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
Anderson and Gallows attack Colin as they go to the ring and then Anderson and Gallows attack Enzo. Samoa Joe emerges and then Anderson and Gallows hit Magic Killer on Enzo. Seth Rollins comes out and he goes after Anderson and Gallows before punching Joe. Gallows and Anderson triple team Rollins, but Colin fights back into the ring. Officials check on Enzo as we go to commercial. We are back and Kurt Angle announces that he has a replacement for Enzo Amore and it is…Finn Balor.
Finn Balor, Colin Cassady, and Seth Rollins versus Samoa Joe, Karl Anderson, and Luke Gallows
Balor does his usual entrance so Anderson, Gallows, and Joe attack Rollins and Cassady. Finn gets to the ring and we get Colin and Luke in the ring so the match officially starts. Colin with an Irish whip and he hits a splash and follows with a fallaway slam. Rollins tags in and he goes to the turnbuckles and punches Gallows and then Balor tags in and he connects with forearms and hits a drop kick. Gallows with a punch and Anderson tags in and he kicks Finn. Anderson with a sunset flip and Balor rolls through and hits a drop kick.
Joe tags in and gives Balor an Irish whip followed by a running back elbow and enzuigiri. Joe with jabs to Balor followed by an elbow to the head. Anderson tags in and he punches Balor. Anderson with an arm bar. Anderson with a back breaker and he gets a near fall. Gallows tags in and he connects with a series of punches. Gallows with a hammer lock. Gallows with a knee and Irish whip but he runs into a boot. Gallows with a side slam as Balor charges at him. Gallows with a thrust kick to Colin on the apron. Balor moves when Gallows goes for an elbow drop. Rollins and Anderson tag in and Rollins with clotheslines and a blockbuster followed by sling blade. Anderson pushes Rollins towards Gallows and Rollins with a boot to Anderson followed by an enzuigiri to Gallows. Colin with a running boot to knock Gallows off the apron. Rollins wants Joe and Anderson tries to attack Rollins from behind. Rollins throws Anderson to the floor and hits a suicide dive. Balor with a drop kick after Joe tries to attack Rollins on the apron. Rollins with a drop kick off the turnbuckles and then he sets for the pedigree but decides to hit an accordion knee to the head and he gets the three count.
Winners: Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, and Colin Cassady
Seth Rollins came out for commentary for Chris Jericho vs. Samoa Joe.
After the match: Joe took the mic and called out Rollins. He said, “Behind the mighty kingslayer.” He asked Seth if he remembered what it sounded like when Joe debuted. Joe said it was the sound of Rollins’ ligaments and joints breaking as he begged for mercy. Joe said that was just business because Seth was the chosen target to his benefactor, Triple H. Joe said that he cared about his clientele and he’s going to take out Seth for what he did to HHH and his wife, Stephanie McMahon. Joe said that it’s going to be very personal.
Rollins stepped atop the announcing table and said of course it’s personal. Joe tried to end his career. He said in two weeks, Payback is going to be a bitch.
Seth Rollins makes his way to the ring. Seth says it feels good to be out here again. He did not know if he would be able to stand in the ring on his own two feet to talk to you again. He did everything to get ready for Wrestlemania and he could not think about ‘after’ Wrestlemania. Seth says he was in more pain after Wrestlemania than any time before. Physically he was messed up, but emotionally and mentally, he was at peace because he left it all in the ring and he did it. Seth says we did it. They slayed the King of Kings. Seth says he wants to take this opportunity to step back.
Seth says thank you for giving him a second chance and having his back. He says Wrestlemania was not the finish line. They are just getting started on Raw. He says he has some scores against Samoa Joe. He wants to get his hands on the Universal Title. Based on what happened at Wrestlemania, he might not get those opportunities. We see footage from the end of Seth’s match with Triple H at Wrestlemania when Stephanie interfered in the match and got sent through a table. The crowd chants ‘Thank You Seth’. Seth says he does not think he will be named Employee of the Month. He says that Stephanie does not handle failure well. She will come back and she will have to see Seth’s face and it will remind her of her failure and her husband’s defeat. If he is not already public enemy number one, he will probably move up the list. Seth says maybe he should go to Smackdown because that is the easy way out. Deal with Shane instead of Stephanie. Seth says he took the easy way out once before and he won’t do it again. If you want to ship him to Tuesday night, you better get an army because he is not leaving without a fight.
Kurt Angle’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring. Kurt tells Seth he is going to be straight up with him. It’s true, Stephanie made it clear she wants you gone. If they had this discussion two weeks ago before Wrestlemania, you would be gone. At Wrestlemania, he saw something special. Kurt says Seth was the one legged man who won an ass kicking contest. Kurt says he is not here to play politics. His show has Seth Rollins. Kurt says that as long as he is the general manager, Seth has a home on Raw. Kurt leaves the ring and Samoa Joe attacks Rollins. Kurt tries to separate the two men and it is not too successful. Joe with a head butt but Seth with an enzuigiri and super kick.