Seth Rollins has expressed his frustrations about one of the most infamous matches in his WWE career. Rollins recently appeared on The Broken Skull Sessions to discuss his Hell in A Cell match against “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt back in 2019.
Seth Rollin’s Universal Championship defence against Wyatt was ended via referee stoppage at the pay per view, despite there being no disqualifications in a Hell in a Cell match. The former Universal Champion told host Steve Austin that the original plan for the match was different to what actually happened:
“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.”
The Architect then proceeded to describe his frustrations following the end of the Hell in A Cell match. Seth Rollins was so mad about the result that he was ready to take out his frustrations on the owner of WWE:
I 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. I sat down with Paul Heyman, 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.
As noted in the quote, both Paul Heyman and TJ Wilson were there to calm Rollins down following his initial anger at how the match concluded. Seth Rollins and “The Fiend” would go on to battle once again at Crown Jewel in 2019. This match was a Falls Count Anywhere match that could not be stopped for any reason, a stipulation seemingly acknowledging the fan backlash from the Hell in a Cell match.
Currently, Seth Rollins is feuding with WWE Hall of Famer Edge. Following a challenge made by Rollins on the September 24th SmackDown, Edge has announced a return to the blue brand and appears to once again come face to face to the former Shield member. In regards to Bray Wyatt, the former Universal Champion was released by WWE earlier in the year.
h/t to Fightful for the use of the transcriptions.
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