Seth Rollins explains why the beginning of 2022 was a difficult time for him creative-wise

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It was a point in Rollins’ career that was creatively tasking. 

One of the bouts on the marquee for WWE SummerSlam on Saturday, August 5th is Seth Rollins defending the World Heavyweight Championship against Finn Bálor. 

Going into the match, Rollins is making the media rounds and one of the outlets he appeared for is Jimmy Traina’s SI Media podcast. The conversation came up about times Rollins has been frustrated in WWE, whether it had to do with production, creative or anything in that ballpark. 

He shared that the beginning of 2022 was the most angry he’s gotten in WWE about specific instances and situations creatively speaking. He added that from March onforward, things were smooth but leading up to that point was difficult. 

Now over the last decade or so, I’ve been pretty upset in different instances. I would say the beginning of 2022 was the most angry I’ve ever been. There’s like two-to-three different instances that I’m not gonna get into specifically… some bastardized version of what could be good. It leaves you very frustrated with the process and so, I was very frustrated with the process. I think that’s the timeline, 2022 I wanna say and then again, Cody Rhodes coming over, us having the story heading into WrestleMania, having the match. So the last month, like March, I was solid, pretty good but everything leading up to that was a very difficult time for me creatively speaking.

Rollins would shed light on the clip that made the rounds on social media after WrestleMania 39 where he was shown going back and forth with production while Raw was on commercial break. 

He said it was not a big deal and he was just upset about a production miscommunication. Rollins’ song was supposed to play through the break with the intent of the crowd continuing to sing. When the show returned to USA Network, the crowd would still be singing but when it came time for the break, the arena was blacked out and video packages were played. 

Yeah, that was not a big deal. I was upset that it was mostly just a production miscommunication. Was that the night after Mania maybe? I think? And the intent of the segment was to go to break with the audience singing my song, allow them to sing during the break, come back up, they might still be singing and then drift off into nothingness and just let it be a little musical interlude for the Raw after Mania. But for whatever reason, that never made it through to production and so when we go to commercial, instead of just letting the crowd party, they did the thing where they blacked the house, shut down the music and played the stupid video packages which messed up what the whole plan was and so the crowd was trying to sing but you got Stone Cold Steve Austin talking about Broken Skull Ranch or whatever on the thing and DX and I’m like, ‘What? Did no one get the memo?’ And so it was just a production snafu. But in the middle of a commercial break, I’m yelling to get it turned off so they can keep singing but it was already a disaster. The crowd was completely confused, didn’t know what to make of it and then we came back and did the rest of the segment but it didn’t translate the way you would want it to because the crowd wasn’t able to participate the way the segment was meant to be planned. So I wasn’t really that upset about that. That was just a bad handling.

Rollins and Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champion Sami Zayn closed the 7/31 Raw with a win over Mr. Money in the Bank Damian Priest and NXT North American Champion Dominik Mysterio. 

If the quotes in this article are used, please credit SI Media With Jimmy Traina with an H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcriptions.

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