Seth Rollins is not happy with those in attendance for the SummerSlam pay-per-view last night.
At the event, which was held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Seth Rollins faced Finn Balor towards the end of the program for the WWE Universal Championship. This is a brand new belt that was announced just a few weeks ago after the 2016 draft, and the look of it was highly anticipated. It was even hyped up to the audience, brought out into the ring while covered under a sheet.
But the crowd at the Barclays Center absolutely hated the look of the new belt, reacting quite negatively to it from the second it was unveiled on screen. The audience’s unhappiness with the Universal Championship ended up overshadowing the Rollins and Balor match, which took place moments later. While Rollins and Balor fought, the crowd chanted about the belt multiple times, shouting in unison “This belt sucks,” “That belt’s stupid,” and more.
After the show, Rollins took to Twitter to express his anger that this negative reaction to the belt design was a bigger focus than his match, calling out the Brooklyn audience and saying they let him down.
The WWE community is quite divided on this issue. Some feel that while the look of the Universal Championship belt is not ideal, the crowd went too far by harping on this so much and distracting from one of the biggest events of the night.
On the other hand, others feel like the WWE did not do a good enough job building up this new title and that the feud between Rollins and Balor was not particularly interesting, and so the negativity was about much more than disappointment in the design.
“This title is a joke,” one Reddit user complained. “The name is a joke. The way it looks is a joke. Characters are openly mocking it on WWE television. It was the job of the two guys in the ring to make everyone forget that and, unfortunately, they didn’t.”
It didn’t help that the match was five hours into the SummerSlam festivities, and so the audience was growing restless. The matches were also presented in a strange order, and it was difficult to get the crowd as enthusiastic about anything again after the amazing John Cena vs. A.J. Styles match.