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Rollins Admits To Struggles Playing 'Second Fiddle' To Former Stablemate

Seth Rollins will get the victory over Matt Riddle at WWE Conflict on the Citadel on September 3, 2022.
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KEY POINTS

  • Seth Rollins feels as if WWE by no means noticed him as a prime man with Roman Reigns inside the firm
  • Reigns is the extra marketable star merely due to his professional wrestling lineage
  • He additionally admits that he could also be compelled to be content material being Reigns’ quantity two

WWE followers have been lucky sufficient to look at the rise of Roman Reigns to the highest of professional wrestling relevancy years after they chewed him up and spat him out.

In the course of the darkish years of Reigns’ climb, the followers already had their sights set on having Seth Rollins as their favored youngster out of the three former members of the Defend together with Dean Ambrose (Jon Moxley now with AEW).

Rollins, the person who was liable for breaking apart the group in storyline, went on to win the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 31 in what was already a hoss-versus-hoss matchup between Reigns and Brock Lesnar which featured Michael Cole’s unforgettable “heist of the century” call.

Years faraway from that achievement nonetheless, Rollins feels as if he’s solely taking part in second fiddle to his former Defend brother.

Rollins took a while out of his hectic schedule as a professional wrestler to talk with Ariel Helwani of BTSport.com on an episode of “Ariel Helwani Meets.”

“I all the time felt like a bit of little bit of impostor syndrome with my first title run… I by no means felt like even once I had gained the title at WrestleMania, cashed in, nice second, I nonetheless felt like I used to be second fiddle to Roman (Reigns),” Rollins casually talked about.

“I nonetheless felt like he was the man… You are the placeholder till he is completely prepared, and we’re completely able to put the ball in his arms. However for now, you are a step forward, so we’ll offer you this,” he continued.

Evaluating the trajectory of Rollins and Reigns’ careers with WWE, it positively seems that the latter has the favor of WWE’s higher administration on the time of his crowning glory.

A have a look at the lineage of elite professional wrestlers that features Excessive Chief Peter Maivia, The Rock, The Wild Samoans and Yokozuna below one household tree and one would see that Reigns was destine for stardom.

When put in opposition to Rollins’ resume crammed with excessive work price matches on the impartial scene in Ring of Honor (ROH), Professional Wrestling Guerilla (PWG) and changing into the inaugural NXT Champion, it comes as no shock that the extra traditional-leaning WWE would place Reigns above Rollins on the pecking order.

Helwani then requested Rollins whether or not he felt that WWE ever noticed him as a prime star within the firm and Rollins admitted that he actually solely felt as such when Reigns was sidelined on account of his battle with leukemia.

“I’m wondering usually if it is as a result of I dwell within the Roman Period that that is simply by no means going to occur… The one time I used to be even thought of I believe for the principle occasion of WrestleMania, Roman (Reigns) when he bought leukemia, and he was out for from August until January or no matter,” he talked about.

“The most effective I can hope for is to be the Edge to his [John] Cena, or just like the [Randy] Savage to his [Hulk] Hogan. Does not imply I do not assume that I am higher than he’s, or that I can carry out, or that I can draw at that degree. I definitely assume all these issues, nevertheless it’s not my sandbox. I do not make these choices.”

Whereas the subtext for Rollins’ statements might be filed below the guise of kayfabe, it’s not onerous to see him airing out his grievances for the way in which that he has been handled when Vince McMahon was nonetheless calling the photographs.

However with a brand new head of inventive main WWE within the type of Triple H, somebody who has positioned his trust repeatedly within the former indie wrestling star, Rollins might even see a glimpse of the title image as soon as once more someday quickly.

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Roman Reigns celebrates profitable the WWE Championship off of Brock Lesnar in the principle occasion of WrestleMania 38 Evening 2.
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