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    Burn It Down!: The Top 25 Matches of Seth Rollins' Career

    Burn It Down!


    The Top 25 Matches
    of Seth Rollins' Career

    So, I had some free time on my hands this month. I thought I’d undertake a project of sorts. I’ve never done a whole lot of match reviewing. I’ve dropped a few here and there, but they’re random and mostly a thing that I would do when bored. So, I figured I’d try my hand at doing some more in depth reviewing. In this case, by watching a bunch of a wrestler’s best matches and compiling a list of their 25 greatest. Or at least, the 25 best in my opinion.

    Why Seth Rollins? Well, that’s a great question. He’s kind of a polarizing figure among the IWC. Lots of people love him, it seems, but there are a good few detractors out there. Beyond that, I’ve gathered that some people just outright hate him. I’m a fan of Rollins, myself though I do understand where the criticisms of him come from. Since we’re getting ready to watch him square off with Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania 35, I thought he’d be a great pick to take a look at in preparation for the biggest match of his WWE career so far.

    Like I said, I don’t do a whole lot of reviewing, and after this, some of you may hope I never do it again. I think it’s important to point out that above all else, what I value in wrestling is entertainment. I’m the kind of person to rate Goldberg vs. Lesnar from WrestleMania highly just because it was an awesome match to watch. The only thing I need to rate a match highly is to be thoroughly entertained by it. On top of that, I am a fan of technical wrestlers, cruiserweights, brawlers, spot monkeys and crash dummies. It is possible for me to enjoy any kind of match. I don’t hate any matches because they lack a big spot, or because they lack psychology. And on the flip side, I can love a match that is nothing but stunts or chain wrestling. Basically, I just don’t have much a criteria for how I rate matches other than my personal enjoyment. But, for the sake of this, I will say that I tried to rank these matches based on a few things… How good the match was, how good Seth Rollins in particular was, and the significance of the match as a whole.

    Now, I’m getting this started a little late. My hope was to wrap this up before Rollins wrestles Lesnar at Mania and I’m still going to do that, unless there are any major objections. That means we’re going to need to do a few matches a day and I intend to post the top match(es) the day of the show. Hopefully you’ll all be down for the ride. If this goes down well I think I’ll definitely be open to do more of these for other wrestlers. I already have a few mind that I’d like to tackle. But, enough of that. I will kick off the countdown later today!
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    Re: Burn It Down: The Top 25 Matches of Seth Rollins' Career

    Looking forward to it. To me there’s a clear #1 that comes to mind so I’ll be interested to see where that comes in your countdown.

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    Looking forward to it. To me there’s a clear #1 that comes to mind so I’ll be interested to see where that comes in your countdown.
    The 49-minute 1-hour draw with Nigel, agreed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marketh View Post
    The 49-minute 1-hour draw with Nigel, agreed.
    ROH would be a good chunk of this, probably, if I were including it. But this will just be his WWE career.

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    ROH would be a good chunk of this, probably, if I were including it. But this will just be his WWE career.
    So we won't be seeing his other 1-hour draw with Aries where he bladed his forehead after a Brainbuster on the ramp?

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    WrestleMania 33
    Seth Rollins vs. Triple H

    This one’s going to go over like a lead balloon. If you feel like shitting all over this match, I wouldn’t bother. I read the WrestleMania 33 discussion thread and your outrage has been noted.

    This match obviously was years in the making. Rollins joined forces with Triple H’s Authority to win his first WWE World Heavyweight Championship. That reign ended when his knee imploded at a house show. He returned and soon found himself contending for the Universal Championship, only to get screwed over by Triple H who labeled him a failure who wasn’t able to live up to the expectations set for him. This didn’t sit well with Rollins who would set out to provoke Triple H to step inside the ring once again. Since Rollins was still dealing with the effects of the knee injury, this match had to be made an Unsanctioned Match so that Triple H could not be held liable for anything that would happen to Rollins in this match.

    Honestly, the biggest problem with this match is how much they try to put over the knee injury of Rollins. His initial injury was so long ago at this point. Even with all the attacks on it from Triple H and Samoa Joe leading up to this, they really try to frame it like his knee could just shatter to bits at any moment. They could have still told the same story without exaggerating the extent of his injury. If they had not tried to paint it as being so severe, there would have been a lot less hatred towards this match, I think. Anyways, the match goes about as you’d expect. Triple H tortures Seth’s knee with his usual old school, grit and grind style. Rollins has to sweat it out through the pain to shift the momentum. For some reason they don’t even take advantage of the weapons for like the whole first half of the match. Wouldn’t have hurt to introduce those sooner. More than any irrational high risk spots Rollins goes for, I question why Triple H would elbow drop a steel chair when he could just stomp on it. Anyways, the final stretch is back and forth where the two guys counter the Pedigree like eighteen times before Seth knocks Triple H into Stephanie on the apron, causing her to fall through the table for the biggest pop of the match. Triple H gets real angry looking, turns around, and eats the Pedigree and the loss.

    I’m going to say something that might be kind of unpopular here - sometimes Triple H’s matches go on too long. Harsh, I know, but I think it needs to be said. I also have to acknowledge that this match exemplifies the biggest problem people seem to have with Rollins, which is the no-selling. I guess first and foremost I have to say that I prefer realism when possible but some questionable selling does not destroy a match for me, either. It’s theater. Rollins is the vulnerable hero with the heart of a champion who has to overcome the odds. It’s the oldest story in entertainment. A more original and grounded approach would have made this match better, I’ll admit, but anyone who expected that has clearly never seen a WrestleMania. And I have to add that Rollins’ selling wasn’t even that fucking bad. He was selling the injury literally the entire match. He limped. He grabbed his knee after pretty much every move he performed. He was launching off his good leg to land the enziguri and superkicks. Yes he did the falcon arrow and the phoenix splash but a) pain does not necessarily equal a lack of stability b) storyline wise his career is basically riding on this match, people tend to do incredible things when the stakes are this high and c) Seth Rollins is a real life freak of nature. I also feel like the use of such high impact offense on his part makes perfect sense. He’s swinging for the fences because he doesn’t know how long his knee is going to hold up. He has to make every move count. Honestly, after watching this match several times, I feel like if you’re burying Seth for his performance here, it’s only because you actually hate him or aren’t willing to look at the big picture. So I think his offensive approach, plus Stephanie being Hunter’s undoing, and the fact he won with the Pedigree combined to make for a pretty well told story here, personally. Now, having said all of those positives, I will once again acknowledge this match has its share of negatives. It’s not a great match and it’s not the worst thing to ever happen inside a ring either. It’s just fine. Nonetheless, it’s such an important match in Seth’s career that I happen to actually like, that I had to squeeze it into this thread.

    ***

    #24.



    Battleground 2016
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    Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose ©

    There was a lot riding on this match, quite honestly. Seth Rollins had just come back and defeated Roman Reigns in order to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship when Dean Ambrose cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase to take the title for himself. Then the brand split occurred, with Dean Ambrose going to Smackdown and both Rollins and Reigns sticking around on Raw. This match would be the final chance for these three to face off, and for Rollins or Reigns to try to win the belt to bring it over to Raw. This is also the first and last time all three members of The Shield would meet in a triple threat match. I think that pretty much says it all right there. There’s not many triple threats you could cook up in modern WWE that would eclipse this in terms of anticipation and significance.

    Seth is pretty heelish in this one, but seems to be the favorite of the fans based on introductions. There even seems to be a “Let’s go Rollins!” chant before the match if I’m not mistaken. Roman of course gets shit on with a “Roman sucks” chant. They have themselves a good old fashioned standoff to begin the match, with Rollins mocking the other two, until Reigns shoulder blocks him to get things started. Ambrose and Reigns are still friends and team up on Rollins until Ambrose tries a school boy on Reigns, that leads to them going at it. This one takes quite some time to get some momentum going. The fans are just apathetic towards Reigns and Ambrose fighting and things aren’t a whole lot better when Rollins is involved. The first thing that gets any real reaction is Reigns superman punching Rollins and then immediately catching a huge clothesline from Ambrose. Then Rollins and Ambrose team up to mug Reigns and the fans really come alive. They put Reigns through the Spanish announce table with a Shield style powerbomb, then there’s another callback to when Rollins destroyed The Shield as he grabs a steel chair and blasts Ambrose and Reigns. There’s a great counter of Ambrose countering the buckle bomb with a hurricanrana into the corner. Ambrose goes high risk, but Rollins catches him and executes the superplex/falcon arrow combination for the two count. Reigns comes back into the match for the finishing stretch. He delivers a couple of huge powerbombs on his opponents, but can’t score the win. He also kicks out of the Pedigree. Rollins tried another, but Roman blocks it. Rollins instead hits a buckle bomb, which Reigns comes out of with a Superman punch, just like in their MITB match, and then splits Rollins in half with the spear. Ambrose rolls in and grabs Reigns, plants him with Dirty Deeds and get the three count!

    Quite simply put this match did not live up to expectations. It simply wasn’t fitting for these three huge stars with so much history to finally meet in a triple threat match and for it to feel so anticlimactic. A big part of that I put on the crowd who were indifferent or, at times, downright negative throughout this match. It had its ups. A fair amount of them, even. The powerbomb through the table, the callback to Rollins turning on his brothers, all of the stuff Ambrose and Rollins did one on one and it’s not like Reigns was actually bad, either. Sadly, the hate for Reigns was really just so evident throughout and I think the fans in the arena were probably resigned to believing that he was going to win, so they just never gave the match a chance. In a different setting, this would have been a much more memorable match. Instead, I can only say it was decent.

    ***

    #23.



    Money in the Bank 2014
    Money in the Bank Ladder Match
    Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Jack Swagger vs. Rob Van Dam

    At this point in time, Seth Rollins had turned on his Shield brethren to join The Authority as Triple H’s handpicked future face of the company. So, despite there being six men in this match, the story is really dominated by just two of them: Rollins and Ambrose. Rollins is out to validate Triple H’s investment in him, while Ambrose is out to pay Rollins back for his betrayal a few weeks back.

    The match gets off to a quick start, as Dean is the last man to enter and he slides in and immediately appears Rollins to begin the proceedings. Things are pretty typical as far as structure. Everyone gets their moments to shine and do their spots. Kofi of course has a lot of the show stealing spots, such as when his ladder get knocks over and he lands on the top rope, using it to springboard out to the competitors on the floor. Seth Rollins seems to take the brunt of the ladder offense in this match. He takes a suplex onto a ladder propped in the corner. He takes a Rolling Thunder on a ladder. He also eats a superplex off one of the tall ladders. And perhaps most tragically, he takes a back body drop from the ladder onto a horizontal ladder that is placed between the vertical one and the ropes. Towards the end of the match, Dean gets ejected from the match by the doctors due to a shoulder injury he re-aggravates. He returns and demolishes Rollins with a steel chair and seems to have a clear path to the briefcase until fire shoots from the ring posts and Kane arrives to murder The Lunatic Fringe with a chokeslam and tombstone. With Dean out of the picture, Rollins skates to a win in his first Money in the Bank ladder match! Afterwards, The Authority arrive to raise their guy's hand in victory.

    It felt like easily the two most over people in this match were Kingston and Ziggler. Two guys who really exemplify WWE's dropping the ball on hot faces. Even so, this was a logical result. All too often it feels like the guy who goes through the most punishment in these matches doesn't get to win. That's not the case here. Rollins gets the win and a golden opportunity but he paid a price physically to get that prize. He was also getting a good amount of heel heat, easily more than Swagger, so out of the two villainous choices here, Rollins makes the most sense and it also helps to perpetuate his feud with Ambrose. One of the biggest factors that held this match down for me was Kane's interference at the end. Again, I have to admit, it was a logical move to help transition Kane into The Authority, keep Dean looking strong and generate sympathy while making Rollins look like a prick, all at once. The only thing is that it takes so long for the whole finish to unfold and there are four other guys in this match that are just scattered around the floor waiting while all this goes down. Ultimately I think this ranks in the top ten MITB ladder matches. Though, since I'm just so desensitized to ladder matches at this point, it's going to have to end up on the lower end of Seth's greatest matches.

    ***

    #22.



    Monday Night Raw - 8/3/2015
    WWE World Heavyweight Championship
    Seth Rollins © vs. Neville

    A week after dropping a match to John Cena (and breaking his nose) Seth Rollins came on Raw with something to prove. Thus, he held an open challenge in “honor” of Cena, for anyone in the back come out and take him on for his belt. Based on the booking of Rollins’ title reign to this point, I would have expected a midget John Cena or something along those lines. They teased it being El Torito. Thankfully, it was actually a good wrestler. None other than Neville stepped up to accept the challenge for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Unfortunately, it would be Neville’s first and last time challenging for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Who would’ve guessed.

    It doesn’t take long for this match to pick up steam. It’s a lot of Rollins being a cock and Neville being fast for the sake of being fast. The crowd loathes Rollins and are huge into Neville despite giving him a lukewarm reception when he stepped up to the challenge. His firs near fall comes when he catches Rollins with a mid-air superkick and then spike him with an inverted Frankensteiner. The second near fall comes after Neville’s deadlift, hesitation German Suplex. The third one comes when Neville counters the Pedigree into a jackknife pin, which gets a 2.99999999 count. The fans become furious because of how close it is. Then Neville hits a top rope Frankensteiner followed by the Red Arrow. His hooks Rollins’ legs and seems to get the three count upon first look. But the referee then points at the ropes to point out that Rollins’ foot was on the rope. I think the entire building was duped. Neville takes too long arguing with the referee before trying his next Red Arrow, so Rollins moves out of the way and wiped out Neville with the Pedigree to retain his title.

    This was a short match that packed a lot of punch. The fans were simply electric for this. I won’t lie - Neville carried this thing big time. Rollins got in very little offense, and when he did, it was mostly punishing strikes and things of that nature. But, to Rollins’ credit, his selling and timing was really good. He let Neville have the spotlight and had us all believing Neville really might just pull this thing off. It’s truly one of the most nerve racking matches in recent memory. Rewatching it doesn’t really do it justice when you know the result and have the rest of Neville’s career to be sad about, but that doesn’t take away from how special it felt in the moment.

    ***

    #21.



    Payback 2014
    No Holds Barred Elimination Tag
    The Shield vs. Evolution

    After ousting Evolution the prior month at Extreme Rules in a match that wasn’t no holds barred for some reason, we have a rematch here that is no holds barred and will be elimination style. Their last match did get out of hand though, as Amrose, Rollins, Triple H and Orton brawled into the stands, while Reigns finished Batista off back in the ring. Based off the last match and the fact they were in the legendary wrestling city of Chicago, I went into this one expecting some hell to be unleashed. And that’s pretty much what happened.

    Right out of the box, they split up. Reigns takes on Batista, Ambrose takes on Orton and Rollins takes on Triple H. They all fight into various sections of the crowd which makes for some less than ideal production as they’re cutting between the three groups and you really don’t see much action from any of them. For some reason they come back to the ring and get back on the apron and we have a more traditional tag format going forward. Which was kind of odd, because of how things started, I was under the impression it was going to be organized mayhem. I’ll say this, they definitely made up their mind at this point that they wanted Reigns to be the most protected guy in The Shield. Every move Reigns executes is followed up by Cole putting him over as a fucking juggernaut. He overpowers Batista and Triple H and takes very little offense for the entirety of the match. Rollins pulls out the Three Amigos in the middle of the match and gets the fans chanting “Eddie! Eddie! Eddie!”. Batista just gets shit on every time he breathes. And I kind of feel like he deserves it for the all blue attire he chose for this match. After some goofing around they finally get back to chaos as everyone starts fighting around the ring and back in the stands. Evolution bands together to give Reigns a triple powerbomb through the announce desk and despite having all three members of The Shield incapacitated, they don’t pin Reigns. They mock The Shield’s fist taunt, and while they’re going that, Ambrose reemberges from the stands to takes out all three members of Evolution by jumping off the announce table. Orton and Triple H stumble into the same spot where Rollins comes soaring in with a tope con hilo to take them down again. Evolution is able to regroup and hit Ambrose with a back suplex onto the seat of a chair, and a Pedigree onto the chair for Rollins. They then gang up on Reigns who is still selling the effects of the triple powerbomb. Things get ugly when they sprawl Reigns over the steel steps and lay into him with kendo stick strikes to the back. They continue to decimate Reigns as well as Ambrose until Rollins suddenly appears on top of the LED screen at the top of the ramp and in a bit of an homage to his leap from the stands at the last PPV, he takes flight and crashes down into all three member of Evolution. He stumbles back to the ring where he and Batista square off. Batista lifts him for the Batista Bomb, but Rollins is able to free himself right as Reigns slides in and spears the hell out of Batista, allowing Rollins to make the cover and eliminate Blue-tista. Ambrose then takes out Orton with a Dirty Deeds onto a steel chair. Which certainly calls into question why they were tagging in and out earlier, but now there’s no regard for who the legal man is. Gonna have to shave a few points off this one for that lack of logic. So, it’s just Triple H against all three men. Orton slides him his sledgehammer, which he hits Ambrose with. As he measures up Reigns, Rollins soars in with a flying knee which gives Reigns the opening to spear Triple H and make the pin. A clean sweep for The Shield.

    I have to rank this one above the match they had at Extreme Rules, for a couple of reasons. The one thing I’ll go ahead and grant the Extreme Rules match is that they kept it short, which I thought was smart, because the fans absolutely hate Batista and I don’t think they cared much for Orton or Triple H either. And I don’t mean that as in they were good heels, I mean it as in the crowd was just apathetic and not interest in watching Evolution get any offense in whatsoever. But what this match did better than the other match is put over The Shield as a whole, as they each got to eliminate a member of Evolution. It was more brutal, hands down. It had some memorable moments, like Evolution doing the triple powerbomb on Reigns through the table, Randy Orton doing the elevated DDT at the top of the stage on Ambrose, the dive off the big screen by Rollins and the caning of Reigns. It was just a bigger and more meaningful match than the previous match these stables had, therefore I’m going to give it the slight edge in the rankings.

    ***

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    Rollins Vs HHH - one of the worst matches in recent Wrestlemanias and the worst of both men. Dull, meandering match that killed the crowd and needed Brock and Goldberg to wake them up. They're lucky that Bray Vs Orton exists. *


    Rollins Vs Reigns Vs Ambrose - a fun match but one that you can't feel but be a little disappointed. Not really the fault of anyone in particular in the match. Everything involving the GMs really distracted from the match. ***


    Neville Vs Rollins - awesome TV match. Almost certainly my favourite match of Rollins' title reign in 2015 ***3/4


    Money in the Bank - I'm sure this is fine but I'll be honest, all these matches blur together so I don't remember a thing about them.


    The Shield Vs Evolution - good match. I slightly preferred the Payback one but both are a lot of fun ***1/2


    You're a better person than I am for doing this thread. I think the guy is bang average as a singles wrestler and has been for over a decade since Bryan first managed to convince people he was any good. Unless he's in a multi man match or with someone who can reign him in, I don't think he's much good at all. Still a good read so far and will keep up with the thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shock View Post
    Rollins Vs HHH - one of the worst matches in recent Wrestlemanias and the worst of both men. Dull, meandering match that killed the crowd and needed Brock and Goldberg to wake them up. They're lucky that Bray Vs Orton exists. *


    Rollins Vs Reigns Vs Ambrose - a fun match but one that you can't feel but be a little disappointed. Not really the fault of anyone in particular in the match. Everything involving the GMs really distracted from the match. ***


    Neville Vs Rollins - awesome TV match. Almost certainly my favourite match of Rollins' title reign in 2015 ***3/4


    Money in the Bank - I'm sure this is fine but I'll be honest, all these matches blur together so I don't remember a thing about them.


    The Shield Vs Evolution - good match. I slightly preferred the Payback one but both are a lot of fun ***1/2


    You're a better person than I am for doing this thread. I think the guy is bang average as a singles wrestler and has been for over a decade since Bryan first managed to convince people he was any good. Unless he's in a multi man match or with someone who can reign him in, I don't think he's much good at all. Still a good read so far and will keep up with the thread.

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    Thanks for the feedback Shock! I was looking forward to your involvement in this. I'm definitely aware of your feelings towards Rollins and particularly your disdain for the Triple H match. As I noted in the review, I don't blame anyone for rating it low, I just personally felt it was a fine match. Interestingly you've already rated a couple of his matches more favorably than I did. No one's systems are exactly the same so I don't think it means too much, but it is pretty interesting. I already feel a bit of doubt about my placement of the Neville match. It's a ton of fun and one of his most memorable matches. In the end I think I kept it kind of low just because it was short, pretty much occured on a whim and was carried almost entirely by Neville.

    Looking forward to seeing your takes as we keep moving on with the list though. I definitely welcome the discourse!

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    Re: Burn It Down: The Top 25 Matches of Seth Rollins' Career

    All things considered, Triple H Vs Seth would be my vote for worst ever Seth Rollins match, of his WWE run anyway. This was Seth's big mania match and he laid an egg. They killed the crowd which had been pretty good up to this point with their dull, overly long knee story and I actually think it was a jump the shark moment because anytime I see Seth sell the knee early in the match, I don't buy into it because of this match. I have no idea how this has ended up in your top 25.

    I liked the Payback three way but I think it stops short of being great. In fairness there's not many singles matches between these guys that I'd call great, so to put them all together probably wasn't going to improve things. It's a match I'm glad we got at some point in history, but the match didn't have me hoping that they'd share a mania main event one day. Right man won.

    MITBs are MITBs. I don't remember a damn thing about the match.

    Rollins Vs Neville was very good, that would make my top 25 as well. Maddening that Neville did so well in this match and then they barely looked at pushing him again until his demotion to 205 Live.

    I loved the Shield/Evolution tags. No complaints there whatsoever.

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    Re: Burn It Down: The Top 25 Matches of Seth Rollins' Career

    WrestleMania 33
    Seth Rollins vs. Triple H
    April Fools. Ah you got me.

    This was really bad. HHH being his usually dull self trying to be a Cerebral Assassin with his goddawful holds/submission, which in this match were particularly bad. Seth was typical post injury Seth. Robotic comebacks, bad selling, nothing grabbing you.

    I liked the Shield Triple Threat but it was nothing special and didn't do anything to make me want this to main event a WrestleMania of all things.

    Ladder match are typically all the same.

    Neville vs Rollins is the only match I can still remember watching from that disatarious title run.

    The Evolution vs Shield matches ruled. It makes it even more of a shock that Seth turned the next night.

    Good read so far, even if you're wrong

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    Re: Burn It Down: The Top 25 Matches of Seth Rollins' Career

    Quote Originally Posted by MC 16 View Post
    April Fools. Ah you got me.

    This was really bad. HHH being his usually dull self trying to be a Cerebral Assassin with his goddawful holds/submission, which in this match were particularly bad. Seth was typical post injury Seth. Robotic comebacks, bad selling, nothing grabbing you.

    I liked the Shield Triple Threat but it was nothing special and didn't do anything to make me want this to main event a WrestleMania of all things.

    Ladder match are typically all the same.

    Neville vs Rollins is the only match I can still remember watching from that disatarious title run.

    The Evolution vs Shield matches ruled. It makes it even more of a shock that Seth turned the next night.

    Good read so far, even if you're wrong
    Well this isn't the last match from Seth's reign that is going to be on this list.

    But yeah I can mostly agree with you. The Battleground triple threat was good, but it needed to be great. The Evolution matches were a lot of fun. I watched them for the first time while studying up for this project.

    Thanks for the feedback.

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    Extreme Rules 2017
    Extreme Rules Fatal Fiveway
    Seth Rollins vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Finn Balor vs. Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe

    As is the case on many PPVs for the last couple years, the Universal Champion Brock Lesnar just couldn’t be bothered to compete at Extreme Rules 2017. Sure, that leaves a bit of a gap in your card, especially since this is a Raw exclusive show so there’s not another world title to compensate, but there’s an opportunity within that to create a fun high profile match that can close the show. This is what we had here. Five of Raw’s top stars going at it in the main event for the right to challenge for the Universal Championship and since this is Extreme Rules… anything goes baby! Though… it’s a fiveway… so, it’s really extreme rules just in nature because there is no disqualification regardless, but we’re going to go ahead and encourage the use of weapons by actually calling it and Extreme Rules match. Wicked!

    The only thing is, this match isn’t very extreme. Wouldn’t categorize it as any more extreme than a majority of multiman matches, since weapons seem to almost always be introduced at some point in those things nowadays. Most of this match is based around the alliance of Bray Wyatt and Samoa Joe wreaking havoc as a tandem, while we all wait for that alliance to fall apart. Of course it ultimately does, when Wyatt sacrifices Joe to protect himself from a suicide dive from Rollins. The action turns hectic at ringside, with Samoa Joe trying to lock Balor into the Coquina Clutch near the barricade - bad idea. Reigns spears Balor and Joe through the barricade simultaneously. Wyatt is still out on the table so Rollins goes ahead and just frog splashes him through the thing. This leads to a showdown between old pals Rollins and Reigns which is probably the best stretch of the match. The conclusion allows for everyone to get their moment though as the others at ringside recover and enter the fold leading to the finish. The finish line is in sight for Balor who unleashes his arsenal of signature moves on Reigns only for Samoa Joe to emerge out of nowhere and slap the Coquina Clutch on Finn to become the number one contender for the Universal Championship!

    At the time I remember this match being called a MOTY contender. In hindsight, I just don’t see why. It’s good, don’t get me wrong, but the first 20 or so minutes are mostly filler where there’s a considerable amount of laying around being done, and not much that would catch your attention. Even with the final stretch being really good, it isn’t so remarkable that it makes you completely forget about the first two thirds of the contest. I also have to say that the stretches where there actually was a good dose of action was very by the books. Just a lot of signature moves, really. That’s one of the things that holds WWE back in this era. The ring work has come a long way since the early 2000s but it’s like the superstars are required to meet a signature move quota every match. Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns are definitely two of the guys most panned for that style of offense but it’s really a rampant problem that waters down the matches of even the best workers in the company. The highlights of this match were Wyatt DDTing Rollins on the steps, Reigns spearing Balor and Joe through the barricade, Rollins frog splashing Wyatt through the announce table and the final three or so minutes where all hell breaks loose in the ring and Balor nearly gets the win, only for Joe to steal it right out from under him.

    ***¼

    #19.



    SummerSlam 2016
    Universal Championship
    Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor

    With the WWE World Heavyweight Championship going to Smackdown, along with champion Dean Ambrose, Raw had to introduce its own world title. They would do that in the form of the Universal Championship, a big red symbol of dominance. To determine who would carry that title as the inaugural champion, a tournament of sorts was set up to culminate at SummerSlam. Rollins was granted a bye all the way to the finals while eight other men competed to be his opponent. Finn Balor would be that man, as he won a fatal fourway and then bested Roman Reigns one-on-one to qualify for the match. Of course, these were his first two matches on the main roster. In his third, he would meet Seth Rollins for the Universal Championship in one of the main events of SummerSlam. It seems like a century ago when Finn Balor was this incredibly over and beloved phenomenon. But he was a sensation. He has one of the most revered NXT runs ever and came in white hot. Seth Rollins cut some good promos on him to build up the match but things reached a new level when Finn Balor showed up as “The Demon” on Raw and stood tall in their confrontation.

    Rollins arrives looking like a character from Tron, I’m pretty sure. Balor comes out in possibly his best Demon look of all time. He gets an early advantage and goes to work on the previously injured knee of Seth Rollins. Rollins turns the tide with the powerbomb into the barricade which would cause an injury for Balor. Rollins takes a sadistic approach in controlling Balor, even slapping him and calling him “boy” after some trash talking. When Balor makes his comeback, the pace quickens and the fans who pretty much died after Styles vs. Cena start to come back to life a little. For working with an injury, Balor carries on pretty well, though you can tell he’s not comfortable. Balor even takes another fucking buckle bomb for God’s sake. He misses a Coup de Grace and eats a Pedigree, but still kicks out. Ballsy. He then manages to power up and lands a standing double foot stomp into the chest of Rollins, followed by two shotgun dropkicks and capped off with the Coup de Grace! An exhilarating finish to crown the first Universal Champion.

    This match had a lot working against it, to be honest. A zapped crowd, an injured Balor, and a bunch of dickheads in the audience who booed every time the Universal Title was on screen because they’re so EDGY~! Despite all this, they worked a really satisfying match that built slowly to a climactic finish. Rollins played a great villain that made it impossible not to root for Finn. Both men walked out looking very strong and a rematch could very well have been in the cards if Balor didn’t have to step away for surgery. It isn’t one of the best world title matches in SummerSlam history, but I’ve seen worse.

    ***¼

    #18.



    Hell in a Cell 2016
    Universal Championship
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    Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens ©

    After Finn Balor’s injury forced him to vacate the Universal Championship, a fatal fourway was booked to decide who would carry the newly christened title. The competitors of that match were Big Cass, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens and it would be none other than KO who walked out champion after an interference from Triple H that saw him double cross Seth Rollins. The following month, Rollins got to challenge Owens for the title, but lost due to interference of Chris Jericho. This time around, the match would take place inside the steel cell to ensure no outside interference. I mean, there was outside interference in the very first Hell in a Cell match and probably like ten times since, but there definitely wouldn’t be any outside interference this time around!

    The match is mostly methodical and carried by Owens’ sadistic approach to attacking Rollins’ hurt back. It’s a good enough approach because once things heat up, they really heat up. I love the fans in the front row are shouting “KEVIN OWENS SHOW BABY!” as KO is brutalizing Rollins at ringside. In fact, Owens seems pretty over in general here, even though he’s supposed to be the bad guy. But the alliance of Owens and Jericho was a pretty likable one. Speaking of Jericho, he does of course become involved. Owens sprays a referee in the face with a fire extinguisher, and while he’s being helped out, Jericho comes in, locks the cage behind him and takes the key. From there it’s mostly a handicap match. Though Jericho doesn’t get in much offense at all, he constantly interferes to stop Rollins from putting Owens away. Rollins does a nice job of taking on the both of them at once, but he’s unable to overcome the odds in the long run. The match did take a bit to turn into the demolition derbies we’re used to these kinds being, but there are a lot of great highlights, as you’d expect. We have Owens doing the obligatory cannonball to smash Rollins into the cell, we’ve got Owens taking a Falcon Arrow onto the ring apron and we have Rollins hitting his consecutive suicide dives onto Owens, which smashes him into the cell. The biggest highlights are Rollins powerbombing Jericho into the cell, and powerbombing Owens out of the ring and through two tables. The Owens one is especially amazing because he seems to fail at getting Owens up the first time around, so he’s kind of just dangling there. Rollins holds on though and heaves Owens, who clearly is not a light individual, all the way up and into position, and then does a running powerbomb over the top rope and through the tables. Amazing strength from a man who doesn’t scream powerhouse. I could watch Rollins powerbomb people into things all day. Kudos to Owens too, because I don’t think there’s anyone in WWE who takes crazier bumps than he does. The match ends with Owens and Jericho absolutely beating the dogshit out of of Rollins with chairs. Owens spike DDTs Rollins onto a chair and then powerbombs him through the seats of two chairs to finally finish the job.

    This might not make into the Hell in a Cell Hall of Fame, but I sure enjoyed it. The match was slow to begin with, which I don’t think was necessarily a bad thing, but the crowd weren’t really having it. Fortunately, after a great back and forth between the two, the crowd did come alive and the rest of the match was up to the standard that the fans in attendance, as well as myself were expecting. Some of the spots, namely the running powerbomb through two tables that Rollins performed will stand the test of time and belongs in any Hell in a Cell promo video. I know it might not mean much to say this because of the title’s reputation, but this is one of the best Universal Championship matches thus far. It’s also one of KO’s best main roster matches. All in all, the match isn’t extraordinary but it’s worthy of rewatching and I don’t think I could honestly come up with many negatives of this match.

    ***¼

    #17.



    Money in the Bank 2016
    WWE World Heavyweight Championship
    Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns ©

    Rollins’ maiden title reign ended with him suffering an injury in late 2015 which set up Roman Reigns to ascend to the throne, by winning a tournament to become the champion, only to lose it, then reclaim it at WrestleMania 32. Rollins made his surprise return at Extreme Rules to Pedigree Reigns and stake his claim for the title he never lost. This was the birth of “Redesign. Rebuild. Reclaim” Seth Rollins. I think this is also his first match without the blonde streak, for whatever that’s worth. Even though Rollins left as a heel and came back as a heel, he seems to clearly be favored by the fans. Tough scene.

    This match built well throughout. They didn’t storm out of the gates like you may expect. They did a nice slow progression towards a hot finish. It was mostly Reigns manhandling Rollins for the early going and Rollins defiantly fighting back. Rollins is eventually forced to retreat and try to avoid Reigns, but manages to turn the table by throwing Reigns into the steps. Rollins puts his new knee to the test by taking out Reigns with a suicide dive, followed right up by the tope con hilo. From there, Rollins pretty much unleashes his full aerial arsenal like his knee didn’t just implode 6 months ago. They call back to the sunset flip powerbomb spot that injured him, but he hesitates, nearly allowing Roman to counter, only for Rollins to still roll through and take Reigns for a ride leading into the buckle bomb! Rollins comes within a fraction of an inch of pinning Reigns with the superplex rolled into the falcon arrow. Reigns then gets a near fall off the deadlift powerbomb. After a heated face off and some back and forth brawling, Rollins hits a second buckle bomb which Reigns shakes off to land a Superman punch and get another near fall. Out on the floor, Reigns measures Rollins up for a spear through the barricade, but Rollins moves and Reigns hurls himself into the barricade. Reigns sells injury for a while and they bring doctors out, but Rollins decides to continue taking the fight to Reigns. Back in the ring, Rollins sets up for the Pedigree, but Reigns shoves him off into the ref. Reigns then spears Rollins and goes for the pin, but because the ref can’t get over in time, Rollins kicks out. Reigns then measures up for another spear, but Rollins counters the spear into the Pedigree. Reigns kicks out of that one, but is like a wounded animal. Rollins picks him up and hits another Pedigree. This time it’s good enough for the 1-2-3. Rollins wins a match that seemed destined to be a loss. The fact that so few people expected a clean Rollins win (myself included) was just the cherry on top. In fact this was, as far as I can remember, the first time Reigns got pinned clean in a singles match.

    After the match, Dean Ambrose, who won Money in the Bank earlier, ambushes Rollins, cashes in, hits the Dirty Deeds and swipes the WWE World Heavyweight Championship right from under Rollins’ nose. It was an enjoyable ending to the show that got people buzzing. It was a very fitting way for Ambrose to win his first world title after Rollins had cashed in on Reigns at WrestleMania a year earlier.

    This would have been a pretty good opportunity for WWE to go ahead and pull a double turn with these guys. I think it would have went over perfect and it could have salvaged Reigns before they got in too deep with him being the new “SuperCena”. For the most part, Rollins would be a face going forward from this. I would say he never truly turned face until the night Triple H hit him with the Pedigree and gave the Universal Championship to Kevin Owens, but he was getting mostly positive reactions anyways. Since this was close to peak Reigns hatred, they could have gone ahead and had them switch roles in this match. I would say from this point on, if they hadn’t already, the majority of the WWE Universe chose Rollins as the guy they wanted to see carry the torch over Reigns. Only now (ironically as Rollins seems to be headed towards a Universal Championship win) is Reigns reclaiming some of the fanbase.

    ***¼

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    SummerSlam 2014
    Lumberjack Match
    Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose

    This would be Seth’s first big PPV singles match since debuting around 20 months earlier. These two were set to face off at Battleground, but Ambrose was kicked out of the building for attacking Rollins before the match. This caused Rollins to win by forfeit. Rollins, of course, turned on The Shield in order to join The Authority. He then made it a point to have Dean Ambrose included in the Money in the Bank ladder match which Rollins would win with some help from Kane. After being screwed over multiple times by Rollins at this point, Ambrose reached a breaking point and was hellbound on settling the score. It was decided they would face off at SummerSlam with the two of them competing in a Beat The Clock Challenge, where the winner could decide the stipulation of this match. Dean won the challenge and chose to have a Lumberjack match to keep Rollins confined in the ring. Sound enough strategy.

    Only it didn’t go that way at all! In a piece of exquisite booking, this match would actually end up being a knock down, drag out brawl all through the crowd. Ambrose hit a suplex off the apron that took out a bunch of lumberjacks. He then back body dropped Rollins over the barricade and despite the best efforts of the lumberjacks, the fight would continue throughout the arena. Dean fought through the lumberjacks and dove off the announce table onto Rollins in the crowd. The two rivals then fought into the stands with the lumberjacks giving chase at the orders of corporate Kane. Rollins tries to sneak his way out of the match while the lumberjacks are restraining Ambrose, but he gets cut off by The Usos, Big E and Stardust who corral him. The rest of the lumberjacks join in to carry him back to the ring kicking and screaming. When the mob reaches the ringside area, Dean dives off the top rope with an elbow onto Rollins that wipes out the 20 or so lumberjacks as well. It might be a bit of a played out spot, but it was really fitting in this match. Back in the ring, Ambrose seems to cap off the match with the curb stomp on Rollins, but Kane breaks up the pin. Goldust rolls in and gets in Kane’s face. Kane uppercuts Goldust and suddenly the ring becomes flooded with lumberjacks who are all just brawling. The ring clears, with Ambrose doing the honors of dumping Harper and Rowan out. But while the referee and Ambrose are both distracted with the commotion taking place, Rollins grabs his Money in the Bank briefcase and welts Ambrose with it. The shot with the briefcase is enough to keep Ambrose down and out as Rollins picks up the win via pinfall.

    This match is really just great because it’s one of those rare instances where WWE completely flips a stipulation on its head. The lumberjack match is, I think, a terrible stipulation. Most of the time, it just falls back on the usual tropes and rarely has it produced a memorable bout. So this match is almost like watching Razor vs. HBK in their ladder match where there are no high spots and choreographed stunts. You go in thinking, well, there’s going to be nowhere for Rollins to run. When he goes outside the faces will toss him in. If Ambrose goes out, the heels will probably try to jump him. Nope. Most of the match takes place outside of the ring. The use of the lumberjacks in this match is excellent. They are actually the ones who end up on the receiving end of a lot of damage at the hands of Ambrose and Rollins. They also go into the stands as part of the fight. They play into the excellent diving elbow spot that gets the fans chanting “this is awesome!”. And they factor into the finish where they all brawl in the ring in a moment that looks truly chaotic. The fighting in the crowd is a nice touch because, of course, The Shield made a habit of entering through the crowd and a lot of their matches would end up going into that territory as well. The fact that this match is built around mayhem is also a nice touch, with Rollins and Ambrose being known as the agents of chaos in The Shield. It would be nonsense to try to book this match any other way. This a super fun, very rewatchable match, and would have stole the show if not for Brock squashing Cena in the main event.

    ***½

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    The 5 way fucking rules, I loved that match. I feel like Finn's the MVP of it, but everyone played their part.

    Finn/Seth wasn't my kind of match. It's a pretty big what if moment if the injury doesn't happen because Finn would of held that title for the rest of 2016 I feel.

    Owens/Rollins was alright and the running powerbomb was definitely impressive. Wasn't the best HIAC on the show though.

    Reigns/Rollins was very good I thought and unless I'm forgetting something obvious I think it's the best match between two Shield members. I almost wish there was an extra month to the program because it's a shame not to get another singles match between these two for the title.

    Dean/Seth is the best lumberjack match I can ever remember, but I hate lumberjack matches so that's a low bar. I loved their rivalry but felt the booking made some mistakes with Dean's character that he never recovered from.

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    2017 was a good year for main events, and the five way was the same.

    Don't remember much from the KO vs Rollins match, which says a lot as KO was my favourite wrestler at the time.

    I'm just gonna group these together as they are both the signs of post injury Rollins that I'll grow to really dislike. I'm probably in the minority of not liking these matches (nothing new) but they just never done it for me, not live or on rewatches. I despise the finish to the Roman match too . And not the cash in either, I mean the last two moves. The reverse into the pedigree was perfect, just end it there.

    Most Ambrose vs Seth matches blur into one for me.

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    2017 was a good year for main events, and the five way was the same.
    Isn't 2017 the year of Jinder Mahal?

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    Five way: really fun match, no complaints here ***3/4

    Rollins Vs Balor: really bland match between two bland wrestlers. If either were half as good as people claim they are they wouldn't have had the crowd constantly distracted by the title.**

    Rollins Vs Owens - didn't care for any of their matches either. Haven't watched any Owens title match since they aired and don't have any intention of. **

    Rollins Vs Reigns - now we're talking. This match rules and is quite comfortably Rollins' best one on one match of his WWE run. Really good story, interesting character work and the wrestling is really good. ****1/4

    Rollins Vs Ambrose - best lumberjack match ever. They took a crap stip and made it work. Good stuff. ****

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    Isn't 2017 the year of Jinder Mahal?
    Sometimes I forget Smackdown exists during this period, but Raw went on a great run of putting on some awesome main events like Brock vs Joe, the four way on PPV and TV main events with The Shield tags and Roman singles matches against guys like Jason Jordan, Joe, even Seth.

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    Isn't 2017 the year of Jinder Mahal?
    It's the year of Jinder Mahal having about 3 title match main events, Brock Vs Strowman, Shane Vs Owens HIAC, Goldberg Vs Owens 1 minute match, that crazy Shield handicap TLC match with Angle and the garbage truck, the terrible Survivor Series match where the average age of competitors was over 50, and who could forget the shite Roman Vs Taker mania main event.

    There are definitely more shit main events in 2017 than good ones.

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    #15.



    Monday Night Raw - 4/2/2018
    Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor


    Leading up to WrestleMania 34, The Miz was looking for a high profile challenger for his Intercontinental Championship. He found two in the form of Seth Rollins and Finn Balor who each picked up wins over The Miz on Raw before a triple threat was booked for WrestleMania. On the last Raw before WrestleMania, Miz hosted a MizTV segment with his challengers, that melted down and became a fight between the three men. In classic Raw fashion, a match was made on the spot between Rollins and Balor with The MIz joining the commentary team for the proceedings.

    Finn is in his all blue gear, which I have to say is a bit of an eye sore. His performance is really strong, despite his upsetting choice of attire. The first two thirds of this match were good, as they built up to the big finish. After the second commercial break is when things reach a boiling point, as both guys begin to pull out all the stops. There is a series of near falls that have the fans on the edge of their seats. Rollins sells his complete disbelief after hitting the Revolution Knee. He goes for a huge frog splash but crashes down on Balor’s knees. Out on the floor, they call back to their SummerSlam match. Rollins catches Balor’s leg as he attempt the soccer kick and lifts him up to deliver a powerbomb into the barricade, at the same spot where Finn suffered his shoulder injury during their Universal Title bout. Balor counters out, hits the slingblade on the floor and hits the shotgun kick on Rollins into the barricade. Back in the ring, Rollins attempts the Coupe de Grace, but Rollins avoids it. Rollins tries the stomp, but Balor moves out of the way and attempts an O’Connor Roll pin. Seth kicks out and rolls Balor over with a school boy, gets to his feet and finished Balor with a big curb stomp! A highlight reel worthy finish.

    Coach said it at one point during this match. At a certain point, this match stopped being a WrestleMania preview and just turned into an epic battle between these two. One of those gems that you get on Raw every few months if you’re lucky. Even with Miz carrying on on commentary, it’s easy to forget that he’s even a part of the equation. I’m confident in saying this match overshadows their SummerSlam bout. Probably has a lot to do with Finn not working with a bum wing, as well as the crowd in this match being super into it, where as the SummerSlam crowd was mostly subdued. It’s really just a shame that this match didn’t carry the same implications. I think their SummerSlam match is brought up quite a bit, due to the importance of it, and because of that, I think a lot of people overlook the fact they had this really awesome match on this episode of Raw. All in all, it’s a very fun match, even if it’s a bit inconsequential in each man’s career.

    ***½

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    Monday Night Raw - 6/10/2013
    Seth Rollins vs. Daniel Bryan

    This is possibly the first standout singles match out of The Shield. Earlier in the night, Dean Ambrose faced Kane in a fairly good match, and Roman Reigns faced Randy Orton in a slightly lesser affair. This encounter between Rollins and Bryan, which the fans voted into existence via the WWE app, is the clear best match of the three. A little over five years before this match, Seth Rollins would have his breakout match in ROH against none other than Bryan “Daniel Bryan” Danielson so there’s a hint of poetry to this being his first big singles showing in the WWE. This match is not quite up to the level of a couple of the matches they had in ROH (no surprise there) but it’s better than just decent and it’s a match I’d love to see happen again today.

    Rollins comes out swinging in this one and though he is known to be a whirlwind of a competitor, he does not match up to Daniel Bryan who is going through his “unstable” phase here. Bryan beats the hell out of Rollins with some stiff kicks and elbows that you still rarely see in a WWE ring. Even though both men switched up, maybe even watered down, their in ring style since the indies, they seemingly decide to throw it back a few years. The strikes are pretty mean, the holds look legit (specifically the surfboard into Dragon Sleeper that Bryan applies) and if the match would have been in front of a crowd that appreciated what they were doing, this would have been one of the top TV matches of 2013. It’s definitely a slow paced match for Rollins’ standards but it’s fine because the offense is much more methodical and vicious. Thankfully Roman Reigns and Randy Orton, who are on the floor, don’t get involved throughout the match so Rollins and Bryan are able to work a straight up contest. The finish sees Rollins miss a splash and then get rolled up in a small package by Bryan.

    This bout definitely showed a side of Rollins that we don’t get to see all that much these days. He takes and dishes out some stiff shots and the whole thing isn’t a sprint. The commentators really put over how good the match is, but unfortunately the crowd is a little quiet, which puts a damper on things to an extent, if only because it feels like their efforts are a little unappreciated. Of course this is a good feather in the cap of Seth Rollins but I’m not going to act like Daniel Bryan isn’t the clearly superior wrestler. Props to WWE for putting the two of them together and letting Rollins show what he can do.

    ***½

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    Monday Night Raw - 5/1/2017
    Seth Rollins vs. The Miz vs. Finn Balor


    WrestleMania 34? Never heard of her.

    On the May 1st, 2017 edition of Monday Night Raw, Seth Rollins came out to stake his claim to be the next challenger for Brock Lesnar’s Universal Championship. His promo was broken up by Finn Balor who was quick to point out that he never actually lost the belt and was more deserving of that shot. Then came reigning IC Champion Dean Ambrose who proclaimed that his belt was now the new number one prize on Monday nights, because he actually shows up and puts it on the line, unlock Brock. The Mz then joined in to rib Dean Ambrose, saying that he is the one that elevated the title to where it is. One thing lead to another and Dean Ambrose made a call (literally) to Kurt Angle there in the ring, and had a triple threat set up to determine who would challenge him for his championship.

    The Miz does what any rational person would do and just rolls out of the ring to begin the match, allowing Finn and Seth to go at it. He slides in now and then just in case he needs to break up a pin but ultimately finds himself in the match, caught between Rollins and Balor. He tries to make a truce with each of them but to no avail. The Miz gets the worst of things for a bit, then tries to use Maryse as a human shield, with limited success. Things continue, as all three men get their licks in. There’s a sketchy spot where it looks like Finn is supposed to counter a springboard crossbody from Seth into a powerslam, but Seth overshoots it and ends up nearly breaking his neck. The Miz takes control for a while and deals out dual “It Kicks” to Rollins and Balor until Balor ducks, tosses Miz into Seth who catches him in a front facelock, and then dropkicks Rollins which causes Rollins to DDT Miz. Balor then catches fire, hitting his signature moves on each men. He lands a vicious soccer kick on Miz and then laps around the ring to shotgun dropkick Rollins into the barricade. He nearly gets a win off the 1916 on Seth, but Miz breaks it up. After eliminating Finn from the equation, Miz targets the bad knee of Seth Rollins and manages to cinch in the figure four, only for Finn to break that up with another soccer kick. The final stretch is a flurry of moves from all three, going at it. Rollins is selling knee injury, but manages to dispose of Miz and frog splash Finn, but it’s still only good for two. Miz goes up top, looking to catch Seth off guard, but Seth sees it coming and lands his superplex/falcon arrow combo. Rollins then suicide dives on Finn and Miz on opposite sides of the ring. Out of nowhere, Samoa Joe jumps out of the crowd and plants Seth on the outside with the Ura-nage. Back in the ring, Finn is on the way to victory, delivering his signature moves on Miz, until Bray Wyatt interferes and drills Finn with the Sister Abigail, allowing Miz to make the cover and get the three count.

    I’ve always felt this is a really slept on match. About 10 months later these three would be facing each other for the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania in another good match, but I find this to be the superior bout. It probably had to do with their time restrictions at Mania. But they also just seem more engaged here. This is the main event of Raw and gets a solid run time. All three men seem to really care about making this match as good as possible. There are several exciting stretches. Especially Finn’s big run and Seth’s final heave. The interferences in this case aren’t a big issue. They both happen in the last minute of the match so it doesn’t really diminish or slow down any of the action. In fact, having the two different interferences in that short span kind of enhances the action. Anyways, this was a well above average triple threat with a good performance from all three men.

    ***½

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    Re: Burn It Down: The Top 25 Matches of Seth Rollins' Career

    I much preferred the Raw 2018 Finn/Seth match to the Summerslam match. This time they had a good match.

    Huh, I thought it was on SD where Bryan and Seth had a great singles match, but maybe they did it twice. Seth in 2013 was probably just behind Bryan as the best wrestler in WWE.

    I honestly don't remember the 2017 3 way, but the match at Wrestlemania was great I thought. Surely that's involved in this list if this one makes it in.

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