Seth Rollins has spoken out about what the original plans were for him before WWE decided to pair him back up with Dean Ambrose.
One of the main stories on Raw going into SummerSlam—and coming out of it—was the will-they won't-they relationship between former Shield members Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. They did team up eventually, of course, and went on to win the Raw Tag Team Championships in Brooklyn a couple of weeks ago. That wasn't always the plan, however.
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Before The Architect began trying to persuade Ambrose to rejoin forces with him he was embroiled in a feud with The Eater of Worlds, Bray Wyatt. Following a Fatal Five Way match to decide a new number one contender to the Universal Championship, both Seth and Bray focused their attentions on each other. At Great Balls Of Fire, the two did battle and Wyatt came out on top. Then in a rematch Bray won again, and following that the feud came to an abrupt and unexplained halt.
Many wondered why Rollins just gave up on feuding with Wyatt after two straight defeats, and when the former WWE Champion was on the Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast recently he explained exactly why. Apparently, the original plan was for Rollins and Wyatt to do battle across a number of pay-per-views, but WWE decided to do the Ambrose angle instead, while Bray has since returned his focus to Finn Balor.
It has been almost three and a half years since Seth Rollins turned his back on The Shield and attacked Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns with a steel chair, it's why it took so long for The Lunatic to come around before SummerSlam. The fans aren't the only ones happy to see the pair of them back together either. Following on from the revelation about the Wyatt program Rollins revealed that he was loving working with Ambrose again and that he didn't even mind it taking him away from the Universal Title picture.
By all accounts, when Rollins and Ambrose finally decided to put their past differences aside and bump fists in the ring, the reaction from the crowd was huge. The Shield was such a big part of WWE a few years ago that even the mere use of two of them in the same segment normally gets a reaction, so having two out of the three of them as Tag Champions was a great call by WWE. It may have been at the expense of furthering Rollins' battle with The Eater of Worlds, but the way Wyatt is being booked currently, it doesn't seem like many people mind—including Seth himself.