Breaking Up The Shield, WWE's Big Summer Angle, Lesnar's Absence, Comparing Rollins To Hogan

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Do you think it was the right choice to break up The Shield?

I'm on board with Seth Rollins turning on The Shield and joining Evolution. The angle gives WWE a sharp page turner into the summer and will only help the elevation of Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and of course Rollins. No one saw Rollins' turn coming and those are the best angles. Not only that but it helps Triple H look powerful, even with Evolution "doing the honors" at two straight pay-per-views. A breakup of The Shield was inevitable and I can't think of a better time to do it. How higher could the faction go after consecutive defeats of Evolution? This was perfect timing.

Usually around this time of year, WWE usually has a huge summer angle lined up, such as Nexus or CM Punk turning heel. My question is do you think Rollins turning heel is the big angle heading into the summer.

You are exactly right and it was nearly four years ago The Nexus stormed onto the scene and created one of the most compelling angles we have seen on WWE television in quite some time. I heard Monday afternoon that Vince wanted to do something big for the summer and turning Seth Rollins is exactly that. WWE can build off of this for the next few months and it should only help in elevating three up and coming stars.

Brock Lesnar beat the streak at Wrestlemania 30 and hasn't been back since. Doesn't him being off for so long take the "rub" that The Undertaker gave him away?

I don't think so and actually feel it does quite the opposite. Brock Lesnar got one of the biggest rubs in WWE history by ending the streak and there hasn't been an opportunity big enough for him to display his dominance. Sometimes less is more and Lesnar having squash matches on B-level shows loaded with Wrestlemania blow-offs runs the risk of overexposing him. Lesnar is WWE's new "money chip" and they need to use it wisely. The worst thing they could do is rush Lesnar back to TV in a meaningless feud. Patience is the key here and Lesnar's part-time status and contract actually works in the company's advantage. Paul Heyman isn't going to let anyone forget what Lesnar did and the next time WWE uses him, people are going to pay attention.

Coming off the Payback win and the timing, was the heel turn of Seth Rollins better than that of Hulk Hogan at Bash at the Beach 1996?

The heel turn of Seth Rollins was surprising and properly executed, however, I do not put it on the level of Hulk Hogan's turn on Team WCW at Bash at the Beach 1996. WCW captivated the entire industry with the defections of Scott Hall and Kevin Nash and just when it appeared Hogan had come to WCW's rescue, he joined the biggest thing going. Everyone knew Hall and Nash were from the WWF and while it was known they had signed WCW contracts, it was done so tactfully that it was very intriguing. The "takeover war" on WCW had been launched and Lex Luger, Sting and Randy Savage were over huge. When they looked to be in serious trouble, Hogan was there to the rescue. There was already a very clear WWF vs. WCW fan base and Hall and Nash had brought over WWF fans, while WCW fans wanted "their guys" to go over. The turn infuriated WCW loyalists and propelled the company to heights we haven't seen since. You have to realize Hogan's turn was at the magnitude of turning John Cena at a time he was needed the most. It was great TV and anyone that hasn't seen it, needs to go back and watch Bash at the Beach '96 on WWE Network.

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