Controversy has surrounded Seth Rollins, and sadly, he has heard more criticism than overall praise since WrestleMania 31. That night in Santa Clara, California, he cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase against Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns to capture his first WWE World Heavyweight championship. With all the build up to Reigns’ title win and meteoric rise to WWE stardom, Vince McMahon aligned Rollins with the Authority and the rest was history.
Throughout his lengthy WWE title reign, there were multiple situations where he wasn’t looked at in the best light. Before he won the belt, he was engulfed in a scandal with his ex-girlfriend, who was a former WWE wrestler. He also had nude pictures leaked online as well. Not only that, but the string of injuries he’s caused hasn’t kept his image positive. John Cena had his nose broken by Rollins’ knee, and Sting’s career was stymied after a buckle bomb in the corner.
Just recently, Rollins utilized the buckle bomb against Finn Balor at SummerSlam and slammed the first-ever WWE Universal champion’s body into the barricade in an awkward position. As a result, Balor was injured, and he is out for at least eight months. Besides that, Rollins takes constant criticism and continues to have great segments on Monday Night Raw. Coming up at Hell in a Cell, Rollins will get his rematch against Kevin Owens for the WWE World championship. It will be held inside a cell.
Since his former finisher was banned by the WWE, Seth Rollins has used the Pedigree after his relationship with Triple H grew, and even though he is now on the outs with HHH, Rollins explained why he still uses it in a recent Facebook Q&A. He also talked about wanting a match with former NXT champion Samoa Joe.
“He thinks he can stick it to me by anointing Kevin Owens as the new guy? There is no replacement for Seth Rollins,” he said. “So, every single pedigree from now until I drop Triple H on his big, stupid nose, that’s gonna mean something, that’s gonna mean something. That’s me sticking it to the man, sticking it to Triple H. So no, no new finisher, not until I’m done with Triple H.”
“It’s been a long time since I’ve been in the ring with Joe,” he said. “I think we’ve both grown a lot as performers, and I think we’d actually tear the house down. Hopefully once Joe’s done with his stuff in NXT he can come make his way up here and we can have a good fight.”
In a recent article by the Inquisitr, Rollins had a second move banned in the WWE. First, it was the Curb Stomp, his first finisher in the company. The second one was the buckle bomb, which wasn’t even a finishing move. He used it in most of his matches that went on longer than seven or eight minutes. Before Sting, it wasn’t a liability. In fact, Rollins’ Curb Stomp finish never injured anyone. Vince McMahon and WWE officials didn’t want children using it on their friends, so they stopped Rollins from using it.
One man that has been very critical of Rollins has been Bret Hart. He’s consistently given his opinion about the “reckless style” he perceives Rollins to have. Hart isn’t a fan of Rollins, but he has since apologized to the WWE superstar, according to Forbes.
In a new babyface role, Rollins is excelling alongside the lack of consistent writing by the WWE Creative team. With his title rematch at Hell in a Cell, it’ll be interesting to see how Triple H gets involved. They’re getting closer to their inevitable match together, which may happen at Survivor Series.
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