The speculation from Dave Meltzer over the past few weeks is that Triple H is very hot on Seth Rollins right now and the plans was for The Architect to win the Royal Rumble next month and go on to fight for the Universal Championship against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 35.
Whilst there was also the plan that saw Braun Strowman defeat Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble and Drew McIntyre then win the 30-man match and go on to face The Monster Among Men at WrestleMania, it was thought that the Rollins option was the most feasible.
Rollins defended his Intercontinental Championship against Dean Ambrose on Sunday night at TLC and The Wrestling Observer reported that Vince McMahon was “furious” with the reaction that the match received from the WWE Universe.
This then saw the company instead focus on the Women’s Division and could now see McMahon re-evaluate the plan for Rollins heading into WrestleMania.
The Architect has been one of WWE’s most consistent performers over the past year, but the feud between him and Ambrose over the past few weeks has failed to deliver with the WWE Universe.
Many fans expected much more from the two men who were part of the best feud of the year in 2014, but because this hasn’t delivered, it has led to issues for Rollins.
The fact that the feud hasn’t delivered could be based on many things including the fact that WWE decided to pull the trigger early on Ambrose’s heel turn, that many of the WWE Universe built it up in their heads because they waited so long for this feud, or that WWE haven’t allowed Ambrose to become the heel he was as Jon Moxley for year before WWE.
Whilst it’s neither stars’ fault that their match didn’t gain the desired reaction, it could now affect both stars’ future in the company.