It stands to reason that Jason Jordan wasn’t supposed to be the guy who won the tag-team titles with Seth Rollins. We can’t know for sure, but he quickly replaced a legitimately injured Dean Ambrose and promptly won the belts two weeks ago on the final Monday Night Raw of 2017.
When Rollins and Ambrose are tagging together, there’s a clear dynamic in play. When you see those two on the card, you know what you’re going to get from them as a team. The same can’t be said for Jordan and Rollins because they have had all of two weeks to build up an on-screen relationship as tag team champions.
It was somewhat shocking to see them go over on The Bar in their very first match as a unit, and our own Jesse Borek recently wondered aloud whether or not Rollins and Jordan have any potential longevity as a team. It’s a fair question, but this past Monday night we saw an intriguing connection forming between the two performers.
While things can change with a simple chair shot to the back or abandoned match — and would anyone be surprised to see Jordan bail on Rollins or crack him with a chair in the coming weeks? — it seems that creative has decided how to move forward with these two superstars on screen.
Both Jordan and Rollins have been tag champions before, albeit with separate teams, but the latter is a much more experienced performer. During his singles push, Kurt Angle’s son had a habit of sticking his nose where it didn’t belong and punching way above his pay grade. It’s precisely why crowds started to boo him. They paid to see the likes of Samoa Joe and Roman Reigns clash with titans of the industry.
Not Jason Jordan.
Now, as a part of a tag team, he’s back in line with where he ought to be at this stage of his career… yet he still has a penchant for butting into conversations and talking way above his head. Consider the backstage segment on this past week’s edition of Raw, when Rollins and Reigns were talking about Roman’s match with Joe, only to have Jordan elbow his way in to speak on behalf of both him and Seth.
Part of you says “who does this guy think he is?” That’s the part of you that groans every time Jordan’s entrance music hits in the middle of someone else’s promo.
Rollins, to some degree, can now be an extension of the viewer as he tries to reign in the over-exuberant upstart. Someone has to tell Jordan to shut up and get back in his lane from time to time. That is essentially how Raw opened.
With Jordan nosing his way into a single’s opportunity, only to have Rollins walk to the ring to tell him that isn’t how things are done.
While there’s no denying that Jason has been booked like a jerk, there’s also no denying that he’s a remarkably talented athlete when he steps into the ring. He’s powerful and explosive and truly has managed to hang with some of the biggest names in the WWE.
Rollins was slowly won over on Monday night by Jordan’s work in the ring and even ended up celebrating a victory with him. The Architect sold the win better than Jordan did, shrugging his shoulders as if to say “but hey, the kid is alright in the ring, yeah?”
Which sets up an interesting possible storyline. Barring one of the two turning on one another, it seems that Jordan will grow on Rollins in a sort of master/student angle. By the time Ambrose is healthy and ready to return, the duo could be months into their title reigns and have a real chemistry both in and out of the ring.
That may set up tension between an Ambrose who feels he has been replaced and a Rollins who feels that he needs to keep Jordan under his wing for the time being.
Whether you like Jason Jordan or not, the story he’s now involved in makes way more sense for him as he develops his character. And if it leads to a feud between two performers like Ambrose and Rollins, it’ll look even better.
For now, though, it seems that the WWE has a direction in mind for Rollins and Jordan. And there’s a lot of potential to play with there.