At Sunday night’s WWE pay-per-view, Battleground, the Miz outlasted 18 other men in an over-the-top-rope Battle Royale to win the vacant WWE Intercontinental championship.
The previous champion, Bad News Barrett, had to vacate the title due to an injury, setting the stage for this big Battle Royale to crown a new champion.
Here is a recap of the match:
Battle Royal for the vacant WWE Intercontinental title: Big E, Alberto Del Rio, Cesaro, R-Truth, Ryback, Curtis Axel, Zack Ryder, Titus O’Neil, Damien Sandow, Heath Slater, Diego, Sin Cara, Xavier Woods, The Great Khali, Kofi Kingston, Bo Dallas, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, and WWE United States champion Sheamus
We go to the ring and out first comes Big E. Out next is Alberto Del Rio, Cesaro by himself, R-Truth, Ryback, Curtis Axel to almost no reaction, Zack Ryder, Titus O’Neil, Damien Sandow who was added back to the match and is dressed as a beach bum, Heath Slater, Diego by himself, Sin Cara, Xavier Woods with what sounds like a new theme, The Great Khali, Kofi Kingston, Bo Dallas, Dolph Ziggler to a big pop, The Miz and WWE United States Champion Sheamus. The music hits and out comes Bad News Barrett to the entrance. He says whoever wins the battle royal receives the huge honor of becoming the new Intercontinental Champion but he’s afraid he’s got some bad news. Barrett says becoming the new champion will be like an old couple living in Florida. Initially they will love every second of it but it’s just delaying the inevitable. Barrett says the champion’s demise will come in the form of a Bullhammer. The bell rings and here we go. Everyone goes after Khali but he fights them off. Khali starts throwing chops and eliminates Xavier Woods. Zack Ryder is eliminated next by Khali. Titus attacks Khali. Sheamus nails a Brogue Kick on Khali and everyone eliminates him. Cesaro works on Ziggler while Kofi works on Ryback. Bo works on Cara and eliminates him. Cesaro goes after Bo while he celebrates.
R-Truth and Axel get eliminated next. Sheamus and Del Rio go at it while Sandow works on Diego. Sandow is eliminated. Ryback eliminates Diego. Cesaro decks Kofi. Ryback decks Cesaro. Big E and Sheamus go at it. Bo and Ryback stomp on Kofi. Ryback slams Del Rio. Sheamus and Ryback are the only ones standing. They come face to face in the middle of the ring. Sheamus fires away and nails a kick to the face. Ryback catches him but Sheamus slides out. Sheamus eliminates Ryback with a Brogue Kick. Miz comes from behind and tries to dump Sheamus but he hangs on. Miz goes to the floor but goes under the bottom rope so he’s not eliminated. Titus catches Sheamus with a pair of backbreakers and a big toss. Bo comes from behind and eliminates Titus while he’s barking. Cesaro runs over Bo and stomps. Cesaro with a big uppercut on Kofi. Kofi dumps Cesaro the apron but he hangs on. Kofi misses Trouble In Paradise. Kofi does some crazy hanging on to Cesaro’s body and makes it back in the ring. Cesaro holds Kofi’s hair and fights back in the ring but Kofi dropkicks him. Del Rio with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker on Ziggler. Ziggler dropkicks Del Rio. Del Rio gets eliminated. Miz gets sent back out but goes through the second rope so he’s still in it. Big E presses Cesaro high but Cesaro slides out. Cesaro does a belly to belly, sending Big E over. Big E is eliminated. Kofi charges but Cesaro sends him to the apron. Kofi dodges a big right hand by jumping on Big E’s shoulders. Big E brings Kofi back to the apron and he fights with Cesaro from Big E’s shoulders. Cesaro lifts him off Big E’s shoulders but Kofi lands in the ring. Awesome spot. Cesaro drops Kofi but they trade shots now. Cesaro sits Kofi on the top rope. Kofi barely hangs on. Cesaro suplexes him over the top rope and he’s finally eliminated.
Slater runs right over and eliminates Cesaro. Sheamus eliminates Slater. Bo tries to get Sheamus from behind but can’t. Sheamus with the forearms to the chest on the apron to Bo. Dolph runs over and eliminates Bo. Lots of brawling back and forth between Sheamus and Ziggler now. Ziggler fights out of a powerbomb and botches a roll-up, hurting both men it looks like. Ziggler ducks a Brogue Kick. Sheamus comes back and almost eliminates Ziggler but he holds on. Ziggler finally eliminates Sheamus. The Miz had been hiding outside of the ring and runs in from behind to eliminate Ziggler and get the win.
Winner and New WWE Intercontinental champion: The Miz