Originally published at POLLOCK'S UPDATE: Rollins on fans singing during segments
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**Seth Rollins spoke with Joseph Staszewski of the New York Post to promote Tuesday’s match with Bron Breakker on NXT. Rollins was asked about last Monday’s promo segment with Finn Balor and whether there is concern about the fans overriding future segments with their singing:
Why would I want to stop it? They’re doing my thing for me. Why would I want to stop them? What good is that? That’s silly. They “What” people when they’re bored with them. They’re singing my song to my opponent to aggravate him, to piss him off. They know that it annoys him so they keep doing it. That’s as good as it gets. If he was a heel out there standing by himself and they were booing him out of the building a la Dominik Mysterio and he couldn’t get a word in, everyone would be thinking that’s the greatest thing ever.
**WrestleTix reports that this Saturday’s episode of Collision in Toronto has topped 3,100 tickets distributed, so there has been a movement over the past several days even though it’s still a low figure for a venue of that size in a major wrestling market. Wednesday’s episode of Dynamite at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago is just over 5,900 tickets distributed.
**Due to the Juneteenth federal holiday, ratings are delayed this week. The SmackDown & Rampage numbers will be released on Tuesday afternoon and the first number for AEW Collision will be out on Wednesday morning. The WWE Raw viewership figures are delayed until Wednesday afternoon.
**The Midnight ET airing of Collision in Canada on TSN 2 averaged approximately 15,000 viewers and 9,000 in the 25-54 demographic. This would not include the live-streaming figures for the TSN+ airing earlier in the evening.
**TSN 2 is listing AEW Rampage for 10 p.m. ET on Friday, June 30. TSN 5 is carrying this Saturday’s episode of Collision from Toronto live at 8 p.m.
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*MITB Qualifying Match: Trish Stratus vs. Raquel Rodriguez
*Rhea Ripley vs. Natalya
*Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Bronson Reed
*Matt Riddle vs. Ludwig Kaiser
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*NXT North American Championship: Wes Lee © vs. Tyler Bate with Mustafa Ali as the special referee
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