WWE News: Seth Rollins speaks on the pressure of opening WrestleMania
What’s the story?
WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins recently spoke to Newsweek while promoting the Greatest Royal Rumble event, and spoke about opening WrestleMania.
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The opening match at WrestleMania is very important, as it can set the tone for the entire show.
WrestleMania has had some fantastic opening matches over the years, most notably Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart at WrestleMania 10, which many regard as one of the best matches in WrestleMania history.
Today, WWE often likes to use multi-man matches and Intercontinental Championship matches, sometimes a combination of both, to open the show, and this year was no different.
The heart of the matter
While speaking to Newsweek, WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins spoke on a number of topics, including the pressure of opening WrestleMania.
Rollins said, ''Starting the show off is a lot of pressure. You want to kick WrestleMania off the right way. This was Finn’s first WrestleMania, Miz and I are WrestleMania veterans, and we all went out there with the same mentality to go and steal the show. We wanted to put out the best match we possibly could, put our best foot forward for WrestleMania.
"I think when you have three guys on the top of their game, pushing each other to be the best, you have a recipe for success.''
Rollins will be defending the Intercontinental Championship in somewhat of a rematch this Friday at the Greatest Royal Rumble event in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The Kingslayer will be getting back into the ring with his WrestleMania opponents The Miz and Finn Bálor, but will also have Samoa Joe and ladders thrown into the mix, as it will be a Fatal Four Way Ladder match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
I can imagine that starting off WrestleMania does have a lot of pressure as it depends on you to give the audience that first round of excitment for the evening.