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Friday, 17 March 2017

Seth Rollins vs. Triple H (Non-Sanctioned Match)

Seth Rollins vs. Triple H (Non-Sanctioned Match)

RESULT: Seth Rollins via pinfall.
THOUGHTS: Very surprised no Samoa Joe and Finn Balor here, along with Stephanie taking the table bump and the match being as good as it was. Pretty awesome, overall.

 The King has been slain, and “The Man” is free once again.

Seth Freakin’ Rollins redesigned his outlook and rebuilt his pride at WrestleMania, defeating his former mentor Triple H in a Non-Sanctioned Match that finally allowed The Architect to free himself of The Game’s influence once and for all.

Rollins’ mission was clear from the start. After The King of Kings entered on a chopper — with Stephanie McMahon on the back and a full police escort — Rollins carried a torch to the ring, symbolic of his oft-stated promise to burn his opponent to the ground. From there, he immediately made good on the leeway The Game’s Hold Harmless Agreement afforded him, driving Triple H out of the ring and over the barricade.

Triple H responded in kind, taking advantage of a step-slower-than-usual Rollins to DDT him on top of a commentary table before smashing a steel chair into his injured knee. Rollins managed to grind his way to a running buckle bomb that took all the wind out of The Game’s sails and led to a strong offensive run, but the question still lingered as to whether Rollins would irreparably damage his own knee in his efforts to defeat The King of Kings.

Rollins managed to keep The Game at bay when tables and chairs came into the equation, but it was the interference of Stephanie McMahon that almost doomed The Architect — twice. Stephanie first tripped Rollins off the turnbuckle and allowed The Game to trap him in a pair of reverse Figure-Four Leglocks. Later, she wrenched Triple H’s sledgehammer out of Rollins’ hands, leading The Architect into a Pedigree that nearly sealed his fate.

At this point, The Game began to show as much wear and tear as his foe. A thwarted second-rope Pedigree left Triple H incapacitated long enough for Rollins to hit a Phoenix Splash that, again, nearly left him unable to walk despite the damage it inflicted. The match quickly devolved from there into a Pedigree-off, with Triple H going low to escape the maneuver. Once again, Stephanie interfered by holding Rollins on the apron. This time, though, Rollins was ready. He dodged Triple H’s cheap shot, superkicked him into Stephanie, who crashed through a table, and finally executed the Pedigree that slayed The King of Kings and cemented his emancipation.

It's time for the musical performance, so take your bathroom breaks.

The student vs. the teacher. The Man vs. The Game. The creation vs. the creator. And not a rule in sight. Seth Rollins will finally battle Triple H at WrestleMania 33 in a Non-Sanctioned Match, streaming live tonight, on the award-winning WWE Network.

This particular Road to WrestleMania has been a long and winding one that began in 2014 when The Game poached Rollins from The Shield, fracturing the legendary faction and installing The Architect as the crown jewel of Triple H’s Authority. Under The King of Kings’ tutelage (and with a lot of his help), Rollins became Mr. Money in the Bank and parlayed the contract into a historic cash-in at WrestleMania 31, leading to a WWE Title run that placed him firmly in the upper echelon of sports-entertainment and even went so far as to net him the Superstar of the Year Slammy Award in 2015.

Of course, Rollins infamously blew out his knee and was forced to vacate the title, only returning after the dissolution of The Authority. The Game was less than pleased with how his now-solo former protégé failed to follow up on his earlier successes — Rollins won and lost the WWE Title in a span of two minutes, and fell short of the Universal Championship — so he cast Rollins aside, opting to write him off as a sunk cost and back the likes of Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe instead.

Seth Rollins vs. Triple H (Non-Sanctioned Match)

Only Rollins wasn’t so content to stay sunken. The Architect made it his personal mission to ruin what Triple H was now trying to create, targeting Owens repeatedly and trying to coax Triple H out of the shadows by taunting his wife, Stephanie McMahon, now the Commissioner of Raw. When Triple H did re-emerge, it was only to sic Samoa Joe on Rollins, re-injuring his knee and rendering him less than 100 percent.

Sensing he had Rollins right where he wanted him, The Game only agreed to battle his former student if the bout was a Non-Sanctioned Match and Rollins signed a Hold Harmless Agreement preventing him from taking legal action if, and when, Triple H injured him further. Rollins revealed that he wanted to defeat Triple H to reclaim the identity he forged before he ever sided with The King of Kings.

And now, this road reaches its inevitable conclusion when “The Man” meets his maker in a confrontation only one will escape. Tune in to see which Superstar stands tall at WrestleMania, streaming live tonight, on WWE Network, at a special start time of 7 ET/4 PT.


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