Backstage: A pissed off Seth Rollins told Mick Foley and Stephanie McMahon that they bet against the wrong guy and told Steph to go tell her husband that as well.
Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE Universal Championship
Owens right to the floor at the bell to try and get inside Rollins’ head. Seth went to the floor so Owens returned to the ring and challenged him to fight. Owens caught him with a right and tried to whip Rollins into the barricade but it was reversed. Rollins stomped him in the corner. Seth came off the apron with a leaping knee to the face. Rollins scored a two count.Rollins scored several two counts and nailed a Blockbuster off the ropes for another two count. Owens rolled to the outside apron and nailed Rollins. Seth went for a pedigree but backdropped Owens to the apron. Owens drilled him with a kick to the back of his knee and nailed a DDT for a two count. Rollins began limping and the announcers pointed out that he had undergone reconstructive surgery on the knee. Owens began working on Rollins, telling him Raw was his show. Rollins fired back with punches and they each peppered the other. Owens continued to go after Rollins’ knee. He backdropped Rollins over the top to the floor. Owens nailed the Cactus Elbow off the apron. Rollins made his way back to the ring but was snapmared over and hit with a back senton splash for another two count. Owens cinched in a side chinlock, wearing down the challenger. Owens was great at verbally tearing down Rollins and putting himself over. Rollins fired out but the crowd wasn’t responding like he was a big babyface. Owens whipped Rollins hard into the buckles. He sent Seth into the buckles again. Rollins made a comeback and drilled Owens in the corner. He slammed Owens into the buckles and drilled him over his knees for a two count. Rollins dropkicked Owens out of the ring and then sent him into the barricade. Rollins set up the Spanish Announcing Table.
Owens and Rollins returned to the ring and went back and forth with reversals until Rollins nailed a superkick for a two count. He went for a Pedigree but Owens slipped out and drilled him in the knee. Owens nailed a cannonball in the corner for a two count. Owens went for the package piledriver but Rollins slipped out. he nailed a big knee. Owens nailed a kick but Rollins caught him with an enziguiri and they both went down. Owens sent him into the corner but missed the cannonball. Rollins was caught with a series of knees for a two count. They battled to the top. Owens came off the top with a gutbuster but Rollins appeared to take it across his side. It looked brutal. Owens followed up with a frog splash for a two count. Rollins went to the floor and was clutching at his ribs. Owens brought him over to the exposed announcers’ table and placed him across it. Owens stepped atop the other announcers’ table. He went to do a back senton splash through Rollins but Seth rolled out of the way and Owens crashed through. Rollins tossed him and came off the top with a flying knee. He ascended to the top again and nailed a frog splash but Owens was able to get his shoulder up before the three count.
Seth Rollins’ music plays and he makes his way to the ring for his match as he walks past Kevin Owens and he gets on the apron as Roman leaves the ring.
Seth Rollins versus Rusev (with Lana)
They lock up and Rusev backs Rollins into the corner and Rusev with a clean break. Rollins with a punch and knees to Reigns. Rollins with more punches and the referee warns Rollins. Rusev with a knee and kick followed by a punch. Rusev sets for a slam but Rollins gets to his feet and he kicks Rusev and hits a Blockbuster followed by a drop kick. Rusev goes to the floor and Rollins tries for the flying knee off the apron but Rusev moves. Rusev runs Rollins back first into the ring post. Rusev sends Rollins back into the ring and he slams Rollins and hits an elbow drop. Rusev gets a near fall. Rusev with a hard Irish whip and the referee checks on Rollins.
Rollins with punches to the midsection and a chop followed by a punch. Rusev with a hip lock take down but he misses a diving head butt when Rollins moves. Rollins with chops and a kick but Rusev sends Rollins over the top rope to the apron. Rollins with a forearm and then he goes up top but Rusev biels Rollins to the mat as we go to commercial. We are back and Rusev with a waist lock and Rollins with elbows to get out of the hold followed by punches. Rusev with an elbow and then he pulls Rollins up from the mat and Rollins uses the ropes to flip to his feet and he hits an enzuigiri. Rollins with a flatliner into the turnbuckles and then he hits Slingblade. Rollins with a running forearm into the corner and then he hits a second one. Rollins goes for a suplex but Rollins blocks it and Rusev goes for a suplex and Rollins lands on his feet and hits a super kick. Rollins with a Falcon Arrow for a near fall.
Rollins sets for the super kick but Rusev blocks it. Rusev misses a round kick. Rusev holds on to the ropes on an O’Connor Roll attempt. Rusev sends Rollins into the air and connects with a knee to the midsection and then he follows with a round kick for a near fall. Rusev rolls Rollins over and he says it is time to MATCHKA. Rollins rolls to the apron to avoid the stomp. Rollins drops Rusev on the top rope and then he hits an enzuigiri. Rollins with a springboard knee to the temple and then Rollins goes up top and Rusev rolls to the floor. Rollins with a suicide dive onto Rusev. Rusev misses a clothesline and then Rollins drops down and Rusev goes to the floor. Rollins with a suicide dive onto Rusev. Rollins stops Rusev momentarily as they fight up the ramp and the referee gets to ten.
Double Count Out
After the match: Rusev goes over to the announce table and he tries to send Rollins off the stage but Rollins gets to his feet and he hits a knee to the back and Rusev goes to the floor. Rollins gets on the announce table and Rollins with a cross body off the announce table.
Backstage: We are outside Stephanie’s office hallway and Seth Rollins stands there for about 30 seconds before he enters. We are back and Seth Rollins is in the office and Stephanie enters. Seth says they had a lot of memories. He wants to know why did she throw it all away for Kevin Owens. Stephanie says she had nothing to do with what her husband did. Seth wants to know why. Stephanie says she cannot explain something she didn’t know about. Maybe Kevin Owens was right that Seth is the reason why the WWE Title went to Smackdown. You did lose to Finn Balor. Maybe you did not live up to what Hunter hoped when he picked him from the Shield. Seth says that on Sunday you will realize you backed the wrong horse when he wins the title. Maybe Seth will be your worst nightmare as Universal Champion because he will know every move that she will make. Stephanie tells Seth not to threaten her and she did not know what Hunter would do. She says Kevin is the right person to lead Raw. She says that Kevin has replaced Seth as the face of Monday Night Raw. Seth says Stephanie used to be a shrewd businessman, but you have started to crack since your brother returned.
Backstage: Mick Foley is in his office with Seth Rollins. Seth says he has a bone to pick with him. He says he thought he was on the same page as Mick. Mick kept him from being suspended and gave him a title match. He wants to know why Roman. Mick says that Roman was wronged. Seth says there is no comparison. Seth says he is the man and you would know it if you binge watched the WWE Network. Seth says he does not want any distractions and get his hands on the title. If Mick is not going to do anything about it, maybe we should talk to Stephanie.
Mick says that Stephanie is in Singapore and all Stephanie cares about is wins over Smackdown. Seth says he will take things into his own hands. Mick tells Seth not to question his integrity and he wants Seth to say that he won’t interfere. Seth says if Mick is going to continue to support Stephanie, you are a fool.
Backstage: Kevin Owens walks in the back and he stops to talk to Seth Rollins. He tells Seth to remember what Foley said. Seth says he wants Kevin to beat Roman tonight so their match can be one-on-one. Since Triple H is a coward and won’t show up on Raw, what better thing than to take the title from his golden boy. Kevin says he won’t need luck. He says Roman won’t be in the match since he will beat him. Kevin says he would think that Seth would want Roman in the match since Roman did most of the work and you picked up the win. Isn’t that the way you did it. You had Roman, Dean, Kane, J&J Security, and Jon Stewart. Didn’t Triple H have your back, but Hunter found a better person to follow. Since you came back, you let down Raw by letting Dean keep the WWE Title. You lost to Finn Balor who had one arm. Kevin says he won the title on his first chance. He says the motto should be rebuilt, redesigned, and replaced. Mick tells Kevin to go to the ring. He tells Seth not to get involved in the match or there will be consequences.
Roman Reigns versus Kevin Owens
Reigns with punches and an Irish whip but Reigns misses a shoulder and Reigns hits the ring post and goes to the floor. Owens sends Reigns into the ringside barrier and the ring steps.
Seth Rollins attacks Owens from behind.
Winner: Kevin Owens (by disqualification)
Rollins continues to attack Owens and the referee tells Rollins to get off of him. Mick yells at Rollins and he tells him that he asked him to do one thing and he wouldn’t do it. Mick says this match will not end like that. He tells them to restart the match.
Kevin says Monday Night Raw is now officially known as the Kevin Owens Show.
Seth Rollins’ music plays and he comes to the ring. Kevin wants to know what Seth is doing here and Seth tells Kevin it has nothing to do with. Seth wants to know why Stephanie is doing this to him. He put this company on his back and he got injured. He came back faster than anyone else and then this happened to him. Kevin says this is all about him because it is the Kevin Owens Show. Seth says Kevin is only a puppet right now and he tells him to shut up. Stephanie says she did not know anything about it and Seth calls bull crap. Mick defends Stephanie and Seth wants to know if he is in her pocket. Mick says he has Stephanie’s back. Seth says Kevin has been Triple H’s special project since he debuted in NXT. If you want to make Kevin Owens the face of the New Era, he will be the one to burn it down. You and your husband will be on your knees begging him. Kevin says that is a great story. Where was this passion these last few months. Ever since you came back from your little injury, the architect has only been designing blueprints for total failure. Seth punches Kevin and he kicks Owens to the floor. Seth knocks Owens off the apron.
Stephanie tells Seth that he is indefinitely suspended. Mick tells Stephanie that Seth is not suspended. Mick says you are acting as if this is personal. This is Monday Night Raw. We do not hand out suspensions when someone is wronged. We hand out rematches. It was agreed that Mick would make the matches and he wants Stephanie to respect that. He has no love lost for Seth Rollins and he never really liked him, but he is talented. Mick is not putting that type of talent on the shelf. Seth Rollins will face Kevin Owens at Clash of the Champions.
Chris Jericho versus Seth Rollins
Rollins with a drop kick to stop Jericho’s comments and then he punches Jericho. Rollins with a chop and kicks in the corner. The referee pulls Rollins out of the corner. Rollins with a chop but Jericho goes to the floor. Rollins with a suicide dive onto Jericho. Rollins with a punch and he keeps Jericho from exiting through the crowd. Rollins with a chop and punch. Jericho is sent into the apron and then Jericho tries to talk to the bell ringer but Rollins pulls him away and sends him into the ring. Jericho kicks Rollins when he returns to the ring. Jericho with punches and chops. The referee warns Jericho. Jericho kicks Rollins and slaps him. Jericho with an Irish whip but Rollins with a clothesline and punches followed by a slap. Rollins sends Jericho to the floor. Rollins Irish whips Jericho into the ringside barrier. Rollins chops Jericho and then he goes into the ring to break up the count. Rollins with a forearm as Jericho hangs over the apron and then Rollins connects with a boot to the head. We see Owens watching in the back on the monitor.
Corey Graves is in the ring with the four men who will wrestle later tonight for the Universal Title. He is joined by Roman Reigns, Colin Cassady, Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens. Seth interrupts and he says Corey did not mention the real reason why they are out here. It is because of him. If it wasn’t for what he did to Finn Balor, he wouldn’t have undergone shoulder surgery or relinquish the title. Seth says he is the favorite to win and he says that he is the number one pick. Seth says he will donate his speaking time to one of the other guys. He gives his time to Kevin Owens.
Kevin says that is incredibly generous. Kevin says he is a fan of Culture Shock because it helps him sleep. Kevin says it is an honor to be in a match with competitors like yourself. He says it is exciting. Corey asks Kevin for his thoughts on the match. Kevin says he thought they wanted everyone to be nice. Isn’t that why they made it look like group therapy. Kevin says it is simple why he is going to win. With Sami Zayn out of the picture. Seth takes credit for that. Kevin says now that Sami is out of the picture he can focus on the Universal Title. Kevin says he is a prize fighter. Seth talks big, but Kevin says he delivers big. Kevin says Roman fights hard, but he fights smart. Big Cass . . . you’re just really tall. Does that count for something? Colin says it does. Kevin points out that Colin can talk for himself. He thought Colin had a string in his back for that idiot Enzo to pull so he could say How You Doin’. Colin wants to know if Kevin thought that up himself or did Jericho write it for him.Colin says he knows that he is new around here. He says he has never won a championship. That means he has nothing to lose. Nobody is expecting him to win. Seth says that even Enzo bet against him. Colin says he is not an underdog, he is the biggest dog in this fight. Colin tells Seth no matter what you think or what you have been telling yourself, size does matter.
Seth tells everyone to shut up and he is taking his time back. Seth says he is glad this match is under Elimination Rules because he will shove Colin’s words down his mouth. Then he will send Kevin back to his jabrone scarf wearing friend Chris Jericho. There are a few certainties, death, taxes, and Seth Rollins beats Roman Reigns. Seth wants Corey to asks Roman how will he beat Seth. Roman is asked the question and Kevin laughs at the reaction to Roman. Roman punches Owens and then Rollins punches Colin. Roman sends Rollins into the corner. Roman and Colin stand off in the center of the ring but Rollins hits Roman from behind. Roman punches Seth. Roman sends Colin to the floor and he hits Seth with a Superman punch. Roman stands tall in the ring next to the title belt.