Call him Seth Bloody Rollins. One week after holding off a career-best effort from Mojo Rawley, the Intercontinental Champion prevailed in an across-the-pond defense against Kevin Owens — the fourth continent in as many weeks on which Rollins has defended his title — as part of The Architect’s ongoing Open Challenge series.
The match was the latest installment of Rollins’ series of barnburners, though for all his passion and intensity, The Kingslayer was somewhat lucky to escape the bout with his reign intact. KO’s bruising power was more than a perfect match for the champion’s hybrid offense, and Rollins often found himself flying headfirst into expertly-laid traps by the former Universal Champion.
Rollins, however, gave as good as he got in that regard and pulled out the win by catching Owens off-guard in a vulnerable moment of his own. After the fight spilled outside the ring, Owens went to roll the champ through the ropes and found himself stomped into the mat while he was halfway through the cables, capping off yet another thrilling title defense for the champion.
Owens, however, seemed to think he had been swindled out of a victory. And when Kurt Angle refused to grant him a rematch, KO seemingly placed a call to the one person who could overrule him: Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon.