Seth Rollins Reveals When His WWE WrestleMania 38 Match With Cody Rhodes Was Finalised

Seth Rollins began to worry about his WrestleMania plans after being kept in the dark

WrestleMania 38 saw the grand return of Cody Rhodes, who came back to WWE as the mystery opponent of Seth Rollins. 

Going into the Showcase of the Immortals, The Visionary had been attempting to get on the card, leading to the 'mystery opponent' angle. 

Speaking on the latest Out of Character with Ryan Satin podcast, Rollins explained the process behind the match coming together, as well as the uncertainty he felt until just a few weeks before 'Mania. 

"I knew like - for sure, I would say less than a month out from WrestleMania [is when I found out concrete plans about the match with Cody Rhodes]. I was really left out of WrestleMania until — he ended up being a Godsend, but we're talking — it was finalised I wanna say three weeks before WrestleMania. Even as we were starting to build the story towards that, it was not quite sure. There was conversations being had and all this stuff that I wasn’t really privy to and I was kind of trying to poke around and be like, 'Hey, is this gonna happen or do I need to start thinking about something else? Because I'm really not interested in getting left off WrestleMania, two nights and I don't wanna be thrown into a match that means nothing'.

"Both the titles were being held up in the one match so I'm like…I gotta have something here…I had been doing so much good work. I was like, I'm doing great work. If I was sucking, then yeah, I get it, but I'm not. I'm 35 at that time, in my prime. I'm like, I don't know what else you want from me, you know what I'm saying? I was very, 'This is awful'.

"Had some real strong conversations - I'll put it that way - with Vince [McMahon] leading up to that but once we got rolling, everything was set in stone, like I said, I think it was three weeks, four weeks, somewhere in that time frame where I finally was like, texted Cody…I didn't want to text him because I was having the conversations with Bruce [Prichard] and Vince so I was like they're handling negotiations. I don't wanna say something. I don't know what they've told him or I don't know what the heck is going on so I was just waiting to see, okay, am I gonna get some sort of confirmation and finally, we were getting too close and I was like, yeah, I need to know. I gotta text him so I was like, 'We doing this thing or what?'. And he's like, 'Think so. Pretty sure'. I'm like, 'All right, well that's good enough for me. If you're committed then I guess we’re going so...'".

The American Nightmare beat Rollins at WrestleMania 38, WrestleMania Backlash, and inside Hell in a Cell at the eponymous premium live event months later. 

H/T POST Wrestling

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