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Seth Rollins: What he said after NXT went off-air

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Tuesday, June 21, 2023, marked a historic moment for Seth Rollins as he made a triumphant return to WWE NXT.

A decade earlier, Rollins had been crowned the inaugural champion of WWE’s developmental brand, making his comeback all the more sentimental’‹.

After successfully defending his World Heavyweight Championship against Bron Breakker, Rollins addressed the NXT fanbase. His passionate speech hinted at a significant development: Rollins could be making appearances across all three of WWE’s brands in the near future’‹.

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Rollins’ Dedication to the Prestige of the Championship

In his address to the live crowd, Rollins passionately expressed his love for NXT and his respect for the World Heavyweight Championship. He reminisced about champions like Harley Race, Ric Flair, Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart, and ‘Mr. Five-Time; Booker T, lauding their commitment to taking the heavyweight title to every city and every country, putting on a fight to elevate the prestige of the championship’‹.

Rollins expressed his desire to be a part of that lineage, stating, “If I can even lace those boots for two seconds, then I’m doing something right.” He thanked the fans for their support and acknowledged the likes of Booker T and Shawn Michaels for enabling him to step into their shoes’‹.

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The NXT Crowd: Rollins’ Source of Energy and Inspiration

Seth Rollins attributed much of his success and drive to the energetic NXT crowd, calling them his source of inspiration.

He shared his experience of returning to the WWE’s Performance Center and how the fans’ energy made him a visionary and a revolutionary figure in wrestling’‹.

Despite initial doubts about whether his return would evoke nostalgic feelings, Rollins admitted that stepping into the NXT ring again stirred deep emotions.

This was especially true when the crowd broke out a loud “welcome back” chant, making Rollins visibly emotional’‹.

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Seth Rollins: Post-Show Speech and Future Prospects

After his successful match, Rollins delivered a post-show speech. This came just after “NXT” Champion Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams rescued him from a potential beatdown by Finn Balor, who will be challenging Rollins for the World Heavyweight Championship at Money in the Bank.

As Rollins looks forward to his match against Balor on July 1, it remains unclear whether he plans to defend his title in the lead-up to this significant event’‹.

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