One of the more highly anticipated matches of Greatest Royal Rumble took the stage about midway through the show on Friday, April 27 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Intercontinental Champ Seth Rollins entered first, getting the lay of the land before the three men who would challenge for his belt in a ladder match - Finn Bálor, The Miz and Samoa Joe.
It didn’t take long for the standard occurrences in a bout with this stipulation to appear. Strange bedfellows and a ladder came into play when Miz and Rollins teamed up to take out Joe, before Finn flew onto both of them:
#BalorClub leader @FinnBalor has been CLEARED for TAKEOFF in this #ICTitle #Fatal4Way #LadderMatch! #WWEGRR pic.twitter.com/6NexS3O6Nt— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) April 27, 2018
Miz tried for an alliance with Joe, and got shoved down for his trouble.
Let's make a deal.— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) April 27, 2018
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He also took a ladder to gut before the Samoan Submission Machine suplexed both Bálor and Rollins off the top turnbuckle.
No ladder needed for @SamoaJoe to inflict SERIOUS damage.#WWEGRR #LadderMatch pic.twitter.com/dASVkL8VTO— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) April 27, 2018
Miz returned the favor by delivering the Skull Crushing Finale to Joe onto a ladder in one of the more painful looking spots of the night. That was the start of The A-Lister, looking to tie Chris Jericho with nine IC Title runs, running roughshod over the other three competitors as they tried to climb for the strap.
The Irishman put an end to that, hitting a Coup de Grace while Miz was laid out on a ladder. The fight was between Finn and Joe for a long while after that, and it looked like Bálor was going to become Intercontinental Champ for the first time.
But then Crossfit Jesus pulled off the heist of the century, springboarding off the top rope onto the ladder...
Seth Rollins... dope finish to the #ICTitle ladder match. #WWEGRR pic.twitter.com/wR86rjY7fG— Kevin Michie (@KevinMichie) April 27, 2018
... pulling his title down and leaping back down to the mat to celebrate while Finn was left wondering what might have been...
So close... so far away.— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) April 27, 2018
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