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.
@JoeyStyles: The anti-Authority trio of The Showoff, The Big Guy & Erick Rowan has yet to fully taste vindication since being fired and, as a result, humiliated by The Authority. Unfortunately for all three, they are not going to get their hands on Triple H and Stephanie McMahon any time soon. That being said, Authority enforcers Seth Rollins, Kane & Big Show will be lined up like bowling pins at WWE Fastlane. While Rollins has looked picture perfect lately, I can’t remember the last time Kane and Big Show had a decisive victory. I expect this match to end with the half-suit-wearing former demon getting his shoulders pinned to the mat as the result of a Zig Zag. WINNERS: Dolph Ziggler, Ryback & Erick Rowan
@HowardFinkel: There is absolutely no love lost between these two teams, and I look for a combative contest. However, there are two underlying factors: First, all is not well between Kane and Big Show — how will that play out (if at all)? Second, will we see the involvement of the pesky J&J Security, who have no business being at ringside during Rollins’ matches? Ultimately, the dissension between The Authority’s giants will result in a victory for the Ziggler/Ryback/Rowan trio. WINNERS: Dolph Ziggler, Ryback & Erick Rowan
Jeff Laboon: Dolph Ziggler, Ryback & Erick Rowan are sick of getting held back. Ziggler, Ryback & Rowan defeated The Authority once, and they can do it again. WINNERS: Dolph Ziggler, Ryback & Erick Rowan
Mike Murphy: This is quite possibly the hardest match to call of the event. On one side, you have a unified Dolph Ziggler, Ryback & Erick Rowan going up against a dysfunctional Kane and Big Show, with Seth Rollins set to be his team’s mediator. However, The Authority always seems to have something up its sleeves to secure victory. WINNERS: Seth Rollins, Kane & Big Show
John Clapp: Big Show and Kane have clearly hit a snag as partners, but if we’ve learned nothing else, we know The World’s Largest Athlete and The Devil’s Favorite Demon are exceptionally capable of forgiveness (or, at least, forgetfulness) when it comes to in-ring flare-ups. Expect the big men to work more cohesively than anyone would reasonably assume, and the pair of giants — combined with the self-proclaimed “future of WWE” — will be too much to topple. WINNERS: Seth Rollins, Kane & Big Show
Dolph Ziggler, Ryback and Erick Rowan: 3 | Seth Rollins, Kane and Big Show: 2
WWE World Championship Match: Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) vs. John Cena vs. Seth Rollins (with Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble)
Cena goes after Lesnar while Rollins goes to the floor and Cena falls victim to his first German suplex. Lesnar with German number two. Mercury and Noble save Rollins but Lesnar picks up Noble and Mercury by an arm and hits a German suplex. Cena tries for an Attitude Adjustment on Lesnar but he escapes. Rollins with an enzuigiri to Cena. Lesnar brings Rollins into the ring and Lesnar gives Rollins German suplex number one. Lesnar with German suplex number three to Cena. Lesnar with another suplex to Cena. Lesnar with German suplex number two to Rollins and he lands on his shoulder. Lesnar picks up Cena and hits a suplex. Lesnar with another suplex to Rollins. Lesnar locks in the Kimura on Cena but Cena gets to his knees and he picks up Lesnar and Rollins with a springboard knee to Lesnar and everyone is down.
Rollins kicks Lesnar in the hamstring. Rollins with more kicks to Lesnar followed by punches. Lesnar with a knee to the midsection and Cena with punches to Lesnar. Cena and Rollins with a double suplex on Lesnar. Cena gets Lesnar up for an Attitude Adjustment and Rollins sends Cena to the floor but Lesnar kicks out. Cena punches Lesnar and Lesnar with a knee to Cena and he throws Rollins to the floor. Lesnar with a suplex and Cena falls to the floor. Rollins with a running kick to the arm and Lesnar goes into the ring steps and ring post. Cena with a drop kick to Lesnar against the ring steps. Cena chases Rollins into the ring and Cena with two flying shoulder tackles followed by a Blue Thunder Bomb and sets for the Five Knuckle Shuffle but Rollins tries to kick him. Cena with another Blue Thunder Bomb to Rollins but Lesnar with Germans four and five to Cena. Rollins with a kick to Lesnar’s head.
Rollins with another kick to Lesnar’s shoulder and he turns into a Michinoku Driver from Cena for a near fall. Rollins with an elbow and he goes up top for a blockbuster but Lesnar breaks up the cover on Cena. Lesnar sends Rollins to the floor another time. Cena with punches and he clotheslines Brock but Brock does not move. He goes for a second one with no effect. Cena succeeds on attempt number three. Rollins pulls Cena to the floor. Rollins goes for a springboard move but Rollins is caught by Lesnar who hits an F-5 and Cena has to make the save to break up the cover.
Lesnar with German suplex number six to Cena. Lesnar decides that the announce tables are missing out on some action, and he throws the monitor into the steps. Cena hits a series of three Attitude Adjustments but Rollins makes the save. Rollins sends Cena into the ring steps. Rollins with Black Out but Cena makes the save. Lesnar rolls to the floor. Lesnar is speared through the border to Yeatonville by Cena. Cena gets to the apron and he sees that Lesnar is still moving so Cena sends Lesnar into the ring steps and the ring steps ended up somewhere near the site of JFK Stadium after the impact. Lesnar gets to his feet and Cena picks up the top half of the ring steps and he hits Lesnar with them.
Rollins with a baseball slide to Cena and Lesnar lays on top of the announce table. Rollins goes up top and he hits an elbow drop and the table will need some immediate attention. Cena is the first one to move and he grabs Rollins and tries to bring him back into the ring. Cena rolls Rollins into the ring and Rollins with an inside cradle for a near fall. Rollins with a super kick and he gets a near fall. Rollins goes for a splash into the corner. Cena gets Rollins on his shoulders but Rollins lands on his feet on the Attitude Adjustment attempt. Cena with a pop up sit out power bomb for a near fall.
Cena picks up Rollins and they go to the turnbuckles while medical staff checks on Lesnar. We see the Wrestlemania sign in the distance and Rollins goes for a sunset flip into a buckle bomb for a near fall. The referee goes to check on Lesnar (and maybe try to figure out what happened to Mercury and Noble). Rollins gets up first and Cena moves when Rollins tries for Black Out and Cena tries to lock in the STF but Mercury and Noble have risen from the dead to make the save and they attack Cena. We see a stretcher in the background to help Lesnar. Mercury and Noble pick up Cena for a mini Cerberus Bomb but Cena kicks out. Continue Reading
Seth Rollins (with J&J Security) vs. John Cena in a Tables Match
Cena and Rollins get face to face and then Cena punches Rollins. They exchange punches and Cena with an Irish whip and bulldog. Mercury gets on the apron and that allows Rollins to hit a wraparound clothesline and he kicks Cena. Rollins punches Cena and kicks him in the corner. Rollins chokes Cena. Rollins with an Irish whip but Cena with a clothesline out of the corner.
Cena goes to the floor and he goes under the ring for a table. Mercury and Noble pull it back to the floor and Rollins attacks Cena from behind. Rollins with a running forearm into the corner and then he goes under the ring for a table. Cena punches Rollins on the floor and he sends Rollins back into the ring. Cena puts the table in the ring but Noble and Mercury grab it and we get a tug of war situation but Cena sends them into the ringside barrier.
Rollins with a double sledge to the back and he kicks Cena. Rollins sets up the table on top of the turnbuckles. Cena with punches to Rollins and he sets for a power bomb through the table but Mercury and Noble knock the table to the floor. Rollins with a clothesline to Cena.
Rollins with a power bomb and he brings the table into the ring and sets it up in the corner. Rollins kicks Cena in the head and he head butts Cena and connects with an elbow to the head. Rollins tries to Irish whip Cena into the table but Cena slides through. Cena with two flying shoulder tackles followed by a Blue Thunder Bomb and Five Knuckle Shuffle. Mercury and Noble stop Cena from hitting the Attitude Adjustment on Rollins.
Noble and Mercury pick up Cena for Rollins to power bomb Cena through the table but Cena kicks Rollins away. Cena goes after Noble on the ramp and then he sends Rollins into a ladder. Cena grabs a guardrail and hits Noble, Mercury, and Rollins with it. Cena suplexes Noble onto the guardrail. Mercury punches Cena and Rollins with a super kick to Cena while Mercury holds him.
Rollins and Mercury hold up a table but Cena ducks and the table breaks on the post. Cena with an Attitude Adjustment of Mercury into Yeatonville. Rollins Irish whips Cena into the ringside barrier. Rollins sets up a table on the floor. Rollins figures one table isn’t enough so he gets a second table and sets it up next to the first table.
Rollins sets to suplex Cena from the ring through the tables on the floor but Cena blocks it. Cena suplexes Rollins back into the ring. Rollins punches Cena but Cena punches back. They continue to go back and forth. Cena sets for a power slam into the table but Rollins with an Asai DDT. Cena holds on to the rope to prevent an Irish whip and Cena sends Rollins over the top rope to the floor.
Cena sends a table into the ring but Rollins hits Cena with the briefcase. Rollins hits Cena in the back with the briefcase. He continues to hit Cena in the back with the briefcase. Rollins puts a table in the ring and he does the You Can’t See Me but Cena with a kick and Rollins holds on to the ropes and then the referee goes down. Cena misses an Attitude Adjustment through the table when Rollins lands on his feet.
Cena punches Rollins before Rollins can come off the turnbuckles. Cena gets Rollins on his shoulder and he sends Rollins through the table with an Attitude Adjustment. Miraculously, Mercury and Noble come into the ring and the broken table is removed.
Noble and Mercury set up a table in the ring and Rollins has recovered to tell Joey and Jamie to pick up Cena. Cena punches Rollins to get out of the power bomb. Cena sends Rollins to the floor and then Cena gets Mercury and Noble on his shoulders for a double Attitude Adjustment through a table.
Cena gets Rollins on his shoulders and Rollins goes to the apron. Rollins with a shoulder and Cena and Rollins are both on the apron. Rollins sets for a power bomb off the apron through the tables, but Cena stops him. Cena and Rollins both go through the table and the referee calls for the bell since he saw this one.
@JoeyStyles: I don’t think anyone reading this has any doubt that in a traditional one-on-one matchup, John Cena would defeat Seth Rollins by pinfall (AA), submission (STF) or disqualification (J&J Security interference). However, to win a Tables Match, one simply needs to put his opponent through a table, which is infinitely easier than achieving pinfall or submission. Remember Cody Rhodes defeating Big Show when the giant accidentally stepped on and broke a table? How about Sheamus winning the WWE Championship by countering a superplex attempt by Cena and simply pushing off the Cenation leader, who fell through a table? Furthermore, there are no count-outs or disqualifications, so Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury can, and will, interfere from start to finish. The stipulations of this match set the table for Rollins to get a cheap win. See what I did there? WINNER: Seth Rollins
@HowardFinkel: John Cena loves adversity. Seth Rollins loves to be the straw that stirs the drink. Their collision course this Sunday should be something to see. Rollins knows that if he wins the match, Cena loses the No. 1 contender’s position, and the spotlight will shine on him. Based on a few recent “discussions” with Brock Lesnar’s advocate, Paul Heyman, I feel that Rollins will turn those discussions into motivation, which will not only bring him the victory this Sunday, but also serve notice to Heyman that Mr. Money In The Bank remains poised and confident to cash in the contract and take the next step to immortality. I am not selling Cena short by any means; I just think that Rollins is on a roll, and is destined for success this Sunday. WINNER: Seth Rollins
James Wortman: Anything goes in a Tables Match, and with a veritable army on his side — including the likes of J&J Security, Big Show, Kane and Luke Harper — Mr. Money in the Bank has proven that he’s going to make full use of the lenient stipulations at WWE TLC. Expect Rollins to obliterate Cena’s WWE World Heavyweight Title No. 1 contendership in a shower of splinters. WINNER: Seth Rollins
Scott Taylor: With John Cena’s spot as the No. 1 contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on the line, you can bet the Cenation leader will rise to the occasion. It also doesn’t hurt that the 15-time World Champion’s Attitude Adjustment is tailor-made for a Tables Match. Seth Rollins may see himself as the “undisputed future of WWE,” but John Cena is still the undeniable present of WWE. WINNER: John Cena
John Clapp: Even though Cena has more experience in Tables Matches, I wouldn’t be surprised if the match stipulation works to Seth Rollins’ favor for reasons other than the no-disqualification aspect. He’s squirmy and acrobatic, which could make him supremely tough to plant through a table. Plus, Mr. Money in the Bank is an innovator in the ring, and that gives him an advantage in this unusual contest. WINNER: Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins: 4, John Cena: 1