The criticism Seth Rollins has received from Bret Hart and fans alike regarding his in-ring style have been well-documented for quite some time now.
This stretches back to last year, where many believe Rollins’ recklessness in the ring effectively ended the legendary career of Sting.
Then there’s the broken nose sustained by John Cena, then Finn Balor being forced to relinquish his Universal Championship, you get the picture.
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However, current Monday Night RAW GM, Mick Foley, has published a lengthy post on Facebook, providing his thoughts on the whole Rollins situation.
He’s siding with the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion and praising just how impressive of an athlete he really is, and it’s completely out of character so he isn’t simply defending a RAW or WWE star.
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He posted: “Recently, WWE Superstar Seth Rollins seems to be getting stuck with the label of being an unsafe wrestler – and I don’t think that’s fair.
“Seth Rollins finds himself in danger of having people remember him for the rep of being dangerous and causing injuries, as opposed to being remembered as one of the very few elite wrestlers of his era, an amazing athlete, and a credit to this business.
“Finn’s injury was suffered when taking a turnbuckle bomb outside the ring, on the ringside barricade. Those turnbuckle bombs remind me of choke slams, in the sense that there is little margin for error.
"Unfortunately, the landing was not a good one for Finn, and he has a long road back from major surgery. Trust me, I know Seth well enough to know that he already felt great remorse, without wrestling fans placing the blame on him.
“Sometimes, injuries just happen. It’s part of what we do. Seth Rollins is a safe wrestler. He works an intense, highly physical style, as do most of the WWE Superstars. Those moves look good for a reason; there’s a sense of realism to so many of them – a realism that’s absolutely necessary in today’s day and age.
“Current fans see good, and often great matches on a weekly basis and today’s WWE Superstars sacrifice their bodies, week in and week out in their effort to excite, excel and entertain.
“Seth Rollins embodies this spirit. He deserves to be remembered for his dedication to his craft, and for his willingness to go above and beyond to participate in great matches for WWE fans around the world. That’s the Seth Rollins I think people should know – the real guy, not the rep!”
It’s difficult to argue against Foley’s comments; it’s obvious that with Rollins' passion and love for the business, comes a more intense style.
It just so happens that an intense style can often result in freak injuries, and it’s not like they’re done on purpose.
The flip side we have is that everybody wrestles a depleted, safe and boring style to ensure nobody gets hurt.
Fans wouldn’t be as entertained if that was the case, while it’s unfortunate what has happened, we still have to give guys like Rollins credit for putting their bodies on the line like they do.
Do you agree with Mick Foley’s stance? Or do you feel Seth Rollins is unsafe and needs to change his style? Have YOUR say in the comments section below.
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