Samoa Joe vs. Seth Rollins
They made it a point to note this was only the second time they had wrestled. Joe threw some kicks towards a cautious Rollins. They locked up and Rollins was backed into the corner. Rollins fired up with a chop but was nailed with a headbutt. Joe peppered him with right hands. Joe went for a clothesline but Rollins ducked under and nailed a dropkick after he rebounded. Joe went to the floor. Rollins followed and dove down on him off the apron. They battled on the floor, where Joe tossed him over the barricade into the timekeeper’s area but Rollins came off the barricade with a clothesline. Joe was tossed into the ring but rolled back out, where Rollins nailed a pair of suicide dives. Joe came back to nail a diving forearm to the floor. He went after Rollins’ bad knee and drove down on it with a back senton splash. He measured Rollins in the corner and nailed a series of chops. Joe nailed a running back elbow into an enziguiri. It was all Joe.
Rollins fired back with clotheslines but Joe didn’t go down. Rollins nailed a forearm in the corner and snapped him down with a hangman’s neckbreaker. Rollins dove but Joe caught him and nailed the kneecapper, followed by a kneebar on the mat. Good stuff. Rollins made it to the ropes, forcing the break but the idea was that the damage had been done. Joe told Rollins he brought this upon himself and nailed a headbutt. Joe snapped him down with a powerbomb and turned into a halfcrab. Rollins tried to make it to the ropes but Joe pulled him away and locked in a Texas Cloverleaf. Rollins broke the hold with the ropes so Joe used his boot to scrape his face. Rollins cut off a charge with a forearm and drilled him with Slingblade. The idea is that one-legged Rollins was taking the fight to Joe to build sympathy Unfortunately, It’s pretty obvious the House of Horrors segment killed the momentum of the live crowd. Rollins nailed a Blockbuster off the top, which got the biggest reaction of anything in the bout thus far, despite the good work. Rollins moved out of a Joe splash and kicked him in the chest for a two count. Rollins went for the buckle bomb but through better of it. He nailed a Falcon’s Arrow for a two count. Rollins went to the top and nailed the frog splash but was grabbed at his bad knee. Joe kicked up at two. He rose like a monster in a horror film and they exchanged strikes. Rollins psyched himself up but was caught in a sleeper hold. Rollins pushed off the ropes (Bret Hart vs. Roddy Piper at Wrestlemania 8) to score a two count but Joe escaped and worked him over. Joe locked in the sleeper. Rollins pushed back and somehow had Joe’s shoulders down and scored the pin.
Winner: Seth Rollins