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WWE: Is A Money in the Bank Win the Best Way to Justify Seth Rollins' Heel Turn?
By Tom Clark|
June 23, 2014
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Seth Rollins is the first and so far the only man booked for the traditional ladder match at WWE Money in the Bank on June 29. The match is the second ladder event of the night, with the other being for the vacant WWE World Championship.
And though it's unknown just which WWE Superstars will get the nod to work in this match against Rollins, much of the spotlight is definitely on Seth. With that spotlight comes the added pressure to perform and that leads to the main question; is a win at Money in the Bank to the best way to justify Seth Rollins' heel turn?
The fact is that at this point, a win may be the only way to justify his heel turn. By why is that?
The reason for that is simple. Despite how many fans have been lamenting the death of The Shield since it occurred back on June 2, the truth is that the three men had gone as far as they could together. WWE does not have a six-man tag title, there was never any push for them to gain three current gold belts once again; there was nothing left for them to win.
And they had defeated everyone put in their path. For nearly two years, Seth, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose took on all challengers and they beat them all. No one could touch them and no one could stop them. They had two WrestleMania victories, a U.S. and tag team title run and they worked main event matches all over the world.
They assaulted the biggest names in the industry and they did so without repercussion. From John Cena to The Rock to The Undertaker, every one laid down for them and at the end of the day even Evolution did the job to them.
The Shield ended on a higher note than perhaps anyone could have dreamed possible. There was nothing left for them to accomplish.
But even with that being the case, the truth is that they did not have to end with a heel turn. While no one was able to bring them down and it was obvious that they would likely need to implode to end, fans probably did not expect what happened on June 2.
They did not expect Triple H to have the last laugh.
But it happened; Seth Rollins turned his back on his Shield brethren and aligned himself with The Game. And because this happened, because The Shield ended in this way, then Seth must be a success for it to be justified. For his heel turn to be validated, he must win at Money in the Bank.
Otherwise, will the heel turn have been for nothing?
Getting in bed with The Authority is not for the faint of heart. It may ensure success in the short term but the fact is that a Superstar is basically giving himself to Triple H, who will then take full advantage of that guy's inability to say no. So in the long term, that guy belongs to The Authority.
And that is where Seth Rollins is right now. He sold his soul to Triple H and his thirty pieces of silver is a spot in the Money in the Bank ladder match. If he wins, he gets a shot at the WWE World champion. That could have been all the motivation he needed to betray Ambrose and Reigns.
The truth is that fans want answers. They want to know why he did it and no amount of coldhearted explaining on his part will ever be enough. And even more than that, they want it to make sense. They want to understand why WWE would take the most successful faction that it has ever known and tear it in half the night after The Shield defeated its biggest threat in Evolution. But more importantly than that, they want to know why it all ended on a heel turn from within.
And the only answer that makes any sense is if that turn leads to something big for Seth Rollins. Despite the fact that he's hated now, the truth is that fans need him to succeed. Because if he doesn't, then it's all been for nothing.
So will Money in the Bank be the starting point for that success? Will Seth Rollins pull down the briefcase to essentially become the number one contender for the WWE World Championship?
The Shield may be over but Seth Rollins' future is just beginning. And the fact is it needs to begin now.
Tom Clark is a WWE Featured Columnist & Consultant for Bleacher Report, a Writer for WhatCulture and a Contributor for The Camel Clutch Blog