Seth Rollins embarked on a new era in his career after becoming The Kingslayer at WrestleMania 33, leaving behind one of the last remnants of his time as Triple H's disciple.
The WWE decided it was time to change up Rollins' finishing maneuver, which was once The Game's own Pedigree. He debuted the high knee lift finisher at a house event, and has since used it during main shows.
It's not the flashiest of moves, which has drawn the ire of fans, but kneeing somebody in the face is probably a good way to make sure they go down for the three count. The way Rollins executes it, though, is exactly the way NJPW superstar Kenny Omega nails it.
Omega caught wind of Rollins using his move, which Kenny calls the Rain Trigger. His initial response seemed to be lukewarm about the idea at best, taking to Twitter to share his thoughts on it in GIF form:
From that tweet it would seem Omega isn't exactly ecstatic that one of his original creations has become a WWE finisher. Kenny sat down with Sports Illustrated, though, and shared a much more measured response about how he feels about Rollins using the Rain Trigger.
“If he was inspired by my match to add that to his arsenal, it’s a great compliment. A finishing move is an important part of one’s character – and sometimes success. So for him, being a top guy in WWE, it’s cool that he chose something that I’d used earlier in the year," Omega said.
Seeing them side-by-side makes it fairly clear that Rollins was a bit more than "inspired" by Omega crushing Okada with the move;
Omega also gave some insight about his tweet regarding Rollins using his move, claiming he's not "legitimately" angry about Rollins swiping a finisher from him.
“As for the tweet, a lot of guys don’t know that I used to travel with Rollins all of the time in ROH. We never became the closest of friends, but we’re definitely cool with each other and the mutual respect has always been there.
"If I was legitimately angry, I’d just flat out say so. I’m not one to shy away from speaking my mind,” Omega said.
Omega is widely considered one of the best wrestlers in the industry, and that he rose to the top of the mountain without riding the WWE train is proof of his excellence. The Architect took the blueprint for his new finisher from one of the best, and ultimately that's a huge sign of respect.
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