Seth Rollins Deserves a Better Opponent at WrestleMania

Jan 28, 2023; San Antonio, TX, USA; Seth Rollins enters the men’s Royal Rumble match at the WWE Royal Rumble at the Alamodome. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 28, 2023; San Antonio, TX, USA; Seth Rollins enters the men’s Royal Rumble match at the WWE Royal Rumble at the Alamodome. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /

Seth Rollins will obviously be part of WrestleMania 39, which differs from last year’s storyline. But doesn’t he deserve better than Logan Paul?

WrestleMania season is well underway, with just four weeks until the big show. Many storylines have begun to take shape, and a handful of matches have already been announced. But one of the best in the business is yet to make that list.

Seth Rollins.

It’s clear from the events stemming from the Royal Rumble that he will be getting a match, which is a plus considering the story leading up to last year’s WrestleMania was all about him being left off the show. Although that match with returning Cody Rhodes was a highlight of his career, Rollins didn’t get a proper feud and storyline lead-up to the PLE.  That appears not to be the case this year, as we see a feud brewing between him and Logan Paul.

That rivalry has the potential to be really good, and we’ll see how it furthers when the two come face-to-face on next week’s Raw. But doesn’t Rollins deserve a better opponent than Paul?

Hasn’t he proven himself enough to secure a main event spot at the biggest event of the year?

Many may disagree, but Rollins’ resume cannot be overlooked, nor should he continuously be thrown on the back burner. He’s a consistent high-performer and completely over with the fans. I mean, there aren’t many other current superstars having their entrance song sung by the audience every single night.

Wouldn’t that warrant a showcase match at WrestleMania?

A Seth Rollins vs. Logan Paul match will be incredible, but…

There’s no denying how naturally gifted Paul is in the ring. It’s tough to admit that, given his controversial past, but his athleticism and hard work cannot be ignored. We’ve seen the videos of him training and taking his workouts very seriously, something people may have originally wanted to criticize. But the work he’s put in is evident, and he’s had phenomenal matches already during his short WWE career.

A matchup between Rollins and Paul is bound to be a show-stealer. They’re similar in size and style in the ring, and we’ve already seen how well Paul works with different types of wrestlers, from The Miz and the Mysterios to the Tribal Chief Roman Reigns; he not only kept up in the ring with longstanding veterans, but he also made it nearly impossible to recognize how inexperienced he was in the business.

Knowing how remarkable Paul has been so far partnered with the always-on-top-of-his-game Rollins, it’s easy to get excited before the match is even announced.

However, despite all the assumptions of how great the match could be, it doesn’t overshadow the desire to see Rollins have a better WrestleMania opponent.

But why does Rollins deserve a better opponent, you may ask?

Since his first Mania match in 2013, he holds a 6-4 record. If you exclude the two matches that were The Shield vs. opponents, he stands at an even 4-4 in singles competition.

He’s lost the last three Manias, to Cody Rhodes, Cesaro, and Kevin Owens, and hasn’t had a “Mania moment” since his Money in the Bank cash-in during Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns’ WWE Championship match in 2015. And believe it or not, he’s never main evented a WrestleMania either.

It’s possible that the developing story between him and Paul could be great, but seeing Rollins constantly take a backseat to Reigns, Lesnar, etc., is incredibly disappointing. Even Rollins himself has said that working in the WWE during the “Reigns era” is difficult because he has been crowned “the guy” since John Cena moved on to Hollywood.

"“I just feel like I’ve never, in some ways, I’ve never gotten my just due. I’ve never been the guy, you know? I’ve never been the one on the marquee at WrestleMania. It was John [Cena], it was Roman [Reigns], in some regards when I was at Ring of Honor it was Nigel [McGuiness] or it was Bryan [Danielson].”"

Given the current landscape of WWE, with Triple H now in charge of creative and the vast amount of intriguing storylines going on throughout the company, it only seems fair that Rollins is included in that.

Slating Paul in to be his opponent feels like an excuse to get him on the show again with the hope of bringing in his fans to watch, rather than adequately setting up a rivalry for Rollins with a full-timer that more people would be interested in right away.

Sure, Paul gets the heat that a heel should. But it’s not because of how well he performs a bad guy character. Instead, it’s because people cannot blur the lines between reality and fictional stories; people don’t like him as a person, causing them to root against him naturally.

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Not many guys have worked harder, put on better matches, entertained the fans better, completely encapsulated their character more, or been a better worker than Seth Rollins has over the last several years. So it feels like now is the time to take advantage of his current star power and give him a substantial feud and storyline leading up to the show, and maybe even a main event match.