The day is getting closer, the time, as they say, is almost at hand. Coming up on September 20th, reigning WWE Champion Seth Rollins puts his title along the line against a true legend of the pro wrestling business, Sting
The last time this writer was here at Fight Booth, we got a little carried away playing Fantasy Booker, speculating on how a win for Rollins inside the Toyota Center could lead to the return of the much-lauded, much-missed War Games match when Hell in a Cell comes to Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on October 25th.
Whilst that was fun, I’ll be honest with you, dear reader: That wasn’t actually the article I’d intended to write. Instead, the original plan was to discuss a few various ways that Rollins vs. Sting could logically end at Night of Champions.
In an attempt to make up for lost time then, let’s do that now:
The One with War Games
If you couldn’t be bothered to read that aforementioned piece of armchair booking, here’s the idea in a nutshell:
Sting loses by interference, returns on Raw to say that he’s never been beaten cleanly, and if everybody wants a shot at him, they might as well bring War Games back and do it that way. After a long battle, Sting finally pins Seth Rollins for his big moment, whilst still keeping title firmly around the waist of Mr. Rollins himself.
The one with the Hell in a Cell match
Same story, different ending, and one that’s marginally more likely to happen than War Games. Heading out to Raw for pretty much the same ‘The Authority can’t beat me clean.’ promo, he instead challenges Rollins -or whoever ran interference at Night of Champions- to a one-on-one match inside Hell in a Cell; nobody gets in, nobody gets out, and we have ourselves a legitimate winner.
The one where Seth Rollins wins clean
As a self-professed Seth Rollins fan, I must admit that this is the one option I’d like to see more than other, even though it’s very unlikely. Though some people are quick to criticise Rollins for not exactly being a fighting champion, those same people seem to forget -or haven’t realised at all- that Legitimate Fighting Champion isn’t the role Seth Rollins is supposed to play on our TV screens.
In 2015, the character he plays has more in common with Intercontinental Champion Honky Tonk Man than it does with Workhorse-Defend-Against-All-Comers WWF Champion Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart. Rollins is a slimy, cowardly heel, and as long as he continues to win matches in such fashion, the longer those who pay tickets to see him get his comeuppance are going to continue to pay to do so.
That being said, at 29 years-old, WWE can get an awful lot of mileage out of the man formerly known as Tyler Black than they can out of 56 year-old part-timer Steve Borden, so it would be nice to see the WWE further cement the reigning champion’s status as a bona-fide headliner with a decisive victory over a legend like Sting.
That way, Rollins enjoys yet more bragging rights to carry with him in his role as the company’s top villain, whilst by the very nature of his ‘special attraction’ role within the company, Sting continues to be a popular draw whenever he pops up in a WWE ring.
The One where Sting becomes champion
Sting pinning Seth Rollins or making him tap to the Scorpion Deathlock on September 20th does more than just give the WCW legend his first win and a nice little token run as WWE Champion; it also plants the seeds for the much talked about Seth Rollins vs. Triple H feud.
After all, wouldn’t it eat away at Rollins that -as the supposed top dog in the company- he couldn’t do what his Authority cohort Triple H had done just four months previously? Wouldn’t the egotistical Hunter be sure to remind his protegé of this? Wouldn’t such things eventually lead to an Authority breakdown and a Rollins/Hunter match at either Survivor Series or the Royal Rumble?
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