When Seth Rollins hi-jacked WrestleMania31's main event cashing in his money in the bank contract and pinning former team-mate Roman Reigns to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship a lot of eyebrows were raised.
How would Rollins deliver himself as world champion? Was he ready? Has he been pushed too soon?
After being the king of the castle for a few months now its fair to say that the decision to crown Rollins as champion is one that has been a very good one.
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The New Bad Guy
A superb athlete, the 29-year old is quick, strong, elusive and has a good wrestling skill set and adaptability to fly high with one of Rollins signature moves being a moonsault corkscrew 450 splash from the top rope.
As a WWE superstar being athletic is a must but to become successful more is needed in order to win over an audience whether this be as a heel (bad guy) or baby-face (good guy) and as the months have gone by Rollins have proven to the WWE universe that he has the 'X factor' to become a huge star.
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The Iowa wrestler has good entrance music, is fantastic on the microphone and wears in-ring attire fashioning the look of a villain in a superhero movie. The similarities between Rollins and the best heel (arguably) in WWE history Triple H are consistently becoming more apparent.
The Best In The Business
'The Game' was one of the most ruthless and relentless heels in the WWE who fans all loved to hate. The 13 time world champion displayed a do or die attitude when holding the gold around his waist living through an adage that he would do anything to keep the title in his possession.
The reason Triple H was such a good bad guy was from the belief the WWE universe had in his evil and aggressive character. The 45 year old performed spiteful heinous acts through his career on wrestlers such as Mick Foley, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock and Shawn Michaels in the long rivalries they all shared with the Greenwich, Connecticut star. The former champion always retained a long serving heel status with audiences as he was able to back up his talk in the ring and beat the best in the business on his own solidifying his position as a more powerful and more respected villain in the company.
The faction of D generation X who Triple H and Shawn Michaels co-lead with its members X Pac, Billy Gun, Road Dogg and Chyna is similar to Seth Rollins three piece group the shield which had Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns in. The shield was an extremely powerful group who came out week after week on Monday night Raw and gave beatings to the majority of the whole WWE roster.
The current champion turned his back on the group last year nailing both Reigns and Ambrose with a chair before joining the authority of Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and Kane. Seth Rollins has also shown that aggressive evil side in the past using his own signature 'kerb stomp' move against Randy Orton on top of a pile of cinder blocks, the move itself has been banned by the company for being too dangerous and since then Rollins has adopted Triple H's own 'Pedigree' as his finisher.
If You're A Heel Then You Should Stay A Heel
The heels of WWE are arguably not what they once were. Randy Orton is a huge star and has been marketable for years but his status has lessened with the WWE universe over time due to his constant changes of character from heel to baby-face.
When the 12 time world champion was in the Evolution stable years ago alongside Triple H, Ric Flair and Batista there was huge interest in the young talent. The nickname of 'Legend Killer' then promoted Orton to a higher level where he was taking out icons of the sport such as Mick Foley and Shawn Michaels.
The 3rd generation superstar became the youngest WWE World Heavyweight Champion at 24 eleven years ago but with his recent changes of status over the last 5 to 6 years, its unlikely Orton will even return to the dominant heel he once was. When Sheamus first came into the WWE he was a fearsome powerhouse who would enter the ring and give ruthless beatings to his opponents.
A no-nonsense superstar the Irishman became champion early into his career defeating John Cena in a tables match. The spite and aggression from the 37 year old was one of the reasons he was a successful bad guy but a decision was made to turn Sheamus baby-face and ruin the credibility of his popular evil character.
Now this years 'Money in the Bank' winner 'The Great White' is back as a heel but the gimmick of his long stranded facial hair and Mohawk leave a lot to be desired. Kevin Owens is the hottest bad guy in the company at the moment alongside Rollins. The NXT champion beat John Cena on his WWE debut only to lose to the United States champion in a re-match at 'Money in the Bank' .
The 31 year old attacked Cena straight after his loss and most recently put rapper Machine Gun Kelly through a table on Raw cementing Owen as a massive marketable heel in the organisation.
Don't Ruin The Future
There are rumours circulating on-line that Seth Rollins may well be turned into a baby-face with a proposed bout reportedly scheduled between Triple H and himself later in the year. At the 'Money in the Bank' pay per view this month Rollins defended his title on his own for the first time (no help from the authority) in a terrific match with Dean Ambrose.
The champion has showcased his ability, his rivalry with Ambrose has made terrific match ups most notably at the 'Hell in a Cell' pay per view last year. The upcoming match against Brock Lesnar at the 'Battleground' event in 3 weeks time will be fantastic, as much as it would be great for Rollins to retain his title and show the world how good he is it looks doubtful, Lesnar is on a huge contract with the WWE and is likely to get a stint as champion soon with rumours of a possible future rivalry with Sheamus.
The reality is that in Seth Rollins you have a wrestler who has the personality, talent and potential to go on and match Triple H's 13 world titles, if a change in the tide was to come though and Rollins was to turn baby-face then its possible his career will take a downward slide.
The WWE have a true star in their hands, hopefully they wont waste it.
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