Seth Rollins participated in a recent Q&A with Yahoo Sports to talk about next week’s Monday Night Raw reunion, who he is excited to see, and how the eras of the old guard have changed. He also briefly discusses his upcoming rematch with Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam. Highlights are below.
Who he’s excited to see at Raw reunion:
I grew up watching Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold. It’s always good to have those guys around because they really add a good bit of energy to the locker room, backstage area and with the boys. It eases the tension a little bit. I’m looking forward to having a fun afternoon.
What it’s like to have legends backstage:
It just lightens the mood and feel fun for a day. Not that work’s not fun, but we do this year-round and you end up in a situation where you get caught up in the rat race. Everybody’s trying to focus on working hard and you forget to have fun sometimes. Having them backstage always seems to make everybody a little lighter on their feet. I’m looking forward to engaging with those guys, picking their brain and having a good time.
Asking the legends for advice:
Oh yeah. Any time you can have a conversation about wrestling with the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels, you’re not going to pass that up. It’s a good opportunity to talk to these guys and learn. They have years and years of experience and knowledge that they love giving back. It’s cool to sit with them.
Differences between the eras:
I think the microscope is different. With social media, information travels so quickly, so the level of intelligence of our fans is so much different. The level of information that they are privy to with just a simple Google search is so different than what it was 10, 20 or 30 years ago. The microscope becomes so tight on all of us.
It’s a different world we’re living in and the adaptation, what we have to deliver all of the time, the expectation is a lot higher than what they were doing. Hogan had “Saturday Night Main Event,” he didn’t have a TV show until Raw and Nitro. There’s a lot more expected of us and we work for a publicly traded company, so we have to be even more buckled down as far as our performances and our personal lives are concerned.
Rematch with Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam:
I hope people would appreciate and view it as a good story. I think people have a tendency to read too much into it and if you sit back and look at it simply as a story you’ll appreciate it more. If you look at the totality of the story between myself and Lesnar through the past eight months, from the Royal Rumble to SummerSlam, it’s a pretty cool, long-term story.
What other medium has the opportunity to tell that? You don’t get movies that last eight months, you don’t get shows that have that much worth of television. I think it’s a really good story and people just need to take a chill pill and enjoy it. Cheer the good guys, boo the bad guys. I think sometimes people just read into it too much.