What a difference a day makes.
During a 24-hour period last week, The Shield went from being the most dominant faction in pro wrestling to a fragmented unit with the surprise heel turn of Seth Rollins.
One night after The Shield (Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns) dominated Evolution at WWE's Payback pay-per-view, eliminating all three members without losing a man,
the tables were turned on Raw.
When a disgruntled Batista announced that he was leaving Evolution, it appeared that the feud between the two groups had taken a decided turn. Only Triple H and Randy Orton remained to go up against the seemingly unified Shield.
But at the conclusion of Monday night's show, Rollins turned on his partners, walloping Ambrose and Reigns with a chair, before joining Triple H and Orton as an apparent third member of Evolution.
Rollins' act of betrayal caught many insiders by surprise, with the consensus being there was still plenty of gas left in the tank for the rogue faction, and that the swerve may have come a bit too soon.
And with his dark charisma and commanding presence behind a microphone, the unpredictable Ambrose might have been a better choice in a heel role alongside Evolution.
Mick Foley once described him as being "disturbingly poetic in his style and movements," while Jim Ross saw traits of Roddy Piper and the late Brian Pillman in Ambrose.
Rollins, though, is more athletic and will likely fill in as the workhorse for his new team.
The next step in the dissolution of The Shield appears to be the eventual singles push of Reigns, who many feel could be in the main-event picture at next year's Wrestlemania. The current plan is for Reigns to collide with Triple H at Summer Slam.
Before that happens, though, there is some business to take care of at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view June 29 in Boston where members of the two factions will undoubtedly lock horns once again.
And if Rollins' new allegiance with Evolution doesn't fare as well as expected, the creative staff could always have him set up his new partners and rejoin the Hounds of Justice.
Batista, whose much ballyhooed return to WWE was nothing short of disappointing, is gone for the foreseeable future, off to promote his summer action flick "Guardians of the Galaxy," the 10th installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise.
With the movie release set for Aug. 1, it's a good bet that Batista will return to WWE in time for a match at Summer Slam and in time to hype the movie.
The film stars Batista (Dave Bautista) as Drax the Destroyer, Chris Pratt as Star-Lord and Zoe Saldana as Gamora. Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close and Benicio del Toro round out the cast, while Vin Diesel provides the voice of Groot.
Bo Dallas (Taylor Michael Rotunda) is the latest member of the Blackjack Mulligan (Bob Windham) dynasty to make a splash in the wrestling business.
The third-generation performer is the brother of Bray Wyatt (Windham Rotunda), the son of former wrestling star Mike Rotunda and the grandson of Mulligan. His uncles are Barry and Kendall Windham.
Taylor was a highly touted linebacker and qualified for the state wrestling championships his final two years of high school at Hernando (Fla.) High in 2008. When a scholarship offer for football fell through, he turned his attention to the ring.
Older brother Windham won a state wrestling championship as a heavyweight at Hernando High and earned a football scholarship to Troy University.
The two brothers, under the names Duke and Bo Rotundo, teamed in FCW, WWE's developmental territory at the time, and held the tag-team title there. Duke Rotundo (Windham Rotunda) later changed his name to Husky Harris before hitting it big as Bray Wyatt.
Lesnar vs. Bryan
The current plan is to pit Brock Lesnar against Daniel Bryan for the world title at Summer Slam.
That is, of course, if Bryan's rehab from neck surgery goes as smoothly as WWE hopes.
It was reported, however, that Bryan has suffered a snag in the process that could threaten his planned comeback at the Money in the Bank PPV in three weeks.
If Bryan is a no-go for that show, where he is scheduled to battle Kane in a stretcher match, the title could be put on the line in a MITB match.
Big Time Wrestling
Kudos to promoter Steve Perkins for putting on a quality show last weekend at the Charleston Area Convention Center.
Although the Big Time Wrestling event drew little over a thousand fans, considerably less than similar shows Perkins promoted in Spartanburg and in Virginia, the effort was well received by those in attendance.
The card featured WWE Hall of Famers Ric Flair, Ted DiBiase and Jimmy Valiant who, at age 71, is marking his 50th year in the business and wrestled on the show. Former WWE tag-team champs Jeff and Matt Hardy also made a rare tag appearance.
Perkins says he is looking to book another show in the Sumter area and hasn't ruled out a return to the Lowcountry.
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