Seth Rollins should have been finished. Done. Over. Kaput. Toast. During WWE Battleground, the WWE World Heavyweight Champion had taken up residence in Suplex City, enduring a career-threatening 13 of the disc-herniating heaves. After Brock Lesnar hoisted Rollins atop his shoulders and sent him airborne with an F-5, condolences seemed imminent. But then, by demonic intervention, he was saved by the shocking appearance of The Undertaker. And so it goes. Rollins has become, arguably, the most vexing escape artist in WWE history. Whether slipping past Randy Orton during a Steel Cage Match at Extreme Rules or through Orton, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns in a Fatal 4-Way Match at Payback, the man — with help — always seems to find an out. Unfortunately for Rollins, death will always find an in.
The Authority, through intimidation and trickery, has managed to keep Rollins on top. But The Deadman will never relent, come hell, high water or two men in matching 38/Short suits. Which is not to say Rollins’ athleticism and in-ring intellect are anything short of remarkable. But could he truly hope to outmaneuver and outthink a Superstar with more tenacity and knowledge than any before him? And yes,any. The WWE Universe may never know, but if it ever did, we could all thank heaven for one hell of a match.
#9 Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose — WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match; WWE Money in the Bank
Without a doubt, the best match of 2015 so far has been Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose at WWE Money in the Bank. Without The Authority in his corner, The Architect battled one of his greatest adversaries in a brutal WWE World Heavyweight Title Ladder Match. The contest was complete carnage from start to finish, as the two competitors made weapons out of ladders, chairs, ring ropes and anyything else in reach. Every moment was more explosive then the next, leading up to the unbelievable finale when a literal Tug O’ War for the title atop the ladder led to both Superstars falling to the canvas with the coveted prize in their hands. The Lunatic Fringe lost his grip as they hit the floor, allowing Rollins to walk away with the victory by the narrowest of margins.
#1 Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena vs. Seth Rollins — WWE World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat Match; Royal Rumble
The whole “past, present and future” thing gets tossed around a lot. But in the battle between former, current and future WWE World Heavyweight Champions at the Royal Rumble, the WWE Universe got to see just what happens when a battle across time unfolds in the ring. The answer is unmitigated carnage from Brock Lesnar, a gritty performance by John Cena that showed he’s not quite done with WWE yet, and some conniving work from Seth Rollins that proves we probably should have seen the cash-in coming. It was no surprise that The Beast kept his title — it takes astounding circumstance to beat him in any scenario — but the chemistry with which these three performed was something to behold. And that Phoenix Splash, though.
“If you ever wanted to see a clear demonstration of The Beast in action, watch how Brock Lesnar handles not only a 15-time World Champion in John Cena, but the alleged ‘Future of WWE,’ Seth Rollins, and he handles both of them with ease.”
Prior to WWE Payback 2015, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins is welcomed by the Baltimore Orioles and throws out the first pitch before a game.