Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns geared up for Sunday’s pay-per-view showdown against the high-flying Jimmy & Jey Uso on the blue brand. With United States Champion Dean Ambrose at the SmackDown announce table fielding questions about the WWE TLC 3-on-1 Handicap Match against CM Punk and possible cracks in The Shield, his Slammy award-winning brethren defeated the Samoan warriors after a wicked Spear by Reigns.
But, following the bell, CM Punk broadcasted from an “undisclosed location” – the preferred sounding post of The Hounds of Justice, actually – to deliver a message of his own. Believing he will be, in fact, walking into a slaughter during their 3-on-1 showdown at WWE TLC, The Second City Saint reiterated that he will take as many of them down with him as he can. Punk also pointed out that he had exposed his opponents’ weaknesses during recent encounters, and suggested that The Shield believe in The Best in the World.
CM Punk def. U.S. Champion Dean Ambrose
How’s this for Insult of the Year? Despite the fact that CM Punk bested the self-proclaimed “baddest man in The Shield,” Dean Ambrose, it was the star-spangled champion’s ascendant teammate Roman Reigns that truly left The Straight Edge Superstar humiliated after the match was over.
Suffering through a set of bruised ribs, the bout was an uphill battle for Punk from the word go. Ambrose ruthlessly exploited his opponent’s injury, countering a cross body with a knee to the chest that left the former WWE Champion writhing in pain. Punk slowly fought his way to an advantage with body blows of his own, and Ambrose’s hasty dismissal of his Shield-mates after a ringside spat left him vulnerable to a surprise roll-up from Punk. The Shield’s pack-of-Hounds mentality kicked in immediately, though, when Rollins distracted Punk at ringside and Reigns capitalized, obliterating the battered victor with his Slammy Award-winning Spear.
WWE Champion Randy Orton and World Heavyweight Champion John Cena met in a ‘Championship Ascension’
With 20 former WWE and World Champions gathered in the ring, John Cena and Randy Orton exchanged their final words as individual champions, and, just as in their contract signing, the peace broke down in epic fashion. Orton delivered a cheap-shot to Cena following a handshake from The Champ and signature maneuvers were soon flying left and right: CM Punk received a retaliatory Sweet Chin Music from Shawn Michaels after he went to town on Triple H; Daniel Bryan responded by blasting HBK with a running knee; but disaster really struck when Bryan dodged the RKO and shoved Orton full-speed into a defenseless Stephanie McMahon.