Seth Rollins began his feud with Rey Mysterio following Money in the Bank, but the thread for the feud began after Survivor Series 2019. That's also when Rollins started to begin his transformation into the Monday Night Messiah after being the babyface leader of WWE for the majority of 2019.
Speaking to Alex McCarthy of TalkSPORT, Rollins discussed growing into the role of the Messiah and the early hint at a feud with Mysterio and his son Dominik.
"If you look at when this whole thing started – really after Hell in a Cell but in earnest Survivor Series last year – until now, it’s obviously been a work in progress," Rollins said about the Messiah character. "Trying to figure out who I was at the end of last year and then kind of sinking deeper into the character and the personality and what my goal is and why I’m doing this. It’s been an interesting process going from where I was to where I’m at now, but certainly it’s been enjoyable and for me, the artistic side of wrestling is something that has always been super fulfilling to me. A lot of people think it’s just the matches and stuff like that, but it’s not. It’s the storytelling and the characters and at the end of the day, that’s the most important thing about what we do. Establishing characters that people care about. I think one way or another, whether you’re on my side or against me, there is strong feelings about the Monday Night Messiah so yeah, it’s definitely something that I’m very proud of and look forward to cultivating as we move forward into this strange year that is 2020."
Following Survivor Series 2019, Rollins held a "rah-rah" meeting in the middle of the ring on Raw. During his interview, Rollins called out Mysterio for failing to get the job done against Brock Lesnar.
"Rey has been a big part of this whole thing from the very beginning so I think, say what you will, but there is long term storytelling if you have the patience to stick around and pay attention, so kudos to you [the fans] if you got that," said Rollins.
At the Horror Show at Extreme Rules, Rollins took Mysterio's eye in the Eye for an Eye match.
Elsewhere during the interview, Rollins discussed the match and who was involved in planning out the match. You can find his full comments by clicking here.