Recently Seth was interviewed by Jan Murphy of ChinLock.com where he discussed his passion for wrestling, Hulk Hogan, The Shield and climbing the ranks which now find him as Mr. Money In The Bank.
You can continue reading his interview over at ChinLock.com!
A more recognizable name in professional wrestling you will not find. Nor will you find a more influential figure in the history of the business. The man known as the Hulkster almost single-handedly made wrestling mainstream, capturing the imaginations of countless future performers in the process.
Count World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Seth Rollins among them.
“Hulk Hogan,” Rollins, whose real name is Colby Lopez, answered when asked about his earliest wrestling memories.
“I grew in the late ’80s, early ’90s and there was no bigger star in wrestling than Hulk Hogan and Hulkamania,” Rollins said in a telephone interview. “He was it for me, man; a real-life superhero. He was awesome.
“He got me hooked when I was at a very young age and I just fell in love with the pageantry of the WWE and the whole process of the entrances and the music and the larger-than-life personalities. I was hooked. I really haven’t looked back since then,” said the young WWE superstar, fresh off winning the Money in the Bank ladder match and capturing a contract for a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match in the process.
So strong was Hulkamania’s grip on the young Iowa native that it would pull him into the very business that Hogan helped catapult.
As a teenager, Rollins says, wrestling began to cross over from passion to profession.
“I was … 16 or so and I was in high school,” Rollins said when asked when he began to consider wrestling for a living. A good student at the time, Rollins said he just wasn’t driven to do anything else.
“I just didn’t have an interest in anything scholastically and I didn’t know what else I wanted to do,” he said, before adding that he and his friends in those days were known to hold impromptu wrestling shows. “At the time, I was farting around with my friends in the backyard and doing stuff we probably shouldn’t have been doing — we were throwing shows for our friends and stuff like that,” Rollins said, admitting that his love of all things wrestling was too powerful to ignore.
“It seemed to be something that I had a good time doing and I was like, ‘Well maybe I can just get trained and try to do this … and if I don’t give it a shot, I’m probably going to regret it.’ I said to hell with it, let’s start working out and when I’m 18 and graduate high school, I’ll go get trained somewhere.”
While it certainly made sense in the mind of the then-teenager, selling his parents on a career as a wrestler wasn’t so easy.
“They were so apprehensive at first,” Rollins admitted. “They were very upset. My mom, being a good mom, made sure that I did take classes at community college while I was training at first. I probably took a year or two worth of classes. I never got a degree or anything.”
Eventually, their son’s hard work and dedication began to ease their concerns.
“A year or two in, (my mom) started to notice that it was good and I started to make a little bit of money and things started to happen … I started to catch some breaks here and there,” Rollins said. “Then they were kind of on board with it, smartly for them because it turned out well.”
Rollins plied his trade on the grueling and substantially unlucrative independent wrestling scene, working for such companies as Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, Scott County Wrestling, AAW: Professional Wrestling Redefined, Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South, National Wrestling Alliance, and Wrestling Society X. He also worked briefly for Total Nonstop Action (IMPACT) and starred in Ring of Honor, before getting the call to the big leagues, WWE.