Big E is the new WWE Champion!
The New Day star had promised earlier in the show that he was going to cash-in and claim his first World Title and he did just that.
While Lashley initially retained his WWE Championship, he didn’t come through his match with Randy Orton unscathed. Orton came out of the gate quickly but appeared to tweak his ankle falling to the outside of the ring.
Lashley took advantage of the issue, to take control but Orton was never truly out of contention. The champion countered an RKO into a huge Spear but somehow Orton kicked out. The Viper did finally hit an RKO to a huge ovation, but MVP pulled Lashley to the ropes to avoid the pin. Orton dashed to the outside to flatten MVP with an RKO but as he got back in the ring he was levelled with another Spear, and this time couldn’t kick out.
However, the drama was just beginning. Lashley attacked Riddle and put Orton through the announce table, but injured his own knee in the process. As he climbed back into the ring Big E’s music hit and he declared that he was cashing in his Money In The Bank contract. Lashley tried to get out of the match, but a huge slap from the challenger provoked him into starting the bout.
— BIG E IS WWE CHAMPION (@WWE) September 14, 2021
Big E went for a Big Ending early but was countered into a Spear. While the move worked on Orton minutes earlier, Big E was a different proposition. He kicked out at two and fought back to hit the Big Ending and claim his first World Championship much to the delight of those in attendance.
The new champion was joined in the ring by Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods as the show went off the air.