Seth Rollins has opened up about being the other man in the ring when Cody Rhodes returned to WWE, calling WWE the premier wrestling company in the world.
When Cody Rhodes completed his sensational return to WWE at WrestleMania 38, the man across the ring from him was Seth Freakin’ Rollins.
The match was a special moment for Rollins who enjoyed a strong relationship with Rhodes’ father Dusty, while he was establishing himself in NXT.
Speaking in a new interview with the Gorilla Position podcast, Seth Rollins described what it was like to be standing in the ring as Rhodes made his walk down the ramp as more than 70,000 fans roared their approval.
“I always tell people, those big stadium events, the ring is like the eye of the hurricane. It’s very calm, ” Rollins said. “Maybe it’s because it’s kind of like my zen space, but whatever reason it feels very calm to me. It was very surreal watching him come down the ramp. Knowing everything that he’s been through the past 6, 7 years, everything that he came back for. It was very cool. It was cool to see the reaction. I was in many ways happy for him.”
Continuing on, Rollins reflected on the importance of the moment, due to his relationship to the American Dream.
“Dusty Rhodes is an absolute legend, Hall Of Famer in any circle, not just WWE. To be able to be in the ring for his son’s big return, really Cody did it his way,” Rollins said. “He left when he was unhappy, he went out and did all the things that everybody said they wanted to do. He came back a bigger star than he’s ever been.
“That’s not easy to do. That takes a lot of hard work, and I think he learned that ethic from his father. Truly a fantastic moment in time. To be under the Dusty tree so to speak, to play a part in that, to play a part in Cody’s return, very special.”
Throughout his career, Rollins has always been firm in his belief that WWE is the biggest and best wrestling company in the world. It was a point he made sure to hammer home in his match with Rhodes, welcoming the returning here by telling him “welcome back to the big leagues b*tch.”
The former World Champion explained that his comments weren’t simply for effect, as he believes WWE represents the best of the best.
“I said it to him last night. I said it before. This [WWE] is the premier professional wrestling company on the planet. I know, don’t say professional wrestling, doesn’t matter”, Seth Rollins proclaimed. “We have the best in the world, and now we have Cody Rhodes on top of that, and he is joining that club. If you want to be the best, don’t go play rinky-dink, come here, we are the best.
“Top-notch across the board. I’m not taking anything away from anybody else who is anywhere else. I love it. Do what you do. You guys are tremendous. There’s great talents out there, but this is where you are the best. This is where you find out if you can hack it on the top, top level.”
In the match at WrestleMania, Rollins pushed the American Nightmare all of the way but was eventually defeated. After Cody Rhodes appeared on Raw, expressing his intention to win the WWE Championship his father never got chance to hold, Rollins came to the ring to stand face to face with his rival one more time.
However, the moment passed without incident as the two simply shook hands at the behest of Rhodes.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.