After new Universal champion Seth Rollins and new WWE champion Kofi Kingston dispatched The Bar in the last televised segment of the Raw after WrestleMania on Mon., April 8, Seth Rollins offered a make-good to the Barclays Center crowd that thought they were getting a “Winner Takes All” main event.
First he brought out Roman Reigns, which the fans in Brooklyn reportedly weren’t thrilled about. Then Dean Ambrose, who’d been written off earlier in the night before what was billed as his last match in WWE, joined them for a Shield reunion - and to say his goodbye to the WWE Universe.
Rollins: I just want to tell you I love you, I wanted to tell you thank you, and if you want to say anything to these fine people of Brooklyn, the stage is yours, man.
Ambrose: One of the sweetest sights that I have ever seen as a guy who has busted his ass for this company, for this locker room, who has dragged his broken dead body through every highway and through every single building all across this country and the world, right alongside my brothers, my best friends — the sweetest sight I ever saw was Seth Rollins stomping Brock Lesnar’s big, dumb lunchbox head into the mat, pinning him, and holding that Universal championship over his head, and taking it back to the boys. One of the other sweetest things I’ve ever seen was just recently when we saw Roman Reigns kick the shit out of cancer and come back on Monday Night Raw!
I love this building. I know most of you probably aren’t even from New York City, I know you came here from all over the world. I love this building, I love the Barclays Center. We opened up the Barclays Center - the very first ever WWE show, the very first PPV, TLC whatever year that was. I’m getting very old, I can’t remember. Our first WWE match on PPV, TLC, we got thrown to the wolves. Arn Anderson called us ‘two indie schmucks and a football player.’
But like Seth said, we walked down that aisle, we tore it up and we took our spots. I have a lot of great memories in this building. That match is probably my favorite match I ever had. Winning the tag team championship with Seth Rollins at SummerSlam right here in this ring, in this building.
But here’s the thing you’ve got to remember. A building is just a building. It’s just brick and mortar. It’s just wood and nails. What makes the building is the fans. And there are no fans in the world like you, the fans who come from all over the world to be here all WrestleMania week, to come to Axxess, to come to all the different shows and to stay for, to sit through three freakin’ hours of Monday Night Raw, and sit here and be here tonight to listen to us guys talk, so - without you, there isn’t any us.
Screw this building, the important thing is the people who fill it, and that’s you. So we want to thank you once again.