Seth Rollins has lashed out at Universal Champion Brock Lesnar ahead of their title match at WrestleMania 35, claiming that the current belt-holder doesn't inspire or motivate and that he's just in it for the money.
Lesnar isn't a very popular figure among WWE fans simply because he does not show up enough. He wasn't even a feature on the last two PPV's and most fans will hope that Rollins could take the belt from him so it can be defended on a regular basis instead of every few months.
Rollins sat down for an interview with Sporting News recently, explaining to the publication how frustrating it is to have a champion like Brock Lesnar around.
"I'm old-school, man. I want my champion to be there headlining all of the events," he said. "We go to these live events and Brock Lesnar is not there and we go to "Raw" or pay-per-views and Brock Lesnar's not there.
"Somebody has to pick up the slack and carry that mantle. I was able to try and do that for a while with the Intercontinental Championship. I took that to the main event of a pay-per-view with Dolph Ziggler (WWE TLC in December 2018). You can do what you want but there's still so much prestige over the Universal Championship. Everybody feels that the champion is the champion.
"When you've got somebody like Lesnar who doesn't really care about inspiring other people, you start to lose a generation. You lose people who are motivated. If I didn't have champions who inspired me when I was younger, I may not have wanted to be a professional wrestler. I may not have wanted to get into this business.
"There are guys like Shawn Michaels and Triple H and John Cena and Edge and Eddie Guerrero and these guys became champions. They inspire people to want to get into this industry and to push it forward and Brock Lesnar just doesn't do that. He doesn't inspire people. He's in it for himself and he'll tell you that. He's in it for the money and he'll tell you that.
"It's just frustrating for me as a fan of our industry to see it kind of be held hostage by someone who only cares about themselves and making their own money."
What This Means
The complaints regarding Lesnar and his productivity are getting old and he doesn't seem to care. Vince McMahon doesn't seem inclined to remedy the situation either.
Maybe his match against Rollins will do exactly that and give the WWE Universe a champion who will be on show all the time. One can only hope.