Seth Rollins has dismissed a WWE Hall of Famer’s advice regarding the use of a particular wrestling move.
Before Seth Rollins became a multiple-time world champion on RAW, he was a young superstar trying to make a name for himself on NXT. Rollins came to the scene after wrestling as Tyler Black on the independent circuit for five years.
WWE Hall of Famer “Road Dogg” Brian James was a developmental trainer around the time of Rollins’ NXT debut. The former NXT Champion used to use a forearm strike to the corner, which previously had a long buildup that Road Dogg wasn’t a big fan of.
Now Road Dogg has spoken out about Rollins rejecting his advice to change the buildup leading up to his corner strike.
During a Q&A session on AdFreeShows, the Hall of Famer revealed he had an honest conversation with Triple H about Rollin’s attitude after he rejected his advice and said he didn’t want to take it anymore. work with him:
“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, this is 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 seem 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 do. 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?
Road Dogg later revealed that Rollins eventually took his advice and changed his routine:
“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.
Rollins became the first-ever NXT Champion in 2012. He would later debut as part of The Shield at Survivor Series that year.
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