Seth Rollins has discussed how his attitude got him into trouble with Triple H and that The Game set him straight in no uncertain terms.
Before Rollins became the SmackDown fashion plate on Friday nights or before he even donned the black riot gear of The Shield, the former Ring Of Honor star was part of the early days of NXT. It was there that Rollins honed his craft and had more than his share of run-ins with NXT trainer Terry Taylor.
Taylor was an accomplished wrestler himself, competing in numerous NWA territories as well as World Championship Wrestling. Taylor is perhaps best remembered today from his spell as the Red Rooster in the WWF in the late eighties.
Speaking to Stone Cold Steve Austin on his Broken Skull Sessions, Seth Rollins discussed clashing with Terry Taylor over their respective mentalities and how this led to Triple H telling Rollins exactly what he thought of him at the time:
“Terry is very old school in the sense that he thinks a certain way works, and part of that ideology is sort of shunning what is up and coming instead of embracing it. And I was always like, ‘Hey, the business is changing. You’ve gotta go with it. If you go against it, it’s not gonna help.’ I would just challenge him in little ways every day to the point where I was insubordinate, and Hunter [Triple H] took me aside and was like, ‘Look, I don’t see anything special in you.”
According to Rollins, he then made his pitch several months later to become the first-ever NXT Champion:
“Three months later, I’m sitting in a room with Hunter and I’m saying, ‘I want that NXT Championship, I wanna be the first one to hold that title. Put it on me and this brand is off and running. If it goes another direction with it, then I don’t know where you’re gonna be in a couple of years.’ And I told him that. I said, ‘I’m the right guy for this. You know that I know that. Let’s bury this hatchet and let’s make this work.”
Seth Rollins achieved the goal to be the black and gold brand’s first champion when he won a tournament, defeating Jinder Mahal in the final.