The secret WWE origins of #PizzaRat revealed!
The scheming Seth Rollins wasn’t the only rodent to scurry home with a massive prize on Sunday night.
As The Architect celebrated his WWE World Heavyweight Championship defense against Sting in Night of Champions’ main event, one intrepid New Yorker was scoring a huge victory for anyone who’s ever had a late-night hankering for a $1 slice on the subway. The mozzarella-nibbling creature has become known as Pizza Rat, whose quest to carry a piece of cheese pizza down the First Avenue L Train station steps spawned millions of YouTube views and countless “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” memes in just a few days. Strangely enough, the popular rat actually has a stronger connection to Rollins than to Master Splinter.
“One hundred percent, if there was no WWE and no WWE Network, there would be no Pizza Rat,” said Upright Citizens Brigade comedian Matt Little, 35, the man responsible for the social media sensation. Little, who lives in Brooklyn, recorded the oddly inspirational rodent on the way home from the UCB Theatre in the East Village, where he and his friends were watching Night of Champions 2015.
“We had a show, closed the theater down and watched Night of Champions in the theater on the screen thanks to the WWE Network replay,” Little explained. “It was very late when we made it to the subway station, but then we saw the rat and you know the rest.”
Little and his friends are longtime members of the WWE Universe, and regularly perform in a wrestling comedy show called UCBW, which has attracted the likes of WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley, former World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler and NXT Diva Dana Brooke. Had Little not been glued to the main event clash between Rollins and Sting, the world would have been deprived of Pizza Rat’s bold journey — one that’s not too dissimilar from Rollins’ own journey.
“The thing about Pizza Rat is that it’s a metaphor for being WWE World Heavyweight Champion,” Little affirmed. “You are carrying the greatest prize in the game, and it’s much bigger than you expect. You always want it, and once you get it, you have to keep going with it. You have to throw it on your back, and once you do it, you’re carrying the entire WWE on your shoulders.”
Chew on that.