Before WWE Superstar Seth Rollins heads into SummerSlam on Sunday, August 20th, you can watch him suit up for some spooky action in Armed Response – a new paranormal thriller from WWE and KISS legend Gene Simmons that opens in theaters and On Demand on Friday, August 4th. Starring Wesley Snipes, Anne Heche, Dave Annable, and Simmons himself in a cameo role, Armed Response follows a team of special forces soldiers as they investigate an artificial intelligence gone wrong inside a secret high-tech facility known as The Temple.
Rollins, in his very first movie roll, stars as one of the most brutal members of Snipes’ highly-skilled black ops unit and as the mystery deepens and the danger rises, Rollins’ Bret starts to become more and more unhinged. I had the pleasure of speaking to Rollins about his first foray into film and what it was like to go toe-to-toe with…Anne Heche.
IGN: When did you film Armed Response?
Seth Rollins: It was all shot in April of 2016, I want to say.
IGN: Yeah, you looked pretty mobile and I was wondering how it coincided with your knee injury.
Rollins: I was right at the end of my rehab period. So I got hurt and had surgery in November of 2015 so this was probably five months or so out from that. I was at the very end of my rehab so I was moving around pretty well, though I still had a ways to go before I was ring ready, but I was certainly silver screen ready.
IGN: When I watched the trailer, you’re only shown a few times so I thought “Oh, he’ll die pretty quickly.” But you’re in this until the very end. It’s a pretty prominent role. What was your favorite part about playing this guy?
Rollins: Yeah, Bret’s just a hard dude, man. Clearly a veteran of many battles and conflicts and he’s pretty straight-forward when it comes to what he thinks is true and how he wants things to get done. And he doesn’t like taking orders necessarily. I think he just likes to tell it like it is. Or at least how he sees things from his perspective. He’s not shy when it comes to sharing his opinion. He’s constantly ready to let you know what he feels about everything that’s going on. Continue Reading
No one ever wants to suffer an injury, especially one as big as the one Seth Rollins experienced in November 2015. He was on a roll at the time and arguably the biggest heel in the WWE. Rollins was riding high. Then during an overseas match with Kane, his momentum came to a halt as he tore the ACL, MCL and medial meniscus in his knee. It would be more than seven months before “The Architect” returned to the ring. There was a positive as he was offered a role in the WWE Studios movie “Armed Response” and now had the time to do it.
The movie, which also stars Wesley Snipes and Anne Heche, finds Rollins and a team of highly trained soldiers looking into the disappearance of another team. As they investigate, they find themselves trapped inside a military compound controlled by artificial intelligence and things quickly get out of control. Sporting News spoke with Rollins about being in his first feature film, fighting Anne Heche, recovering from his knee injury during filming, becoming a good guy in WWE, and getting the cover of the upcoming WWE 2K18 video game. “Armed Response” will be available on digital download and limited theatrical release beginning on Friday, August 4.
SPORTING NEWS: How was the movie making experience for “Armed Response” for you overall seeing this is the first feature film you’ve done?
SETH ROLLINS: Yeah, this is the first one. It was cool. Honestly, it was a good experience. I had no idea what it was going to be like going in. I had no preconceptions or anything like that. I was going in with an open mind and it was a lot different than what I’m used to doing live shows all the time. It was super-interesting and a fun experience, a learning experience for me. Continue Reading
Seth Rollins cannot wait for Triple H to return to WWE television – so that he can “put his foot in his mouth”.
Rollins and his former mentor have seemed on a collision course since Triple H dashed The Architect’s Universal Title hopes in August – The Game’s Pedigree on Rollins allowing Kevin Owens to bag the belt instead. Triple H has not appeared on Raw since but a clash with Rollins could be edging closer, with the 14-time world champion’s entrance music ringing out on Monday night and costing Rollins his spot in Sunday’s Royal Rumble. Speaking before his Rumble hopes eroded, Rollins goaded The Game – and said the two could meet at WWE’s biggest show, WrestleMania, in April.
“I’ve been trying to find [Triple H] for two or three months now and if he shows up it will give me the opportunity to put my foot in his mouth!” said the 30-year-old on a conference call. “I have been calling him out on television and social media and can’t seem to get anything from him, so maybe he is comfortable in his suit and sitting in his penthouse. Maybe The Game, The Cerebral Assassin, the guy that wielded the sledgehammer is done and gone – we’ll see if he is the man and if he has the cojones to answer me and protect his legacy.”
“One way or another I am going to get my hands on him – whether it’s in the ring, backstage or at WWE headquarters. I am going to find a way to make him pay for what he did to me. He deserves everything that comes to him and more and I would like a no disqualification match because I don’t want anyone telling me what I can and can’t do when it comes to getting revenge.There is some unfinished business and sooner or later we are going to get around to it – whether it’s at WrestleMania, before or after.”
Rollins returned to action last May, having spent six months on the sidelines with a torn ACL, MCL and medial meniscus that he suffered while wrestling at a house show in Dublin in November 2015. The former Ring of Honor star was WWE World Heavyweight Champion at the time of his injury – and he admits he wondered whether he would be able to reach the same level on his comeback.Rollins beat Roman Reigns to win the WWE Title in June, only for Dean Ambrose to pinch the strap minutes later after cashing in the Money in the Bank contract he had claimed earlier in the night. The Architect has since been unable to nab Raw’s Universal Championship, losing to Finn Balor and Kevin Owens, but is determined to earn the belt and, eventually, become a WWE great. “It was more than just a physical struggle, because getting to the gym and rehabbing is easy,” Rollins – who also held the United States Title in 2015 – said of his knee injury. Continue Reading
Seth Rollins will battle Finn Balor at SummerSlam on Sunday for the newly created WWE Universal Championship. Rollins visited the ESPN campus and sat down for an interview on the match, that fan rushing the stage at Raw, and more.
Ben Houser: SummerSlam, what are we going to see from Seth Rollins?
Seth Rollins: Mostly what you can expect — a big match, Seth Rollins, WWE Universal Championship, first time against Finn Balor. Aside from him being a tremendous opponent, I just think you’re going to see me go out there and deliver in big match situations, so I’m looking forward to the energy and the crowd and the match itself.
Houser: It wasn’t that long ago that you came up; what is it like that you built the brand for yourself as Seth Rollins and you’re about to take on a younger talent in his first big match?
Rollins: It’s super-exciting for me, actually, to be on the other side of the coin. You know even last year, you go back to SummerSlam and look at my match with John Cena, and I feel like we’re in a complete role reversal. I feel like I’m in the John Cena position this year and Finn Balor is in my position, so it’s crazy, you know, how much can change in a year. I’m looking forward to that challenge because it’s a new challenge for me; it’s not something I’m used to. And now in the locker room, I’m almost a veteran at this point, which is just wild with all the new guys coming up and stuff like that. For me it’s a tremendous honor. It’s cool to be looked at that way, as a leader and as someone who’s going to help take this generation to the next level.
Houser: What are Finn Balor’s talents that you see?
Rollins: In the ring, Finn Balor is one of the most polished performers that we have. He’s got a uniqueness about him the way he moves; obviously, the Demon King side of his persona is very interesting and differentiates him from a lot of the other talent that we have right now on the roster. I just think there’s just something about him; he’s just one of those guys where you can’t put your finger on it. He’s got that, that “it” factor, that I can’t miss a Finn Balor match. Continue Reading