In classic heel form, Stephanie McMahon teased the members of the WWE Universe in Denver last night that they’d get to see Roman Reigns challenge Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship — only to be told the match won’t be happening until Survivor Series.
Just over one week ago, as WWE recounts, Seth Rollins successfully defended the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against the “Demon” Kane at WWE’s annual Hell in a Cell event. Despite the fact that “Corporate” Kane’s job as Director of Operations was on the line, the Undertaker’s little brother couldn’t put “The Architect” away, and Rollins retained his gold.
Claiming that Rollins had already beaten any and all challengers — including John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Sting, Kane, and Dean Ambrose — Chief Operating Officer Triple H decided on last week’s episode of Monday Night Raw that the next challenger for Seth’s title would have to earn it. Four preliminary matches were set up for last week’s Raw, and the winners of those four matches would go on to the main event. The main event would be a “Fatal Fourway” match, and the winner would be declared the new No. 1 contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Roman Reigns was named to one of the qualifying matches, in which he defeated Kofi Kingston to qualify for the main event. Up against United States Champion Alberto Del Rio, Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens, and “The Showoff” Dolph Ziggler, Roman Reigns wouldn’t blow his opportunity. After reversing a pop-up powerbomb into a Superman punch, Reigns hit his patented spear on Owens to secure the victory.
To start off Monday Night Raw last night, Reigns made his way through the audience to the ring (per usual) and grabbed a mic. He admitted that Seth Rollins was good but was adamant that he himself would be the next champ. This, of course, brought out the current champ. Rollins also admitted that Reigns was good, but he quickly reminded his former Shield brother how WrestleMania 31 ended, when Rollins surprised Reigns and then-champion Brock Lesnar by inserting himself into the main event and pinning Reigns to become WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
From there, standard smack-talking took place, prompting Rollins to approach the ring as if to accept Reigns’ challenge for a fight. Rollins’ seemingly hesitant walk to the ring was interrupted by The Authority, Triple H, and Stephanie McMahon. Vince’s daughter had quite an earful for the WWE Universe at the Pepsi Center.
“If we’re going to do this, then we need to make it official. How many of you want to see Roman Reigns go one-on-one with Seth Rollins? I’ll do you one better! How many of you want to see Roman Reigns face Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship? Then you’re going to get it! Just… not tonight.”
After the power couple had a good laugh, Triple H quickly followed up, ironically flubbing his lines, “I told you they’d buy it. I mean, I get it, we’re at altitude [sic], but high how [sic] are you people?”
The power couple both giggled before moving on.
“Truly. I mean, you think we’re going to give away a match of this caliber here? In Denver? No, no, no, no, no. Roman Reigns — the number one contender — facing Seth Rollins — the representative of the entire Authority… the WWE World Heavyweight Championship… That match will be in two weeks [sic] at the 29th anniversary of Survivor Series.”
Triple H then announced the main event for WWE Raw tonight. It would be a traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match. Both Rollins and Reigns would have to find four tag team partners before the end of the show. Recruiting on-camera throughout the show, we knew going into the main event that Seth Rollins would be joined by Kevin Owens and all three members of The New Day, including a returning Xavier Woods. Reigns’ teammates wouldn’t be revealed until they made their way to the ring. The return of Jay Uso made it possible for Roman’s cousins the Usos to join his team, along with Ryback and former Shield member Dean Ambrose.
Xavier Woods was eliminated from the match almost immediately by the Usos. After a commercial break, Kofi Kingston was the next victim of the Usos, and “Team Reigns” took a 5-3 advantage. But Big E would eliminate Jay Uso, and Owens would follow up quickly by eliminating his brother Jimmy to even the score. After another commercial break, Ryback eliminated Big E and was then quickly eliminated by Seth Rollins, evening things up at 2-2. After Ambrose was able to eliminate Owens, the three men who formerly made up The Shield were left in the ring, Reigns and Ambrose against Seth Rollins. As things became too much for the champion to handle, he intentionally eliminated himself by disqualification when he used a steel chair to attack his opponents.
As WWE Raw went off the air, Roman Reigns got a brief taste of revenge when he hit Rollins with a Superman punch that sent him rolling out of the ring. As PWMania reported, there was no dark match main event, and Dean Ambrose received a bigger pop than Reigns.
At last year’s Survivor Series, Seth Rollins headed “Team Authority.” He pinned John Cena and was the last man on his team eliminated before Dolph Ziggler won the match. Reigns was out with an injury. In 2013, when both Reigns and Rollins were a part of The Shield, they were both part of an elimination match at Survivor Series. As the match neared its end, Seth Rollins was eliminated by Rey Mysterio, leaving Reigns alone to face Mysterio and Goldust by himself. Roman eliminated them both (for a total of four eliminations in the match) to become the sole survivor. The two debuted on the WWE main roster together in 2012 at the Survivor Series when they helped CM Punk defeat Ryback and John Cena in the main event.
At last night’s Monday Night Raw, a second match was announced for Survivor Series. Current title-holder Charlotte will face Paige for the WWE Divas Championship.
Seth Rollins is scheduled to defend the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against No. 1 contender Roman Reigns at the 29th annual WWE Survivor Series. The event begins at 8 p.m. EST on Sunday, November 22. Survivor Series will stream live and on-demand via the WWE Network.
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