Seth Rollins opened up in a new interview where he shared that his feelings of disdain for Matt Riddle are not put on for WWE cameras.
Ahead of Clash at the Castle, in a new interview with Ariel Helwani for BT Sport, Rollins describes his relationship with his recent in-ring feud, Matt Riddle.
Rollins saying of the foundation for his disdain:
“As long as I’ve known the guy, I’ve never really liked his attitude. I’ve never really liked the way he goes about his business.
“A lot of the ways he sort of disrespected guys way above his pay grade when he was down at NXT, the Booker Ts, the Goldbergs, the Brock Lesnars, I’m just like, ‘Dude, pay your dues, work your way up, you’re so good.’
“He’s so ultra-talented in the ring, just like he was in the octagon. That’s never been his issue, his issue is his head, getting himself mentally where he needs to be able to consistently perform.
“He’s trying to talk his way to the top, which I respect in some ways. At the same time, you’re going to get there, just work your way up the right way.
“It really kicked off, there was an incident with his now ex-wife, where he was taking her side as she was, better or worse body-shaming, that’s the only way I can put it, my wife and some of the other girls in the locker room, completely unprovoked.
“I understand, as a husband, you have to take your wife’s side, but you also can zip your trap sometimes. I felt like him taking her side, I was like, ‘You gotta shut up.’ Essentially, the guy opens his mouth when he shouldn’t and says things when he shouldn’t, and it gets him in some hot water.
“I don’t like the way he conducts himself.”
Going on to elaborate, Rollins confirms that the random comments from Riddle’s now ex-wife were not actually related to a build or storyline, they were truly that out of left field.
The incident in question stems from a 2019 social media post where Riddle’s former wife Lisa, posted a photo to Instagram of Becky Lynch and in the caption referred to “main roster Divas” as “skinny jiggly fat.”
Rollins confirms there no provocation for the body-shaming comments, saying:
“No, I don’t even know what prompted her to do that. I don’t even know in what context or what world she thought her opinion was necessary.
“I don’t want to spend too much time on her, but the main crux of it was, ‘Yo dude, you work with us, we’re supposed to be working together and you’re creating this divide where this doesn’t need to be one.’
“Him speaking up and saying, ‘I’ve got her back no matter what she says because she’s my ride or die,’ I get it, but there are better ways to handle the situation.”
Seth Rollins goes on in the fascinating interview to share his thoughts on if anything is off limits in a promo.
Rollins and Riddle are set to meet at WWE’s premium live event, Clash at the Castle live from Cardiff, Wales today, Saturday September 3. 2022.
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