Even though he’s since lost the Universal title he won at WrestleMania 35, Seth Rollins is still serving as one of the main faces of WWE on the press circuit. For a lot of fans, that hasn’t served the Architect well. Rollins has come across as confrontational and a little condescending to critics of any and everything related to the company, whether those critics are former co-workers, fellow wrestlers, or fans.
But in an interview published yesterday (July 19) by Newsweek features Seth addressing an element of WWE programming that’s been criticized a lot lately. And in this case, it seems he agrees with the critics...
Newsweek: The Wild Card rule has been a constant thread on Raw and SmackDown the last few weeks. You’ve been able to face some opponents like Daniel Bryan and Kofi Kingston because of it. Do you look forward to having those types of match ups?
Rollins: Maybe? The Wild Card really muddled things up, to be honest with you. Now you’re seeing those guys every single week. It used to feel special when I see the New Day but now they’re eating pancakes backstage every chance they get on Monday and I’m not a fan of that. But no, it’s great that there’s so much talent across both brands. I think once you see the move to Fox it’s really going to tighten down as far as best Wild Card options and stuff like. It’s really cool to see things come together now and get these cool match ups you might not get in October or November.
That’s a good answer! Acknowledge the issue others have raised without dismissing it, then spin it in a pro-company way.
You can also validate the criticism and close with (what we think is) a kayfabe “applause” line, like this...
Newsweek: Is there a reason you haven’t shown up on SmackDown?
Rollins: Raw is my gig, man. SmackDown is fine, they have two hours. There are people on that show that need TV time. They have so many guys backstage that are starving to get the opportunity right now or they’re just sliding in on backstage vignettes or what have you. I’m not going to go over on their and take over segments every single week. They don’t need it they have a wealth of talent over there. Besides, I don’t want to deal with Shane McMahon more than I have to.
I think he might be getting the hang of it!