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BALTIMORE – At WWE Extreme Rules, The Miz’s controversial tactics, combined with an accidental collision with the referee and the general commotion of an intense showdown, allowed The A-Lister to steal his seventh Intercontinental Championship.
Even before both Superstars journeyed to Raw as part of the Superstar Shake-up, The Miz made his opinion clear that Dean Ambrose is an unworthy Intercontinental Champion. And after their title match on Raw ended in a disqualification, The A-Lister convinced Raw General Manager Kurt Angle to take the championship advantage out of the equation for the rematch. At WWE Extreme Rules, if Ambrose were to get himself disqualified, he would lose his coveted title.
From the beginning of his 92nd pay-per-view match, The Miz tried every trick in the book to get The Lunatic Fringe to snap or to make the referee believe that the titleholder had broken the rules. Though Miz was unsuccessful in causing Ambrose to get disqualified, the stipulation clearly took something out of his opponent’s game plan from start to finish, as The Awesome One maintained a decisive advantage throughout much of the contest.
With every minute, the battle grew more and more fierce, resulting in an injury to Ambrose's knee and the exchange of Figure-Four Leglocks.
During the height of the action, Miz once again tried to bring an end to the contest by having Maryse slap him. Rather than call for the bell, the referee kicked The Awesome One's cunning wife out of the bout. As the official worked to get her away from ringside, the turmoil continued in the ring, and Ambrose was thrown into the referee when his back was turned. Thinking Ambrose smashed into him on purpose, the referee looked as if he was going to disqualify the titleholder. However, before he could, Miz engaged his opponent from behind and hit him with a Skull-Crushing Finale for the huge victory.
Like him or hate him, the seven-time Intercontinental Champion once again stands at the top of the mountain. But, with The Lunatic Fringe on the loose, how long can he remain there? Find out Monday night at 8/7 C on Raw.