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Seth Rollins Hits Back At Criticism Suggesting He “Looks Down” On The Indies

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Seth Rollins has shot back at a fan who claimed that he “looks down” on independent wrestling despite launching his career while performing for those smaller promotions.

While Seth Rollins may have spent more than a decade under contract with WWE, it was his work on the independent scene which helped earn him a place at wrestling’s top table.

The would-be World Champion made his in-ring debut in 2005, before appearing for the IWA. Known as Tyler Black, Rollins then wound his way through NWA Mid-West, Full Impact Pro, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla and eventually Ring of Honor, signing with WWE in September 2010.

In a now deleted tweet, a fan called out Rollins for supposedly looking down on the indies, despite that being where he made his name. In response, the former Universal Champion pointed to his wrestling school, the Black and Brave Wrestling Academy, explaining that he actively supports independent wrestling.

Upon signing with WWE, Seth Rollins appeared in the developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling which would later become NXT. The star only wrestled on the black and gold brand for a few short months before debuting on the main roster as part of The Shield at Survivor Series in 2012.

As part of the 2021 WWE Draft Seth Rollins moved from SmackDown where he had been feuding with Edge, to Monday Night Raw. After re-debuting on Raw, Rollins become number one contender for the WWE Championship after winning a Fatal-Four-Way Ladder Match.

As a result of the win, Rollins not only entered into a feud with WWE Champion Big E, but also one of the men he defeated in that Ladder Match, Kevin Owens. On the latest episode of Raw, Rollins beat Owens in the main event, after KO was counted out. This caused Owens to snap, beating down Big E who had been at ringside.