Back in the arena after a quick commercial, it’s time for the flag match. Justin Roberts kind of explains why the flags are there, but not really the rules of the match. Rusev makes his way out to the ring first, waving the Russian flag, accompanied by Lana.
Lana grabs a mic when the get to the ring. She tells the fans to shut up. She says tonight, they dedicate this match to the world’s greatest reality star, and a true hero, Vladimir Putin. She says Hollywood represents everything wrong with America. It is a golden fantasy land, where you get to play heroes and there is always a happy ending. Well Rusev represents the cold hard fist of reality. In reality, your heroes are failing cowards, and there is no happy ending for the USA.
At the entranceway, a color guard presenting the American flag marches their way out to the top of the ramp.
Jack Swagger makes his way to the ring, with Zeb Coalter by his side. Swagger gets a pretty nice pop as he swings the flag on his way to the ring, being followed by Coalter and the color guard.
Rusev vs. Jack Swagger
Both men stand across the ring from each other with their manager, waving their flag. Of course Swagger gets a big pop. Rusev attacks Swagger, sending him to the mat. Swagger fights him off and hits a big boot. Swagger clamps on the patriot lock before being pulled off, since the match hasn’t started yet. Rusev struggles to get to his feet. Lana says Swagger cheated, so they don’t have to have a match. The bell rings, and Swagger attacks Rusev in the corner, burying his knee in Rusev’s midsection. Swagger wraps Rusev’s leg around the middle rope and kicks away at it. Rusev bails to the floor.
Swagger is quick to bring things back into the ring, wrapping Rusev’s leg around the middle rope and wrenching back again. Rusev heads to the floor, but again, Swagger won’t let him break, sending him back into the ring. Rusev rolls right back out to the floor, and Swagger is out, hitting a big clothesline to wipe out Rusev on the floor. Swagger goes for the Swagger bomb, but Rusev blocks it with a shot to the ribs. Rusev limps over to Swagger and takes a couple of shots to the face, but puts Swagger down to the mat. Rusev tries to stomp on Swagger’s face, but stops when it hurts his ankle more. Rusev kicks Swagger in the back with his good leg.
Rusev stomps on Swagger before dropping a head butt on Swagger’s shoulder. Rusev traps Swagger in a bear hug, squeezing the air out of Swagger’s lungs. Swagger is able to turn around in the hold, but Rusev sends him crashing back down to the mat. Rusev pulls Swagger up to his hands and knees before crashing down across Swagger’s back. Rusev stomps down on Swagger, screaming at the American representative. Rusev pulls Swagger up, and Swagger comes up with a belly to belly suplex.
Swagger pulls himself to his feet and hits Rusev with a couple of rights. Swagger ducks a clothesline and comes up with one of his own. Swagger sends Rusev into the corner and hits him with a big boot to the face. Swagger runs in and hits the Swagger bomb out of the corner. Swagger goes for the pin, but only gets two.
Swagger takes Rusev down to the mat, but he’s kicked away. Rusev hits an elbow, but gets caught when he goes for a kick. Swagger tries for the patriot lock, but Rusev kicks Swagger away. Swagger is able to slam Rusev down to the mat for a quick two count. Swagger hits Rusev with a big right, but eats a huge kick to the side from Rusev. Rusev stomps on Swagger’s back, but when he tries for the camel clutch, he can’t hold on to it because of his ankle. He clamps Swagger into a half camel clutch, going down to a knee on his injured side. Swagger is able to counter things into a patriot lock, pulling Rusev into the middle of the ring. Rusev screams in pain and tries to reach the ropes. Swagger pulls him in, but Rusev rolls to his back and is able to kick Swagger away.
Rusev hits a giant spinning back kick, sending Swagger to the mat. Rusev hits the ropes and hits a big splash before locking in the camel clutch full-force in the middle of the ring. Swagger screams in pain, but begins to fade quickly. The ref calls for the bell and gets Rusev to break the hold.
Winner by KO: Rusev
Lana talks a bit of smack to Zeb while holding her hand over her heart. She backs away and says something to Rusev who kicks Zeb in the shoulder, sending him down to the mat.
Justin Roberts says that in accordance with the rules of a flag match, they’ll now raise the winning side’s flag, and play their national anthem. The Russian national anthem plays as a giant Russian flag rises up from the floor. Rusev holds his flag high, while Swagger and Zeb are still laid out on the mat.
After another brief commercial, we turn our attention to the battle of former partners. We get a video package that highlights the events that led to the next match, from Seth Rollins betraying his partners in the Shield, to ‘selling out’ to the Authority and winning Money in the Bank, and Dean Ambrose’s quest to keep him from cashing in.
Back in the arena and lumberjacks are already surrounding the ring. Cole notes that almost all of them were victims of the former Shield. Seth Rollins makes his way out to the ring first, carrying his Money in the Bank briefcase. Rollins doesn’t get much of a reaction out of the fans in the crowd, though there are a couple of stare-downs with other SuperStars as Rollins makes his way into the ring.
Dean Ambrose is out next, making his way out to a little bit more of a pop than Rollins, but not much.
Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins
Both men begin brawling as soon as the match begins. Ambrose takes Rollins into the corner and stomps away at him, standing on his throat before picking him up and tossing him across the ring. Lumberjacks keep Rollins from leaving the ring, and Ambrose clotheslines Rollins to the outside. Rollins is tossed right back in where Ambrose stomps down on Rollins’ gut before ripping away at his face. Ambrose chops Rollins’ chest before grinding his face across the top rope. Rollins kicks Ambrose before sending him to the floor. Ambrose fights off lumberjacks before heading back into the ring and going for Rollins. Rollins slams Ambrose’s face into the middle turnbuckle and tosses him to the floor. Lumberjacks assault Ambrose before sending him back into the ring where he’s mounted by Rollins for a series of punches.
Rollins slams Ambrose to the mat and drops a knee on his face for a one count. Ambrose stands and punches away at Rollins. Rollins sends Ambrose into the corner, but he runs right into a big boot from Ambrose. Ambrose heads to the top, but he’s pushed down and hung up by Rollins. Rollins kicks at Ambrose’s face while Ambrose is hung up by his foot in the corner. Rollins clamps on a choke hold, but Ambrose is able to fight up to his feet. Ambrose ducks a clothesline and connects with a big forearm, then another. Ambrose misses a diving forearm and roll to the apron, but he backs away a couple of lumberjacks. Ambrose suplexes Rollins from the ring to the outside on top of a group of lumberjacks. Ambrose and Rollins fight on the outside with a mass of lumberjacks, with everyone seeming to get involved. Ambrose backdrops Rollins out into the crowd, but he’s pulled back into the ring by the lumberjacks. Ambrose dives to the outside to wipe out the lumberjacks, then leaps up on the announcer’s table, and into the timekeeper’s area to wipe out Bo Dallas and Kofi Kingston. Ambrose chases down Rollins in the crowd and begins brawling with him.
Ambrose and Rollins begin brawling in the stands, working their way up the arena steps. Kane stalks his way down to the ring and begins yelling at the lumberjacks. Rollins and Ambrose are fighting way up in the stands. Rollins tries for a powerbomb, but Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel are in the stands to pull Ambrose back down to the ring. Rollins works his way down another staircase, beating down Sin Cara. Rollins tries to head toward the back, but he’s blocked by lumberjacks, who drag him back down to the ring.
Rollins is hoisted up like he’s crowd surfing, and brought to the ring. Ambrose leaps from the top rope to the floor to wipe out Rollins and the lumberjacks. Ambrose brings things back into the ring and goes for dirty deeds, but Rollins blocks it and hits an enzugiri. Ambrose hits a rebound lariat which is good for two.
Ambrose waits for Rollins to stand, talking smack to him. He curb stomps Rollins, sending him face first into the mat for a one count, but Kane is in to break it up. Goldust gets into the ring, but he’s taken down by Kane. Everyone enters the ring and begins brawling, including RVD and Cesaro who fought in the pre-show match. Things whittle down to the Wyatts and Ambrose. Ambrose sends both Harper and Rowan to the floor, but Rollins comes with the the Money in the Bank briefcase, hitting Ambrose in the face. Rollins pins Ambrose for three.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Michael Cole talks about Harper and Rowan’s involvement in the previous match, and uses it to segue into the next match. Cole recaps Y2J’s return to WWE 2 months ago, and the fixation that the Wyatt’s have had on Y2J since his return.