Seth Rollins shocked everyone in wrestling on Monday's Raw when he sensationally turned on Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns—clobbering the pair with several vicious-looking chair shots—before celebrating with Randy Orton and Triple H in the ring as the flagship show went off the air.
It was a surprising move from WWE Creative. The Shield had been gaining steam as a top babyface act, and there seemed to be more mileage in the trio sticking together and continuing to fight The Authority.
Interestingly, Dave Meltzer notes in this week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter (subscription required) that people backstage were shocked at the storyline development, too. The decision to have a member of The Shield turn and join the bad guys was surprising, but no one expected that Rollins would be the one to do so.
The decision surprised a lot of people, particularly since the figuring was if someone was going to turn, it would be Ambrose, who comes across the most diabolical. Some were questioning the Rollins turn noting that he’s a spectacular flier, and stylistically, that lends itself more to a face role.
Meltzer goes on to note: “As far as why it was done, it was just to shake up the situation.”
I'm not happy with this Rollins turn. As noted, there seemed to be a great deal of potential in Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns as a babyface group. Why throw that away?
Sure, WWE can call up an NXT star to be The Shield's third member, but will that person have the same chemistry with Ambrose and Reigns that Rollins did? It's a long shot. The original lineup truly did have something special.
On the bright side, this isn't actually an irreversible mistake. If WWE does conclude it has made an error in turning Rollins, it's possible to rectify it.
One suggestion would be to reveal at Money in the Bank—where Evolution will presumably face off against Ambrose and Reigns—that Rollins was faking all along and that this whole thing was merely a ruse engineered by the Hounds of Justice to catch Triple H and Orton off guard and destroy Evolution from the inside.
(And you do have to wonder: Why would Rollins turn on his friends when things were going so well for the group?)
OK, so it sounds a bit convoluted and almost like something Vince Russo would book, but really, it may be WWE's only option if this turn doesn't work out as was hoped.