Seth Rollins has had a great run since feuding with The Miz and Finn Balor for the Intercontinental Championship. Their match at Wrestlemania 34 where Rollins became the new IC champion was one of the best matches of the night. Rollins outdid himself again at The Greatest Royal Rumble in a ladder match where he beat The Miz, Samoa Joe, and Finn Balor. As he continues to prove himself as one of the best IC champions in a very long list of greats who is next for our favourite king slayer and who could he be facing leading up to the Money In The Bank PPV?
Finn Balor: This is an easy choice and I think everyone can agree that this feud is great for both superstar. Neither of them have been getting the attention they deserve this past year and both have been out of any title picture in a while. The IC title feud has breathed new life into both of them and the chemistry that comes off these guys when they are in the ring together is undeniable. This feud is also a chance for Finn to turn heel. There have been rumours that Finn was going to turn prior to Wrestlemania, but now that he has suffered a loss at a championship twice to Rollins it only makes sense that Finn turns heel. The turn has been slowly rearing it heads in Finn taking cheap shots at Rollins, but his full turn needs to be big and needs to be brutal we need to see Demon Finn without the face paint and just attack Rollins and go for gold again.
Elias: Two words describe Elias’ main roster run overly over. Elias is so organically over I’m surprised he hasn’t even been in the Universal Champion conversation. He’s got it all! The looks, he has the most charismatic mic skill since The Miz, the heat from the crowd, and he’s great in the ring. Especially his matches against Seth Rollins. He has a brash, brutal, self preserving personality and brutality in the ring that is very reminiscent of heel Rollins. Just think of the matches these two could have when theres a title on the line.
Baron Corbin: While people just seem to remember him as the guy that got screwed over cashing in his MITB contract by Cena and losing to Jinder Mahal, Corbin is a threat in the ring. He’s been trained on in the back as being the next “big guy” and been getting advice from a future HoFer big guy in Kane. So this creatively makes sense for him to go after the IC title. He’s been U.S. champ on Smackdown Live and while Corbin had some decent matches again AJ Styles, Dolph Ziggler and Kevin Owens. He has seemed to lose his standing in the main roster picture. A feud with Rollins may help him get back into being that threatening “big guy” figure creative wants him to be.
Sami Zayn: Sami needs a title run badly He is an example of the WWE having so much main roster talent, but unable or unwilling to capitalize on all of it. Fans know he has the chops to be a champion, but for now he needs a feud to prove himself before he just becomes that annoying friend of Kevin Owens. Kevin Owens and Sami have come up together and battle one another, but their career paths couldn’t be more different. Owens has had numerous title runs and Sami has always fallen short. A feud with Rollins and Owens supporting him would be a upgrade for Sami and you can bet the antics that Owens and Sami would pull on Rollins would get under his skin.
Jason Jordan: Now before everyone loses their cool, just think about this feud for a minute. Jordan’s coming off an injury and prior to that was seeming to start turn heel on his one time tag partner Rollins. It makes sense that Jordan comes back and attack Rollins for getting ahead while he nursed an injury at home or he can slowly toy with Rollins and screw him over in matches before becoming a full on heel.
These are the guys I think can bring the best storylines in and out of the ring to the Intercontinental championship and Seth Rollins. Making it the prestigious title that it has certainly become to be.
Dear Smarks: WWE Does Listen To Fans
Either last week or earlier this week (my days are running together so I don’t remember), Stephanie McMahon was at a summit called ‘Game Changer’ and she made the following comment: ‘We’re successful for one reason only – we listen to our fans.’
The internet smarks ROASTED Stephanie over this comment, mocking her for claiming that WWE listens to their fans when, in their minds, that is clearly not the case. Why? Because Roman Reigns, not Braun Strowman is champion, among other things. Clearly, any company that makes Roman Reigns champion over Braun Strowman isn’t listening to their fans, or at least, their REAL fans. You know, the all-knowing, smark community who know how to run a multi-billion dollar business better than the people who work there do.
I’ve tackled this ‘Real fan’ nonsense in the past and I’m really not in the mood to do it now and the issue of Braun Strowman being champion is an article unto itself. However, let’s be clear here: WWE DOES listen to their fans and the fans they listen to are the fans that buy stuff.
WWE first, last, always, and forever, is a business. They need money to survive and being a publicly traded company, they need money to keep the shareholders happy, that means they have to know who and what makes the money to keep the shareholders happy and keep the company afloat and who is making them the most money is Roman Reigns.
Don’t give me that look. Don’t roll your eyes at me and grumble about him being over pushed and/or shoved down your throat. I can name several people in WWE not named Roman Reigns that are over pushed. The bottom line is that Reigns moves merchandise, his stuff sells and sells really well. Having been to a few WWE TV/PPV tapings, I can tell you that Reigns’ stuff can get a little tough to find and is usually the most requested item.
Now before any of you make snide comments about Reigns having more stuff to sell, I checked WWE’s shop are and compared the number of Roman Reigns shirts to the number of shirts for AJ Styles, in terms of shirts including: T-shirts, tank tops, hoodies and what’s available for both genders, Roman Reigns had thirteen shirts available while Styles had twenty. Thirteen different shirt designs to twenty and that doesn’t include hats, gloves, or the non-wearable stuff available.
Oh, Reigns’ stuff is bought by women and kids, so it shouldn’t count? Here’s my question: So what? It’s still money that SOMEONE is spending on merchandise. If WWE didn’t want women and kids to buy their stuff, they wouldn’t be marketing stuff for women and kids. Why? Because women and kids are FANS!
For those of you still grumbling, here’s some food for your thoughts: Why should WWE listen to their ‘real’ fans? No, I’m serious. Why should they listen to fans who cheer something one week, boo it the next, demand that indy darlings get pushed despite getting mediocre pops from Main Roster audiences, and pay more attention to beach balls and time clocks than the matches? Why should they listen to people who BRAG about spending a lot of money on tickets just to boo one person they don’t like?
WWE is like any company, they listen with their bottom line, and what they’re hearing from fans is that the fans like Reign because that’s the stuff that sells the best. And before you say one thing about about Reigns’ stuff being more available at TV tapings and Live Events, I’ve been to a RAW taping, a RAW PPV, and a SmackDown/205 taping and while Reigns stuff was at SmackDown, there was also a lot of Styles and Cena stuff available at RAW events and I’m not hearing any complaining about that.
Maybe the problem isn’t that WWE isn’t listening, it’s just that your views aren’t the what the majority paying fans think or want. WWE is catering to what most of their fans want, not just the small minority that can’t seem to make up their minds about what they want.
Cheap Shots: Should Finn Balor Quit WWE?
Why Finn Balor should “Quit” The WWE
After seeing KO burst into tears on Monday night RAW two weeks ago and “quit” there were a slew of videos about why KO “quit”. The biggest one was to revitalize his character. So in playing the devils advocate why not have the first Universal Champion quit? Here’s why!
After Balor won and “lost” the title after 2016 SummerSlam he’s had and up and down career in the main roster. The once longest reigning NXT champion was a phenomenon when he joined the NXT, but once he hit the main roster, while fan support is still there it is fleeting. He had a brief reunion with Gallows and Anderson which might’ve singled a heel turn to fans, a feud with Rollins for the IC title and has had back to back to back matches against Baron Corbin. None of which have done anything for the superstars character. A heel turn might have helped a few months ago, but the repetitive booking has kind of killed that momentum.
With Finn away from the scene for a while it might help the WWE reevaluate the talent that is Finn Balor, it might also give Finn time to figure himself out too. With a WIN to his name against Elias, it seems like the co-founder of the Bullet Club may either turn to his alter ego The Demon, or perhaps a superstar shakeup is in order and he should be in place to get Balor back in the limelight. Right now, Raw seems packed full of main card talent that is either starting a faction of sorts I.E. Braun, Drew and Dolph or is turning on The Shield.
Listen, while SmackDown Live is producing the better show, it is not like the talent on there is being utilized any better. Nakamura is in limbo with the U.S. title, Aj and Joe are having a great feud in terms of promos, but not in the squared circle. The only thing that brings SmackDown Live as the A show is really their tag division and the Charlotte Flair/Becky Lynch feud.
So maybe a frustrated Finn goes away, and comes back as The Demon on SmackDown Live and interjects himself in the feud between AJ and Joe, maybe he causes friction between The Club and AJ and they “screw over” AJ during a title match, the possibilities are endless moving Balor to team blue, but what this boils down to is WWE needs to make this move while Balor is still a fan favourite and what I mean by that is that he will always have the crowd behind him, but even the loyalist fans can get bored.