It wasn’t exactly the Kevin Owens show, at least at the start.
The new Universal champion is just one part of Raw’s main event storyline. As such, his celebration didn’t occur until after a dramatic scene backstage between Commissioner Stephanie McMahon and General Manager Mick Foley.
When the champ did get a microphone in his hand about ten minutes into the episode on Sept. 5, he quickly turned the tables on the “You Deserve It” chanting fans, reminded them he’s a bad guy. But as soon as KO brought the focus back to him, even explaining how Triple H’s interference wasn’t really needed, someone else showed up to try and move him out of the spotlight.
That would be Seth Rollins, who wanted to address what he felt was a betrayal by Stephanie McMahon. After being an Authority-backed guy for so long, the former WWE World champ had nothing but harsh words for the current regime running Raw and a titleholder he dismissed as a “puppet”.
It eventually came to blows between the Prizefighter and the Architect, as these things so often do, and an outraged Steph wanted to suspend Rollins. But, in a move that further teases tension between her and her GM, Foley intervened to make a title match at Sept. 25’s Clash of Champions pay-per-view (PPV).
Amidst all this, none of the other players seem to know what Triple H’s plan or motives are. But if the segment that set up what should be a great Owens/Rollins feud is any indication, there will be plenty of time for the Game - and the other Raw authority figures - to state their cases.