Seth Rollins recently reminisced about being called a "future jobber" by New York fans on his last night in Ring Of Honor.
The independent scene in wrestling has never been stronger and that is not only indicated by how well non-WWE promotions are doing around the world right now, or by the success of All In. It can also be measured by the number of Superstars currently in WWE who were not raised and molded by the company itself.
The likes of AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, and Dean Ambrose just to name a few were all established wrestlers before they ever step foot in WWE, at least on a permanent basis. Wrestlers who competed for Impact Wrestling, Ring Of Honor, New Japan and more are no longer looked down upon by WWE, they are names which are actively sought after by Vince McMahon and Triple H.
Someone who fans often forget was not a product of WWE is Seth Rollins. The Architect feels as if he is WWE through and through but was actually a big deal in ROH prior to signing with Mr. McMahon. This week marks the eighth anniversary of his last match with ROH and clearly, the fans in attendance in New York that night were not happy about the man who would become a WWE Champion leaving the promotion.
Those NYC fans always have their finger on the pulse. https://t.co/qmOG8JwnyG— Seth Rollins (@WWERollins) September 12, 2018
A Rollins fan posted about the anniversary on Twitter, recalling that he wrestled Roderick Strong who is also now a WWE Superstar. The part of that night that The Kingslayer would likely rather not remember was when the New York fans started to chant "future jobber" at him, obviously knowing where he was headed. Rollins quoted the tweet and sarcastically wrote "those NYC fans always have their finger on the pulse."
When Rollins is reminded of nights like that it must make him feel pretty good about what he has accomplished since. No one has quite taken WWE by storm like The Architect has. Since leaving ROH that night he has been an NXT Champion and a WWE Champion twice, along with a whole host of other accolades. No doubt he loved his time in ROH, and he will have always believed that he would become more than enhancement talent in WWE.