It looks like one of the unspoken side goals of Seth Rollins’ “Redesign, Rebuild, Reclaim” mantra was “Get Your Own Talk Show,” because after some political maneuvering among the McMahons, The Architect debuted his very own program, “The Rollins Report,” on Raw. Rollins’ selling point to Shane and Stephanie McMahon was an earthshaking exclusive from Roman Reigns, but “The Man’s” scoop turned out to be a bunch of doctored footage assembled to further tarnish the suspended Reigns.
Enter Dean Ambrose, who did what he does best and riled Rollins into a frenzy, only this time Rollins turned it around, hurling insults that lathered The Lunatic Fringe into a frothing rage. Not only that, but Rollins also got something even sweeter out of the exchange: When Ambrose snarled that he’d accept a one-on-one challenge at any point for his WWE Championship, Rollins laid one down for next week’s Raw. So it's "The Man" vs. "The Dude." Who you got?
...But don’t think for a minute it was that simple: A lot happened en route to Kevin Owens’ win over Cesaro. For a while it looked like the match wouldn’t even happen, since Owens refused to go to the ring when Sami Zayn posted up at commentary. An attempt by to extract Zayn by WWE officials led to a fistfight between him and Owens on the entrance ramp, at which point Mr. McMahon was revealed to have arrived at the building for his blockbuster announcement of the SmackDown Live Commissioner.
Only then did Cesaro get to the ring and the match began in earnest, and both Superstars treated it like highlight reel material for the upcoming WWE Draft. Owens hit The King of Swing with a wicked neckbreaker over the knee; Cesaro unleashed a barrage of uppercuts of all shapes and sizes in response. Owens eked out a win with a spinning torture rack neckbreaker, though Zayn returned by jumping KO on the outside. The King of Swing got the last word in on the scuffle with a Cesaro Swing to The Prizefighter. It looks like everyone’s draft stock went up.
Over the last month, former General Managers and power players attempted to maneuver themselves into the position of SmackDown Live commissioner. Each time, Shane and Stephanie McMahon sent them away, passive-aggressively attempting to install themselves as the frontrunner for the blue brand’s figurehead. Mr. McMahon doesn’t do passive-aggressive. He’s all about open competition, so The Chairman relieved Shane of his Raw duties to install him as SmackDown Live Commissioner, giving Stephanie sole control of Raw ... but there was a twist.
As first order of business among the two new Commissioners, Mr. McMahon commanded that each of his children select a GM next week on Raw to handle their day-to-day business, meaning the competition between Shane and Stephanie has just begun in earnest. And if the face-to-face confrontation between the McMahons was any indication, it’s about to escalate to a whole new level. Game on.
In other action... Darren Young won a Battle Royal to become No. 1 contender for the Intercontinental Championship... Sheamus def. Zack Ryder... Breezango def. The Lucha Dragons... Titus O’Neil def. Heath Slater... WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day visited The Wyatt Family Compound... Enzo Amore & Big Cass def. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson via Disqualification... and Sasha Banks def. Dana Brooke.