After missing last week's television broadcast, Chris Jericho and Randy Orton returned to WWE program to kick off this week's show with the latest edition of "Jericho's Highlight Reel."
Jericho attempted to introduce Orton after a brief promo, but "King of Kings" played, and The Authority made its way to the ring. Triple H, Seth Rollins, Kane and Orton stalked toward the ring as JBL hyped the possibility that Jericho could find himself on the receiving end of a beating.
Y2J and Triple H traded insults with one another before The Game turned his focus toward Night of Champions and a potential new No. 1 contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the show.
Each member of The Authority tried to make his case for the title opportunity, followed by Jericho, but Cena's music played, and the former champion made his way to the ring.
Cena threatened a lawsuit if he is not awarded his obligatory rematch, to which Triple H responded by saying Cena's career ending at the hands of Lesnar at Night of Champions is not best for business.
Rollins and Orton changed their tune, persuading Triple H to give Cena his title shot. The Viper tried to talk the COO into a title shot against the winner of Cena-Lesnar, but Jericho interrupted. After some insults were thrown around, Reigns made his way to the ring.
Eventually, Triple H booked a huge Six-Man Tag Team match for the night's main event: Cena, Jericho and Reigns versus Rollins, Kane and Orton, with The Game sitting ringside to scout exactly which Superstar deserved the title shot.
Rollins attempted a sneak attack, but Reigns cut him off and tossed the Money in the Bank briefcase at him, punking him out to end the segment.
Highlights and Quotes
"I'm bored already!"—JBL on Jericho's opening lines during the Highlight Reel.
"I hope it's not good. I love it!"—JBL on the arrival of The Authority.
"I'd love to see them all gang up on Chris Jericho."—JBL, apparently revisiting his feud with Y2J from 2007.
"Randy, I was expecting you to come out here on your own, not with your law firm or Sellout, Suck Up and Schnoz."—Jericho.
"Chris, Chris, Chris...there's only one man in this arena who can beat Brock Lesnar."—Randy Orton.
"Or maybe the future has arrived."—Seth Rollins staking his claim for a match against Lesnar at Night of Champions.
"At Night of Champions, I'm not just going to beat Brock Lesnar; I'm going to beat Brock Lesnar's ass." —John Cena.
"That's a new t-shirt, I think. Hustle, loyalty, respect, lawsuit."—Triple H on Cena's threats to sue if he isn't rewarded his title shot.
"Since WrestleMania, you've had how many title shots and succeed, how, when? How about never?!"—Jericho on Randy Orton.
It was not a bad way to kick off the show but certainly an overly long one.
It was incredibly convoluted segment with too many Superstars staking claims to the Night of Champions title shot.
Jericho made it clear that Orton has lost more than he has won lately, Kane's claim about putting on the mask and unleashing the demon was particularly funny since he lost a string of matches during the last run in the red and black, and Jericho is fresh off a loss to Bray Wyatt, thus hurting his credibility.
No one really expects anyone but Cena to wind up with the title shot, leaving the other five Superstars to find something else to do come September 21.
The main event that resulted from the segment should be excellent, given the talent involved, so that is most certainly a plus.