Why Seth Rollins Lost the Intercontinental Championship on RAW

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Despite many fans anticipating Seth Rollins to lose his Intercontinental Championship at Money In The Bank this past weekend, he retained. On RAW the night after, Rollins surprisingly lost the belt to Dolph Ziggler, who was accompanied to the ring by Drew McIntyre.

One argument many fans have brought up is the way in which Rollins lost the Championship. While fans loved the “King Slayer” as Champion, they also love Elias. This alone may be causing a face turn for Elias, as we previously reported. With that level of fan support for “The Drifter,” fans have speculated why WWE had Rollins drop the Championship to Ziggler and Elias.

As Give Me Sport explain, RAW General Manager Kurt Angle announced the multi-man match for Extreme Rules to determine the next challenger for the Universal Championship. Given his level of intensity and skill, Rollins is likely going to be added to that match alongside Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley.

Based on Rollins’ tweets while Intercontinental Champion, he was adamant that he was a better Champion than Lesnar. He works full-time and defended his title more times in just a few months than Lesnar has since winning the Championship back at WrestleMania 33 when he faced Goldberg.

There have been rumors circulating for over a month about the possibility of Rollins dropping the Intercontinental Championship to feud with Lesnar for the Universal Championship. In some aspect, this seems to be what is happening now.

With that said, we have no confirmation as to a potential Lesnar vs. Rollins match, which would likely take place at SummerSlam. The expected victor of the Extreme Rules match is Reigns, so he can end his feud with Lesnar at SummerSlam in a victorious effort- also likely finishing Lesnar’s time with WWE.

So why Ziggler and not Elias? It is likely that Ziggler was chosen as a shock victor, given that so many people anticipated Elias to be the new Intercontinental Champion. It remains to be seen whether Ziggler keeps the belt, but if WWE had to have Rollins drop the title, they opted to do so in a surprising fashion as opposed to being predictable, which they’ve hated as of late.

Do you believe Elias deserves the Intercontinental Championship? Can Rollins be victorious at Extreme Rules? Sound off in the comments below.

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