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Seth Rollins credits CM Punk and Colt Cabana for helping professional wrestling in Chicago

Seth Rollins has a lot of respect for what CM Punk and Colt Cabana did to further the independent wrestling scene in Chicago, Illinois. Rollins was recently traveling through Chicago for last night’s WWE live event in the United Center. It was WWE’s second of the week in Chicago as they were also at the Allstate Arena on Wednesday.

Rollins looked back on his run through the Chicago wrestling scene early on in his career, working for promotions like Ring Of Honor, All American Wrestling, and more. “The Architect” also reminisced on matches against the likes of Samoa Joe and Kevin Owens.

The former Intercontinental Champion thanked Punk and Cabana specifically for making Chicago feel special and serving as inspiration and motivation for the Chicago wrestling scene:

“Driving around this city before the United Center gig tonight and I can’t help but be flooded with Chicago independent wrestling memories. Can’t tell you how thankful I am to have cut my teeth in this here at and . Sorry in advance for all the incoming tweets…”

“I remember going to one of my first independent shows here when I was 16. It was Dream Night in like 2002 or 2003. I knew then pro wrestling was for me.”

“I remember throwing the title in the garbage at and feeling the tide start to turn towards Berwyn.”

“I remember my first (and last) no rope barbed wire match with my partner . The most scared I’ve ever been going into a match and the most relieved I’ve ever been after the 1, 2, 3.”

“I remember all the insane tournaments held in the Chicagoland area. 2004 sticks out to me as maybe one of the best weekends of wrestling I ever had as a fan. Look for the pink Shadows Fall trucker hat in the back corner of the stands.”

“I remember going to the Frontier Fieldhouse shows as a fan….and then making my ROH debut there in Age of the Fall. What a moment. I got to have so many fun matches in that arena with just to name a few.”

“I remember so much so fondly of this city…and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention and . Two guys who changed the game for Chicago wrestling. They made Chicago feel special. Made me feel like this place could lead to the rest of the world…”

“…I’m eternally grateful for the inspiration and motivation Punk and Cabana provided me at a very formative age. Helped shape my work ethic in wrestling for years to come.”

“With all that said…can’t wait to burn it down tonight at ! Hope you all enjoyed my little trip down memory lane!”

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