If Seth Rollins is going to be the lead heel of the WWE for the foreseeable future, he will eventually need to file for divorce with The Authority and forge his own identity with the company that helped make him a household name.
Ric Flair was famous for this. As a singles competitor in the Mid-Atlantic region, Flair was still able to win titles and feud with the likes of Roddy Piper, Dusty Rhodes, Jack Brisco and Ricky Steamboat.
The Four Horsemen were a major part of Flair’s appeal, mostly because the three other wrestlers within the stable – whether it was Tully Blanchard, Arn Anderson, Ole Anderson, Barry Windham, Lex Lugar or any other addition to the famed group – held titles alongside the greatest world champion of all time.
Flair knew when to ally himself with his running mates and knew when to stand on his own two feet and take on the best of the best in the NWA or WCW and even in the WWF/E when he was champion or a member of Evolution.
Rollins may never be a Flair or a Steamboat, but he has the look of the hated villain whose in-ring promotion is getting better by the day. And now with his ability to stand on his own and win matches, it means he can bring in money for the WWE much like John Cena or Shawn Michaels or even Flair did back in his prime.
The recent events involving John Cena and the broken nose seen worldwide has made the current WWE World Champion even more dependable. And with SummerSlam less than two weeks away, the company is in the process of safeguarding Rollins against the possibility of not facing the current United States Champion due to his facial injury.
Whether it is Cena or Randy Orton, who became the No. 1 contender for the company strap after beating both Cesaro and Kevin Owens on Raw, the world title match should be a highlight of the night. Rollins can certainly carry his own weight against either former WWE champion.
A STORM IS BREWING
Another solid move by the WWE is the Brock Lesnar/Undertaker match that could mean the loser retires from the WWE.
According to sources, a stipulation that the loser of the match (Undertaker) must retire could be added to the match, only heightening its appeal with the crowd. It also means that much like the World Title Match, this is a main event that could go longer than anticipated.
I am not all that thrilled about that kind of match, but it adds interest and could mean Undertaker beats his long-time nemesis. My thoughts have always been that the final chapter in the Undertaker’s career should end with a feud with Kane. There is too much history and heat when these two lock it up in the ring for this not to happen.
If there is one common denominator to the Undertaker and his career in the WWF/E, it has been his connection to Kane, Paul Bearer and the urn. There has to be closure for the Dead Man to drift off into wrestling’s underworld.
For now, we have to be pacified by the anticipation of two heavyweights beating the hell out of each other in New York on August 23.
A SHOW STOPPER
Feuds have a way of evolving and taking over events, changing course and direction and shocking us all. Whether it has been Daniel Bryan and CM Punk, Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio or even Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, the fans have witnessed greatness and have begged for more. This is the kind of match that could lead to a mention for “Match of the Year” and a feud that may run for another pay-per-view or two, fade away, and is revisited in the future.