Triple H is right. Seth Rollins is no longer the "Future of WWE."
His victory over John Cena at Summerslam, satirist assisted or not, secures his place at the head of the table in WWE. Accordingly, the former Shield architect finds himself at the very top of the Wrankings. But if Rollins is now the present, who is the future? Let's run down some of the most likely candidates:
STARDUST: He's got the single-mindedness that a WWE Superstar needs to lead the pack and his provenance is beyond reproach, even if he doesn't acknowledge it. Whether he's a cosmic crusader or the son of the son of a plumber, Cody can wrestle with the best of them. Though he's facing a career Cross Rhodes after his run in with the Green Arrow, his best is yet to come.
THE MIZ: Though his WWE Championship reign is criminally underrated, no one can deny that he carried the championship with great pride. If anything, his pride has only increased with the passage of time, not to mention the release of a few movies. I'd love to see what Miz could do with another run at the top!
BRAUN STROMAN: No explanation needed here.
FANDANGO: Anything is possible in WWE. If "anything" includes changing the prerequisite for holding the WWE World Heavyweight Championship from "best wrestler" to "best dancer," then Fandango is a shoe-in. By definition, "anything" does include this, so don't count Fandango out. Or La Parka either, for that matter.
CESARO: He's got the power, ability, and offensive repertoire to be the "Face of WWE." What he doesn't have is the face to be the "Face of WWE." I'd rather see Rick Steiner's ugly mug on my box of Wheaties than this Seabiscuit lookalike. Woof!
STING: Shakespeare wrote, "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown." Given that Seth Rollins currently holds both the WWE World Heavyweight and United States titles, it's safe to assume that his trapezius will be quite sore by Night of Champions.
Seth Rollins will defend both of his titles on that show. If somehow he is able to defeat John Cena and retain the U.S. title, it will come at a great physical cost. Thus, I expect Rollins to be easy pickings for a fully primed and rested Sting. A title change is all but assured. Given the newfound and unexplained phenomena surrounding Sting's involvement in the disappearance of the Seth Rollins statue, Sting should have no problem defending the WWE World Heavyweight Championship for as long as he chooses to hold it.
If Sting deems it so, he could reign atop WWE for many years to come.
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-- 8/31/15
Main Event-- 9/1/15
WRESTLER WRANKINGS, WEEK 23 *TOP TEN*
1. Seth Rollins -- 68.5 points
2. Neville -- 55
3. John Cena -- 51.5
4. Ryback -- 50
5. Dean Ambrose -- 36.5
6. Roman Reigns -- 35.5
7. Sheamus -- 35.5
8. Randy Orton -- 35
9. King Barrett -- 33.5
10. Stardust -- 30
Thanks for reading, Cagesiders. We'll see you back here next week!