#4: Sami Zayn creatively restrained AJ Styles and Jeff Hardy with handcuffs to become the new Intercontinental Champion
Although viewers got a preview of this Triple Threat Match on WWE SmackDown, the inclusion of ladders changed the creative flow of last Sunday's match to a huge extent.
Not only were bodies smashed through ladders, but there was a grueling and realistic nature to the bout's hardcore spots.
Towards the end, Sami Zayn outsmarted everyone by introducing handcuffs. He cuffed Hardy's ear to a small ladder, which took The Charismatic Enigma out of the equation. Zayn then handcuffed Styles to himself, only to later cuff him to the ladder on which he was climbing up to secure the titles.
After the match was over, Sami Zayn clarified that he didn't become the new WWE Intercontinental Champion, instead, he just retained the gold that he "never lost" in the first place.
The Triple Threat Ladder Match was a great example of how a long-running stipulation contest can be executed in advanced and imaginative ways with three veterans of the game at the helm of the ship.Published 28 Sep 2020, 13:56 IST