Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Rumble Ramblings: #5 Rollins arrives

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Since the 2017 Royal Rumble is right around the corner, I've decided to countdown to this year's event with my 10 favorite non-Rumble Royal Rumble matches. 

The Shield made a huge impact on WWE in late 2012. The trio of Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins didn't take long dominate the company. They won countless six-man encounters and were quick to capture gold as Rollins and Reigns winning the tag team titles and Ambrose picking up the U.S. Title. However, the honeymoon ended in mid-2014 and Rollins turned bad and joined the Authority.

He picked up a key victory by winning the Money in the Bank briefcase, guaranteeing a shot at the WWE Championship. Most of the time when that happens, the challenger ends up with the title, so it was just a matter of time for Rollins. 

Triple Threat
Courtesy: WWE
But by the time the 2015 Royal Rumble rolled around, he was still hovering over the line between main eventer and mid-card. He got himself booked into a triple threat match against then-champion Brock Lesnar and WWE poster child John Cena. Even though Rollins had the briefcase, I was skeptical about his involvement in this match. He was in there against the two biggest names in the company at that time. 

Elbow drop
Courtesy: WWE
As the match progressed, though, Rollins proved to the world that he did indeed belong in the World title picture. His showing was more than impressive and many agree that night is what made Rollins a SUPER Superstar. He was great before even stepping foot in a WWE ring, but the 2015 Royal Rumble cemented his legacy.

Two months later he cashed in that briefcase at WrestleMania (a WWE first) and became the champ. It was a creative way of getting the title off Lesnar without making Lesnar "lose" in the ring. Seth's run was cut short due to injury. Once he gets past the feud with Triple H, I suspect Rollins is due for some kind of championship gold in 2017.

10 Favorite Non-Rumble Royal Rumble matches

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