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    ^I read that as “tonguing his ballsack” at first and figured it was just a weird British spelling you used. Then flashbacks from Bearly Reviewing Season 1 popped into my head.

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    I read last night that there are plans for Rollins to face, and dethrone, Brock at Mania. Pinch of salt at this time, I imagine, but an interesting scenario.

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    Just a little tidbit....

    I was in Montreal over the weekend to catch a Canadiens game (amongst other things , and at some point during the game, I think right before the Canadiens came out they used Rollins' theme to get pumped up and excite the crowd. The crowd all cheered Burn It Down, it was cool.

    The weekend was long, so sorry for the lack of specifics.

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    That is very cool to hear. Hopefully that kind of out of wwe usage hells with the case for Rollins to take the next step to the main event.

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    That is very cool to hear. Hopefully that kind of out of wwe usage hells with the case for Rollins to take the next step to the main event.
    Reportedly he will be the one to take the Universal Title from Lesnar.

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    I feel like if Seth has a problem it's talking. It always feels like he is reading lines to me. He's a great worker but this is where Dean could show him up. It's not a problem that is unique to him but I could still see it stopping a lot of people from fully connecting with him.

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    What do you mean, there are scripted promos? Get out.

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    I would say that is his weakest facet too however he has had some fantastic promos in the past. Obviously there is the stuff opposite Dean last year which was some of his best work but even before that I think the go home promo before his match with Triple H and especially when he 'took over' Take Over San Antonio. The way his voice and hand shook as if he had adrenaline coursing through his veins still gives me goosebumps.

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    After last night's RAW with Rollins bringing up Lesnar's name unprovoked, it seems like the WWE setting up Rollins to face Lesnar at Mania.

    All signs are pointing to Rollins losing the IC title to Ambrose this weekend to free him up from that.

    I know that there needs to be more than one match in this feud, but you can also have Rollins and Ambrose face each other in the rematch at the Rumble. I guess it all depends on if the Elimination Chamber PPV is a RAW event. If it is, then Rollins loses the rematch at the Rumble and neither he or Ambrose are in the Rumble itself. And the Rollins wins the EC for the right to face Lesnar.

    Then my best guess is that you Elevate Elias to face Ambrose at Mania for the IC title.
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    What do you mean “if Elimination Chamber is a Raw event”? PPVs are co-branded.

    Never mind... just woke up and I understand what you meant.

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    I guess I haven't really noticed that, b/c in the past, the EC has been a brand specific event, and last year was a RAW branded event, which is why Reigns won the EC to face Lesnar after nakamura won the Rumble to face Styles.

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    It was right after Mania they went back to co-branded. But... if Smackdown wins the Rumble, then the EC match could be just Raw; that’s what I thought you meant.

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    Yes, I believe so. Who ever wins the Rumble, then the other brand gets the EC to find a #1 contender.

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    It certainly looks like he is being primed for it. Very exciting not onky because it may mean a completion of Seth's redemption arc but also because Brock seems to have his best matches against opponents that are smaller than him like Bryan or Styles and Seth is in the mould that can bring that kind of fight to him.

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    Which is why I believe that they had Rollins bring up Lesnar's name to test how the audience would react to it. And the audience reacted in the best way by booing Lesnar, and cheering for Rollins.


    Any chance of a triple threat between Lesnar, Rollins and Ambrose?

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    Don’t tempt me with a good time Powder.

    Still would like it 1-1 so he actually gets the pin on Brock. I hate this idea that Brock can never get beaten I just don’t understand what the long term goal of it all is. It certainly didn’t help Roman and has only served to make everyone else look weak.

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    I would doubt it's Brock's idea. He has no problem selling for guys like Bryan and Styles, when in real life, Brock would destroy them in seconds. It's Vince's idea to make the guy who finally pins him look like a savior. It didn't work with Roman, but it might with Rollins.


    BUT if they do go with Rollins vs Lesnar 1 v 1, then what does Ambrose do for Mania?

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    If he is IC champ put him in a high profile match with KO or Balor. He is my favourite wrestler so it isn’t my number 1 choice but right now I think Seth’s ascent to the top is more important for the show in general.

    A match with Demon Balor would be pretty awesome and still a feature spot.

    Of course I would be a long way from mad if he was part of a triple threat and that may even work well for Rollins if it is done that he has to overcome his greatest imaginable emotional and physical battle. Actually now I think of it that would be pretty awesome too.

    I guess I just don’t want Dean to be there so they can together take out Brock and then Dean takes the fall but Brock walks away having only really lost when he was fighting 2-1.

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    Will KO be back by Mania?

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    Had a look at various ratings out there and there are four matches of Rollins' in the past year consistently given 8/10 or higher. A large number of 6-8, but just the four routinely getting 8 or above. The Gauntlet, against Miz at Backlash, against KO on Raw, and the tag match at HIAC.


    Anyway, just wanted to see what people thought of that. Is four too many? Too few? Or about right?

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    I'll go have a look but that sounds about right to me, he has had a career year. There was a stretch over the winter where he was the only thing I was regularly looking forward to on the entire main roster.

    I would probably add the Summer Slam Ziggler match & Super Show Down 6 man to that list but they are more line ball.

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    OK Sam, thanks for the info.

    From what I can tell it seems most people think Seth is going to win the Rumble. Do we think that's locked in, or is he still in a tenuous enough position that WWE could throw a curveball and get away with it?

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    Could definitely see them spring a surprise. Arguably they've done that for the last few years. Have heard a Balor win and a Cena win suggested

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    He would have to be the odds on favourite particularly given that Triple H has been getting involved to 'big 'im up' so to speak.

    It would certainly fit with their 'new direction' at least having someone who has never won before take it out.

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    So tell me - am I being a paranoid mess because my favourite wrestler is a favourite to win my favourite match of the year this year, or did anyone else think Rollins' promo on Raw this week was a bit of a jarring change of direction for his character? I felt like they'd spent a few weeks building him up as this cut throat bad ass no nonsense action hero, only to suddenly decide this week he had to be the wide-eyed could've-been farmboy living his big dream and chasing his fantasy, and it gave me a little bit of character whiplash. It's like, they've produced him as John Wick for weeks and now have suddenly decided, actually, we'd rather he be Luke Skywalker.

    I know SirSam took it differently from a chat we've had, as did Maverick, so interesting in gauging opinions. Am I just being a bit paranoid? Am I worrying about nothing? Or is this a warning light flickering to notify us of the risk of the same character inconsistency that's plagued Roman Reigns for years beginning to show?

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    Looks like you might have been being slightly paranoid, 'Plan.

    Mind you, I don't disagree on the character shift - it all felt a bit 'the boyhood dream has come true, at WrestleMania' for me. Not a bad thing, but kind of a moot point when he's already held the top title in WWE.

    Presumably he goes on to pick Lesnar at Mania, but boy howdy do I want him to call out Bryan.

    Seth's now been in three Rumble matches and spent a cumulative near two hours in the ring, including two iron man appearances. That's pretty amazing, considering the low number of matches he's partaken in.

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    I could completely see the WWE having Rollins choose to face Bryan so that they could finally have Strowman beat Lesnar. Smackdown is in dire need of faces, and Strowman needs to finally beat Lesnar and win the title. It is almost to the point where if he doesn't the shine will fade from him. The WWE has messed with the unstoppable monster for too long without payoff.

    But having Rollins vs Bryan, Strowman vs Lesnar, and Becky vs Rousey where all three win would be a really good Mania, also Charlotte vs Asuka II but this time Charlotte loses. Great.

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    Ew at Brock/Strowman.. They work terribly together.

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    I understand, but regardless, it is time.

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    No, he's already at Big Show Level turns with half the charisma as Big Show. Strowman can go away for six months for all i care.

    Although i wouldn't mind seeing Rollins battle Bryan. If you're doing a Brock rematch the right call would be Finn

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    Strowman is no where near the Big Show level of turns. He only had that quick month flip because of the Reigns situation. But other than that he was a heel, then a face, then the quick turn and turn back b/c of the Obvious.

    But I agree with you about Finn Balor. He wins the Chamber?

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    Would make sense. I was thinking about this, they usually have a title match inside the chamber and they usually have a contenders match as well. Now, with women's tag titles and maybe Bryan's WWE title up for grabs in the Chamber, they don't need one for the Raw side... But I doubt Brock is working that show so what do you do to keep interest in his match? A contenders match.

    Unless Seth stupidly puts his shot on the line.

    I think Seth will pick Brock but I also think Finn will get another shot at Brock this year and will go over.
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    Hold on one second here. Maybe Lesnar does work the Chamber and loses to Balor. There is a story to tell with Rollins vs Balor. Rollins and Balor never finished their feud, and he is the one to injure Balor in the first place....sooo...maybe.

    But it will most likely be Rollins pinning Lesnar at Mania to be the one to finally dethrone Lesnar and get that rub to become the face of the company.
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    I'm in agreement, I think there's actually a more intriguing story there with Rollins and Bálor given their history with one another - but I also agree it's more than likely to be Lesnar.

    Man, I don't really care though. I'm still buzzing! My favourite wrestler ever winning my favourite match type ever...just brilliant!

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    Meh. I find Rollins unbelievably vanilla and boring. He makes Randy Orton look positively exciting with his personality. I’m slightly dreading the feud and additional spotlight time for Rollins. I wish the WWE had stemmed away from the obvious and given Rollins an edge by losing. Rollins as a heel is better than a face Rollins at least. I don’t deny he’s excellent in the ring. I just find him tedious.

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    I know it doesn't matter to an opinion but Rollins is one of the most over guys on the roster. I'm not exactly looking forward to the feud cause Paul will outclass Seth on the mic and i've seen it before, albiet a different dynamic now.

    That doesn't mean its the wrong call. Given if the choices were Seth or Braun.

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    It was 100% the right call. There is truth to Seth Rollins being a tad overrated by fans due to his indie cred or by people who only watch WWE (where he's a clear top three wrestler, while on the whole wrestling landscape he'd struggle to be top 15) but a) he's still a great performer, b) he's arguably one of the most overrated guys in the company and c) who else were they going to pick? Roman is gone and even if he weren't, Brock vs. Roman 5K is only interesting to the most insane (I still love you Coach!). They just did Balor vs. Brock and Balor makes Rollins look like Kenta Kobashi compared to his overrated ass. Braun vs. Brock was problematic due to their poor performances together and even without that it was a lame match up due to Braun being completely neutered the past year. It was one of those four or a complete surprise like Batista or The Rock, and since those two were apparently not available Rollins was without question the right call. There's definitely questions to be asked about how well he can do as the top face but there's little doubt in my mind he's the best option.


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    I honestly want Seth Rollins to face Daniel Bryan at wrestlemania, but I know it's going to be Lesner as his opponent.

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    Already seeing plenty of comments about how he'll drop the belt quickly to Reigns, or will turn heel in short order.

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