Seth Rollins To Defend World Heavyweight Championship At WWE Money In The Bank

Challenge made, challenge accepted for World Heavyweight Championship.

Seth Rollins

Seth Rollins pledged to be a fighting champion, and he will defend his WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Money in the Bank against Finn Balor.

The Prince issued the challenge on Raw Monday night, tying everything back to their initial encounter for the newly created Universal Championship in 2016. During that match, Balor won the tournament final against Rollins, but he sustained a serious injury that forced him to relinquish the title the next night.


Finn noted that their two careers went in very different directions afterward, with Rollins becoming a multi-time world champion and Balor losing a year to that injury and struggling to regain his momentum (the less said about his flopping around on the floor as the Demon against Roman Reigns, the better).

Billing this as "seven years in the making" is a bit of a stretch when you consider these two squared off in the World Heavyweight Championship semifinals last month, with Rollins defeating Balor en route to winning the tournament. They also have faced each other six other times in singles action since then, including title matches for the Intercontinental and United States Championships.

Still, this should be a really good match with some callbacks to the barricade powerbomb that shelved Balor years ago. Of course, Rollins has to make it to Money in the Bank as champ first, as he issued an open challenge for next week's Raw.

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Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.