WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins is currently involved in a top program with his former Shield-brother Dean Ambrose on the flagship show of the WWE, Monday Night Raw. However, once former WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns had to take time off from being an active WWE superstar due to his battle with leukemia, WWE officials were forced to make changes to their plans for this year’s Survivor Series pay-per-view event. As a result, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon decided it was best to go back to the Raw vs. SmackDown theme for one of their big four PPV events of the year.
With such a change, Rollins ended up putting his feud with Ambrose on hold in order to battle WWE United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura in a champion vs. champion contest at Survivor Series that went down at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California last month on the WWE Network.
Rollins was a guest on the Greg Atoms Show on 1130-KWKH after Survivor Series to talk about various topics including his match with Nakamura and his respect for the SmackDown star.
“Yes, we had mingled a little bit in the Royal Rumble last year, but first time in a single match for sure. For me, you know I can’t speak for him, but for me a lot of respect, he’s someone who I’ve admired from afar. To be able to get into the ring with him, test myself against him, really get to find out how good I am. It’s a treat, he was an excellent opponent, and I was glad that we got that first out of the way successfully.”
H/T to Wrestling Inc for the transcript.