Seth Rollins did the unthinkable: He betrayed The Shield.
The June 2 episode of Raw saw Shield member Roman Reigns all set to face Randy Orton, with his teammates Rollins and Dean Ambrose at his side. They cut a promo to hype their ongoing feud with Evolution, until Evolution members Triple H and Orton showed up.
Triple H, with sledgehammer in tow, talked about how they couldn’t stop The Shield. He simply stated, “Tonight, Plan B. There’s always a Plan B.” Plan B was Rollins turning on his teammates.
Rollins brought in a steel chair once he saw Triple H with a sledgehammer. Once the chief operating officer said his words, Rollins struck Reigns in the back with a chair. He then hit Ambrose, who looked as stunned as the crowd. Fans chanted, “You sold out” to Rollins. Rollins left the ring to give the chair to Orton, who finished the job with more chair shots, culminating in an RKO to Reigns on the chair. The trio stood tall in the end, with Triple H saying, “I won.”
The heel turn became solidified. Seth Rollins was the right man to turn on The Shield.
Why did Rollins leave and not his other teammates? It’s quite simple: He needed to leave the most.
Reigns, the enforcer of the group, has come a long way from being the group’s muscle and will be fine when it’s all said and done. Bright plans are in place in Reigns’ future, especially with the latest rumored plans for WrestleMania 31, per WrestleZone. Reigns has all of the tools the WWE looks for in a star, so he’ll have plenty of opportunities to succeed.
In my opinion, Ambrose was a strong candidate to make the turn. The alleged ringleader has an unhinged personality that fans gravitate toward. He would have made an excellent addition to Evolution. Unfortunately, Ambrose betraying his teammates would have been predictable.
This leaves Rollins, the turn no one saw coming. In fact, the WWE Creative team hid it well as a late addition to the Raw script, according to PWInsider.com (via WrestleZone).
What makes Rollins the right man over Reigns and Ambrose? Rollins is the high-flyer of the group, taking risks and somersaulting on his opponents. He is their aerial expert, using his speed and quickness to take out his enemies.
Rollins also grew with his fellow teammates, becoming better in his promo work. He also has a unique look, far from the usual cookie-cutter face. He personifies more of a rebel. Frankly, Reigns and/or Ambrose turning would put Rollins in the backseat. He would have been overshadowed by his teammates, which would additionally make this turn even more necessary for Rollins. The WWE future is now secure.
Seth Rollins was the right man to turn on The Shield. He needed it the most and will only thrive under Evolution’s guidance. Rollins doesn’t need to worry about his future; he holds it firmly in his hands.