Monday Night Raw (June 2, 2014): The Shield were fresh off a massive victory at WWE Payback where they defeated the legendary faction of Evolution in a No Holds Barred Six-Man Tag Team Elimination match.
Earlier in the program, a frustrated Batista decided to quit and walk away from Triple H and Randy Orton, leaving them a man short when they came down to the ring to confront The Shield later that night. While The Shield stood united in the ring, Triple H and Randy Orton would make their way down the aisle. The Game would admit defeat but stated that their loss the night prior was merely “Plan A” and that there is always a “Plan B.”
Suddenly, without warning, Seth Rollins would turn on his Shield brethren by laying out both Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose with a steel chair; officially aligning himself with The Authority and thus beginning his rise to the top of the standings in WWE.
Seth Rollins would soon win the Money in the Bank briefcase as his position within The Authority became that of the “Golden Boy.” The future had begun and its name was Seth Rollins. Meanwhile, Roman Reigns would be sidelined with an injury while Dean Ambrose struggled to find his footing on his own.
Royal Rumble 2015: Seth Rollins steals the show in a Triple Threat match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship that also includes John Cena and Brock Lesnar. That same night, Roman Reigns would emerge the victor of the Royal Rumble match.
WrestleMania XXXI: Dean Ambrose competes in a Seven-Man Ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship; a match in which he would lose. Seth Rollins competes one-on-one with Randy Orton; he also loses. Roman Reigns headlines the event as he challenges Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
The match is physical from the start and when both men have pummeled on each other just enough … out comes Seth Rollins to cash-in the Money in the Bank briefcase; turning the bout into a Triple Threat match and pinning Roman Reigns to become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
The history of The Shield is a storied one but the facts don't lie and the facts stat that of the three men; Seth Rollins has become the biggest name. These are the top 10 reason Seth Rollins is a bigger star than Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns:
10 WWE World Heavyweight Champion
Seth Rollins is the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion, which is more than Dean Ambrose or Roman Reigns can say. Rollins stands atop the WWE Universe as the currently ruler while his former allies scratch a claw for a chance to take his place.
Roman Reigns was thought to be the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion; even the next superstar to replace John Cena. However, the push of Reigns was altered by negative fan feedback, looking green in the ring, and all around lack of star power.
9 Drawing Power
Thinking of drawing power in this day and age almost seems irrelevant, especially now with the WWE Network where the main event is not longer used as a pitch to sell monthly Pay-Per-Views. The days of drawing money may be coming to an abrupt end.
However, let's look at the three men who are the subject of this article: who would/could draw the most money for WWE? The fans simply do not like Roman Reigns and not in a great heel fashion that would still make people pay to watch him perform. Dean Ambrose is good but doesn't look like that main event superstar – at least not at the moment.
Seth Rollins is far from being Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, or Stone Cold Steve Austin and its no secret that the biggest draws in WWE right now remain John Cena and Brock Lesnar (when he is around), yet of the three, Rollins possess a quality that makes him marketable – even if the market is small.
If Roman Reigns were capable of getting over with the WWE audience, then he would surely be positioned in a better spot than where he currently stands. Perhaps he'd even be the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, the machine’s champion, as they long hoped.
Seth Rollins' current position within WWE signifies just who was the true superstar of The Shield. While Dean Ambrose had and still has his share of supporters; the elevation of “The Lunatic Fringe” has never reached the point of full-blown insanity. Dean Ambrose is more of a Drug Store Lunatic, filling his Prozac prescription and heading on his way.
Meanwhile, Seth Rollins – whether the popular choice or not – has continued to be positioned in all the right corners of the WWE Universe.
7 Better Feuds
Ever since “The Hounds of Justice” parted ways, one notable aspect of their career paths has been the feuds in which they have became involved. While they have been involved with each other in angles over the past year, it has been the feuds of Seth Rollins that have stood out most.
Sure, Roman Reigns had his thing with Brock Lesnar and while he looks and seems like a more suitable opponent for “The Beast Incarnate,” Seth Rollins is due for a feud with Brock Lesnar upon his return to WWE programming – which will prove more entertaining that the Lesnar/Reigns storyline.
Building the next big WWE superstar requires the laying down of a foundation; brick-by-brick said superstar is then presented week after week to the fans as they begin to learn more and discover what they love or hate about that particular superstar.
Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns are seemingly short on bricks while Rollins is built more and more each and every day. While they may hang around the Championship scene, they are merely supporting actors … while the world awaits its leading man to come in a challenge Seth Rollins.
5 Aligned with the Bosses
The Authority are currently running the show on WWE programming. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are the on-screen bosses; the two power-hungry egomaniacs who oversee the entire operation.
Having Seth Rollins aligned with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon automatically places him in the spotlight as Rollins is often out for the opening and closing segments of Monday Night Raw … which means that Rollins is a big player on the WWE team.
When discussing Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, and Roman Reigns; we must take a look at what is natural and what is manufactured. Charisma is a key component for any superstar as often times it will make or break a character.
Roman Reigns has the desired look but nothing natural about his personality. Reigns' promo work comes off as scripted and although they are the words of anothe,; a superstar must provide his/her own personality while delivering
Dean Ambrose has charisma sometimes, while other times, Ambrose can come off as forced; as though he is meant to be funny but not too funny while maintaining some sort of delinquent attitude. Ambrose needs some fine tuning.
Seth Rollins does not have the kind of charisma of The Rock but certainly has the most of the three. Rollins does present a natural feel when in the ring which makes him seem that he has been placed in the proper spot on the card.
3 Better Mic Work
As alluded to in the previous entry, Roman Reigns needs a lot of polishing when it comes to mic work. Dean Ambrose needs to be set free and allowed a little more leverage when working a microphone as he does possess talking talents.
However, once again, Seth Rollins is better positioned when it comes to promo work and currently cuts better pieces than Ambrose and Reigns. Is Rollins the best talker in WWE? No, but certainly not the worst, which is a place that could be reserved for Roman Reigns.
2 Better Wrestler
“Wrestling” has become somewhat of a dirty word in WWE which is ironic since the now “Entertainment Company'” was built on the blood and sweat of professional wrestlers. Nevertheless, real wrestling is there… if you look hard enough.
Roman Reigns is your typical muscle-man-maniac who has a few big moves in his arsenal but nothing too far out of the ordinary. Reigns does catch a a lot of heat for his work but he has shown shades of improvement as times roll along.
Dean Ambrose is a good wrestler who could be great but there is a sense of uncoordinated wonder that comes along with a Dean Ambrose match. Some times a maneuver can feel sloppy or lacking any hard evidence of impact.
Seth Rollins is quickly becoming a Ring General. The recent addition of Triple H's famed Pedigree finishing maneuver to his move-set to go along with his already innovative style of offense has clearly set Rollins miles ahead as the better wrestler.
1 WrestleMania Moment
The biggest stars in WWE obtain the biggest moments on the biggest night of the year: WrestleMania. This past March, Brock Lesnar defended the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Roman Reigns but it was Seth Rollins who left the Bay Area with the gold.
Having Seth Rollins interrupt the main event and cash-in his Money in the Bank contract, then leave as the champion, proves that his star power is much higher and brighter than that of Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns.