Seth Rollins Confronts Finn Balor (WWE YouTube)
Seth Rollins vs. Sami Zayn (WWE YouTube)
Seth “Interviews” Finn Balor
Finn Bálor has arrived, and all he has to do is get past Seth Rollins to become the first WWE Universal Champion. Rollins, of course, isn’t buying the hype, and he laid out a case for his own superiority under the caveats that he was the first of the two to achieve all of Bálor’s signature accomplishments. Bálor countered that he’s beaten no shortage of competitors who referred to themselves as “The Man,” and he was the only of the two of them to earn the Universal Title Match at SummerSlam, as Rollins was handed his own spot. That riled Rollins, but his attempts to sucker-punch the Irishman landed him a boot to the gut and a Pele Kick to the dome.
Seth def. Sami Zayn
Know this about Seth Freaking Rollins: He will not be humiliated twice in one night. After landing on the wrong end of a tussle with Finn Bálor, The Architect saved face in a one-on-one bout against Sami Zayn later in the night, though The Underdog from the Underground proved a tougher opponent than Rollins might have liked.
Riding off the confidence of having beaten Kevin Owens at WWE Battleground, Zayn rallied from nearly every big move Rollins threw his way. He seemingly had the bout won after he gritted his way to a late-game Blue Thunder Bomb, tightrope DDT and plancha to the outside. But The Architect’s last-second dodge of a Helluva Kick offered all the opening he needed, as Zayn bounced off the turnbuckle straight into the waiting embrace of a Pedigree. It marked a big win for Rollins on his road to SummerSlam, but it was probably closer than he hoped.
New WWE Universal Title Is Announced (WWE YouTube)
Seth Rollins Watches Finn Balor (WWE YouTube)
Seth is Announced for New Title Match at SummerSlam
The new era on Raw kicked off big time tonight not only a whole new look (with a new logo, new theme song and stage set) but a brand new title announcement! This was very much anticipated and predicted by the fans for quite some time. Stephanie announced that the winner of the title will be crowned at SummerSlam and it will be named The WWE Universal Championship. She also along with Mick Foley decreed that there will be two fatal four-way matches tonight on the show in order to decide who will face Seth Rollins at SummerSlam. She makes it clear she was not happy with Roman Reigns “losing the title for her brand” and screwing things up for everyone when Seth “had the match won” in her opinion.
A happy Seth Rollins meanwhile checked out all his possible opponents as they were announced onstage. He and Jericho shared an interesting and rather unimpressed stare down and when it came to Finn Balor’s turn… Seth looked rather surprised. As it turns out, Balor would win the first four-way match up and Reigns would win the second match. The two faced off in the main event of Raw and Balor pulled out an amazing victory for his debut Raw night! So it will be Finn Balor vs. Seth Rollins at SummerSlam!
Seth did not have a match on air tonight but was a participant in the dark match. Seth Rollins & AJ Styles vs. John Cena & Dean Ambrose!
Cena & Ambrose def. Seth & AJ (Dark Match)
Seth vs. Dean vs. Roman (WWE YouTube)
Seth Gets Drafted/Ambrose def. Seth Rollins (Ambrose Retains)
The main event of WWE Battleground was two years in the making, one the WWE Universe had been waiting to see ever since Seth Rollins stabbed his Shield brethren Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose in the back. The stakes could not have been higher, with the WWE Championship hanging in the balance less than 24 hours before a New Era of WWE began, with defending champion Ambrose heading to SmackDown Live and Reigns and Rollins anchoring Monday Night Raw.
Despite the odds being stacked against SmackDown Live and their top draft pick, the determined Ambrose persevered against his former Shield brothers, eventually hitting Reigns with Dirty Deeds to retain his title and take it to Tuesday nights.
Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon and her Raw General Manager, Mick Foley, SmackDown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon and his General Manager, Daniel Bryan, all made their way to ringside to get the best view of the match that would shape the future of WWE and determine which brand got control of the WWE Championship.
Seth on The SmackDown Preview (WWE YouTube)
Seth Rollins Interview on SmackDown (WWE YouTube)
Seth is Drafted First (WWE YouTube)
Seth vs. Dean Title Rematch – Clip (WWE YouTube)
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Seth Gets Drafted/Ambrose def. Seth Rollins (Ambrose Retains)
On this special draft addition of Raw, things kicked off with Stephanie McMahon using her first pick to select none other than Seth Rollins. It was expected all along that Seth would go first and Dean Ambrose would get drafted second by SmackDown, which was exactly what happened.
In his backstage interview following, Seth said “was there ever any doubt” and seemed as confident as ever in his position at the top of the roster and that he would once again be the champion.
Unfortunately, things did not go his way later on in the show as he would lose to Dean Ambrose in their title rematch. This is not much of a surprise as WWE likely wants to save the real contest for Battleground or use this opportunity to introduce a second title belt. We will soon see if that is indeed the case and whether Seth will become a three time WWE Champion!
Seth Rollins Reflects On The End of The Shield (Clip)
Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose (Clip)
Raw Continues on the WWE Network (Clip)
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Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose Ends in a Draw (Ambrose Retains)
The good news first, if you’re a Dean Ambrose fan: The Lunatic Fringe is still WWE Champion. The good news second, if you’re a Seth Rollins fan: The Architect fought like hell to wrestle the supreme championship from his former Shield ally, taking Ambrose to both the physical limit and the time limit in a match that spilled into a WWE Network overrun after a disputed pinfall left the match with an unclear victor.
Things ended far more decisively in the extra innings, so to speak, when the referee went to the tape and ruled the match a double-pin draw. Ambrose ultimately got the better of Rollins when The Architect attempted to ambush him with the title, meaning he’ll walk into Battleground as champion. And lastly, the good news if you’re a Roman Reigns fan: He’s back on Sunday. Which could be very, very bad news for the other two, and you can believe … well, you know the rest.
Seth Rollins Raw Preview
The Rollins Report (Clip)
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Seth Rollins Debuts “The Rollins Report”
Before Raw even began, a mischievous Rollins let everyone know he would have news on Roman Reigns that would change the WWE as we all know it. And later it was announced tonight would be the first episode of “The Rollins Report”. And when the time arrived Seth was quick to tell all other TV hosts to move over as he is the newest, hottest investigative reporter. He then ordered a clip to be played that looked as though an immature teenager put it together in which Roman Reigns claims to not deserve the opportunity in the title match at Battleground.
Seth continues to rant when the camera comes back to him until he is interrupted by Dean Ambrose and the real fireworks start. With a ton of history between them Seth fires first at Ambrose saying he believes Ambrose’s title reign is a joke, that he was better than him in the Shield as well as before the Shield and will once again prove he is the best. Ambrose tells Seth that they’ve known each other a very long time and Seth should know god himself or Vince McMahon would have to pry the title out of his cold dead hands. Dean also yells at Seth that he can have a one on one title match vs. Ambrose any day. At first Rollins says that Detroit sounds perfect to him but decides on next week and angrily storms out of the ring.
After commercial break it is announced that Seth will face Dean Ambrose next week live on Raw for the WWE Championship.
Rollins vs. Ziggler (Clip)
Seth Rollins Rant (Clip)
Full Match & Segment Video Part 1
Full Match & Segment Video Part 2
Full Match & Segment Video Part 3
Seth Rollins def. Dolph Ziggler
So Seth Rollins is not letting this whole Roman Reigns controversy go quietly. Nor, for that matter, is he about to let Dean Ambrose overshadow him in the lead-up to the winner-take-all Triple Threat Match at WWE Battleground: Moments after Ambrose dispatched The Miz in a Champion vs. Champion Match, Rollins scored a victory of his own over Dolph Ziggler with The Lunatic Fringe on commentary. He had to shake off a mighty impressive performance by The Showoff to do it, but do it he did, kicking out of a superkick and shaking off a Zig Zag to land the Pedigree.
Rollins saved his most savage attack, however, for the still-absent Reigns, disparaging The Big Dog in merciless fashion for his recent suspension. His insults toward Ambrose were met with a little more resistance from their target, however; The Lunatic Fringe tossed his title in Rollins’ face and delivered Dirty Deeds atop the Spanish commentary table. Qué pena.
Rollins Addresses Reigns’s Suspension (Clip)
Rollins vs. Cena (Clip)
Rollins on Commentary (Clip)
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Seth Rollins Campaigns for a One on One Title Match
You know what they say: When the sports-entertainment gods close a door (or cash in a contract), they open a window. In this case, they handed a 30-day suspension to Roman Reigns, giving Seth Rollins the opportunity to capitalize on the controversy and try to get The Big Dog booted from the long-brewing Shield Triple Threat at WWE Battleground, thereby giving him a cleaner shot at Dean Ambrose’s WWE Championship.
Ambrose, of course, wasn’t about to let Rollins get his way, and things quickly got even more complicated when AJ Styles and John Cena threw their names in the proverbial hunt for the title. It fell to Stephanie McMahon to make the executive decision (and point out that Shane was again absent this week), and not only did she preserve Reigns’ spot in the match, she handed Cena and Styles “win-and-you’re-in” matches against Rollins and Ambrose, respectively, for later in the night. So much for an open window.
Rollins def. Cena
The Champ is … not here. Not yet, anyway, since John Cena failed – on the 14th anniversary of his WWE debut – to make it past Seth Rollins in a match that would have given the 15-time World Champion a crack at Title No. 16 at WWE Battleground. In all honesty, though, Rollins should probably send The Club a fruit basket or something; after all, the good brothers intervened at the exact moment Cena had positioned himself to win the contest, locking in a potentially match-ending STF after a neck-and-neck battle that took up the better part of 15 minutes.
Cena released the hold when The Club circled the ring, but it turns out AJ Styles and Co. were just there to provide a distraction. Rollins was more than happy to capitalize, booting the preoccupied Cena in the gut and quickly pouncing with the Pedigree for the victory. Hey, a win is a win. And a Triple Threat Match at WWE Battleground is – for the moment, anyway – still a Triple Threat Match.
Seth Rollins on Commentary
Sure, the sports-entertainment gods may have closed a door and opened a window, but it seems that Seth Rollins has decided he’ll take the door after all. With John Cena barred from the WWE Battleground main event, Rollins had no choice but to throw his support behind Dean Ambrose’s efforts to keep AJ Styles from joining July 24’s marquee match.
Luckily, Rollins got his wish, and oddly enough, he has John Cena to thank: When the rest of The Club showed up to thwart a surging Ambrose, Cena sprinted down the ramp to fight them off, allowing the WWE Champion to plant The Phenomenal One with Dirty Deeds. While The Club swarmed and dropped Cena with a retaliatory Magic Killer on the entrance ramp, Rollins jumped Ambrose from behind with a pair of Pedigrees. WWE Battleground is set. Consider the opening salvo fired.