Both Rusev and Jack Swagger waved their nation's flag before going to battle. Zeb Colter was still not at Swagger's side, thanks to Rusev kicking him in the head at SummerSlam.
The two powerhouses traded heavy shots before the American knocked Rusev out of the ring.
Swagger had him seeking refuge after cranking on the ankle lock. The Oklahoma native controlled the action, smacking Rusev against the announce table and tagging him in the jaw.
His injured ribs proved to be his Achilles' heel. Rusev attacking that weak point shifted the momentum. The Bulgarian Brute knocked him around and into the ropes and the ring apron.
Swagger cranked Rusev's foot in the ankle lock, but the big man withstood it.
Each man then winced for much of the rest of the match. Rusev's ankle and Swagger's ribs hurt them after throwing each blow. Rusev, though, was able to fight through the pain.
He smashed on Swagger's chest with a continuous series of stomps. Eventually, the referee saw that Swagger was not defending himself and stopped the match. The medical staff then checked on the former world champ.
Backstage, Bo Dallas reminded Swagger that he let his country down again.
Rusev wins by referee stoppage.
Memorable Moments and Quotes
Rusev bites his own hand while in the ankle lock.
A jackknife cover gets Swagger a close near-fall.
Swagger and Rusev have delivered with each opportunity. This bout had the same intensity and physicality that powered their previous ones.
In addition, WWE made a smart move with the stoppage finish. It painted Rusev as brutal and Swagger as gutsy, even more so than the similar end to their SummerSlam clash.
Swagger can move ahead, looking tougher, as he continues the story of struggling with his failures. Losses that lead to something can be beneficial, and it looks as if that will soon be the case for Swagger.