Seth Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank contract back at WrestleMania 31 when WWE seemingly called an audable mid-way through the main event between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns but it appears that Rollins knew much more about it than he first let on.
Rollins recently appeared on E&C’s Podcast of Awesomeness where he was able to reveal the fact that he pitched the Money in the Bank cash in the year before and when the tide changed for Roman Reigns, the company decided to go ahead with it.
“The crowd were doing what they were doing with Roman and I just saw this — felt this thing, this energy. I saw it coming. I knew they were gonna kinda take a dump on him when he won the Rumble and they did and I remember the next day and again having the conversation with Hunter again because I had pitched the idea near the end of the year before,” he said via Ringsidenews.
“I just wanted to remind him that I had his idea on the table and I think it’s a pretty good one. Even if it’s not the idea it could easily be a contingency plan if the main event of WrestleMania doesn’t go together how you see it. So even in the back of your head… yeah I pitched the idea and I strongly felt like it was a good one and I felt like I was the guy and again I went up to them and said ‘I want the ball,’ you know?”
Rollins was also able to discuss his feelings when it comes to The Shield‘s turn. Rollins became a heel alone for the first time in WWE and joined forces with The Authority, something that The Architect admitted that he wasn’t prepared for but Vince McMahon wanted the split so he later came round to the idea.
“I wasn’t ready for it, for sure. Obviously, that was not the role I expected coming out of it. When they said it was gonna be me that pulled the trigger I was almost like, ‘No, I’ve been a babyface in NXT — Ambrose is the heel. It’s not the other way around.’ It didn’t make any sense. I don’t know how to do this,” he said via Ringsidenews.
“Honestly, it took some learning for me. I had been a heel in Ring Of Honor a little bit, but it’s just a different world here, you know? It’s a different animal working with different guys and the style is different. It’s a little more cut-throat. People looking out for themselves a little bit more, people are smarter. It’s just a whole different world.”
“When we did the turn it was excellent and then it took me a little while to get in my groove. Trying to figure out, ‘Okay, who is Seth Rollins now?’ What is this character when he’s not in The Shield?