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).