The match started at a high pace, with The Miz desperate to do whatever it took to retain his championship, and both Finn Balor and Seth Rollins bringing everything they had to try and unseat him. It made for a tense and exciting environment for all three men to battle through, and it was a wild and fun match to open WrestleMania 34.
Both Balor and Rollins bring a lot of athleticism, speed, and pure determination to the table, which when paired with each other and with Miz’s guile and trickery made for a lot of back-and-forth moments that ended in much different ways than it looked like they could when they began, like when Miz had Balor tied up in a Figure Four Leglock and Seth Rollins reintroduced himself to the match after being hobbled outside the ring for several minutes:
Each man would have periods of dominance in the match, but it looked for a time that Finn Balor would come away as the winner. He had Miz laid out and beaten in the middle of the ring with Seth again laid out outside, but as Finn landed his Coup De Grace double stomp off the top rope Seth rolled back into the ring. Balor had trouble making the pin because of a leg injury from earlier in the match that he aggravated with his stomp, and Rollins capitalized by hitting his Blackout curb stomp on him while he was rolling Miz over, then hit it again on Miz in the middle of the ring. One three count later, and Seth Rollins was the Intercontinental Champion.
That victory didn’t just bring Seth his second WrestleMania championship win — he literally stole the show at WrestleMania 31 with a Money In The Bank cash-in to in the WWE Championship — it also made him a Grand Slam champion in WWE. He joins his former SHIELD brothers Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns in that club, and it’s hard to say that he hasn’t earned it after having some spectacular years on the main roster since his debut.