Seth Rollins made history tonight when he defeated John Cena in a “Winner Takes All” match to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion and the WWE United States Champion at the same time, a feat never accomplished by any other wrestler. SummerSlam is currently broadcasting live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Seth Rollins and John Cena fought in an excellent contest, one that ended with former The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, making a huge heel turn to cost Cena the match. Rollins and Stewart have been at odds for weeks on WWE TV, which makes the result all the more shocking.
In an excellent match, one that saw several near falls, reversals, stolen finishing moves and a referee bump, Rollins came out on top when Stewart, the guest host of the evening, entered the ring with a steel chair. Teasing an attack on his foe, and with the referee down, he eventually blasted Cena in the ribs with the chair and placed it on the mat, completing his heel turn. Rollins then dropped Cena with a Pedigree onto the chair for the 1-2-3. The relentless Brooklyn crowd erupted in joy for Rollins, who has now made history as a double champion.
The result “overshadowed” a fantastic match, a major highlight of the four-hour event. Rollins debuted new attire for the match, a white and gold outfit as opposed to his black and gold default. Cena, who had a chance to become a sixteen-time champion – a feat that would tie Ric Flair’s legendary record – teased a win on several occasions, even slapping on Flair’s patented Figure Four Leg Lock at one point. Rollins responded with aerial offence and even stole Cena’s AA finishing move, a moment that popped the crowd. Eventually, it would be the outside interference that decided the outcome, one that is sure to ignite WWE TV for the near-future.
Rollins, who originally won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania by cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase retains his title and also obtains John Cena’s United States Championship in the process, a stipulation of their “Winner Takes All” match. Seth Rollins is the first WWE Superstar to hold both titles, a record that is extremely rare. Very few wrestlers have held two single titles at once – the most notable is The Ultimate Warrior, who held both the WWE Championship and the Intercontinental Championship in 1990, before being stripped of the latter.
The years 2014 and 2015 have seen a meteoric rise to the top for Rollins. Since splitting from The Shield year, turning against Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns in the process, Rollins joined The Authority and, in doing so, won the Money in the Bank briefcase, a contract that allowed him to earn a title shot of his choosing at any time. Several months later, at Wrestlemania, he cashed in on a weakened Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns during their WWE World Heavyweight Championship main-event match to win his first singles title.
Seth Rollins WWE World Heavyweight Championship reign continues…when Monday Night RAW broadcasts tomorrow night, it should make for interesting viewing.
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