Last night, the unthinkable happened.
Okay, so maybe it was thinkable, but nobody wanted The Shield to break up, because they're so fucking awesome, which is exactly why it was time to break them up.
Seth Rollins turned on his stablemates and joined Evolution.
Now that the shock and awe has worn off, it's time to examine the organization's choice. Not in splitting up The Shield, but rather in picking Rollins to be the one to do it, because let's face it, that's some next-level heat. Like the holy-fucking-grail of heat. It doesn't come very often.
And it's all his.
Triple H will get some of the glory, naturally, but this is the Seth Rollins show and now the onus is on him to deliver. That puts tremendous pressure on him because if he comes up short, it's exactly the kind of flop that Creative will use to say "We gave him the spotlight and he tanked."
But risk vs. reward and all that jazz.
So what does Rollins' heel turn tell us about Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns? I'll be honest, I thought the blueprint for a Shield meltdown would be Ambrose and Rollins both turning on Reigns, elevating him to mega-babyface status, since the dirt sheets kept teasing a "monster push."
Then Creative teased us with Ambrose, who appeared on the verge of defecting just a few months back. Again, nothing. So why was the third time the charm? It's hard to say, but Rollins may be the most "WWE" of the bunch, in terms of complete package.
Is Reigns a future headliner?
Physically, yes, but I don't think it's outrageous to suggest he needs more time under the lamp. One liners and "baby dolls" will only get you so far and there aren't enough Paul Heymans to go around when it comes to sub-par mic skills. As for Ambrose, he's great in the ring and knows how to talk.
He's certainly never boring.
That said, I've followed WWE for a lonnnnng time and I get the feeling he's too much of a loose cannon, which is a nice way of saying, "He's still too Indy for us." Ambrose is probably going to need the crowd to get behind him in the same way it did for Daniel Bryan.
But what the heck would we even chant?
Of course, you can flip it the other way and suggest that Rollins was hand-picked because if he crashes and burns, they at least have Reigns and Ambrose to fall back on. Suppose Evolution turns on "The Architect" and he's cast out, he can't go back to The Shield, either, after backstabbing them.
That would be bad.
I don't think that's the case, so don't expect to see him tagging with R-Truth just yet. Rollins was likely selected because he's made the most out of his television time -- via ridiculous hang time. That might carry more weight backstage than a couple of power moves from Reigns, or subtle complexities from Ambrose.
Then we have to consider the poor bastard who has to replace Rollins.
That's a tough act to follow and I've heard some interesting choices. While CM Punk showing up as the third member would break the Internet, I'm more inclined to believe WWE returns to NXT for the next big star, because we've seen a lot of recent graduates from the Florida proving ground and they happen to be doing great work.
Or they can just keep the vest warm until Shieldtista gets back from Hollywood.