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When you think about it the TLC booking was smart, McIntyre looked strong and only lost due to interference but Balor still picked up a win which protects him, this then furthers the feud with Ziggler who will put Drew over in the rubber match which can be booked as the grudge match.
All in all this storyline is designed to elevate Drew McIntyre which it is doing.
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Quote Four minutes into the show, the bell range the match began. (They can’t necessarily do this every week, but it’s nice to kick off a show with wrestlers wrestling instead of authority figures yapping for ten minutes. Now if they could just stop doing mid-match commercial breaks, they’d end 2018 with two new good habits.) Ziggler tried to climb out of the cage three seconds into the match, but Drew yanked him down. The announcers called it a smart strategy. (If you presume Ziggler is cast as the babyface here and he wanted a cage match to get revenge on McIntyre, why would he hope to win in fluke-like fashion by simply fleeing the cage seconds after the bell rang? What would that prove? These cage match rules in WWE are awful, but Ziggler’s psychology in playing within the rules here was way off, unless you don’t believe he’s the babyface here, and given his promo saying he’s neither a good guy or a bad guy, maybe he’s not – but then why would fans care either way about this match?) Cole said Ziggler is really bothered by what Drew did to him. Graves said the focus should be what Drew did *for* Ziggler. When Drew got an early advantage, Drew said this is what he wanted and he’s an idiot for wanting a cage match with him; Ziggler punched him. Dolph stopped Drew from escaping over the top at 3:00. They stood on the top rope and battled. They each straddled the top rope at 4:00. Cole called it a “stalemate” and they cut to a break. [c]
They showed Finn Balor watching the match on a monitor backstage. (He couldn’t have watched from a more fake looking awkward angle, but at least we (a) knew who he was because we could see his profile, and (b) knew what he was watching because we could see the front of the TV screen. So, you know, it’s totally worth looking totally stage and awkward and un-human-like to position him that way.) Drew catapulted Ziggler, but Ziggler rolled through for a near fall. Then he threw Drew into the side of the cage twice. Drew went down. Ziggler landed a superkick seconds later for a near fall. When Ziggler tried to crawl out of the cage, Drew grabbed his legs and then they head-butted each other. Ziggler got up first and crawled toward the opened door, but Drew grabbed him again. Ziggler slammed the door on Drew’s head. Ziggler connected with a Fameasser for a near fall. They cut to a break at 12:00. [c]
Back live Ziggler was on top of the cage and Drew was meeting him there to stop his exit. Drew gave Ziggler a superplex off the top of the cage. A “This is awesome” chant was heard. Cole acknowledged the chant and said it was the WWE fans (he said “fans,” not “Universe”) showing respect for the match. Drew stood over Ziggler and told him to rise. Drew yelled more at Ziggler about how he wanted this. He suplexed him into the side of the cage and did more trash talking. Drew told him to fight, fight, fight. Ziggler took his advice and fought back with a Zig Zag out of nowhere for a near fall. Cole exclaimed it was a “last gasp effort.” Graves said Drew got caught admiring his own dirty work and ended up paying. When Ziggler stood and yelled at Drew, Drew connected with a Claymore Kick that looked just great (thanks to both guys). Cole said it might be the most devastating finishing maneuver in WWE today. Graves said, “Without a shadow of a doubt.” Drew sat up and laughed and clapped and got a maniacal look as he set up a second kick. He connected with a second one and scored the three count.

WINNER: McIntyre in 20:00.
-Ziggler yelled at him, “Is that all you got?” Graves said he must be delirious. Drew entered the ring with a chair. He pounded away at Ziggler with a barrage of fists, then put a chair against his head and delivered a dropkick to the chair. “Oh my god!” yelled Cole. Drew stood at ringside and said he is king of the Raw jungle. He said it didn’t have to be this way. He said he told Ziggler to walk away, but he kept coming. He said he is “nothing, pathetic, and dead weight.” He said now that the Ziggler chapter is closed, they can focus on what really matters. He said it’s time to prove he is the King of the WWE, so he is going to win the Royal Rumble match and win the Universal Championship. Cole said who could argue with Drew after what they just witnessed. Drew saw Ziggler standing up, so Drew turned and returned to the cage. He gave Ziggler another Claymore Kick.
 
Nice touch opening Raw with a match for a change, even though the outcome was obvious.
 
Hs and Shane turned up in a limo at the show after the match. This made the cage match seem unimportant and not worth watching when the bosses can't turn up for the start of the show on time to see it.
 
Ziggles was made to look a stupid idiot for taunting Drew after the match.
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