Sports Illustrated recently caught up with “The Kingslayer” Seth Rollins and discussed a few pro-wrestling topics on professional wrestling.
Among other questions and topics, Rollins was asked about The Rock making a possible return at WrestleMania 35. Monday Night Rollins didn’t hold back and offered a rather interesting and honest reply.
“Don’t get me wrong. I love Rocky. I think he’s great. Love everything he’s done for this business. But my gut, my first instinct, says we don’t need him. We don’t need him. If we’re not the guys who can main event WrestleMania, then how are we ever gonna be The Rock? How are we gonna be Stone Cold Steve Austin? We can’t hold onto these guys forever. We just can’t. To me, let’s do Seth Rollins-Roman Reigns before we do Seth Rollins-The Rock. That’s me.”
Rollins played along the lines of a particular issue that the WWE Universe has argued for several years.
While it’s no secret that The Rock, Bill Goldberg, The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar and Stone Cold Steve Austin returning to the WWE is a treat for fans, relying on part-time legends to headline major events like WrestleMania and other important pay-per-views is inefficacious and unsustainable.
It’s inevitable that WWE will eventually have to close the door on legends since there are only a few of the big names who are in good shape and have the charisma and fan-following to change the entire complexion of a PPV card.
Moreover, bringing back Superstars from the past to put over the current generation is not only harmful, but also heavily affects the image of the the old and new alike. For example, at RAW 25’s DX Reunion, The Revival was sacrificed so that DX could shine. This is actually counterproductive no matter how big pops it receives from the fans.
At this point, WWE is focused on building a brand than individual Superstars so that no one could individually affect the brand as a whole. However, the pro-wrestling juggernauts must have faith in today’s generation in whom lies the highly bankable future: Seth Rollins, AJ Styles, Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, Dean Ambrose, Finn Balor, Ronda Rousey, Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss and others.