Elias made his way for first match in the tournament for the vacant WWE Intercontinental Title. Greg Hamilton did the introductions. Cole sent us to a video package on the Corbin vs. Elias feud. King Corbin came out next.
The bell rang and they went at it trading strikes, going from corner to corner. Corbin went for a cheap shot but Elias kicked him. Elias turned it around with a big boot but Corbin dropped him. Corbin went for a half Crab but Elias kicked him away. King mounted more offense to drop Elias for a two count. Corbin tried to ground Elias but Elias fought back to his feet. Elias arm dragged Corbin but Corbin came right back and kept him down by his arm. Corbin grounded Elias and drove elbows into him while talking trash.
Elias fought free and mounted some offense. He countered before kicking Corbin out. Corbin ran right back in but Elias ended up sending him right back to the floor. Elias climbed back to the top and leapt down to the floor, taking down Corbin in front of the announce table. The referee counted. Corbin turned it around on the floor and sent Elias into the barriers. He rolled Elias back in and broke the count. Corbin went back over to get Elias’ guitar. He started playing the guitar, or trying to, in front of the announcers.
Elias ran over and dropped him. He lost it and sent Corbin into the steel ring steps, then the ring post. Elias threw Corbin over into the timekeeper’s area and stood tall. He kept control in the ring and climbed to the top to walk the rope. Corbin knocked him off and sent him to the floor. He unloaded on Elias at the announce table while the referee counted. Corbin brought it back in for a close two count. Elias took it back to the corner and the referee warned him.
Corbin delivered more shots in the corner to keep Elias down while yelling at him. He hit elbows to the back of the head. Corbin hit a right hand to the face. Elias fought out of the corner but Corbin decked him. Corbin charged but ran out, then right back in with a big clothesline. Elias still kicked out at two and was frustrated. Corbin hit a big short-arm clothesline in the middle of the ring, and another. He yelled at Elias while he’s down. Elias blocked the third clothesline and hit a neckbreaker. He got up and unloaded with strikes to Corbin in the corner.
The referee pulled him off and he went right back with the attack. Elias hit a big clothesline as he continues to get fired up. He rocked Corbin again, forcing him down on his face. Corbin kicked out at two. Elias dropped a knee to the face. He went back to the top but rolled through as Corbin got up and moved. Corbin grabbed him and rocked him after they tangled. He ran out and right back in but Elias ducked the clothesline. Corbin came right back with the Spinebuster for a two count.
Corbin took Elias to the top for a superplex. Elias slid down and got Corbin on his shoulders. Corbin escaped and nailed a big chokeslam in the middle of the ring. Elias still kicked out at two. Corbin yelled at Elias while beating on him. He went to the floor and shatters Elias’ guitar over the ring post, then threw what’s left on the ground. Corbin came right back in but Elias met him with a jumping knee out of nowhere. Elias rolled Corbin up for the surprise pin to win and advance in the tournament.
Result: Elias def. King Corbin
Post-match, The Songbird stood tall. Still to come, Drew Gulak vs. Daniel Bryan in Intercontinental title tournament.