Rusev def. Samoa Joe with The Miz as Special Guest Referee

Rusev def. Samoa Joe with The Miz as Special Guest Referee

With The Miz serving as the Special Guest Referee (which Paige co-signed earlier in the show), Rusev squared off against Samoa Joe, as all three Superstars in the ring began to eye the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match this Sunday.

After The Miz accidentally struck Joe and Rusev with pancakes last week, The A-Lister was certainly on his toes as the two behemoths squared off on the blue brand. The hard-hitting bout saw both competitors attempt to wear down and brutalize their opponent en route to a victory tonight and a leg up on the competition heading into Sunday.

In the match’s pivotal moments, Joe accidentally rammed into Miz, and when it appeared that The Samoan Assassin was nearing victory, Miz refused to count due to being salty from when Joe crashed into him. Samoa Joe, of course, did not take kindly to Miz’s actions, and the two began to jaw jack. However, this distraction proved costly when Rusev surged up and connected with a Machka Kick square to Joe’s jaw for the 1-2-3.

As Rusev celebrated, Aiden English brought a ladder into the ring that Rusev began to climb. However, Miz stole The Bulgarian Brute’s thunder when he snuck up behind him and dropped Rusev with the Skull-Crushing Finale. Miz then climbed the ladder and retrieved the Money in the Bank briefcase. Beginning to shove it down the WWE Universe’s throat, Miz gloated heavily with the briefcase, taking it to the announcer’s table and opening it up, suggesting that he would win the Ladder Match and cash in the contract.

However, when he actually looked inside the briefcase, The A-Lister was shocked to see that it was filled with The New Day’s signature pancakes. Irate over being made a fool of, Miz dumped the pancake-filled briefcase over the announce table and screamed in massive frustration while The New Day laughed ferociously from afar. Miz may have won the battle tonight, but The New Day still had a distinct edge heading into Sunday, with no one having any idea who the group would select from their squadron to be in the career-changing contest.

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