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During an appearance on the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast with Jimmy Traina, Seth Rollins responded to comments that Jon Moxley has made since leaving WWE.
"Ambrose can do what he wants. He’s a big boy. He's got his big boy pants on, he can go out there and say whatever he wants, but the bottom line is not everyone is equipped to handle the rigors of the WWE and the schedule and how it affects you mentally and emotionally," Rollins told Sports Illustrated when asked if Moxley's interview with Chris Jericho put Rollins in an awkward position.
"Ambrose gave everything he had to the company for the entire time he was here. He put his heart and soul into the travel and the schedule and the injuries and the work in the ring and all that stuff, but at the end of the day, he took his ball and he went home, or he went elsewhere, at least.
"I think it’s a little presumptuous of him to get on a podcast and talk down about the company that gave him such opportunities, and he referenced some of those, he did talk about how he was thankful for the time he spent here and the fact that he was able to learn, meet his wife, and all that good stuff. Like I said, I love the guy. I love him, I’ll always love him, but at the end of the day, we share differing perspectives about what we want out of life and where we’re at in our own lives. I hope he does well, I’ve kept enough tabs on him to know he’s doing super well for himself right now and I’m happy for that, but I don’t think there’s any reason to hop on a soapbox and complain after the fact. You need to take the first step and that’s looking in the mirror and asking yourself, did you do every single thing you possibly could to make yourself and your situation what you want it to be. If the answer is yes you did, then you can go elsewhere and complain, and if you feel good about it, if that’s where he’s at mentally, then go right ahead, but if he hasn’t done that and looked in the mirror and made that decision, maybe he should think about that, and that goes for any other disgruntled talent, past or present."
Rollins said he hasn't spoken with Moxley about his comments and doesn't feel that he needs to. Rollins added that there's nothing but mutual love and respect between him and Moxley and said that Moxley is one of his favorite people in the entire world.
Rollins told Sports Illustrated that he feels extremely comfortable with the amount of input he gets in his matches, promos, stories, and schedule in WWE. He said he does things he doesn't want to do at points, but sometimes that stuff works. Rollins noted that he can't see things perfectly every time and doesn't have the perspective others around him have.
The Sports Illustrated podcast with Rollins was recorded prior to yesterday's episode of Raw. Rollins tweeted on Saturday that WWE is the "Best pro wrestling on the planet. Period." He's continued to stick up for the company in tweets since then. In the Sports Illustrated interview, Rollins said that he hopes he speaks for the other talent in WWE.