When Seth Rollins takes the stage twice on Sunday, Sept. 20, at the 2015 edition of WWE’s Night of Champions pay-per-view, he will have the weight of the company on his shoulders.
Not only will Rollins be defending the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Sting in the main event, but he will also be defending the United States Championship against John Cena in what should be one of the first matches of the night—if not the curtain-jerker.
Here are the best possible outcomes for Rollins at the 2015 edition of Night of Champions.
Rollins Retains Both Championships
Rollins has been booked poorly since winning the world title from Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania, but one way to regain credibility would be to earn clean pinfall victories over two legends in Sting and Cena.
It’s hard to imagine WWE booking Rollins this well in one night, but these two wins could validate his reign. Sting is one of the greatest entertainers in wrestling history, and Cena is the most popular wrestler of the last decade. Beating them both in one night would be monumental.
Think Chris Jericho when he defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock in one night.
Beating Cena and retaining the U.S. title in what will likely be the opening match of the night would be huge for Rollins' momentum. With a history of good matches between the two stars, this could be one of the best PPV openers if it does indeed go on first.
On the other hand, Rollins will be stepping into the ring with the face of WCW and TNA for the last 25 years, Sting. Even at 56 years old, Sting has an undeniable aura around him, and most fans are genuinely excited for the main event.
Watching Rollins beat both Sting and Cena would be unforgettable.
Rollins Retains the U.S. Title, Drops the World Title
The outcome that could end up benefiting Rollins the most in the long run would be dropping the world title and retaining the U.S. title.
While it may be the least likely scenario, it would help map the road to WrestleMania for Rollins.
After beating Cena in the opening match of the PPV—hopefully cleanly—Rollins could drop the title to Sting, which would lead to Triple H backing Sheamus after he cashes in the Money in the Bank briefcase to win the title from The Icon.
Not only would this set up the tension between Rollins and Triple H that would ultimately culminate in a match at WrestleMania, but it would also set up a face turn for the United States champion. Rollins could cement the face turn by carrying on the open challenges for the U.S. title.
The reign as United States champion would keep Rollins busy as he waits for WrestleMania to approach, but Triple H could eventually cost him the title and set up the groundwork for their head-to-head battle.
Rollins Drops Both Belts
At first, it sounds like dropping both championships would be the worst-case scenario for Rollins, but he has been booked so poorly since winning the world title that moving away from it could benefit him in the long run.
Losing both belts in one night would go down as one of the worst nights for any wrestler in the ring, but it would build legitimate sympathy from the WWE Universe.
With Triple H likely getting involved at some point to turn on Rollins, the stage would be set for an epic face turn following back-to-back losses.
Add the fact that just stepping into the ring with Cena and Sting is a huge rub for Rollins, and taking the losses may not be so bad. As long as it ultimately furthers the battle between The Authority and its former hand-chosen champion, allowing Rollins to pull double duty would be enough to prove he is the future of the brand.
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