In Ring: Monday Night Raw opened with Elias inside the ring, waiting to perform. He stated he was the most valuable face in WWE and will be even more valuable after he captures the IC title at Money in the Bank. He reminded everyone that he attacked Seth Rollins last week and admitted he was pained, because he broke one of his favorite guitars. Elias began singing over footage of Rollins being hit with the guitar last week, knocking some local sports teams for good measure. Out came WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins. Elias wound up his guitar and dared Rollins to enter the ring, but instead the champion circled the ring. Rollins finally entered, but was jumped by Jinder Mahal. They worked over Rollins, who was saved by Roman Reigns. They brawled. Kurt Angle came out and declared there would be a tag team match tonight.
Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins vs. Jinder Mahal & Elias
Elias controlled Rollins early, including dropping him throat-first across the top rope for a two count. Rollins nailed a right hand but was prevented from tagging out. Elias worked over Rollins with a side headlock. Rollins went for a suplex, but Elias nailed him in the neck, which was still hurting from the guitar shot last week. Jinder tagged in but was tossed over the top. Roman made the hot tag and began working over Mahal in a preview of their PPV bout. Roman worked him over with right hands but was caught with a big boot while setting up for a spear. Elias tagged in but was kicked down by Roman. Elias went to the floor. Roman charged around the ring and went for the Driveby on Mahal, who was saved by Sunil Singh. That allowed Elias to catch Roman with a knee strike on the outside as they went to commercial.
When they returned from commercial, Mahal was working over Roman. He used a side headlock and nailed several knee drops. Mahal and Elias tagged in and out, mauling Roman. Rollins made the tag but Elias cheated and was able to score the pin on the IC Champ.
Winners: Elias & Jinder Mahal
In Ring: Elias was still in the ring asking the fans to shut their mouths. He said he would leave. The crowd chanted, “Leave.” Before anything could happen musically, out came WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins. They noted it was Rollins’ birthday. Elias remained in the ring and wasn’t happy about not being able to perform. They faced off. Elias finally walked off. It felt like a tease of something larger to come between the two.
WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins vs. Jinder Mahal
Rollins went right after Mahal, attacked him at the bell and drilling him with right hands. They battled at ringside as they went to commerical. Wjen they returned, Mahal was in control and suplexed Rollins over for a two count. The announcers noted that Mahal was focusing his attack on Rollins’ core. Mahal locked on an abdominal stretch. Rollins fought his way out and sent Mahal to the floor. Holding his ribs, Rollins nailed a dive to the outside. Back in the ring, Rollins came off the ropes with a Blockbuster for a two count. Mahal sent him up and over the ropes during a charge in the corner. Mahal caught him with a gutbuster and scored a two count. Jinder went for the Colossus, but Rollins blocked. He went for the stomp but it was blocked. Rollins nailed a kick to the face and scored with the Falcon’s Arrow, scoring a two count. Sunil Singh interfered and was thrown out by the referee.
That distraction allowed Mahal to nail Rollins in the ribs with a steel chair but Rollins still kicked out. The crowd chanted for Rollins as he nailed an enziguiri. Sunil returned but Rollins pulled him into the ring and hit a BuckleBomb on him, sending him into Jinder in the corner. Everyone was down, exhausted. No DQ on Jinder, despite Suni returning. Rollins saw the chair that Jinder hit him with and decided to wallop Jinder with it several times. Rollins was disqualified.
Winner: Jinder Mahal (DQ)
After the match: Rollins chased Jinder up the aisle, drilling him with the chair again and again. Sunil tried to intervene but was laid out with the chair. Rollins stood on the announcers’ table, posing for the crowd. Elias returned from the back and drilled Rollins from behind with his guitar, sending Rollins crashing off the stage to the floor below as they went to commercial. When they returned from commercial, Seth Rollins was on a stretcher but was asking the EMTs and the WWE officials to give him a minute so he could leave on his own. You could hear fans so concerned they were singing Happy Birthday to him. Rollins finally pulled himself up and was walked out with the assistance of Jamie Noble Goulet and Adam Pearce Garea.
Jinder sends Roman into the ringside barrier and apron. Mahal kicks Roman in the ring and punches Roman. Owens joins in and he works over Roman. Seth Rollins’ music plays and he makes his way to the ring and he punches Mahal and Owens. Rollins punches Sunil as well as he continues to make the save for Roman.
Jinder Mahal and Kevin Owens versus Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins
Rollins with chops to Mahal as the match is joined in progress. Mahal with a shoulder tackle. Rollins with a drop kick. Rolilns with a pescado onto Mahal. Roman tags in and Seth with a forearm in the corner followed by a clothesline from Roman for a near fall. Roman with punches but Mahal with an elbow and Owens tags in. Owens kicks Roman. Mahal tags back in and he kicks Roman. Mahal with a reverse chin lock. Mahal with an elbow to the top of the head and Mahal with a half nelson and chin lock. Mahal backs Roman into the corner and connects with shoulders while Owens is tagged in. Owens with punches. Owens with a reverse chin lock. Owens with a kick but Roman with a clothesline and both men are down. Mahal tries to interfere but he is sent to the floor by Roman. Mahal pulls Rollins off the apron as Seth tries to make the tag. Mahal sends Rollins into the ringside barrier while Owens hits a cannonball and gets a near fall.
We are back and Mahal with a chop and he sends Roman into the corner. Owens tags in and he punches Roman. Owens with a shoulder in the corner. Owens with punches to Roman as he taunts Rollins on the apron. Roman with punches but Owens with a drop toe hold. Owens with cross faces to Roman followed by a kick to the ribs and he gets a near fall. Owens with a rear chin lock into a reverse chin lock. Roman gets Owens on his shoudlers for a moment but Owens escapes. Reigns with a boot to the head and both men are down. Mahal and Rollins tag in and Rollins with a springboard clothesline to Mahal followed by an elbow. Continue Reading
Kevin Owens versus Seth Rollins for the Intercontinental Title
Owens with a kick and forearms followed by punches. Owens with a chop and kicks. The referee warns Owens and Owens with punches to the midsection. Owens with shoulders in the corner followed by an Irish whip. Rollins comes out of the corner with a clothesline and then he chops and punches Owens. Rollins with kicks in the corner as the referee makes his count. Rollins with a chop. Owens goes to the floor on an Irish whip. Rollins punches Owens off the apron and Rollins goes for a suicide dive but Owens catches Rollins on his shoulders and he sends Rollins into the ring post. Owens stretches Rollins with his knee in Seth’s back. Owens with a knee to the midsection and he gets Rollins on his shoulders but Rollins gets back to his feet and he sends Kevin to the floor when Owens charges at him. Owens pulls Rollins to the floor and kicks him. Rollins avoids the power bomb on the apron and gets onto the apron. Owens with a kick and Rollins blocks a power bomb. Rollins with a punch and boot.
Rollins with a Falcon Arrow onto the apron and both men fall to the floor. Both men get back in at nine. Owens with a head butt and Rollins with a punch. Owens with a forearm to the back. Rollins with punches and chops. Owens with a knee to stop Rollins. Rollins moves and Owens goes to the floor. Rollins with a suicide dive and then he hits a second one. Rollins sends Owens back into the ring and he hits a springboard clothesline. Rollins with a running forearm and a boot when Owens charges at him. Rollins with a Blockbuster for a near fall. Rollins sets for the V Trigger but Owens escapes. Owens with a DDT for a near fall. Owens stomps on Rollins’ hand and then he sets for a pop up power bomb but Rollins lands on his feet. Rollins lands on his feet on a back body drop. Rollins misses Black Out. Owens with a super kick but Rollins with an enzuigiri. Owens with a clothesline for a near fall. Continue Reading