Seth Rollins has been pushed as the top main event face on Monday Night Raw, having won the men's Royal Rumble and defeating Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 35 to become the new Universal Champion.
The Architect's rivalry with Lesnar should be ending in a short time, meaning the creative team will have to find a new superstar for Rollins to feud with. There are a handful of wrestlers that are qualified and ready for such a feud with Rollins, but also plenty of stars that aren't ready to go toe-to-toe with The Architect.
Here are five superstars that we would love to see Rollins clash with, and five possible feuds that should be avoided.
10 See: Braun Strowman
Strowman has received a big main event push over the past year, but WWE has yet to give The Monster Among Men a Universal Championship reign. Strowman has already clashed with other main eventers like Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns. Now it's time to give him something fresh.
With Bobby Lashley sidelined because of an undisclosed injury, Strowman will need a new rival. The Rollins-Lesnar program can only go on for so much longer. Giving The Architect a bigger, stronger and more destructive opponent would spice things up a bit. Pitting Rollins against Strowman would be a nice change.
9 Avoid: Samoa Joe
Rollins and Samoa Joe had a brief program in 2017, when the latter made his main roster debut on Jan. 30 of that year. Rollins would defeat Joe at the 2017 Payback pay-per-view, and their feud concluded shortly after.
Joe is currently working on the mid-card level, having recently dropped his United States title to Ricochet at Stomping Grounds. Joe is in the midst of a feud with Kofi Kingston, and when that's done with, it's probably best for WWE to keep him in on in the mid-card level. We've already seen Rollins vs. Joe, and it wasn't exactly anything special. We're not in a rush to see these two go at it again.
8 See: John Cena
Cena has become a major Hollywood movie star, so we only see him in the WWE a few times a year. But the 16-time World Champion hasn't shied away in helping put other talents over - especially Kevin Owens (in 2015) and A.J. Styles (in 2016).
Pitting Rollins - the top babyface on Raw - against the biggest face of professional wrestling during the Ruthless Aggression era would be downright incredible. A Cena-Rollins feud could be billed as a "passing of the torch" moment as well. Cena hasn't officially done that yet, and Rollins is the perfect candidate for it.
There isn't a whole lot more Rollins needs to do in order to establish himself. And even though he's had clashes with Cena in the past, none of them can be regarded as a sign of the latter simply "passing of the torch." Simply put, rekindling this rivalry would do wonders for Rollins' main event push.
7 Avoid: Randy Orton
Orton's Evolution stable clashed with Rollins and The Shield for a brief period in 2014. However, Rollins would betray The Shield and join forces with The Authority - beginning a partnership with the Viper and Triple H.
Orton would later betray The Authority and clash with Rollins - defeating The Architect at WrestleMania 31. Rollins would then embark on his main event heel run, while Orton was moved back to the mid-card level.
We already saw enough Rollins and Orton. They wouldn't have much else to offer at this point. It's too early for WWE to worry about another Orton-Rollins feud. This can be revisited down the road, but there's no reason to do it again any time soon.
6 See: AJ Styles
Rollins defeated Styles to retain his Universal Championship at this year's Money in the Bank pay-per-view. But that was it for their short-term program, as Rollins rekindled his rivalry with Lesnar - while Styles entered a feud with Ricochet (turning heel as well).
But we'd simply love to see more of Rollins vs. Styles for many reasons. These are two elite, world-class performers. Both are more than over with the crowd, too. Pitting two long-time babyfaces against one another is never a bad idea; it's fun when fans have to choose a side. The Styles-Rollins feud didn't last long enough the first time around. We simply need more of it.
5 Avoid: Kevin Owens
Rollins and Owens had a brief feud in late 2016 and early 2017, as The Architect clashed with K.O. and his "best friend" in Chris Jericho. But the feud never got on track, as Roman Reigns eventually entered the picture and became the No. 1 enemy of Jericho and Owens.
Now that Owens has been pushed as a top-tier babyface on SmackDown Live, one might be wondering if WWE will pit him against Rollins in the near future. That is just a terrible idea in every aspect for one simple reason.
Both are major babyfaces right now. They're more than over. They're the babyfaces we all deserve and need right now. WWE cannot blow this whole plan up by turning one of them heel. Let Owens shine in SmackDown. Let Rollins take care of business on Raw. It's a simple request from the WWE Universe.
4 See: Roman Reigns
There's obviously a long history between Rollins and Reigns. They helped push each other to the top during a pair of successful runs as The Shield, alongside Dean Ambrose. And of course, Rollins defeated Reigns to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion at Money in the Bank 2016 - before dropping the title to Ambrose that same night.
With Ambrose leaving the WWE for AEW, The Shield had no choice but to disband. Reigns was moved to SmackDown, and Rollins stayed on Raw. But in the near future, WWE should look at another Rollins-Reigns feud.
It'ss long overdue for WWE to turn Reigns heel, and Rollins is the perfect opponent for him. Both men know each other well. They have excellent in-ring chemistry. And they'll be able to feed off of one another both during matches and promos. We'd be all in for Rollins vs. Reigns Part II.
3 Avoid: Drew McIntyre
Drew McIntyre has been rumored to be in line for a major main event push, but WWE hasn't made it happen yet. McIntyre has bounced around from feud to feud, including ones with both Reigns and Rollins.
Well, WWE doesn't seem to know what they want to do with McIntyre yet. Throwing him back into a program with Rollins doesn't seem like a good idea right now - until Vince McMahon is ready to truly push the Scottish Psychopath to main event status. If Rollins regains the Universal Championship in the near future, maybe McIntyre can be his No. 1 challenger. But for now, WWE should be planning different feuds for both McIntyre and Rollins.
2 See: Daniel Bryan
Even though Rollins and Daniel Bryan have been two of the WWE's marquee stars over the past seven years, they actually haven't crossed paths very often. Bryan and Kane were one of The Shield's first feuds/rivals, but that program only lasted a short period.
With Bryan retiring in 2016, fans were left to wonder what a Bryan vs. Rollins feud would have looked like. Here we are three years later, and Bryan is back in the ring and still performing at a high level.
WWE made the bold decision to turn Bryan heel near the end of last year. He's already had programs with Kofi Kingston, AJ Styles and Kevin Owens. Bryan needs a new main eventer to clash with, and Rollins is the perfect option. WWE would have nothing to lose, but everything to gain, in clashing Rollins vs. one of the biggest superstars of the 2010s.
1 Avoid: Shane McMahon
We've seen the McMahon family get involved in more than enough storylines with other main event superstars. The list goes on and on, but in the last three years alone, it includes Rollins, Reigns, Owens, Cena, Orton, Undertaker, McIntyre, Kingston and Becky Lynch, among others.
There is simply no reason for WWE to have the SmackDown commissioner clash with Rollins, who already has a long history with Triple H. I'll say that the whole McMahon-Owens storyline is working perfect, but I have my doubts that it would work as well with Rollins.
WWE needs to stay away from having Rollins go up against another McMahon family authority figure. We've seen the same old song and dance too many times already, and we're not exactly hoping to see it again.