As a soon to be twenty six year old, avid wrestling fan that is a constant reader of the Internet Wrestling Community, this is my blog in which I explore the impatience of this community as it waits for the page to turn to the next generation of WWE superstars.
On June 29, 2014 I was a witness to the dawn of a new age of wrestling. Seth Rollins ascended to the top of the ladder in the TD Garden of Boston, MA and grabbed the golden ticket that is the Money In The Bank briefcase; a guaranteed shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, anytime, anywhere. Although he received his share of help from Kane & the Authority, don’t be fooled, Seth Rollins will lead the WWE locker room in a post John Cena/Randy Orton world. I wanted to take the time and examine the flaws pointed out by the IWC and give my thoughts on why, as a heel or face, Seth Rollins can be the next face that runs the place.
Survivor Series 2012, the debut of the Shield, was completely unexpected by all, but it will forever be remembered as the emergence of three superstars poised to take over the WWE. Many knew the name Dean Ambrose due to his work on the independent wrestling scene and brief internet feud with Mick Foley. Roman Reigns was possibly the superstar fans were least familiar with. However, with the family resume and support he’s received from Hall of Famers and Legends alike, it was difficult to imagine he’d go unnoticed. Then there was Seth Rollins, formerly known as Tyler Black in Ring of Honor, where his in ring skills and athleticism were undoubtedly his stepping stone to the WWE. However, it was on this night the picture began to be painted by the IWC on why he would be the least successful member of the Shield.
Seth Rollins looks like CM Punk. This is the first, and possibly most ridiculous thing I read about why Seth Rollins won’t make it. They both have black hair. That is where the similarities end. When it comes down to it, Seth Rollins’ ring gear, wrestling style, hair, and body type could not be further away from that of CM Punk; and while I’m a fan of both superstars, looking back to that debut in November 2012 the IWC was really grasping at straws on that one.
Seth Rollins doesn’t have a finishing move to be a top WWE superstar. I’ll admit that at first, I wasn’t a huge fan of the flying knee from the top rope and compared to Dirty Deeds and the spear he had the weakest finisher of the three members of the Shield. As time passed, he proved that he has by far the most exciting in ring move set within the Shield and the night he triggered the destruction of the faction he separated himself from the pack with the Curb Stomp. The Curb Stomp isn’t just an effective finisher because it looks like it hurts. The key to having a good finisher is being able to perform it on anyone in the locker room no matter how big or small their opponent is. The Curb Stomp gives Seth Rollins that universal finisher that not only puts down the biggest animals in the WWE jungle, but it adds to his heel persona because it is seen as an action of disrespect.
Seth Rollins isn’t “a good talker”. How many of you have gotten in front of thousands of people on a nightly basis and spoke for 5-15 minutes? Superstars like Bray Wyatt and Dean Ambrose that have incredible microphone skills do not come around too often, but as time has progressed, Rollins has proven himself to be an effective heel and engaging speaker with his backstage and in-ring promos.
I could not be happier with the results of the Royal Rumble. Maybe it’s because I enjoy seeing The Animal tear people part and maybe it’s because I won a smooth $100 dollars yesterday, because of him. Either way I think Batista highlighting Wrestlemania is a good move. He clearly needs to shake some rust off, but once he does I can see a dynamite match in our future. I can see it now: Batista vs Orton with HHH in Ortons corner and Flair behind Batista. Do they have history? Yes they do.
Not really new tech news, but something i want to share nonetheless. Made by the computer hardware company, NVIDIA, The Shield is, in short, a Android-based gaming machine, but in my eyes it is much more than that. Here is a machine that runs faster and has better graphics than most handheld devices on the market (all current smartphones included). Here are the specs.
- 72-CORE NVIDIA GeForce GPU
- Tegra 4 Mobile Processor: Quad-Core A15 CPU
- Console-Grade Game Controller: Ultimate control and precision
- WI-FI Connectivity: 802.11n 2×2 MIMO game-speed Wi-Fi
This is a beast of a machine that also includes mini HDMI out so you can plug it into a TV and game how you would with a normal game console (and get similar graphics). The controller is solid in your hand and doesn’t show signs of weakness. Android Jelly Bean paired with the Tegra 4 provides for silky smooth features with high frame rates. The front facing speakers will blow you away whether you are gaming, listening to music, or screening a flick off of Neflix.
Another great feature and use of the system is emulators. This means you can play all your console favorites from yesteryear on the shield. That is an AWESOME feature.
Review video from Austin Evans
If a normal picture is worth 1 thousand words, then this is worth 1 millions word. In case you are a bit slow this weekend the guy in the middle of Fred and George Weasley is Jason David Frank (JDF). Still not realizing the magnitude of this picture? Jason David Frank happens to be Tommy from the Power Rangers TV show and Movies (White/Green Ranger).