Last night, WWE Raw was much more important than initially meets the eye. With all the struggles of World Wrestling Entertainment recently, including the low subscription numbers for the WWE Network and even lower WWE stock value, last night may have signaled the lowest point of them all – that being the lack of SUCCESSFUL young talent on the WWE roster and in NXT.
There is a distinct difference between being a talented wrestler and a talented superstar. Being a talented wrestler means you are very good in the ring. Being a talented superstar means you don’t have to be very good in the ring (although it is a bonus if you are), making up for it with your character, mic skills, and crowd endearment.
It is seemingly apparent to me that the WWE has a crop of talented young wrestlers, but clearly – and dearly, lacks young SUPERSTARS. For every Bray Wyatt, there is a Bo Dallas. Unfortunately for WWE, there are a plethora of Bo’s for every Bray.
Since the start of 2013, WWE has force fed many promising young superstars to us. Fandango, Curtis Axel, Xavier Woods, Rusev, Adam Rose, and Bo Dallas. Unfortunately, all these stars are one of two things – flavor of the week award winners or “what the hell was that” award winners.
Granted, the WWE has hit a couple home runs, but few game changers to say the least. Bray Wyatt and the Shield (as a whole) have been sure bets since their debuts. However, the jury is still out on many other sophomore and junior talents including Cesaro and Big E.
So, after dismantling the grandfathers of Evolution the past two pay-per-views/special events, WWE decides NOW is the time to disband the Shield, or at least relieve them of a member. (I want to point out that I am not sure why everyone thinks this is the ‘end of the Shield.’ Evolution returned with three members, and one quit, and then Rollins joined if I recall. So why can’t the Shield move forward with two members, possibly recruiting a third?) Personally, I think the WWE felt they had no other choice but to unleash a bit of shock and awe in dire times.
If you truly think Seth Rollins is going to steal the spotlight, you are gravely mistaken- at least with Evolution he won’t. While it may seem like a great idea to team Rollins with the COO of the WWE and the ‘face of the WWE’, how is Rollins expected to standout in a trio (assuming Batista doesn’t return, again) that includes 16 WWE Title and 9 World Heavyweight Championship reigns?
While HHH may give up a bit of the spotlight (I doubt it), Randy Orton is another story. Since Batista returned to WWE and Evolution reformed after Wrestlemania XXX, Randy Orton has seemingly taken a backseat to all. Again, please explain to me how this tradeoff will ultimately benefit Rollins?
At the end of the day, I believe the WWE felt they ran out of options. This was a snap judgement move made due to the extremely thin pool of “superstars” on the current WWE roster. Honestly, does the WWE have more than a half dozen true superstars?
Sheamus, Bad News Barrett, Rob Van Damn, Cesaro and more are all very good wrestlers and talent, but they lack that extra something special to stand out as a superstar.
For a long time, the WWE was ‘shielded’ from the truth. They were able to get away with their anorexic roster of superstars, being bailed out by part-timers. But now, with so many big names and part-timers either injured, retired, contractually taking time off, or quitting, the McMahon-Levesque empire had no other choice but to make a move. A move that unfortunately has more cons than pros.
Have you asked why Rollins and not Dean Ambrose or Roman Reigns? It’s a simple answer, with one of the few pros being the fact that Rollins wasn’t a standout in the Shield, those honors went to the “leader” of the pack – Ambrose, and the “chosen one” – Reigns. So the WWE felt it was best to give Rollins some fresh air, a new start, and a chance to create buzz when they needed to do so in a bad way. However, I’m afraid I’ve …. no, I don’t want to overuse that line anymore.
If Rollins was 1-C in the Shield, what makes the WWE (or any of you who support the move) believe that he will be anything more than 1-C in Evolution? And what comes out of this, a tag team match at Money In The Bank between Orton and Rollins vs. Ambrose and Reigns? In the long run it is more than apparent that Reigns will have a high profile match at Summerslam, likely against Triple H. Keep in mind, Reigns’ road to Wrestlemania XXXI already is in the fast lane to a potential main event match with whomever the champ is, or with his cousin, The Rock (who could be champ in a potential scenario, but lets beat that drum a different day!).
As for Ambrose, there are many ways his character can evolve, but there is too much meat on the Evolution/Shield bone to simply disband the Shield, now. Which is again why I ask the question: Why do so many people think that the Shield has disbanded? They haven’t and they won’t, at least not now.
Has anyone thought of the potential for Batista to return as a face and join the Shield? For as bad a mistake it was to have Batista return as a face and win the Royal Rumble, this could be the fix the WWE needs for the man with the
Red, White and Blue running through his veins! Joining Ambrose and Reigns would surely give Batista the setting he would need to be a face, just as long as he shaves his head and stays off the mic.
No matter the next step or end result in last nights developments, this shocking twist can’t hide the facts that follows:
Daniel Bryan (WWE WHC) – Injured
CM Punk – MIA
Brock Lesnar – Vacation
Chris Jericho – Rockin’
The Rock – Fast & Furious 48
Undertaker – Defeated
THOSE ARE SUPERSTARS! They all are currently not available for one reason or another. And while John Cena is comparable to the sun as he always rises (sure, above hate), the WWE currently has a talent roster comparable to the Pittsburgh Pirates and Florida Marlins, when it needs to be the caliber of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Toronto Blue Jays.
As Rollins’ position on the WWE roster continues to “evolve”, it’s hard to think this is the best blueprint for his potential success. This could be another example of the WWE not letting the cards play themselves out, rather going all-in with pocket Jacks against pocket Aces and hoping for a bad beat on the river. If you are going to BELIEVE in something – I think you’d want to NOT BoLieve, but rather continue to BELIEVE in the SHIELD!