Seth Rollins was ambushed by Finn Balor in the opening segment of WWE RAW this week, but the original plan was much different as per reports.
Seth Rollins announced that he would defend his World Heavyweight Championship in an open challenge on June 19 episode of RAW. Rollins came out to open RAW but before someone would accept it, Balor attacked Rollins with Coup de Grace three times.
As per multiple reports, the segment was changed. According to Fightful Select, Vince McMahon made “drastic changes” to the first 30 minutes as he wanted the angle between Balor and Rollins. The same news was reported by Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio.
Seth Rollins' open challenge was planned for #WWERaw on Monday until the last minute, due to Vince McMahon.— PW Chronicle (@_PWChronicle) June 20, 2023
The first 30 minutes of the show were changed, as McMahon wanted the angle between Rollins and Finn Bálor to open the show.
– per @davemeltzerWON pic.twitter.com/0LOlv3l3fl
Rollins and Balor are set to clash at WWE Money in the Bank 2023 PLE event over World Heavyweight Championship. The angle between Rollins and Balor stems from SummerSlam 2016 PPV event.
They faced each other in a match to determine the inaugural WWE Universal Championship holder. Balor secured the victory but he was forced to relinquish his title the next night because of his injury. With Rollins now the Universal Champion, Balor now wants revenge and challenged Rollins for the title.