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.
As Finn goes up the ramp to the stage, Seth Rollins comes out and he makes his way to the ring.
Seth says what a shame and pity. Let’s not live in the past. We know who the true winner at SummerSlam was. We gotta turn that frown upside down. This needs to be a celebration. Seth reminds Stephanie they have been part of some great title celebrations in the past. Seth says this beautiful title belt is here so why not have a celebration for the true Universal Champion. Sami Zayn’s music plays and he comes to the ring. Chris Jericho’s music plays and he comes to the ring. Jericho tries to schmooze Stephanie and . . .Kevin Owens makes his way to the ring. Stephanie wants to know what is going on and . . .Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady come out. Roman Reigns comes out so we are now up to seven people. Mick Foley says this is how it is going to go. He has been talking to Stephanie and everyone in the ring is deserving of the title. We will have a series of matches and next week, we will crown a new Universal Champion. The first match will be Sami Zayn versus Seth Rollins. Seth attacks Zayn from behind and hits a running knee to the head.
Sami Zayn versus Seth Rollins in a Universal Title Qualifying Match
The match is joined in progress and Zayn with punches and chops. Rollins with a kick and then he sends Zayn over the top rope to the apron. Zayn with a shoulder and he flips over Rollins and hits a satellite head scissors. Rollins moves when Zayn teases a dive. Rollins pulls Zayn to the floor and he teases a running power bomb into the ringside barrier but Zayn escapes and hits a moonsault off the ringside barrier. Zayn sends Rollins back into the ring and Rollins with a super kick. Rollins with kicks and he chokes Zayn. Rollins with a kick and he gets a near fall. Rollins with punches and a hard Irish whip. Rollins with a chop. Zayn with a springboard leap frog and he lands awkwardly on his ankle. Zayn with an elbow and then he drops down and Rollins goes over the top rope to the floor. Zayn with a slingshot flip pescado but Zayn holds his ankle again.
WWE Universal Title Match: Seth Rollins versus Finn Balor
Balor with a running drop kick and he goes up top but Rollins rolls to the floor. Balor with a flip dive onto Rollins. Balor sends Rollins back into the ring. Rollins with a kick and Irish whip but Balor with a drop kick to the knees. Balor with more kicks to the leg as Rollins flops around the ring. Balor puts Rollins knee in the ropes and drops a knee on the leg. Rollins drops Balor on the apron and then Rollins with a suplex. Rollins sends Balor into Yeatonville. Balor with a forearm off the ringside barrier. They return to the ring. Rollins with a double sledge to the back. Rollins with a sunset flip but Balor rolls through and hits a drop kick for a near fall. Balor works on the legs. Balor sets for a surfboard but he decides to stomp the knees into the mat. Rollins kicks Balor away . Balor goes to the apron and Balor tries for an enzuigiri but Rollins blocks it. Rollins with a running power bomb into the ringside barrier. Rollins gets a near fall. Rollins with a forearm and kicks in the corner. Rollins with a back breaker and he gets a near fall. Rollins with a reverse chin lock. Rollins blocks a clothesline and hits a flatline into the turnbuckles. Rollins gets a near fall.
Balor with a forearm and Rollins fires back. Rollins with a chop and shoulders in the corner. Rollins has something to say to Balor while choking him in the corner. Rollins with a snap mare and kick to the back. Rollins with a slam and knee drop followed by cross faces to Balor and applies a rear chin lock. Rollins with more crossfaces and then he kicks Balor in the head. Rollins chops Balor. Rollins with an Irish whip and forearm into the corner followed by a springboard knee to the temple. Rollins goes up top and hits a frog splash for a near fall. Rollins with a clothesline. Rollins slaps Balor in the face as he sets for a Rainmaker but Balor ducks and hits a DDT. Both men are down. Balor with forearms and then he hits a flying forearm. Balor with a running chop into the corner. Balor with two more Irish whips and chops. Balor with a drop kick to the temple and Rollins goes to the floor. Balor goes to the apron and hits a running kick to the head. Balor sends Rollins back into the ring and Balor with Slingblade. Balor runs into a drop kick and then Rollins sets for the Pedigree but Balor with a back body drop. Rollins lands on his feet. Rollins with an enzuigiri but Balor with a Pele Kick.
Seth Rollins will battle Finn Balor at SummerSlam on Sunday for the newly created WWE Universal Championship. Rollins visited the ESPN campus and sat down for an interview on the match, that fan rushing the stage at Raw, and more.
Ben Houser: SummerSlam, what are we going to see from Seth Rollins?
Seth Rollins: Mostly what you can expect — a big match, Seth Rollins, WWE Universal Championship, first time against Finn Balor. Aside from him being a tremendous opponent, I just think you’re going to see me go out there and deliver in big match situations, so I’m looking forward to the energy and the crowd and the match itself.
Houser: It wasn’t that long ago that you came up; what is it like that you built the brand for yourself as Seth Rollins and you’re about to take on a younger talent in his first big match?
Rollins: It’s super-exciting for me, actually, to be on the other side of the coin. You know even last year, you go back to SummerSlam and look at my match with John Cena, and I feel like we’re in a complete role reversal. I feel like I’m in the John Cena position this year and Finn Balor is in my position, so it’s crazy, you know, how much can change in a year. I’m looking forward to that challenge because it’s a new challenge for me; it’s not something I’m used to. And now in the locker room, I’m almost a veteran at this point, which is just wild with all the new guys coming up and stuff like that. For me it’s a tremendous honor. It’s cool to be looked at that way, as a leader and as someone who’s going to help take this generation to the next level.
Houser: What are Finn Balor’s talents that you see?
Rollins: In the ring, Finn Balor is one of the most polished performers that we have. He’s got a uniqueness about him the way he moves; obviously, the Demon King side of his persona is very interesting and differentiates him from a lot of the other talent that we have right now on the roster. I just think there’s just something about him; he’s just one of those guys where you can’t put your finger on it. He’s got that, that “it” factor, that I can’t miss a Finn Balor match.