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AJ Styles vs James Ellsworth WWE World Championship Match
James goes for a superkick early, but AJ catches him and drops him with a series of strikes for the pin and the win.
Winner: AJ Styles via pinfall
-AJ murder James after the match, throwing him spine first into the announce table then hits him with a forearm then drops him face first on the steps then throws him head first into the frame of the ring. AJ finishes by sending James up into the frame throat first and goes up the ramp then decides to come back and suplexes him into the barricade before getting into the ring and playing to the crowd who are on their feet cheering for him. AJ says he's sorry the crowd had to witness that then says he's not because it'd been building up for 6 weeks. Dolph comes out next and congratulates AJ on the win and wishes him a Merry Christmas then says he's next in line for a title shot. Baron Corbin comes out next and AJ leaves as Corbin says he should be next in line and says that Dolph will lose next week and he'll be next in line then drops Dolph with a right hand, but Dolph comes back only to be hit with The End of Days as the crowd chants for him to do it again, but he ignores them and stares down AJ as we go to commercial with AJ backing up the ramp.
The Miz vs Apollo Crews WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Crews shows off his athleticism and speed early, taking control of Miz until he goes outside to regroup then Crews goes right after him, dropping him with a dropkick to the floor then hits a standing moonsault off the apron. Crews his a cross body off the top rope for a quick 2 count and Miz gets out of the ring again as we go to commercial.
Crews drops Miz repeatedly then hits an enzuigiri for a quick 2 count, following up with a roll up then an Olympic slam for another quick 2 count then a closer one. The referee makes Maryse leaves then Crews rolls Miz up for a very close 2 count before hitting a pop up German suplex for another very close 2 count then Miz hits The Skull Crushing Finale for the pin and the win.
Winner: The Miz via pinfall