When Seth Rollins got injured nearly two weeks ago in Dublin at a WWE live event, the entire WWE Universe frantically tried to figure out what the WWE would do to replace the WWE World Heavyweight champion. It’s not often that the company’s top guy goes down with a severe injury. Daniel Bryan was the last victim of that occurrence, but the WWE was able to get a new champ swiftly.
In under a week, WWE officials found the solution to their problem. A WWE World Heavyweight tournament was put in place to crown the next WWE champion. On WWE Raw two weeks ago, the first round was set, and fast-forward two weeks and now the semifinals are set.
— IGN (@IGN) November 18, 2015
Roman Reigns will take on Alberto Del Rio from the left side of the bracket. Kevin Owens and Dean Ambrose are going to meet from the right side of the bracket. On one end, it’s an obvious outcome. There’s no way Del Rio makes it to the finals for the WWE World Heavyweight championship. Reigns is the favorite to make it to the finals, and even win the bracket. As for the right side, that’s where it gets interesting.
Before that gets clarified, one man on that right side is Ambrose. He, along with Reigns, is the reason why WWE didn’t go into “panic” mode, according to PWInsider.com and WrestleZone.com.
“One of the main reasons why WWE was not in panic mode following Rollins’ injury is because officials knew, prior to Rollins getting hurt, what they wanted to do with the WWE World Title heading into and at WrestleMania 32, and those plans were largely unaffected by Seth Rollins’ injury.
“As noted, WWE’s plan prior to Rollins’ injury was to have Roman Reigns win the title either at Survivor Series or soon after, and while the singles match between Rollins and Reigns clearly cannot happen, Seth Rollins’ injury has had little to no affect on longterm WWE Title plans.”
They are also reporting that no major shake-ups should occur before WrestleMania 32. It’s often true that the WWE knows what they are doing for WrestleMania 32 by SummerSlam, or even earlier. They want to know how they will promote it. WWE runs like a business, which is why they are succeeding in a financial sense. The product isn’t as good as it could be, but the money is continuing to come in for the WWE.
As Seth Rollins was hurt in his match against Kane in Dublin, the WWE Universe silently held their breath, because they didn’t know what was going to happen to the WWE World Heavyweight championship. Before the tournament was announced, what were WWE fans supposed to think? Their WWE champion, who won it the March before at WrestleMania 31 in the first-ever cash-in at that event.
— Joey Styles (@JoeyStyles) November 11, 2015
Rollins arguably carried the WWE to heights, from a wrestling standpoint, that haven’t been seen before. CM Punk and Daniel Bryan are the only two WWE champions in the last several years to compete. It’s not often that a wrestler as talented as Seth Rollins steps foot in company’s doors and can perform for millions each night. He’s a special talent that will go a long way in this industry.
WWE fans compare him to the next Shawn Michaels, but rather, he’s the first Seth Rollins. That’s where his recovery and WWE’s plan for now will come into play. Going back to Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens, Ambrose will come out looking like gold. Owens is a superb talent as well, but it’s Ambrose’s time to shine. There, the WWE fans will finally see the Lunatic Fringe face off against Roman Reigns. At this point, it’s a toss-up as to who will win. Let’s hope the WWE keeps it that way.
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