When we talk about Vince McMahon, we will notice many different reactions, but everyone will admit that Vince is the man who created the empire, and many respect him. Still, Seth Rollins was aware that he had to take a step forward and go to Vince’s office with a desire to be an Intercontinental Champion.
“I know what he’s trying to do. I have all the respect in the world for my boss and for Vince as a person, we have a good relationship, but you’re not going to talk to me like that without me firing back.
I fired back at him. We got into a heated discussion, an argument, and I’m like, ‘Look man, just give me the ball and I’ll take it to the house, but you have to give me the opportunity”. - he said in an interview with Broken Skull Sessions’ “You put me in a bullsh*t situation where I’m having to fill in these spots and I’m not getting the focus I deserve.
Give me the opportunity and you’ll see the guy you want to see. It’s not me. Trust me. I put forth the effort every night. I make every town, I bust my ass for you, don’t give me that sh*t.’”
Rollins and his courage
Seth realized that the only option was to show courage and convince the boss that he possessed everything he needed.
“He respects that. He respects when you do that and stand up for yourself. I was like, ‘We’re nowhere with this babyface character. Give me a run as the IC Champion, let’s work to get to Finn, Miz, and Seth at WrestleMania, give me the title, and let me run with it as a babyface.
The work rate will get me over, I promise you. It will take the pressure off me, do what you want with the World Title, just let me go out there and have a good time. I promise you, you’re gonna get these people to see who the real guy is.’ That’s what happened”.
Nothing will come to you by itself, your will and effort are in the end a victory. “You have to pick your time and place. If I had walked in the door day one and been like, ‘I’m your next World Champ,’ you can’t do that.
You have to build equity over time. It’s like any relationship. He gives you a little bit, you do what you can with it, and if you turn it into something, he’s going to respect you. At this point, I’ve been one of his guys for a decade, we have got to have that relationship. If he doesn’t hear it from me, who is he going to hear it from? Not everyone is going to tell him that”.