The WWE Raw roster is set to hold a live event at Chicago’s United Center tonight and, before the show, Seth Rollins decided to reminisce a bit about his experience in the Chicago indie wrestling scene.
Rollins also decided to give props to former WWE Superstar CM Punk and indie wrestler Colt Cabana for “changing the game” with regards to the wrestling scene in Chicago. He also acknowledged the lessons he learned from the two when he himself was starting out.
“Driving around this city before the United Center gig tonight and I can’t help but be flooded with Chicago independent wrestling memories,” writes Rollins.
Rollins had a lengthy run in the Chicago indies, specifically in All American Wrestling.
“I remember so much so fondly of this city. . . and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention CM Punk and Colt Cabana,” continues Rollins. “They made Chicago feel special. Made me feel like this place could lead to the rest of the world.”
“I’m eternally grateful for the inspiration and motivation Punk and Cabana provided me at a very formative age. Helped shape my work ethic in wrestling for years to come,” he added.
Rollins also mentions current WWE superstars who also made the jump from ROH to WWE: Kevin Owens, Kassius Ohno, Hideo Itami, and Samoa Joe.
Check out Rollins’ full Tweet thread reminiscing about his time in Chicago both as a wrestler and a fan below: