As the underdog and the more tenacious attacker of the two, Joe Coffey did his best to bring the fight to WALTER.
This was a match of two big bulls wailing on each other. The brutes had numerous tests of strength and durability by exchanging chops, slaps, elbows and fists rather than technical mat wrestling.
But there was still room for Coffey to hit a moonsault and other oddball moments here and there to spice things up. Those went a long way in preventing monotony.
After the referee was taken out, Coffey had WALTER beaten with no one counting the pin. Alexander Wolfe stepped in to help the champion, and Ilja Dragunov tried to even the odds.
There was another near-fall after a powerbomb to the apron and a clothesline, but the wait for a new referee gave Coffey a few more moments to kick out.
Surprisingly, the match didn't end soon after that, as Coffey still had fight in him. He absorbed a lot of punishment to his leg and more before ultimately tapping out.
As a bonus, The Undisputed Era attacked Imperium after the match to build hype for their battle at Worlds Collide on January 25.
Result: WALTER retained the title by submission.
WALTER has been so dominant that it was hard to believe Coffey had much of a chance to win. However, they avoided making this a waiting game for the inevitable victory for the champion.
Coffey put up a great fight, and the false finishes in the latter half of the match sold that a title change wouldn't be impossible.
The tag with The Undisputed Era was also a perfect way to end the night and get people talking about what's next to come.
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