Raw results: A battle for control boils over as Big Show strikes and The Wyatts & Shield find common ground

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November 11, 2013

Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel def. Dolph Ziggler

As far as quick turnarounds go, Curtis Axel can lay claim to a solid one. Seven days after a humiliating loss to Dolph Ziggler, the Intercontinental Champion rebounded with a resoundingly successful title defense in Manchester. Despite the fact that Paul Heyman was still nowhere to be seen, Axel held his own against the former World Heavyweight Champion and, despite long stretches of dominance by The Showoff, came through in the clutch when it mattered most.

Photos: Axel shows up Ziggler | Watch the title defense

The contest got heated almost immediately, with Ziggler daring Axel to get a piece of him and the champion responding with some truly enthusiastic brawling. The Showoff fought like a man possessed to reverse his fortunes and claim his second Intercontinental Title, and nearly accomplished the feat by knocking Axel loopy with a top-rope facebuster. Axel weathered the storm, though, and stole The Showoff’s thunder by driving him into the mat for a last-ditch victory.

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