Survivor Series ended in truly shocking fashion, and for the Internet Wrestling Community die-hards, it was a dream come true.
For the more casual followers of professional wrestling, a massive question remains in the aftermath of Sunday evening’s pay-per-view:
Who exactly were the trio who attacked Ryback in the closing moments of the show?
If you find yourself asking that same question, then read on—this article takes a closer look at exactly who Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns are and where they came from.
Seth Rollins is the current NXT Champion and a man who has been tipped as a future World Champion in the major leagues of the WWE itself.
Since his debut as a 19-year-old in 2005, Rollins has wrestled for a number of independent promotions across the country, as well as TNA in their earlier years.
Formerly known as Tyler Black, it was under this alias that he gained the most prominence while competing for Ring of Honor between 2007 and 2010.
During these years, he faced various current WWE superstars such as Daniel Bryan and Antonio Cesaro and finished as high as 17th on the PWI 500 in 2009 ahead of a host of more established WWE superstars.
An athletic performer with hugely innovative offense, comparisons have already been drawn to current WWE champion CM Punk.
Given his past roles in FCW and NXT, Rollins would appear to be the most highly-rated by the WWE and thus could be the ringleader of any potential alliance between the three men.
Just a few months older than Rollins, Ambrose made his debut a year earlier than his former FCW adversary in June of 2004.
Though Ambrose did not perform in such high-profile organizations like TNA and ROH, that has been of no hindrance to him whatsoever.
Wrestling largely under his former ring-name of Jon Moxley, he gained prominence competing in some truly brutal encounters whilst demonstrating exemplary skills on the mic.
He developed a fairly unique character which can be largely summarized in his “I’m just a sick guy” proclamation. This disturbing and intense nature is what really got Ambrose noticed, not to mention his infamous confrontation with Mick Foley in a hotel during WrestleMania XXVIII weekend.
Should the WWE give him free reign with his character, we could be in for some fascinating viewing, though that would appear unlikely as his persona is hardly in keeping with the PG era.
Either way, Ambrose has the credentials to be one of the major players in the company, providing he is given further opportunities to shine as so many know he can.
Real name Joe Anoa’i, Reigns comes from probably the most legendary bloodline in professional wrestling history.
Though perhaps less hype surrounds Reigns than that of Rollins and Ambrose, such heritage makes him perfectly capable of being just as much, if not more of a success with the company.
His wrestling background is fairly limited, as he spent many of his early years playing American Football where he was signed by the Minnesota Vikings in 2007.
He soon tried his hand in following in his family’s footsteps though, signing a developmental contract with the WWE in 2010.
In competing in FCW under the ring name Roman Leakee, he demonstrated the typical blend of strength and agility that his family name is so famed for.
What he lacks in experience, he makes up for in natural ability. His family connections make him no stranger to the business, so don’t expect his rawness to hold him back too much.
Besides, former football players have gone on to become some of the very best in the business, just look at The Rock and Goldberg.
With all three men 27-years-old or less, these three could truly be the future of the company.
Not since the emergence of John Cena, Batista and Randy Orton in the early 2000s has there been such hype surrounding developmental prodigies—though these three could arguably surpass their predecessors’ achievements.
Talk of a new nWo may be wide of the mark, as these guys are new up-and-coming talents, not three legends of the industry.
Similarly, the anticipation surrounding their debuts has been greater than that of the members of the original Nexus in 2010, thus creating a unique situation in which Rollins, Ambrose and Reigns could really thrive.
Whatever the future holds for these men, expect them to be sticking around for the foreseeable future.
Finally the WWE is giving its younger talent a chance, and the rewards that they reap could be hugely beneficial to all parties involved.
Feel free to comment below on what could be a truly game-changing development in the world of WWE.