Backstage Kane is in the back on the phone. When he got off, Seth Rollins was there. Seth wants to be friends. Kane brings up all Seth has done to him, and they bicker back and forth. Kane points out if Rollins loses, he loses his job. But, Kane gets what he wants to as Seth would lose his Title. He said it may finally make a man out of him, which he what has been trying to do all along. Kane said he likes his job, but he doesn’t need it. He still isn’t sure what he will do tonight. Rollins tells Kane that if he does anything to cost him the belt, losing his job will be the least of his concerns. Then the stooges stepped forward, Kane looked down at them and laughed.
Randy Orton vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins in a Fatal 4-Way for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Everyone brawled at the bell. Ambrose hit a dive on Orton and Rollins but was attacked by J&J Security. Roman hit a big dive onto everyone. It came down to Orton and Ambrose in the ring and they had some great exchanges. They ended up on the outside as Rollins and Roman battled. Ambrose returned to the fray and now now it was Rollins getting worked over by his former Shield bretheren.
Ambrose nailed a short arm clothesline. Kane pulled Roman out of the ring and slammed him into the ringside barricade. Ambrose attacked him but was laid out. J&J Security attacked Orton and Kane jumped in.
This left Rollins in the ring to work over Ambrose and try to score the pin. Rollins scored with a flying knee for another two count. Rollins continued to work ove Ambrose, nailing a Bucklebomb and a kick for a two count. Ambrose made a comeback and went for Dirty Deeds but Kane hit the ring and chokeslammed him. Rollins covered Ambrose for a two count.
Orton pulled Kane off the apron, setting him up for a Roman apron dropkick. Rollins avoided the Orton powerslam but was nailed with an exploder for a two count. Rollins nailed him and went to the top but was caught and hit with a superplex for a two count.
Orton cleaned house on the floor and set up the announcer’s table to put Rollins through it. Rollins slammed Orton into the apron. The challengers all battled amongst themselves on the floor until The Shield opted to work together to beat down Orton and nail the triple power bomb through the table. Baltimore went nuts for this.
Rollins tried to at like they were reunited but the others weren’t interested and began beating the hell out of him. That was great. Ambrose and Rollins decided to do the same to Rollins and cleared out the other table. Before they could do it, Kane attacked. They overwhelmed Kane, then powerbombed him on top of Rollins, who was on top of the table, which didn’t break. Sheesh. The crowd chanted for another. Roman and Ambrose obliged and this time, the table shattered.
Backstage: Triple H told Kane to track down Luke Harper and Dean Ambrose because they are loose on the streets of Chicago. It’d be hilarious if they end up at the comic convention CM Punk is signing at. Seth Rollins showed up and HHH told them they needed to get on the same page. Rollins questioned his actions at Smackdown where he was tossed into a Roman Reigns spear. Kane said he was protecting him and he’s been acting like an ungrateful Punk since his won the title. HHH told them to calm down and said Seth does have a point. HHH said Kane has spent a lot of time lately (you know, like the last two weeks) trying to prove to the world he is the man he used to be. HHH said he doesn’t want anything to fall between the cracks and that he won’t regret making Kane the gatekeeper. Kane promised he would do what’s best for business.
WWE World Heavyweight champion Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton: Steel Cage Match, RKO is Banned, Kane is The GateKeeper
No J&J Security when Rollins came out.
They circled each other at the bell but Rollins then tried to scramble up the cage but failed. Orton worked him over but Rollins came back to nail a series of kicks in the corner. He whipped Orton into the buckles but Orton came charging out with a big clothesline. Rollins tried to escape but was pulled back into the ring.
Orton worked over Rollins and whipped him with authority into the buckles, sending him upside down. Randy stomped Seth and catpaulted him into the buckles but Seth landed and tried to climb out. Randy nailed him and drilled him with punches in the corner. Rollins, underneath, grabbed Orton and nailed a bucklebomb for a two count.
Rollins ordered Kane to open the door. Kane obliged but Orton cut him off. Seth rolled him up for a two count. Rollins maintained control and sent Orton into the cage several times. With Orton down, Rollins climbed to the top of the cage, only for Orton to meet him and bring him back down. Orton sent Rollins into the ropes but was caught and slammed down as Rollins rebounded. Continue Reading
@JoeyStyles: In an interesting series of twists, champion Seth Rollins chose to have Randy Orton’s outta nowhere RKO banned and the challenger chose a Steel Cage Match so The Authority could not interfere. Orton can use something else to beat Rollins, but Rollins can’t use somebody else to help him because his new adversary Kane will make sure of it, right? Wrong! I don’t buy that Kane is fed up with being The Authority’s hired muscle. I think Triple H having to keep the peace between Rollins and Kane is a ruse. As WWE’s longest tenured Superstar, Kane knows that you grin and bear whatever position The Authority gives you. When it seems that Orton is about to take the WWE World Heavyweight Championship from The Authority-installed Rollins, Kane will interject himself into the Steel Cage Match (which has no disqualifications) and personally see that Rollins remains champion. WINNER: Seth Rollins
Anthony Benigno: If this were just a regular Steel Cage Match minus the RKO, I’d go with Orton. The Viper’s got the deeper arsenal, more experience in these sorts of matches, plus, he’s got the dreaded punt in his back pocket. However, this match will hinge on Kane’s status as keeper of the keys for the steel cage. The Director of Operations has been on the outs with Rollins for some time now, and no amount of smoothing-over on the part of Triple H seems to have swayed him from his general disdain for the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. He’s still an Authority employee, though, so expect this match to go much as Rollins’ Money in the Bank victory did: The Architect will earn the win on the shoulders of The Devil’s Favorite Demon. WINNER: Seth Rollins
Scott Taylor: Despite the uncertainty surrounding Kane’s role as “gatekeeper,” I have no doubt that Seth Rollins has plans B, C and D ready to go. The WWE World Heavyweight Champion didn’t get to where he is without outsmarting the competition along the way. WINNER: Seth Rollins
Matthew Artus: As one of two Extreme Rules grapplers whose experience at this event dates back to its ECW One Night Stand days, Randy Orton feels like an obvious choice. However, the banned RKO and Seth Rollins’ record of escaping cagey confines due to unannounced guests (Bray Wyatt or Brock Lesnar, anyone?) put the odds in favor of The Authority’s golden boy. WINNER: Seth Rollins
@HowardFinkel: Getting the RKO banned was smart strategy from Rollins. But you can’t downgrade Orton’s chances of winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship just due to that. Orton’s got Rollins exactly where he wants him — in the cage — and you know how that can go. I am also curious as to what frame of mind Kane will be in this Sunday as gatekeeper of the cage. Regardless, I look for Rollins to eke out a victory and retain his championship. WINNER: Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins: 5, Randy Orton: 0
Seth Rollins’ music hits, and Rollins gets a nice pop from the crowd as he makes his way to the ring flanked by J and J Security. Of course Rollins has got his Money in the Bank briefcase in hand.
Randy Orton is out next, and Orton gets a great reaction from the crowd as Cole notes that this is the 12 straight WrestleMania for Orton.
Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins
The bell rings and Rollins and Orton begin circling each other. Rollins avoids a lockup with Orton and grins at the Viper. Orton locks in a headlock, and Rollins is able to turn things around. Orton tosses Rollins off, and Rollins connects with a shoulderblock. Rollins misses a dropkick, landing on his feet, and he eats a dropkick from Orton. Orton teases an RKO, but Rollins bails to the outside. Rollins heads into the ring, and leaps over Orton to the apron while Orton follows. Rollins grabs Orton’s head and drops his throat across the top rope before beating him down in the corner.
Orton’s quick to come back with a series of huge forearms. Orton mounts Rollins in the corner and hits a couple of punches before Rollins grabs Orton and executes the buckle bomb. Orton pops right out of it and hits a big clothesline. J and J Security get involved, but Orton knocks them both from the apron, and puts them back up for a double suspension DDT to the floor, wiping out both Noble and Mercury. Rollins leaps through the ropes to wipe out Orton out of nowhere. Rollins brings Orton back into the ring for a quick near fall.
Rollins stomps on Orton in the corner before choking him with his boot. Rollins picks up Orton for a snap suplex, floating over into the cover for two. Rollins goes right for a rear chin lock, and Orton is quick to fight out of it, head butting and punching Rollins. Orton whips Rollins into the corner, but Rollins hits an STO into the corner, planting Orton’s face on the middle turnbuckle. Rollins hits a leaping forearm in the corner before hitting Randy with a couple of strikes to the midsection. Rollins charges Orton in the corner, but he’s backdropped to the apron. Rollins goes for a springboard, but Orton avoids it and hits a series of clotheslines. Rollins tries to score with a curb stomp, but Orton turns it into a powerslam.
Orton beats on Rollins in the corner, and Rollins tries to hit the STO into the corner again, but Orton grabs Rollins and executes an exploder suplex that sends him across the ring. Orton tries for the suspension DDT, but Rollins fights out of it and enzugiri’s Orton to the floor. Rollins hits an asai moonsault, catching Orton and going back first right into the announcer’s table.
Rollins brings things back into the ring, heading to the top rope. Rollins is cut off by Orton, who crotches Rollins, then heads up after him. Rollins tries to fight of the superplex, beating Orton down, but Orton backdrops him from the top rope to the mat.
Orton stands on the top rope and hits a cross body, but Rollins rolls through and gets a two count. Orton gets up and is able to hit the suspension DDT on Rollins, but he doesn’t go for the pin. Orton tries for the RKO, but Rollins counters with a roll up, and follows it with a superkick. Rollins tries for sliced bread, but Rollins lands on his feet and Orton hits the RKO. Orton goes for a pin, but Rollins kicks out at two, and Orton is shocked!
Rollins gets to his knees and Orton backs up across the ring. Orton charges in, but Noble is in. He’s RKO’s. Mercury leaps from the second rope, and Orton catches him with an RKO. Their distraction leads to a curb stomp from Rollins, but Orton kicks out at two.
Rollins is up and he pulls Orton over toward the corner. Rollins heads up in the corner and goes for the phoenix splash, but Orton moves and Rollins lands on his feet. Rollins goes for a giant curb stomp, but Orton counters into an RKO, and he gets the pin and the three count.
Winner: Randy Orton
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns
Reigns waits for Brock to stand, and Brock catches him, dropping him with an F5. Seth Rollins’ music hits, and he’s out with the briefcase! Seth Rollins cashes in!
It’s officially a triple threat match! Rollins knocks Reigns out of the ring. Rollins takes Lesnar down with a curb stomp. Lesnar gets to his knees again, and Lesnar shoulders him. Rollins curb stomps Reigns, and he gets the three count!
Winner and NEW WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Seth Rollins
Rollins immediately bolts up the aisle with his title, looking shocked. Rollins swings the belt over his head before holding it high. Rollins stands at the top of the ramp holding the title overhead while huge amounts of fireworks go off above the stadium. The show ends with Rollins hugging the title closely.
@ShawnMichaels: This one’s really tough because they’re both very talented and really good at what they do. I think Seth Rollins has to win in order to prove that he’s not just a flash in the pan. And I think he will. WINNER: Seth Rollins
@HowardFinkel: Will this contest be a strict singles meeting, or will J&J Security have a presence outside the ring? In the interest of fairness, I believe Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble should not be at ringside. Let bitter rivals Randy Orton and Seth Rollins battle it out, one-on-one. Rollins has blossomed into a major player in WWE over the past year, while Orton is consistently cunning and methodical. Orton’s break from The Authority was the best thing he did in recent memory, and The Viper will emerge victorious, no matter where J&J Security will be. WINNER: Randy Orton
@JoeyStyles: What a butt-kicking! The Viper gave the self-proclaimed “Future of WWE” payback with interest when he battered and beat him all over the arena, then RKO’ed him through the announce table on Raw. Though an awesome athlete and a Money in the Bank winner, Rollins has been unable to win big money matches without The Authority in his corner. However, it’s safe to assume that Big Show, Kane and J&J Security will indeed be running interference for Rollins. I see Orton having Rollins ready for a match-ending RKO several times, only to be thwarted by Authority interference. Sooner or later, though even a myopic Cyclops in a referee shirt is going to catch them in the act and disqualify Mr. Money in the Bank. WINNER: Randy Orton
@Apter1wrestling: Seth Rollins has plenty of insurance to destroy Randy Orton. With J&J Security, and possibly Kane and Big Show, in his corner, it will be tough for Orton to gain a victory. However, as we have learned from the past, The Viper has a highly unpredictable, combative persona. That, coupled with his deep hatred for the entire Authority, will see him RKO his way to victory against Mr. Money in the Bank and his henchman. WINNER: Randy Orton
@MichaelPSHayes1: Seth Rollins seems to always figure out a way, but he hasn’t faced The Viper in a singles match. Nonetheless, I’m going to go with the ever-resourceful Seth Rollins. WINNER: Seth Rollins
Randy Orton: 3, Seth Rollins: 2