Recently, Jim Ross was asked by a fan about the recent booking of WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins in the Q&A section of his blog. Rollins receives criticisms often because he’s booked as a cowardly champ who relies on cheap tactics like outside interference to win, although his wins as of late have been cleaner. Here are Ross’ thoughts on the issue…
“Booking is highly subjective and can’t truly be judged over the short term. I’d likely tweak how Rollins is being booked, but that doesn’t make me right either. I think WWE is setting him up for an eventual ‘face turn down the road and I have no issues with where Seth is at this time at it’s a marathon and not a sprint even though many fans today have little to no patience.”
I agree with Ross about that eventual face turn. Considering his use of Triple H’s Pedigree and the less cohesiveness of The Authority these days, I’d be inclined to think that one of the big WrestleMania matches will be between a heel Triple H and a babyface Seth Rollins. With still about half a year between now and the Texas edition of WrestleMania, there’s more than enough time to build to that scenario. Rollins would likely drop his title between now and then because a guy like Hunter doesn’t need to be in the top title match at that show.
That booking scenario runs counter to what my initial speculation is for Rollins at WrestleMania, which would be a triple threat match between him, Dean Ambrose, and Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. If this match main events on a card that will be full of legends like The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, The Rock, and Triple H, it would be a big endorsement of the current generation of stars. All three Shield members have the potential to be top performers for the next 5-10 years, so go ahead and give them their platform.
Between the Triple H vs. Rollins and Shield Triple Threat for the WWE Championship options I’ve discussed, I’d much rather see the triple threat match. Going back to Ross’ original statements, that would make the build to Hunter vs. Seth even more of a marathon. If Rollins dropped the title at Mania to one of his former stable mates, that could be the final straw in Hunter losing faith in his former protégé. Their relationship then could spend a few months properly deteriorating, building to a SummerSlam 2016 encounter. It’s a very long term plan in an era where long term just doesn’t happen.
Thanks for reading my fantasy booking banter inspired by a few Jim Ross comments. What do you think should happen regarding Rollin’s “eventual face turn down the road?” Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.