Seth Rollins' Universal title match with The Fiend inside Hell in a Cell, at the namesake event last October, was scorned and ridiculed by fans and critics alike. The build, the structure, the ending, the red lighting - all of it was subject to intense criticism.
Rollins acknowledges how damaging the angle and match with Bray Wyatt's alter ego were to him and his status as Raw's top male babyface, in an interview with talkSPORT.
"At the end of the day, there’s no real nice way to put it, I was dead in the water after Hell in a Cell,” said Rollins. “A lot of that was nothing that I could control. I was left out there as a bit of a scapegoat in that situation and there was nothing I could do about it, but I was the one that had to face the scrutiny.
"No one really cared about me at that point in time, or about how I was feeling or about what really went into that moment, that night, and everything that went along with it.”
Now a heel challenging for Drew McIntyre's WWE championship at tonight's Money in the Bank, Rollins adds, “But, that’s what happened and here we are. There’s no point lamenting the past, it’s time to move on, move into the future and figure out what you’re gonna do about it, ya know? What can you control.”