Backstage: Mick Foley is in his office with Seth Rollins. Seth says he has a bone to pick with him. He says he thought he was on the same page as Mick. Mick kept him from being suspended and gave him a title match. He wants to know why Roman. Mick says that Roman was wronged. Seth says there is no comparison. Seth says he is the man and you would know it if you binge watched the WWE Network. Seth says he does not want any distractions and get his hands on the title. If Mick is not going to do anything about it, maybe we should talk to Stephanie.
Mick says that Stephanie is in Singapore and all Stephanie cares about is wins over Smackdown. Seth says he will take things into his own hands. Mick tells Seth not to question his integrity and he wants Seth to say that he won’t interfere. Seth says if Mick is going to continue to support Stephanie, you are a fool.
Backstage: Kevin Owens walks in the back and he stops to talk to Seth Rollins. He tells Seth to remember what Foley said. Seth says he wants Kevin to beat Roman tonight so their match can be one-on-one. Since Triple H is a coward and won’t show up on Raw, what better thing than to take the title from his golden boy. Kevin says he won’t need luck. He says Roman won’t be in the match since he will beat him. Kevin says he would think that Seth would want Roman in the match since Roman did most of the work and you picked up the win. Isn’t that the way you did it. You had Roman, Dean, Kane, J&J Security, and Jon Stewart. Didn’t Triple H have your back, but Hunter found a better person to follow. Since you came back, you let down Raw by letting Dean keep the WWE Title. You lost to Finn Balor who had one arm. Kevin says he won the title on his first chance. He says the motto should be rebuilt, redesigned, and replaced. Mick tells Kevin to go to the ring. He tells Seth not to get involved in the match or there will be consequences.
Roman Reigns versus Kevin Owens
Reigns with punches and an Irish whip but Reigns misses a shoulder and Reigns hits the ring post and goes to the floor. Owens sends Reigns into the ringside barrier and the ring steps.
Seth Rollins attacks Owens from behind.
Winner: Kevin Owens (by disqualification)
Rollins continues to attack Owens and the referee tells Rollins to get off of him. Mick yells at Rollins and he tells him that he asked him to do one thing and he wouldn’t do it. Mick says this match will not end like that. He tells them to restart the match.
Kevin says Monday Night Raw is now officially known as the Kevin Owens Show.
Seth Rollins’ music plays and he comes to the ring. Kevin wants to know what Seth is doing here and Seth tells Kevin it has nothing to do with. Seth wants to know why Stephanie is doing this to him. He put this company on his back and he got injured. He came back faster than anyone else and then this happened to him. Kevin says this is all about him because it is the Kevin Owens Show. Seth says Kevin is only a puppet right now and he tells him to shut up. Stephanie says she did not know anything about it and Seth calls bull crap. Mick defends Stephanie and Seth wants to know if he is in her pocket. Mick says he has Stephanie’s back. Seth says Kevin has been Triple H’s special project since he debuted in NXT. If you want to make Kevin Owens the face of the New Era, he will be the one to burn it down. You and your husband will be on your knees begging him. Kevin says that is a great story. Where was this passion these last few months. Ever since you came back from your little injury, the architect has only been designing blueprints for total failure. Seth punches Kevin and he kicks Owens to the floor. Seth knocks Owens off the apron.
Stephanie tells Seth that he is indefinitely suspended. Mick tells Stephanie that Seth is not suspended. Mick says you are acting as if this is personal. This is Monday Night Raw. We do not hand out suspensions when someone is wronged. We hand out rematches. It was agreed that Mick would make the matches and he wants Stephanie to respect that. He has no love lost for Seth Rollins and he never really liked him, but he is talented. Mick is not putting that type of talent on the shelf. Seth Rollins will face Kevin Owens at Clash of the Champions.
Chris Jericho versus Seth Rollins
Rollins with a drop kick to stop Jericho’s comments and then he punches Jericho. Rollins with a chop and kicks in the corner. The referee pulls Rollins out of the corner. Rollins with a chop but Jericho goes to the floor. Rollins with a suicide dive onto Jericho. Rollins with a punch and he keeps Jericho from exiting through the crowd. Rollins with a chop and punch. Jericho is sent into the apron and then Jericho tries to talk to the bell ringer but Rollins pulls him away and sends him into the ring. Jericho kicks Rollins when he returns to the ring. Jericho with punches and chops. The referee warns Jericho. Jericho kicks Rollins and slaps him. Jericho with an Irish whip but Rollins with a clothesline and punches followed by a slap. Rollins sends Jericho to the floor. Rollins Irish whips Jericho into the ringside barrier. Rollins chops Jericho and then he goes into the ring to break up the count. Rollins with a forearm as Jericho hangs over the apron and then Rollins connects with a boot to the head. We see Owens watching in the back on the monitor.
Corey Graves is in the ring with the four men who will wrestle later tonight for the Universal Title. He is joined by Roman Reigns, Colin Cassady, Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens. Seth interrupts and he says Corey did not mention the real reason why they are out here. It is because of him. If it wasn’t for what he did to Finn Balor, he wouldn’t have undergone shoulder surgery or relinquish the title. Seth says he is the favorite to win and he says that he is the number one pick. Seth says he will donate his speaking time to one of the other guys. He gives his time to Kevin Owens.
Kevin says that is incredibly generous. Kevin says he is a fan of Culture Shock because it helps him sleep. Kevin says it is an honor to be in a match with competitors like yourself. He says it is exciting. Corey asks Kevin for his thoughts on the match. Kevin says he thought they wanted everyone to be nice. Isn’t that why they made it look like group therapy. Kevin says it is simple why he is going to win. With Sami Zayn out of the picture. Seth takes credit for that. Kevin says now that Sami is out of the picture he can focus on the Universal Title. Kevin says he is a prize fighter. Seth talks big, but Kevin says he delivers big. Kevin says Roman fights hard, but he fights smart. Big Cass . . . you’re just really tall. Does that count for something? Colin says it does. Kevin points out that Colin can talk for himself. He thought Colin had a string in his back for that idiot Enzo to pull so he could say How You Doin’. Colin wants to know if Kevin thought that up himself or did Jericho write it for him.Colin says he knows that he is new around here. He says he has never won a championship. That means he has nothing to lose. Nobody is expecting him to win. Seth says that even Enzo bet against him. Colin says he is not an underdog, he is the biggest dog in this fight. Colin tells Seth no matter what you think or what you have been telling yourself, size does matter.
Seth tells everyone to shut up and he is taking his time back. Seth says he is glad this match is under Elimination Rules because he will shove Colin’s words down his mouth. Then he will send Kevin back to his jabrone scarf wearing friend Chris Jericho. There are a few certainties, death, taxes, and Seth Rollins beats Roman Reigns. Seth wants Corey to asks Roman how will he beat Seth. Roman is asked the question and Kevin laughs at the reaction to Roman. Roman punches Owens and then Rollins punches Colin. Roman sends Rollins into the corner. Roman and Colin stand off in the center of the ring but Rollins hits Roman from behind. Roman punches Seth. Roman sends Colin to the floor and he hits Seth with a Superman punch. Roman stands tall in the ring next to the title belt.
As Finn goes up the ramp to the stage, Seth Rollins comes out and he makes his way to the ring.
Seth says what a shame and pity. Let’s not live in the past. We know who the true winner at SummerSlam was. We gotta turn that frown upside down. This needs to be a celebration. Seth reminds Stephanie they have been part of some great title celebrations in the past. Seth says this beautiful title belt is here so why not have a celebration for the true Universal Champion. Sami Zayn’s music plays and he comes to the ring. Chris Jericho’s music plays and he comes to the ring. Jericho tries to schmooze Stephanie and . . .Kevin Owens makes his way to the ring. Stephanie wants to know what is going on and . . .Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady come out. Roman Reigns comes out so we are now up to seven people. Mick Foley says this is how it is going to go. He has been talking to Stephanie and everyone in the ring is deserving of the title. We will have a series of matches and next week, we will crown a new Universal Champion. The first match will be Sami Zayn versus Seth Rollins. Seth attacks Zayn from behind and hits a running knee to the head.
Sami Zayn versus Seth Rollins in a Universal Title Qualifying Match
The match is joined in progress and Zayn with punches and chops. Rollins with a kick and then he sends Zayn over the top rope to the apron. Zayn with a shoulder and he flips over Rollins and hits a satellite head scissors. Rollins moves when Zayn teases a dive. Rollins pulls Zayn to the floor and he teases a running power bomb into the ringside barrier but Zayn escapes and hits a moonsault off the ringside barrier. Zayn sends Rollins back into the ring and Rollins with a super kick. Rollins with kicks and he chokes Zayn. Rollins with a kick and he gets a near fall. Rollins with punches and a hard Irish whip. Rollins with a chop. Zayn with a springboard leap frog and he lands awkwardly on his ankle. Zayn with an elbow and then he drops down and Rollins goes over the top rope to the floor. Zayn with a slingshot flip pescado but Zayn holds his ankle again.
WWE Universal Title Match: Seth Rollins versus Finn Balor
Balor with a running drop kick and he goes up top but Rollins rolls to the floor. Balor with a flip dive onto Rollins. Balor sends Rollins back into the ring. Rollins with a kick and Irish whip but Balor with a drop kick to the knees. Balor with more kicks to the leg as Rollins flops around the ring. Balor puts Rollins knee in the ropes and drops a knee on the leg. Rollins drops Balor on the apron and then Rollins with a suplex. Rollins sends Balor into Yeatonville. Balor with a forearm off the ringside barrier. They return to the ring. Rollins with a double sledge to the back. Rollins with a sunset flip but Balor rolls through and hits a drop kick for a near fall. Balor works on the legs. Balor sets for a surfboard but he decides to stomp the knees into the mat. Rollins kicks Balor away . Balor goes to the apron and Balor tries for an enzuigiri but Rollins blocks it. Rollins with a running power bomb into the ringside barrier. Rollins gets a near fall. Rollins with a forearm and kicks in the corner. Rollins with a back breaker and he gets a near fall. Rollins with a reverse chin lock. Rollins blocks a clothesline and hits a flatline into the turnbuckles. Rollins gets a near fall.
Balor with a forearm and Rollins fires back. Rollins with a chop and shoulders in the corner. Rollins has something to say to Balor while choking him in the corner. Rollins with a snap mare and kick to the back. Rollins with a slam and knee drop followed by cross faces to Balor and applies a rear chin lock. Rollins with more crossfaces and then he kicks Balor in the head. Rollins chops Balor. Rollins with an Irish whip and forearm into the corner followed by a springboard knee to the temple. Rollins goes up top and hits a frog splash for a near fall. Rollins with a clothesline. Rollins slaps Balor in the face as he sets for a Rainmaker but Balor ducks and hits a DDT. Both men are down. Balor with forearms and then he hits a flying forearm. Balor with a running chop into the corner. Balor with two more Irish whips and chops. Balor with a drop kick to the temple and Rollins goes to the floor. Balor goes to the apron and hits a running kick to the head. Balor sends Rollins back into the ring and Balor with Slingblade. Balor runs into a drop kick and then Rollins sets for the Pedigree but Balor with a back body drop. Rollins lands on his feet. Rollins with an enzuigiri but Balor with a Pele Kick.