Seth Rollins vs. Sami Zayn – Match Clip (WWE YouTube)
Match Video (Full) – Coming This Week
Seth Encounters Mick Foley Backstage
Seth is getting ready for a match and wrapping his wrists when he encounters Raw GM Mick Foley. Mick looks sullen and Seth immediately attributes the GM’s expression to Mick having just finished a phone call with Stephanie McMahon. Mick informs Seth that he will be facing Sami Zayn in a match tonight on Raw. A confused Seth inquires about why he is facing Zayn when they were just partners the previous week. Mick Foley repeats that the Rumble is every man for himself and Stephanie wishes that each Rumble spot be earned. Then comes the bombshell, if Zayn wins the match he will receive Seth’s rumble slot. A determined Rollins thinks the situation is funny and is confident that he will not be sitting this WrestleMania out.
Sami Zayn def. Seth Rollins (Seth Rollins loses his Rumble spot to Sami)
The mantra of this year’s Royal Rumble Match is “Friend vs. Friend, Foe vs. Foe, Every Man For Himself.” That was put to the test on Raw, where Seth Rollins and Sami Zayn — two guys who, if not friends per se, certainly don’t have beef — went head-to-head over The Architect’s Royal Rumble Match opportunity. It was a stipulation arranged by Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon … and sealed, in part, by her husband.
Zayn turned in a strong performance, though he struggled to close the deal against Rollins down the stretch of the contest. Fortunately for him, the sound of Triple H’s theme song stopped The Architect in his tracks. Rollins, who has been chasing The Game since his former mentor cost him the WWE Universal Title, immediately turned his focus to the stage, and Zayn reacted quickly with a small package. The darndest thing about all this? Triple H never even showed up. And now, Rollins’ Road to WrestleMania just got that much more uncertain. Your move, Rollins. (This Paragraph is credit WWE.com)
Seth Stalks Around Backstage
An understandable angry Rollins is storming through the backstage area yelling for Triple H and declaring “somebody knows something around here!” When he hears his name called, he turns to face Mick Foley once again. Mick claims to know nothing of the swerve tonight that cost Seth his match. Seth continues to yell and scream then storms off camera. Mick Foley tries to say he’ll get to the bottom of the situation (in a very unbelievable way).
Brock Lesnar Confronts Rumble Participants – Opening Segment (WWE YouTube)
Zayn Tries to Fire Up Roman & Seth – Backstage Segment (WWE YouTube)
JeriKO & Strowman vs. Seth, Roman & Sami – Match Clip (WWE YouTube)
Tag Match Video (Full)
Opening Segment & Locker Room Backstage Segment (Full)
The Royal Rumble Competitors Meet Again
With the Royal Rumble just two weeks away and the ranks of the Rumble Match itself starting to fill up, Raw began with the biggest meeting yet of potential favorites to prevail in the manic match. What began as an address from recently dethroned United States Champion Roman Reigns quickly turned tense with the arrival of WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens, current U.S. Champion (and new Grand Slam Champion) Chris Jericho, Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman and, finally, Brock Lesnar.
But it was the sudden return of Sami Zayn — taken out by Strowman two weeks ago — that lit the proverbial fuse on the whole thing, instigating an all-out brawl. And Lesnar ultimately had the last word in said brawl when he stormed the ring and annihilated Rollins and Zayn (Strowman opted out of a fight) before delivering one last F-5 to Reigns.
(Main Event Match, Braun Strowman & Jeri-KO def. Seth Rollins, Sami Zayn & Roman Reigns)
Both squadrons of Raw’s six-man main event spent the lead-up the match planning for the long game in the Royal Rumble Match (Sami Zayn even attempted a Shield fist bump), but the lingering lesson of the bout may well be that the 30-man melee is, at heart, anyone’s game. The bout broke down before the bell even rang and continued to do so at various intervals throughout the contest, with Roman Reigns often taking the worst of the punishment from Jeri-KO (KO in particular) and Braun Strowman.
Seth Rollins gave his team some relief by beating back Jericho and helping chop Strowman down to a knee with Reigns, but unfortunately, even a weakened Strowman was too much for legal man Zayn — The Monster Among Men snuffed out Sami’s Helluva Kick attempt and won the match with a Runnng Powerslam. But when he tried to put Sami Zayn through the announce table, Rollins and Reigns came to the rescue, instigating a massive brawl that ended with Owens powerbombing Reigns through the announce table. The Rumble Match may be anybody’s game, but as far as the WWE Universal Title Match goes? For now, it’s advantage: Owens.
Seth vs. Braun Strowman – Match Clip (WWE YouTube)
Seth & Strowman Interrupt the US Title Match – Match Clip (WWE YouTube)
Match Video (Full) – Coming This Week
Seth Rollins vs. Braun Strowman (Double DQ)
Roman Reigns’ odds of retaining his United States Title went from rough to near-insurmountable over the course of about five minutes in the beginning of Raw when Braun Strowman came to the ring to exact revenge on The Big Dog for last week’s double Spear. The Monster Among Men picked a hell of a time to make his move, as the bell hadn’t even tolled on Reigns’ U.S. Title defense against Jeri-KO when Strowman came calling. The Gift of Destruction’s assault was thankfully cut short by the arrival of Seth Rollins, whom Strowman had been fighting backstage before Raw even started in earnest.
Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon — who was in the middle of evaluating Mick Foley when Strowman broke loose — made her entrance right as the chairs came out and managed to salvage the debacle by sanctioning the immediate matchup of Rollins vs. Strowman. She also gave Reigns till later in the night to prepare for a reset of his title defense, but that might all be for naught. Thanks to Strowman, Reigns’ handicap might have gone from metaphorical to literal.
Seth Rollins went high-risk against Braun Strowman, but, alas, high reward was in short supply at the end of the impromptu matchup that saw an impending victory slip from The Architect’s fingers. Which isn’t entirely to say Rollins lost the match. He did so much damage to Strowman with a Frog Splash late in their matchup that, even though Rollins missed a top-rope leap to the outside and found himself hurled into the audience, The Gift of Destruction was too winded. He couldn’t get both himself and Rollins back into the ring to beat the 10-count. The decision freed Strowman up to wail on The Architect with a chair, but Rollins quickly countered and managed to drive Strowman off for the time being.
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Main Event Tag Match – Clip (WWE YouTube)
Off-Air Fan Video (Twitter Video)
Match Video (Full) – Coming This Week
Seth Rollins/Roman Reigns def. Jeri-KO (DQ)
With Kevin Owens staring down a Roman Reigns title defense and Chris Jericho suffering full-on PTSD from his quick trip up the rafters in a shark cage, Jeri-KO should have been easy pickings for Seth Rollins & Reigns in the main event of Raw. And they probably would have been, if not for one word: BRAAAUUUUNNN!
The Gift of Destruction wasn’t apparently satisfied with just demolishing Sin Cara earlier in the night, crashing the main-event match and laying waste to both Reigns and Rollins, ending the match with a disqualification in the Shield veterans’ favor just as they were about to seal the deal against Jeri-KO. Once the match was over, Strowman perpetuated further physicality on a battered Rollins and finally punctuated his beating with a Running Powerslam to Reigns. The lesson: When he says “Or else,” you had better believe that.
Following the on-air portion of Raw, Seth and Roman had some more fun by locking Jeri-KO in the shark cage that appeared in the opening Raw segment!
Seth Rollins def. Jericho – Clip (WWE YouTube)
Seth Rollins Post-Match Interview (WWE YouTube)
Match Video – Full
Match Video – WWE Network (Full HD)
Seth Rollins def. Chris Jericho
At Roadblock: End of the Line, Seth Rollins picked up a victory of pure retribution over Chris Jericho. Heading into their showdown, Jericho had cost Rollins the Universal Championship on three separate occasions. Yet, after the six-time World Champion left his best friend, Universal Champion Kevin Owens, at Roman Reigns’ mercy on Monday’s Raw, it appeared he would be forced to face The Architect without KO’s help.
Prior to the match, Rollins made it clear that he wanted Triple H and he would be going through Jericho to get to him. However, for the time being, he would need to focus every bit of his energy on the very dangerous opponent in front of him. The subsequent contest was a completely brutal back-and-forth, with both Superstars utilizing everything they had both inside and outside the ring. Jericho was in charge for much of the match. Yet, no matter what was thrown at him, Rollins refused to give in. Before long, the two Superstars were going shot for shot and finishing maneuver for finishing maneuver, including Rollins fighting his way out of not one, but two Walls of Jericho.
Then, in the height of the action, Kevin Owens suddenly emerged and climbed on the apron to cause a distraction. While it looked as if KO might have been making amends with his best friend, his efforts were met with angry screams from Jericho. Moreover, the commotion Owens paved the way for Rollins to hit the Pedigree for the three-count and put an end to the hard-fought contest.
With the huge win, Rollins not only achieved some payback, but moved one step closer to an inevitable showdown with The Game. Yet, as the WWE Universe would soon learn, the night was far from over for both Rollins and Jericho
Seth Rollins Helps Roman Reigns Take out Jericho & Owens
It seemed that Jericho and Owens’ friendship had reached the end of the line, but it became clear that Jericho, in a clever ruse, had delivered the DQ-inducing blow on purpose so his buddy could retain the title (in a match vs. Roman Reigns).
The two cohorts tried to get out of Dodge, but they were cut off at the pass by Seth Rollins, who proceeded to join up with Reigns to put both Jericho and Owens through two separate tables in classic Shield style. The savagery was undoubtedly satisfying for The Big Dog, but his journey to dethrone Owens is far from over.
Tag Team Main Event – Triple Threat (WWE YouTube)
The Rollins Report – Clip (WWE YouTube)
Match Video (Full) – Coming This Week
The New Day def. Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns, Chris Jericho & Kevin Owens
With just a few hours to go before tying Demolition’s all-time Tag Team Title record, The New Day pulled out every last trick in the book to extend their reign as Raw Tag Team Champions.
No, this isn’t a cut-and-paste glitch: Getting sprayed with champagne made an irate Stephanie amenable to some last-minute machinations by Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns’ showing in a four-way brawl on “The Rollins Report” meant that ya boys had to defend their titles in yet another Triple Threat Match, this time against aspiring Tag Team Champions Jeri-KO and former Tag Team Champions Rollins & Reigns.
Got all that? Good. The long and short of it is that New Day are still champions by the skin of Francesca II Turbo’s brass skin, all thanks to Rollins. Jeri-KO was a count away from the titles after landing a Pop-up Codebreaker on Woods, until Rollins shoved Owens into Jericho to break up the pinfall, and then Jericho into Owens when the two started to bicker over the contact. Rollins administered a Pedigree to Jericho, then much like their first win of the night, Big E grabbed his ankle while Woods limply draped his arm over Jericho for the pin.
But wait, there was more: While Owens pleaded with Jericho to believe that he didn’t cost them the match on purpose, Reigns made his way to the ring and stared Owens down in preparation for a massive Spear. Seeing what was coming down the pike, Jericho took his leave and more or less left Owens to the mercy of The Big Dog, who ended the show posing with his United States Title and Owens’ WWE Universal Title. End of the line indeed.
Team SmackDown Meets Team Raw – Brawl (WWE YouTube)
Tag Team Match – Clip (WWE YouTube)
Tag Team Match (YouTube)
Match Video (Full) – Coming This Week
Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman, Chris Jerico def. The New Day
Survivor Series is Sunday and the name of the game, ladies and gentlemen, is teamwork. After pitting various fractions of Raw’s Survivor Series teams against each other, Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon and General Manager Mick Foley saw at least one set of rivals put their differences aside to get a much-needed win. Good thing, too, as Stephanie promised “changes” for any partners who couldn’t get it together.
If there is one crew that does NOT possess The Power of Positivity, it is Seth Rollins, Chris Jericho and Braun Strowman. But that doesn’t mean they can’t win. The craftiest, nastiest and, well, brawniest members of Raw’s Men’s Survivor Series team managed to find unity against the record-setting Raw Tag Team Champions, leading to an impressive win over ya boys.
Perhaps the teams’ pre-match displays had clued the WWE Universe in to a different outcome — New Day hawked their merch in unison while their foes squabbled over scarves. But if anyone held out hope for New Day, it was dashed the second Strowman took out Big E and Kofi Kingston, leaving Xavier Woods to the mercy of his collected foes. A running powerslam from Strowman ended the match, but a Pedigree to Rollins from Jericho put an end to the victors’ partnership. At least until Sunday.
Seth Rollins Announced for Survivor Series Team (WWE YouTube)
Fatal Five-Way Match (WWE YouTube)
Opening Segment (Full Video)
Backstage Interview (Full Video)
Match (Full Video)
Seth Joins the Survivor Series Team & Kevin Owens pins Jericho to win the Fatal Five-Way Match
Can Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns coexist? Well, they’re gonna have to: The Architect was officially added to the assembled 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Men’s Elimination team alongside Reigns, Jeri-KO and Braun Strowman in Raw’s opening moments. Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon provided Rollins with “assurances” to lure him onto the team and tried to stoke the inter-show rivalry by implying Team Raw’s jobs were resting on the outcome of the match. But Owens and Jericho instead decided to poke and prod Rollins and Reigns relentlessly to keep them in line.
The former Shield brothers decided to whoop on their enemies in response, at least until Strowman took Rollins and Jericho out. Unwilling to lose her team to infighting, Stephanie gave the five Survivor Series team members a chance to work out their aggression in a Fatal 5-Way Match in Raw’s main event. That Kevin Owens won the Fatal 5-Way among Raw’s male Survivor Series competitors wasn’t necessarily surprising, per se — OK, given that Braun Strowman kind of wrecked everyone for 10 minutes, it was a little surprising. What’s surprising was who KO pinned to do it.
In a match that initially began with a Strowman rampage, it took the combined efforts of Jeri-KO, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns to finally get The Gift of Destruction out of the ring. And at that point, Rollins & Reigns joined forces again to keep the big man at bay.
Jericho and Owens re-joined the fray just in time to break up a Shield-esque Double Powerbomb to Strowman, focusing their efforts on The Big Dog in particular. Rollins broke out the big move of the match by power-bombing Jericho through both a prone Strowman and the table beneath him, and very nearly won the match by Pedigreeing Jericho, but Owens stole the win in a most unusual way. After Owens had super-kicked Rollins out of the ring, Reigns clocked him with a Superman Punch, and The Prizefighter toppled onto his fallen buddy to inadvertently score the win. To be fair: Friends don’t let friends lose matches.