The first man to ever hold the WWE World Heavyweight and United States Championship at the same time, Seth Rollins has a plate full of icon as he prepares to defend both titles at the upcoming Night of Champions event against Sting and John Cena.
The Architect must find a way to fight through the massive challenge that stand before him as he attempts to prove to The Authority, the Superstars, and the WWE Universe that he truly is The Man in WWE. So, how did Seth Rollins fare this past week on Raw?
Here's how the action from Baltimore went down:
Seth Rollins is out first to address his double-title defense situation. Rollins runs down his accomplishments and how he “knocked John Cena off the top of the WWE Mountain.” Rollins takes a jab at the City of Baltimore while discussing his own “greatness.” Rollins brings up the legacy of Sting and how he intends to “crush” that legacy. Rollins then states that he will turn Sting and Cena into “opportunities” and that he will “own them” at Night of Champions. Rollins goes on to discuss his missing statue which causes Sting to appear on the Titantron; in possession of the statue. Sting tells Rollins to “come and get it” before exiting the picture. This brings out Seamus who barks threats at Rollins regarding the Money in the Bank briefcase – claiming that if Rollins wins both matches at Night of Champions, he will then face a third.
Backstage: Seth Rollins approaches Stephanie McMahon; looking for Triple H and hoping that the Cerebral Assassin has a plan for his troubles. Triple H appears and informs Rollins that he needs to shift his focus and prepare to compete twice at Night of Champions – placing Rollins in two matches on Raw.
Paige vs. Sasha Banks
This very match was cut short last week due to the Beat the Clock Challenge. However, this week the two former NXT Women’s Champions were given enough time to put on a strong opening contest. Following a distraction from Naomi, Sasha Banks would score the roll-up victory.
Match Winner: Sasha Banks
Match Result: 6/10
Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose vs. The Ascension
This match served mainly as a reminder that Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose can function well as a tag team as the duo made short work of The Ascension.
Match Winners: Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose
Match Rating: 2/10
Post-Match: The Wyatt Family appear on screen to “warn” of the impending “apocalypse” at Night of Champions.
Backstage: Renee Young interviews Ryback about his match with Seth Rollins. The interview is interrupted by Kevin Owens who plants a future contender seed.
Seth Rollins vs. Ryback
Ryback looked all right throughout this match; which could be attributed to Seth Rollins and his ability to make an opponent look strong. Ryback actually picks up the victory following a distraction from Sting; who once again appeared on the Titantron with Rollins’ statue.
Match Winner: Ryback
Match Rating: 6/10
Post-Match: Sting appears again; this time placing a Sting mask over the face of Rollins’ statue … and the mind games continue.
Backstage: Seth Rollins searches for Sting but is interrupted by The New Day who do their usual song-and-dance. Rollins is then approached by Edge and Christian. The Rated-R Superstars gets in Rollins’ face before the champion walks away. Edge and Christian and The New Day exchange comedy routines before The Dudley Boyz appear and join in on the antics.
Summer Rae is out in the ring to apologize to Rusev for the Dolph Ziggler situation. Rusev comes out to hear Summer’s apology. Summer praises “The Bulgarian Brute” and informs him that “Ziggler has been seducing her for weeks.” Summer says that she has “betrayed” Rusev before she is cut off from Rusev who accepts her apology. Rusev says that Summer is the real “victim” of the situation. Of course, Dolph Ziggler makes his way down to the ring who lays out Rusev with a Super Kick … Summer and Rusev retreat to the back.
Backstage: Randy Orton is shown talking to Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns.
Randy Orton vs. Sheamus
This was pretty much the same match we have been watching for weeks – a physical bout which lasted for a while and saw Randy Orton gain the victory via RKO.
Match Winner: Randy Orton
Match Rating: 5/10
Post-Match: The Wyatt Family attack Randy Orton.
The Dudley Boyz vs. Los Matadores
Not much of a match to report here: The Dudley Boyz are back and it has been nice to watch.
Match Winners: The Dudley Boyz
Match Rating: 2/10
Post-Match: Los Matadores beat on El Torito (The Bull) until Bubba Ray and D-Von step-in and engage in some table breaking.
The Miz vs. Cesaro
What began as a good match was ruined by Big Show when he came out in pursuit of The Miz. (Pointless)
Match Winner: Double Count Out
Match Rating: 3/10
Team Bella come out to address the WWE Universe and Nikki Bell’s championship reign. Nikki claims that the BellaTron is the “most important countdown in WWE history.” Team P.C.B. interrupt; Charlotte informs Nikki that her petition to The Authority to have her Divas Championship match early has been granted for next week on Raw. The six girls brawl with Team P.C.B. coming out on top.
John Cena and Prime Time Players vs. Seth Rollins and The New Day
This six-man contest was far from great yet distant enough from horrible; mediocre at best. The finish would see John Cena score the pinfall on Kofi Kingston following an Attitude Adjustment.
Match Winners: John Cena and Prime Time Players
Match Rating: 5/10
Post-Match: John Cena joins in on the “Millions of Dollars” dance with Prime Time Players before Sting appears one last time on the Titantron with Seth Rollins’ statue. Sting pushed the sought-after statue into the back of a garbage truck which compacts and destroys the figure of Rollins.
There is definitely a feeling in the air – a feeling that Sting capturing the WWE World Heavyweight Championship is the right move at Night of Champions. However, “The Icon” is North of fifty and – while still solid in the ring – has seen better days. Perhaps the sentimental victory will take place but hopefully Sheamus will cash-in his contract and quickly take the gold away from Sting. The record books will still show that Sting is a former WWE World Heavyweight Champion, right?
Kevin Owens as the next challenger for the Intercontinental Championship is a good move for the time being. Putting the title on Owens would be an even better move. Ryback had his run and it’s time to see someone new hold the belt.
What will happen when Charlotte wins the Divas Championship? Tension between Charlotte, Paige, and Becky Lynch would make for some interesting storyline within the Divas division. Something about Charlotte screams heel and a turn would be welcomed. Hopefully, amid all these developments Sasha Banks remains relevant on the scene as “The Boss” is one of the best young Divas on the roster.
How come Lana has to be associated with a man? Let’s see what she can do on her own. Dolph Ziggler needs a new angle; something a little more “grown up” and a lot less “high school.”
The new version of The Wyatt Family and their new “doomsday theory” remains intriguing but don’t grow too attached. WWE will eventually blow the second coming of The Wyatt Family much like the first go ‘round.
It is about time Randy Orton is given something new as we have been watching “The Viper” and Sheamus fight each other for weeks in a feud that has gone stale.
Will John Cena recapture the United States Championship? Does it even matter? The future is inevitable. John Cena will eventually tie Ric Flair for all-time World Championship victories.
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