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Top 10 Potential Programs For New WWE Champion Seth Rollins

“Anything can happen in the World Wrestling Federation” was the mantra associated with the company that is now known as World Wrestling Entertainment, and that proved to be the case at WrestleMania 31

“Anything can happen in the World Wrestling Federation” was the mantra associated with the company that is now known as World Wrestling Entertainment, and that proved to be the case at WrestleMania 31. A popular opinion heading into the event was that Brock Lesnar was going to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship following his declining an invitation to return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship and instead remaining in the WWE. Lesnar retaining made even more sense when Daniel Bryan won the Intercontinental Championship and John Cena defeated Rusev for the United States title.

The company instead went a different way. With the previously mentioned Lesnar and Roman Reigns beating the hell out of each other to the point that both legitimately bled during the encounter, Seth Rollins emerged from the shadows and cashed in his “Money in the Bank” contract in the middle of the contest. Rollins then picked his spot and eliminated Lesnar from the contest before hitting his “Curb Stomp” finisher on Reigns, his former “Shield” partner. Rollins then pinned the defeated Reigns to win his first ever major WWE singles championship, his biggest moment since joining the company.

This was the second WrestleMania in a row that saw a former Ring of Honor champion take home the most coveted title in all of the WWE. Could Rollins spark up a feud with another former ROH performer? That program would make for some excellent matches, but WWE fans should not hold their breaths waiting for that storyline to be booked by the company. There are instead two performers that Rollins should realistically be linked with, and those are the two men that he defeated at WrestleMania 31. One of those individuals may, however, be set to take a break from the WWE.

10 Triple H

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Maybe it is nothing more than Internet chatter put out there by fans who have way too much time on their hands, but there have been rumors that the WWE is on the verge of putting The Shield back together at some point after WrestleMania 31. Doing so could lead to either Rollins or The Authority making switches to babyface, and that would allow this feud to make sense on paper. Triple H going after the title at this point of his life probably is not going to happen, though, and Rollins will likely be the top man in The Authority moving forward.

9 Big Show

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Big Show turns from babyface to heel to babyface to heel just about every other month, so one more switch would not mean all that much in WWE storylines. Assuming that Rollins is going to be the main man for The Authority until he drops the belt at some point down the road, putting him in a program with Big Show would be a transitional period that would, assuming that the former Ultimate Fighting Champion is willing to work for WWE next month, allow Lesnar and Reigns to finish off their feud in a way that definitely puts one of those two men over.

8 Bray Wyatt

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The WWE has been quietly hinting at Wyatt turning babyface since the breakup of his cult family, and putting him into a program with Rollins would complete that switch. Wyatt had been playing the role of the “new face of fear” heading into WrestleMania 31 and his match with The Undertaker, but the fact that Taker pinned Wyatt at the biggest event of the year put that feud to bed for good. Wyatt probably deserves better than doing yet another job, this time to a champion, but where WWE takes him following WrestleMania is a mystery. He could be a stopgap solution until Rollins feuds with either Reigns or Lesnar.

7 Kane

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You could switch Kane with Big Show and vice versa as it pertains to potential feuds with Rollins following WrestleMania 31. A program involving Rollins and Kane has been teased on WWE programming many times, although the company would likely claim that those segments were teased on purpose to further the storyline involving Rollins and Randy Orton. There is no way that Kane should take the title off of Rollins following WrestleMania, but the company could go this route to take up hours of Raw and Smackdown segments until a better opponent is available.

6 Dean Ambrose

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Ambrose is, like Reigns, a former partner of Rollins from those days when The Shield served as the “Hounds of Justice” in the WWE. Unlike John Cena and Daniel Bryan, Ambrose is not weighed down by having to defend a championship at monthly pay-per-view events, and he is not involved in a significant feud coming off of WrestleMania 31. If WWE chose to link Reigns and Lesnar for one more match to finish off that feud, putting Ambrose into a program with Rollins could serve as a placeholder until Rollins is ready to face off with one of the men that he beat on WrestleMania Sunday.

5 Daniel Bryan

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Bryan emerged as the victor in the Intercontinental Championship ladder match at WrestleMania 31, but the fact that he holds a title does not prevent him from feuding with Rollins over what is the most noteworthy championship in all of the WWE. The WWE has seemingly done whatever possible to pour water over Bryan being a massive babyface to fans, and yet crowds still leap to their feet and chant “Yes!” whenever his music blasts over loudspeakers at WWE events. Matches involving Bryan and Rollins would make for must-see television, even for fans who do not routinely watch WWE programming.

4 John Cena

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Let's say, for the sake of argument, that the program involving Cena and Rusev did in fact wrap up at WrestleMania 31. While Cena does now possess the United States Championship, that does not mean that he could not feud with Rollins for the top title in the company. Cena remains positioned as the top babyface in the WWE, and thus logic suggests that it is only a matter of time before he sparks another feud with The Authority. Rollins is now the biggest player in The Authority following the events at WrestleMania 31, so putting him and Cena in a program would be an understandable next step.

3 Randy Orton

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One of the highlights of WrestleMania 31 was Rollins going for the Curb Stomp only to have that move reversed into the biggest “RKO” of all time, which led to Orton pinning Rollins for the victory in their match. Orton already has the victory over Rollins, and thus the storyline of pairing those two for even a brief program writes itself. The babyface Orton can position himself as the natural contender versus the man that he beat at WrestleMania 31, and Rollins can continue to play the cowardly heel that he portrayed during the program that the two had been involved in leading up to WrestleMania.

2 Brock Lesnar

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Perhaps the rumors of Lesnar taking time off from the WWE after he extended his stay with the company have been incorrect. If that is the case, then Lesnar is the obvious program for Rollins following WrestleMania 31. Lesnar is way more over than Reigns is among the majority of fans who pay to attend WWE live events, and the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion was never pinned or submitted in the match that saw him lose his title. The one problem with this suggestion? WWE really couldn't put Rollins over Lesnar at this time, and thus the company will likely go in a different direction.

1 Roman Reigns

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This is the one program that makes the most sense coming off of WrestleMania 31. Reigns and Rollins were partners during their time with The Shield, and it was Reigns who took the bulk of the punishment from Lesnar and who was on the receiving end of the pinfall from Rollins at the biggest event of the year. Assuming that Lesnar is on the verge of taking some time off per the terms of his contract extension, linking Reigns and Rollins is logical and it is also the feud that fans would expect and want to see following WrestleMania 31.

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