Seth Rollins, known for his prowess on the mic and his status as one of the top superstars of the 21st century, has often delivered captivating performances, leading to memorable storylines. Interestingly, in a past feud, a former WWE superstar encouraged Rollins to delve into personal territory during their controversial rivalry.
That former WWE Superstar is none other than Matt Riddle. In 2022, the two engaged in a heated rivalry that took a personal turn. Ahead of their match at Extreme Rules, Rollins pushed boundaries by addressing Riddle’s fatherhood, a move that Riddle himself had suggested. Shedding light on this on Insight with Chris Van Vliet, Riddle revealed the behind-the-scenes planning:
“So they paired us up together, but we didn’t want to be just two good wrestlers just wrestling. We wanted to make this good. And Seth doesn’t want anything to just be short-lived. Seth knows how talented I was as well. So that’s what we were trying to do. And we were talking about talking trash.
I was like, ‘Well, honestly, what you should say to me, because I know everybody’s jaws will drop, you should just call me a deadbeat dad! That’s why your wife left you, took your kids,’ I suggested it.”
This revelation sheds light on the depth of their feud and the creative process behind their confrontations. Despite its contentious nature, it undeniably contributed to the intensity of their match at Extreme Rules, making it a standout rivalry of 2022.
In another development, Seth Rollins has thrown a curveball into Cody Rhodes’ WrestleMania plans. Following Rhodes’ Royal Rumble victory and subsequent declaration to challenge Roman Reigns for the Undisputed Universal Championship, Rollins interjected on Monday Night RAW with an intriguing proposal.
He suggested to Rhodes the idea of facing him instead of Reigns at WrestleMania 40, advocating for a different narrative for Rhodes, potentially centered around a “blue-collar” championship instead of the Undisputed Universal Championship.