Did Lebron James Pull A “Seth Rollins” On The Miami Heat?


When Lebron James made the announcement that he was leaving the Miami Heat to rejoin his home state Cleveland Cavaliers, one couldn’t help but immediately make comparisons to Seth Rollins and WWE’s Shield faction.

James’ choice to leave the Miami Heat can be seen as a way of him turning his back and former teammates Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. In the four years the trio played together, they reached the NBA Finals every year, winning the championship on two occasions. All three took pay cuts in order for the Heat to be able to sign the trio in the summer of 2010. James made his decision then on an ESPN special that made him appear to be a villain, turning his back on Cleveland.

Meanwhile in WWE, fans witnessed the end of the trio of Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose, collectively known as The Shield. At the conclusion of Raw the night after Payback, Rollins turned his back on Reigns and Ambrose, attacking them with a chair. Rollins aligned himself with Triple H and the Authority. It turned out well for Rollins as he would go on to win the Money in the Bank briefcase at the end of June.

These two scenarios in pro basketball and wrestling are not as similar as the memes and GIFs suggest. In the GIF, James’ head is on Rollins’ body as he attacks Wade (whose face is on Reigns’ body) and Bosh (whose face is on Ambrose’s body) looks on in disgust.


In reality, Wade and Bosh are much more understanding than Reigns and Ambrose. Rightfully so too. Wade and Bosh have both made statements stating that they still consider themselves brothers. Both former teammates understood why James was returning to Cleveland. Not only is that where he began his career, but James is from Ohio. Every NBA player dreams of winning a championship with their home team.

On the other hand, Rollins left The Shield to join the bad guys. He turned heel. James was already a heel. If anything, James signing with the Cavaliers was a babyface turn. He took less money to go home. However, just like how Rollins won the Money in the Bank briefcase in hopes of becoming WWE World Heavyweight Champion, James hopes his change leads to some gold as well.

So while the comparisons are fun to discuss and make memes and GIFs out of it, they were very different. James didn’t turn on Wade and Bosh. Rollins turned on Reigns and Ambrose. James, Wade and Bosh will all be happy next year. James will be starting on a team with three other former number one draft picks. Wade and Bosh will see their numbers go up with James out of the picture.

Rollins is going to go face to face against his former teammate, Ambrose, at WWE Battleground. Perhaps, we could see Heat versus Cavaliers during the NBA Playoffs in 2015. Until then, the comparisons will continue.

What are your thoughts on the comparison between Lebron James leaving the Heat and Seth Rollins turning on the Shield? Please share your comments in the section below.

Seth Guttenplan is a math and computer technology teacher for special education students in New Jersey. In his free time, Seth writes about wrestling for Camel Clutch Blog and SEScoops. Follow Seth on twitter @sethgutt


  • BrayWyattsFedora

    Is this a serious article? In reality ambrose and reigns knew what was coming……because it was scripted as much…….

    • http://www.sescoops.com/ Mr 561

      It’s an editorial …. We all know wrestling is scripted

      • BrayWyattsFedora

        I know this, but the comparison is horrible.

      • Mr_Shrimp_Vendor

        and we all know nba news has no place on a pro wrestling newsite too. ;)

  • pharmxy

    No,my first thought was not comparing Lebron to Rollins leaving the shield. My first thought was Lebron wanted to get paid. Next thing you are gonna compare Cena to the Yankees dynasty. You are trying to draw similarities between real life sports and scripted sports entertainment and failed miserably……. And the crappy animation didn’t help either.

    • https://twitter.com/bushysowavvey Triple X

      You serious? Miami could have offered LeBron the max contract, it wasn’t about money. LeBron wanted to go back to his home.

      • BrayWyattsFedora

        Not only could they have but they did offer him one. Lebron is going home. It’s a good story. He’s very smart to. Only taking a 2 year deal means he gets a max after the next cba and the new TV deals so it’ll be higher then than it is now

        • https://twitter.com/bushysowavvey Triple X


  • https://twitter.com/bushysowavvey Triple X

    As a Heat fan, this was actually pretty funny.

  • https://twitter.com/bushysowavvey Triple X

    Its 3 Number 1 overall draft picks actually. Kyrie, Bennett and Wiggins. LeBron himself actually makes 4.

    • Seth Guttenplan

      Oh yeah, forgot about Bennett lol

      • BrayWyattsFedora

        After that first, year lots of cavs fans are trying to

  • Matt Gallagher

    He didn’t join my sixers so he’s still a heel and anybody who isn’t on a philly team is a heel except mike trout

  • ibeBrave

    This is a weird a$$ post….

    • http://www.rabidpictures.com yrabadi

      I like the .gif… that’s about all I like… :P

      • ibeBrave

        Lololol… comparing Seth Rollins to lebron james…. DAFUQ IS THIS

  • Anonymous

    Why is this website suddenly becoming convienient to other sports related stuff? Isn’t this supposed to be wrestling articles?

  • EdgeheadY2J

    I would hope that the Cavs will do somewhat decently this year, considering the ridiculous amount of #1 overall picks they have gotten the past couple of years. But it’s Cleveland, so I’m sure they will find a way to mess it up.

  • brad

    Lebron ain’t got nothing on my man Jordan.

    • Josh Knepshield

      LeBron is betta.

      • SMH


      • BrayWyattsFedora

        If you are old enough to have witnessed MJ in his prime you wouldn’t make that statement. YouTube highlights don’t count either…..

      • brad

        You’re crazy I may have been stoned off of my butt when I wrote that but I still mean it brother Lebron ain’t **** when it comes to Jordan and never will be he’s good but he ain’t Jordan good o the youth.

        • Bushwald Sexyface

          Jordan is the better scorer and clutch shot maker. He’s also the better champion at this point. LeBron’s not on Jordan’s level yet, but, so far, he’s a better defender, rebounder, passer, and overall makes his teammates better than Jordan did.

          It’s a very hard debate, to me. I was lucky enough to see Jordan’s prime and have been lucky enough to see LeBron’s beginning of his prime. I can’t make a final judgement until LeBron’s career is over. I will say that if he is able to bring Cleveland a title, it will be bigger than anything Jordan did for Chicago.

        • Josh Knepshield

          LeBron is a better defender, passer, and rebounder. MJ may have been the better scorer, but LBJ is no slouch in that department either.

  • Tyrant

    Funny you can’t curse in the comments but people can be openly racist. Fine job you guys are doing with this site, I’m done with this. I can get wrestling news elsewhere.

  • Bill Lawless

    OK, point taken; but if I cared about the NBA in the least, I’d visit their site.

  • omega riddler

    I have no clue about basketball other than Micheal Jordan…. SPACE JAM!!!!!. What has this got to do with anything.

    • Mr_Shrimp_Vendor

      Indeed, my point exactly with the comment I made. If I wanted to know read about basketball news, much less about this Lebron James crap no one on here cares about, I’d go over to ESPN’s website instead.

      • YesYesYessssssssss

        lol mr_bitterbitchboy_hater sound like a better name for this sack of u know what

  • raVen

    that gif is pretty funny. y’all take things too seriously.

  • Lone Wolf

    HAHAHA That GIF was awesome! So funny.

  • HipHopBernie

    Just wait for the awesome one to stick it to the crowd next monday.

  • Ayatollah of rock N rolla

    James didnt take less money to go back to Cleveland, its a maxed out contract in two years..

  • Mr_Shrimp_Vendor

    Comes to wrestling news site to read about wrestling news and gets weird trivial nba news instead? Umm, ok….

  • cooperpooper

    As a Cavs I’m still is shock he’s coming back but excited as hell lol and that gif is freakin hilarious lmao!

  • Fantasma Del Guapo

    Part of me wants to be a d¡ck and remark that this is as dumb as Foley being Daniel Bryan’s mom in a past life, another part of me wants to actually stay with the topic, and express how it bums me out those rumors with the Lakers didn’t turn out to be true.

  • john

    One couldn’t help but make the comparisons to Seth and the shield? Lmao who really thought of the shield when lebron announced he was going back to cleveland? Lol. This writer takes an L for writing this nonsensical article





  • Joe

    Nope He pulled a shield when he left Cleveland in 2010

  • wwetnadudez

    Did I really just read an in depth explanation about a gif?

  • MalaysianInvasion