We go right to the ring and out comes The Judgment Day – Finn Balor, Damian Priest, Rhea Ripley, and Dominik Mysterio. We see how Dominik defeated AJ Styles last week. The announcers hype The O.C. vs. The Judgment Day at WWE Crown Jewel.
Ripley takes the mic and says AJ found out last week what she’s been trying to get through the thick skulls of you dimwits – that The Judgment Day runs RAW, and that Dominik is all man. Fans boo. Balor says this was one of the greatest matches of all-time, when Dominik faced off against AJ, and AJ crumbled under pressure from the legendary Mysterio. Priest says that’s right, and that brings him to his favorite part of the night – when the crowd rises for The Judgment Day. They boo and Priest keeps yelling at them to rise. Priest tells them to rise for the greatest luchador in the history of the business – Dominik Mysterio.
Fans boo some more. Dominik speaks but the boos immediately cut him off. Dominik says The Judgment Day are the only ones to ever believe in him and he proved his haters and doubters wrong last week by beating AJ. He beat AJ because he’s built differently. Ripley agrees. Dominik says he’s this generation’s WWE Hall of Famer Eddie Guerrero. Fans boo. Dominik says no, Eddie was his generation’s Dominik Mysterio, and last week what he did to AJ was just a small taste of what The Judgment Day will… the music interrupts and out comes The O.C. – Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson.
AJ tells Dominik to shut up and fans pop. AJ says this is Charlotte, NC, and they know good wrestling when they see it, and Dominik is not it. AJ says Dominik is this generation’s James Ellsworth, not Eddie. The O.C. hits the ring now and Balor jokingly holds his crew back. AJ says there will be a time when Dominik can’t hide behind his cronies because The O.C. will pick them off one by one. Balor says AJ is hiding right now, in The Club that he started. Balor says everyone who came after him in this club is living off his legacy. Balor warns The O.C. to step up and get put down. Anderson says it’s time for Balor to stop talking, and time to remind Charlotte, NC why Karl Anderson is the toughest man in the business. Anderson says let’s clear the ring and do this match right now. Balor and Anderson get ready as fans cheer them on.
Karl Anderson vs. Finn Balor
The bell rings and Finn Balor locks up with Karl Anderson, then puts him down. Balor taunts The O.C. as AJ Styles and Luke Gallows watch from ringside. Anderson rocks Balor against the ropes.
Anderson with a shoulder tackle. Balor quickly retreats to the floor to recover. Anderson stands tall in the ring as Rhea Ripley checks on Balor at ringside, while Damian Priest and Dominik Mysterio look on. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Balor is hitting Anderson with shoulder thrusts in the corner. Balor with chops now as The Judgment Day applauds. Anderson is sent into the turnbuckles, but he comes out of the corner with a dropkick to take Balor’s knee out. Anderson keeps control and works on Balor’s leg now. Anderson with more shots to the leg in the corner. Balor is limping around now. Anderson takes him down and they trade submissions on the mat.
Balor drops Anderson in the middle of the ring, now grounding him with a headlock as Balor continues to focus on Anderson’s neck. Anderson fights up and out with elbows to the gut. Balor runs into a boot in the corner. Anderson with an uppercut, then two forearms to put Balor back down. Balor charges again but Anderson catches him with a Spinebuster in the middle of the ring. Balor kicks out at 2 and Anderson shows some frustration as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Balor is mounting Anderson in the corner with right hands. Anderson turns that into a sitdown powerbomb for a close 2 count. Anderson with a running uppercut in the corner. Anderson scoops Balor to his shoulders but Balor fights out and drops Anderson with an inverted DT for a 2 count as Ripley continues yelling from ringside.
Balor unloads on Anderson now, then stomps away. Balor with a chop in the corner. Balor whips Anderson across the ring and runs into a kick, but chops back and talks some trash. Anderson goes to the top but Balor goes for an enziguri, and it’s caught. Anderson with elbows to the hurt knee. Anderson leaps off the second rope with a flying neckbreaker for a close 2 count. Anderson is a bit frustrated.
They both run the ropes and Balor nails a Slingblade. Balor with a running dropkick into the corner. Balor goes to the top but Anderson knocks the hurt knee out. Anderson climbs to the top for a superplex, and he nails it. Anderson is slow to cover, and Dominik is on the apron distracting the referee now. AJ trips Dominik and works him over on the apron. Priest runs over and attacks AJ, then launches him onto the announce table. Gallows runs over and decks Priest with a big boot. Ripley shoves Gallows face-first into the ring post.
Ripley then scoops Gallows for a big slam on the floor at ringside. The crowd goes wild and Ripley yells down at Gallows. Balor misses Anderson in the corner. Anderson kicks Balor and scoops him to his shoulder but Dominik comes back into the ring to distracts the referee. This allows Ripley to rush in and hit Anderson with a low blow. Balor gets the pin to win.
Winner: Finn Balor
After the match, Balor regroups with The Judgment Day as the music hits and we go to replays. The Judgment Day celebrates and looks on from the ramp as The O.C. tries to recover.