Those who typically watch WWE’s Friday Night SmackDown from the comfort of their home have a chance to experience the adrenaline-pumping show in person. WWE Superstars such as Seth Rollins, the Big Show, Sheamus, Demon Kane and Cesaro are set to visit the Crown Coliseum on Tuesday for a televised show.
Rollins is becoming a household name in the world of wrestling, recently winning the pay-per-view special “Money in the Bank 2014.” As Mr. Money in the Bank, Rollins has a guaranteed shot at the WWE world heavyweight championship title. “My body’s feeling sore, but my soul is feeling pretty good,” Rollins said during a phone interview just two days after winning the match. Growing up, Rollins idolized professional wrestlers such as Hulk Hogan and the Rock. “Wrestling seemed like something I might be good at, so I stuck with it and gave it a shot,” he said. “I ended up in a pretty good place. I was very fortunate.” We caught up with Rollins during a few minutes of downtime. Here are excerpts of the conversation.
Weekender: What can people expect when you and the WWE come to town?
Rollins: The very best in entertainment and athleticism. The WWE is an amazing, beautiful art form that is PG and caters to people of all ages. It has something for everybody. It has Divas, it has characters, it has hard wrestling, it has high-flying wrestling. If you’ve never been before, give it a shot. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Weekender: How is this show different from previous WWE events?
Rollins: Our WWE talent roster is so much thicker now than it has ever been. The unpredictability level is at an all-time high, in my opinion, so the shows are better than they’ve ever been.
Weekender: What’s something viewers don’t get to see but you wish they did?
Rollins: The one thing I think that’s very under the radar and is kind of underappreciated about what we do is that wrestling is really an art form. It’s a super-unique interactive medium of storytelling. It’s part script, part improvisation. There’s so much that goes into the presentation of what we do. The crew that works behind the scenes that doesn’t get any of the credit is amazing. They work nonstop. There’s no rest. There’s no off season.
Weekender: What are you doing an hour before you take the stage?
Rollins: If it’s a match, I’m pretty focused. I’m going over moves in my head and thinking about how I want to accomplish them. When it’s a promo show, I’m thinking about the words I want to say or the ideas I want to get across. I imagine the wave of emotion that I want to take the crowd on.
Weekender: Your real name is Colby Lopez. Tell me about your stage name, Seth Rollins.
Rollins: Seth Rollins is a little bit of an ode to an idol of mine, Henry Rollins. He’s the leader of one of my favorite bands, Black Flag. Seth is just a name that I liked.
Weekender: Do you remember how you felt when you walked down the ramp for your first WWE appearance?
Rollins: It was very surreal because I had watched it growing up. My heart was racing a million miles an hour. I was super nervous, but I had also worked a long time, eight years, to get to that point.
Weekender: What advice do you have for aspiring wrestlers?
Rollins: Follow your dreams and work hard. There’s no replacement for hard work, and that’s true for any field. If you work hard at it, you’re going to see the fruits of your labor, I guarantee it.
Weekender: What does the future hold for Seth Rollins?
Rollins: During the next couple of years, I plan on being even better than this year, which is saying a lot, because 2014 has been the best year of my career. I just want to be the man.