The audience weren’t the only one’s that Seth Rollins was angering with his heel promo on Raw last night. According to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio last night, Vince McMahon was “furious” that Seth Rollins responded to the chants from the crowd for CM Punk. While giving a promo in the ring, Rollins stated that he tried to get Punk to appear on Raw, but Punk would rather sit behind a desk in Los Angeles (on WWE Backstage).
Here’s how Meltzer explained it: “Unless Seth and Vince worked it out and Vince was working everyone backstage by acting furious when this is going on, Vince was really upset about Seth responding to this. Vince’s rule is that you do not push the idea of a match that you aren’t going to deliver.”
Similar to when Steve Austin and Paul Heyman teased a match between Austin and Brock Lesnar several years ago, McMahon reportedly never wants to promote a match that you aren’t able to deliver in the ring.
Speaking of CM Punk, he is not scheduled to appear on WWE Backstage tonight.
Last week on WWE: Backstage, Punk suggested that Rollins delete his Twitter account as he was sounding stupid on it. This caused Seth Rollins to send out a Tweet calling CM Punk a “coward” and during an interview with Wrestlezone, challenged him to a match at Wrestlemania. (TJRWrestling)
HELL of a “response.” 🙄. Coward. https://t.co/kJ9vKm3zhI
— Seth Rollins (@WWERollins) November 20, 2019
Here’s what Rollins had to say when asked about CM Punk. Thanks to Wrestlezone for the transcript of the comments.
Rollins: “Say whatever you want, play it however you want, that’s what Punk always does…but at the end of the day if he wants to come on a show and run his mouth about me and a company that he has had no part of for the last five years, then of course I’m going to stand up for it. This is a place that has given me everything that I’ve ever wanted in my life, not only for me but has provided me a living for my family, for people that I love, that I care about and of course I’m going to have its back. I’m not going to sit here and let you push it around, push me around and act like you’re so cool. You couldn’t bust a cherry in a fruit fight, dude.”
“I want to make some money, so if CM Punk wants to talk all of the smack in the world, I’ve invited him a million times to come to my ring. To my domain on live television where you can’t hide behind anything, no desk in LA. Let’s do this thing, man. Let’s fight. Let’s fight it out like men.”
When asked further about it, Rollins continued on, mentioning Wrestlemania specifically.
Rollins: “He knows where I’m going to be this Sunday and Monday—maybe Saturday, maybe Friday, who knows—but he knows for sure where I’m going to be Sunday and Monday. Maybe he’s hiding out in LA sitting behind his little desk, maybe he’s a little ‘keyboard warrior’-ish too, who knows.”
“I don’t know what he’s up to, but the bottom line is wherever, whenever he wants to do this thing, if he wants to man up and do it, I’m there. For me, the only place the match happens is WrestleMania in the main event. That’s the only reason I’m picking a fight with him, I’ve got no other interest than that. If he’s interested, it’s out there. Any time you’re ready, let’s go.”
Matt’s Musings: Seth Rollins, like the majority of the WWE Universe, would like to see CM Punk back inside a WWE ring. However, until Punk has agreed to do this it makes no sense to get the audience’s hopes up for a match that you are not able to deliver. Hopefully, Punk and Rollins will wrestle a match someday, but until then Rollins needs to stop talking about it and promote the matches he will be wrestling.