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
Non-Sanctioned Match: Triple H vs Seth Rollins
Triple H gets his usual awesome entrance, this time on a motorcycle with leather-clad Stephanie on a Triple H motorcycle with a police escort. Rollins makes his entrance, the bell rings, and we’re off: they trade right hands right off the bell, and Rollins knocks Triple H to the floor with a dropkick. Rollins goes out after him and hits a clothesline that sends both men over the barricade and into the crowd. Triple H charges and gets backdropped to the ringside area, then Rollins springboards off the barricade with a clothesline to Triple H. Rolins springboards back in, but Triple H grabs the leg on the way down, and Rollins hits him with an enziguiri. Rollins hits a dive through the ropes, then another. Back out to the floor, and Seth goes for a Pedigree on the announce table, but Triple H hits the knee and then a DDT onto the table.
Triple H gets a chair and wallops Seth’s knee with it, then does it again a second time. Back into the ring, and Triple H gets Rollins in a leglock. Rollins fights back and gives Triple H a Flatliner into the middle turnbuckle, but then he goes up and Triple H nails him and goes for a superplex. Rollins fights him off and goes for a sunset bomb, but he blows his knee out coming down. Triple H drags Seth up and unloads with right hands in the corner, but Rollins picks him up for a running powerbomb…and his knee goes out. Triple H goes for a Pedigree, Seth slips out and goes for his own, but lets it go and hits a Buckle Bomb instead. Seth knocks Triple H to the floor, goes to the top rope, hits a dive, but hurts his knee on the landing. Rollins rams Triple H from one ringpost to another, then throws a bunch of chairs in the ring, dumps Triple H back into the ring, and hits a frogsplash for 2. Rollins comes after Triple H with a chair, but Triple H kicks his knee out from under him and then hits a spinebuster. Triple H puts Seth’s leg in a chair and Pillmanizes his knee, then he goes to the top, but Rollins throws a chair in Triple H’s face and hits a superplex, rolls through, and hits a falcon arrow suplex for 2. Seth goes up to the top, but Stephanie distracts him and Triple H takes Rollins down and gets him in an inverted figure four. Rollins gets out and gets the Border City Stretch on Triple H, but Triple H punches the knee until Rollins releases the hold and rolls out to the floor. Continue Reading
Seth Rollins versus Chris Jericho
They lock up and Rollins with a take down out of the lock up. They lock up again and Jericho with a side head lock. Jericho with a shoulder tackle and he poses. Jericho with a wrist lock and Rollins with a reversal into an arm drag of his own into an arm bar. Rollins with an arm wringer followed by a boot to the head. Rollins with a punch and chops. Rollins with an Irish whip and Jericho gets a boot up. Jericho with a missile drop kick for a near fall. Jericho with a belly-to-back suplex and a Jericho cover for a near fall. Rollins with chops and punches. Jericho wtih a kick and he chops Rollins. Jericho slaps Rollins and he Irish whips Rollins but Seth with a clothesline out of the corner. Jericho goes to the floro and Rollilns with a knee to the temple off the apron. Rollins sends Jericho into the ringside barrier. Jericho gets the referee out of position and Jericho with a rake of the eyes and a clothesline. Jericho with chops. Jericho goes for a drop kick but Rollins catches Jericho and catapults him into the turnbuckles. Rollins is sent to the apron and he punches Jericho. Rollins goes for a springboard move but Jericho with a springboard drop kick to send Rollins to the floor.
Jericho punches Rollins when he gets back into the ring. Jericho with a quarter nelson and chin lock. Rollins chops and punches Jericho but Jericho with a drop kick for a near fall. Jericho chokes Rollins in the ropes. Jericho slaps Rollins in the face. Rollins slaps back. Rollins with a thrust kick and knee to the midsection. Jericho with a double leg take down and Rollins gets to the ropes. Jericho pulls Rollins out of the ropes and Rollins lands on his feet and Rollins with an enzuigiri. Jericho with a boot to Rollins when he charges into the corner. Rollins sends Jericho into the turnbuckles when Jericho goes for a bulldog and Jericho is in pain. Rollins with punches. Rollins with Slingblade and running forearm into the corner. Rollins with a second forearm and he goes to the turnbuckles and hits a Blockbuster for a near fall. Rollins with a kick and he tries for a Pedigree but Jericho with a back body drop and Rollins lands on his feet. Jericho goes for the Walls of Jericho and Rollins powers out of the hold. Jericho goes for a Lionsault and Rollins sends Jericho over the top rope to the floor. Rollins with a suicide dive onto Jericho. They return to the ring and Rollins goes for the springboard knee strike but Jericho moves and he gets Rollins in the Walls of Jericho. Rollins gets to the ropes and Jericho has to release the hold. Rollins goes to the apron and Jericho kicks Rollins. Jericho goes for the springboard drop kick but Rollins with an enzuigiri. Rollins with a frog splash that misses. Jericho hits the Lionsault and gets a near fall. Jericho kicks Rollins in the ropes. Rollins with a Falcon Arrow for a near fall.
Jericho and Rollins exchange forearms. Jericho with a kick and Rollins with a jumping knee. Rollins goes for the Pedigree but Jericho blocks it. Rollins goes for a power bomb but Jericho counters into a rana and he applies the Walls of Jericho. Rollins with an inside cradle for a near fall. Rollins sends Jericho to the apron and Jericho comes off and into a kick and Rollins with a super kick. Rollins with a frog splash but Rollins may have hurt himself more. Kevin Owens comes to the ring and Rollins with a forearm to knock Owens to the floor. Jericho with an inside cradle but he can only get a near fall because the referee was distracted by Owens. Rollins goes for the Pedigree and Jericho with a back body drop. Jericho yells at Owens and Rollins with a jumping knee but Rollins misses a splash. Jericho has a Codebreaker blocked and Rollins with a Pedigree for the three count.
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Men’s Elimination Match: Team Raw (Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, and Braun Strowman) vs Team Smackdown (AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton, and Shane McMahon)
The champions start off, and they go at it until all the other partners get in, and Rollins and Reigns start to team up against Team Smackdown. Shane tags in and cleans house, then AJ and Ambrose wind up working together to clear out the ring…but then they turn their attention on each other and start brawling. Shane McMahon tries to separate them, AJ nails Ambrose from behind, and Strowman comes in and hits a running powerslam to eliminate Ambrose.
Dean Ambrose has been eliminated.
Strowman drags Shane into the ring, and Shane unloads with a flurry of pounches, but Strowman is too big and crushes Shane with a splash in the corner. AJ tries for a Phenomenal forearm, but Strowman knocks him to the floor, then flattens Orton when he tries to come in. Bray Wyatt is in and goes face to face with Strowman, and Wyatt tells Strowman to attack Team Raw, and he goozles Jericho, then lets him go and clotheslines Wyatt’s had off. Strowman knocks Wyatt to the floor with a diving dropkick. Strowman goes after Wyatt and rams him into the ring apron. Orton gives Strowman an RKO into the announce table, then helps Wyatt up and they put Strowman on the table and Shane comes off the top rope with an elbowdrop to Strowman that sends them both through the table. The brawl continues on the floor, and AJ Styles dumps Shane back into the ring, but James Ellsworth holds Strowman’s foot from under the ring to prevent him from getting back in, and Strowman gets counted out.
Braun Strowman is eliminated.
Strowman beats Ellsworth up to the top of the ramp and tosses him off the stage into some production equipment before walking to the back. Owens is in the ring and working Shane over, does the Shane dance, and covers for 2. Jericho tags in and dropkicks Shane for 2, he goes for a Lionsault, but Shane gets the knees up and gets a small package on Jericho for 2. Jericho hits a Codebreaker on Shane, another on Randy Orton, and he covers Shane for 2. Rollins tags in and puts the boots to Shane, then Jericho tags in and comes off the top with a splash that misses, and Shane tags Styles in. Styles goes to work on Jericho and hits an over the knee neckbreaker for 2. Jericho blocks the Styles Clash and goes for the Walls of Jericho, Styles breaks free and gets the Calf Crusher, and Jericho rams AJ’s head into the mat and goes for the Walls again, Styles reverses to a small package, Styles unlaods with a series of strikes, nails Owens on the apron, goes for the Styles Clash, but Owens comes in and nails styles with Jericho’s list and hits him with Jericho’s list. He gives styles the pop-up powerbomb as the referee calls for the DQ. Continue Reading
Hell In A Cell Match: Kevin Owens vs Seth Rollins for the WWE Universal Championship
Owens goes right out to the floor looking for weapons, but Rollins follows him out and launches the attack, rams Owens into the cage, and dishes out a series of chops before sending him back into the cage. They go back inside and Rollins hits a slingblade! Nice! That only gets 2, so Rollins keeps the pressure up, hitting a snapmare and a running kick to the chest. Rollins yells at Owens that he’s the man around here, and he puts the boots to Owens in the corner, then hits a Blockbuster for 2. Rollins goes to the floor and gets a table from under the ring, sets it up on the floor, then rushes into the ring to go back after Owens, who quickly whips Rollins bad back-first into the corner and hits a series of sentons to the back for 2. Owens chokes Rollins with his boot and asks him who the man is now, then takes Rollins out to the floor and rams him face first into the cage before tearing the tape off of Rollins’ back. What a jerk! Rollins gets whipped back into the cage yet again, then into the ringpost. That back is taking quite a beating as Owens climbs the cage and yells at the fans at ringside. Owens dumps Rollins back into the ring and covers for 1, then drops another eblwo and covers for 2. Rollins fires back with some chops, but Owens hits a knee to the ribs and absolutely FIRES Rollins out through the ropes with so much velocity that he crashes headfirst into the cage before plummeting to the floor. Owens hits a series of corner clotheslines and a cannonball, and things are looking pretty bleak for one Seth Rollins. They’re on the floor now and Seth is slumped against the wall of the Cell, and Owens ups the ante by barreling into him with another cannonball. Owens sends Rollins back into the ring and sets for the pop-up powerbomb, Rollins slips out and goes for a Pedigree, Owens slips out, they trade superkicks, Rollins hits a Pelle kick, and Owens turns him inside out with a clothesline, and both men are down. What a fight! Owens sets up another table at ringside on a diagonal against the Cell on top of the first table (kind of hard to describe, as these things tend to be), and he asks Seth if he’s ready to go for a little ride, and Seth obviously is because he gives Owens on via a falcon arrow suplex onto the ring apron. Continue Reading