Actual life battle between skilled wrestlers is nothing new, however the previous 48 hours on Twitter have given us the dumbest, most nonsensical beef between WWE’s Seth Rollins and New Japan Professional Wrestling’s Will Ospreay that the entire thing is already reaching the peak of ridiculousness.
What started as seemingly innocent banter has advanced into insults, checking account comparisons and merchandise alternatives. Your complete factor doesn’t serve anybody, and does extra hurt than good in the long term, and but it simply retains going.
How this all started.
Rollins, the WWE Common Champion, was defending his title towards Corbin on the WWE Stomping Grounds pay per view on Sunday night time, a present which followers anticipated little or no out of. Poor ticket gross sales and an underwhelming card let to horrible expectations — however all in all it was an entertaining present. Apart from one match: The principle occasion that includes Rollins.
It wasn’t the performer’s fault. The match was over-hyped on TV and promised a “special guest referee” as its important level of curiosity. Followers grew to become irate when it was revealed that Lacey Evans was the shock, and whereas I’ll spare you why this made sense from a narrative perspective, it undoubtedly let followers down. The tip consequence was a middling match with a disconnected crowd chanting “boring,” “CM Punk” and “AEW” in consequence.
Hyping the occasion, Rollins known as it “the best pro wrestling on the planet,” and made a daring proclamation.
Doubling down. Greatest professional wrestling on the planet. See that Cruiserweight Triple Risk? And that’s only one night time, one match amongst the various. Discover anybody else alive who does what I do in addition to I do it as typically as I do it. Ya can’t. #WWEStompingGrounds #UniversalChampion @WWE
— Seth Rollins (@WWERollins) June 23, 2019
It’s right here the place Ospreay enters the story. The present IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, Ospreay is considered among the best wrestlers on the planet who isn’t signed to WWE. He took exception to Rollins saying he was the best on the planet and it took simply two phrases to set every thing off.
It’s unclear whether or not Ospreay meant it as a direct shot at Rollins following the poorly obtained important occasion, or whether or not it was a matter of circumstance — however Rollins didn’t take kindly to Ospreay disagreeing with him, particularly whereas unfavorable critiques of his match rolled in.
Rollins’ condescending, dismissive response to a beloved wrestler appeared wholly out of left subject — nevertheless it is smart within the context of what transpired. Rollins most likely shouldn’t have logged on for a few days, however right here we’re.
Ospreay let it sit for a few hours earlier than clapping again once more, this time on the notion that he hasn’t labored as onerous to get the place he has, than Rollins or anybody else on the WWE roster.
To which Rollins determined one of the best route can be to go together with the “I MAKE MORE MONEY THAN YOU” protection.
I imply in the event you wanna discuss numbers we will examine financial institution accounts too.
P.S. That’s counting a month off with a damaged again… buddy.
— Seth Rollins (@WWERollins) June 25, 2019
You’re keen on including stuff don’t ya. I imply the unique query was
“Find anyone else alive who does what I do as well as I do it as often as I do it”
No discuss of cash. No discuss of Ricochet. You stated anybody.
Right here I’m.
Simply as constant, simply nearly as good.
Hope the again heals up. https://t.co/dfwkKVlyR4
— ᵂⁱˡˡ ᴼˢᵖʳᵉᵃʸ • ウィル・オスプレイ (@WillOspreay) June 25, 2019
It’s at this level the back-and-forth ought to most likely have ended. It will have been slightly spat between two guys, however then in got here Corbin with the grace, wit and timing of a Baron Corbin.
Rollins speaking smack is one factor. He’s a man who pushed by means of the unbiased wrestling scene to earn his spot, and is aware of what it’s prefer to sacrifice for the enterprise. Then again there’s Corbin, who left the NFL to get a developmental contract in WWE and has been pushed to important occasion standing when nearly no person thinks he deserves it, which led to …
Then Chris Jericho acquired concerned too and this complete that is making my head damage.
Ospreay determined to leap on the eye and launch a brand new line of shirts, as a result of why not?
Right here’s why that is all so dumb.
This forwards and backwards transcends easy beef solely due to the folks concerned. Rollins dragged himself right into a struggle with Will Ospreay for no good cause, which is no matter — folks do dumb issues. Nevertheless, that is a lot worse due to what it represents for Rollins.
Rollins has made a commerce of being a real “wrestler,” one of many good ones. He’s not solely WWE Common Champion, however the firm’s premiere babyface (good man). One of many causes followers like him a lot is that he’s an incredible performer with a tireless work ethic, but additionally as a result of a bulk of the followers know his story. They’ve adopted him by means of the unbiased scene when he wrestled as “Tyler Black,” and have carried that torch by means of to being the face of the largest firm in skilled wrestling.
That is what makes it so stunning and pointless for him to go after Ospreay. Wrestling followers don’t exist in a vacuum. Many watch different promotions too and admire Ospreay as effectively. Choosing a struggle that didn’t have to happen solely serves to make Rollins look petty, particularly with regards to attempting to check checkbooks.
Moreover, it’s ridiculous to denigrate Ospreay contemplating that by all accounts he’s turned down WWE earlier than. The cash isn’t the motivating issue for him. Ospreay needs to remain in New Japan as a result of he enjoys it, so making a “I have more money” clap-back solely serves to make Rollins seem like an conceited bully — and keep in mind, he’s purported to be a great man.
Nah dawg, let me dial it up. I’ve sat again and watched idiots with no clue discuss poorly in regards to the place I dedicate my life to EVERY HOUR OF EVERY DAY. The extent I carry out at on fixed is untouchable. Time to let em know. https://t.co/9wISLrevCr
— Seth Rollins (@WWERollins) June 24, 2019
Rollins’ frustration at followers is palpable, and it’s comprehensible. Nevertheless, he’s lacking the purpose that a lot of the ire wrestling followers direct at WWE isn’t in direction of its performers, however moderately its storytelling, administration and reserving (how matched happen). When followers chant “boring” there’s little doubt it’s upsetting for these within the ring, nevertheless it’s typically a bigger indictment of every thing followers are seeing — not merely a declare that the folks wrestling aren’t doing a great job.
In any case, it’s loads simpler to chant “boring” than “I would really prefer these wrestlers were used in stories more effectively so I could care more about their in-ring performance.”
There’s additionally blame on Ospreay for escalating this too, and it is unnecessary for him to burn potential bridges sooner or later over one thing this petty. Within the pantheon of dumb sports activities beefs this one is correct up there, however now it’s on Rollins not solely to squash this earlier than it will get even worse, however discover a technique to re-ingratiate himself to followers who really feel burned by him going after one other superb performer.
What a multitude.