With the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in limbo after Daniel Bryan was stripped of the gold on Monday Night Raw, the company is in need of a new champion. As per a ruling made by Stephanie McMahon, the vacant championship will be decided “for the first time ever” in a multi-person ladder match at Money in the Bank.
So far, only Alberto Del Rio, Randy Orton, Sheamus and Cesaro have qualified for the match. The WWE typically uses between 5-8 wrestlers in these ladder matches, so it’s still unclear how many performers will be entered. One wrestler who should be in the match is Seth Rollins, and if it were up to me, he’d walk out of Boston with the gold around his waist.
Rollins makes the most sense as the next world champion. Coming off his heel turn and subsequent break-up with the Shield, Rollins has the most momentum of any aspiring singles star on the roster. Getting the rub from Triple H and Randy Orton adds to his perceived stardom, but it never hurts to do more. Giving Rollins the championship could help cement the former Hound of Justice as a player to be reckoned with.
Furthermore, Rollins is more than ready to compete in main event singles matches on PPV. Unlike Roman Reigns, who still needs seasoning and isn’t ready for long matches, Rollins can go 20-30 minutes with the best of them. He also proved on Raw that he’s capable of cutting the long, main event-style promo that WWE fans have grown accustomed to, and which the company places a great deal of importance on.
Whoever wins the title at Money in the Bank will most likely be a transitional champion. Plans change regularly, but as of now the WWE wants the strap back on Bryan as soon as he returns. Nobody really knows when that will be, but the current goal for his comeback is SummerSlam in Los Angeles.
You could argue that Rollins shouldn’t be viewed as a transitional title holder, but the positives easily outweigh the negatives. Instead of waiting around to do something, the WWE has the chance to cash in on a hot commodity. This would give Rollins an even stronger main event rub, and there’s no doubt that his PPV matches would deliver in spades. At a time when the company is hurting for depth, they need to take advantage of the opportunities before them and create as many stars as possible.
I do not expect Rollins to win the title at Money in the Bank. Truthfully, I’m not even sure he’s going to be in the match. My prediction all along is for John Cena to win the belt, as he’s gotten the biggest push of anyone outside of Reigns since WrestleMania. Remember, Vince McMahon usually doesn’t hesitate to put the strap on his golden boy when business turns sour. In fairness, Cena is undoubtedly the top star in the company, but giving him the title doesn’t sound all that interesting.
The WWE is in dire need of fresh direction, and a Rollins title reign could spice things up. It’s probably not in the cards, but there’s no denying he’s a top candidate for the spot.