Backstage: Mick Foley and Stephanie McMahon were talking when Seth Rollins showed up. He was shocked they were talking abut Bayley when tonight is the biggest night in the history of Raw and in his career. Steph said this was his chance to show why they picked him as number one in the Draft. Rollins boasted about how great he is. Foley said it was good to see his loss to Dean Ambrose didn’t hurt his confidence. Rollins said it wasn’t going to change anything. He said he was getting the belt that he never lost back. He said Roman Reigns is an animal and attacked him at a live event over the weekend. Rollins said he was going to take the belt and tonight was going to be so great, in nine months, there was going to be a boom of babies. He walked off. Foley said to Steph that she can’t blame him, because she drafted him.
WWE champion Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns
Rollins tried to forge an alliance with Ambrose, but that didn’t work out so well for him. Roman and Ambrose exchanged punches. Ambrose ducked clotheslines and went for a high cross bodyblock but just bounced off Roman. Seth attacked Roman and stomped away at him in the corner. He came off the ropes but was caught by Reigns. Before Roman could do anything, Ambrose nailed a dropkick and covered Roman for a two count.
Roman manhandled Ambrose and worked him over in the corner. Ambrose reversed it and kicked away at him. Seth returned to the fray and attacked Dean, then hit a Slingblade on Reigns. He covered Dean for a two count. Everyone battled on the floor. Seth came off the apron with a flying knee on Dean. Roman backdropped him into the timekeeper’s area. Dean dove off onto both of them. They battled back into the ring. Ambrose covered Reigns for a two count. Right after the kickout, Rollins came down with a frog splash for another two count. Rollins went for the Pedigree but Reigns broke free and worked over Rollins as the place booed the hell out of him. Roman wiped out Dean with a Superman punch. Rollins came off the ropes but was nailed with a Superman Punch in mid-air. Reigns went to spear them but they both kicked him. Roman nailed Rollins with a punch but was caught with a Dean clothesline.
Despite traveling all around the world with World Wrestling Entertainment, Colby Lopez, better known as the professional wrestler Seth Rollins, has not forgotten where he came from. The 30-year-old wrestler is billed as being from Davenport when he approaches a WWE ring, and that is no gimmick. He was born and raised in nearby Buffalo, Iowa, and now lives in Davenport. Even after reaching the top of the wrestling mountain, he hasn’t been drawn to the bright lights that big cities around the country offer. That fact sometimes prompts strange looks from fans who question why he lives in Iowa.
“I always tell them it’s a great place to live. … Everyone’s very polite; there’s just enough to do; and traffic is at a bare minimum, aside from when the bridge is being worked on,” Mr. Lopez said. “It’s easygoing, chill Midwest life. And that’s kind of what I grew up with, and that’s what kind of keeps me grounded, keeps me balanced when I’m off the road.”
Mr. Lopez is fresh off six months of rehabilitation after tearing his MCL, ACL and meniscus in his right knee at a live WWE event in November. He was able come home and do a lot of things he wouldn’t have been able to do while on the road, but it came at a price. He was forced to give up the world title that he won at Wrestlemania 31 without officially losing it. He returned to work in late May and last Tuesday, during the WWE draft on “Smackdown Live,” he was selected as the first overall pick by WWE’s flagship show, “Monday Night Raw.” The draft allows the WWE’s two main weekly shows to recruit separate rosters of superstars as part of “the new era,” as WWE bills it.
“Over the years of the WWE drafts that we’ve had, there’s been less than a handful of No. 1 picks, so to be included in that group is very nice,” said Mr. Lopez. “The top echelon of the roster, there’s a plethora of guys to choose from — Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Randy Orton, all those guys. None of those guys went ahead of me, so to be able to have that feather in my cap is very nice.” Mr. Lopez will jump into the Rollins persona again tonight, when he squares off with Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose in a triple-threat match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, being broadcast live on the WWE Network’s Battleground Pay-Per-View at 7.
The name of local Black and Brave Wrestling Academy has an even bigger ring to it with one of its operators making it to the big-time of the World Wrestling Entertainment. Black and Brave Wrestling Academy is run by Colby Lopez, who wrestles in the WWE as Seth Rollins and wrestled in local Scott County Wrestling as Tyler Black. Lopez in joined by Marek Brave in the academy’s operation. The wrestling school is two weeks from finishing its sixth session and has graduated between 40 and 50 wrestlers, who train at QC Crossfit in Moline and wrestle with SCW at the Walcott Coliseum. Some of the school’s students wrestled during Thursday’s Quad Cities River Bandits game in a ring set up on the concourse in left field at Modern Woodmen Park. Lopez and Brave started the school as a way for people who were interested in wrestling to get their start.
While other professional wrestlers have wrestling schools, Black and Brave is the only school run by a WWE star. “I am partial to the way I came into the industry, as a fan from the Quad-Cities to being able to work my way from ground zero all the way to becoming WWE champion,” Lopez said. “I find that historically it has created the best superstars. It’s the way I did things, and this is how I know how to teach kids how to do things.” The school teaches the rigors of the business and introduces students to the life of professional wrestling. “It’s a nice punch in the gut with physical fitness,” Lopez said. “I think it’s a great avenue for people to get their feet wet in the independents before jumping into the WWE.”
The gym also gave Lopez a place to rehabilitate after tearing his ACL, MCL and meniscus in early November. He returned to the WWE ring in late May, just over six months after the tear. “I spent some of my rehab in Birmingham, Ala., some of it at Plaza Physical Therapy in Davenport. But, it was nice to have the school in session during the time I was off to be around the industry without having to be a huge part of it,” Lopez said. “I had my own space to do my own thing when I wanted to. It was nice to have home time to be able to sleep in my own bed and cook my own breakfast and do Quad-Cities things.” The average recovery time for athletes with a torn ACL is six to nine months. Lopez originally wanted to return by WrestleMania in Dallas, which was four months after his injury.
“My target was always to be back by WrestleMania; that was always ambitious, but it set the wheels in motion. It really pushed my work ethic,” Lopez said. “Anyone who watched my rehab knew I wanted to get back as soon as possible. That’s just how I do things. Six-and-a-half months is pretty good for that surgery.”
Seth Rollins versus Dean Ambrose for the WWE Title
Rollins attacks Ambrose during the introductions and the referee tries to keep Rollins away from Ambrose. Ambrose goes to the floor and Rollins with forearms to the back and he sends Ambrose into the ring post.
We go to commercial.
We are back and the match is officially started. Rollins with kicks and a Falcon Arrow for a near fall. Rollins kicks Ambrose in the head and then he punches Ambrose. Rollins with cross faces to Ambrose and then he goes to the apron and he kicks Ambrose as Dean’s head hangs over the middle rope. Rollins with a knee drop to the head. Rollins with a kick to the back. Rollins with a head butt and he kicks Ambrose. Rollins punches Dean in the corner and the referee warns him.
Rollins with a hard Irish whip to Ambrose. Rollins with another Irish whip and Rollins with a back breaker and he gets a near fall. Rollins with a reverse chin lock. Ambrose gets to his feet and he punches and chops Rollins. Dean is sent to the floor and Rollins follwos. Ambrose with chops on the floor. Rollins with an Irish whip into the ringside barrier and Ambrose back body drops Rollins into Yeatonville. Ambrose gets on the announce table but he misses a splash when Rollins moves and Dean lands on the ringside barrier.
Seth sends Dean back into the ring and Rollins with a springboard knee to the head and a super kick for a near fall.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Rollins is still in control. Rollins with an Irish whip and forearm into the corner. Rollins with another forearm into the corner. Rollins sets for a thrid one but Ambrose with a clothesline and both men are down. Dean with punches and chops. Ambrose with forearms and a rollup for a near fall. Ambrose gets another near fall. Ambrose goes up top and Rollins with a kick followed by a buckle bomb. Rollins goes up top and misses a frog splash. Ambrose with a La Magistral for a near fall. Ambrose goes for the double underhook DDT but Rollins pushes Dean into the corner. Rollins with a thumb to the eye but Ambrose with a back body drop to send Rollins to the floor. Ambrose wtih a suicide dive and then Rollins rolls back to the floor. Ambrose goes up top and hits the elbow to the chest.
Ambrose rolls Rollins back in and Ambrose goes up top and Rollins leaps to the turnbuckles and hits a superplex. Ambrose escapes a Falcon Arrow and hits the double underhook DDT for the three count.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
Seth walks into the arena and he says night after night he walked down the stairs with Roman and Dean, thinking they would rule the world. They were just pawns on his way to becoming WWE Champion. He stayed two steps ahead. He kept Dean around to take the beatings and he kept Roman around to dish out the beatings. Then he became the champion and then his knee gave out carrying the company. Roman stepped in and took over. How will the people react to Roman? He will never be the same again
Dean Ambrose is a thief and a coward. He fought harder than anyone to get back to the top. He won the title back and then Dean came up from behind and stole the title from him. Seth says he always wanted to push Dean and Roman from behind. Tonight, he gets to put an end to Dean’s fairy tale dream as champion. When he tumbles and falls as far as he can go, Seth will pick up the title belt and walk into Battleground and show everyone that he was always the man.
Dean Ambrose versus Seth Rollins for the WWE Championship
They lock up and Rollins with a waist lock and hammer lock. Dean with a drop toe hold and snap mare for a near fall. Rollins goes to the apron. Rollins returns to the ring and Ambrose with a wrist lock but Rollins reverses. Ambrose with a hammer lock into a side head lock take down. Rollins with a top wrist lock into a side head lock. Rollins with a shoulder tackle but Ambrose with arm drags and Rollins goes to the floor. Rollins gets back into the ring and he kicks and punches Ambrose. Rollins with kicks in the corner. Ambrose wtih a cross body but Rollins with a kick. Rollins with a kick and Ambrose clotheslines Rollins over the top rope to the floor. Ambrose goes to the floor and he hits a side Russian leg sweep into the ringside barrrier. Rollins with a kick and he tries to send Dean back into the ring but Dean spins on the apron and hits a clothesline. Ambrose with an elbow off the apron as we go to commercial.