It’ll be a lot harder to call Seth Rollins a false prophet after this week. The self-dubbed “Monday Night Messiah” took his newest disciple, Buddy Murphy, and knocked off the all but unbeatable Viking Raiders to become the new Raw Tag Team Champions, a stunning outcome that all but resets the tag team playing field with WrestleMania just three months away.
We can, of course, attach an asterisk here. With big man Ivar incapacitated by a shove off the top turnbuckle to the outside, Rollins drilled Erik with a Stomp to the ring apron while the ref was preoccupied with Murphy. All The Best Kept Secret had to do was pin his man to win the titles, and that’s what he did. Regardless of the methods, however, the result stands, and whether you think of him as a Messiah or not, the title victory is an ominous sign. Anybody who rolled their eyes when Rollins promised to bend the industry to his will is probably looking at him a little differently now. So, for instance, when he says he’s going to win the Men’s Royal Rumble Match for the second year in a row? He just might do it.