Once again wearing a suit and tie, Kane announced that he was resuming his Director of Operations duties. Per The Authority's orders, he booked Roman Reigns for a Handicap match against Curtis Axel and Ryback.
Axel mocked Reigns before they locked up. He tried to get the powerhouse into the corner, but Reigns brushed him off.
Ignoring the insults coming his way, Reigns knocked Ryback off his feet with a clothesline. He followed up with a series of right hands.
RybAxel's numbers advantage eventually allowed them to gain control. Even after his enemies pounded on him, though, Reigns countered with hard shots.
Ignoring the referee's orders, Ryback and Axel repeatedly smashed Reigns into the ring post. The referee called for the bell, but the villains charged on. Reigns would not stay down, though.
He knocked both men onto their backs with Superman punches and spears.
Afterward, Renee Young asked him if he was ready for SummerSlam. He played to the crowd, threatening to take Orton down.
Reigns wins via disqualification.
Memorable Moments and Quotes
"You're nothing but a punk kid."—Axel to Reigns.
Ryback powerbombs Reigns out of the corner.
"Does the Roman Empire stand? It did tonight."—JBL.
"What's a viper when you knock its fangs down its throat? A worthless, little worm."—Reigns.
There's no guessing required when it comes to WWE's opinion of Reigns. He not only survived this two-on-one battle, he came away victorious, felling both foes.
This match paints Reigns as a destroyer, thrusting him forward for his SummerSlam match with Randy Orton.
It's a logical move, as The Authority looks unjust in putting Reigns in this situation and Reigns looks valiant in overcoming it. Attaching big wins to a Superstar's resume makes him a believable champion, something the company seems to preparing Reigns for.
The match was nothing special, a showcase of the usual Reigns' highlights. This doesn't rank as one of his most compelling bouts.
He did connect well with the crowd in his brief promo. He seemed to be loose and having fun. That allowed him to surpass his usual mic work.
Ryback and Axel fall lower on the card with the loss. It's hard to take them serious as threats when just one man topples them...even if that man is WWE's new Superman.