The biggest news story in wrestling this week has undoubtedly been Seth Rollins’ shocking heel turn on Raw.
The Shield may have emerged victorious against Evolution at Payback, but the duplicitous Triple H revealed on television the next night that he always had a “Plan B.”
This turned out to be Rollins, who proceeded to betray Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns in the main event of the show and quickly dismantle the pair with several vicious chair shots. He then celebrated in the ring with a smug Randy Orton and Triple H as Raw went off the air.
It was a gripping way to end the program, and it certainly got fans everywhere talking, but what now for the Evolution vs. Shield angle?
Presumably, Reigns and Ambrose will be sticking together and The Shield won’t disband. It’s even been suggested that they could bring in a new member, just to help them in the numbers game against Evolution.
Or it's possible WWE could feel there’s more potential in Ambrose and Reigns as underdog babyfaces who go into every match outnumbered by the heels.
This is an interesting idea, although personally I’d opt to add in a new member or two. It will ensure The Shield’s long-term viability and help get some newcomers over.
But what of the presumed Evolution vs. The Shield—or what’s left of The Shield anyway—bout at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view on June 29?
Well, after two straight pay-per-view losses, Evolution will likely have to win—it’s a big knock on their credibility if they still can’t win even when they have an extra guy.
Besides, if Ambrose and Reigns lose in Boston, it could serve as the impetus to bring in new people to the fold.
Another intriguing possibility is that Rollins’ turn isn’t actually what it seems: Maybe this whole thing was cooked up by the “Hounds of Justice” to catch Triple H and Orton off-guard and sabotage the group from the inside. We could find this out at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view.
(Perhaps it could be something similar to when Daniel Bryan joined the Wyatt Family in January, only for it to be revealed to be a setup all along.)
Could Rollins turn back? Honestly, even if it wasn’t the original plan, it could serve as a “Plan B” (to borrow from Triple H) if WWE decides the heel turn isn’t working after all.
Granted, this would be a bit silly—Ambrose and Reigns letting Rollins beat them up so badly with a chair simply to fool The Authority is rather illogical—but this is wrestling. No one expects it to be The Wire-levels of credible.
For the first time in months, WWE television seems gripping and genuinely intriguing. It will be fascinating to see how things play out now that Rollins has defected to the other side—if indeed, he actually has.