It would be a shame not to give honorable mentions to Intercontinental Champion Big E Langston and WWE Tag Team Champions Cody Rhodes and Goldust. These three wrestlers have been dominant throughout their championship reigns. Langston in particular seems to never lose. You can’t win the award every week though. Unless you’re Daniel Bryan I guess. In any case, the Rhodes brothers weren’t winning so much on Raw or Smackdown, but kept retaining on pay-per-view. This week they scored victories on both shows over the Wyatt Family and Real Americans, respectively.
However, the wrestler with the biggest win of the week was Roman Reigns. The muscle of the Shield actually lost on Smackdown in a six man tag match against CM Punk and the Usos. It is rare that the WWE Wrestler of the Week has any losses. So how did Reigns pull off the win? With the aforementioned huge win against CM Punk on old school Raw.
WWE has been teasing a split among the Shield lately and it’s been focused mainly on pushing Roman Reigns. The muscle of the Shield was the sole survivor in November at Survivor Series and is now the only member of the Shield to defeat CM Punk one on one. It seems it is only a matter of time until Reigns gets a push a big time babyface.
Reigns reminds me of Big Daddy Cool Diesel. Kevin Nash was the muscle behind Shawn Michaels when he first entered the WWE. After some time as his bodyguard, Michaels and Diesel would split when Michaels accidentally super kicked Diesel at Survivor Series 1994. This whole situation with the Shield seems similar to me. Dean Ambrose is the Shawn Michaels. He’s not as big of a star as the Heartbreak Kid was in 1994. However, the entire Shield group is looked at the best up and coming stars in WWE today. Storylines shouldn’t be exactly the same so this is a great way to build something similar in today’s WWE.
I am not too sure how Seth Rollins fits into all of this though. Ambrose is U.S. Champion and the best talker in the group. Reigns is the muscle and the next Diesel. Rollins is very talented in the ring, but I am afraid he is going to get stuck as the next Dolph Ziggler. Rollins sells very well in the ring and has a strong fan base from his indy days, but how far does that get you? There are many question marks with Rollins.
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