Seth Rollins has revealed that Vince McMahon actually changed his catchy song before it debuted on television.
For most of the last three years, Seth Rollins was one of the top heels on the WWE Raw brand. However, by the end of 2022 and into 2023, the WWE Universe wanted to cheer him again in part because of his catchy theme song that the fans love to sing along with.
There are no lyrics to the song other than the “Burn It Down” yelling at the start of it, but there is the catchy “WHOA-OH-OH” singing that anybody can do and never seems to stop. When he makes his entrance, Seth Rollins plays into the song, poses for the crowd and even stops in the ring as the spotlight shines on him while the fans continue singing that song.
According to a recent interview that the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins did with Logan Paul on the IMPAULSIVE podcast, Seth revealed that the theme song he uses right now actually had more “WHOA-OH” parts before WWE Executive Chairman Vince McMahon edited it.
“I debut this song at WrestleMania and 2021 It was in Tampa we only had like, it was a half capacity WrestleMania it was still like, ‘Oh, we’re back, but we’re not back.’ Because we didn’t go back to full-scale live events until like, August of that year, but in March we did WrestleMania outdoors. Tampa let us have half the people. So we did it and Raymond James did the song and when I was putting this on together, I kind of had a vision for like what I wanted people to do.
“And when we first put the song out, Vince McMahon was actually you know, he had heard it, he was just hearing it for like the first or second time and he actually took a set of the woah, he didn’t get the whoas. He was like, ‘ah, that’s not that’s not Seth Rollins. That’s not Seth Freaking Rollins.’ And I’m like, ‘I’m telling you,’ he’s like, ‘no, no, no, just trust me.’ I’m like, ‘Fine, I’ll trust you. You’ve only been doing this for 80 years, whatever.'”
“So like, he took the whoa’s out, but in the back of my mind, I was like, you just wait, you just wait, no, they never went back in. The version you hear now is still the Vince version. But there’s enough of the whoa’s that it caught on. And so it took a while because I was a heel, no one was singing my song, they didn’t care at first. And we weren’t in front of people.”
“So it wasn’t till August that the songs debuted in front of people like you know, regularly. So then fast forward to 2022 ish. And like, it didn’t happen for me, and I’ve told this a little bit, but I’ll tell you guys here, I’m kind of a heel through most of 2022, worked with the Edge, invaded his home, did all this bad stuff that I shouldn’t do.”
At this point, Seth Rollins spoke about when the crowd really started supporting him and how it led to his babyface turn with the fans embracing him and the song.
“Eventually, I ended up working with Matt Riddle. And there’s this episode of Raw we did at Madison Square Garden. And at the end of the show, I remember what happened, Riddle has this match at the end of the show, I come out and I stomp this man’s head into steel steps, into steel steps.”
“And normally, as a bad guy, this elicits a chorus of boos because Matt Riddle is a fan favourite, but I stomped this guy’s head into steps and I turn around expecting boos and the crowd is just singing the song in the Garden and I’m like ‘okay, I think this is a thing now, I think this is going to be a thing.'”
“And sure enough little by little it just starts picking up, picking up, picking up and then it turned into its own animal man to the point where you couldn’t get a word in edgewise. Did a thing with Finn Balor on Raw a few weeks ago like to the point where people online that Twitterverse like it’s annoying, it’s we don’t like this, it’s the new ‘What’ chant and I’m like come on guys.”
As for what’s next week, Seth Rollins will have to defend the World Heavyweight Title against Finn Balor of The Judgment Day at SummerSlam on August 5th in Detroit.
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