There's no denying that Seth Rollins is currently "The Man" in WWE. He's a former two time WWE World Champion, a former Money In The Bank contract winner, and he was the first overall pick in the WWE Draft. He's a wizard inside the squared circle, often dazzling audiences with his fast paced style and acrobatic aerial assault. In his time in WWE Rollins has truly shined and had some absolutely outstanding matches. At SummerSlam 2014, he and Dean Ambrose faced off in one of wrestling's most outdated and difficult to get over matches, a lumberjack match. Despite that, Rollins and his former Shield brother brought the house down that night and gave us perhaps the best lumberjack match we've seen since the match's inception. At the 2015 Royal Rumble, Seth Rollins, John Cena, and Brock Lesnar blessed us with one of the best triple threat matches in the history of WWE, with Rollins' flying elbow to Brock Lesnar through the announce table being the highlight of the match. Most of us remember WrestleMania 31 as the night Seth Rollins pulled off the "Heist of the Century," cashing in his Money In The Bank contract to become WWE World Champion. However, earlier in the night, Rollins and Randy Orton had given fans a great match that was capped off by one of the most breathtaking RKOs out of nowhere that we've ever seen, with Rollins attempting to deliver his then signature Curb Stomp only to have Orton counter it and deliver the RKO. Rollins seems almost lucky to have arrived in WWE at such a perfect time, his list of opponents is basically a who's who of WWE talent, but they haven't all been winners, here's the 15 worst opponents Seth Rollins has had the displeasure of working with.
15 Roman Reigns
Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns have had countless battles in WWE over the last two years. Rollins loves to brag about his tendency to defeat Roman in big matches, but that's not all he does, as Rollins also out wrestles Roman every time they're in the ring together. Admittedly though, Roman has gotten a lot better since the start of his singles run. At first, it seemed as though the loss of his Shield brothers would really hinder his ability to have any good matches. Reigns was no chump, but it was no secret that Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose did most of the heavy lifting during their time as a team. Reigns was the muscle who was there to Superman Punch, Samoan drop, and Spear people, and he was damn good at it. Once he was on his own, however, the novelty of the Spear and Superman Punch wore off and the WWE Universe demanded more from Roman in order to earn their support. It's still an uphill battle for Roman against the fans, but there's no denying he's made leaps and bounds inside the ring, especially compared to how he looked immediately after the break up of The Shield. Despite those improvement, he's still one of the worst performers Rollins has had to work with.
14 John Cena
"Big Match John." "The Doctor of Thuganomics." "The Face That Runs The Place." Over the span of his illustrious career, John Cena has earned all those nicknames. He's been the face of Vince McMahon's company for the last 15 years and he may very well be the closest thing we'll ever see to the second coming of Hulk Hogan. However, much like The Hulkster, nobody is lining up to give Cena the "Best Worker" award. Cena has main evented WrestleManias and racked up championships like nobodies business in WWE, but has never really been looked at as being in the same class as guys like Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart. Rollins and Cena have faced off on numerous occasions, including their Champion vs. Champion match at SummerSlam 2015, with Rollins usually carrying the match and reminding the spectators that he, not Cena, is the best performer in WWE. Cena has shown a lot of improvement in the past year though, as his open challenge for the U.S. Championship provided him with ring time against some of the best up and coming wrestlers in WWE. At Summer Slam 2016, Cena even had a classic match with A.J. Styles which would've been hard to imagine Cena doing earlier in his career. So, while Cena is far from terrible in the ring, he's still landed here.
13 Triple H
Triple H is one of the best wrestlers of all time. His legacy truly speaks for itself and his accomplishments inside the ring stand up in comparison to any wrestling legend. In his prime, The Game was the centerpiece of WWE's flagship program, Monday Night Raw, and could pretty much be penciled in to main event WrestleMania as World Champion because he was, as he so elegantly put it himself, "that damn good." His days of being "that damn good" have pretty much come and gone for Triple H at this point. Despite main eventing WrestleMania as WWE World Champion earlier this year, its fair to say that The King of Kings has already seen his best days inside the squared circle. He's still in amazing shape and can still have a great match when called upon, but the version of Triple H that Rollins got when Evolution faced off against The Shield, and the version he'll get in their rumored bout at next year's WrestleMania, isn't close to the Triple H that once ruled the WWE Universe as The Cerebral Assassin.
Coincidentally, The Big Guy was one of the men across the ring from Rollins in his first big WWE match, as he and Team Hell No faced off against The Shield in a TLC match at the 2012 TLC pay-per-view event. It was a great match, and just a small sample of what The Shield would go on to become, but that was hardly thanks to Ryback. It took place during the peak of Rybacks's popularity, but he really was an afterthought in the match. Ryback was a powerhouse who got over in WWE with a series of squash matches, which prompted the live crowds to begin showering him with the inevitable "Goldberg" chants. The Goldberg comparisons weren't always fair, as Ryback had more moves in his arsenal, other than a meat hook clothesline and a fancy Samoan drop he called The Shellshock, but he wasn't ever really given the green light to use them. We got to see a more versatile Ryback during his last few months in WWE, even getting the green light to start using aerial maneuvers, but it wasn't enough to remove the original, Goldberg adjacent, image that we already had of him.
Captain Charisma was an Attitude Era darling, alongside his buddy and kayfabe brother Edge. Edge and Christian, The Hardy Boyz, and The Dudley Boyz helped revolutionize the sport of professional wrestling with their classic ladder and TLC matches. Christian is a former Tag Team Champion, Intercontinental Champion, ECW Champion, and a former two-time World Champion, but by the time he was back in WWE for his final run, nagging injuries and reoccurring concussions had slowed him down significantly. During the summer of 2013, The Shield was in the middle of running roughshod through the WWE roster, as they had faced and beaten the best three man combinations that WWE had to offer, until finally losing their first clean match against Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, and Kane. Oddly enough, a broken down Christian was part of the second three man group to hang a loss on the dominant Shield faction. It definitely wasn't Christian's best performance, but Captain Charisma and The Usos managed to come out with a win against what looked like an unbeatable opponent, with Christian even being the one who scored the pinfall.
10 Mark Henry
Once upon a time, Mark Henry was one of the most coveted free agent signings for Vince McMahons' WWE. In the early 90s, Vince had made his promotion very cartoonish and seemed to be catering to younger wresting fans. Before completely switching courses and diving head first into the Attitude Era, Vince tried to help legitimize his company by bringing in "real" athletes to compete for him. Mark Henry was a former U.S. Olympic weightlifter and Vince couldn't pass up the opportunity to say he signed an Olympic athlete to his roster. During his peak in WWE, he was billed as The World's Strongest Man and his Hall of Pain run helped make him a World Champion, but much like many others on this list, by the time Rollins had the chance to get in the ring with him, he was a shell of his once dominant and destructive self, and it would be Rollins who was forced to carry the match.
The Bizarre One and his brother, Cody Rhodes, challenged The Shield on various occasions, even defeating them to win the WWE Tag Team Championships on one occasion, and defeating them to get Cody Rhodes' job back on another. As the son of "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes, Goldust has always had certain expectations surrounding his in ring work. In his early years, Goldust often found himself in big matches against the likes of Razor Ramon, Roddy Pipper, and The Undertaker, and he always looked to be the equal of any man he was in the ring with. Father time is undefeated, however, and despite the fact that the now 47 year old Goldust is still out there wrestling matches for WWE, he's undoubtedly a lesser version of himself and was so when The Rhodes Brothers initially started their feud with The Hounds of Justice.
Like his Golden Truth counterpart, R-Truth has also seen his best in ring days pass him by. The former K-Kwik was once an extremely athletic performer who had the charisma to match his abilities. Nowadays Truth has become more of a comedic relief character, rather than being treated as a legitimate threat to any champion. His main contribution to the show is usually his sing along entrance, which somehow fans still seem to love. Truth was never the best in ring performer, even in his youth, but he's definitely taken a couple steps back in the last few years. His low point has to be when he opened a bottle water mid match to take a drink because he got winded. Rollins and Truth's clash came at a house show in 2013 and thankfully footage of the match hasn't surfaced, but I think it'd be safe to say it was no barn burner, and that wasn't because of Rollins.
It hurts me to have to include The Stinger on this list. Had their paths crossed a bit sooner, perhaps The Franchise could've given The Architect a much better match. Sting's inclusion on this list is in no way a commentary on his full career, or even on his entire WWE run, but rather it serves to point out that by the time Sting got in the ring with Rollins, he was literally at the end of his run. At his peak, Sting was one of the most talented wrestlers WCW had to offer, as he had classic matches with Randy Savage, Ricky Steamboat, Cactus Jack, and Ric Flair. His TNA run only served to solidify his Icon status, as Sting would go on to wrestle great matches with the likes of Jeff Jarrett, Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, and A.J. Styles. All his prior work just makes the match with Rollins that much harder to swallow, as there wasn't anything specifically terrible about his match with Rollins, rather it was the fact that Sting flat out looked old in the ring with Rollins. Rollins was clearly the younger, faster, stronger competitor of the two, and unfortunately for Sting, his match with Rollins would mark his final time inside the ring, as he was sadly injured in the match.
The Animal used to be one of WWE's biggest and most polarizing stars. He was a former Intercontinental Champion, former World Champion, and was handpicked to be part of one of pro wrestling's most memorable stables, Evolution. Alongside Triple H, Ric Flair, and Randy Orton, Batista would dominate WWE and the crowd loved the powerhouse enforcer. After breaking away from Evolution, and winning the World Championship from his mentor Triple H, Batista's popularity rose even higher and The Animal enjoyed a fruitful run on SmackDown, even going toe to toe with The Undertaker at WrestleMania 23 and almost coming out victorious. All that made it even more odd when Batista returned to win the 2014 Royal Rumble, only to be booed out of the building. The landscape in WWE had changed and the fans no longer wanted a big, strong, immobile superstar, that was clearly past his prime. Batista would go on to put Daniel Bryan over at WrestleMania XXX before he joined Triple H and Randy Orton against Rollins and his Shield mates. The two matches against The Shield would be Batista's last two big matches with WWE for Batista before he left the company again,and they didn't really leave a good lasting image of the superstar.
5 Jamie Noble & Joey Mercury
Both members of J&J Security had pretty good in ring careers. Jamie Noble was a former WWE Cruiserweight Champion and Joey Mercury was a former WWE Tag Team Champion with Johnny Nitro, as MNM. By 2014, however, both men were all but forgotten by the casual WWE fan and were enjoying backstage roles as agents. That year Seth Rollins had just turned heel and would help enhance his new heel persona when he decided to use both men as his personal security team, thrusting them both back into the spotlight. As J&J Security, they would often get involved in matches on Seth's behalf and neither one was shy about taking bumps. Then, in June of 2015, the storyline called for a 2-on-1 handicap match between Rollins and his security team to main event Monday Night Raw. Rollins carried the match and the pair would actually look better than expected, but neither man would've been a worthy opponent for Rollins in their prime, let alone years after having retired from action.
4 The Great Khali
As much as it pained me to have to even put Sting on this list, it pains me more to only place The Great Khali at number four. Logic, and a set of human eyeballs, would indicate that the 7'1" Punjabi Playboy is the absolute worst wrestler that Seth Rollins has ever had the displeasure of sharing a ring with, but sadly their interaction was too short to truly consider him for the top spot. Khali tagged with Justin Gabriel and Zach Ryder on an episode of Monday Night Raw to take on The Shield. The Shield rolled through the clearly outmatched trio, and Seth Rollins would pick up the pinfall over Justin Gabriel before the former World Champion entered the ring and unsuccessfully tried to attack The Shield. Khali would receive The Shield's signature triple power bomb then roll out of the ring, mercifully ending his brief and unimpressive interaction with Rollins.
The Devil's Favorite Demon was once a quick and agile giant, and visited the top rope with regularity, executing a flying clothesline that was impressive for someone of his size. The Big Red Machine is a former WWE Champion, World Heavyweight Champion, and ECW Champion, as he's been one of the constants in WWE over the last 15 years. However, the now 49 year old veteran is in the twilight of his wrestling career. When Seth Rollins and The Shield first showed up on WWE programming, they feuded with Kane and Daniel Bryan, then known as Team Hell No, and the group seemed to have pretty good chemistry in the ring. At the time, Kane was still doing some of his best promo work with Bryan and his in ring skills were still good enough to hang with some of WWE's brightest up and coming stars.
Fast forward a couple of years and The Big Red Machine was dealing with a split personality disorder and was stuck going back and forth between Demon and Corporate Kane. It led to an uninspiring feud with Rollins, with a couple of matches that were less than impressive. During a house show in Dublin, Ireland, Kane and Seth Rollins wrestled a match where Rollins would blow out his knee attempting a sunset flip powerbomb on Kane. There was nothing obvious that Kane did to cause the injury, but it's worth mentioning. His early matches against Seth Rollins saved him from being the number one entry on this list, but his later feud with Rollins and his presence during his devastating knee injury made sure he made the top three.
2 The New Age Outlaws
"Bad Ass" Billy Gunn and "Road Dogg" Jesse James were one of the Attitude Era's hottest acts. They were popular at their inception and saw their popularity skyrocket when they joined Triple H, Chyna, and X-Pac to form the new DX. Much like Enzo and Big Cass in modern days, The Outlaws' entrance music would hit and the fans would lose their minds, as they were more than happy to join Road Dogg as he delivered the team's famous introduction. The duo would make begin to make sporadic appearances on WWE programming in 2012, before making a comeback in 2014. They would turn heel and, at the 2014 Royal Rumble, they would win the WWE Tag Team championships from The Rhodes Brothers.
At WrestleMania XXX, they would team with Corporate Kane to take on The Shield. Thankfully the match was short and was never in question, as The Shield dominated. The Outlaws' last run with WWE wasn't horrible, but they definitely were shells of their former selves, though they were entertaining.They made the list at such a high spot, mostly because they wasted The Shield's last WrestleMania together.
1 Big Show
It's hard to believe that Big Show was once able to execute a missile dropkick from the top rope. Perhaps that version of Paul Wight would've given us the great match with Seth Rollins that Big Show never could. The Big Show has been pro wrestling's most recognizable giant since Andre The Giant and surprisingly is the only a man to hold the WWE, WCW, and ECW Championships, winning the WCW Championship in his first match against "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan. Big Show was a talented athlete in his prime and only really tops the list because he is the one wrestler who saw the biggest drop in talent from his early years to his eventual encounters with Rollins. Even the overweight Big Show of the early 2000s would have been a better opponent for Rollins than the slow moving mountain of a man that Rollins was forced to make due with during his early Shield matches and later singles matches with Big Show. Big Show is used sparingly these days and is mainly around for his outstanding leadership in the locker room and backstage. He may not be the worst wrestler ever, but he is the worst one that Seth Rollins has had to work with so far in WWE.
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