Here’s what took place in the Ladder Match between The Miz and Dolph Ziggler on Sunday night during the WWE TLC pay-per-view for the Intercontinental Championship.
Heading into WWE TLC on Sunday night in Dallas, the Intercontinental Championship has revolved around two men: The Miz and Dolph Ziggler.
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Sunday was billed as the last time that The Miz and Ziggler could duke it out over the gold, and to raise the stakes even higher, the match was booked by SmackDown Live general manager Daniel Bryan as a Ladder Match.
As Bryan and Miz jostled with each other during a backstage interview segment, Ziggler hit the ring first to a rousing ovation, followed by the champ and his lovely bride, Maryse.
Miz would go on to set Ziggler up behind a ladder in the corner, followed by a dropkick and some good ol’ fashion mocking of Bryan in the process. Ziggler would counter with a toss of the ladder on Miz, and find yet another opening to climb the ladder and grab the gold.
Once again, Miz would keep Ziggler from getting to the top to snatch the title, and then began targeting Ziggler’s left leg with a ladder, which was a brilliant strategy on the champ’s part. He even locked Ziggler’s leg into a Figure-Four Leg Lock through a ladder.
Ziggler threw the ladder back at a hanging Miz, who landed awkwardly on his knee, which opened the door for the challenger again.
Miz was able to save the title from a one-legged Ziggler climbing a ladder and followed it up with a huge power bomb on a ladder set up in one of the corners of the ring.
Ziggler was able to slow The Miz down, and both competitors set up ladders in the middle of the ring. Ziggler was able to knock Miz off a ladder with two hard-hitting headbutts, but Miz came right back with a couple low-blow kicks to retain the title.