A highly predictable end to the WWE Survivor Series has resulted in criticism and apathy from fans. However, an optimist may see things differently with big possibilities on the horizon for Seth Rollins.
Pro wrestling fans groaned after Sheamus cashed in his WWE Money in the Bank at Survivor Series to win the WWE championship. It wasn’t the angle that bothered fans, it was the resentment of Sheamus. Critics argue that Sheamus is a step backwards in a year that saw the company take big strides in moving forward. There aren’t many people excited about the future of the WWE title around Sheamus’ waist.
Most fans hoped to see a scenario where either Dean Ambrose or Roman Reigns turned heel, joined the Authority, and won the WWE world title. Unfortunately neither happened and Sheamus in that role is hardly a concession. Yet if you were looking for any silver lining, that silver lining would be Seth Rollins.
Seth Rollins isn’t scheduled to return to action for another 6-9 months, taking him out of WrestleMania 32. The former champion tore up his knee and had to vacate the title before a highly probable loss to Roman Reigns at Survivor Series. That loss never came and while the WWE Universe may seem disappointing now, this could all turn into one exciting spring in 2016.
The WWE is generally conservative when it comes to injury timetables. The company likes to add time to the rehab to set up surprise returns when the timing is right. With that said, I can’t rule Seth Rollins out of WrestleMania. Rollins would be out five months at WrestleMania. Is it unreasonable to think the company padded his timetable a few months to set up for something big at Mania? I don’t think so.
A report in a recent edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter indicated that Seth wasn’t even figured into one of the main matches at WrestleMania. Remember, Seth wrestled at the bottom of the card last year at Mania 31 against Randy Orton. Whatever the plans were Seth, we may never know, but Sheamus’ win sets up a real big opportunity for Rollins to have his WrestleMania moment.
Rollins is already talking in interviews like he is a babyface. He certainly deviated away from the dastardly heel persona he played on television in a recent WWE.com interview. The whole idea that Rollins never lost the title and was kicked to the curb by the Authority puts him in the perfect spot to be the next big babyface the company is searching for.
This wouldn’t happen if Reigns or Ambrose held the title. Ambrose would never have gotten a decent shot and the company would have likely gone with Reigns vs. John Cena or Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. Sheamus, the un-derserving champion against the WWE champion who never lost his belt is probably about the only money match they could get out of Sheamus and it makes perfect sense.
Will it happen? Who knows and who knows what Rollins’ real timetable is for a return. What I do know is that there is a huge spot to fill at WrestleMania 32 and Rollins is the man to fill it.