Seth Rollins may have stupid hair, make questionable fashion decisions, have a personality disorder, abuse his employees, fink on his word, neglect his mother, betray his friends, and generally make the average fan's skin crawl. Yet, aside from all that... homeboy is on a roll.
He may not always take the most honorable path, but he has a nose for the most direct road to a victory (and the spoils thereof), like a rat to cheese. This behavior has resulted in considerable financial gain, the adulation of WWE brass, and significant career opportunity.
Not the least of which is his first ever WWE Championship title bout against fellow challenger, John Cena, and World's Champion, Brock Lesnar. For all the animosity between Rollins and his former Shield brothers, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns, this championship opportunity is, BY FAR, the biggest match yet in Rollins' rocket ride of a career.
Of note is that this momentous match will take place at the Royal Rumble event. That means, just for showing up, Rollins will be awarded six Wrankings Points as the Rumble is a "big four" supercard. Sure, Cena and Lesnar are also assured this boon, but neither of them is really in contention for the coveted Wrestler Wrankings season title.
Besides Rollins, the other realistic contenders for the Wrankings Championship, Rusev and Dolph Ziggler, will likely be competing in the Royal Rumble proper. And chances are, neither one will win. Rusev is simply too ripe a target and will be subject to repeated double and triple teaming and other "giant"-type treatment. This is both due to his supreme grappling acumen in addition to his controversial and unpopular political ideology. Dolph, on the other hand, is too fiery and courageous for his own good. He'll doubtless expose himself to unnecessary risk and likely enjoy a heroic run before getting unceremoniously tossed by a fresher opponent.
Don't get me wrong, both men are at the top of their respective games and are legitimate threats to win... which is exactly why they almost certainly won't!
Speaking of the top three of the Wrestler Wrankings, ruminate on this visual aid:
As you can see, Rusev's December has been nothing short of a debacle. He's essentially stopped winning matches. It's a serious blemish on what has otherwise been a flawless season. And it's put his seemingly insurmountable point total into jeopardy of being passed by either Ziggler or Rollins. As recently as last week, my money would have been on Intercontinental Champion, Ziggler, to make a run at the top. Now that he's lost his title and Rollins is in the Main Event at Royal Rumble, I've completely flipped on the topic. Rollins is the man with the plan and he's just getting started. He's trending towards the heavens, even while his actions may land him in Hell.
As I've said many times before, "Winning Isn't Everything, It's the Only Thing!" That's what matters most in the world's purest form of competitive sport and that's what Seth Rollins does best. The future is now.
OFFICIAL WRESTLER WRANKINGS FORMULA
ANY WIN = 2 POINTS
US OR INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE BOUT = 1 POINT
WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE BOUT = 3 POINTS
NON "BIG 4" PPV BONUS = 1.5X
SUMMERSLAM, SURVIVOR SERIES, ROYAL RUMBLE = 2X BONUS
WRESTLEMANIA = 3X BONUS
The WWE season begins on the day after WrestleMania 30 and culminates with WrestleMania 31. The wrestler who accumulates the most points over the course of the season, wins the coveted Wrankings Championship!
Monday Night Raw -- 1/6/15
Main Event-- 1/7/15
Smackdown -- 1/9/15
WRESTLER WRANKINGS, WEEK 41 *TOP TEN*
1. RUSEV -- 101 points
2. Dolph Ziggler -- 81
3. Seth Rollins -- 72
4. Sheamus -- 65
5. John Cena -- 59.5
6. Cesaro -- 58
7. Bo Dallas -- 50.5
8. Roman Reigns -- 49
9. Dean Ambrose -- 45
10. Bad News Barrett -- 42
Thanks for reading, Cagesiders. We'll see you back here next week!