2019 was going great for Seth Rollins. He had won the Royal Rumble, defeated Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania and SummerSlam, he won a fifth Raw Tag Team Championship (with Braun Strowman) and even was #1 in the PWI500. He was on top of the wrestling world, and the top babyface in the biggest company in the world, but it would all go downhill when he started feuding with The Fiend.
WWE booked him to be scared of The Fiend, and he’d sit in the corner shaking through fear with his eyes closed when confronted. Add the fact their Hell In A Cell encounter had one of the worst finishes ever, and even won the Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s worst match of the year and a Gooker Award from WrestleCrap.com, you know Rollins was in a bad position.
It appears though Seth Rollins was well aware of how bad he was being portrayed, and the match and feud were killing his character as he discussed it in a recent interview with TalkSPORT.
No one cared about Seth Rollins and how it affected me or how involved I was in any shape or form. So, the writing was on the wall at that point. It was time to hunker down and make some changes, and some of those are tough lessons to learn. But, that’s what happened and here we are. There’s no point lamenting the past, it’s time to move on, move into the future and figure out what you’re gonna do about it, ya know? What can you control.Seth Rollins
After losing the Universal Championship to The Fiend, Rollins would be forced to turn heel, becoming the Monday Night Messiah, and regaining his mojo again with match of the night contenders at both WrestleMania 36, and last night’s Money In The Bank. It’s unlikely though his career will hit the heights of January 2019 through August 2019 again.