Jim Cornette recently criticized Becky Lynch for getting pregnant while being a top star in WWE. Now, Seth Rollins has spoken out against the former wrestling manager’s “misogynist” comments.
During an interview on Corey Graves’ “After the Bell” podcast, Rollins addressed Cornette’s rant.
“It hurt my feelings on a personal level, because Jim Cornette is someone who is a legend in our industry, and he is someone I have personally worked with in Ring of Honor,” Rollins said. “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 kinda caught me off guard and made me lose a lot of respect for somebody that a lot of people had already kind of lost respect for, and I was still holding on to hope that somewhere along the line there was a personal connection between Jim and I, that he would think twice before making some egregious comments about women, about my wife, that were just completely – I can’t even forgive them. I don’t even want to repeat them.”
For those who missed Cornette’s rant, the former NWA announcer blasted Lynch for getting pregnant while making a huge salary as a top star in WWE and said she’s got years before the “Easy-Bake Oven gets shut off.”
“What would you do if your wife came home and said instead of making a million dollars next year I’m gonna basically just be a raging bitch for the next nine months and then give you more sh*t to worry about around the house,” he added.
Rollins addressed this line of thinking while talking Graves on ATB.
“Just on a grander scale, the mindset that has to go into that needs to be eradicated. All around,” Seth explained. “It’s just so disgusting and the more I sat and thought about it and talked about it, I knew we had this appearance coming up and we were gonna have this conversation, I wanted to address it just because I want to make it very clear that this is something that I am so proud of my fiancee of what she is doing.”
Lynch announced her pregnancy earlier this month on Raw while relinquishing the Raw Women’s title to Asuka. In a post-announcement interview with People.com, Becky said she’s unsure about her future in wrestling as it’s possible her priorities may shift after bringing a baby into the world.
“The courage that it takes for her at this point in her career to make a decision. Look, she’s thirty-three-years-old, once you hit thirty-five you start running risks with these pregnancies, so she made an incredibly tough decision,” Rollins continued. “She went out there on national television, she had to say things the way she wanted to do, and the fact of the matter is she is the most talented woman I have ever seen in my entire life. She’s gonna be just fine being pregnant, making money, doing alright. So everything that Jim Cornette said is complete nonsense, not just for her but for women all around the globe. It’s been, honestly, for the most part, aside from what we just discussed, it’s been extremely positive and I think everybody is just really happy for us.”
Listen to this week’s episode of “After the Bell” below.