Since WrestleMania 31 in late March, we’ve witnessed Seth Rollins break out into the main event scene.
And slowly but surely, Rollins has become one of the top heels in WWE today and it appears at the 28th Annual SummerSlam pay per view, the WWE World Heavyweight Champion could be facing the United States Champion and a man that could be considered “Wrestler of the Year” in John Cena.
Bout In Doubt
However, this could not be the case, since Triple H in the August 10th edition of Monday Night Raw states that Cena is 50/50 as a whole since a botched knee by the WWE Champion caused Cena’s nose to break in the July 27th edition of Raw, leading to immediate surgery.
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If Cena does miss SummerSlam this would be the first time he missed this event since his SummerSlam debut in 2004. However, if this match does happen at SummerSlam, there’s a huge possibility that Cena may leave Brooklyn as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion once again.
Although this is not the most popular decision by the majority fan base of the WWE, this may not be a bad idea in context. Here’s five reasons why Seth Rollins should drop the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Since winning the championship at WrestleMania 31, Rollins hasn’t really been portrayed as a “fighting champion.” From screw jobs, to a dusty finish, losing via disqualification multiple times, the outside interference of multiple allies, Rollins has had one of the least convincing WWE Championship reigns in recent history.
Over the past few years, the heel as champion has been portrayed as a weak champion (the exception of Brock Lesnar), and this formula not only makes Rollins not convincing as a top dog, it also makes events and matches seem predictable as analysts and fans anticipate a screw job finish, which may downgrade the significance of future WWE World Heavyweight Championship matches as long as Rollins is the Champion.
More Story Lines
Wishful thinking, but the possibilities of Rollins losing the Championship could easy open up a angle with Triple H and The Authority with the possibilities being endless.
As a rift could come between the two leading up to a match at Survivor Series after Rollins fail to retain the Championship in a rematch of some sort. It also opens up new challengers to come after the Championship, as well as it could lead to another WWE Superstar taking the “Face of the WWE” spot from Rollins as The Authority builds and establish another upper-mid card wrestler and elevate him into the main event slot.
That formula despite being one of the oldest storylines, the formula is still sound and effective today. Authority figure favors star, star gets push into the main event scene, new heel established ultimately leading to a WWE Championship reign. It worked with The Rock's first two WWE Championship reigns, it worked for Triple H’s first three reigns, it worked for Brock Lesnar’s 3rd WWE Championship reign, it worked for Stone Cold, Edge, Randy Orton on numerous occasions as well, it could work for anyone on the roster, given the chance and the development.
As of today, there is a huge line of Superstars that are preparing to take the next step in their careers that are equally hungry and wanting the opportunity to become the WWE Heavyweight Champion.
Besides John Cena, there are a lot more talent that is on the verge on being in the main event scene compared to past years, when this picture was only dominated by the likes of Cena and Orton.
With the elevation of Cesaro in recent weeks after the instant Raw classic, that he had in back to back weeks against John Cena, it looks he’s finally connecting with the fans despite at one point being in uncertainty with his tag team partner, Tyson Kidd, being injured and won’t be back until earlier 2016 at the least.
Kevin Owens, who has beaten John Cena, and has had some of the best matches of 2015 against him, could be the next one to be elevated into the main event scene, by being the one to possibly replace Rollins as the man behind The Authority, and even the “Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose, who at one point, main evented three WWE pay per views/WWE Network specials and was made to believe to have won the Championship against Rollins, but due to a dusty finish, it was reversed.
In addition, adding Randy Orton, Roman Reigns and Sheamus holding the Money in the Bank briefcase, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship picture seems to be more full in recent memory and this could be the best chance that the WWE has to make a new breakout star, in which people critique them about consistently.
More Title Reigns Ahead of Him
Rollins is only 29 years of age, and him losing the championship doesn’t hurt his credibility as a whole. Despite one of the best WrestleMania moments in the past ten years (behind the streak being broke by Lesnar, Daniel Bryan winning the WWE Championship for the third time and Michaels retiring) as well as a brutal but excellent ladder match at Money in the Bank.
However, those two moments don’t overshadow this reign as a whole. Losing the championship, gives him a chance to have better matches without the belt, put him in better storyline positions and develop him into a champion contender in due time.
Plus the longer this reign lasts, this could very well hurt Rollins as a whole due to the predictability factor.
Cena Needs It
As John Cena closes in on his illustrious career, tying the great Ric Flair will establish him, and put him in discussion as one of the greatest WWE Champions of all time.
Cena since winning his first WWE Championship back in 2005 at “The Showcase of Immortals” which at the next WrestleMania will be officially his tenth anniversary of that career defining victory.
Since then, Cena has been one of the most reliable, driven and solid performers of his era, despite the mixed opinions of the WWE Universe.
Winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship for the thirteenth time of his career and his sixteenth World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship will establish him in the likes of Bruno Sammartino, Ric Flair, as well as elevating past the likes of Bret Hart, Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock and Triple H, putting him in a pedestal of his own in the WWE.