Photos are shown of Ricochet’s win over Samoa Joe for the WWE United States Championship.
Ricochet is backstage and says he doesn’t want this feeling to go away. It may be cliche, but it took the full support of his friends, family, and fans to get him here. That was last night. Tonight, he faces someone he’s looked up to for his whole career. Styles was a trailblazer like him. They may not be the biggest, but they’re always in the fight. Ricochet will prove he’s worthy to hold the championship.
WWE Champion Kofi Kingston will be out, next.
WWE Champion Kofi Kingston makes his way to the ring throwing pancakes. Charly Caruso goes to interview him, but Sami Zayn interrupts. Zayn comes out with Kevin Owens. Zayn says we shouldn’t waste time with softball journalism. They are prepared. Owens says he has some questions for an impromptu Sami and Kevin Show. Their first question is why Kingston is here. The second is who does Kingston think he is. The third question is why doesn’t he just get out of here.
Kingston asks why Owens has a bleeding zit on his head. Zayn asks why Kingston is a paper champion that always has help from his friends. Kingston says he beat Owens by himself, as well as Dolph Ziggler in a Steel Cage all by himself. Tonight, Kingston will beat Zayn all by himself. Zayn says Kingston’s ego is out of control. Zayn will give him a dose of reality. Kingston says the title isn’t just about him. It’s about the people. If he’s being honest, he’s tired of hearing Zayn talk. Zayn should get in the ring and catch a Trouble in Paradise kick to the dome courtesy of the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
WWE Champion Kofi Kingston vs. Sami Zayn w/ Kevin Owens
Kingston quickly takes Zayn down and splashes him for a two count. They lock up, and Kingston applies a waistlock before hooking a side headlock. Zayn powers him to the corner and punches the midsection. Kingston comes back with a pendulum kick before hitting a diving axe handle. Kingston hits a pair of slaps and a dropkick. Kingston hits a leaping clothesline and follows up with a Boom Drop. Zayn ducks Trouble in Paradise and rolls him up for a two count. Zayn kicks Kingston and punches him to the corner. Zayn sends him to the corner, but Kingston springboards out with a dropkick. Zayn quickly gets out of the ring to recover. Kingston charges, but Zayn moves. Zayn then snaps Kingston off the top rope. Kingston falls to the floor. Zayn distracts the referee while Owens stomps Kingston. Zayn gets Kingston in the ring and punches away at him before applying a chin lock. A “Kofi” chant picks up. Zayn punches him and sends him into the ropes. Zayn takes him down and kicks him. Kingston comes back with a clothesline.
Kingston fights back and takes Zayn down with some punches. Kingston charges, but Zayn catches him with an exploder into the turnbuckles for a two count. Kingston tries to fight back, but Zayn catches him with a Michinoku Driver for a near fall. Zayn goes for a Helluva Kick, but Kingston takes him down with a double stomp. Kingston charges, but Zayn drops him on the apron. Kingston punches him back and jumps off the ropes, but Zayn kicks him out of mid-air for a near fall. Kingston again fights back, but Zayn pulls him in for a Blue Thunder Bomb. Kingston counters into a roll-up for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Kofi Kingston
Kevin Owens gets on the microphone and says Kingston isn’t as good a champion as he says. Owens challenges him to a match to see who is the best. Kingston agrees.
WWE Champion Kofi Kingston vs. Kevin Owens w/ Sami Zayn
Kingston scares Zayn off the apron, and Owens superkicks Kingston. Owens goes for a Swanton Bomb, but Kingston gets the knees up. Owens superkicks him again, but Kingston soon sends him out of the ring. Owens pulls him out of the ring and goes for an apron powerbomb, but Kingston fights out. Kingston then gives him a back body drop on the floor. Owens quickly sends him to the barricade. Kingston quickly hits an SOS on the ramp and gets in the ring to win by count-out.
Winner by Count-Out: Kofi Kingston
Samoa Joe attacks Kingston from behind on the ramp. Joe swings him into the LED wall before hitting a uranage on the stage! Referees run out to help Kingston up. Joe then returns to apply the Coquina Clutch on Kingston! Joe chokes him out and leaves.
Replays are shown of the return of The Undertaker. At WWE Extreme Rules, it’ll be The Undertaker and Roman Reigns taking on Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre.
Naomi vs. Alexa Bliss w/ Nikki Cross
Noami splits under a clothesline from Bliss. Naomi knocks Bliss out of the ring and accidentally hits Cross with a baseball slide. Bliss connects with a DDT for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Alexa Bliss
Bliss attacks Naomi and holds her up for Cross to hit. Cross looks conflicted and hits Naomi. Natalya runs down for the save.
Naomi and Natalya vs. Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross
Natalya starts against Nikki Cross. Natalya hits a pair of suplexes, but Cross soon fights back. Natalya takes her down and hits a discus clothesline for a two count. Alexa Bliss is tagged in, and Natalya powers her to the corner before kneeing away at her. Naomi tags in and applies a full nelson. Naomi then spikes her on her tailbone for a two count. Naomi sends her into the turnbuckle and tags Natalya in. Cross distracts Natalya, and Bliss takes her down for a two count. Bliss then applies a chin lock. Natalya fights up and slams her for a two count. Natalya hits another pair of snap suplexes before trying for a Sharpshooter. Bliss kicks her away and tags Cross in. Cross takes Natalya down and knocks Naomi off the apron. Cross hits a bulldog on Natalya for a two count. Cross takes Natalya down and kicks her. Cross goes to the top rope and hits a cross-body block for a near fall. Natalya starts punching Cross, and Bliss blind tags in. Cross fights out and hits a swinging neckbreaker. Bliss runs in and picks up the pin.
Winners by Pinfall: Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross
Nikki Cross looks a little conflicted and then gets into the win.
AJ Styles and Ricochet face off, next.
AJ Styles vs. WWE United States Champion Ricochet
They circle the ring and lock up. The dueling chants already fire up. Styles powers him to the corner and gives a clean break. They lock up, and Styles wrenches the arm. Ricochet fights out, but Styles applies a side headlock. Ricochet fights out. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson walk down to ringside. Styles looks confused.
They lock up again, and Ricochet applies a side headlock. Styles whips him off, but Ricochet holds the ropes. Anderson tries to grab the foot, but Ricochet gets away. Styles admonishes them and gets out of the ring. Styles grabs a microphone and says they will not ruin this match. The match will not continue until they leave. Styles orders them out, and they oblige. The match will restart after the break.
We come back from the break to see this match restarted. Styles applies a side headlock, but Ricochet gets out, hits a headspring head-scissor, and dropkicks him for a one count. Ricochet punches him in the corner, wrenches the arm, and takes him down. Ricochet covers him for a two count. Styles powers him to the corner and chops away at him. Styles levels him with a straight right hand. Ricochet fights back, but Styles floors him with an overhead kick. Styles puts him in the corner and shoulders him. Styles takes him down and kicks the back. Styles has a light trickle of blood on his forehead. Ricochet tries to fight back, but Styles takes him down with a big back body drop. Styles punches him, but Ricochet knocks him out of the ring. Ricochet then wipes him out with a Fosbury Flop! Ricochet gets him in the ring for a one count.
Ricochet hits a snapmare and dropkicks him in the face for a one count. Ricochet charges, but Styles takes him down. Styles looks angry and applies a modified camel clutch. Ricochet fights up and hits some uppercuts. Styles reverses a whip to the corner, and Ricochet boots him. Ricochet hits a backflip dropkick, Styles comes right back with a back fist, and Ricochet takes him down with a step-up enzuigiri. They get to their feet and trade punches. Ricochet chops the chest and hits a running forearm. Ricochet follows up with a running hurricanrana. Ricochet hits a running shoulder and a springboard clothesline before connecting with a standing shooting star press for a near fall. Ricochet blocks a suplex and tries for one, but Styles lands on his feet. Styles hits a back elbow and connects with a reverse DDT for a near fall. Styles looks frustrated by his inability to put Ricochet away. Styles hits a strike combo and clotheslines him down for a near fall. Ricochet fights back and hits a modified neckbreaker before hitting a springboard moonsault for a near fall.
Ricochet sets him up in the corner and goes to the top rope for a 630, but lands on his feet when Styles moves. Styles quickly forearms him and connects with a Phenomenal Forearm for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: AJ Styles
AJ Styles angrily kicks the bottom rope and grabs the United States Championship. Styles helps Ricochet up and gives him the title before holding up the arm.