According to PWInsider.com, Rollins’ return from knee surgery is scheduled to take place on or near the June 6 episode of Raw, one week after the already advertised return of Cena. Of course, during the absences of Cena and Rollins, as well as Orton, the WWE has had a mixed bag of results as it attempts to push new stars. On one hand, WrestleMania 32 was the most successful WWE pay-per-view of all-time, smashing all sorts of company records. On the other hand, Raw ratings are in the tank and have been for most of the time that Cena and Rollins have been injured. While Cena’s return is obviously crucial to the future success of WWE, Rollins’ return is just as is important. He’s one of WWE’s highest paid superstars and one of its top overall performers, with an incredibly bright future as either a heel or a babyface—depending on what role he’s placed in upon his return. That will also affect which superstars Rollins will feud with, but regardless of whether he’s a hero or a villain, it’s fair to say that there will be no shortage of great rivalries for him when he’s back. Let’s take a look at five potential return feuds for the highly anticipated comeback of Seth Rollins, who should breathe new life into a WWE product that needs it.
If Rollins returns as a face, there’s no better full-time heel for him to feud with than Kevin Owens. The WWE is noticeably lacking in the top heel department, and Owens easily takes the crown as the best overall heel performer in the company. The booking of his character hasn’t been as consistent as it should be, but still, he’s proven to be a true heel who actually wants to get booed and would thus make the perfect opponent for Rollins. It is going to be almost impossible to book Rollins as anything but a face upon his return because the fans are going to respect him so much for quickly working his way back from a devastating knee injury that could have ended his career. So, if he does indeed return as a fan favorite and WWE wants him to feud with a heel rather than another face, then Owens is that guy. Owens vs. Rollins could catapult both guys to new heights in their respective roles and would almost assuredly result in an incredible series of matches from two of WWE’s best in-ring performers.
Can you say dream match?
With AJ Styles firmly entrenched as a main-event talent along with Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows of “The Club,” there may never be a better time to see Styles vs. Rollins in a rivalry that didn’t even seem like a possibility just a year or two ago. Styles’ popularity is soaring right now, and Rollins’ is sure to as well upon his return, making this a potentially intriguing clash of two superb talents. Whether Rollins works as the heel or battles Styles in a face vs. face feud, these are two rare superstars who have the backing of both the casual fan and the hardcore ones, and they would legitimately have the potential to put on a few Match of the Year candidates against each other and be the torchbearers of WWE’s “New Era.”
Erebus Pictures, the genre specialty label formed by multimedia magnate and KISS co-founder Gene Simmons and WWE Studios, have announced that Wesley Snipes (“The Expendables 3”), Anne Heche (“Wild Card”), Dave Annable (“Brothers and Sisters”) and WWE Superstar Seth Rollins are on board to star in the John Stockwell directed thriller “Temple.” Filming will commence April 6. Snipes will also serve as a producer on “Temple” along with Simmons and WWE Studios President Michael Luisi.
“Temple,” written by Matt Savelloni (“Exile to Babylon”), and directed by John Stockwell (“In The Blood”), follows a team of trained operatives consisting of Snipes, Heche, Annable and Rollins, who find themselves trapped inside an isolated military compound after its artificial intelligence is suddenly shut down — and then begin to experience strange and horrific phenomena.
“Gene and I are thrilled to have such a stellar cast on board for our first Erebus picture.” said Luisi. “We also look forward to extending our relationship with John Stockwell.”
“I could not be more pleased that we are launching our first film for Erebus pictures and have John on board to direct.” said Simmons. “I am really looking forward to working with this fantastic cast as well as Michael and the whole team at WWE.”
“It’s exciting to find myself in a genre I have always wanted to explore,” said Wesley Snipes. “We are looking forward to a great brand collaboration with Erebus, WWE and Gene.”
As previously announced, Simmons partnered with WWE Studios to launch Erebus Pictures to produce elevated genre films. Erebus Pictures plans to use WWE’s extensive platforms from weekly TV shows, including WWE’s flagship programs, Monday Night Raw and SmackDown, digital, social media and WWE Network, to market the film.
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WWE recently aired the newest episode of WWE24 on the WWE Network last night following the Royal Rumble pay-per-view in which we get a behind the scenes look at many superstars roads to Wrestlemania as well as all the production that the show itself takes to make happen. You can check out captures in our gallery now.
You may not cheer for him, and you probably don’t, but there is no doubting the incredible talent of Seth Rollins. Throughout 2015, The Architect proved his willingness to do anything to win and achieved milestone after milestone as a result. In 2016, you will see what happens when he returns from his injury with something new to prove. With a new hunger and, presumably, the full backing of The Authority, look for the Future of WWE to reposition himself at the top of the mountain faster than you can say “Seth freaking Rollins.” — MICHAEL BURDICK