The WWE kicked off its summer season with a bang on Monday night. The Shield disbanded as expected but it was the most unlikely justice fighter who deserted his team. Seth Rollins is on his own and business is about to pick up!
When the Shield debuted it was Dean Ambrose who everyone picked as the breakout star. I even predicted that he would be headlining the next SummerSlam against John Cena. Ambrose was the leader, Roman Reigns was the muscle Vince McMahon always seems to love and Seth Rollins seemed destined for a nice, yet limited run in the middle of the cards post-Shield. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Something happened a few months ago and all of the sudden Rollins started getting more attention. It went from Ambrose being seen as the leader to Reigns being picked as the next chosen one to Rollins stealing both of their spots right out from under them. The beauty of Rollins’ rise is that it is 100% organic. He wasn’t shoved down anyone’s throats, he slowly moved past his brothers in arms and grabbed his spot all on talent. It’s a heck of a story in 2014 if you really think about it.
Reigns has been pegged by many as the next in line for John Cena’s spot. I like Reigns a lot and I think he’s destined for big things, but I just haven’t been able to see him in that big of a role. Ambrose is fun to watch but I think that U.S. title run did more damage than we’ll ever realize. Yet Rollins is the right guy at the right time with a future I can buy into.
Chris Jericho recently interviewed Daniel Bryan on his podcast. He told Bryan that he knew that Bryan was destined to succeed because he got over elsewhere as the top guy (Ring of Honor). How astute! Jericho may be on to something here because Rollins also worked his way up to that top spot and anyone doubting his abilities to rise to the top are severely underestimating him.
Timing really is everything for Rollins. The WWE needs a fresh face in a top spot. Rollins has the best chance of succeeding as the next great top heel of anyone in recent memory that was given a shot in that spot, including CM Punk. The difference between Rollins and everyone else that has failed when elevated in recent years is that the WWE allowed him to be different. He wasn’t beaten for weeks, he wasn’t made to look like an idiot, he wasn’t screwed due to his own stupidity, he was booked like every great heel or babyface that was elevated in this company up until 2010 and succeeded. By doing less, WWE Creative has done more to help this guy than anyone else in years and that will pay off.
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