Drew McIntyre def. Ricochet
Anyone who thought Drew McIntyre would need a little time to get back in the swing of things was soundly corrected on Monday night when the former NXT Champion defeated Ricochet in an in-ring return that was just as monstrous as he promised it would be.
The victory may have been even more impressive than it appeared on first glance. Smaller, faster Superstars tend to give McIntyre more fits than he’d like to admit (see: Alexander, Cedric), but there was rarely a moment in this match that the Scot wasn’t in control of the former United States Champion. Ricochet briefly found some distance by going high-risk, even connecting with a Shooting Star Press. But the depleted high-flyer was too worn down to hit the Recoil, and McIntyre capitalized by throwing his foe shoulder-first into the turnbuckle and connecting with the Claymore seconds later for the win.
Of course, McIntyre had promised to make everyone uncomfortable, and he made good on his word, brutalizing Ricochet after the bell with another trip into the post, his old-school Future Shock DDT and a reverse Alabama Slam into the steps. To say Ric Flair was happy is an understatement. To say Team Hogan is in trouble is obvious.