“Road Dogg” Brian James has revealed that Seth Rollins dismissed his suggestion of one of Rollins’ in-ring moves.
Road Dogg was working in NXT back when Rollins first hit the scene using the moniker “Tyler Black” in 2012. Brian James said Seth Rollins was the perfect example of indie wrestlers with a few unfavorable habits of their pre-WWE days. He explained a particular move by Rollins, which he found disappointing.
Seth Rollins’ forearm strike into the corner previously had an incredibly long build-up, and the veteran advised the superstar to do something better in the end. The wrestler, however, was unwilling to change his routine and was candid about his intentions towards Road Dogg.
The Hall of Famer then had a chat with Triple H about Seth Rollins, as he recalled below during a Q&A session on AdFreeShows:
“He used to do this thing in the corner where he would jump up and down, jump up and down and run like he was in a mosh pit, then run and hit the guy with a forearm. And I thought, ‘Oh, man, that’s so disappointing. Like you’re jumping up and down and really warming up, and then running around and hitting the guy with a flipper.’
“I don’t know; it didn’t feel right; it seemed like the buildup was more important than the finish,” Road Dogg said. “So I went to him and told him that, and he said, ‘No, that’s what I’m doing. I don’t change it; that’s what I do. I went up to Hunter and said, “Well, that kid, I’ll never talk to him again.” You know what I mean?” [14:10 – 14:56]
“What I Told Him Was True” – Road Dogg on Seth Rollins, Possibly Making Changes to the Move
The former DX member spoke at length about the mistakes made by indie talent in and around the squared circle after signing to WWE. As for Seth Rollins, Road Dogg felt the former ROH star could have at least pretended to heed his pointers about his in-ring work.
As noted by the WWE Hall of Famer, Rollins made changes to the maneuver and Road Dogg felt it was the right move.
“So his bad habit was not to say, ‘Okay, thank you, sir’ or whatever it was to be respectful and not do what I said. [laughs] for any other young wrestler,” the WWE legend added. “But at least pretend to respect what I tell you, you know what I mean? What I was telling him was true, he changed it, and he found someone who had a bigger pop than setup.” [14:57 – 15:21]
Road Dogg has been away from the squared circle for almost a decade. However, he would like to return for a major singles program with a current WWE star, and you can read more about that here.
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