Editors' debate: Who is the most underrated Superstar in WWE?

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December 13, 2013

Seth Rollins

The hierarchy of The Hounds of Justice may not involve ranking its members, but it can feel at times that Seth Rollins gets short shrift. United States Champion Dean Ambrose offers more unpredictable moments. Roman Reigns intimidates the opposition by stomping on anyone who dares to question him.

And Rollins? The smallest Shield member carries his weight as the workhorse of the trio, the relentless warrior of the group. He speaks in the measured tones that often elude his cohorts, and backs up a natural swagger with an arsenal of maneuvers designed to grind down any grappler’s ability to endure.

This strategy already paid dividends in singles competition against everyone from Jey Uso to Goldust, let alone all the pairings that Rollins & Reigns dominated during their reign as WWE Tag Team Champions. It also draws inevitable comparisons to CM Punk and Jeff Hardy, two competitors who overcame criticisms about their size and talent to reach unprecedented heights in WWE.

The Shield cast a large shadow over the WWE Universe, and that shade often obstructs what Rollins has achieved compared to his fellow Hounds. Those measuring success in championships point out Ambrose’s eight-month possession of the U.S. Title, then fail to mention that Rollins was the first NXT Champion in history. Critics may coo for camera-ready moves like Reigns’ spear, but forget the captivating sight of the “Black Out” stomp kick by the black-clad Superstar with the blond streak in his hair.

Seth Rollins can already boast accomplishments in one year in WWE that some Superstars never experience in their entire career. Ignore him at your own peril. — MATTHEW ARTUS

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