That’s certainly extreme. WWE has a lot of wrestlers on its roster and they are going to be able to offer a lot of things to the audience. While the most obvious result is their in-ring work, you also get to see them doing things outside of the ring, including quite a bit of talking. That was the case again this week, and a WWE star had something interesting to say about his boss.
Seth Rollins was the guest on the latest edition of Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions. During the interview, Rollins discussed his Hell in a Cell match against the Fiend at Hell In A Cell 2019. Rollins said that he did not like the way the match went and “wanted to strangle” Vince McMahon after the match. TJ Wilson had to hold Rollins back and he had a calmer discussion with McMahon the following day. The match was named the Worst Match Of The Year by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and featured a referee stoppage after Rollins crushed Fiend’s head with a mallet.
Here is what Rollins said, with transcription courtesy of Fightful:
Rollins’ Plans For The Match:
“My vision for what that match was going to be was a lot different than what we had to go out there and do. We went out there and did what we were told to do to the best of our ability. Obviously, as it was ongoing, I felt…you watch it back, it’s boos piled upon boos piled upon boos and at the end of it, the reaction when the audience didn’t get the result they wanted, that’s a real tough pill to swallow. It sucks. It’s a sucky feeling. You go back to it now, we talked about the Drip God character, that character doesn’t exist without that match. That’s really the catalyst for what happened later that year. That happened in October, by the time December and January roll around, I’m no longer ‘Burn It Down’ Seth Rollins, I’m a totally different being.”
His Reactions To The Match:
“Things happen for a reason, they happen the way they’re supposed to happen. It was what it was, but here we are. Where we are now doesn’t exist without that match. put a positive spin on it now because I can look back a year and a half later, but at the time, I came through that curtain and I was ready to strangle Vince McMahon. I’m not kidding you. TJ Wilson was there to hold me back. I stared right into Vince’s eyes, I looked at him, he looked at me, we didn’t say a single word to each other and he walked out.”
What He Did The Next Day:
“I sat down with Paul Heyman [that night], who was creative director at Raw, I sat down with him and we had a conversation. He ‘Paul Heyman’d me,’ if you will. The next day, I went into Vince’s office, I was much calmer, and I said, ‘Let’s talk about this. We need to figure out what we’re doing here because that can’t happen again.’ It was civil, but it took me a night. I was ready to go. If somebody wasn’t there making sure I was okay, my temper and the adrenaline. In my head, if you go back to the match, I’m convinced that if it would have went our way, it wouldn’t be (voted Worst Match of the Year in the Wrestling Observer).”
The match was kind of a mess. Check out how it went and Rollins in better days:
Opinion: Can you really blame Rollins for being that mad? The match was hardly good in the first place and looking back at it makes things all the better. I’m not sure what WWE thought it was going to be, but it is hard to imagine it being much worse. Rollins’ reaction makes all the sense in the world and I could go with never seeing the match again. Strangling McMahon might not be the best idea, but I can understand his thinking.
What do you think of Rollins’ comments? What did you think of the match? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 60,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 6,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.
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