WWE Superstar Seth Rollins recently discussed a string of topics with fans at a WWE Gorilla Position Live event in London. The Beastslayer went into detail on the night Roman Reigns relinquished the Universal title, and Dean Ambrose turning on Rollins at the end of the night.
"No one knew about that announcement that Roman made at the start of the show. Maybe a handful of people that were aware that that was going to happen. Myself and Ambrose were not two of those people. It was kept very close to the vest for a reason. The plan was to do that turn that night before the diagnosis came through that week. Roman had gotten some testing done. They had him do some extra testing and figured out that his leukemia had returned, and it was all up in the air, but the plan was still to do the turn, it was going to happen that night. After the announcement was made, we got all the emotional stuff out of the way."
"Triple H came to us, and told Ambrose and I that it was our decision, how we wanted to do that. If we felt wrong, like it was something that we needed to push back a week, we could do that as well. Ambrose and I decided collectively that it would be best to do it that night. We thought the emotional response would be proper and that Roman, he wouldn't mind. It's pro wrestling you know, we are in the business of telling stories and a lot of that involves emotional rollescoasters, so we wanted to do that, and from a storytelling perspective it turned out really well."
Reigns was out for several months, and came back to WWE TV on the road to WrestleMania 35, where he defeated Drew McIntyre. Rollins defeated Brock Lesnar in the opening match of the same show to capture the Universal title. Ambrose would soon leave WWE and make his shocking debut in AEW.