BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Apollo Crews was determined to walk out of Brooklyn with the Intercontinental Championship — and make sure The Miz remembered his name. Unfortunately, a late slip-up by the upstart ensured that The Awesome One remained the champion.
Just one year after he made his NXT debut in the
Barclays Center, Crews found himself in WWE and in a high-profile title bout, but Miz did his best to keep the rookie grounded, wearing his rival down on the mat.
When The A–Lister decided to take flight himself, he dove right into a picture-perfect dropkick from Crews.
That was the opening that Crews needed to take control of the bout. In a display of power and agility, Crews tossed The Miz around with ease, cut him off at every corner, and took to the air in pursuit of the Intercontinental Championship.
However, the upstart made the mistake of taking his eyes off The Miz and turning his attention to Maryse at ringside. That misstep gave The A-Lister the chance he needed to blindside his challenger and connect with The Skull-Crushing Finale to retain his title.
The Intercontinental Champion may have been able to celebrate a close victory with his wife, but in the back of his head, he has to know that he may not be so lucky the next time he does battle with Apollo Crews.