Seth Rollins, currently in the prime of his WWE career, has openly spoken about the most frustrating time he's faced as a professional wrestler. The WWE World Heavyweight Champion's candid conversation with "SI Media" revealed his discontent during the lead-up to last year's WrestleMania 38, expressing that he felt anger like never before in his wrestling career.
Rollins shared that the build-up to WrestleMania 38 was a bumpy road, with the WWE's creative team lacking a clear plan for him. It wasn't until Vince McMahon's decision to bring Cody Rhodes back as Rollins' opponent that things started to fall into place, but the weeks leading up to the event were not a smooth sail for "The Visionary." "I would say the beginning of 2022 was the most angry I've ever been," Rollins confided.
"There were two or three instances that, I'm not going to get into specifically, but essentially from the Day 1 pay-per-view to getting the match with Cody Rhodes at WrestleMania — that process was very frustrating for me."
Rollins' Uneasy Path to Success
Despite the end result being favorable, the journey there was far from perfect.
Rollins actively voiced his concerns, reflecting a period of uncertainty and distress. Elaborating on the source of his frustration, Rollins revealed a disconcerting pattern of inconsistent planning. "There was a six-week window where everything I was told was changing from week to week," he explained.
After receiving one plan on the night of Day 1, those plans changed drastically and kept changing in the following weeks, adding to his aggravation. The "WWE Raw" after WrestleMania 39 also drew attention for the wrong reasons.
Vince McMahon's late rewrites and drastic changes marked the night, along with a perplexing incident involving Rollins himself. As he stepped out to the ring and then walked back without uttering a word, fans were left puzzled.
When probed about this unusual occurrence, Rollins attributed it to "a production miscommunication." The original intention was to have the crowd sing his theme song during a commercial break. However, a mishap led to WWE airing video packages instead.
Rollins reflected, "That messed up what the plan was, so the crowd was just trying to sing, but you've got Stone Cold talking about Broken Skull Ranch on [the TitanTron]." Rollins' revelations provide a window into the unpredictable world of professional wrestling, where even the most carefully laid plans can shift without notice.
While he has reached a high point in his career, the past struggles remain an essential part of his journey, offering an inside look at the tensions and challenges faced by WWE's top talent.