Seth Rollins’ music plays and he makes his way to the ring. Seth tells Cole to leave the ring. Rollins introduces Finn. He says Finn is a former NXT Champion. He wasn’t the first one because that was Seth Rollins. He says Finn was picked in the first round, but he wasn’t the first overall pick. Last week, Finn shocked the world when he pinned Roman Reigns. Seth says that was admirable and he had a career threatening injury and came back on his first night back and beat Roman Reigns for the WWE Title. He calls Finn a cheap remake of Seth Rollins. Finn says some of the things you say are true. You were the first to do some of those things. Finn says he will beat Seth at SummerSlam and become the first WWE Universal Champion.
Seth says that Finn is funny, but he is not a comedian. That is like expecting the Braves to win the World Series. He tells Finn he has beaten a lot of people and NXT would not be where it is today without Finn Balor. Seth tells Finn this is his show and this is his ring. He tells Finn that he is the man.Balor says that he has been watching Seth for a while and he thought Seth’s laugh was bad, but hearing it live is annoying. He says that everywhere he has been, someone said they were the man. Finn says he beat that person to be the man. Seth says you have never faced anyone like him. He is stronger, faster, and the most resiliant in the industry. If you want an idea, get on the WWE Network and watch his sweet special. Maybe he can watch when Seth faces Sami Zayn and makes an example of him. Finn says there is one thing that is different about them. Finn says he earned his title match while Seth had it handed to him. Seth says he has never had anything handed to him. He will be handed the WWE Universal Title when he beats Finn. Finn says the only thing that Seth will have handed to him is his ass. Seth tries to punch Finn but Finn blocks it and Finn with a Pele Kick and Seth goes to the floor.
Sami Zayn versus Seth Rollins
They lock up and Rollins backs Zayn into the corner and Rollins punches and kicks Zayn instead of giving a clean break. Rollins punches Zayn and chops him. Zayn leaps over Rollins and hits a single leg drop kick. Zayn with chops. Rollins goes to the floor and Zayn follows Rollins to the floor. Rollins with a kick and punch. Rollins Irish whips Zayn to the ringside barrier and Zayn leaps onto the barrier and hits a quebrada. Zayn sends Rollins into the ring and Rollins rolls to the floor. Rollins with a knee to Zayn and then he sends Zayn into the ringside barrier a few times. Rollins with a knee drop as they return to the ring.
Seth walks into the arena and he says night after night he walked down the stairs with Roman and Dean, thinking they would rule the world. They were just pawns on his way to becoming WWE Champion. He stayed two steps ahead. He kept Dean around to take the beatings and he kept Roman around to dish out the beatings. Then he became the champion and then his knee gave out carrying the company. Roman stepped in and took over. How will the people react to Roman? He will never be the same again
Dean Ambrose is a thief and a coward. He fought harder than anyone to get back to the top. He won the title back and then Dean came up from behind and stole the title from him. Seth says he always wanted to push Dean and Roman from behind. Tonight, he gets to put an end to Dean’s fairy tale dream as champion. When he tumbles and falls as far as he can go, Seth will pick up the title belt and walk into Battleground and show everyone that he was always the man.
Dean Ambrose versus Seth Rollins for the WWE Championship
They lock up and Rollins with a waist lock and hammer lock. Dean with a drop toe hold and snap mare for a near fall. Rollins goes to the apron. Rollins returns to the ring and Ambrose with a wrist lock but Rollins reverses. Ambrose with a hammer lock into a side head lock take down. Rollins with a top wrist lock into a side head lock. Rollins with a shoulder tackle but Ambrose with arm drags and Rollins goes to the floor. Rollins gets back into the ring and he kicks and punches Ambrose. Rollins with kicks in the corner. Ambrose wtih a cross body but Rollins with a kick. Rollins with a kick and Ambrose clotheslines Rollins over the top rope to the floor. Ambrose goes to the floor and he hits a side Russian leg sweep into the ringside barrrier. Rollins with a kick and he tries to send Dean back into the ring but Dean spins on the apron and hits a clothesline. Ambrose with an elbow off the apron as we go to commercial.
Backstage: Seth says Vince is here to see him. He says he is the face of the future and the number one draft pick. Seth says he knows they don’t want him to talk about Roman Reigns, but he has footage for everyone to see. Shane says that is perfect for the Ambrose Asylum and Stephanie does not like that idea. Seth says he has some talk show history and he almost replaced Jon Stewart on the Daily Show. He suggests the Rollins Report. He says Roman does not care what people think about him. He says it will be great. Seth leaves and Shane says it is all on her.
In Ring: it is time for Seth Rollins and the Rollins Report. Seth says he hopes everyone is ready because he has a scoop for everyone. He tells Anderson Cooper and Bill O’Reilly to watch out and he tells Jon Stewart to stay retired because he is the hottest investigative reporter out there. He says he has obtained exclusive footage of a one on one sit down interview with Roman Reigns where he asks the tough questions. We go to Seth ‘interviewing’ Roman earlier today. He asks Roman if he is disappointed that the WWE Universe knows that he is a liar, a cheater, and a disgrace. Roman says he is here to represent his family and the company. He is not here for second place. Seth says he expected Roman to show some remorse, but he appears proud of what he did. Roman laughs and he says he went all in and it is what it is. Seth asks Roman if he should be in the Triple Threat Match at Battleground and Roman says no. He is asked if he will be a terrible role model and he says he will do it as long as he has breath in his lungs. Seth asks Roman how he feels about Dean Ambrose as WWE Champion. Roman says the majority of him wants to puke. Seth says this proves that Roman shouldn’t be in the match at Battleground and he deserves a one on one match. Dean Ambrose’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring while JBL wonders how can Dean do this. Dean tells Seth that was good and he liked that Seth pulled the stick out of his butt to have some fun.
Seth says that Dean’s championship reign is a joke to him. He says Dean snuck up and stole the title from him at Money in the Bank. Seth says that Dean stole his life. He calls Dean a coward and says he cannot beat him one on one. Seth reminds Dean he held the title the entire year and Dean tried and tried and tried to take the title from him and he failed. No one could beat him for that title. You are afraid and now you won’t give him the one on one rematch. You would rather have Roman to team up on him and then sneak up and take the title from Roman. You can have your plan all you want. It will be about what it has always been about. It will be about who is the best. Who is the best member of the Shield. At Battleground, he will prove what he has known all along. He was better before the Shield, he was better during the Shield, and he will prove that he is better when they meet at Battleground. He says he will stomp on Dean’s dreams and take back his title at Battleground.
Seth walks past Dean as he goes to the ring for his match. Dean looks from the stage and he thinks about what to do next. Dean goes to the ring as his music plays and Dean goes to the announce table to do commentary for Seth’s match.
Seth Rollins versus Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler goes for the leg and Rollins gets to the ropes. Rollins with a back elbow to the head. Ziggler with a waist lock into a side head lock and rollup for a near fall. Rollins goes to the floor. Rollins gets back into the ring and they go to a test of strength. Rollins with a waist lock but Ziggler with a head lock> Ziggler gets a series of near falls and Rollins goes to the floor again. Rollins has comments for Ambrose before he goes back to the ring. Rollins with a kick and double sledge to the back followed by kicks and punches. Rollins wants to make sure that Ambrose is watching as he slams Ziggler. Ziggler with a drop kick and he sets for a super kick but Rollins goes to the floor when he sees it coming. Ziggler chases Rollins on the floor and drops him on the top rope. Rollins with an enzuigiri to knock Ziggler off the apron and to the floor.
We are back and Rollins taunts Ziggler but Ziggler punches back. Rollins stops Ziggler and goes up top. Ziggler leaps up and he hits a super face buster for a near fall. Rollins kicks Ziggler and tries for the buckle bomb but Ziggler lands on his feet. Ziggler with clotheslines and the Stinger Splash followed by the neck breaker and leaping elbow drop. Ziggler gets a near fall. Ziggler sets up for the super kick but Rollins blocks it and Ziggler lands on his feet on a suplex attempt. Rollins with a back heel kick and he gets a near fall. Rollins with a super kick for a near fall. Rollins waits for Ziggler to get up for the springboard knee but Ziggler moves. Rollins blocks a hesitation DDT but Ziggler gets a rollup for a near fall. Ziggler with a super kick for a near fall. Rollins misses a round kick and Ziggler hits the hesitation DDT but Rollins holds the ropes on the Zig Zag attempt. Rollins with a Pedigree for the three count.
Winner: Seth Rollins
After the match: Seth Rollins gets on the announce table and he says that unlike the Guy, Seth says he leaves no controversy over who is the best. Day in and day out he works harder than anyone. He will not let Roman Regins tarnish his legacy. Roman’s career is a joke. He needs to be taken out of the match at Battleground so he can get his one-on-one rematch. Roman should not be in the draft.
Roman is supposed to be a role model for everybody, but you are just like he is. You always cut corners, you cheat, and lie to get to the promised land. None of you have worked a day in your stinking lives. Dean gets up on the Spanish Announce Table. Seth tells Dean he is the one who is crazy. He tells Dean that he stole his title from him and that is his life. He will do the same thing at Battleground and he will beat Dean and Roman to take back his title. Dean says nah, he can have it right now. Dean tosses Seth the belt and Dean punches Rollins. Dean slams Rollins’ head into the announce table and then he sends Rollins over the Spanish Announce Table and he hits the double underhook DDT on the announce table.
Seth Rollins makes his way to the ring. Seth says in four weeks at Battleground, you will get the match you have always dreamt of. A Triple Threat match with the members of the Shield for the WWE Championship. Seth starts talking about Roman Reigns. He says he is not supposed to talk about Roman Reigns, but he has a mic and he is in the center of the ring so he wants to talk about it. He says the biggest mistake that Roman Reigns made embarassed him. Bringing him into the fold and then Roman getting suspended soiled his name. Then Roman makes a statement that same day. He has it put on the TitanTron. Seth says it is ridiculous that Roman Reigns is apologizing because he never apologized before. It was always one versus all so you have no friends. What about the fans? You said you were THE GUY. At least you admit you made a mistake. Seth mentions the “I Own It” comment. It is manly to own up after the fact. The bottom line is that he owns Roman. He says he always owned Roman. He owned him at Wrestlemania and then at Money in the Bank. Seth says that Roman does not deserve a second chance or forgiveness. He does not deserve to be in the main event of Battleground. The right thing to do is to take Roman Reigns out of that match and give him the one-on-one rematch with Dean Ambrose for the WWE Title that he rightfully deserves. Dean Ambrose makes his way to the ring. Dean asks Seth if he is okay. He says he looks a little sick. He wants to know if it is about Roman or if it is about Dean having the title. Dean says Roman made a mistake. Dean says he was friends wtih Seth and that is a huge mistake. Dean says that Seth wears skinny jeans and that is a mistake. Roman admitted he made a mistake and Dean says as far as he is concerned the Triple Threat Match is still on.
AJ Styles makes his way to the ring. He says that Dean is on to things. AJ says it should remain a Triple Threat Match. Dean Ambrose versus Seth Rollins versus AJ Styles. AJ says he is the guy who beat John Cena in a dream match. Take out Roman Reigns and put him in and that resolves the situation. Dean says he thinks Roman is still in the match. AJ says why not put him in and make it a Fatal Four Way Match. Seth says it needs to be a one on one match. John Cena’s music plays and he comes out. John says that Dean Ambrose is a fighting champ. He will fight a friend, he will fight a foe, he will fight a frog? Will he fight a franchise? John points out he has been the champion fifteen times and he had his first match in the WWE fourteen years ago. For the last twelve years, he has lived in Tampa. He says he has been sitting in traffic on the Veterans Expressway and was acting Funky Like a Monkey on South Howard Avenue. John reminds Dean the last time they wrestled, he won. Why not make it a Fatal Five Way. Seth says it is going to be a one on one match.
Stephanie McMahon makes her way to the stage. Stephanie says that she has a solution. What happened to Roman Reigns was an embarassment, but the bigger embarassment is that Dean Ambrose is the World Champion. She is mortified. How do we reconcile this? She is going to ask Shane . . . but he is not here again because he is on vacation. John and AJ, that is a good idea to add you into the match, but an opportunity like that needs to be earned. Seth Rollins will face John Cena. AJ will face Dean Ambrose. If you win your matches, you will be added to the title match at Battleground. She wishes everyone but Dean luck tonight.