As reported by ProWrestling.net, Seth Rollins (formerly known as Tyler Black) challenged Cody Rhodes for the Intercontinental Championship at a SmackDown live event in Kalamazoo, Mich. Although Rhodes ultimately retained the championship, this is a huge step in Rollins' WWE career.
Rollins has been competing in dark matches and on live events for some time now. What baffles me is that he can challenge for the Intercontinental Championship at a live event, but has yet to debut on either RAW or SmackDown.
When Rollins signed a developmental contract back in summer 2010, many figured that his time in FCW would be short and that he would join the main roster quickly.
For those of you who are familiar with his ROH work, it's apparent that he is talented enough to be on the main roster. Being a former ROH champion and the current FCW champion speaks levels of his wrestling prowess.
I would venture to say that one of the only things holding him back is the new initiative that an FCW talent will not be called up until there is a long-term creative plan established for him or her. So while Rollins is an incredibly talented performer, it seems that the only thing between him and a spot on SmackDown or RAW is a creative map.
In the long run, saving his debut until the creative team has an idea of how to use him is probably a good thing. After all, it would be a shame if his talent was squandered like Kaval's was. In my opinion, it is only a matter of time before we see Seth Rollins making an impact on the WWE main roster, much like he did at this recent house show.
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