Heyman takes the mic and isn't happy about the match. They argue as Kofi Kingston makes his way out to the ring.
Heyman sits at ringside as the match begins. They lock up and go at it. Kofi with a 2 count and Axel retreats to the corner. More back and forth. Kofi sends Axel to the floor. Kofi with kicks and a 2 count. Axel comes back with a nice dropkick of his own. Axel clotheslines Kofi to the floor. Axel tries to whip Kofi into the steps but Kofi leaps on the turnbuckles and splashes Axel on the floor. Kofi brings it back in the ring for a 2 count.
Axel turns it around now and drops Kofi hard in the corner. 2 count by Axel. Axel with punches and an elbow to the head now. A side headlock keeps Kofi grounded. Axel with a big throw. More back and forth. Axel levels Kofi with a clothesline and covers for another 2 count. Axel stomps on Kofi as fans chant for him. Axel with knees to the gut. More offense from Axel. Kofi turns it around finally and plants Axel on the mat. Axel runs into boots in the corner. Kofi with a huge crossbody for a close 2 count.
Kofi gets the crowd hype and nails the Boom Drop. Kofi calls for Trouble In Paradise but Axel ducks and rams him back into the corner. Axel with shoulder thrusts now. The referee backs him off. Kofi catches him with a kick in the corner. Kofi comes leaping off the top but Axel dropkicks him in mid-air for another close 2 count. More back and forth. Kofi rolls Axel up for another close count. Axel runs over Kofi for another 2 count. More offense by Axel. Axel blocks SOS and ducks Trouble In Paradise. Axel goes for his finisher but Kofi nails SOS for another very close pin attempt. Kofi with kicks as Axel gets up. Kofi ends up on Axel's shoulders and gets dropped over the top rope. Axel nails the neckbreaker finisher for the win.
Winner: Curtis Axel
- After the match, Heyman comes in the ring, still looking worried, but poses with Axel and applauds him. Axel stands over Kofi with the belt and holds it high in the air.
- In a poll on WWE's website, fans have voted Chris Jericho as the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all-time.
- Rob Van Dam is backstage with Ricardo Rodriguez, who is wearing his arm sling. RVD asks if he's going to be alright tonight. Ricardo says he will be a lot better when RVD wins the World Heavyweight Title. RVD has Ricardo say different things in Spanish.
- WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee is skipping around. She runs into Layla, Aksana and Alicia Fox. She wants them to go out with her and show what a real Diva looks like defending her title. Alicia says they are done siding with AJ. Alicia and Aksana walk off. AJ screams that they're nothing without her. Layla chats with AJ but also walks off to catch up with them.
We go to the ring and out first comes Natalya followed by Naomi and then Brie Bella. WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee is out next.
The feed cuts out and comes back with Brie Bella in control. Naomi dropkicks her. Brie and Naomi go at it now. Naomi with a big headscissors for a 2 count. They collide and both go down. AJ comes in and rolls Natalya up for 2. Natalya and AJ in a shoving match now. AJ nails a forearm. Natalya slaps her. Naomi with a Rear View on Natalya for a 2 count. Brie and Naomi go back at it now. Natalya gets Brie on her shoulders. Brie brings her to the mat but runs into Naomi's boot. Natalya rolls Brie up for 2. Naomi misses a big splash on Natalya. AJ dumps Naomi and Natalya to the floor. Naomi fights back in with kicks. AJ pulls Naomi off the apron and she hits her face. Natalya gets rolled up by Brie for a 2 count.
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