The Intercontinental Championship was on the line at Elimination Chamber from Monday Night Raw. Finn Balor challenged Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush in a two-on-one handicap match. Prior to the match, one of the interviewers asked Lio Rush whether he was the weak link in this match. He refused to comment on this but the prediction turned out to be true by the end of the match.
In the end, it was Lio Rush whom Finn Balor pinned to win his first Intercontinental Championship. The match at Elimination Chamber started with Rush teasing to compete against the challenger. But it was Bobby Lashley who entered the ring and took control. He delivered a pair of running shoulder blocks followed by a devastating spinebuster. After this, Rush tagged himself into the match surprising the Almighty.
Balor cornered Rush, straight away and knocked off Lashley off the apron. With the behemoth out of the action, it was just a matter of moments that Rush digested a drop-kick followed by a Coup De Grace. This earned Finn Balor the pinfall win as well as his first Intercontinental Championship. Bobby Lashley was furious on this outcome of the match. So he gave a vicious spinebuster to his hypeman before walking out of Elimination Chamber.
Finn Balor landed straight into the mid-card title picture following the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. He was in the Universal Championship picture challenging Brock Lesnar for the title. But a beatdown handed him a squash loss after which the Intercontinental Championship was the next target. WWE set an interesting lineup for the match, though.
It was a two-on-one handicap match where Finn Balor took on against Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush. The additional stipulation was that if any one of these two loses then we would crown a new Intercontinental Champion. It was a fair and square advantage given to the challenger in a situation where numbers game not in his favor.
Bobby Lashley needed a fresh opponent after going over with the rivalry with Seth Rollins. Finn Balor took that place in the mid-card title picture and also secured the title. The speculation is that he will be staying here until Wrestlemania 35. The Fastlane PPV has already started advertising a rematch between these two participants from Elimination Chamber.