Seth Rollins’ WWE World Heavyweight Championship reign, which began with his historic Money in the Bank contract cash-in at WrestleMania 31 and has since been heralded as being among the most memorable in the modern era, came to a sudden halt when he was injured during WWE’s tour of Dublin, Ireland this past week and was forced to vacate the title. WWE.com caught up with the former champion for an exclusive interview to see how he’s feeling just days after the injury, his thoughts on the future of the World Title at Survivor Series and how The Architect plans to rebuild.
WWE.COM: It has been a crazy few days for you, how are you feeling physically and emotionally?
ROLLINS: You know, overall, I think I’m in a pretty good spot. Physically, my knee doesn’t hurt. Like, one thing people don’t understand, a common question is, “How much pain are you in?” The ligaments don’t have nerve endings, so, that’s a good thing and a bad thing, but I don’t feel any pain, it’s just a lot of instability in the knee capsule. So, I’m doing a lot of compression to kind of reduce the swelling and stuff like that. Emotionally … could be better. Obviously it’s a tough spot to be in. I’m mostly just looking forward to getting the surgery done and getting better every day.
WWE.COM: If you could, walk us through the injury. How did it happen?
ROLLINS: Let’s see, we were in Dublin, Ireland, first night of the tour and I was in the main event. I was setting up to do something I’ve done a million times — flipping over my opponent while he was standing on the second [rope]. I landed underneath him and then picked him up for a Powerbomb. And for whatever reason, I just landed on the inside of my right foot, instead of flat with my feet and my knee gave. If you’ve seen the video, you know it looks pretty graphic. It didn’t feel as graphic though. It just felt like my knee dislocated and then kind of popped back in. So, I hustled back up and got underneath, made sure my feet were steady and delivered the Powerbomb. Then, I did a self-evaluation real quick to see what was going on. I realized my knee was pretty unstable and noticed that it felt like it was flopping around. I didn’t feel like I had a lot of control under it. I was able to move around enough to finish the match, hit a Pedigree and get the win. Afterwards, I just laid there and [tried to] figure out what was going on. Again, I wasn’t in a whole bunch of pain, I just felt like my knee wasn’t right. I wasn’t really sure of the extent of the damage until the next morning when I got the MRI.
WWE.COM: So, all of that considered, would you classify the injury as a freak accident?
ROLLINS: You know, it’s one of those things, that yeah, it’s a bit of a freak accident, but I was just talking to a friend of mine, who is a physical therapist and may be doing the work on my knee moving forward, and he kind of summed it up as a “complex accident,” as in, there are a lot of factors that led up to it and not just a freak thing, you know? And that’s just part of me going as hard as I have for as long as I have. Continue Reading
Seth Rollins used to drive over three hours each way from Davenport, Iowa, to a warehouse on the border of Chicago and Oak Park two or three times a week to train at Danny Daniels’ wrestling school. The year was 2004 and Rollins was juggling his wrestling aspirations with a side job and community college. He didn’t want to go to college. His parents forced him to so that he had something to fall back on if wrestling didn’t pan out. It was because of those college classes that Rollins had to drive back to Davenport right after training. There was little time to get to know the Chicago area and explore. He had a long ride ahead of him. Sure, Rollins could have taken Interstate 88 to make the trip faster, but there was just one problem.
“I was too poor to take the toll roads,” said Rollins (real name Colby Lopez) Tuesday in a phone interview. Now, Rollins is the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, a title he has held since WrestleMania 31 in March when he unexpectedly cashed in his Money in the Bank contract, which granted him a title shot whenever he wanted it. The 29-year-old Rollins currently runs his own wrestling school called The Black and the Brave Wrestling Academy in Moline and still resides in Davenport. WWE’s top bad guy will return to the Chicago area Monday when “RAW” comes to the Allstate Arena. Shortly before flying out to WWE’s shows in Saudi Arabia, Rollins spoke about his recent “feud” with former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, why he doesn’t plan on leaving the Midwest, his love of the Bears and his opinion on Jay Cutler.
Q. You said on “Raw” in February that you were “untouchable” and capable of doing anything you wanted, including hosting “The Daily Show” and making it “watchable.” Did WWE already have an angle with Stewart planned out at that point?
A. Jon caught wind of the segment because one of his assistants was a fan. She said, “Hey, you should make a video replying to what Seth Rollins said about you.” Sure enough, it popped up online and things kind of snowballed from there. He helped me win the US Championship at SummerSlam. It’s cool how stuff happens. Jon was tremendous. It helps that he’s a fan of what we do. I’m a fan of what he does. I’d been watching him on “The Daily Show” for years. One thing I never thought I would get to do is end up on “The Daily Show,” not once, but twice. I’ve had a few people come up to me and say “I don’t watch wrestling, but I saw you on ‘The Daily Show.’” That’s kind of cool.
Q. Would you like to do more acting in films and television?
A. If the opportunity presents itself, I’m not opposed. Right now I’m focused on the heavyweight championship, but I’m not opposed to taking (The Rock’s) spot at some point.
Q. Several wrestlers opt to live in Florida or California. Why did you decide to stay in the Midwest?
A. I’m never leaving. I just like the people and the attitude. I like the seasons. Fall, right now, is the best time of year. It’s so perfect outside. I love the simplicity of it. I travel a lot and life is crazy, particularly now that I’m the world heavyweight champion. It’s nice when I have days off to go home and relax and literally take the weight off my shoulders and enjoy the simple things. Continue Reading