Since shockingly turning on Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns and aligning with Triple H at the end of the June 2 edition of Raw, Seth Rollins has become The Authority’s newest golden boy.
His status was solidified when he won the Money in the Bank title shot at this past Sunday’s pay-per-view thanks to considerable help from Authority enforcer Kane. A delighted Stephanie McMahon and Triple H even came out to celebrate with Rollins on the ramp afterward as a show of support.
But are things going to be smooth sailing from here on out between the former Shield member and the McMahon family? Maybe not.
First of all, tension between Rollins and fellow Authority member Randy Orton has been teased over the past few weeks. No doubt Orton isn’t too happy with this obnoxious youngster strutting in and usurping his position in the group.
Will the two continue to have issues in the weeks and months ahead? And will this affect Rollins’ standing with the McMahons? Stay tuned.
There’s also the fact that, with a WWE World Heavyweight Championship in his future, Rollins may simply end up outgrowing The Authority. And assuming he does win the belt at some point soon, will he be content to continue to play second fiddle to Triple H and Stephanie all the time?
This was the same thing that doomed Orton’s WWE World Heavyweight Championship last year. If Rollins is truly going to be a top heel, he needs to be allowed to flourish on his own; standing behind Triple H all the time as “The Game” cuts lengthy promos isn’t going to help him one bit.
Besides, a turn back to babyface soon for Rollins can’t be ruled out either. Thanks to his hugely exciting high-risk style, unique look and small physique, the former Ring of Honor performer has always been a better underdog babyface anyway.
Could he eventually grow tired of the McMahons and their petty, capricious ways and leave the stable?
Interestingly, a new report from Dave Meltzer’s (subscribers-only) Wrestling Observer Newsletter this week said that WWE management is already planning a Shield reunion, possibly as early as next year.
Is the company already having second thoughts about so hastily splitting up the group? It’s very possible.
And it nearly goes without saying, if a Shield reunion truly is in the cards, then Rollins’ relationship with the McMahon family obviously is on borrowed time.
It will be interesting to keep an eye on the Seth Rollins/Stephanie and Triple H alliance in the next few months.
Outwardly, it looks rock solid. But, for all the reasons mentioned, expect some cracks to emerge in the future. Sooner or later, Rollins is going to go his own way.