WWE will crown a new world heavyweight champion on May 27 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in the main event of the Night of Champions when Seth Rollins battles AJ Styles.
It is not the first time the two Superstars have clashed but it is, arguably, the highest-stakes showdown between them in years.
Ahead of the dream match for fans, this preview makes the argument for each competitor winning before predicting who will leave Saudi Arabia with the title around their waist.
The Argument for Seth Rollins
The idea that Seth Rollins needs an argument made for him at this point is laughable at best and insulting at worst.
The Visionary has been as consistent an in-ring performer as there is in WWE and is, rightfully, in the middle of the conversation for best wrestlers on the planet.
In 2023 alone, he has competed against everyone from former universal champion Finn Bálor to the giant Omos to celebrity part-timer Logan Paul, and he has showed out every time.
There have been few, if any, who have shined as brightly as Rollins over the last two or three years from an in-ring performance perspective, but that is far from the only attribute that warrants consideration for the World Heavyweight Championship.
There is his reliability. Despite a knee injury that halted his run as champion in 2015, Rollins has remained as durable as any competitor since then. He almost never misses time, has headlined pay-per-views and has been a constant presence at live events, often as the biggest name on the card.
At a time when top stars with resumes similar to his have opted to take on lighter schedules, the 36-year-old continues to grind in pursuit of the championship reign he has long deserved but has yet to really enjoy, thanks to previously abbreviated or creatively bankrupt runs.
Perhaps the most important factor here, though, is Rollins' adaptability.
He has repeatedly proved over the course of his WWE career that he can play babyface or heel effectively. He has been the most popular guy in the company or the most hated, depending on the role the creative team has needed him to fill. He is an incredible asset in that regard, especially in the event of injury.
A guy who is over, has repeatedly proved his dedication to the industry, has delivered more times than not and is dependable makes Rollins as strong a choice to carry the reintroduced title as anyone.
The Argument for AJ Styles
At one point, AJ Styles was considered the best wrestler on the planet.
His ability to mesh in-ring storytelling with incredible feats of athleticism, exemplary timing and a penchant for the dramatic thanks to late-match near-falls made for a total package that many could only dream of.
Styles took his skills to WWE when he made his debut with the company in 2016, and he has been a steady presence ever since. He has worn gold, been trusted to deliver strong in-ring performances and can be relied upon to fill in at the top of the card.
Look no further than his 2017 run as WWE champion, when he defeated Jinder Mahal to claim the title in a pinch and immediately delivered a show-stealer against Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series.
Over the years, the 45-year-old has displayed the same adaptability as Rollins, succeeding as both a hero and villain.
With Triple H clearly looking to establish Styles and O.C. teammates Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows and "Michin" Mia Yim as a central focus on SmackDown, booking Styles to win the title is hardly a bad way to reestablish him as a top name.
He is also someone who can convincingly stand face-to-face with Roman Reigns as an equal.
Who Will Win?
Seth Rollins will win the World Heavyweight Championship.
That's not only because The Visionary deserves it based on his body of work since his last reign ended amid professional frustration in 2019 but also because the Raw brand needs it to happen.
We saw the effect that the absence of a top title had on the red brand in 2022. A show already hampered by a three-hour runtime became can-miss programming, thanks largely to the lack of stakes involved in matches.
Rewarding Rollins for his hard work not only pays off everything he has done for the show, but it also gives fans something to invest in beyond personal vendettas. It provides Raw with a central prize; an honor that was noticeably missing in the 12 months prior.
Styles will be just fine, remaining one of the centerpieces of SmackDown's creative efforts, but the May 27 showdown in Saudi Arabia is about Rollins claiming a championship belt in the same country where he lost his last one four years ago.