Seth Rollins was asked why he thinks fans spend so much time criticizing WWE these days. He called it the "cool" thing to do, even if fans like the product.
Rollins recently spoke with Yahoo Sports and said it's easy to understand why so many fans are ragging on the WWE. Like any team that is at the top of their game, there will be a ground swelling of support for the underdog. Comparing WWE to other sports, he called his employer what the New York Yankees are to MLB. Using another sport as an example, he said WWE is to wrestling what the New England Patriots are to the NFL.
"It's easy to hate the New England Patriots. We're those teams, we're the dynasty," he said. He added, "It's easy to hate us, but we're still the most popular company in the world at what we do."
While the comments might come across as somewhat arrogant, Rollins isn't wrong. A poor product is only part of the reason fans chirp on WWE. The other part is that fans root for AEW, New Japan or Ring of Honor because more wrestling makes for better wrestling and there's some prestige associated with knowing more about a product not everyone else is caught up on.
So too, while those companies are "wrestling" promotions, WWE doesn't really see itself as a wrestling company, more a brand of entertainment. Rollins said, "We're so far beyond being a wrestling company that it's very easy to point the finger and hate on us." He said it makes perfect sense.
What This Means
Rollins says people always tend to hate the big guy. He's not bothered by the fact people harp on them, he just hopes while they do, they understand each performer is trying to do their best, as is WWE. "Nobody is taking it easy, nobody is just getting by. Everybody from top to bottom, every department in the entire company is putting in as much work as they possibly can to make this the best," he explained.
If the changes behind the scenes and the more recent shows are any indication, I have a tendency to believe him.