WWE star Seth Rollins recently spoke with Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard, and below are some interview highlights.
On Brock Lesnar’s WWE deal:
“From my perspective, I’m not mad at Brock Lesnar for getting a great deal. The guy got a fantastic deal. In a way, it’s a challenge, it’s inspiring. Part of being inspiring is the frustration that, “I don’t have Brock Lesnar’s deal. I’m not the Universal Champion for 600-and-some-odd days with 12 defenses or whatever it is. You can call it jealously, you can call it envy, but at the end of the day, as long as you don’t get ugly with it, it’s just motivation to work harder. Lesnar’s gonna do what Lesnar’s gonna do, whether he stays or goes. I think the cool part of SummerSlam is that animosity toward him has reached a boiling point. So I think coming into SummerSlam, you don’t know what’s going to happen. That’s what’s interesting to me. That’s the fun part of wrestling. The worst part of wrestling is when it’s super predictable. The best part is when it’s “Honestly, I don’t know.”
On rumors of The Rock possibly wrestling at WrestleMania 35:
“That’s cool, too. Don’t get me wrong. I love Rocky. I think he’s great. Love everything he’s done for this business. But my gut, my first instinct, says we don’t need him. We don’t need him. If we’re not the guys who can main event WrestleMania, then how are we ever gonna be The Rock? How are we gonna be Stone Cold Steve Austin? We can’t hold onto these guys forever. We just can’t. To me, let’s do Seth Rollins-Roman Reigns before we do Seth Rollins-The Rock. That’s me.
“I don’t want to say it’s BS because one way or another, he’s earned that spot. He’s been a star everywhere he’s ever gone. He’s a box office draw. Whether that’s fair to me, that’s sort of irrelevant. It’s only about what he’s done. His situation is separate from my situation. For me to compare, I’m just waisting time when I could be spending that time being productive, working on my craft, wanting to get myself to that spot. At the end of the day, Brock Lesnar’s situation is Brock Lesnar’s. It only motivates me to wanna work harder to be that guy in that position at some point. Not that I’d want his exact schedule. I love what I do. He doesn’t have a whole lot of passion for the way we do things, which is why he left in the first place. He didn’t like the schedule, it was beating him up. For me, we have different mindsets. But in theory, I want that position, I want to be the guy on the throne, I want to be the guy who runs the show. I want to be the guy everything revolves around. You just gotta keep working and hope your hard work pays off.”