Corey brings out Seth Rollins and Seth’s leg has a brace on it and he has a crutch to help him come to the ring.
Corey asks Seth about his knee. Seth says it is alright. The tear was more significant than the first diagnosis. With him coming back soon, the rehab has been intense. It is what it is. Corey asks Seth where is his head at now. Seth says that is tricky. He says if he is being honest, this sucks. He felt the same snap in his knee and maybe he deserves this. Corey asks Seth to explain what he means by ‘I deserve it’. Seth says two years ago he was holding the title over his head at the end of Wrestlemania and it was the greatest moment of his career. What did I sacrifice for that? Seth says he pointed so many fingers and made so many excuses. Seth says he told the world he did not sell out, he bought in. Seth says he should have known better. Triple H stabbed him in the back. He was supposed to change and be something better and something different. Somewhere along the way, he lost sight of that. Seth says he has been feeling like this is his fault. Corey asks Seth about having to miss Wrestlemania for the second year in a row. Will you be at Wrestlemania? Seth says right now it does not look great. It does not look like the doctors are going to clear him for Wrestlemania.
Triple H’s music plays and he makes his way onto the stage and he walks to the ring. Hunter says he does not think he means it but Hunter says it is good to see Seth. Hunter says the last time he saw Seth, he did not think we would see him again. Hunter points to Samoa Joe on the other side of the ring and he asks Seth if he knows Joe. Hunter says that since Seth gave a wishy-washy answer earlier, he will give Seth the answer. Hunter says Seth will not be at Wrestlemania. Hunter says if Seth knows what is good for him, you won’t be at Wrestlemania. Hunter asks if Seth is coming to the realization that he deserves this? You knew this day was coming and you knew damn well what you were getting into. Hunter tells Seth he made him the man and the face of the WWE. You were the biggest star to come around in a long time. You shoved the title in everyone’s face. You told them you were the man.
Seth Rollins makes his way to the ring. Seth says he may have been banned from the building last night, but he is here tonight and he is live. Seth says he knows that Stephanie is back there. You wanted to come out first and call him out and scold him. Seth says princesses don’t always get what they want. He says to suck it up buttercup and come out to the ring. Stephanie McMahon comes out and she says she is out here to disappoint him on many different levels. Seth says it is just like you and your husband each night.
Stephanie says her husband is not here. Seth says if Hunter is not here tonight, he does not care about Stephanie. Seth asks Stephanie when will she let her coward of a husband off his leash. Stephanie says Triple H is afraid, afraid of what he is going to do to him. He is afraid that Seth is going to bring out that dark side. He is afraid of what he will do to his greatest creation. Stephanie says she told Hunter to stay away. Seth says if Stephanie wants us to believe her, she is delusional. Stephanie says that Seth was riding high with the Authority and then he turned his back. Who sat out Wrestlemania? Who was forced to sit out the Royal Rumble? She says that Seth should not be calling out her husband, you should be begging her for forgiveness and apologize to her, Hunter, and the people. Stephanie says the people do not deserve an apology, but she does.
Seth says Stephanie is the boss and he says he is sorry. He is sorry that he exposed her husband for the gutless snake he is. He is sorry that Hunter’s empire will go up in smoke. Seth says he went into Hunter’s house and ring. He called out Hunter but Hunter had security do his dirty work. Who is the man in the suit who stood out there? It was not the Game or the Cerebral Assassin. He is afraid. Seth says Hunter knows that Seth is the biggest challenge to his career. Seth says that everyone knows it, and with the way you look at him, you know it too Stephanie. Stephanie says that she looks at him with disgust. Her husband is a creator while you are an architect and you will be the architect of your own demise. Seth says he has nothing left to lose. If you think going to NXT is bad for business, what happens when he comes to the WWE Headquarters and goes to a corporate meeting. What happens when he goes to Stephanie’s door step and her daughters answer the door. This does not end until he slays the King. Stephanie says she lied. Hunter is on his way to this arena. He is coming and he is coming for Seth.
Backstage: Mick Foley stops in Seth Rollins’ locker room and he tells Seth that he has a match against Sami Zayn. He says that Stephanie wants to build on the friend versus friend. Mick says if Sami wins against Seth, he gets Seth’s spot in the Royal Rumble. Mick says he was fighting with Stephanie about it. Seth says he has to beat Sami Zayn tonight, win the Royal Rumble on Sunday, and then go to the main event of Wrestlemania and throw it all in her and her coward husband’s face.
Seth Rollins versus Sami Zayn in a Seth Rollins’ Spot in the Royal Rumble is on the Line Match
They lock up and Zayn with a waist lock. Rollins with a wrist lock. Zayn goes for a reversal but Rollins sends Zayn to the mat. Rollins with a rollup for a near fall. Rollins with a side head lock. Rollins with a shoulder tackle and a rollup for a near fall. Zayn with a waist lock and wrist lock. Rollins with a reversal and he tries for a La Magistral but Zayn blocks it and gets a near fall of his own. Zayn with a wrist lock and Rollins with a forearm to the head. Rollins with another forearm and Zayn with a double leg take down and punches. Rollins with punches of his own. Rollins goes to the floor and Zayn sets for a dive but Rollins gets back into the ring and connects with a clothesline. Rollins with a suicide dive and Zayn is sent into the ringside barrier as we go to commercial. We are back and Rollins with a top wrist lock. Zayn with punches and an Irish whip. Rollins is sent to the apron and connects with an enzuigiri. Zayn avoids the springboard knee to the temple and Zayn with a Blue Thunder Bomb for a near fall. Rollins runs into an elbow from Zayn and Zayn with a boot and a cross body but Rollins rolls through and gets a near fall. Zayn with a Michinoku Driver for a near fall. Zayn goes up top and Rollins leaps to the turnbuckles and goes for a superplex but Zayn pushes Rollins off. Rollins goes to the turnbuckles and hits a Blockbuster for a near fall.
In ring: Kevin says the Wrestlemania math does not add up, but it does not matter. Kevin says he is the longest reigning Universal Champion in history. After the Royal Rumble, he will still be the Universal Champion. Just like after Wrestlemania, he will be the Universal Champion, no matter who he faces. Seth Rollins’ music plays and he comes out and he said he heard people talking about the main event of Wrestlemania, but you cannot have that discussion without Seth Rollins. Seth says since he was on the shelf last year, there is no better way to get back into the main event than to win the Royal Rumble. Seth tells Paul and the Big Dog that anything can happen in the main event of Wrestlemania. Braun Strowman’s music plays and he comes to the ring. Before Braun can say anything, Brock Lesnar makes his way to the ring after doing the Brock Bounce. Sami Zayn attacks Braun Strowman from behind. Roman with a Superman Punch followed by a knee from Rollins and a Helluva Kick by Zayn. Lesnar attacks Roman and Rollins and Lesnar grabs Zayn and hits a German suplex. Lesnar wants Strowman and Braun gets on the apron, but he returns to the floor. Reigns with Superman punches to Lesnar, Jericho, and Owens. Lesnar gets up and hits an F5 on Reigns.
Backstage: Sami Zayn is with Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins. Sami talks about Kevin and Chris but he says that Braun is the focus of the team. He is like a house. He is big and fast and moves like a train. Sami says they need to throw smokescreens and then Roman cleans things up. Seth says he appreciates Sami’s enthusiasm but they have been here before. Sami throws out his fist and Roman and Seth walk away.
Chris Jericho, Kevin Owens, and Braun Strowman versus Sami Zayn, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns
Zayn goes after Strowman while Owens and Reigns brawl and Jericho and Rollins fight on the other side. It gets down to Reigns and Strowman in the ring and Strowman sends Reigns over the top rope to the floor. We are back and Jericho tags in and he punches Reigns. Owens punches and chokes Reigns while Jericho distracts the referee. Jericho slaps Reigns and Reigns does not appreciate it. Reigns with an uppercut and he sends Jericho into the corner and Zayn tags in. Sami with a chop and he sends Jericho into the turnbuckles and chops him. Zayn with a back breaker and moonsault. Owens tags in after Jericho backs Zayn into the corner. Owens punches Zayn and he taunts the crowd. Owens with a chop. Owens with knees to the back and a reverse chin lock. Owens with an enzuigiri for a near fall. Jericho tags in and kicks Zayn. Jericho with a belly-to-back suplex for a near fall. Jericho with a clothesline into the corner. Jericho goes up top and Zayn with a punch to the midsection as he comes off. Owens tags in and he keeps Zayn from making the tag and Owens with a short arm clothesline and Zayn gets his knees up on a back senton from Owens. Roman tags in and he punches Owens. Reigns with a flying clothesline and then he connects with NeverEnding Story in the corner. Reigns stops Jericho from interfering. Reigns with a thrust kick to Owens and he sets for the Superman punch but Jericho grabs the leg. Jericho is stopped by Rollins and Strowman sends Rollins into the ringside barrier.
Stephanie wants to talk about the rumor that Undertaker will be on Raw. She says if something is promised, they expect it. Stephanie reminds Mick about how Undertaker was last on Smackdown. Mick says he has no concrete evidence but he has a feeling that Undertaker will be here. Seth Rollins stops by and he tells Stephanie that he has entered the Royal Rumble. Braun Strowman says he wants Goldberg or Roman Reigns tonight . . . or else. Mick tells Braun that Goldberg isn’t here and Roman has a match . . .Seth says he can help Strowman and he punches Braun. Stephanie screams for security as they brawl. Officials come in and hold their hands out to stop Strowman and Seth. Stephanie says she will take care of this while Mick makes sure Undertaker is here.
Roman Reigns versus Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho for the United States Title
Before the match starts, Braun Strowman’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring. Reigns goes after Strowman and they punch each other. Owens and Jericho punch Reigns when he gets back into the ring. Strowman attacks Reigns and all three men kick Reigns. Owens with punches and kicks. Strowman with a boot to the ribs. Seth Rollins makes his way to the ring and he has a chair. Rollins throws the chair to Strowman and he hits a jumping round kick to Strowman. Rollins hits Owens and Jericho with the chair and then he goes after Strowman. Reigns hits Strowman with a chair and then Rollins and Reigns hit Strowman in the back with the chair. Stephanie McMahon makes her way onto the stage. She says this match will not end this way and Raw will not start this way. She promised a handicap match for the United States Championship. She says that so Roman does not have excuses when he loses, he will have his match later. If Seth wants a fight, he has one against Braun Strowman.
Braun Strowman versus Seth Rollins
Rollins with a drop kick and kicks and punches to Strowman. Strowman catches Rollins but Rollins gets to his feet to avoid a slam. Rollins clips Strowman a few times. Strowman sends Rollins to the mat and Rollins gets to the ropes. Strowman pulls Rollins up and Rollins lands on his feet and Strowman with a forearm to the back. Strowman with a splash into the corner and then he kicks Rollins in the chest. Strowman blocks a kick and hits a short arm clothesline. Rollins with punches but Strowman with a forearm and a hard Irish whip. Strowman with an elbow drop. Rollins grabs Strowman by the beard and hits a jaw breaker. Rollins with punches but Strowman sends Rollins to the apron. Rollins drops Strowman on the top rope. Rollins with clotheslines that have no effect. Rollins with kicks and Strowman with a choke slam. Strowman knocks Rollins off the apron and we go to commercial.