Seth Rollins successfully defended the WWE World Heavyweight Championship last night against Demon Kane at WWE’s annual Hell in a Cell event.
The match between Rollins and Kane was the culmination of months and months of interaction between Seth and “Corporate Kane” as members of The Authority, a fictional faction fronted by real-life future owners Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.
Seth joined The Authority in June of last year after turning on his longtime in-ring partners from The Shield, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose. Kane joined The Authority two years ago, the night after returning at WWE’s 2013 Hell in a Cell event following a two-month break. On that episode of Monday Night Raw, Kane debuted his cleaned-up persona, which came to be known as Corporate Kane (as opposed to the masked version, which came to be known as “Demon Kane.”)
Since the time that both Seth Rollins and Kane have been a part of The Authority, Kane has helped Seth Rollins on his way to the top. Most notably, Kane helped Seth win the contract that would eventually lead to Rollins winning the WWE title at WrestleMania 31.
Over the last month or so, Kane’s character started having problems reconciling that he was both Corporate Kane and Demon Kane — as Corporate Kane, he seemed to have no recollection of the actions of Demon Kane. Most of these actions were detrimental to champion Seth Rollins. The tension between Rollins and the “Devil’s Favorite Demon” continued to grow until a match was booked for this year’s Hell in a Cell match, where Seth would have to defend his belt.
Then, as reported by WWE, Stephanie made a big announcement for Seth Rollins and Kane on Monday Night Raw two weeks ago. If Demon Kane didn’t beat Rollins at HIAC, then Corporate Kane would lose his prestigious position as Director of Operations.
Since inserting himself into the main event of WrestleMania and winning the match that included both Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar, Seth Rollins has run up an impressive list of challengers that he sent away title-less. Seth’s successful defenses include matches against John Cena, Randy Orton, Sting, and Dean Ambrose, as well as return matches against both Lesnar and Reigns.
While Seth’s win wasn’t a big surprise to many wrestling fans, as Bleacher Report recounted, it wasn’t portrayed as an easy victory. At one point, Rollins power-bombed Kane onto the Spanish announce table, hoping it would lead to a count-out victory. The challenger, however, would make it back to the ring before the ref counted to 10, and Seth Rollins was forced to continue. Channeling the late Eddie Guerrero, Rollins hit a “five-star frog splash” from the top ropes, but that still wasn’t enough to keep the Undertaker’s kayfabe brother down.
It wasn’t until Rollins hit his finisher — the Pedigree — that the Big Red Monster finally stayed down for the one, two, three. Seth Rollins is still the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, and Corporate Kane will no longer have a job as the WWE’s Director of Operations.
As of Monday morning, it has been 210 days since Seth Rollins first captured the belt on March 29 in San Francisco. Seth has held the title longer than anyone since the WWE Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship were merged into the current version in December of 2013.
Seth Rollins’ successful title defense was the sixth match on the Hell in a Cell card last night (including the match from the Hell in a Cell kick-off show), and it was followed by two others. The full results are as follows:
- Cesaro, Neville and Dolph Ziggler defeated King Barrett, Rusev and Sheamus
- Alberto Del Rio defeated John Cena for the WWE United States Championship
- Roman Reigns defeated Bray Wyatt in a Hell in a Cell match
- The New Day defeated the Dudley Boyz in a WWE Tag Team Championship match
- Charlotte defeated Nikki Bella in a WWE Divas Championship match
- Seth Rollins defeated Kane in a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match
- Kevin Owens defeated Ryback in a WWE Intercontinental Championship match
- Brock Lesnar defeated the Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell match
Tune in to Monday Night Raw tonight to see what’s next for Seth Rollins and all of the rest of the WWE Superstars.
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