Wrestling fans got what they wanted at the 2020 WWE Draft, as Seth Rollins has a new beginning.
Seth Rollins needed a change. The Monday Night Messiah was putting in his usual work on Raw, standing tall as one of WWE’s best heels. But the material he was given in the storyline with the Mysterio Family was getting downright embarrassing. It was turning into a weekly episode of Maury, and it was beneath Rollins.
Now, Rollins has moved to Friday Night SmackDown in the WWE Draft, taken with SmackDown’s second pick in the first round after they had already made the obvious choice to secure Universal Champion Roman Reigns.
For SmackDown, Rollins was an easy pick as well. He beat Brock Lesnar in two Universal Title matches in 2019, so he’s at a caliber just barely below Roman.
We’ve never seen Rollins on SmackDown since the first draft and brand split in 2016, as Rollins has long been the workhorse on Monday nights in either the upper mid-card or the main event scene. He became Raw’s biggest star in 2019 and remained a key part of the show as a heel.
Seth Rollins joined the SmackDown roster during the WWE Draft
As his post-draft promo showed, Rollins’ character won’t change at all on Friday nights. But the atmosphere, scenery, and opponents will for Seth, which is what matters the most. He’ll be on a better show with more viewers, a familiar friend in Reigns, and a whole lot of new opportunities ahead of him.
We’ll have to wait and see how the rest of the WWE Draft shakes out to know exactly who Rollins could feud with on the Blue Brand, but him moving to SmackDown and thus possibly moving on from the dragged-out Mysterio feud is a huge win for wrestling fans. The Mysterios may be moved over, too, but the switch to SmackDown would at least likely accelerate the feud’s end.
It will be exciting to see what Rollins will get to sink his teeth into next as a member of the SmackDown roster.