With as often as Seth Rollins is one of the biggest stars in the wrestling ring, it's no surprise that he played the same role in the week's WWE-related media.
A mashup of his entrance music provided a viral video worth rewatching several times over. A tweet he shared will leave fans unsettled, but likely eager to share it.
Al Bundy's challenger, a Ric Flair imitator and the latest bit of tomfoolery from Damien Mizdow provided some of the other top tweets, Instagram photos and video clips of the WWE world from the first full week in 2015.
We begin with a man who long left his Superstar status behind. CM Punk is set to move from the wrestling ring to the Octagon. As he trains, fans have to wonder who his first UFC opponent will be.
Actor Ed O'Neill has a thought on the subject. He tweeted:
As much curiosity as that fight would generate, O'Neill has less of a chance in there with Punk than the 65-year-old Flair has in a shoot fight with Brock Lesnar.
Although The Nature Boy's in-ring days are behind him, his influence lives on. Apparently that stretches well past the mat.
When the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Colts safety Sergio Brown did a tremendous rendition of Flair's famous routine. The Colts' Twitter account shared it with us all:
Flair later called Brown up, per SI.com, to commend him on doing a good job, but joked about it being trademarked. He told Brown, "It costs money to do that."
No one knows about imitation better than Mizdow. He has resurrected his career by playing The Miz's stunt double—or more accurately, his move-mirroring understudy.
Even if Mizdow was snubbed there, he had much more to be happy about as the week began than Erick Rowan, Dolph Ziggler and Ryback did.
Ziggler and company can thank a lot of people for receiving their pink slips. Start with Triple H and Vince McMahon, add John Cena for bringing that faction back into power and don't forget to give Rollins his due.
He's been central to this storyline going back to Survivor Series and beyond. Before Rollins became such a dastardly figure, he was, of course, part of The Shield, the ass-kicking squad that entered through the crowd a la Sandman.
WWE ranked the 10 most iconic entrances in its latest countdown video:
The Shield and The Brood both made the cut. There is no surprise who sits at No. 1.
Rollins also got some love from video artist CantBreakSteelMashes. That's who came up with the idea of merging Rollins' entrance music with Elijah Burke's.
The results are most excellent:
In the vein of unexpected combinations, one enterprising fan decided to splice The Shield with The Rockers. A pair of teams that couldn't be more different became one thanks to some superimposed images.
Rollins replied to a tweet from DudeBro Media that had him play the part of Shawn Michaels:
Let's just assume, though, that Dean Ambrose will have a better career than Marty Jannetty.
If Ambrose and Bray Wyatt's feud hadn't ended on Monday night, there's no telling where they would have fought next. They battled amid Christmas trees and in and around an ambulance. Had things continued, they may have followed Steve Austin and Booker T's lead and clashed inside a grocery store.
WWE had fans reminisce about that famous fight from SmackDown in 2001. The company put a video up of the incident on Instagram:
This is the kind of memorable moment SmackDown needs to feature again. It hasn't been a must-see show in years.
If WWE gets desperate, though, it can call up O'Neill and see if he would want to fight anyone on the current roster.