz kicked out  and managed to lock Axel in a Figure-Four Leglock. The champion reversed the hold, almost forcing Miz to tap out.

Ultimately, Axel put Miz away with a new neckbreaker and bulldog hybrid to the canvas for the win.

Coming into Money in the Bank, the young champion had to overcome a bit of a losing streak (he lost twice to Chris Jericho). Then under the bright lights and scrutiny of the pay-per-view stage, Axel had to defend his title without Heyman at ringside. But Curtis Axel did not miss a step, proving his championship mettle.

Now, one must question what is next for Miz? Can the Superstar who headlined WrestleMania XXVII rebound from his failed second attempt at the Intercontinental Title? What is The Awesome One’s next move?

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