The stakes have never been higher in Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins’ rollercoaster rivalry. as the former friends-turned-bitter enemies will now battle for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WWE Money in the Bank, live on the award-winning WWE Network on Sunday, June 19.
This epic showdown was made less than 24 hours after The Architect shocked the WWE Universe by returning from a serious knee injury — suffered back on November 2015 — to Pedigree The Big Dog at WWE Extreme Rules. Rollins’ statement was even more powerful when you consider that he made it just moments after Reigns had triumphed over AJ Styles in an absolutely brutal Extreme Rules WWE World Heavyweight Title Match. The picture to close out WWE’s most lawless night of the year said it all, as Rollins stood over his one-time Shield “brother” and held WWE’s most prized possession high above his head.
It’s only fitting that the one-time Mr. Money in the Bank — who successfully cashed in his contract by pinning Reigns in the main event of WrestleMania 31 — was granted an opportunity to challenge for WWE’s top prize on the most money night of the year, courtesy of Shane McMahon. The former WWE World Heavyweight Champion, after all, was never actually beaten in the ring for the title. Instead, Rollins was forced to relinquish the championship after tearing his right ACL, MCL and medial meniscus during a WWE Live Event in Europe.
In Rollins’ absence, Reigns has established himself not only as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, but as the overall dominant force in the squared circle. Now, as Rollins and Reigns’ conflict comes full circle, both Superstars will be operating on a whole other level, looking to settle their differences with WWE’s most coveted championship on the line. Will Reigns continue to prove that he truly is “The Guy,” or will Rollins win back what he feels is rightfully his?