We see Seth Rollins outside the arena earlier today. He says this is the feeling of inevitability. We are six days away from him proving that he is the man. We are six days away from the inevitable becoming reality when he becomes the first Universal Champion. He has to deal with Finn Balor tonight, or maybe he should say The Demon King. Seth says he will call out the Demon King now. Seth laughs and he says it was just what he thought. The Demon King was scared to find the man so the man will find the Demon King.
Backstage: Seth Rollins is looking for Demon King in the back. Seth asks a few people if they have seen him. Seth asks Neville if he has seen the Demon King. Neville tells Seth he may think he is ready for the Demon King, but Neville has been in the ring with him and Seth is not ready.
Backstage: Seth Rollins enters the office and he says he has been looking for the Demon King and he has not found him. Seth says he has looked everywhere and he has more important things to do than look for the Demon King. Seth says he should get the night off. Mick says he has a suggestion. Before Seth takes the night off, Mick says that Seth should call The Demon King out from the ring . . .unless you are scared. Seth says he is not scared so he will go to the ring and call him out.
Seth Rollins is in the ring. He says he has never been more insulted in his entire life. Last week Finn Balor gave us a history lesson about the Demon King and for what? Seth says he could not find the Demon King anywhere. Seth tells CNN, ESPN, Fox News, Jonathan Stewart, and Jonathan Coachman to get ready to sink their teeth into what he is about to day. There is nothing and no one that can stop him from becoming the first WWE Universal Champion. He promises you that. Seth says he is on another level right now. He looked all over for the Demon King. Seth says he will give the Demon King one more chance to come to the ring to face him.
Seth says that Finn Balor is trying to intimidate him because he is afraid of Seth. Finn will end up like everyone else who got into the ring with him. If he wasn’t Seth Rollins, he would be afraid of himself. This is just another chapter in the book of Rollins. The Demon King will not come out to the ring to look into his eyes because he will see something more horrifying than he could ever imagine. He tells Finn he has nowhere to run or nowhere to hide.
Something shows up at ringside and Seth wonders if that was the Demon King. He is nowhere to be found. At the end of the day, the Demon King will have no choice but to bow down. The lights flicker until the finally go out and it leads to Finn Balor’s entrance. Finn Balor appears and he is in full Demon regalia. Balor and Rollins go face to face. Rollins and Balor exchange punches and Balor with a kick to the temple. Rollins with an enzuigiri and Balor with a Pele kick and running drop kick into the corner. Balor goes up top but Rollins goes to the floor. Balor goes to the mat and then hits a plancha onto Rollins.
Seth Rollins makes his way to the ring to talk. Seth says the New Era is upon us and it has been quite the learning experience. Even the great Seth Rollins has learned a thing or two. Seth mentions Finn Balor, his SummerSlam opponent. He followed Finn’s career and he knew a lot about him. He knew that Finn was a cheap knockoff of himself. Finn is the Jared Leto to his Heath Ledger. Seth says he was forced to re-evaluate his opinion of Finn Balor.
We take a look back at Seth and Finn from last week. So Finn is athletic and agile. We knew that. He is an effective striker, but a normal man would still be out on the mat after that attack, but Seth is not a normal man. Seth says he does not want to talk about himself because we all know how great he is. He wants to talk about Finn Balor.
Seth says Finn Balor is not his real name. He combined other words to come up with Finn Balor. Seth says to call yourself Famous Warrior Demon King would be like calling yourself Rambo Apocalypse. Now that we know what his name means, he wants to know more about Finn. He says Finn is one of the most disrespectful people he ever met. Seth says that this is his show and his ring. Finn got right in his face and talked to him like an arrogant person. Finn told Seth he was going to beat him for the WWE Universal Title. You have won two matches in WWE and the people you beat are no joke, but they are no Seth Rollins. You disrespect him with your arrogance and ignorance. Finn told Seth the title opportunity was handed to him, but Seth reminds us that he came back from a career threatening injury in record time to win the WWE Title. Seth says he is not arrogant because he knows his place in the WWE. Right at the very top. He is not ignroant because he does not need to surround himself with myth and legend and smoke and mirrors. Seth says he is the myth, the legend, and the man.
In two hundred years when people sit with the children around the fire, they will talk about Seth riding in on his horse to slay the Demon. They will talk about him destroying the Roman Empire. He will add to his legend when he beats Finn Balor to become the first WWE Universal Champion.
I’ve added screen captures of Seth’s appearance as AstroTech Lopez in the SyFy original film ‘Sharknado – The 4th Awakens‘ that aired this past weekend into the gallery.
Seth Rollins’ music plays and he makes his way to the ring. Seth tells Cole to leave the ring. Rollins introduces Finn. He says Finn is a former NXT Champion. He wasn’t the first one because that was Seth Rollins. He says Finn was picked in the first round, but he wasn’t the first overall pick. Last week, Finn shocked the world when he pinned Roman Reigns. Seth says that was admirable and he had a career threatening injury and came back on his first night back and beat Roman Reigns for the WWE Title. He calls Finn a cheap remake of Seth Rollins. Finn says some of the things you say are true. You were the first to do some of those things. Finn says he will beat Seth at SummerSlam and become the first WWE Universal Champion.
Seth says that Finn is funny, but he is not a comedian. That is like expecting the Braves to win the World Series. He tells Finn he has beaten a lot of people and NXT would not be where it is today without Finn Balor. Seth tells Finn this is his show and this is his ring. He tells Finn that he is the man.Balor says that he has been watching Seth for a while and he thought Seth’s laugh was bad, but hearing it live is annoying. He says that everywhere he has been, someone said they were the man. Finn says he beat that person to be the man. Seth says you have never faced anyone like him. He is stronger, faster, and the most resiliant in the industry. If you want an idea, get on the WWE Network and watch his sweet special. Maybe he can watch when Seth faces Sami Zayn and makes an example of him. Finn says there is one thing that is different about them. Finn says he earned his title match while Seth had it handed to him. Seth says he has never had anything handed to him. He will be handed the WWE Universal Title when he beats Finn. Finn says the only thing that Seth will have handed to him is his ass. Seth tries to punch Finn but Finn blocks it and Finn with a Pele Kick and Seth goes to the floor.
Sami Zayn versus Seth Rollins
They lock up and Rollins backs Zayn into the corner and Rollins punches and kicks Zayn instead of giving a clean break. Rollins punches Zayn and chops him. Zayn leaps over Rollins and hits a single leg drop kick. Zayn with chops. Rollins goes to the floor and Zayn follows Rollins to the floor. Rollins with a kick and punch. Rollins Irish whips Zayn to the ringside barrier and Zayn leaps onto the barrier and hits a quebrada. Zayn sends Rollins into the ring and Rollins rolls to the floor. Rollins with a knee to Zayn and then he sends Zayn into the ringside barrier a few times. Rollins with a knee drop as they return to the ring.
Backstage: Mick Foley and Stephanie McMahon were talking when Seth Rollins showed up. He was shocked they were talking abut Bayley when tonight is the biggest night in the history of Raw and in his career. Steph said this was his chance to show why they picked him as number one in the Draft. Rollins boasted about how great he is. Foley said it was good to see his loss to Dean Ambrose didn’t hurt his confidence. Rollins said it wasn’t going to change anything. He said he was getting the belt that he never lost back. He said Roman Reigns is an animal and attacked him at a live event over the weekend. Rollins said he was going to take the belt and tonight was going to be so great, in nine months, there was going to be a boom of babies. He walked off. Foley said to Steph that she can’t blame him, because she drafted him.
WWE champion Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns
Rollins tried to forge an alliance with Ambrose, but that didn’t work out so well for him. Roman and Ambrose exchanged punches. Ambrose ducked clotheslines and went for a high cross bodyblock but just bounced off Roman. Seth attacked Roman and stomped away at him in the corner. He came off the ropes but was caught by Reigns. Before Roman could do anything, Ambrose nailed a dropkick and covered Roman for a two count.
Roman manhandled Ambrose and worked him over in the corner. Ambrose reversed it and kicked away at him. Seth returned to the fray and attacked Dean, then hit a Slingblade on Reigns. He covered Dean for a two count. Everyone battled on the floor. Seth came off the apron with a flying knee on Dean. Roman backdropped him into the timekeeper’s area. Dean dove off onto both of them. They battled back into the ring. Ambrose covered Reigns for a two count. Right after the kickout, Rollins came down with a frog splash for another two count. Rollins went for the Pedigree but Reigns broke free and worked over Rollins as the place booed the hell out of him. Roman wiped out Dean with a Superman punch. Rollins came off the ropes but was nailed with a Superman Punch in mid-air. Reigns went to spear them but they both kicked him. Roman nailed Rollins with a punch but was caught with a Dean clothesline.