Shinsuke Nakamura def. Buddy Murphy
After interrupting Regal, Bálor and Nakamura backstage, Buddy Murphy earned himself a one-on-one battle with The King of Strong Style. Murphy was trying to get his singles career rebooted, having broken up (again) with Blake last week. After absorbing a thunderous kick from Nakamura, the Australian Superstar briefly gained the upper hand with nefarious tactics, but The King of Strong Style could not be overcome.
Using his unorthodox in-ring manner, Nakamura frustrated Murphy. The King of Strong Style weathered all of Murphy’s strikes, answering with a smile before clobbering his rival with an overhand right that turned the tides of the bout. Nakamura unleashed a flurry of strikes and suplexes that left Murphy in perfect position for the Kinshasa. The devastating knee strike turned Murphy inside out and allowed Nakamura to win the bout, showing Finn Bálor that he won’t be a pushover when they finally meet.