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It was a stinging development for The Super Athlete, who was looking to have a pretty good night before Show came a-callin’. Rusev had just finished beating down his estranged tag-team partner Jinder Mahal, following Mahal’s loss to Cesaro. Alas, Rusev’s face fell the second Show’s music hit. His body did the same shortly thereafter.
Show, who’s been on a tear of late, delivered a near-flawless performance against his old foil, beating the former U.S. Champion about the ring with monstrous abandon. To his credit, a wobbly Rusev managed to take out Show’s knee and briefly transitioned to a ground game that looked as though it might just pay off. In short, it did not.
The spring in Show’s step did vanish as a result of Rusev’s strategy, but the power in Show’s fist hadn’t faded one iota. The giant took full advantage of his newly svelte physique by slithering out of The Accolade and administering not one, not two, but three chokeslams before propping Rusev against the turnbuckle and KO Punching him into oblivion.
Safe to say, this show might just have raised the curtain on a second act.