Seth Rollins kicked off SmackDown with fighting words for Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose, the two Superstars he will meet in a Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship at WWE Battleground. Despite his second World Title reign lasting just minutes, The Architect had not lost his confidence, predicting he will prove he is the best member of the onetime Shield on Sunday, July 24, live on WWE Network.
A fired-up Rollins proceeded to issue an open challenge to anyone in the locker room, which was promptly answered by Sami Zayn. WWE Champion Dean Ambrose soon followed with a “championship edition” of “The Ambrose Asylum.” An irate Rollins’ reluctance to be part of the titleholder’s impromptu show led the former titleholder to storm off the set. Despite the abrupt exit, SmackDown’s main event was set with Sami Zayn taking on Seth Rollins in a must-see clash.
After The Usos confronted The Club backstage earlier in the evening and questioned whether AJ Styles could win a match without the help of Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, Jimmy Uso got a singles showdown against The Phenomenal One.
Just when it seemed like the Samoan Superstar had a potential pinfall victory, however, Gallows and Anderson just couldn’t help themselves and Styles’ cohorts attacked Jimmy’s brother at ringside. The match quickly devolved into chaos as Jimmy soared over the top rope to take out Styles’ disruptive allies.
Styles soon followed, flying over the top rope himself, leveling his opponent with an elbow on the outside. The sensational Superstar then finished the job by hitting a Phenomenal Forearm back in the ring for the victory.
WWE Champion Dean Ambrose joined the SmackDown announce team as he watched one of his two WWE Battleground challengers, Seth Rollins, battle Sami Zayn in an explosive main event showdown.
The Underdog from the Underground’s daredevil style pushed an embattled Rollins to the limit, but The Architect ultimately prevailed after pouncing on his opponent with an emphatic Pedigree for the victory.
After the contest, a heated Rollins got into The Lunatic Fringe’s face before unleashing sneak attack with a series of strikes. The unstable Ambrose responded with a frenzied assault before nearly hitting Dirty Deeds on Rollins, who frantically escaped.
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