WWE Extreme Rules kicked off with somewhat of a surprise as Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Finn Bálor for the Intercontinental Championship in the first bout of the pre-show.
Shinsuke managed to roll out the way of a Coup de Grace, nail Finn with a knee to the back of the head, and follow up with a Kinshasa for the win.
The ‘King of Strong Style’ crashed an interview with Bálor on SmackDown last month and gave the belt a “too sweet” to make his intentions at coming for the title clear.
He defeated Finn convincingly on SmackDown this past Tuesday in a non-title match, and ultimately followed up tonight when the strap was on the line.
This is how you do it.
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This is Shinsuke’s first reign with the IC Title, and Finn had held it since defeating Bobby Lashley at WrestleMania 35.