Four-time World Champion Seth Rollins has been a constant feature on WWE television throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, facing the likes of Rey Mysterio, Drew Mcintyre and Kevin Owens amongst others.
‘The Monday Night Messiah’ spoke to TalkSport about superstars he believes have stood out in the current environment and how women’s wrestling has excelled in 2020.
Rollins was asked about WWE creating new superstars and if Paul Heyman’s firing have affected plans
“Well, first of all, I think the emphasis is still on building stars for the future. Particularly during this time when there’s a lot of performers who are either opting out for their own safety or they are people that are getting sick here and there, so we’re missing a lot of our top-tier talent due to various circumstances.”
He then went on to speak about superstars he believes have excelled this year
“I think the two guys that have stood out to me the most are Aleister Black and my disciple Murphy. These guys obviously had a rivalry some time back and put on some incredible performances, so you could see both of them are super talented and super hungry to get to the next level.”
“And that’s continued through this very strange time that we’re in where we have no audience. Murphy has really stepped up and has tried to figure out what his role is and who Murphy is.”
“That’s something that he never really thought about before. He thought he was a wrestler from Australia [laughs] and that’s great, he’s awesome at that. But what’s the next step?”
“And Aleister Black is in the same vain. Moving forward, I think you’re going to see both of those guys take some bigger steps. One of the things we need to understand if you can’t make new stars overnight.”
“You have to be patient, there has to be a build, there has to be a story, it has to be the right time. You can’t just put people on TV in prominent positions that nobody knows if you want casual viewers to continue to tune in.”
“It is a process, it’s getting these guys ingratiated with the audience and the viewers who are not necessarily wrestling fans to then put them in positions to be stars. They’ve obviously stepped up.”
Rollins finished up by commenting on women’s wrestling and who he thinks has stood out in 2020
“The women have been lagging behind Becky and Charlotte for some time and now it’s time for them to step up and do their thing. Asuka has stepped up too, as well, but I do think Bayley and Sasha have been great.”
“They’ve filled that void as best as they possibly can and have been working like crazy as Tag Team champs and now RAW and SmackDown champs.”