WWE Superstar Seth Rollins has used his appearance on this week’s ‘After The Bell’ podcast with Corey Graves to address the comments made last week by Jim Cornette about his fiancee Becky Lynch falling pregnant.
Cornette used his own podcast last week to launch into an astonishing tirade against the now-former WWE Raw Women’s Champion who announced to the world last week that she is expecting a child with Rollins and would be stepping away for the foreseeable future.
Although the suspicion with Cornette, as always, is that these comments were a desperate grab for some sort of attention and airtime (mission accomplished), many fans and people in the business rightly rallied against the frankly embarrassing comments.
An excerpt from Cornette’s lengthy rant was:
In the overall scheme of life, you can’t always be on top in the wrestling business in a million dollar a year spot or more. What is she? Is she 30? Can she be 30-years-old? She’s got many more years before the f*****g easy bake oven power gets shut off. She can have all those problems like distended stomach, and stretch marks, and haemorrhoids, and hormone problems, and mood swings, and all the joys of motherhood much later on when she ain’t making a million dollars a year. What would you do if your wife came home and said, ‘Instead of making a million dollars next year, I’m going to basically just be a raging bitch for the next nine months and then give you more s**t to worry about around the house.’
Now, given a platform of his own, Rollins has not unexpectedly come to the defence of his partner with a withering response of his own to a man who he seemingly once held in high regard within wrestling. The former WWE champion said:
It actually came from one of the more unlikely of sources, and I don’t really want to take too much time to get into it because I don’t want to focus on it, but it hurt my feelings on a personal level because Jim Cornette is someone who’s a legend in our industry and he’s someone that I personally worked with in my time at Ring Of Honor.
And for him to come out and say some real negative things, some real misogynist things about women in general and pregnancy in the industry, it was just, it kind of caught me off guard and it made me lose a lot of respect for someone who a lot of people had kind of already lost respect for. And I was still holding onto hope that somewhere along the line there was a personal connection between Jim and that he would think twice before making just some egregious comments about women, about my wife. (pause) I can’t even forgive him. I don’t want to repeat them (pause) On a grander scale the mindset that has to go into that has to be eradicated all round. It’s just so disgusting.
Whilst the pointed nature of Rollins made it clear that is something that Rollins will not forget in a hurry, it was impressive to see The Monday Night Messiah maintain a high level of decorum in response to such low brow comments.