And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
Seth Rollins' perfect season is over. Crushed by the heel of Kane's boot.
The implications of the WWE World's Heavyweight Championship's vacancy and the vacuum at the top of the card are vast and unknown. The future of Rollins' career and his viability as a major star in professional wrestling is in question. The entertainment value of WWE programming, with it's best wrestlers all missing, is in serious doubt.
Comparisons have been drawn to the late 90's WWF where Stone Cold Steve Austin, as popular at the time as any wrestler in history, took an injury related hiatus. With its top star shelved, WWF turned to the duo of The Rock and Triple H to continue selling out buildings and thrilling fans the world over. Upon Austin's return, he had two new main-eventers to battle and the mixing and matching of these three would ensure the WWF's prosperity well into the new millennium.
This comparison, while optimistic, doesn't apply here.
I'd argue that the Austin in this scenario is actually CM Punk, who removed himself from WWE for personal reasons in 2014. That cleared the way for Daniel Bryan's ascent to the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania 30. Bryan is the Rock/Triple H. The ready savior who will keep the ball rolling.
Of course, he also got hurt (at the hands of Kane, see a pattern here?) which cleared the way for the rise of Roman Reigns. Roman, it turns out, didn't have what it took to carry the ball and, for the time being, fizzled out. Finally, was was clear for Rollins, who was wonderful, but is now hurt himself.
Someone will assuredly step into the spotlight. The question is, how successful will this person be? At this point, we're getting pretty low on the depth chart. If Punk is analogous to Austin, and Bryan to the Triple H/Rock combo, then let's liken Roman Reigns to Ken Shamrock. He's the guy who looked like the future of the business but never really clicked. That means whoever is next is like, i don't know... Val Venis? Gangrel? Mr. Ass?
They tried that with "The One" Billy Gunn and it failed miserably. They tried it with Rob Van Dam and he wasn't up to the task. They tried it with Lex Luger, but he sort of sucked. Handing someone the ball is one thing. Running with it is another.
As for poor Seth Rollins. It looks now like his heretofore remarkable 2015 season closely resembles the winds of March. In like a lion, out like a lamb.
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 31 and culminates with WrestleMania 32. The wrestler who accumulates the most points over the course of the season, wins the coveted Wrankings Championship!
Monday Night Raw-- 11/2/15
Main Event-- 11/3/15
WRESTLER WRANKINGS, WEEK 32 *TOP TEN*
1. Seth Rollins -- 92 points
2. John Cena -- 71.5
3. Ryback -- 70
4. Neville -- 59
5. Kevin Owens -- 56.5
6. Roman Reigns -- 50.5
7. Sheamus -- 41.5
8. Dean Ambrose -- 40.5
9. Randy Orton -- 39
10. Stardust -- 36
Thanks for reading, Cagesiders. We'll see you back here next week!