Let’s be honest: Kevin Owens was never going to stop battling Seth Rollins and his disciples even in the wake of Samoa Joe’s rough landing last week. But bravery doesn’t always translate into wins, and Monday’s Six-Man Tag Team Elimination Match proved to be an admirable effort with a demoralizing end.
Facing Buddy Murphy & AOP with The Viking Raiders at his side, Owens had as good a chance as ever to land a blow against The Monday Night Messiah and his flock. But thanks to a combo of Rollins interfering with a Stomp and a grisly collision with the ring apron, Erik & Ivar were taken out of commission, leaving Owens to go it alone. KO improbably brought it down to one-on-one by eliminating Murphy and Akam, but another assist from Rollins helped Rezar snuff out an excellent effort by the former Universal Champion. It might not help him sleep much better, though. In a rivalry like this, moral victories will only get you so far.