Seth Rollins has one of the greatest WrestleMania moments of all time on his featured reel, cashing in during the WrestleMania 31 main event to win the WWE championship. This Sunday, look to create another lasting moment as he battles Cesaro on the opening night of WrestleMania 37.
Rollins (Colby Lopez, 34) is one of WWE’s most decorated artists. He has had reigns with the WWE championship and the universal championship, including races like NXT, Intercontinental, United States and champion in pairs. Following Survival series In November, she took a break from acting while her partner, Becky Lynch, gave birth to their first child, a daughter.
Since returning to Royal rumble In January, Rollins’ focal point has been a program with Cesaro. Although the two artists share a number of similarities, especially in their commitment to the craft, Rollins has flourished at the top of the WWE card, making the most of opportunities that 40-year-old Claudio Castagnoli has yet to receive as Cesaro. . Your party in WrestleMania 37 It will be critical to Cesaro’s future, especially considering the potential for a great reaction from the live crowd at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
Before Wrestlemania, Rollins spoke with Illustrated Sports, discussing his next match with Cesaro, the opportunity to work in front of a live crowd again, and fatherhood.
Illustrated Sports: You have a rich history in Wrestlemania, starting with a six-person tag seven years ago in WrestleMania XXX with The Shield Against Kane and The New Age Outlaws. His career path moved in a different direction by following WrestleMania 31, where you fought a fantastic fight with Randy Orton, one that had a very memorable end of footfall on the sidewalk to RKO. He then cashed in later that night during the Brock Lesnar-Roman Reigns match, providing another high-profile moment. When it comes to acting on WrestlemaniaEspecially early in your career, did you consciously hold yourself to a different standard?
Seth Rollins: I think so. It may not even be something I consciously did. Wrestlemania it is an event of great importance and I have always been a fan. I remember the thrill of renting old VHS tapes from our video store and finally watching WrestleMania VI or WrestleMania IV. This has meant a lot to me for a long time.
I always want to do my best and never hold back, no matter where I am on the card. In terms of WrestleMania 31 He didn’t know how the rest of the night would play out, but he was excited to have that moment with Randy.
AND: You have the opportunity to add to your Wrestlemania portfolio this year in a match against Cesaro. The two of you have been in very different places on the card, and you have received, and seized, opportunities that he has yet to receive, but this is your chance for a breakout moment, especially in front of a live crowd. Another compelling element of this match is that the two are very similar in their pursuit of the trade. What excites you the most about this match?
MR: Somehow, we are very cut by the same fabric. We come from the same place as to why we do this; we share many of the same values. We’ve known each other for almost 20 years and his work ethic has brought him here.
Obviously, I have had some opportunities that he has not had, so this match is an interesting opportunity. Looking back on your past WrestleManias, they have not always been his favorites. This is his first singles match in Wrestlemania. I know it means a lot to him. Having this match is something that you are proud of and that you are going to make the most of. I really want to create something special.
AND: Although he has had the opportunity to close the show in Wrestlemania, his story is truly one of making the most of every opportunity that comes his way, be it in the opening match, which he did in very different matches in WrestleMania 34 and 35“Or in the middle of the card.”
MR: I always take it to the next level when it comes to Wrestlemania. And here’s the thing: I’m not Roman Reigns. It’s going to be at the top of the card. That’s not necessarily my thing. I want to have the best performance of the night. That is mine. You mentioned something from the past Wrestlemania games I’ve had and they don’t always make it to the end of the show. No matter where I am on the card, I’m looking to steal the show. I have dedicated my life to this. I don’t mind being the top of the card; I worry about being the best.
AND: You have developed a retro high heel character. Now that you will finally be performing in front of the fans again at Wrestlemaniado you want to be booed? Will you be surprised if you hear some cheers? Or, at this point, are you thankful to have a crowd in person?
MR: This is the first time we’ve had fans live in over a year. I have no idea what to expect. That will add a lot of excitement. Let’s get a traditional Wrestlemania card? Will it be totally different in terms of reactions to what we’ve been putting on television? Will it be an audience that is so excited to be there? All that crossed my mind, but I don’t know what it will be like. But we are all very excited about the energy that the crowd will bring.
AND: I know you constantly criticize your own work. This is a dangerous game, but after such success with The Shield, do you compare yourself to Roman Reigns and Jon Moxley?
MR: I think it’s impossible not to compare yourself to your co-workers. Whether it’s those guys, or anyone else who’s doing really well, like Sasha Banks or Asuka or Bobbly Lashley or Drew McIntyre, you always ask yourself, “What can I do to stay ahead of that group? What do I need to do to stay in the mix? “That can be dangerous. Comparisons can really defeat you if you care too much about them, but they can also be powerful if they allow you to keep a chip on your shoulder.
I’ve been doing this for 17 years and I’m constantly putting a chip on my shoulder. Sometimes comparing yourself to the other top talents, that’s where you can get your chip on. Like you said, it is a very interesting line to walk.
AND: You and Becky Lynch just welcomed a daughter. What has been a joy of parenthood so far?
MR: It is very difficult to reduce it to just one thing. Honestly, I love being a father. I never had the ambition to be a father. I had always been so selfish, dedicating all my time and energy to wrestling. And now she’s number 2. She’s a perfect baby. I’m really enjoying it.
AND: And it helps considerably when you have the right partner by your side.
MR: It’s just a party; we love. We are solving everything together.
AND: Wrestlemania It marks a turning point for stories in WWE, but this year it feels different. The entire industry relies on reacting to the crowd and over the past year, that was completely removed. After a long year, one that in WWE felt disjointed, especially early on during the Performance Center shows as the performers readjusted to the trade without a crowd, which excites you the most. Wrestlemania?
MR: It’s that person-to-person interaction. To have that connection, to look at the crowd and see the reaction of a little boy, I was that boy not too long ago. We are going to have that feeling, that connection, that inspiration through a live performance. Like you said, that’s the heart of what our industry has always been. We changed and we had to adapt. That’s what you always do in this industry, change and adapt as you go. We showed our enthusiasm for it all over the past year, and we’re all looking forward to being in front of a crowd again.
Feeling that connection will change the look and feel of the matches. It’s also going to change the way we feel about playing them. For one night at least, I’m looking forward to getting that back.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.