Although fans are currently fully behind Seth Rollins, it wasn’t always the case when he made the transition from a top heel to a face.
Rollins reunites with Dean Ambrose at SummerSlam on Sunday night, where the two are expected to dethrone Sheamus and Cesaro for the RAW tag team championships with The Celtic Warrior set to take some time off to film a new movie.
It’s clear that Rollins’ run as a face hasn't been as entertaining as his work as a heel alongside The Authority, as fans didn’t really have much of a reason to get behind him after all of his cowardly antics over the years.
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Ever since the popular Curb Stomp finishing move was banned, Rollins adopted Triple H's Pedigree, which made sense considering he was a heel and worked closely with The Authority to climb to the pinnacle of the company.
However, once The Game turned on The Architect, fans were wondering how long it would take for Rollins to show off his new finisher, and WWE perhaps missed an opportunity at WrestleMania 33 as Rollins defeated Triple H with the Pedigree instead.
Now, Rollins is using the Ripcord Knee and recently told The Mirror that he now uses his right knee – which has been injured twice – as his biggest strength with WrestleMania being the perfect time to retire the Pedigree.
WEAKNESS TO STRENGTH
According to Wrestling Inc, The Kingslayer said: “The Pedigree was a part of my life when I was in the Authority and it made sense for the time being, after sealing the deal and beating Triple H with it at WrestleMania, that was a good place to retire it.
“At the end of the day I want to be my own person, I want to be my own performer, and I want to have a finisher that's synonymous with me and not with my mentor.
"I've always prided on doing things a little differently and I wanted to bring something to the table that people and fans of WWE maybe hadn't really seen.
“The Ripcord Knee as it's been called recently is something that's very dangerous, it can come out of nowhere and I think if you've seen it in other places, you know the damage it can do.
“Plus, I thought it was nifty that my biggest weakness, my right knee which has put me out of action twice now, has now become my biggest strength and it's what I use to put my opponents away with. There's a nice bit of storytelling there as well."
While it’s nothing like the Phoenix Splash and drawing comparisons to Kenny Omega's version, there’s no denying that the little details in there tell a great story.
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