Shane McMahon Beats Dolph Ziggler to Win WWE World Cup After the Miz's Injury

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistNovember 2, 2018

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Shane McMahon defeated Dolph Ziggler in the final of the World Cup tournament to earn the moniker of best wrestler in the world at WWE Crown Jewel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Friday.

The match was originally supposed to pit The Miz against Ziggler, but during a pre-match brawl, Miz suffered an injury, and it was determined that he could not compete:

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#SDLive Commissioner @shanemcmahon is showing some concern for his SmackDown Superstar... #WWEWorldCup #WWECrownJewel https://t.co/AblpTDOgVw

Rather than allowing Ziggler to win by forfeit, McMahon inserted himself into the match as Miz's replacement. Drew McIntyre was also banned from ringside after helping Ziggler in his previous matches.

With Ziggler exhausted from competing in two matches earlier in the night, Shane-O-Mac hit him with the Coast to Coast to pick up the win.

The Miz defeated Jeff Hardy and Rey Mysterio in the first two rounds of the tournament, while Ziggler got past Kurt Angle and Seth Rollins.

Despite the fact that McMahon had a major advantage after calling an audible and inserting himself in the match, it didn't temper his celebration with the World Cup trophy:


SHANE. O. MAC. = BEST. IN. THE. WORLD. #WWEWorldCup #WWECrownJewel @shanemcmahon https://t.co/P0QDMs9aeB

McMahon's win was significant since he had told the SmackDown Live Superstars competing in the World Cup tournament that if one of them reached the finals and lost, they would be fired.

Acting Raw general manager Baron Corbin looked on from ringside as McMahon beat Ziggler, which may have planted the seeds for a match at Survivor Series.

Since Survivor Series has a Raw vs. SmackDown theme, a traditional elimination match between a Raw team featuring Corbin, Ziggler and others against a SmackDown team anchored by McMahon could be in the cards.

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