Following the heated interaction earlier in the night, Kofi Kingston and Sami Zayn squared off on SmackDown LIVE.
What would have already been an incredibly contentious contest was made even tenser when Big E was attacked prior to the match, claiming it was Kevin Owens who had blindsided him behind. With Xavier Woods tending to Big E and KO having walked off earlier in the evening, Kingston and Zayn went at it on the blue brand all by themselves.
After a back-and-forth contest, Kingston connected flush with the Trouble in Paradise for a big-time victory. However, The Dreadlocked Dynamo’s celebration was cut short when, at first, Paul Heyman appeared, suggesting that Brock Lesnar could potentially be ready to cash in his Money in the Bank contract. No cash-in occurred, but Kingston was presented with another challenge when he was suddenly assaulted by Dolph Ziggler. The returning Ziggler, who has not been seen since the Royal Rumble Match in January, viciously assaulted Kofi with a steel chair, leaving him laying as trainers and doctors rushed to the aid of the WWE Champion. Ziggler exited, looking as intense and defiant as ever. Kingston was initially carted up the ramp on a stretcher, but he refused to let Ziggler keep him down and exited on his own power.