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ORLANDO, Fla. — 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 right knee. Rollins successfully grinded 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. However, 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, The Architect 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.
Now that Seth Rollins finds himself walking his own path, truly, for the first time in his career, all that’s left to do is rebuild himself in whatever image he sees fit. What will his first move be?