Hurt pride could be the source of a fall for WWE World Heavyweight champion Seth Rollins – with ‘The Future of WWE’ perhaps living a little much up to his moniker and looking past his SummerSlam clash with John Cena to a Wrestlemania date with retired legend Steve Austin.
Speaking to talkSPORT at a glitzy WWE 2K16 press event in New York City, Rollins admitted he was furious with Austin stealing his ‘slice of pie’ and being revealed as the video game’s cover star.
He said: “I don’t like anyone coming in and stealing my thunder, man.
“I put in the work every single day, I want to be on the cover of the video game, I want to headline all the events. I don’t want anyone coming in and taking a cut of my pie.
“This is my pie, I baked it from scratch. I went out and picked the pumpkin, mashed it up, put in the sugar, made the crust, put it in the oven and someone else has taken it out of the oven and is presenting it as their pie.
“This is my pumpkin pie. ’Tis the season – almost… I mean, if you’re a white girl in America it is pumpkin season already. But absolutely, it is my pie – I want it all.”
And although ‘Stone Cold’ has ruled himself out of any future forays into the ring, Rollins continued unabated.
“I would absolutely love to take Stone Cold Steve Austin down, in his home state of Texas, at Wrestlemania 32 in front of 100,000 people in the AT&T Stadium,” he fumed.
Rollins also insisted he wasn’t sweating US champ Cena – his opponent and challenger in a title vs title, winner takes all clash tonight – lightly, despite the match up being one of the most high-profile bouts in his career.
“Definitely, it ranks up there,” he concurred.
“But I thrive under pressure. I’ve come through a lot of other big match, high-pressure situations so I’m looking forward to SummerSlam and the hot Brooklyn crowd.”
One of Rollins’ most prominent rivals also reckons he can secure the win in the Barclays Center.
Asked at the same WWE 2K16 bash who he was backing to take all the gold, former Shield partner Dean Ambrose plumped for the man who has frustrated his own championship challenges.
Shaking his head as he considered the options, Dean said: “Being a bit of a betting man… to go against John Cena in a championship match? That’s tough.
“I will put my money on Seth Rollins,” he decided.
Before SummerSlam, Seth Rollins talked to SB Nation about his CrossFit program, his feud with Jon Stewart and who will be the next NXT champion to win the world title.