For the first time since he became a fighting Intercontinental Champion, Seth Rollins decided to focus more on the “fight” than the “championship”: His title defense against Jinder Mahal, which The Kingslayer all but demanded after The Modern Day Maharaja brutalized him and Roman Reigns with a steel chair last week, ended in painful fashion when Rollins teed off on Mahal with a chair of his own. (Mahal had initially landed a cheap shot with the chair behind the official’s back while Sunil Singh was being ejected). Mahal was awarded a disqualification victory, and Rollins retained the title, but the end of the match opened the door for an aggrieved third party to make his presence known.
Elias, whose performance had run long before being interrupted by Rollins’ entrance, resurfaced after the title match had run its course and Rollins had beaten The Maharaja up the ramp back through the curtain with the chair. As The Kingslayer posed victoriously atop the commentary table, he was caught unaware for the second week when Elias shattered a guitar across the champion’s back to knock him to the ground. Rollins was then loaded onto a stretcher and placed in a neck brace, though he managed to stand up and leave on his own feet. In short, The Kingslayer settles one score, though now, he may have to walk with Elias before it’s back to business as usual.