Examining Seth Rollins’ Heel Turn and Why It Will Be “Best For Business” for WWE


Last night on Monday Night RAW saw a shocking ending to an otherwise lackluster episode as one of the most surprising heel turns closed out the show as Seth Rollins attacked both his Shield teammates Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns and joined Evolution just 24 hours after The Shield defeated Evolution during the Payback pay-per-view.

And so without further delay, let’s dissect how Rollins’ turn made it very possible:

The Shield showed signs of dissension as early as last November when Rollins and Reigns teased Ambrose of being the only member of The Shield (at the time) to hold a championship (the United States Championship) and at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, Reigns managed to eliminate both Rollins and Ambrose during the 30-Man Royal Rumble Match. Perhaps the final hint to The Shield’s breakup was during the March 3rd, 2014 episode of RAW was when Rollins walked out during The Shield’s match against The Wyatt Family.

However, the start of last night’s RAW made me think that something shocking was gonna happen. Batista cut a promo that he wanted a WWE Championship match against an injured Daniel Bryan but Triple H denied him that chance. A furious Batista “quit” and stormed off the ring (in reality, he is taking some time off to promote his new movie “The Guardians of the Galaxy”) and when that happened, I knew that someone would replace Batista as I don’t expect Evolution to disband anytime soon. 

It first, I thought it was gonna be Sheamus since he was rumored to turn heel but never expected Rollins, but then again, Ambrose did refer both Rollins and Reigns as his “former” teammates in the June 2014 issue of WWE Magazine.

By having Rollins turning to the dark side, this will set up a possible 3-on-2 handicap match between Triple H, Orton, and Rollins facing Reigns and Ambrose at Money In The Bank on Sunday, June 29th, 2014. My thinking is that Ambrose will cost Reigns the match by joining Evolution which will likely lead to Triple H vs. Reigns at SummerSlam on Sunday, August 17th, 2014.

Rollins’ turn will no doubt be the appetizer at what will happen down the road between Evolution vs. The Shield heading into the main course at SummerSlam.

In other words, it’s “best for business.”

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