WWE TLC 2020: Miz’s Money In The Bank Contract Wasted, Drew McIntyre Retains the WWE Championship After an Insane Battle

Published 12/20/2020, 8:12 PM EST


Drew McIntyre somehow survived AJ Styles and a Money in the Bank cash-in from the Miz to retain his WWE Championship. The Scottish Warrior walked into WWE TLC with only AJ Styles in his view. Little did he know that he had the MITB briefcase holder to worry about.

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AJ Styles takes Drew McIntyre to the limit at WWE TLC 2020

Styles vs McIntyre got off to a slow start, with ‘The Phenomenal One’ targeting Drew’s leg. Many expected Drew and AJ to throw the kitchen sink at each other from the beginning. However, the challenger showcased his innovative offense to keep the champion’s explosive offense at bay.

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Styles kicked McIntyre’s leg from under him as soon as the bell rang. He even used a chair assisted Calf Crusher to further the champion’s agony. Once the chair did not work, Styles used a ladder assisted Calf Crusher to destroy McIntyre’s knee completely. With the champion’s knee destroyed, Styles was guaranteed to be the fastest one to climb the ladder.

The champion fought back with a Future Shock DDT and an overhead suplex into a propped up ladder. Styles continued to target McIntyre’s leg, but the tide turned once the champion press slammed the challenger out of the ring, and through a table at ringside. McIntyre made his way to the title, but the unexpected occurred.

The Miz cannot be the ultimate opportunist

WrestleMania 31, this was not. With Styles out of it and McIntyre handicapped, The Miz ran down to the ring and cashed in his Money in the Bank contract. He knocked McIntyre off the ladder. The move sent him crashing through a table inside the ring. Unfortunately for Miz, he forgot all about Omos.

 

AJ Styles’ bodyguard proved his worth at TLC by not allowing Miz to reach the WWE title. He pried him off the ladder and cradled him in his arms, before launching him threw a table at ringside. John Morrison tried to take the giant out, but only began a game of cat and mouse between him and Omos.

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Styles and McIntyre began stirring and made their way up the ladder. Both men engaged in an exciting exchange with both trying to knock the other off the ladder. Miz set up a second ladder, but Drew subsided him. Styles springboarded onto the ladder from the apron, but could not wrestle the title from Drew.

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With Styles knocked out and Miz falling victim to a Claymore Kick, Drew McIntyre climbed up the ladder with ease and retained his WWE Championship. McIntyre will finish the year as WWE Champion.

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Nathan Fulgado

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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