Seth Rollins is one of WWE’s top stars, and has been for years. Rollins recently won the Royal Rumble, and he’s currently set to challenge Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania 35.
But when Rollins was trying to establish himself as a top heel, he had to go through Kofi Kingston on his way to the top.
The former WWE Champion recently appeared on E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness, and he talked about a match he had with Kofi at a SmackDown taping that didn’t exactly go the way VInce McMahon wanted it to.
“One time on SmackDown, I had this match with Kofi. It was when they were still taping SmackDown, I had this match with Kofi,” Rollins said. “And it was meant to be a get over match for me. Now, Kofi’s someone that I have a lot of respect for and someone I would never – even in a match that is meant for me to look good in – I would not want to just squash Kofi. I just wouldn’t want to do it. I would want to give him something and that’s just my nature. So we went out and had this – it was literally three minutes long probably, start to finish, bell to bell – three minutes long and I give Kofi a little bit, and made him look good, and then beat him. And I remember coming to the back thinking, oh, okay, that was alright.”
Seth went on to explain that Vince McMahon was furious when he got backstage, and he had to tape the entire match over.
“And Vince was furious about it! Like, furious! Just, ‘Get over here!’ And he’s yelling at me, and he’s just like, ‘If you’re gonna be my guy, you’re gonna be my guy, that’s not what I want!’And he shooed me out of the gorilla. I didn’t understand, I didn’t get it and Michael was trying to explain to me what Vince wanted out of the situation, and they ended up making me and Kofi have to go out and redo the match. And I remember the feeling when they told me that. I was so angry and embarrassed, and just ready to just walk out and not do it, cause I was like, never in my life! Never should this happen to me! But it was such a learning experience in retrospect that it’s okay to screw up sometimes. That it’s okay to try things and fail and learn from your mistakes, and as long as you improve your second time around, and don’t make the same mistake twice, you’re gonna be alright.”
Luckily for Seth, it seems that his relationship with Vince McMahon has improved since then.
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