The thrilling series between Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler turns golden at WWE Fastlane.

Newly crowned Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens won’t have to wait long for his first title defense, as he takes on four-time Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler at WWE Fastlane.

The title match caps off a series of remarkable and supremely physical matches between The Prizefighter and The Showoff in recent weeks. Owens claimed the first showdown in January, pinning Ziggler after connecting with the Pop-Up Powerbomb, but the ever-resilient Ziggler bounced back in the following weeks, defeating Owens in back-to-back rematches on the Feb. 1 and Feb. 8 editions of Raw.

Each fight has been more intense and evenly matched than the one before it, and to snare the win in the Feb. 8 encounter, Ziggler even resorted to extreme tactics, illegally putting his feet on the ropes to score the pinfall. Though he cried foul, Owens had tried employing a similar strategy earlier in the match, leading many to conclude that The Showoff had simply beaten the unapologetic rule-breaker at his own game.

Ultimately, Owens prevailed when the stakes were the highest, overcoming Ziggler, defending Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose, Tyler Breeze and Stardust in a Fatal 5-Way Match on Feb. 15 to win the title and begin his second reign as Intercontinental Champion.

Now that he once again has a prize to defend, will Kevin Owens’ fist-slinging, bulldozing attack win out against a competitor who has become a familiar rival? Or will Dolph Ziggler’s dynamic offense result in championship gold around The Showoff’s chiseled waist? Watch the thrilling Intercontinental Championship duel live when WWE Fastlane takes over the award-winning WWE Network Sunday at 8 ET/5 PT.

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The thrilling series between Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler turns golden at WWE Fastlane.

Newly crowned Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens won’t have to wait long for his first title defense, as he takes on four-time Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler at WWE Fastlane.

The title match caps off a series of remarkable and supremely physical matches between The Prizefighter and The Showoff in recent weeks. Owens claimed the first showdown in January, pinning Ziggler after connecting with the Pop-Up Powerbomb, but the ever-resilient Ziggler bounced back in the following weeks, defeating Owens in back-to-back rematches on the Feb. 1 and Feb. 8 editions of Raw.

Each fight has been more intense and evenly matched than the one before it, and to snare the win in the Feb. 8 encounter, Ziggler even resorted to extreme tactics, illegally putting his feet on the ropes to score the pinfall. Though he cried foul, Owens had tried employing a similar strategy earlier in the match, leading many to conclude that The Showoff had simply beaten the unapologetic rule-breaker at his own game.

Ultimately, Owens prevailed when the stakes were the highest, overcoming Ziggler, defending Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose, Tyler Breeze and Stardust in a Fatal 5-Way Match on Feb. 15 to win the title and begin his second reign as Intercontinental Champion.

Now that he once again has a prize to defend, will Kevin Owens’ fist-slinging, bulldozing attack win out against a competitor who has become a familiar rival? Or will Dolph Ziggler’s dynamic offense result in championship gold around The Showoff’s chiseled waist? Watch the thrilling Intercontinental Championship duel live when WWE Fastlane takes over the award-winning WWE Network Sunday at 8 ET/5 PT.