Drew Gulak def. Shinsuke Nakamura to secure an Intercontinental Title opportunity for Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania
The stakes were simple, but incredibly high: If Drew Gulak defeated Shinsuke Nakamura tonight, then his new pupil Daniel Bryan would get an Intercontinental Title Match against Sami Zayn at WrestleMania 36.
Gulak and Nakamura, colliding for the first time ever, exchanged strikes and holds in an incredibly hard-hitting affair. With Bryan in Gulak’s corner and Cesaro and Sami Zayn out there to support Shinsuke, the match was contentious from open to close. In the closing moments, it appeared that The King of Strong Style had Gulak primed for the Kinshasa, but Bryan subtly helped Gulak evade the maneuver. It was so subtle that the referee did not see it, and it allowed Gulak to follow up and catch Nakamura with a pinning combination that secured the three-count. Zayn saw the assist, however, and petitioned to the official, but to no avail. He is now locked in to defend his title against Bryan at WrestleMania!