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.
We see Seth Rollins outside the arena earlier today. He says this is the feeling of inevitability. We are six days away from him proving that he is the man. We are six days away from the inevitable becoming reality when he becomes the first Universal Champion. He has to deal with Finn Balor tonight, or maybe he should say The Demon King. Seth says he will call out the Demon King now. Seth laughs and he says it was just what he thought. The Demon King was scared to find the man so the man will find the Demon King.
Backstage: Seth Rollins is looking for Demon King in the back. Seth asks a few people if they have seen him. Seth asks Neville if he has seen the Demon King. Neville tells Seth he may think he is ready for the Demon King, but Neville has been in the ring with him and Seth is not ready.
Backstage: Seth Rollins enters the office and he says he has been looking for the Demon King and he has not found him. Seth says he has looked everywhere and he has more important things to do than look for the Demon King. Seth says he should get the night off. Mick says he has a suggestion. Before Seth takes the night off, Mick says that Seth should call The Demon King out from the ring . . .unless you are scared. Seth says he is not scared so he will go to the ring and call him out.
Seth Rollins is in the ring. He says he has never been more insulted in his entire life. Last week Finn Balor gave us a history lesson about the Demon King and for what? Seth says he could not find the Demon King anywhere. Seth tells CNN, ESPN, Fox News, Jonathan Stewart, and Jonathan Coachman to get ready to sink their teeth into what he is about to day. There is nothing and no one that can stop him from becoming the first WWE Universal Champion. He promises you that. Seth says he is on another level right now. He looked all over for the Demon King. Seth says he will give the Demon King one more chance to come to the ring to face him.
Seth says that Finn Balor is trying to intimidate him because he is afraid of Seth. Finn will end up like everyone else who got into the ring with him. If he wasn’t Seth Rollins, he would be afraid of himself. This is just another chapter in the book of Rollins. The Demon King will not come out to the ring to look into his eyes because he will see something more horrifying than he could ever imagine. He tells Finn he has nowhere to run or nowhere to hide.
Something shows up at ringside and Seth wonders if that was the Demon King. He is nowhere to be found. At the end of the day, the Demon King will have no choice but to bow down. The lights flicker until the finally go out and it leads to Finn Balor’s entrance. Finn Balor appears and he is in full Demon regalia. Balor and Rollins go face to face. Rollins and Balor exchange punches and Balor with a kick to the temple. Rollins with an enzuigiri and Balor with a Pele kick and running drop kick into the corner. Balor goes up top but Rollins goes to the floor. Balor goes to the mat and then hits a plancha onto Rollins.
Seth Rollins makes his way to the ring to talk. Seth says the New Era is upon us and it has been quite the learning experience. Even the great Seth Rollins has learned a thing or two. Seth mentions Finn Balor, his SummerSlam opponent. He followed Finn’s career and he knew a lot about him. He knew that Finn was a cheap knockoff of himself. Finn is the Jared Leto to his Heath Ledger. Seth says he was forced to re-evaluate his opinion of Finn Balor.
We take a look back at Seth and Finn from last week. So Finn is athletic and agile. We knew that. He is an effective striker, but a normal man would still be out on the mat after that attack, but Seth is not a normal man. Seth says he does not want to talk about himself because we all know how great he is. He wants to talk about Finn Balor.
Seth says Finn Balor is not his real name. He combined other words to come up with Finn Balor. Seth says to call yourself Famous Warrior Demon King would be like calling yourself Rambo Apocalypse. Now that we know what his name means, he wants to know more about Finn. He says Finn is one of the most disrespectful people he ever met. Seth says that this is his show and his ring. Finn got right in his face and talked to him like an arrogant person. Finn told Seth he was going to beat him for the WWE Universal Title. You have won two matches in WWE and the people you beat are no joke, but they are no Seth Rollins. You disrespect him with your arrogance and ignorance. Finn told Seth the title opportunity was handed to him, but Seth reminds us that he came back from a career threatening injury in record time to win the WWE Title. Seth says he is not arrogant because he knows his place in the WWE. Right at the very top. He is not ignroant because he does not need to surround himself with myth and legend and smoke and mirrors. Seth says he is the myth, the legend, and the man.
In two hundred years when people sit with the children around the fire, they will talk about Seth riding in on his horse to slay the Demon. They will talk about him destroying the Roman Empire. He will add to his legend when he beats Finn Balor to become the first WWE Universal Champion.