Seth Rollins is most definitely an ace of the WWE roster. He brings that indie wrestling ‘professional wrestling’ feel to all his matches and angles. To have a SummerSlam without him is a tragedy worthy of the saddest of Shakespearean plays. So today, we’ve decided to look at 4 possible names to replace Riddle for his SummerSlam match against WWE Ace, Seth Rollins.
WWE broke the news that the match was no longer scheduled to happen at SummerSlam and that Seth Rollins would be without an opponent. This has happened before if you all remember WrestleMania weekend, dear readers. That surprise opponent was huge (Cody Rhodes’ return), and it actually won the Espys Moment of The Year Award.
Now WWE stated that Riddle had been injured, specifically: “He suffered a brachial plexus injury,” as was also reported by my colleague here at Daily DDT, Samantha Schipman earlier today.
Fightful.com has reported though that the excuse given for the cancelation of the match was kayfabe and in actuality, Riddle is not injured at all. The same report by Fightful also mentioned that WWE creative has decided to push the match probably to Clash at the Castle.
The words “creative adjustments” were used and my mind can’t help but go to Triple H, as he is now not only Executive VP of Talent Relations but is also head of creative now that his father-in-law, Vince McMahon, has retired.
If you ask me, the match between Riddle and Rollins didn’t have enough of a build anyways, so maybe in the end, they did us a favor.
Well…what’s done is done as they say, so why don’t we concentrate on just who can face Seth Rollins in a surprise match at SummerSlam? He has to be there anyways…so why not have another go at the potential moment of the summer this time around?
Yeah…it seems impossible, doesn’t it? Of course, it does, but didn’t it seem impossible that Cody would be able to wrestle with a torn pectoral muscle? Of course, it did, but he did it anyways. So yeah, I wouldn’t count him out from having an early return…at least for this one match.
He could have seriously injured himself in that match at Hell In A Cell…and done irreparable damage to an already torn muscle and a major upper body muscle at that, but he had one banger of a match with Seth regardless.
You never know….
Now there isn’t any build for this either and the issues they had are seemingly over, and Edge seems to have a bone to pick with The Judgment Day ever since what they did to him and all. But follow me down this train of thought if you will…
Edge returns and if we look at the vignettes we’ve seen as of late that are teasing his return, that’ll make sense if you bear with me. Many thought the debut of those vignettes was promising was for Bray Wyatt, but I’m at the 99.9% mark that it’s Edge, unless they pull a fast one on us, which I don’t think WWE can afford to do right now.
But Edge returns in a dark capacity…darker than he’s ever been, and his narrative speaks to the fact that all started to go bad since he faced Rollins in their series of matches, and their feud messed with his head; he won his fair share of matches against him, yeah, but he needed to go to that dark place…a place he needs to go to get back to winning, and facing Rollins one more time is the only way to get there. Seems plausible enough to me.
Keep in mind that the two do have a heated rivalry from the past they can pick up from. If you weren’t aware dear readers, one of Vince McMahon’s last few orders of business before his retirement reportedly may have been to visit John Cena on the set of Peacemaker season 2 in BC, Canada.
What if he went over there to ask John a favor? What if seeing that John is always in tip-top shape and ready to go at the drop of a hat, Vince said to him (you have to read this in that typical Vince McMahon raspy voice): “Now John…our SummerSlam this year is lagging quite a bit. What if you come on down and have a match with Seth…get people to tune in right off the bat…an opening match? Maybe come to SmackDown the night before so the buys are astronomical…”
What do you say, dear readers?
That’s not a typo (although I’m known to make a few when rushing to get these articles in). With all this news floating around about WWE creative changing hands and Triple H’s handle on the business; his connection to the indie scene…don’t you think it’s possible to think that Triple H would open the Forbidden Door between AEW and WWE sooner rather than later? And what better opponent would there be with all their history?
Do you know how much money there is to be made for both companies, dear readers? When I say a lot… I mean perhaps more than any promotion has ever made…and with all these teases back and forth between both rosters, the sky is the limit, but let’s start with this one for now. Would be awesome for sure.
Time will tell and we’ll find out by Saturday, dear readers…or maybe even Friday in order to garner a little of the old hype for the event…something that is missing this year for sure. Fingers crossed, dear readers.
As I was putting this story to bed I saw on Twitter that Seth Rollins actually tweeted about this situation stating: “For anyone who purchased a ticket to #SummerSlam hoping to see me in action, I apologize. I did everything I could over the last 6 months to earn my spot on this show, but some things are out of my control. Thank you for always singing my song. They’ll hear ya someday.”
Triple H would respond publicly, saying the words: “I hear you!” Many have since started a litany online suggesting that we may just see none other than Johnny Wrestling himself debut at SummerSlam, which of course makes Gargano secret Number 5 on this list. As stated above, time will tell, dear readers. Stay tuned.