In 2017, after battling back from knee injuries, wrestler Seth Rollins has been able to really rebuild, redesign and reclaim what he had lost. That hard work paid off in the form of career highlights such as a victory over Triple H at WrestleMania, winning the tag-team championship with Dean Ambrose and gracing the cover of the WWE 2K18 video game, which is scheduled to be released Oct. 17. The 31-year-old recalls sitting on his couch at home when he got the call from the office with the news that he would be joining previous WWE icons who have received the honor of being front-and-center of the video-game packaging.
“I was surprised, because I really didn’t think it was going happen,” Rollins said. “I kind of bitched and moaned about it for the last couple of years when they were putting Brock Lesnar and ‘Stone Cold’ on there. I thought it would be maybe John Cena again, maybe Roman Reigns. So, the fact they chose me was really awesome, and I was really humbled to get the news.” The lifelong wrestling fan has appreciated all the opportunities that have been afforded him. It’s a reason he will also take time out for those who have supported him on the pro-wrestling journey. “I was really bad at meeting wrestlers,” Rollins recalled of his own experiences growing up. “I lived in a small town in Iowa. We didn’t have shows very often, so I didn’t get to meet many of the guys. Chris Jericho was really cool to me when I first met him. I was a 16-year-old kid who barged in on him because I wanted to show him my backyard wrestling pictures. He was very cool about it when he had no reason to be.”
The Black and Brave Wrestling Academy is another way Rollins gives back to not only the business but his local community as well. The wrestling school in Moline, IA has been an outlet for students to realize their potential and accomplish their physical goals. “The school has really exploded in the last few months. We had a tent at Warped Tour this year. We had our t-shirt at Hot Topic,’ he said. “The school has been filled up as we are booked through next year. For me, I wanted to just help the midwestern wrestling community because that is kind of where I broke in. Now we have people coming in from basically all over the world wanting to learn how to wrestle by myself and Marek Brave. It has been a really great experience for me in keeping me grounded and taking me back to my roots.” Continue Reading
Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose come out and Seth asks if they are the nostalgia acts. He says it looks like Taxi Driver had an ugly baby with Braveheart. He says they are right about something. They are having the times of their lives and no matter what they are brothers. Dean says that brothers might fight but they don’t leave the house dressed like that. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows come out and Karl says you both claim to be the best brothers, but Sheamus and Cesaro walked out on them last week. Karl says Dean and Seth are not good brothers and took advantage of their disadvantage. Luke says that doesn’t make you brothers, it makes you NERDS. Seth says they shouldn’t have said that. Dean says nobody calls him a nerd and then Dean goes after Luke while everyone else battles.Seth sends Anderson out of the ring and the champions are in the ring.
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson versus Sheamus and Cesaro versus Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose in a Non Title Match
Sheamus and Rollins start things off and Sheamus with a side head lock take down. Rolilns with a drop kick and chop. Ambrose tags in and he punches and chops Sheamus. Sheamus with an Irish whip but Gallows tags in. Gallows with a kick and forearm. Gallows with a punch but Sheamus with a forearm. Gallows fires back and they exchange forearms. Gallows with a knee and Cesaro tags in and hits a running European uppercut in the corner. Cesaro wtih another European uppercut. Sheamus tags in and they hit a double thrust kick. Sheamus with an Irish whip and shoulder into the corner followed by a running knee lift. Gallows with a boot to Sheamus. Gallows punches Sheamus and Sheamus with a kick. Sheamus tries for a slam but Rollins makes the blind tag and hits a springboard clothesline to Sheamus for a near fall. Rollins and Ambrose with a series of strikes and Ambrose gets a tag. Ambrose with a missile drop kick for a near fall. Sheamus with a punch and European uppercut but Dean with a knee. Ambrose and Rollins with a sequence of drop kicks for a near fall. Rollins with an arm bar and Dean tags in and comes off the turnbuckles with an elbow. Sheamus with a back elbow. Sheamus gets Ambrose on his shoulders but Dean gets to the apron and drops Sheamus on the top rope. Ambrose comes off the apron and Cesaro catches Dean and swings him into the ringside barrier. Cesaro sends Dean back into the ring and Cesaro tags in and hits a double sledge off the turnbuckles while Sheamus holds Dean. Cesaro with a near fall and then he applies a chin lock. Dean with a jaw breaker and Anderson makes the tag. Karl punches Ambrose and he gets a near fall. Anderson with a reverse chin lock. Ambrose with elbows to Gallows and Anderson but Anderson with a spinebuster for a near fall. Continue Reading
Ringside: Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose are with the announcers for the next match. As Sheamus and Cesaro come out, they confront Ambrose and Rollins. Gallows and Anderson join the attack. All three teams battle as the road agents try to keep things under control.
Backstage: Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose and they tell Kurt Angle they want both teams. Kurt says if they can find a tag team, they can meet in an eight man tag match.
Backstage: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins ask two random people to be their partners. They then see Dean Malenko and Jamie Noble but they are not dressed for action. Dean says they are just the men they were looking for and it is the Hardys. Matt says it is positively wonderful to see them. Dean asks the Hardys if they are doing anything and Matt laughs.
Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, Sheamus, and Cesaro versus Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, Dean Ambrose, and Seth Rollins
All eight men brawl as The Hardys and Champions get to the ring. The match officially starts with Jeff and Cesaro. Jeff with a reverse atomic drop and a leaping leg drop to the midsection. Jeff with a wrist lock and Matt tags in. They hit a double back elbow and a double fist drop for a near fall. Cesaro with a European uppercut and Sheamus tags in. Sheamus with a forearm to the back and then he tries for a slam but Matt gets to his feet and Matt sets for the Twist of Fate but Sheamus escapes and Matt clotheslines Sheamus over the top and Matt sends Cesaro to the floor. Jeff tags in and hits Poetry in Motion onto Sheamus and Cesaro as we go to commercial. We are back and Ambrose gets a near fall on Anderson. Anderson with an uppercut and Gallows tags in. Ambrose with kicks, punches, and chops. Gallows tries to send Ambrose over the top rope to the floor but Ambrose lands on the apron. Ambrose with an elbow to Cesaro but Gallows with a boot to knock Ambrose off the apron to the floor. Gallows sends Ambrose back into the ring and he connects with a kick and gets a near fall. Continue Reading
Backstage: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins walk in the back and they walk past Elias playing his guitar.
Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins versus Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows
Rollins and Anderson start things off and they lock up. Rollins backs Anderson into the corner but Anderson with a break but he tries to punch Rollins but misses. Rollins with punches and kicks to Anderson. Anderson with punches and a side head lock. Anderson with a shoulder tackle but Rollins with an elbow. Ambrose tags in and Rollins with a snap mare and Dean with a clothesline. Dean with chops. Anderson with an Irish whip but he runs into a boot. Dean gets a near fall. Rollins tags in and Anderson makes the tag to Gallows. They lock up and Gallows sends Rollins to the mat. Ambrose tags in and Gallows sends Ambrose to the mat and punches him. Ambrose with a knee and then hits a drop kick. Rollins with a drop kick and then Rollins with an enzuigiri to Anderson and Dean clotheslines Anderson over the top rope to the floor. Rollins and Ambrose with stereo pescados as we go to commercial.
We are back and Gallows with a reverse chin lock. We see Anderson giving Ambrose a spinebuster during the commercial break. Ambrose with a jawbreaker to Gallows and then Gallows runs into a boot. Gallows with a vertical choke slam for a near fall. Anderson tags in and he kicks Ambrose. Anderson with a snap mare and knee drops for a near fall. Anderson with an arm bar. Ambrose with punches and then he gives Gallows elbows. Anderson with a clothesline for a near fall. Gallows tags in and he kicks Ambrose and knocks Rollins off the apron. Gallows with an Irish whip and splash into the corner. Anderson tags in and they hit a neck breaker and belly-to-back suplex combination for a near fall. Anderson with a punch and he puts Dean on the turnbuckles. Anderson sets for a superplex and he punches Dean. Ambrose blocks the superplex and gives Anderson head butts and punches him. Gallows stops Ambrose and Ambrose comes off the turnbuckles. Gallows goes for a choke slam but Dean with a kick. Gallows with a boot and Ambrose bounces in the ropes and hits a clothesline. Continue Reading