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.
Backstage: Renee Young is in the interview area with Dean Ambrose. Renee asks Dean to look at what happened last week. Renee asks Dean about them looking better than before and she wants to know if they are getting back together. Dean starts to talk and Seth Rollins shows up. He says he agrees. Last week was special and real and it felt like old times. Dean tells Seth he still does not trust him and he had eyes in the back of his head the entire time last week. Dean says he got burned by Seth once and it won’t happen again. Dean walks away.
Backstage: Seth Rollins is walking in the back and he walks by Sheamus and Ceasro. Cesaro says he wishes they could relate to them, but they are the opposite. Sheamus says at first they hated each other, but now they are the best of friends and champions because they trust each other. Ceasro says Dean and Seth came into WWE like brothers and then you stabbed him in the back. Sheamus says that Dean was his last chance at success and Seth is all alone. Cesaro says maybe they can use some of their championship clout to get Seth a show on the WWE Network like Ride Alone. Seth says if you came to pick a fight, let’s fight. That is a challenge. You figure out which one faces him tonight. Sheamus accepts the challenge.
Sheamus (with Cesaro) versus Seth Rollins
They lock up and Sheamus backs Rollins into the corner and Sheamus with a clean break. Rollins with a hammer lock but Sheamus with an elbow and hip lock take down. Sheamus with a shoulder tackle. Sheamus catches Rollins but Rollins gets to his feet. Rollins with a knee and kick followed by a thrust kick and drop kick. Sheamus with an elbow followed by a head butt. Rollins with a drop kick that sends Sheamus to the floor. Rollins sees Cesaro on the floor and that distraction allows Sheamus to recover and he hits Rollins with a forearm. Rollins is sent into the ringside barrier as we go to commercial.
Backstage: Dean Ambrose is in the locker room getting ready for his handicap match and Seth Rollins enters. Seth says they have a match tonight and they are teaming up for the first time in three years. It is a big deal. Seth says they got worked over by Miz and his crew. Seth says they need to come up with a plan. Dean says he isn’t really up for one of Seth’s plan. Dean says he has his plan. Seth says they have to worry about three dudes. Dean says we won’t have to worry about three guys, he has to worry about four.
Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose versus Miz, Curtis Axel, and Bo Dallas (with Maryse)
Ambrose and Miz start things off and then Miz tags in Axel before anything happens. Dean brings Axel into the ring and Dean punches Axel in the corner. Dean with chops. Dean with a flying cross body and punches. Axel with a knee and Rollins tags in. Rollins chops and punches Axel. Axel with a slam and knee drop to the head. Rollins gets a near fall. Dallas tags in and Rollins sends Axel to the floor and hip tosses Dallas. Rollins with a snap mare and running kick to the chest. Miz tags in and he kicks Rollins. Miz with knees to the back followed by elbows to the collarbone and a reverse chin lock. Rollins with Slingblade to Miz. Miz with a jaw breaker and Ambrose tags in but Miz goes to the floor. Ambrose goes after Miz and they go into the ring. Ambrose stops Axel from attacking him and Ambrose with punches. Axel with a kick but Ambrose with a forearm. Dean and Seth work over Axel and then they clothesline Dallas over the top rope to the floor. Miz stays on the floor as we go to commercial. We are back and Rollins with a belly-to-back suplex to Dallas and both men are down. Miz tags in and he stops Rollins and hits a suplex. Miz chokes Rollins in the ropes and Dallas kicks Rollins when the referee deals with Miz. Miz with more kicks and Dallas gets in another shot on Rollins. Miz works on the back. Miz with a front face lock to keep himself between Rollins and Ambrose.
In Ring: Seth Rollins’ music plays and he makes his way to the ring. He asks Dean why is he out here for a fight he cannot win. Seth says Dean told him not to fight his battles for him. Then Dean came out swinging a chair and it looked like Dean was fighting his battles. He tells Dean to take a deep breath and have a better plan. Dean says he goes wherever the mood takes him. He was in the mood to whack Miz and his cronies with a chair and Seth happened to be in the area. Everything is not about you.
Seth says Miz got him involved when his glam squad attacked him. Seth asks Dean if he will be in his way or by his side when he takes his battle to the Miz. Dean asks Seth if he called him ‘brother’. Dean says he ain’t Seth’s brother. His brothers were in the Shield and he trusted his brother. His brothers had his back and his brothers stood for something. Dean says he does not know Seth. He knows a guy who looked like Seth and he was someone who stabbed people in the back. Seth says that was over three years ago and he is sorry. Seth says he never said it before, but he was sorry. Seth says he lived with that every single day. He also remembers them tearing each other up inside Hell in a Cell. He remembers Dean cashing in Money in the Bank to beat him for the title. That was in the past. Seth wants to know what will get Dean to forget about the past. Dean says he sees Seth’s lips moving but he does not hear anything. Seth says he will let his actions speak for him. Seth tells Dean to hit him in the back with the steel chair. Seth tells Dean to hit him as many times as it will take to get it out of his system. Dean thinks about it and he throws the chair to the floor.
In Ring: It is time for the final Mizzie. The category is for Greatest Man in WWE. The winner is Dean Ambrose . . . no it is The Miz.
Miz says he is, am, and will be the greatest in WWE. They say he runs his mouth, but he speaks the truth. Miz says he said he was going to be Ambrose at the PPV and he did it. The Hardys said they were going to win. Tozawa says he was going to win. Seth Rollins said he was going to win. They wre the frauds. They just utter noise while Miz speaks the truth. Dean is the toughest competitor he has been in the ring with. He might be the toughest man in WWE. If Dean is the toughest, what does that make him. Dean Ambrose comes to the ring and he attacks Miz. Axel and Dallas attack Ambrose. Seth Rollins comes out and takes care of Axel, Dallas, and Miz.
Backstage: Seth Rollins is walking in the back and Dean Ambrose wants to know what happened. Seth says he wasn’t going to let Miz get away with it. Dean tells Seth to fight his own battles and he will fight his. There won’t be a Shield reunion.
Bray Wyatt versus Seth Rollins
Wyatt misses a back fist and he tries for a jab but he misses. They lock up and Bray backs Rollins into the corner and gives a clean break. They lock up and Rollins backs Wyatt into the corner. Rollins blocks a shot to the eye and Rollins with punches in the corner. The referee pulls Rollins out of the corner. Wyatt with a knee and punches followed by kicks and forearms. Rollins with a super kick and he gets a near fall. Wyatt goes to the floor and Rollins goes to the floor after Wyatt. Wyatt returns to the ring and Wyatt misses a clothesline but he does not miss with a flying cross body and Wyatt gets a near fall. Bray leans back in the corner and then he sets for Sister Abigail but Rollins escapes. Wyatt is sent to the floor and Rollins with a suicide dive. Wyatt tries to punch Rollins and misses and hits the ring post. Rollins sends the injured hand into the ringside barrier. Wyatt is sent back into the ring and Rollins stomps on the hand. Rollins goes for the other hand and he pulls at the fingers. Rollins chokes Wyatt in the ropes. Rollins sends Wyatt to the floor and Rollins punches Wyatt and slams the hand into the ring steps. Rollins with a springboard move and Wyatt catches him and hits a uranage as we go to commercial.