In a sensational display of athleticism and strategy, The Miz emerged victorious in a gripping fatal four-way match on WWE Raw in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, setting the stage for a high-profile confrontation with Intercontinental Champion Gunther.
The dramatic bout, featuring The Miz, Ivar, Ricochet, and Bronson Reed, captivated fans with its high stakes - the winner earning a chance to end Gunther's record-setting championship reign. As the match reached its climax, The Miz skillfully turned Reed's Tsunami attempt into a roll-up for a pin, while simultaneously, Ivar executed a breathtaking moonsault on Ricochet.
Amidst this chaos, the referee faced the challenge of counting simultaneous pins. Although Ricochet managed a kick-out, Reed was not as fortunate, sealing The Miz's triumph. Post-match, Ivar asserted his presence by attacking The Miz and landing a moonsault on the newly declared number one contender.
However, the match wasn't without its concerns. Wrestling Observer Radio's Dave Meltzer revealed that Ricochet entered concussion protocol following a severe bump during the match, leading to confusion during the pinfall sequence.
"Ricochet doesn’t remember much of the match," Meltzer commented, stopping short of confirming a concussion diagnosis.
Miz's Decisive Intervention
Adding to the drama, Bryan Alvarez noted The Miz's critical role in directing the referee to count his pin, amidst the unexpected kick-out by Ricochet.
"You can see when the ref gets to two, Ricochet kicks out...so Miz starts screaming at the ref to just count the pin," Alvarez explained. The aftermath of the match saw WWE official Adam Pearce planning to address the controversy by setting up a new match between The Miz and Ivar in Washington D.C.
While the number one contender status for this upcoming bout hasn't been officially announced, it's expected to determine Gunther's next challenger. This unexpected turn of events adds another layer of anticipation to WWE Raw's storyline, keeping fans eagerly awaiting the next chapter in this riveting saga.