WWE superstar Seth Rollins released a video on his Instagram Live commenting on today's massive talent and employee cuts made by WWE in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The former Universal champion states that today is a "day for compassion and empathy" and doesn't understand the negativity aimed at the company from the wrestling universe.
One thing I am seeing that is a little upsetting to me is all the negativity and hostility towards WWE. This is a difficult day for everyone, for all of us. I think if ever there was a moment for us to unify, for us to kind of band together and to try to do the best we can, to keep this business alive the best we know how, this is that moment. I think pointing fingers or saying you should have done this or you should have done that — I don’t know, it just doesn’t feel like the time or the place for it. I think this is a day for compassion and for empathy and for understanding and to try to support each other, to pick each other up.
That’s for everybody, that’s not just for the guys and girls that were let go. For all of us that were fortunate enough at this moment to still be able to have a position where we can collect a paycheck and we can support those who love us and those around us, I think we have to take it upon ourselves to work harder to make sure that there’s a place for all those had it the worse today to come back to. As a planet, we can rally around the idea that this is only temporary and those that lost their positions and are struggling to figure out what to do next, that they will be able to make it back from this. Whether that’s with WWE or with another organization or a completely new field, this isn’t the end. I think that if we start fighting amongst ourselves, it’s only going to make things worse. I just encourage everyone to try to come together over this and to try to support each other, to lift each other up.
The video was shared by TalkSports Alex McCarthy. Rollins would later respond to McCarthy's tweet thanking him and sharing some extra thoughts. He writes, "Thanks Alex. I very much understand where all the anger & frustration is stemming from & that’s okay. This is an emotional day for all of us & some folks need to vent. For me, it’s been a lot of sadness & contemplation & a desire to unify & rally behind an industry I love."
Check it out below.
— Alex McCarthy (@AlexM_talkSPORT) April 15, 2020
Thanks Alex. I very much understand where all the anger & frustration is stemming from & that’s okay. This is an emotional day for all of us & some folks need to vent. For me, it’s been a lot of sadness & contemplation & a desire to unify & rally behind an industry I love. https://t.co/EP8R2w144G
— Seth Rollins (@WWERollins) April 16, 2020
(Transcribed by Wrestling News)