Finn Bálor & Braun Strowman def. Intercontinental Champion Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush
If Finn Bálor is serious about keeping his championship drought a short one, he certainly got off on the right foot. The Irishman selected Braun Strowman as his mystery partner against Lio Rush & Intercontinental Champion Bobby Lashley, and his selection paid off in a major way. The Monster Among Men has been in a little bit of a mood thanks to Colin Jost and Michael Che, and he was so dominant that The All Mighty straight-up bailed on his hype man in the middle of the match. Lashley’s walk left Rush to the mercy (or lack thereof) of a Running Powerslam and a 1-2-3 that might mean more for Bálor than it first appears: Yes, Strowman got the pinfall, but the “W” goes in the Irishman’s books, too. When it comes time to earning a title match, that could go a long way.
It may have been a glimpse into Strowman’s future as well: As The Monster Among Men revealed in an interview later in the night, his ongoing beef with Che and Jost has left him so riled up that he’s declaring for the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal so he can beat up everyone at once. He isn’t above giving the “Weekend Update” duo These Hands as well — much to the concern of WrestleMania host and Strowman’s former Mixed Match Challenge partner, Alexa Bliss. Luckily, The Goddess talked The Monster down and bought herself some time to broker a peace. Not that much, however: Strowman’s generosity isn’t unlimited, and Alexa has one week to make things right. After that, all bets are off.