We have peculiarly arrived to a day and age when the WWE World Heavyweight Champion is underrated.
Since he debuted as a member of The Shield in late 2012, Seth Rollins has seemed to be on a collision course to greatness. The Internet Wrestling Community (IWC), who collectively knows everything about everything, pegged Shield-mate Roman Reigns as the WWE’s future golden goose. Dean Ambrose was the obvious heel of tomorrow.
Rollins? Well, the all-knowing IWC just didn’t know where to slot him. Shockingly, he was the Shield member elected for a heel run, and while some were initially skeptical, Rollins didn’t care – because he’s Seth Rollins.
He’s among the world’s elite
When people are calling you the new generation’s version of Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels, you’ve entered a peerless class of performers. Granted, no one’s ready to consider him among such superstars for his technicality and storytelling in performance. He’s simply carved out the spot of the top heel in the company, much like Flair, Michaels, and Edge did before him.
At WrestleMania 31, Rollins created an unforgettable ‘Mania moment…twice. First, in what was one of the finer contests of the night, Rollins ran towards his opponent, Randy Orton to deliver his patented Curb Stomp. Orton had it scouted, and just when Rollins planted his foot on the back of Orton’s head, Orton raised up. His momentum catapulted Rollins around eight feet in the air, before Rollins fell right into an RKO.
Then, he decided no one wanted to see Roman Reigns or Brock Lesnar walk out of Santa Clara with the WWE Title, and figured he’d cash in his Money In The Bank Briefcase. After dispensing a few Curb Stomps, he walked out gold in tow.
‘Cause he’s Seth Rollins, and when you’re that smart, you win championships with minimal effort.
For a year, Rollins wreaked havoc all over the WWE roster driving his foot into the back of a bent over opponent, and subsequently, into the mat. It was destructive, unabashed violence, and that’s the only way Rollins operates.
Because it was so awesome, it was banned – due to some nonsense about concussion dangers.
Rollins must have thought, “So the Curb Stomp is banned? I’ll just use one of the coolest, deadliest finishers of all time.”
So, he started using the Pedigree, as if he already knows he’s Triple H-esque and needs to remind the world of it in all of his matches.
Validates the NXT system
Rollins’ first championship reign marks the first payoff since the paradigm shift in talent development. We know it works because of the high quality of weekly programming, but seeing Rollins ascend the wrestling landscape as he has proves that the new model works.
If you flat out hate Cena, Rollins is your champion. Many have tried and failed to make an impact on the career of the Champ, but lest we forget, Rollins doesn’t fall into the typical “many.”
When tired of hearing Cena’s weekly rambling, and obviously fed up with the bright colors and theme music trumpets, Rollins simply decided to break his nose.
Because when your name is Seth Rollins, you solve problems how you see fit.
The Daily Show
Rollins drew the ire of television legend John Stewart for no other reason than he’s the only superstar relevant enough to warrant mainstream media attention. Thanks to Rollins, Stewart gained enough popularity to land a gig hosting SummerSlam in Brooklyn.
His greatness has the ability of rubbing off on people, even television hosts.
Visionary for the sport of Crossfit
I admittedly know nothing about Crossfit. I’d venture to say I’m not the only wrestling fan who is clueless in this regard. Still, Rollins presents a very valid argument as to how the sport aids his ability to perform and stay healthy.
The results are seen each and every week – and yeah, it makes Crossfit seem less cult-ish…I’m sure those athletes appreciate that. If not, it’s out of jealousy due to Rollins’ superiority as a Crossfitter.
It’s time we address the elephant in the room (there’s a joke there somewhere), the nude photo scandal was a bit of a black eye. But, when you’re a rock star, you do rock star things.
First of all, we don’t know the full extent of the events that transpired on Twitter. All we know is we saw some full frontal Rollins nudity. Every great man has his weak moments, and Rollins is no different.
We’ve all been in this position before, thinking we’re about to hit the jackpot if we send a naked, oily portrait of ourselves to the target of our desires. Besides, if I had a body like that, everyone in my phone book would be getting nudies, warranted or not.
It’s also worth bringing up the fact that it’s 2015 and social media can be used as a weapon. Can you imagine if iPhones and Twitter had been around in the days of Jake “The Snake” Roberts’ prime? Or worse, how about some of the stories of the old ECW coming to life on Instagram?
No one likes the thought of a naked Sandman or Sabu, but stuff like this could’ve happened to any number of wrestlers.
Lastly, I’ll leave you with this, courtesy of Mike Dyce at FanSided:
Tell me that sweet, sweet man doesn’t deserve a statue outside of WWE headquarters, and I’ll call you a liar.
Stoney Keeley covers the WWE for WrestlingNews.co, and is a Tennessee Titans Featured Analyst for Pro Football Spot. You can follow him on Twitter at @StoneyKeeley and the SPOT’s Tennessee Titans Twitter feed at @spot_titans.