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.
Seth Rollins will battle Finn Balor at SummerSlam on Sunday for the newly created WWE Universal Championship. Rollins visited the ESPN campus and sat down for an interview on the match, that fan rushing the stage at Raw, and more.
Ben Houser: SummerSlam, what are we going to see from Seth Rollins?
Seth Rollins: Mostly what you can expect — a big match, Seth Rollins, WWE Universal Championship, first time against Finn Balor. Aside from him being a tremendous opponent, I just think you’re going to see me go out there and deliver in big match situations, so I’m looking forward to the energy and the crowd and the match itself.
Houser: It wasn’t that long ago that you came up; what is it like that you built the brand for yourself as Seth Rollins and you’re about to take on a younger talent in his first big match?
Rollins: It’s super-exciting for me, actually, to be on the other side of the coin. You know even last year, you go back to SummerSlam and look at my match with John Cena, and I feel like we’re in a complete role reversal. I feel like I’m in the John Cena position this year and Finn Balor is in my position, so it’s crazy, you know, how much can change in a year. I’m looking forward to that challenge because it’s a new challenge for me; it’s not something I’m used to. And now in the locker room, I’m almost a veteran at this point, which is just wild with all the new guys coming up and stuff like that. For me it’s a tremendous honor. It’s cool to be looked at that way, as a leader and as someone who’s going to help take this generation to the next level.
Houser: What are Finn Balor’s talents that you see?
Rollins: In the ring, Finn Balor is one of the most polished performers that we have. He’s got a uniqueness about him the way he moves; obviously, the Demon King side of his persona is very interesting and differentiates him from a lot of the other talent that we have right now on the roster. I just think there’s just something about him; he’s just one of those guys where you can’t put your finger on it. He’s got that, that “it” factor, that I can’t miss a Finn Balor match.
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.