Seth Rollins has claimed that he “doesn’t get passed the ball as naturally” as stars such as John Cena, meaning he has to work harder to get recognised.
For decades it was often said that to be a success in WWE, performers had to have a similar physique to the likes of Hulk Hogan and John Cena. While this preference meant that smaller Superstars such as Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels had to work harder to earn their success.
Speaking in a new interview with Sport1, Seth Rollins has claimed that he still has to face similar obstacles. However, although Rollins admits that the likes of Cena might find there way to the top easier, there are other ways to excel. As an example he pointed to his wife Becky Lynch, who he says is the greatest off all time.
“Becky has developed into one of the biggest stars in the history of our industry with her personality, she is now the greatest wrestler of all time for me,” Rollins said. “And you can see that there is more than one way to be ‘larger than life.’ If you’re already physically fit, it’s definitely easier, but there’s another way. You don’t have to look like Hulk Hogan or John Cena, Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather are also ‘larger than life,’ although they feel physically 1.50. In the end, it’s not about the physical conditions, it’s about what you make of your conditions.”
Rollins explained that as he’s smaller in stature, he has to work to the limit to earn recognition.
“I don’t look like John, Roman or Hogan, never have and never will,” Rollins said. “I have therefore never been given what they were given. Don’t get me wrong: all of the above have had to work extremely hard and I really admire what John Cena and Hulk Hogan have achieved. And I admire what Roman is doing now.
But the truth is, someone like me doesn’t get passed the ball as naturally as they got it. People like me who aren’t a certain size have to work to the limit all the time. Shawn Michaels had to, Randy Savage had to, Eddie Guerrero and even Bret Hart. We have to wrestle our way up, fight our way up in every sense of the word, that’s the package we carry.”
Seth Rollins had been scheduled to meet Theory at SummerSlam but that match has since been cancelled.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.