The champ is here! Seth Rollins, self-proclaimed “The Undisputed Future of WWE,” has endured a long road on his way to becoming WWE’s No. 1 guy and in possession of WWE’s top prize. Rollins is good and he knows it. The WWE Universe has long awaited a one-on-one showdown between Rollins and Brock Lesnar ever since Rollins won the title at WrestleMania. We’re finally going to get it. Before he faces his most physical test in his career this Sunday at WWE’s Battleground, the WWE champion took a moment to reflect with us about what life is like on top, his independent wrestling pedigree, rivalries, life out of the ring, the future, and more.
CraveOnline: As the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, what has changed for you? How busy are you?
Seth Rollins: The schedule is pretty hectic. It was pretty hectic before that if I’m being honest with you. Yeah I’m a little crazier. I’m definitely loaded up on media appearances and interviews and stuff like that. Typical stuff. Everybody wants a piece of the champ, right? It’s like that for whoever it is, it just happens to be me at the time and it’s something I take pride in. I like being sought after a little bit so it’s good for me and it’s good for you.
CraveOnline: I understand that you have a wrestling school. That blew my mind considering your busy schedule.
Seth Rollins: Well, let’s not get crazy here. I don’t run the school on a day-to-day basis. My co-trainer Marek Brave runs the school on a day-to-day basis but I do a decent job at facilitating that and it’s something he always wanted to do and something I always wanted to do for the independent wrestling community in this area. I’m happy to help them out when I can. Marek does a great job at running the school on a day-to-day basis and I stop in and help the kids when I can.
On Winning The Title At WrestleMania
CraveOnline:I was at WrestleMania to see your surprise cash-in for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and getting your WrestleMania moment. When and how did you find out that you were cashing in that night?
Seth Rollins: I was told by the people that I needed to be told by halfway through the show that it was going to be an option and to be ready and to be prepared so I was. I had my Money in the Bank briefcase and contract by my side watching the main event and waited for the right time to strike if it became available and if all things worked out and they did and here we are talking about it now. It was definitely a game-time decision. It certainly wasn’t something… something I considered for months in my mind but I’m not the one who has control over all that and you never know how things are going to work out so It was one of those deals where right place, right time is an understatement.
CraveOnline: That was a very long way to run down at WrestleMania.
Seth Rollins: [Laughs] Yeah, it was quite a sprint. Continue Reading
Every wrestling fan likely has dreamed of being the WWE World Heavyweight champion at some point.
Every wrestling fan, at some point, has wanted to know what it was like to be Hulk Hogan, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin or The Rock and what it was like to walk even a city block in their shoes. Seth Rollins is one of the very few fans who was actually able to turn that dream into reality, doing it at WrestleMania back on March 29. It took a lot of hard work for Rollins, once just another wrestling fan in Davenport, Iowa, to make it to that point.
But once he won the title, the hard work was just beginning. The WWE World Heavyweight title belt features a massive main plate that is emblazoned with the WWE logo. It also features two side plates that can be removed and customized for whoever the current champion is. On the night Rollins won his first WWE World Heavyweight title, the side plates of the former champion were removed and replaced with the logos of Rollins. When those side plates were put on the title, it officially became Rollins’ property, but it also meant that wherever he goes, he’s Seth Rollins all the time, and that days when he gets to go home and simply be Colby Lopez (his real name) are few and far between. The workload for a champion is hefty inside the ring and in front of a television camera, but it is just as cumbersome outside of that realm. Traveling for weeks at a time and sitting down for media appearances and interviews, much like the one he conducted with philly.com, make up the bulk of his time outside of the ring. The day after winning the title, Rollins flew from San Jose, Calif. all the way to New York to appear on the Today Show first thing in the morning. He then flew back to California to appear on Monday Night Raw as the company’s new champion.
The day Rollins spoke to philly.com was the first time in two weeks he had been back home in Davenport. He spent no more than 24 hours at home before heading back onto the road for another two weeks of travel. Even on the one day he got to sit on his own couch and sleep in his own bed, he spent most of the afternoon conducting phone interviews with media outlets from around the country. The work truly never stops when you’re the top man in a multimillion-dollar company.
“It’s been a little hectic, of course,” Rollins said. “The life of a champion usually is, but not anything that was unexpected for me. I think the one thing that’s maybe been a little more hectic than I thought is just the emotional side of things,” he added. “You travel so much, you’re never home, you’re living out of a suitcase, doing a lot of interviews, talking about a lot of different things, you lose track of time and sometimes you lose track of yourself a little bit. It’s nice to be home at least for one day to kind of just be me for a little while, hang out and just enjoy the life that I’ve comfortably made for myself as champion.”
Don’t confuse Rollins’ sentiments as complaints. In fact, he enjoys the hectic lifestyle that comes with being the WWE champion. It’s a spot that’s meant for only a select few, as some tend to shy away from the workload. “There’s plenty of people that absolutely want to be at the top and then they get close, and then they kind of see what the work is that they’re having to put in and they think twice,” Rollins said. “That’s just how it is. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s not for everybody. It really isn’t, and I don’t want it to be for everybody. If it were for everybody, then it wouldn’t be special. It’s cool to be the man and to be able to carry that torch, and to do it well. I think that it takes a special person, and I’m excited to be that guy.” Continue Reading
WWWE world heavyweight champion Seth Rollins joined the newest edition of “The Buzz with Jimmy Traina.” Rollins, who will face Brock Lesnar at “Battleground” this Sunday on pay-per-view and the WWE Network, talked about his infamous “Johnny Idiot Face” jab at Johnny Manziel; when he learned he’d be winning the title at WrestleMania; how he thanked Roman Reigns when he pinned him at WrestleMania; his love of Crossfit; old-school wrestling; his worst injuries; his trademark blond streak; John Cena’s standing among fans and superstars; what it’s like to travel with a WWE title belt and “Money in the Bank” briefcase; working with Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar; and much more.
Seth Rollins will defend his WWE title Sunday night in the main event at Battleground in St. Louis on the WWE Network, facing Brock Lesnar in a match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. With just a few days to Battleground, Rollins talked to FTW about Todd Frazier lifting the WWE title at the Home Run Derby, Brock Lesnar’s title reign as a part-timer, and his favorite promos.
FTW: You’ve had an amazing run since becoming the WWE World Heavyweight Champion at WrestleMania in March. How does your life change going from a regular guy on the roster to being the champ?
Seth Rollins: There’s a lot of pressure involved. Everyone looks at you to anchor the show every night. You’re the guy that’s drawing the houses. You’re the guy that everyone wants to beat, and you’ve got the spot everyone wants to take. The bullseye on the back of your head gets a little bit deeper and darker every night. It’s certainly an interesting line to walk, but it’s been fun and I’m enjoying the process of being champion.
FTW: Is there anything that has caught you by surprise in your role as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion?
Seth Rollins: How welcoming everyone else has been. With that bullseye comes a level of competition, but I think it’s healthy. I think everybody else in the locker room is pretty happy to have a full-time champion on the roster again. A guy who’s defending the title in Peoria, Illinois, as well as WrestleMania. I think it’s cool for the boys to see a champion in the locker room every day and not just every few months like it was for the past year.
FTW: Do you think that the champion should be at every show?
Seth Rollins: Traditionally it’s important for the champion to be on the live events and draw the houses. We’re not living in traditional times. It’s 2015, Brock held the title through 2014. Certainly his lack of appearances makes the ones that he does have very special, but I am more of a traditionalist, and I enjoy being a champion that’s on all the shows. I enjoy being the guy that’s on the marquee every night, the one they come to see. So, for me, I like that business model better than the Brock Lesnar business model. Continue Reading
If a hungry Seth Rollins is stuck in Alabama at 1 a.m. after main-eventing Monday Night Raw, he’s not gonna eat pretty. He’ll get his fast-good fix, chalk it up as essential protein and wake up the next day to get his CrossFit on without a care in the world. Maybe that’s how WWE’s reigning heavyweight champ (a title he’s putting on the line this Sunday at the Battleground PPV/WWE Network event) has managed to conquer his chosen profession before even turning 30. As one can glean from a conversation with the Davenport, Iowa, native, his fighter’s philosophy is all about discipline when necessary but indulgence when appropriate. And that translates as much to his diet as anything else. Just a few hours before squaring off against Intercontinental Champion Ryback (whose mantra, fittingly, is “Feed Me More”) at that night’s SmackDown taping in Milwaukee, Rollins offered the following insights into how he remains a lean athletic machine while eating what he loves.
Burn calories, then store them
“I’ve noticed that over time the intensity of my workouts is so high, that I can get away with eating whatever I want,” says Rollins. “And I love eating a lot. So if I wanna eat more, I’ll just work harder. I’ll make that sacrifice in the gym instead of in the kitchen. There are some days where if I haven’t done anything in a couple days or haven’t had a match, I will be a little more cautious in my dining selection, but those days are few and far between.”
No tag-team partner required
“I do my best work alone. I travel alone a lot. One of my treats on the road is I use Yelp to go find little hipster-foodie eateries and go get a weird, crazy cheeseburger or something like that. Or at night I’ll go find a cool little pub that has a lot of good craft beers and have one of those and some wild appetizers. It depends on who’s with me and what they’re in the mood for, but like I said, I do my best work alone, so if you’re riding with me, you’re doing my schedule. That’s kind of how the champ rolls these days.”
Eat Meat and Conquer
“I’ve got a friend who’s a power lifter and she’s a vegetarian. I don’t know how she does it. I want red meat all the time. I applaud the discipline, I really do. I just can’t do it. Good for her, but not for me.” Continue Reading