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- We open the show with a recap of the Men's and Women's Money in the Bank Ladder matches in which Otis and Asuka captured the briefcases which gives each of them a shot at the title of their choosing before we get a video package and graphic for the NXT Women's champion Charlotte who will be in the building later tonight. We then go to the ring for tonight's edition of Miz TV with special guest Otis where Miz congratulates Otis before Otis says that his biggest win is landing Mandy Rose before saying that alongside the contract he has Rolaids, Gas-X and a bratwurst in the briefcase. We get a graphic of Otis as a baby on the big screen before The Miz and John joke that he might be pregnant and should relinquish the briefcase how Becky relinquished the Women's title. Otis talks about having a learning disability growing up before Miz becomes angry about Otis getting the belt, the girl and a shot away from becoming the face of Smackdown before Miz demands he find a partner so The Miz and Morrison can face them before M&M leave. We then get a graphic for the Intercontinental Championship Tournament with Daniel Bryan, Drew Gulak, Jeff Hardy, Baron Corbin, Elias, Shinsuke Nakamura, AJ Styles and Sheamus before Elias comes out to the ring for his match against Corbin and we get a video package recapping their feud as we go to commercial.
WWE Intercontinental Championship Tournament Match
Elias vs Baron Corbin
Elias ducks a clothesline and chops Corbin before they kick each other in the midsection and Corbin backs Elias into the corner before Elias comes back with right hands and chops. Corbin takes Elias down and locks in a single leg Boston crab before Elias kicks him off and gets dropped with a back elbow for two before taking Elias down with a straight armbar with a chin bar. Elias gets to his feet and fights his way out of the hold before hitting a mule kick and dumping Corbin out of the ring before Corbin comes back in and is immediately clotheslined over the top on the opposite side. Elias hits a diving cross body before tossing Corbin back into the ring, but he rolls out of it and hits Elias in the throat before sending him into the barricade and tossing him back into the ring before grabbing Elias' guitar and playing it. Elias then hits a wrecking ball dropkick and sends Corbin into the barricade and the steps before sending him into the post and into the time keeper's area as we go to commercial.
We come back to Elias in control before Corbin crotches him when he goes for an old school and Elias rolls out of the ring before Corbin sends him into the announce table and punches him on top of it before tossing him back into the ring for two. Corbin beats on Elias in the corner before choking him in the ropes and rocking him with a right hand before clotheslining Elias for two before following up with several wrist lock clotheslines and Elias hits a swinging neckbreaker. Elias punches and kicks Corbin against the ropes before dropping him and hitting a reverse DDT for two before hitting a jumping knee, Elias climbing to the top before Corbin dodges him when he comes off of the top. Corbin hits a spinebuster for two before setting Elias on the top turnbuckle and Elias slides out of the back before Corbin counters an electric chair drop into a chokeslam for a near fall. Corbin yells at Elias and punches him in the back of the head before leaving the ring and grabbing his guitar before breaking it across the post and Elias comes back with a jumping knee. Elias then pins Corbin out of nowhere with an inside cradle for the pin and the win.
Winner: Elias defeats Baron Corbin via pinfall to advance in the tournament.
- After the match we get a graphic for the second tournament match later tonight between Daniel Bryan and Drew Gulak as well as a graphic for the return of Charlotte before we go backstage to Otis trying to recruit Sheamus to be his partner, but Sheamus tells him that there's no chance as we go to commercial.
- We come back to Otis still looking for a partner before Mandy shows up and suggests that he ask the Universal champion Braun Strowman before he does just that and Braun takes it into consideration as we go back to commercial.
Naomi vs Dana Brooke
They lock up before Naomi gets two off of a roll up and hits a flying clothesline into a dropkick before hitting a running forearm in the corner before Dana rolls her up for two and ducks a kick before kicking Naomi in the midsection. Dana hits a hand spring back elbow in the corner before Naomi sweeps her and hits a diving cross body before Dana rolls through for one and Naomi rolls through that for two. Dana then pins Naomi with a jack knife cover for the win.
Winner: Dana Brooke defeats Naomi via pinfall.
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