Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel (w/ Paul Heyman) vs Kofi Kingston
The competitors lock up; Kofi trips Axel and gets a 2-count pin. Axel defensively slides out of the ring and hesitates before enters again. Kofi strikes Axel with kicks before knocking him to the mat. Axel slides out of the ring once more.
Axel re-enters and dropkicks Kofi before clotheslining him out of the ring. Axel follows Kofi outside and attempts to whip him into the steel steps, but Kofi climbs the steps, jumps to the top rope and hits Axel with a crossbody. Kofi throws Axel back into the ring and attempts a cover. Axel kicks out at two and begins to take control of the contest.
Kofi fights out of Axel’s headlock as Paul Heyman stoically looks on from ringside. Axel regains the upper hand by backdropping Kofi. Kingston tries to mount offense, but is derailed by a clothesline. After more offense from Axel, Kofi pulls out a clutch DDT. Kofi begins to go into his signature moveset to gain momentum, which culminates with a crossbody from the top rope and a 2-count cover. Kofi hits the Boom Drop on a downed Axel and begins to signal for Trouble in Paradise. Axel ducks the kick and drives Kofi into the corner. He chases after Kofi, but is hit with a pendulum kick.
Kofi launches himself at Axel from the top rope, but Curtis counters with a missile dropkick. Axel attempts another backdrop, but Kofi reverses. Kofi attempts the SOS, but Axel counters. Axel attempts his finisher, but Kofi counters and successfully hits Axel with the SOS, which Curtis Axel kicks out of. Axel drops Kofi Kingston neck-first on the top rope and follows up with his facebuster finisher. Curtis Axel pins Kofi and wins the match.
Curtis Axel defeats Kofi Kingston and retains the Intercontinental Championship (13:54)