Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Champ Can't Win

Tombstone & he's done
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By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter
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Even though I don't intend for this to sound like I'm complaining, it's going to appear that I am, so here goes.  I've read in a couple of different places that in his last 14 televised matches, the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins has won ONE of those contests.  One.  

For the last few years WWE has been in a mode of 50/50 booking, especially with the mid card.  I think that philosophy has hurt the product and brought us to where we are today.  I view Rollins as the heel who has no idea what's going on around him.  At times he seems to be in control, but more often than not he hasn't got a clue.  I don't like it.

Losing to Cena
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Beating John Cena for the U.S. Title at SummerSlam was a bold decision and one that I fully endorsed.  Losing it back so quickly, especially with Cena reportedly taking time off makes little sense to me, unless something has suddenly come up with Cena.  

Battling Sting
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If my math is correct Rollins' last victory was over Sting, a man who is roughly twice Seth's age and has wrestled a total of three times in the past year.  Of course Rollins should have won.  Now Rollins is engaged in a feud with a guy who debuted his gimmick when Seth was in junior high school.  I'm not knocking Kane, I like the gimmick he's doing now with the corporate and demon personalities, but I don't know at this stage in his career he should be the number one contender to the WWE World Championship.

Rollins of course is a different type of champion than Brock Lesnar, John Cena or Randy Orton.  But I think he needs to get some solid victories over credible contenders like Roman Reigns, Cena and Orton if fans are going to truly buy into him as a serious champ.  (Yes, I know wrestling is a "work.") He's being booked similarly to The Miz or Jack Swagger during their title runs.  Rollins is clearly one of the most talented men in the company today and he needs to have a better record than what he's currently got.

Flying high (at the moment)
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Even though Ric Flair may not have had his hand raised very often when he wore the gold, I don't remember ever watching his reigns and wondering, "what the hell?"  I'm not criticizing Rollins.  And usually I take a wait and see approach, but I can't believe 1 and 13 is the record of the man who's supposed to be the company's top guy.  

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