WWE: Seth Rollins is now the most compelling star on Monday Night Raw

WWE, Seth Rollins (Photo by Fayez Nureldine / AFP)
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WWE and Seth Rollins have put together one of the most must-see storylines on Monday Night Raw by highlighting a remarkably well-booked character arc.

Seth Rollins is at a crossroads in WWE, both in the storyline and outside of it.

On one hand, the fan response to Rollins has certainly changed recently. On Monday Night Raw, there’s no doubt that a lot of fans seemed incredibly enthused when Rollins brought up Bray Wyatt beating him for the Universal Championship.

With an inconsistent reign at the top, along with a wide variety of controversial statements in interviews, Rollins hasn’t really endeared himself to fans lately.

At the same time though, it’s clear that Seth Rollins has the best story arc playing out on Monday Night Raw today.

WWE has legitimately successfully booked a long-term story for Rollins, which “The Kingslayer” has executed to a tee.

Start back at Clash of Champions when Rollins took on Braun Strowman, for example. It was the first show where we saw Rollins forced to call back to his past by using a pedigree as part of the winning combination to take out Strowman.

Then, at Hell in a Cell, we saw Rollins embrace his history with Triple H even more when he used a sledgehammer to smash “The Fiend” and put a stop to their match.

Now, after finally losing the Universal Championship he’s so desperately clung to over the past few months, Rollins took that last step and embraced his intertwined past with Triple H on Raw.

In other words, in a few short months, we’ve seen Seth Rollins go from a proud champion who actively to defied his past self that embraced “The Game”, to someone who was now more than willing to play ball with the leader of NXT.

After having lost his shot at winning the NXT Championship though, now Rollins is practically back to square one again. He trusted Triple H, and honestly it didn’t seem like he got anything in return.

What does that mean for his future on Monday Night Raw going into a brand war that’s quickly become one of the most talked about angles in pro wrestling?

That’s likely going to be the million dollar question for the next few weeks, bringing with it a litany of other follow-ups as well.

We all know Rollins has a history of scheming with Triple H. If he joins Raw’s team for Survivor Series, will he be trusted? Should he be trusted? Does he really feel the need to defend Raw’s honor when he’s already admitted he may not have the energy to try to save the brand from Brock Lesnar again?

There’s legitimate doubt for where WWE goes with this story, and that’s not something you can say too often anymore in this era of wrestling.

You have to commend WWE for pulling something like that off, and honestly you have to do the same for Seth Rollins too.

Rollins has played his role perfectly. He’s oscillated between conflicted and defeated, while still putting up that wall of the proud and defiant champion. That’s a level of nuance that not everyone can believable sell, yet we’re seeing Rollins do it night in and night out right now.

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When you look at everything from the story to the character work then, there’s practically no denying that Seth Rollins has become one of the most compelling superstars to watch on Monday Night Raw, no matter what reaction he’s getting.