Boy did I love the first 80 minutes of RAW last night.
It all made sense, it all flowed, it actually felt like one of those crazy ECW 1998 or 1999 pay-per-view (PPV) shows where everything felt like one long fast-paced segment.
And then came the obvious vomit angle that everyone saw coming but was so comically disgusting it almost derailed the rest of the night. Luckily, the battle royal was booked well-enough that it momentarily got things back on track, though nothing that would come afterward could follow it.
So if you would, try to bear with me as I take a major cut on a fastball. Seth Rollins and Dolph Ziggler had their second strong outing together in less than a week. However, watching it, I noticed something that instantly could have made the match better and something that still needs to, pardon the pun, "evolve" within Rollins, especially now that he's on his own.
His moves are great. His pacing is superb. He can sell like a madman. He understands the wrestling side of being a heel.
But if you go back and watch the match, you'll see one thing he seemed to completely overlook while he was worried about the work itself. He almost never played the cocky heel to the crowd. He executed moves, was strong during the heat, had great cutoffs to Dolph's hope, but he didn't glare at the hard cam or the marks in the crowd. He did use the disrespect slaps to Ziggler early, but later in the match, there were no theatrics and no larger than life heel persona.
Even a simple raise of the arms to signal "I'm the king of the world," a few time wasters, or any semblance of arrogance would have served Rollins well between the bells. Feel free to call this nitpicking, but when the guy's work is so solid, you want to see him figure out the little things, because once he does, he'll immediately become unstoppable.
He had the right look and the heel laugh when the betrayal video played on the big screen, but within the match, I wanted Seth Rollins to piss the fan in me off between moves and during rest holds. It's a part of the transition game that so many guys fall short on and if you watched Ambrose nail his Brian Pillman routine a few minutes later, it stood out that one guy was a complete product and another was a work in progress.
I just didn't get enough of Seth's new heel persona last night, and because of that, Rollins' performance could have been better.