Seth Rollins is back and recently made a stop on Chris Jericho’s podcast to talk about his injury and recovery. Rollins also fired back against a WWE Hall of Fame former champion who questioned Rollins’ safety inside of the ring.
Not everyone is a fan of Seth Rollins. While Sting called Rollins the best he was ever in the ring with, one WWE Hall of Famer was quick to point the finger at Seth shortly after Rollins tore up his knee last fall. Bret Hart made headlines when he questioned Rollins’ safety in the ring back in November in an interview on Sports Illustrated’s website.
“Shawn was always really safe. He was always a really safe worker, but I don’t know about Seth Rollins. That knee in the face that he gave to John Cena was unprofessional, at best. It’s really strange that a guy like Rollins, who I have a lot of respect for, would be that reckless with that knee in the face. If someone kneed me in the face like that, I would have met him in the back dressing room with a baseball bat. There’s just no excuse for it.”
“You can’t hurt somebody like that under any circumstances. It’s totally reckless. It can’t happen. The other thing is, when you’re the champion, you have a responsibility to not get hurt. You have to be spot on. I love that Rollins kept going on and finished the match, and that shows a lot of courage.
Nobody can hurt you and you can’t hurt yourself. It’s not allowed. I was champion, off and on, for quite a few years, and I never missed one title match from an injury. I got hurt lots of times, but the reality is you’ve got so much pinned on you and so much tied onto you, the company and your peers can’t afford for you to get hurt. When you do get injured, it throws a wrench into everything. I do feel bad–Seth Rollins is a young guy and he’s obviously very talented, and I hope he comes back from his surgery and learns from all these things. I hope they give him another chance and his opportunity has not been squandered from an injury, regardless of whose fault it was.”
It’s been several months and Rollins has finally made his first public comments on the criticism from Bret Hart. Rollins told Chris Jericho that he got a lot of support from friends after injury but was stunned when one of his role models ripped him publicly.
“I have all the respect in the world for this guy,” Seth begins, “But Bret Hart had some comments about me and how safe I am in the ring because of John’s broken nose and my getting hurt while I was the champion. And that hurt my feelings. I haven’t seen Bret since then, and I know he comes from a different era when they worked through a lot of stuff, but that sucked. For him to say that—in a Sports Illustrated Interview—was rough.” Chris agrees that Seth is a safe performer and stresses that he shouldn’t take what Bret says too seriously. Jericho goes as far as to say, “Bret was put out of wrestling by a superkick from Goldberg. That’d be like saying, ‘Hey Bret you shouldn’t have gotten that concussion.’”
It seems like Rollins was more upset that Hart criticized him on one of the biggest websites in the world as opposed to keeping his feelings private or a bit more on the down low. Bret certainly has earned the right to say what he wants but it was a bit harsh to do so right after Rollins got hurt and on SI.com of all places.
I also think that it was a bit of a rush to judgment on Bret’s part. Rollins has wrestled a lot of physical matches over his career and I have never heard that he had any reputation for hurting people. The John Cena and Sting injuries were real but Sting has taken responsibility for the mistake and the Cena injury was a freak accident. To question a guy’s safety in pro wrestling is quite hurtful as that kind of reputation could cost Rollins his spot. It was a bit of a cheap shot but he’s certainly entitled to his opinion.
I’d highly recommend the entire podcast as it’s very newsworthy and entertaining. Check it out over at Talk is Jericho.