WWE RAW Results
June 20, 2016
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
A video shows Dean Ambrose arriving to the arena in a yellow taxi cab earlier in the day. Ambrose pays the guy and lets him drive off before stopping him. Ambrose goes in the car and retrieves his forgotten WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
The RAW video plays, and we’re brought into the arena to see a big pyrotechnics display. Michael Cole puts over the brand new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Dean Ambrose.
Dean Ambrose’s music hits, and he comes out to a big reception from the Phoenix, Arizona crowd. There is a podium on the stage that simply reads “Smackdown.” Ambrose smiles as he holds up the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the ring. Still photos are shown from last night’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match. Then still photos are shown of Seth Rollins defeating Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Dean Ambrose then came out and cashed in Money in the Bank on Rollins. Ambrose then defeated him with Dirty Deeds to win the title. Ambrose stands in the ring and soaks in the crowd. They chant, “You deserve it.” Ambrose points at them to indicate it is the other way around. Ambrose says, “Oh boy, last night was a long night in Las Vegas, and I’m not even talking about the stuff I don’t remember.” Ambrose mentions the Cleveland Cavaliers winning the NBA Championship, which draws boos. Ambrose says he doesn’t like them anyway. His foot got run over by a cab and, oh yeah, he had to climb a ladder to win the Money in the Bank contract. At some point he almost got bit by a dog, but then this other thing happened when he cashed in Money in the Bank on Seth Rollins to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. If you want to talk about a guy who had a long night, it’s Seth Rollins. Rollins was the right guy in the right place at the wrong time. Ambrose says this is the lesson of the week: what goes around comes back around. Ambrose has another lesson: hard work pays off. Busting your ass and keeping your nose to the grindstone pays off and when it pays off, it pays off big. Rollins called himself “The Man,” Reigns called himself “The Guy,” so is he “The Dude?” A “Dude” chant breaks out. Ambrose says you can just call him “Champion.” He’s been chasing the title for two years. This is why he’s kept coming back and dusting himself off. As he stands in the ring with it, it was all worth it. We’re not having hard times anymore!
Roman Reigns’ music hits, and he comes out to the stage to big boos from the crowd. There is also a “RAW” podium on the opposite side of the stage. Reigns gets in the ring and circles around Ambrose. They stare at each other. Reigns takes a deep breath and says, “Last night, it wasn’t my night because last night was your night.” The crowd lightly cheers that. Reigns congratulates Ambrose and says he’s happy for him. Reigns doesn’t care what the crowd thinks. This is his boy. Reigns asks how good it felt to cash in on Rollins. Ambrose says he would have cashed in on Reigns as well. A “You can’t wrestle” chant breaks out. Reigns just smirks and looks into the crowd. Reigns says, “To all the dudes chanting ‘You can’t wrestle,’ take a sip of your beer and shut your mouths!” Reigns asks if Ambrose is a fighting champ because he has a rematch due to him.
Seth Rollins’ music hits, and he comes out to a big reception screaming this isn’t how it works. For seven months, he worked his ass off to get back to the ring. Last night, he achieved his dream to beat Reigns, so he’s going to the back of the line. Ambrose stole his championship from him. Reigns says it doesn’t feel good. Rollins says when he did it to Reigns, he did it to his face. Rollins was the champion and never properly lost it, so Reigns can go to the back of the line because that’s going to the back of the line. Reigns says if he didn’t lose it, then why is it on Ambrose’s shoulder? Rollins says Ambrose stole it from him. Reigns tells Rollins to shut up and stop complaining. There is a very easy way to settle this. Reigns drops his microphone and gets in Rollins’ face. Rollins says there is nothing to settle between them. Rollins beat him last night and deserves a rematch for his title.
Shane McMahon’s music hits, and he comes out to a big reception. A “Shane O’Mac” chant breaks out. Shane congratulates Ambrose on not only winning the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, but also cashing in and becoming the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. As far as Rollins and Reigns goes, there is a simple solution to see who will face Ambrose. They should have a match. Rollins says they had the match last night. Shane can’t go around making decisions. Did he consult Stephanie? She wouldn’t approve. Shane says that’s a good point, so he’ll check. Shane pretends Stephanie is there and says she loves it. Stephanie isn’t here tonight, so he’s running the whole show. This WrestleMania worthy match between them isn’t being held off because the draft next month could scatter them, so we’ll do this match tonight! Rollins is furious and storms off.
The commentators talk about the upcoming WWE Draft on Tuesday, July 19 on the first live Smackdown. The respective General Managers, whoever they are, will make their picks.
We’ll hear from AJ Styles tonight, and he’ll talk about beating John Cena last night at Money in the Bank. We’ll also see Paige take on Charlotte for the WWE Women’s Championship. Coming up next, we’ll see Sami Zayn take on Kevin Owens!
Images are shown of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship that Triple H sent to the Cleveland Cavaliers. We also see LeBron James in an Ultimate Warrior shirt.
The Spanish commentators are seen at ringside.
Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens
Kevin Owens comes out to the ring limping from last night’s violent Money in the Bank Ladder Match.
The bell rings, and they unload on each other with punches. Zayn sends him into the ropes, but Owens holds on and gets out of the ring. Owens catches his breath, and Zayn runs over him with a clothesline. Zayn bounces him off the apron and puts him in the ring. Owens quickly rolls out and punches Zayn as he comes outside. Owens sends him into the barricade, but Zayn jumps to the top of it and takes him down with a moonsault block! Zayn gets him in the ring, and Owens rolls out again. Zayn follows him outside and reverses a whip into the barricade. Zayn runs into a boot, and Owens goes over the barricade to leave. Zayn goes into the crowd to get him and throw him over the barricade. Owens sends Zayn into the barricade and tosses him into the ring post. Owens gets him in the ring and connects with a senton splash for a near fall.
We come back from the break to see Zayn trapped in a chin lock. During the commercial break, Owens gave him a front suplex onto the top rope. Zayn fights up from the chin lock, but Owens viciously takes him down. Owens goes for a senton splash, but Zayn gets the knees up. Owens charges him, but Zayn pulls the top rope down to get him out of the ring. Zayn gets pumped up and wipes him out with a diving summersault plancha! Zayn gets him in the ring and goes to the top rope, but Owens cuts him off and chops the chest. Owens goes for a superplex, but Zayn blocks it. Zayn clubs the back and pushes him off. Zayn jumps over him as he charges and turns into a superkick. Owens picks up a near fall for that. Owens can’t believe it. Owens goes for a package powerbomb, but Zayn fights it and kills him with a half nelson suplex that spikes him on his head. Zayn goes for the Helluva Kick, but Owens counters with a superkick. Owens goes for the Pop-up Powerbomb, but Zayn counters into a roll-up for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Sami Zayn
Match Rating: **
Zayn celebrates on the ramp and kneels down in exhaustion. Owens runs him over with a running boot. Owens grabs him and sets up for a powerbomb off the stage, but Zayn fights it and takes him down. Zayn punches away at him. Referees run out to separate both men. They hold them back as they keep trying to fight.
Tonight’s main event will see Roman Reigns take on Seth Rollins with the winner facing Dean Ambrose for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WWE Battleground.
We come back from the break to see Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn continuing to brawl backstage. Owens sends him into some crates. Referees hold Owens back, so Zayn leaps onto some crates and dives onto Owens and the security guards. They eventually get pulled apart.
Michael Cole says maybe it would be best if they were drafted to separate shows. They show some of the press they got for that.
John Laurinaitis’ music hits, and he comes out to a light reaction wearing a bright red suit and white shoes. Laurinaitis reminds the crowd who he is and mentions he was the #1 General Manager of RAW and Smackdown. You can see him on the WWE Network. The first live Smackdown on July 19 will feature the WWE Draft. Shane McMahon comes out. Laurinaitis says he’s talking to his WWE Universe. Shane asks what he’s doing out here. Laurinaitis says he’s talking to his WWE Universe and the people in the arena because Big Johnny is throwing his name in the hat to run Smackdown. Shane says that’ll never happen. We won’t have a corporate “yes man” running the show. This will be someone from the New Era that will represent change. It won’t be Laurinaitis or Stephanie. It’ll be him, Shane McMahon. Laurinaitis says Shane can run Smackdown (he runs to the RAW podium) and says he’ll run RAW. Shane says he’s embarrassing himself and sends him off. Laurinaitis screams, “People power” into the microphone and runs off.
The music of Big Cass and Enzo Amore hits, and Shane greets them as they come out to a massive pop. Shane shows off his shoes and does the Shane O’Mac shuffle with Enzo. Enzo does his usual shtick as the crowd loudly chants along with him. Enzo says “Johnny Laryngitis” coughing into the microphone. It sounded like pure manure. Enzo says if he had a dime for every time Johnny Laryngitis opened his mouth and said something relevant… he’d have ZERO DIMES. Big Cass says Big Johnny may have been an ace in his day, but he’s a jack now in the New Era. There’s only one word to describe him: S-A-W-F-T! They’ll face The Vaudevillains, next.
Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. The Vaudevillains
A replay is shown of Enzo Amore’s concussion from WWE Payback. This was in a match against The Vaudevillains.
Enzo will start against Aiden English. They lock up, and Enzo applies a side headlock. English tries to whip him off, but Enzo takes him down. English fights out and punches him down. English stomps away at him before punching him down. English says, “This is what a man does!” Simon Gotch is tagged in, and he chops the back before punching him down with English. Gotch gets a two count. English tags back in. Gotch drops an elbow, and English picks up a two count. English takes him down and taunts the crowd. English digs his knee into his face and tags Gotch back in. Gotch stomps him and stretches him a bit. Gotch sends him into the corner, but Enzo catches him with a reverse STO into the turnbuckle.
Big Cass is tagged in, and he runs over English before splashing Gotch in the corner. Big Cass body slams him and hits the Empire Elbow. Big Cass big boots Gotch off the apron and splashes English. Big Cass connects with a fall-away slam on English and tags in Enzo. Enzo splashes English off Big Cass’ shoulders in a move they’re calling Bada-Boom Shakalaka for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Enzo Amore and Big Cass
Match Rating: *
We’ll hear from AJ Styles, next.
AJ Styles makes his way to the ring smiling as the crowd gives him a nice hand. He’ll be on the Stone Cold Podcast immediately following RAW. Still photos are shown of John Cena having AJ Styles beat last night, but the referee was down. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows ran down to give Cena the Magic Killer before putting Styles on top of him to get him the win. The Club was banned from ringside. Styles stands in the ring and the crowd begins booing him. The crowd then starts chanting his name. Styles says they seem pretty happy. He wishes he could be the same. He should be happy. He’s envisioned this for years and it became a reality. This dream match between himself and John Cena was tainted by two guys that were supposed to be more than brothers to him. Styles loudly says he beat John Cena, which draws a mixed response from the crowd. It didn’t go down the way he dreamt it would. Gallows and Anderson had no business in his business. If The Club is going to continue together, he’s going to have those guys come out and give him a public apology. Styles calls them out and demands an apology.
Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows make their way to the ring looking quite befuddled. They get in the ring and look at Styles. Styles asks if they haven’t been through a lot together. Gallows says they’ve been all over the world. Styles says he had Cena right where he wanted him. He didn’t need their help. There will never be another “first time” match. Anderson says they were just trying to help. Styles says they gave John Cena an excuse. He signed his name on the dotted line. When they came out, they dragged his name through the mud. Styles asks if they realize that. Styles forces Anderson to look at him. Styles demands they look into his eyes and apologize. Anderson says, “AJ… man, I’m sorry.” Styles is pleased. Gallows looks upset, but he says, “I’m sorry, AJ. Ok? I’m sorry.” Styles says he needs them to apologize to one more person: John Cena himself. Styles then asks Cena to come out and accept this apology.
John Cena’s music hits, and he comes out to his traditional mixed reception. Cena stays at the top of the stage. Cena says he doesn’t need an apology. This one is easy. They had a contract and Styles broke it. Gallows says it’s not Styles’ fault. Styles had no idea they were coming out. Gallows apologizes to Cena. Anderson says Styles signed the contract last week. They did not. They took advantage of that fact. For that, he is sorry. Anderson manages to sound very sincere. Cena says they are fighting to survive in the WWE. Styles desperately needed a win and got one by any means necessary. Styles doesn’t understand that this is where he should be congratulated and moving on to the title, but he’s backpedaling with an apology to cover up the fact that he’s not as good as he says he is. Styles says Cena is using The Club as an excuse because he’s not as good as he says he is. Cena says he respects the win. Winning is the key to success in WWE. When you win night in and night out in the ring, that’s what a champion is made of. This is what Styles doesn’t get. Right up there with being a champion is living up to your word. As a champion, he knows you have your balls and your word. Last night, Styles proved he has neither.
Styles is furious. Styles says The Club did Cena a favor. The crowd chants for Cena. Styles doesn’t care what the crowd thinks. The Club did Cena a favor because they gave him an excuse. Styles will do him a favor. He’ll let him choose any member of The Club to fight. Cena says that’s easy: John Cena versus AJ Styles right now. Styles says he didn’t let him finish. Anyone in The Club except for himself. Styles says they’re the ones that got involved. They deserve to be punished. Besides, he has the Stone Cold Podcast. On top of that, he already beat Cena. Who will it be? Cena says it doesn’t matter. They’re riding really high off his win and feeling good about the apology. It doesn’t matter who he chooses. One will be in the ring and two will be at ringside. If it’s a fair fight, he’d knock their teeth out. It’s really him versus three guys. Styles says Cena thinks he’s always right, but he’s wrong. Styles confers with The Club. Styles says he’s a man of his word. It’ll be Karl Anderson versus John Cena one-on-one. Styles says Anderson will knock Cena’s teeth down his throat. Cena will then realize he’s not as good as he thinks. Anderson will do this all on his own. Styles wishes him luck. Styles then plugs the Stone Cold Podcast and high fives The Club.
Karl Anderson vs. John Cena
John Cena punches and clubs down Karl Anderson as the bell rings. Cena whips him hard into the corner, and Anderson collapses. Cena sends him hard into the corner a second time and looks toward the entrance ramp, waiting for the interference. Cena connects with a fisherman’s suplex and looks again, but still no one is coming out. Cena clotheslines Anderson down and still looks toward the ramp. Cena body slams Anderson and looks yet again at the ramp. Cena clotheslines him down and begins to concentrate solely on Anderson. Cena glances at the ramp and connects with a back suplex powerbomb. Cena smiles as he executes the 5 Knuckle Shuffle. Cena connects with the Attitude Adjustment and covers Anderson, who never got so much as a punch in, and The Club attacks him before the three count.
Winner by Disqualification: John Cena
Match Rating: 1/4 *
AJ Styles and Luke Gallows double-team him before Anderson gets some punches in for good measure. The Club connects with Magic Killer. Styles directs traffic and tells them to get Cena up. Styles then lays Cena out with the Styles Clash.
Still photos are shown of the big moments in last night’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match, which Dean Ambrose won. We then see photos of Dean Ambrose beating newly crowned champion Seth Rollins after cashing in to become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. A replay is then shown from earlier in the night of Shane McMahon booking Seth Rollins versus Roman Reigns in the main event to determine who will face Ambrose for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WWE Battleground.
JoJo is backstage with Seth Rollins. She mentions he’ll face Roman Reigns to determine who will face Dean Ambrose for the title at WWE Battleground. Rollins says last night was about proving things. When he beat Reigns last night, he proved he was the best and that Reigns never deserved to be champion. You know who else proved something at Money in the Bank? Dean Ambrose. When he snuck up behind him and hit him with the briefcase, he proved he was a cockroach and a thief. If he has to prove it again, he will. He beat Reigns last night and he’ll beat him again. Then he’ll take the title back from Ambrose and prove who the best member of The Shield really is.
Renee Young is backstage with Becky Lynch. She mentions she was attacked by Natalya and another friend has stabbed her in the back. Becky says she’s cursed. First Paige, then Charlotte, and now Natalya. If she is the last woman in this division with any integrity and sportsmanship, she’s better than the rest of them. Why did Natalya attack her? She doesn’t know, but she’s not making excuses for anyone anymore. There are no second chances with her. Natalya attacks her from behind and sends her into a crate. Natalya says she’s going to take care of herself. She asks Becky how she liked her answer and walks off.
Zack Ryder is already in the ring with no TV entrance.
Zack Ryder vs. Baron Corbin
They circle the ring and lock up. Corbin shoves him off, and they lock up again. Corbin pretends that Ryder poked his eyes before using the distraction to punch Ryder down. Corbin knees him in the midsection and taunts the silent crowd. Corbin forearms him in the face and chokes him on the middle rope. Corbin waves off the referee and punches Ryder. Corbin sends him into the ropes, but he lowers his head and eats a kick. Ryder punches away at him and takes him down in the corner. Corbin gets out of the ring before Ryder connects with the Broski Boot. Ryder kicks Corbin in the head and gives him a missile dropkick off the apron. Ryder puts him in the ring and connects with the El-Bro Drop for a near fall. Ryder sends him into the corner, but Corbin slides out of the ring and runs back in to give him a clothesline for a near fall. Ryder shoulders him in the midsection and goes for a slingshot, but Corbin punches him before giving him the End of Days for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Baron Corbin
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Footage is shown of WWE’s partnership meeting in China.
Later tonight, we’ll see Paige challenge Charlotte for the WWE Women’s Championship.
A video highlights the return of The Wyatt Family later tonight!
Footage is shown of Paige defeating Charlotte twice over the past few weeks.
Paige is backstage with Renee Young, but she’s distracted by Charlotte and Dana Brooke. Paige says Charlotte can never let anyone have the spotlight. Dana Brooke says last week was her fault. Charlotte says when Team PCB split, she sunk like the Titanic. Paige says when she beats her tonight, it’ll all fall on Charlotte.
WWE Women’s Championship Match
Paige vs. Charlotte (c) w/ Dana Brooke
They lock up, and Charlotte rolls her up for a two count. Charlotte taunts her before they lock up. Paige applies a side headlock, and Charlotte rolls her up for a one count. Paige keeps the side headlock, but Charlotte whips her off. Paige shoulder blocks her down. Charlotte pushes her, so Paige connects with two dropkicks and knees away at her in the corner. Charlotte collapses in the corner, so Dana Brooke pulls her out of the ring. Paige punches Dana, and Charlotte takes her down at ringside. Charlotte and Dana taunt the crowd as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Paige trapped in a head-scissor. Charlotte slams her down a few times, but Paige gets out and picks up a two count. Paige gets a backslide applied, but Charlotte kicks out. Paige kicks her down a few times and knees her in the head for a two count. Charlotte chops her and boots her in the face. Paige ducks a big boot and connects with a fall-away slam. Paige puts her on the top rope, but Charlotte punches her back. Paige quickly cuts her off and clubs the back before going for a superplex. Charlotte blocks it and connects with a front superplex. Charlotte hits a weak looking moonsault for a near fall. Dana cheers her on from ringside. Paige quickly rolls her up for a two count. Charlotte takes her down for the Figure Eight, but Paige rolls her up for a near fall. Paige kicks her in the head and connects with the Ram-Paige, but Dana puts Charlotte’s foot on the bottom rope to stop the count. Paige punches Dana off the apron. Charlotte kicks Paige in the back of the head and catches her with Natural Selection to retain the championship.
Winner and still WWE Women’s Champion: Charlotte
Match Rating: * 1/4
Dana grabs Paige and throws her down. Charlotte connects with an exploder suplex and celebrates with Dana. Sasha Banks’ music hits, and she comes out to a huge ovation. Sasha takes out Dana as she charges her on the ramp. Sasha gets in the ring and gives Charlotte half of the Bank Statement. Dana attacks her as she picks up the WWE Women’s Championship, but Paige makes the save. Becky holds up the title before allowing Charlotte to have it back.
Roman Reigns is backstage getting ready when JoJo walks up. Reigns says Rollins proved he was really good last night. Tonight, he’s not trying to prove anything. He’ll just be “The Guy” that beat Seth Rollins.
The Wyatt Family logo flashes on the screen. Braun Strowman and Erick Rowan are shown in their masks. Bray Wyatt walks into the frame and says, “Phoenix… we’re here.”
Bray Wyatt comes out with his family to a huge ovation. The fireflies are out in full force. A “Welcome back” chant fires up. Wyatt asks if the crowd missed him, and he gets a massive pop for that. Wyatt says they have been locked away and punished, but through it all, they have never forgotten what they stand for. This is a promise as much as it is a warning: The Wyatt Family is as strong as it’s ever been!
“OHH BROTHER BRAY… DON’T YOU DARE BE SOUR! CLAP FOR YOUR WORLD FAMOUS TWO-TIME CHAMPS AND FEEL THE POWER!!”
The New Day comes out to the stage to a big ovation. Xavier Woods says Bray Wyatt is talking way to long. He needs to cut it. Kofi Kingston has The New Day take a knee. Big E says they’re going to confess something they’ve been discussing: Erick Rowan has a big old booty. Kingston says everyone has a good time when The New Day is out. The Wyatt Family needs the Power of Positivity. That power has had them remain the WWE World Tag Team Champions. Woods was distracted as the crowd did it for themselves.
Wyatt laughs and kneels down. Wyatt says he hopes they understand what they have done. They’ve interrupted him in his return. Wyatt says he can see their future and knows that in their future… “New Day falls.” Wyatt starts that chant. Wyatt asks what they’re waiting for before warning them to run.
Another segment is shown with Darren Young and Mr. Bob Backlund. Backlund tells him not to take advice from anyone, including him. Backlund doesn’t give advice… he gives orders. Backlund then orders him to do 100 high knees. They’re going to make Darren Young great again.
Lana is in the ring. She mentions he is the greatest United States Champion and her fiancée, Rusev! Rusev makes his way to the ring as still photos are shown of him beating Titus O’Neil at Money in the Bank, beating the Father of the Year on Father’s Day.
Renee Young is backstage with Titus O’Neil. She mentions he asked for a match against Rusev. O’Neil says Rusev blatantly disrespected him and his children last night, so he’ll send a message tonight: don’t ever disrespect him or his family.
Rusev w/ Lana vs. Titus O’Neil
Rusev won’t let O’Neil in the ring, but O’Neil finally gets in and punches him. They brawl in the ring, and the bell has yet to ring. Rusev powers him to the corner and shoulders away at him. O’Neil knees him in the face and big boots him down. Rusev gets out of the ring, and O’Neil powers him into the barricade. Rusev quickly sends him into the ring post, but O’Neil comes right back by sending him into the barricade, no selling the ring post shot. O’Neil yells at him before clotheslining him into the timekeeper’s area. Rusev escapes through the crowd. This match never started.
The next match we’ll see will be Roman Reigns taking on Seth Rollins with the winner facing Dean Ambrose for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WWE Battleground.
Michael Cole talks about the WWE Draft before mentioning The Miz and Maryse could be split up. We then see a video from The Miz from the set of The Marine 5.
Shane McMahon walks into his office to see Chris Jericho with a scowl on his face. Jericho says he knows Shane has it out for him. Shane hasn’t liked him for 15 years. That’s why he canceled The Highlight Reel or made him the #1 Contender against Dean Ambrose. Shane says Jericho lost at Extreme Rules and last night. Jericho says he beat him on Smackdown. Shane is allowing a barbarian to have the title that put 69 tacks in his body. Jericho calls him a stupid idiot. Shane warns him to not call him an idiot. Jericho says he hopes he isn’t drafted on the show Shane is running. Shane says he’ll be running both shows. Jericho says if he keeps making decisions like he does, he won’t be. Shane asks him what would happen if he does. Shane lets him have the office and walks out as Jericho seethes.
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Dean Ambrose makes his way to the ring. He’ll be on commentary for the main event.
Seth Rollins will be in action this week on Smackdown.
#1 Contender’s Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns
The bell rings, and Reigns runs him over with a shoulder block. Reigns punches him before sending him into the ropes for a back elbow. Reigns shoulders him in the corner and punches him. A “You can’t wrestle” chant breaks out. Reigns bounces him off the turnbuckle and knees him in the head. Reigns sends him into the ropes, but Rollins holds on and gets out of the ring. Rollins sweeps the feet and pulls him out before punching away at him. Reigns reverses a whip into the barricade. Reigns bounces him off the commentary table and removes the top of the Spanish commentary table. Rollins gets in the ring and boots Reigns in the head. Rollins goes to the second rope and connects with a blockbuster neckbreaker for a two count. Rollins kicks him in the spine and connects with a traditional neckbreaker for a one count. Rollins punches him to the corner and stomps him down. The referee holds him back. Rollins sends him into the ropes and dropkicks him down for a two count. Rollins applies a chin lock. Reigns fights up, but Rollins sends him out of the ring. Rollins sends him into the barricade and punches him. Rollins puts him back in the ring, and Reigns punches him back. Rollins kicks him away and clotheslines him down. Rollins points at Ambrose and his WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Rollins continues to punch away at him and puts him in the corner. Rollins sends him into the ropes, but he lowers his head and eats a kick. Reigns charges, and Rollins sends him out of the ring. Reigns avoids a plancha, but Rollins lands on the apron. Rollins goes for a flying knee off the apron, but Reigns avoids it and big boots him down on the floor.
We come back from the break to see Rollins jump on Reigns’ back with a sleeper hold. Reigns goes down to a knee. During the commercial break, Rollins booted Reigns in the head as he hung off the apron. Reigns fights up as the crowd comes to life to boo him. Rollins kicks him and reverses a whip. Reigns ducks a kick and punches away at him before taunting the crowd. Rollins pops up and stuns Reigns with an enzuigiri. Reigns doesn’t go down. Rollins punches him, and Reigns punches him back. They begin trading punches, picking up intensity with each punch. They head-butt each other before Rollins kicks him. Reigns finally takes him down with a clothesline. Reigns starts doing the clubs in the corner before Rollins stuns him with a reverse STO into the corner. Rollins knees him in the back and sends him out of the ring. Rollins connects with a suicide dive before putting him in the ring. Rollins forearms him twice in the corner before running into a Samoan Drop attempt. Reigns rolls him up before giving him a one-armed powerbomb for a near fall. Ambrose chuckles on commentary.
Reigns sets up for a Superman Punch, but Rollins kicks him and goes for a Pedigree. Reigns gets out. Rollins springboards off the ropes into a Superman Punch for a near fall. Reigns talks a little trash to Rollins before setting up in the corner. Rollins kicks him in the face to counter a spear. Reigns powers him to the corner and puts him on the top rope before punching him to the apron. Rollins kicks him in the head and connects with a flying knee to the head. Rollins kicks him in the head and picks up a near fall. Rollins can’t believe it. Rollins goes to the top rope and goes for a frog splash, but Reigns moves out of the way. Reigns connects with a Drive By Dropkick, and Rollins falls out of the ring. Reigns puts him on the Spanish commentary table and goes for a move, but Rollins gets out and clips his knee. Rollins gives him an enzuigiri and gets in the ring before being counted out, but Reigns immediately pulls him out to restart the count. Reigns then spears him over the Spanish commentary table, which doesn’t break. The referee then counts both men out.
Match Rating: ** 1/2
Shane McMahon’s music hits after Lilian Garcia announces there wasn’t a winner. Shane says we need a #1 Contender for Battleground. Dean Ambrose says he’s going to tell Shane how he does things. He’ll fight them both in the same night. Shane says that’s the spirit of a fighting champion, but he’ll do him one better. It’ll be all three former members of The Shield fighting in a triple threat match at WWE Battleground!
Dean Ambrose taunts both men with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Reigns grabs him and turns him around, but Ambrose immediately lays him out with Dirty Deeds! Ambrose picks up the title and walks off as Rollins looks stunned. Rollins grabs Reigns, but Ambrose runs back into the ring to give him Dirty Deeds as well! Ambrose stands on the commentary table and holds up the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Quick Match Results
* Sami Zayn def. Kevin Owens
* Enzo Amore and Big Cass def. The Vaudevillains
* John Cena def. Karl Anderson via DQ
* Baron Corbin def. Zack Ryder
* Charlotte def. Paige to retain the WWE Women’s Championship
* Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns ends in DCO
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