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
Ryback, Erick Rowan, and Dolph Ziggler vs. Big Show, Kane and Seth Rollins
After a brief hiccup, we rejoin this match in progress. Kane and Rowan are in the ring. Kane shoves Rowan into the corner and eats a back elbow, then a leaping back elbow from the middle rope. Kane pushes Rowan into the corner and tags out to Show who comes in with a series of blows to Rowan. Show whips Rowan into the corner, but runs right into a big boot. Rowan charges Show, but is tossed over the top rope. Show follows, but he’s pushed into the ring post by Rowan. Rowan scares off J and J Security, but when he goes to kick Show, Show ducks and Rowan’s leg connects with the ring post. Show tosses Rowan into the ring, kicking his leg before making his way into the ring. Show drops and elbow on Rowan’s leg, then does it again. Show picks up Rowan and slams him down to the mat. Show continues to attack the leg, kicking the back of Rowan’s knee before tagging out to Kane. Kane comes in and stomps away at Rowan repeatedly, driving him into the corner and continuing the assault on Rowan’s leg. Kane pulls Rowan back to his own corner, then tags out to Rollins. Rollins comes in and kicks at Rowan’s leg before locking Rowan in a submission hold. Rowan grabs Rollins’ hair to break the hold, and he pushes Rollins away, but Rollins connects with a big boot, and a blockbuster from the middle rope for a two count.
Rollins gets in a couple more stomps before tagging out to Show, who comes in and kicks Rowan in the face. Show locks in a weird leg lock, catching Rowan in a submission in the middle of the ring. Show breaks the hold, and picks Rowan up to his feet. Show tries for a chokeslam, but Rowan counters with a DDT. Show tags Rollins, who comes in and dropkicks Ziggler from the apron and laughs at Ryback. Rollins turns around into a big spinning back kick from Rowan. Rowan makes the tag to Ryback, who comes in and takes Rollins from corner to corner, slamming him in before connecting with a Thesz press. Ryback misses a splash, but he’s able to counter a curb stomp and slam Rollins to the mat. Ryback connects with a meathook clothesline on Kane, and he almost connects with shellshock on Rollins before he’s distracted by J and J. Rollins connects with a superkick, and he goes for the pin, but Ryback kicks out at two. Rollins rolls out to the apron and goes up to the top rope, but Ryback’s on his feet. Rollins leaps over Ryback and goes across the ring and to the middle rope. Ryback catches Rollins and hits the shellshock, but Show is in out of nowhere and he splashes Ryback. Both men are down.
Ryback and Rollins make the tag to Ziggler and Kane. Ziggler dropkicks Big Show, and pushes Kane into Show, knocking him from the apron. Ziggler avoids a side slam, and Ziggler connects with a superkick. Ziggler hits Rollins with the fameasser, and he mounts Kane in the corner for a series of punches. Show knocks out Ziggler from the floor, while he’s on Kane in the corner, and Kane connects with a chokeslam, pinning Ziggler for three.
Winners: Kane, Seth Rollins and Big Show
After the Match: The Authority celebrate after the match, and Rollins connects with a curb stomp on Ziggler. Ryback and Rowan come in and Ryback gets a double chokeslam from Show and Kane, while Rowan gets a curb stomp from Rollins. Everyone pulls Ryback into position, but they’re interrupted by Randy Orton. Orton comes into the ring and hits J and J with RKO’s, and he catches Rollins coming into the ring. Orton tries to hit the suspension DDT, but Show pulls him out of the ring. Orton hits Kane with an RKO, and he tosses Rollins’ MITB briefcase up the entranceway. Rollins runs off through the crowd like he’s seen a ghost. He runs all the way to the garage, where it looks like he’s leaving the arena.