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-The Undertaker comes out to the ring to kick things off and talks about his historic career and matches he's had at MSG before he's interrupted by Sami Zayn. Sami then mocks The Undertaker before Taker chokeslams him and his music hits before he leaves.
-We then go to the back where Chad Gable meets with Shane, Shane saying that Chad will compete tonight even if Elias is out of the tournament as we go to commercial.
The Miz vs Andrade
The Intercontinental champion Shinsuke Nakamura is on commentary, speaking entirely in Japanese as Miz hits a hip toss and mocks Andrade with his own Naito pose before Miz monkey flips him out of the ring and Andrade comes back with running knees in the corner for a quick two count as we go to commercial.
Miz is in control as we return from commercial, hitting a kitchen sink into a backbreaker/neckbreaker for a two count before hitting several kicks. Andrade flies out of the ring when he goes after Miz before Miz guts a wrecking ball dropkick and sends Andrade into the announce table before he tosses Andrade into Shinsuke. Miz tosses Andrade back into the ring before Zelina distracts him and drops Miz with a back elbow before Miz hits The Skull Crushing Finale.
Winner: The Miz defeats Andrade via pinfall with The Skull Crushing Finale.
-Chad Gable meets with Shane again and Shane tells him that Chad will face him later tonight.
Mandy Rose vs Nikki Cross
Nikki rushes Mandy and beats on her before Mandy hits a fall away slam and stomps Nikki in the corner before hitting a snapmare and locking in a straight jacket hold. Nikki comes back with a bulldog and goes up top before Alexa pulls Sonya from the apron and Nikki rolls Mandy up for the pin and the win.
Winner: Nikki Cross defeats Mandy Rose via pinfall with a roll up.
Heavy Machinery vs Local Team
Tucker is in control of one until he has had enough and tags his partner in before Tucker hits one with a hip toss and turns the other inside out with a lariat before tagging Otis in. Otis hits both of his opponents with a running splash in the corner and hits The caterpillar before they hit The Compactor for the pin and the win.
Winner: Heavy Machinery defeat a local tag team via pinfall with the Compactor.