Thought of the Day: It’s Deja Vu All Over Again

Let’s see if this one makes your skin crawl.

So I got to thinking about Seth Rollins tonight and the path he took to the World Title. In case you’ve forgotten, here’s a flashback.

He starts by winning a developmental title. That’s nice people say, but what can he do with the big boys? Well he makes it to the main roster and gets in a team. That’s nice too, but he’s being outshined by his partner. The other guy has the look, the skills, and the charisma and is going to be the star.

Well then they win the Tag Team Titles and it’s time for the guys to shine. The title reign goes well enough and they put on some good performances, but once they lost the titles, it was time to move on up. They started fighting bigger names and it all went well, but, as happens with every team, they split. As is the obvious move, they started feuding and the heel won, despite the fans thinking the other guy was the natural. Somewhere along the way the heel also won the Money in the Bank briefcase.

Then he got his big break and became captain of an elimination tag team. Despite looking like the guy that was going to be forgotten, he was suddenly the star and someone you could see as the future, even though his old partner seemed like the better option in some fans’ eyes.

Then he cashed in Money in the Bank, won the World Title and walked out of Wrestlemania in one of the biggest shocks of all time, despite one of the hottest stars in the world and the guy fans were sure was going to take the title (his former Tag Team Championship partner) were in the same ring. Some people were scared, some people were stunned, some people were pleased, but he walked out with the title and is going to brag about it for the rest of time.

Oh wait I’ve gotten my notes crossed. I meant to be talking about THIS GUY.

But I was talking about THIS GUY.

29 comments

  1. #MrScissorsKick says:

    I knew you were talking about Rollins.

    But at first, I swear you were talking about Bret Hart, not the Miz.

    klunderbunker Reply:

    I was talking about Miz, not Rollins.

  2. Killjoy says:

    At least Rollins got full development. Miz went from midcard champion to World Champion in the blink of an eye which made things hard for him off the get-go. Not to mention, he never got the A+ performances Rollins did on the way up.

    klunderbunker Reply:

    Miz won his first midcard title over a year before his first World Title. That’s longer than Cena.

    Killjoy Reply:

    That’s true but when did he have tentative programs in the main event scene like Rollins did? Miz never had the benefit of getting his feet wet in the main events like Rollins did. He never got to work programs with former World Champions until he was already Champion himself. That along with rather lackluster in-ring skills, really had him hindered off the get-go whereas Rollins had the programs against Cena, Lesnar, Ambrose, Orton and Survivor Series to get ready for where he is today.

  3. Sroxy says:

    Not sure what the point of that post was but whatever. The key difference is that Rollins as champion has more staying power than Miz, not to mention he’s miles better in ring. And the reaction when Rollins finally turns face will be thunderous, unlike Miz’s face run.

  4. Ollie says:

    Interesting parallel KB. Obviously hugely different types of talent but you know that of course.

    I do think people vastly underrate the Miz though. He’s a decent midcard talent. Much better as a heel although again, I think that has to do with how people perceive him vs. how he actually is. Basically a lot of the time I think Miz is more hateable than his opponent is likeable, and that’s to his credit. He gives people a reason to care at least.

  5. Aeon Mathix says:

    I know you love miz and all but he flat out did not work in that spot. Im just glad there will never be room for him again in the main event picture. That was dreadful television

    klunderbunker Reply:

    I blame Rock and Cena for that. Miz belonged in that spot at that time.

    M.R. Reply:

    Oh stop.

    klunderbunker Reply:

    Totally believe it. He had been built up well and was the top heel in the company at that time. Rock was going to overshadow everyone around him and if he’s not there, Miz is FAR less hated for that match.

  6. M.R. says:

    The Miz isn’t a main event talent in any aspect. Not one. The Rock has nothing to do with that.

    klunderbunker Reply:

    He was back then and it was working. Now I’m not saying he should have had Punk’s reign, but he was the completely logical choice to be in that spot.

    M.R. Reply:

    Since when does logic exist in WWE? He was the logical choice because of the fake storyline? Ok fine, that doesn’t make him qualified to main event Wrestlemania.

    klunderbunker Reply:

    Sure it does. He had been built up, won Money in the Bank and cashed it in. Having him vs. Cena made sense there.

    M.R. Reply:

    But that’s all pretend… My argument is about his qualities as a performer.

  7. M.R. says:

    And even if Miz was the ‘hottest’ heel at the time, something Punk would argue with, that moreso just shows the lack of roster depth. He will never be world champion again.

    klunderbunker Reply:

    I completely agree that he won’t be. I’m saying he should have been back then and that him leaving Wrestlemania with the title was the best option.

  8. M.R. says:

    On the brightside though, both of those pre-match videos were excellent.

  9. klunderbunker says:

    He’s very hateable and John Cena was the man to shut him up because he didn’t belong there. It’s the Honky Tonk Man formula.

  10. M.R. says:

    I don’t want my Wrestlemania main events to cause anyone to utter the phrase Honky Tonk.

    klunderbunker Reply:

    And what is wrong with the greatest Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion of all time?

  11. M.R. says:

    Didn’t Michael Cole have the longest match on the card?

    klunderbunker Reply:

    At Wrestlemania XXVII? Am I missing something here?

    M.R. Reply:

    Didn’t he face King? Am I screwing up the years?

    klunderbunker Reply:

    You have the years right. It just wasn’t close to the longest match on the card. Not by about thirteen minutes.

    M.R. Reply:

    Yeah I was exaggerating a bit, it was painfully and unnecessarily long though.

  12. klunderbunker says:

    I didn’t mind the match until the horribly stupid ending. If that ends with Lawler either piledriving or fist dropping him into oblivion, the match is fine.

    M.R. Reply:

    It should’ve taken 5 minutes. The entire character was a bad idea, the PBP guy should never be heel.