While Seth Rollins and ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt are very different performers, The Messiah has admitted that he misses his former rival.
Speaking in a new interview ahead of his clash with Edge at SummerSlam, Seth Rollins discussed the evolution of his character and who he has taken inspiration from down the years.
In conversation with Alistair McGeorge of The Metro, Rollins admitted that while he didn’t take much from Bray Wyatt character-wise, he still misses his former rival. Rollins and Wyatt clashed extensively during Wyatt’s time in WWE. First as part of the battles between The Shield and The Wyatt Family, and later over the Universal Championship with Wyatt in his incarnation as The Fiend.
Rollins explained that Wyatt was “way out there” with the things he wanted to do with his character.
“Bray Wyatt – God, I miss him. But I wouldn’t say that I drew much inspiration from him. He was way out there with the stuff he wanted to do character-wise – and it worked for him.
For me, not so much. That’s not really where I sit when it comes to characters in wrestling. but it worked well for him.”
Reflecting on his own character, Rollins said that he was in a “weird place” but that the process has been an evolution over a number of years.
“It’s a fun thing. It’s cool, it’s definitely been really interesting,
The character’s in a weird place right now. I definitely take inspiration anywhere I can get it.
So, when you look at the arc of my career, you’ll be able to see the whole picture I suppose. You mentioned that it’s really naturally evolved over the past couple of years – I would say even longer than that, to be fair.”
While Rollins may not have taken much from Bray Wyatt as a character. The Messiah acknowledged that he has taken inspiration from NXT boss, Triple H.
“Triple H is definitely someone that my character draws inspiration from. Obviously he played a major role in the beginnings of my character and what it’s become,
But if you look at his career, his character always did the same thing, it evolved very naturally over the years. He was able to teeter back and forth to both ends of the spectrum.”
Speaking elsewhere, linked in with the theme of character development, Rollins revealed that his promos are now “zero percent scripted.” The former World Champion explained that nothing he says has been written down, as it may have been earlier in his career.
Rollins will next be in action at SummerSlam when he takes on Edge, looking to put to bed their heated rivalry.