During a recent podcast, I mentioned the unlikelihood of WWE pulling the trigger on Seth Rollins as WWE world heavyweight champion.
Apparently, and obviously, many within the Internet Wrestling Community feel differently:
Did I mention that putting the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on Seth Rollins would be #BestforBusiness?— Ryan (@thingofswings) June 13, 2014
btw Seth Rollins could legit win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at MITB, like, IT'S AN ACTUAL POSSIBILITY.— Mr. 434 (@over_as_hell) June 11, 2014
Seth Rollins for WWE world heavyweight championship.— (@PaigeEvolution) June 9, 2014
As of this writing, five wrestlers have qualified for the WWE Money in the Bank main event, which will be competed for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. They are Cesaro, Bray Wyatt, Alberto Del Rio, Randy Orton and Sheamus.
With two spots left in the group free-for-all, John Cena—currently in limbo following a lengthy feud against Bray Wyatt—should be considered the favorite to fill one of those spots.
Cena would complete a pool of wrestlers who would be seen as relatively low-risk choices to carry the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in Bryan's absence. Cena and Orton are proven commodities, who have enjoyed multiple world championship reigns of significance.
Sheamus too has reigned as WWE and world heavyweight champion on separate occasions, and he has been legitimized as of late by elusive victories over Cesaro, Dean Ambrose and Wade Barrett. If that doesn't indicate WWE's trust in the Celtic Warrior, nothing will.
Del Rio may have an outside shot to win at best, but he, like the three aforementioned combatants, has carried multiple world championships.
WWE even conveyed Del Rio as a low-risk option during the May 26 of Raw, when Stephanie McMahon was seen conversing with Del Rio, presumably to court him as WWE world heavyweight champion Daniel Bryan's replacement.
Bray Wyatt and Cesaro, who would be seen as the more risky choices, have already been accepted by the WWE audience as credible (cool) heels.
Wyatt is coming off a major feud against top star Cena, which included a match at WrestleMania XXX. Meanwhile, Cesaro went over in a field of 31 at the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at the same supercard.
When juxtaposing Rollins' singles accolades against the current Money in the Bank pool, which again currently doesn't include Cena, he pales in comparison.
It's almost as if the participants in this year's Money in the Bank match had to fulfill certain backstage job qualifications:
- One full year as a singles star on the main roster a must (vignettes included)
- World championship experience preferred
- One-on-one experience at WrestleMania strongly preferred
- Non-generic theme music a plus
If Rollins' resume were to be submitted for this match, he likely would have received a rejection letter from Stamford, and rightfully so.
Not only should Rollins not win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship just weeks into his singles career on the main roster, he shouldn't even be booked near the title picture.
Rollins' major beef is currently with The Shield. He will only continue to develop as a character as WWE tells the story of his decision to leave The Shield and the bitter war that follows.
A possible second Money in the Bank match—to feature Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns—would not only further The Shield feud, it would make Rollins relevant with a win.
That second Money in the Bank match would obviously carry less stringent qualifications. WWE only has so many former world champions even in this day and age of diluted championships. A Money in the Bank match contrary to the announced "All-Stars" would be more fitting for an up-and-comer like Rollins.
A WWE World Heavyweight Championship win, on the other hand, would be too much, too soon. A loss in the championship Money in the Bank Ladder match would immediately brand Rollins as not worthy of his major push. It would be difficult to be taken seriously as a singles star following a big-match loss, especially with very little to justify being in a singles main event to begin with.
There is no need to take a risk on an unproven upstart, especially when WWE's Bryan risk has thus far gone awry.
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