Chair Shots: Why Seth, Why?
By Rob Simmons
Jun 3, 2014 - 8:56:36 AM
Welcome back everybody to the column that emotes- Chair Shots! On days like this, having a column titled “Chair Shots” seems quite fitting, as last night on Monday Night Raw, we saw and heard the chair shot that changed everything. Yes dear readers, The Shield as we know them are no more as Seth Rollins turned his back on his brothers and seemingly joined Evolution. I think we all saw it coming at one point right? I even made a point of it in my Payback preview column that it was inevitable, but it certainly doesn’t make the sting of the situation any less painful.
You guys know me well enough by now to know that I’ve been a fan of wrestling for a long time, over 30 years in fact. It takes A LOT to get me seriously invested in something or someone after so many years. I’ve seen a lot of good things and I’ve seen even more bad things come across my TV screen. So when something like The Shield comes along that excited me like they did I got invested. And that’s what you want to be as a wrestling fan right? You want to be invested. If we don’t feel anything about what we’re watching then why are we watching in the first place? I saw a lot of invested fans mouths drop open last night when Seth bashed his Shield partners with a steel chair. I heard a very vocal fan seated right behind Evolution at ringside shout “WHY?”, as he shook his head in disbelief. No matter how you’re feeling this morning about what happened, love it or hate it, you’re FEELING something.
As a fan of The Shield, I’m beside myself. As a fan of wrestling storylines, I’m elated. Fellow writer ‘Plan from the CF is one of the biggest Seth Rollins fans I know, and he is certainly full of emotions and questions this morning. So as far as I’m concerned that means that the WWE did their job. They made us feel. They made us think. And in some cases they made us angry.
Now I’m not going to sit here and debate whether or not Seth Rollins was the right person to turn, or whether or not the WWE was stupid in splitting up The Shield in the first place. I’ll leave that for other columnists, but what I do want to talk about is where we go from here, because this storyline just took a left turn into the unknown. After Reigns, Rollins and Ambrose systematically dismantled Evolution at Payback, one would have thought that the battle was won. But Triple H isn’t about winning the battle, he’s about winning the war, and this war appears far from over.
Reigns and Ambrose are now at a disadvantage in the numbers game. Down 3-2, how will they be able to strike back and recover in a chess game against an opponent who’s playing with an extra queen? That’s the question now isn’t it? So let’s take a look at some of the possible scenarios that could play out in this next chapter of what has been an epic confrontation.
Scenario #1- The Shield add another member
This will be the most talked about option as we go forward, and the easiest route to take. Being down 3-2, Ambrose and Reigns need to even the odds. It is probably the most logical of steps to take, but as a fan it’s one that I approve of the least. Let me explain. The Four Horsemen had many, many members over the years, some good, some awful (Hi Paul Roma!). But for me, The Horsemen will always be Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, and Barry Windham. No, they weren’t the first incarnation of the group, but they were arguably the best incarnation of the group. I’m not sure how you can get better than the three men who just a few short years ago captured the fans like The Shield.
But if the WWE were to go that route, who would be in line to replace Seth Rollins? For me, there’s only one logical replacement- Sami Zayn. They already have the muscle in Reigns, the mat craziness of Ambrose, but have lost the high flying energy of Seth Rollins. Sami Zayn can bring that to the table and solidify a group that right now is fractured. I don’t think I want to see a current roster member take his place, but for giggles let’s throw a name out there. How about……………Dolph Ziggler?
Dolph has been kept down for months. The WWE started for a short time this “disgruntled employee” storyline that seems to have gone nowhere. So why not bring that back up again and have Dolph buck The Authority and help out two men who are in need of assistance. He doesn’t even really have to be a permanent member, just a man coming to the aid of two battle-worn warriors. Dolph standing next to Ambrose and Reigns could be quite exciting, but I don’t want it on a permanent basis. If it were up to me though, there would be no replacement. It’s hard to capture lightning in a bottle twice, so I’d prefer they not even try.
Scenario #2- The Shield completely disband
This is a very possible way to go, but not right away. There needs to be some resolution to the storyline, and it can’t just be that Triple H wins. Seriously, I think the WWE Universe would riot if it just ends with Triple H winning. However, once Evolution has their comeuppance, Ambrose and Reigns may amicably part ways, disbanding The Shield permanently. After finally, somehow, defeating Evolution, they stand in the ring on the following Monday Night Raw, look each other in the eye, shake hands and retire The Shield.
Personally, I’d be OK with that. As I already said, there’s nothing like the original in this case, but for me, the original will always be three. Keeping The Shield together as a two-man team will always seem like it’s missing something. Reigns and Ambrose certainly both have tremendous upsides in their careers. There’s been talk of Roman being the future of the company, and quite honestly I can see that. He’s got the look, the size, and the appeal that the WWE likes in a champion. Ambrose is unpredictable. He could once again turn heel, or go on to remain the most unlikely of babyfaces. He’s certainly surprised fans everywhere with his ability to get cheered.
Scenario #3- It’s all a giant swerve
I’m going to go out on a really big limb here with this one. What if Seth Rollins didn’t turn on The Shield at all? Yeah I know, I’m crazy. We just saw him annihilate his partners with steel chair shots across the back. I said this was far-fetched didn’t I? But what if it isn’t? Triple H said he always has a Plan B, but maybe, just maybe, The Shield had a Plan C, and that was for Seth Rollins to infiltrate The Authority and destroy them from the inside.
I can see the backstage segments now. Someone attacks Orton from behind. Someone attacks Triple H from behind. It all looks like Ambrose and Reigns are fighting from the shadows, but in reality it’s their inside man Seth Rollins taking out Hunter and Randy. Stop shaking your head at me, I already told you this was far-fetched a couple of times. I doubt it will happen, but it certainly has long-range possibilities, and if the WWE Universe reacts badly to Seth turning they may want to find some way to reverse the damage. This would be an option.
So there you have it readers, three scenarios for the next chapter in the Evolution/Shield War. What do you think is going to happen next? Whatever happens, just know one thing- the WWE has made you feel something today. They’ve made you think about where this storyline can go. And most of all, they’ve made you remember what it’s like to be a fan of professional wrestling. Love it or hate it, the Seth Rollins turn is on everybody’s tongue today.
Thanks again for reading, and as usual go ahead and leave me your questions, comments, death threats, scenario thoughts and more at all the available outlets. Just a quick shout out that I’ll be joining our own Doc tomorrow night on “The Doc Says” on LOP Radio as we discuss Payback, Raw, MITB and probably Seth Rollins. Check all your LOP Radio shows out at the link below
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