Thankfully, after returning at last month's Extreme Rules pay-per-view, Seth Rollins is now back in the thick of the WWE action and preparing for a shot at the World Heavyweight title at Money in the Bank.
It is a sharp contrast to the last six months, however, during which The Architect had been rehabbing a horrific ACL, MCL and medial meniscus tear picked up in a match vs Kane in November 2015.
While the majority of the WWE Universe had nothing but support for Rollins during his rehabilitation, WWE legend Bret Hart did criticise the former Shield member for being irresponsible in the ring.
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Speaking today during an appearance on Chris Jericho's 'Talk is Jericho' podcast, Rollins admitted that, because of his respect for Hart, the legend's remarks were the one thing that hurt his feelings more than anything during his time away:
"I have all the respect in the world for this guy," Rollins told Jericho. "But this one hurt my feelings more than anything.
"...Bret Hart had some comments about me and how safe I am in the ring because of the John Cena nose (break), and then me getting hurt while I was the champion. He said you couldn't do that because people relied on you.
"I know he comes from a different era...but man, that sucked. I would love to have the discussion with him to be like, 'hey, what did you mean by that? Is there something I can learn from this experience?'"
Hart's comments were a little surprising considering Rollins' injury came about during a fairly routine move on Kane - a sunset flip - in which he actually took extra precaution because of his opponent's size:
"For me...it was a very simple, routine (move). Not dangerous, I've done it literally a million times," continued Rollins.
"He (Bret Hart) was the only one that made me think, 'Oh man, do I need to reevaluate my situation here?"
The very nature of being a WWE Superstar means that, even if you take all the safety precautions possible, you can never be sure you won't suffer an injury.
The past 12 months in the organisation have proved that with the likes of Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt and John Cena going down with their own long-term injuries.
It remains to be seen whether Hart chooses to clarify his criticism now that Rollins has brought it up. Hopefully, though, with a huge Money in the Bank match coming up, the former World Heavyweight Champion won't alter his in-ring style because of the legend's comments.
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