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Intercontinental Champion The Miz won a Fatal 4-Way Match

Intercontinental Champion The Miz won a Fatal 4-Way Match

NEWARK, N.J. — Presumably, only one Superstar left WWE Extreme Rules 2016 believing the show-stealing Intercontinental Championship Fatal 4-Way Match ended in awesome fashion. That’s because The Miz entered and exited the four-way title fight at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., as the champion by pinning Cesaro to end a battle that will surely garner “Match of the Year” consideration come Slammy Awards time.

The collision course of this championship contest started at WWE Payback 2016 and quickly picked up steam. An unsettled clash between Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens spilled into that evening’s Intercontinental Title Match between The Miz and Cesaro, which resulted in a controversial but ultimately successful title defense for The A-lister. 

Instead of leaving WWE Payback as an undisputed champion, however, The Miz found himself fending off the advances of three aspiring challengers. Each of the four match combatants meddled in the others’ affairs in the days that followed, heightening old rivalries and resulting in a contest at Extreme Rules, where a new champion could be crowned without the previous titleholder being defeated via pinfall or submission.

WWE Network:  Intercontinental Championship Fatal 4-Way Match: WWE Extreme Rules 2016

The Miz, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens and Cesaro engage in a whirlwind Intercontinental Championship free-for-all: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

Immediately after the opening bell, the numbers game commenced in earnest as Zayn knocked Owens out of action with a Helluva Kick. Cesaro responded in kind by clocking Miz with a clothesline, quickly turning a match between four Superstars into a battle between any grapplers who could keep their wits about them.

Each Superstar played to their strengths to build momentum. Cesaro swung more European uppercuts than are fit to print here. Zayn dealt Blue Thunder Bombs and hurricanranas with aplomb. Owens fired cannonballs with chaotic glee. 

And The Miz? He bided his time, saving his strength for a timely reversal or a match-saving Skull Crushing Finale. He also endured a ring-rattling superplex by The Swiss Strongman, a crushing clothesline by Owens and ferocious forearms by Zayn.

The momentum finally started to swing in The A-lister’s favor thanks to an indirect assist by Maryse, who watched the carnage from ringside. Moments after a failed pinfall attempt, Maryse stepped in front of Owens on the ringside floor to prevent him from attacking Miz. Amid the confusion, The A-lister crept behind the Québécois prizefighter for a Skull Crushing Finale.

As that altercation played out, Zayn leveled Cesaro with a Helluva Kick that knocked the Swiss Strongman right out. However, Owens resurfaced to break up Zayn’s pinfall attempt, leading to a brawl between the two longtime rivals that spilled onto the ringside floor. With both NXT alumni mixing it up away from the ring, The Miz slipped in and pinned the lifeless Cesaro for a title-saving triumph.

With the victory, The Miz becomes the first reigning Intercontinental Champion to successfully defend his title at an Extreme Rules event. He achieved this feat just eight miles south of MetLife Stadium, the setting of WrestleMania 29 where, in 2013, The A–lister kicked off his second Intercontinental Title reign.

NEWARK, N.J. — Presumably, only one Superstar left WWE Extreme Rules 2016 believing the show-stealing Intercontinental Championship Fatal 4-Way Match ended in awesome fashion. That’s because The Miz entered and exited the four-way title fight at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., as the champion by pinning Cesaro to end a battle that will surely garner “Match of the Year” consideration come Slammy Awards time.

The collision course of this championship contest started at WWE Payback 2016 and quickly picked up steam. An unsettled clash between Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens spilled into that evening’s Intercontinental Title Match between The Miz and Cesaro, which resulted in a controversial but ultimately successful title defense for The A-lister. 

Instead of leaving WWE Payback as an undisputed champion, however, The Miz found himself fending off the advances of three aspiring challengers. Each of the four match combatants meddled in the others’ affairs in the days that followed, heightening old rivalries and resulting in a contest at Extreme Rules, where a new champion could be crowned without the previous titleholder being defeated via pinfall or submission.

WWE Network:  Intercontinental Championship Fatal 4-Way Match: WWE Extreme Rules 2016

The Miz, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens and Cesaro engage in a whirlwind Intercontinental Championship free-for-all: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

Immediately after the opening bell, the numbers game commenced in earnest as Zayn knocked Owens out of action with a Helluva Kick. Cesaro responded in kind by clocking Miz with a clothesline, quickly turning a match between four Superstars into a battle between any grapplers who could keep their wits about them.

Each Superstar played to their strengths to build momentum. Cesaro swung more European uppercuts than are fit to print here. Zayn dealt Blue Thunder Bombs and hurricanranas with aplomb. Owens fired cannonballs with chaotic glee. 

And The Miz? He bided his time, saving his strength for a timely reversal or a match-saving Skull Crushing Finale. He also endured a ring-rattling superplex by The Swiss Strongman, a crushing clothesline by Owens and ferocious forearms by Zayn.

The momentum finally started to swing in The A-lister’s favor thanks to an indirect assist by Maryse, who watched the carnage from ringside. Moments after a failed pinfall attempt, Maryse stepped in front of Owens on the ringside floor to prevent him from attacking Miz. Amid the confusion, The A-lister crept behind the Québécois prizefighter for a Skull Crushing Finale.

As that altercation played out, Zayn leveled Cesaro with a Helluva Kick that knocked the Swiss Strongman right out. However, Owens resurfaced to break up Zayn’s pinfall attempt, leading to a brawl between the two longtime rivals that spilled onto the ringside floor. With both NXT alumni mixing it up away from the ring, The Miz slipped in and pinned the lifeless Cesaro for a title-saving triumph.

With the victory, The Miz becomes the first reigning Intercontinental Champion to successfully defend his title at an Extreme Rules event. He achieved this feat just eight miles south of MetLife Stadium, the setting of WrestleMania 29 where, in 2013, The A–lister kicked off his second Intercontinental Title reign.