Seth Rollins felt he may have to hang up his boots after a “rotten finish” that has left him with lower back pain five years on.
Rollins is still the WWE World Heavyweight Champion after successfully retaining against Finn Balor at Saturday’s Money In The Bank.
But despite the endurance Seth Rollins shows during his physically demanding matches, there was one bump that left him fearing for his health.
The Visionary was discussing his worst bumps with ESPN, and opened up how he was asked to interfere at the end of a Hell In A Cell match between Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman.
The finish required Seth Rollins to fall from the top of the steel structure and through the announce table which has left the Grand Slam Champion feeling the effects five years later.
“I’ve fallen off the [20-foot-high] Hell in a Cell structure twice. First, I was young and full of piss and vinegar. Felt great, as young people do. The second one wasn’t even my match, mind you. It was Roman Reigns versus Braun Strowman [in 2018].
Brock Lesnar had come out and ripped the door off, ruining the whole match. And myself and Dean Ambrose (now Jon Moxley) had come out. Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre had come out, and somehow Dolph and I had been tasked with taking a big bump to save this rotten finish that the company had booked.
Why I agreed to it? I’ll never know. But my lower back is still jacked up from that. And we’re talking like [five] years ago. So that’s the one. I landed on the announce table. And we added a little pad on there? No, no. We’re tough. We got this. But we had wrestled a banger tag match at the beginning of the night. Then we came out at the end. So, I had been sitting for three hours. My body had fully tightened up. I tried to loosen up as best I could, but there’s no substitute.
So, we went up there cold, came down cold. And I remember laying there just thinking, “This is it. I’m never going to walk again.” It was bad. I thought that was the end for me. Like maybe I’ll never wrestle again. Maybe that’s it. Maybe we hang it up tonight.
But following the Money In The Bank event, Rollins will be wary of Damian Priest emulating The Architect by cashing in at an opportune moment.