Last week, Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias embarrassed Intercontinental Champion The Miz and caused him to lose to Apollo Crews at the 14th Annual Tribute to the Troops. While Iglesias did not return to SmackDown LIVE this week, The A-Lister and Crews clashed with The Miz’s title on the line.
In the height of the subsequent match, Maryse tried to get involved to aid The A-Lister, leading to the referee ejecting her from ringside. The two Superstars then went at it on an even playing field, and just when Crews appeared to be nearing victory, Miz was able to sneak an eye poke in behind the official’s back. This led him to connect with the Skull-Crushing Finale to retain his title.
After the match, things got tense when Renee Young tried to conduct an interview with The Miz, asking him a question about his beef with Dean Ambrose. Miz turned it around and made an inappropriate comment about her relationship with Ambrose outside of the ring. Young did not take kindly to The Miz’s words and promptly slapped him before storming off.