Seth Rollins has done his best to explain why he doesn’t think Logan Paul has long-term value in WWE.
The WrestleMania 39 match between Seth “Freakin” Rollins and Logan Paul is not official as of yet, but it’s obviously getting close to that point.
At the Royal Rumble, WWE part-timer Logan Paul had an impressive showing that included the elimination of Seth Rollins toward the end of the match. Since then, Rollins avoided talking about Paul until he kept getting pushed about it.
This past Monday on Raw, Seth Rollins interrupted Miz TV because he needed to use The Miz to get in touch with Miz’s friend Logan Paul. Seth Rollins did a FaceTime call on The Miz’s iPhone with Logan Paul live on Raw (while Miz was knocked out) to invite Logan to Raw next week. Logan accepted it and Rollins was happy about it.
During this week’s After The Bell podcast hosted by Corey Graves and Kevin Patrick, Seth Rollins was asked if he thought Logan Paul was a tourist in WWE.
“Yes and no. There are obvious advantages to having people from outside of our world come into our world. Logan Paul is not a new phenomenon. We’ve been doing this in WWE for decades and we’re going to continue to do it for a long time after Logan Paul is gone. There’s just a lot to be said about having these types of performers on our show and whatever they may be doing.”
“You look at the Rock N Wrestling Connection, all the way back to Cyndi Lauper, the first WrestleMania with Muhammad Ali and Liberace, you had it all. It makes sense. It’s a different beast, I feel, when you start getting these people in the ring on a semi-regular basis.”
“You look at Lawrence Taylor against Bam Bam Bigelow, perfect way to utilize these celebrities. Lawrence Taylor was an athlete beforehand, one of the greatest linebackers in NFL history, and also, a guy who wasn’t calling himself a wrestler. He didn’t go around getting a big head thinking, ‘I can do this, I’m so good at this, this is a cake walk for me.'”
As Seth Rollins continued, he made the point about how it’s not that easy to just get into the wrestling ring and be good at it while saying there would be no wrestling business if everybody was like that.
“I don’t want people going around thinking that’s what wrestling is, that it’s paint by numbers, somebody programs you and you’re going to be just fine. Now you’re the biggest star, you’re the best thing that has ever happened and that’s what the business has become.”
“If every single one of us just followed that road map, there wouldn’t be a wrestling business because nobody would be able to do the damn thing. That’s not what it is. It is making the towns, having hundreds and thousands of matches in different cities in front of different sized crowds. It’s learning your trade.”
“This idea that you can, poof, hop on a camera, film yourself, do some crap on social media to become a star and have some worth in the world, maybe I’m an old crotchety man, but I don’t understand what value you’re giving back to the world.”
Seth Rollins added that the Logan Paul way of getting into WWE is not what wrestling is and if everybody was like that then the business would be dead.
“In the Logan Paul situation, I don’t understand what long-term value he’s going to be able to give back to us. It’s one thing if you come in, do your thing, and leave, but this dude has a contract with WWE. He’s supposed to have a few matches a year.”
“That doesn’t make you an ambassador for the business, that’s not what wrestling is. I don’t want my students, I don’t want the next generation coming up and thinking that’s how you make it in wrestling. If everybody follows that model, the business is dead.”
Since Seth Rollins is likely wrestling Logan Paul at WrestleMania 39, he is obviously saying some of this stuff to push the story, but there certainly could be some truth to it too.