Seth Rollins answers some questions about his indie wrestling circuit journey, crossfit, wwe and other stuff. Below are the highlights:
A lot of people pay attention to your workout regimen on Instagram and other forms of social media. That‚Äôs not something the previous generation of wrestlers had to go through. You‚Äôve probably done as much to spread the gospel of CrossFit as any wrestler. Do you get a kick out of that?
Social media is great in some ways ‚ÄĒ if we‚Äôre able to spread good messages. A lot of things now on the Internet is a lot of negativity, but I don‚Äôt try to use my social media for that. I try to use it to spread information about what I like, whether it‚Äôs music or movies or fitness. If my Instagram or Twitter has gotten people to try healthy supplements or enjoy a new form of fitness and feel better about themselves, then that‚Äôs pretty rad. I try not be an evildoer on the Internet.
When I watched you coming up through FCW, I didn‚Äôt expect WWE to position you as a bad guy ‚ÄĒ at least not so soon. Were you surprised by that?
No. For me, I know my capabilities and the spectrum I can cover as an entertainer. It‚Äôs cool that people who watched me for a long time are surprised at how good I am at it, but I take pride in that. I enjoy the process of jumping in a different pair of shoes from time to time.
I know you guys have some history ‚ÄĒ and he‚Äôs making a big splash in NXT right now. Which NXT talents are you most excited to work with in the future?
I‚Äôve never had a match with Adrian Neville or Finn B√°lor ‚ÄĒ it‚Äôd be interesting to see how our styles complement one another. Obviously Sami. Obviously Hideo Itami. A guy like CJ Parker has a bright future ahead of him. You‚Äôve got the Ascension, you‚Äôve got Tyler Breeze ‚ÄĒ there‚Äôs a whole crop of great talent waiting in the wings, and I think in the next three, four, five years, you‚Äôre going to see an influx of talent from NXT that‚Äôs going to change the way WWE looks.
When you were coming up through developmental, you had some epic matches with Dean Ambrose, and the two of you have spent the past few months feuding in WWE. At Hell in a Cell, there were a lot of people disappointed that your match didn‚Äôt end decisively, but it‚Äôs clear you two will lock up again in the future. Do you two ever talk about that? About meeting at WrestleMania or whether there will be a DVD about your rivalry someday?
I don‚Äôt think it‚Äôs anything that really needs to be spoken between myself and Ambrose. It‚Äôs just understood. We both know that we‚Äôre lifers, that we‚Äôre in this for the long haul. We both know that we‚Äôre going to be main-event players for years to come, and we both know what our capabilities are in the ring and with each other. So it‚Äôs not something we need to say out loud. We just go about our business and we know the opportunities are going to be there for us moving forward.
You debuted in WWE as part of the Shield, with Ambrose and Roman Reigns. Tell me one thing you learned from each of them when you were traveling together.
From Roman, the main thing I picked up was his presence. He‚Äôs the kind of guy that can walk into a room and take the attention away from everybody in there. All eyes just go to him. I don‚Äôt know if that‚Äôs something he can teach ‚ÄĒ that‚Äôs sometimes just something you‚Äôre born with ‚ÄĒ but you can take notes. I paid a lot of attention to that.
And Ambrose ‚ÄĒ he‚Äôs a quirky individual. His thought process as he approaches big matches and big promos ‚ÄĒ big moments, I guess you would say ‚ÄĒ is very interesting. You‚Äôll never find a student of the game who gets in any deeper than Ambrose. I said that it‚Äôs hard for me to just sit down and watch wrestling, but he loves it. He‚Äôll go back and find crazy stuff all the time. I remember at one point during our Shield run, he was watching some kind of crazy European stuff for no reason. I was like, ‚ÄúWhat is that?‚ÄĚ It was some crazy black-and-white stuff and he was just in there having a great time. I picked up lots of little things from each of them, and I think it helped all of us as individual performers.
Regardless of what happens on Sunday, you‚Äôll still have the Money in the Bank briefcase, which usually leads to big things for whoever holds it. What do you think the next six months are going to look like for Seth Rollins?
I‚Äôm expecting to continue the momentum I‚Äôve established and carry it into next year. To continue to push the envelope and to be in that upper echelon of guys who are carrying the company ‚ÄĒ that‚Äôs something I‚Äôve always wanted to do. I like having that weight on my shoulders. I enjoy the pressure, so I‚Äôm looking forward to what this WrestleMania season is going to look like. I think it‚Äôs going to be a little bit different than some of the WrestleMania seasons in the past, with some of the part-timers maybe not coming back and making an appearance this year. So it‚Äôll be interesting to see what guys step up.
Speaking of the future, you do moves that have basically never been done in a WWE ring. Fans who have never watched indie wrestling are seeing a lot of things for the first time, and fans who have watched the indies are surprised that this is being allowed to happen. This is an inside baseball question, so apologies, but is there a process by which you get moves that aren‚Äôt traditionally in the ‚ÄúWWE style‚ÄĚ approved?
Not a set-in-stone process. It‚Äôs not like you fill out an application for a new move. It‚Äôs just the evolution of our industry. And it‚Äôs cool that people are taking note that guys have come from different backgrounds and have instituted a different style. It‚Äôs nice that‚Äôs being talked about. It goes along with my personal no. 1 rule of wrestling: If it‚Äôs good, it‚Äôs good. You try something out and if it works and people seem to dig it, then you move forward with it. And if not, you toss it in the alley and call it a day. But it‚Äôs cool that people have noticed we‚Äôre bringing a new flavor to the show.
So there‚Äôs a chance we‚Äôll see God‚Äôs Last Gift someday?
I mean, it‚Äôs in my arsenal. You never know.