Seth Rollins’ run as the World Heavyweight Champion has been more than phenomenal. Having defeated some of the biggest challenges on his way, the Visionary has proved to be one of the greatest inaugural champions in the history of the company, working day and night to elevate the prestige of the title. 

Seth Rollins is set to defend his title against Drew McIntyre at WrestleMania 40. However, this wasn’t the plan initially. Rollins was initially planned to face CM Punk at the Grandest Stage of them All, before the latter got injured. The Visionary and the Best In The World have addressed the problems they have had with each other on different occasions. 

In his panel on WWE World, Rollins addressed his reaction to CM Punk making shocking return to WWE at Survivor Series 2023. The World Heavyweight Champion called it the most unprofessional moment of his career and revealed that the feelings were same when The Rock and Cody Rhodes returned to the company. 

“I don’t think I’ve ever been more unprofessional in my entire life than when CM Punk came back at Survivor Series. I was not feeling good. It’s the same thing with The Rock. It was the same thing with Cody Rhodes. I love WWE. We’re all family. I’m talking about everybody in the back, everybody that I’ve shared a ring with, everybody in production, creative, all the way from Triple H to every single person out here. We’re all family. We’re all in this together and when you have family, you protect your family. You protect your family from outsiders who have only self interest in mind.” 


“I know for some of you guys, CM Punk is like that dude for you, right? He’s like your hero, he’s your martyr, but CM Punk left this place a decade ago and every single day that he was gone, he tried to actively tear apart WWE. For me, that was like taking shots at my family. I protect my family and I stand up for my people. So when I see CM Punk out there actively taking shots to try to tear me down, tear my house down, tear my family apart, I got no time for that. What you saw at Survivor Series in real time was me experiencing a traitor coming into my house and trying to tear it apart and how I felt about that. It was just raw and as real as I’ve ever been. I guess that probably is unprofessional as I’ve ever been as well, but it is what is it is. I don’t like CM Punk and I never will.”

While Seth Rollins and CM Punk is not happening at WrestleMania, the latter will be present ringside when the Visionary defends his title against Drew McIntyre at the show. Ringside News will be doing a play-by-play coverage of the Grandest Stage of them All. Stay connected to get the latest updates about the show. 

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Ishaan Rathi

Ishaan has been a follower of wrestling for more than a decade now. His passion to learn new things and enhance his skills has helped him get experience as a writer at websites like GiveMeSport and Fansided. He has also held content manager and editorial roles in FirstSportz before. Apart from wrestling, Ishaan seeks to take time and watch movies and TV shows.

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