Just as much as we were waiting for Dean Ambrose to respond to Seth Rollins turning on The Shield -- and he delivered an all time great promo (that you can watch and read by clicking here) -- we were waiting for Rollins to explain why he did what he did on last week's episode of Raw.
We had to wait a week -- after a tease but no real follow through on SmackDown -- but Rollins revealed what his intentions were on tonight's (June 9, 2014) edition of Raw in Minneapolis.
"I don't get it, I don't understand what all the controversy your talking about is all about. I mean, you're just talking about what I did last week. Is that the whole deal? Because to me, that wasn't a big deal. I was just doing what was best for business; what was best for my business.
"The Shield, Michael, the greatest faction in the history of WWE, created by me... you don't think I have the right to destroy my own creation? It takes an architect, a mastermind, to put together a faction like The Shield. Do you think Dean Ambrose is in any way responsible for that? Dean Ambrose is a lunatic. Given a week to his own devices, he's face down in a ditch. And Roman Reigns... the golden boy... you'll never see anger or fury in a man like you've seen in Roman Reigns. But without someone to harness that, to control, it he's nothing; he's worthless.
"Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns are nothing without me. They owe me every ounce of success they have ever achieved.
"Let me ask you a question, Michael: Why is this such a surprise? I took The Shield to the very top, as high as we could go. We beat everybody, all right? We conquered the world, Michael. At 'Payback', we beat Evolution in a clean sweep. And with every experience in life you should learn something and you know what I learned from Evolution? I learned that to be a success in this business, you have to evolve. You have to adapt. No, no, no, no, I bought in. I bought in to the evolution of Seth Rollins.
"And another thing, another thing that you won't admit, and that none of you will admit: it took a lot of guts to do what I did last week. And everybody's fixated on the fact that I stabbed my brothers in the back, that I betrayed my brothers. And maybe to Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose we were brothers. But to me, they were just business partners, and I severed a business relationship.
"For two years, every night I came out here and I put my fist out and I said believe in The Shield. And every night what I meant is what I'm going to tell you right now. It's that you and everybody else better start believing in Seth Rollins."
Damn, that's good.
You could argue splitting away from the greatest faction in history doesn't exactly improve Rollins' lot in life but sticking with the group would have meant abstaining from any meaningful singles success. This was a very strong promo, one that proved "The Architect" can hang on the microphone all alone without his former stablemates by his side.
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