Earlier this week, NXT Champion Seth Rollins took to Twitter to dispute Miz's claim on commentary that Cody Rhodes is the future of the WWE. The second-generation Superstar responded to Rollins by issuing a challenge for the Sept. 14 NXT show.
Rollins accepted Rhodes' challenge in a Tout video. Just like that, Rhodes and Rollins used social media to develop a feud.
These two have the potential to have a classic feud.
Rollins' rise to the top of the NXT pack has been meteoric. The former Ring of Honor World Champion defeated Drew McIntyre, Michael McGillicutty and Jinder Mahal in the Gold Rush Tournament to become the first ever NXT Champion. That alone has solidified his place in WWE history.
Rhodes has something that Rollins sorely lacks—WWE experience. Rollins may be the first ever NXT Champion, but Rhodes has five years of competition on the WWE's main roster under his belt. Rhodes is a former World Tag Team and Intercontinental Champion and boasts victories over the likes of Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio.
Rollins and Rhodes both wrestle with some degree of technical prowess. I have no doubt in my mind that these two wrestlers can use the ring as a medium to advance their story in a meaningful way.
Since Rollins is the current NXT Champion, it's unlikely that his main roster debut will be soon. Because of that, I expect the more experienced Rhodes to defeat Rollins at the upcoming NXT show. Since their feud is focused around who is the future of the WWE, it would make sense for Rhodes to say something about how his win confirms that he is the WWE's future, leaving an open door for the feud to continue in the future.
Hopefully, Sept. 15 is only a brief taste of what we can expect from a Rollins vs. Rhodes feud. Seth Rollins will eventually lose the NXT Championship. When that happens, nothing will hold him back from advancing to the main roster and setting his sights back on Cody Rhodes.