Seth Rollins recently recalled a clash he had with Vince McMahon that had him wanting to walk out on WWE.
While it is unlikely to be something we ever experience ourselves, we have been led to believe that working for Vince McMahon can be pretty trying at times. The WWE boss is basically an evil genius. It is also plain to see that he likes everything under his watch to be done a certain way. If it is airing live on Raw and SmackDown Live, or on a PPV, you can rest assured that Mr. McMahon had a big hand in it.
While there is a litany of moments that can be pointed to in WWE history that was down to the creativity of the chairman, there are just as many where he likely stifled a Superstar's flare. Take the Dean Ambrose situation currently unfolding, for instance. The former WWE Champion is leaving the company due to the creative he has been given since he returned from injury.
Turns out Ambrose isn't the only former Shield man who has been disillusioned by WWE creative. During an appearance on the latest episode of E&C's Pod Of Awesomeness, Seth Rollins detailed a time when he almost walked out on WWE. During a SmackDown taping in 2014, before the show started airing live, Rollins went one on one with Kofi Kingston. Mr. McMahon ordered Rollins to squash Kingston, but The Architect had too much respect for him to do that.
Instead, Rollins used a good chunk of the three-minute match to make Kingston look good. Although he still won, the boss was livid when he got backstage. " [McMahon told Rollins] 'if you’re gonna be my guy that’s not what I want!’ And he shoo’ed me out of Gorilla [Position] and I didn’t understand," Rollins revealed on the podcast. Even worse, since the show wasn't live, the chairman made him go out and do the match again.
Rollins recalled considering walking out rather than wrestling the match again. However, more than four years later, he realizes what Mr. McMahon wanted from him. He has certainly come a long way since then. Six months after that match, Rollins would cash in his Money In The Bank contract and become WWE Champion for the first time in his career.