Seth Rollins was recently interviewed by Sports Illustrated, where he discussed a number of topics leading up to his match with Kevin Owens at WrestleMania 36. Among them were working in empty arenas, whether WWE should be continuing to work during the Coronavirus pandemic, the coffee shop that he owns in Iowa and more.
Below them are some questions, along with Rollins’ answers:
Sports Illustrated: How has it been performing in an empty Performance Center over the past few weeks on Monday Night Raw?
Seth Rollins: It’s weird. It’s weird. It’s taking me back to my days wrestling in front of eight people. I’ve been there before. I’ve grown accustomed to Monday Night Raw, 10,000 people. It’s a whole different vibe. Everything’s somber. We all want to get through this, but we’re all trying to figure this thing out together. When the whole thing started to develop here in the States, I purposely didn’t tweet or Instagram anything about wrestling because I didn’t feel right about it. Then I got out there and I cut this promo on Monday Night Raw and I got back and I had this sense of relief almost.
SI: There’s been a lot of talk about whether WWE should have continued with live shows. Especially since you guys have to fly out to the Performance Center in Orlando. What’s your opinion?
SR: I don’t know. I’m not a medical expert. Obviously the airports are still open. Should they close? I don’t know. I wish I had answers. I’m sure a lot of people do. Right now, I’m just trying to stay as hygienic as possible, keep my distance from as many people as I can. As of now, I feel great. Knock on wood, I’ve been able to avoid this thing. I know a lot of families and people who have been affected by it. It’s extremely contagious and it’s very dangerous. I wish I had more answers. I wish I knew what was the right thing to do. After WrestleMania, we’re gonna recollect and see where we’re gonna go from here. Right now, I’m very humble and grateful that I have a job that still needs me. A lot of Americans are not in that boat and their futures are uncertain. So if providing them with some entertainment can help them out, then I feel like, we’re being productive in doing something right.
SI: This question comes from my 14- and 10-year old nieces who are with me as I do this Q&A. Do you prefer being a bad guy vs. good guy?
SR: Great question. I very much enjoying being one with the audience. There’s no feeling in the world like having a massive roar when you win a match. That’s an incredible thing. There is something fun and easier about being a jerk. I think it’s easier in 2020 to be disliked for saying your piece than trying to be liked because somebody is always gonna complain about something. I can’t think of an athlete, actor entertainer alive that is universally loved in this day and age. There is always someone trying to tear you down. If your job is to get torn down, then that makes life a lot easier for you. There are positive and negatives to both sides. It’s hard to pick one. Luckily for me, I’m good at both.
SI: You are an owner of a coffee shop in Iowa. What’s going on with that right now?
SR: That’s the biggest hurdle for me. These small businesses are really struggling and my coffee shop is a small business. We’re taking all the measures we can to make sure our employees are getting paid during this uncertain time. They’re getting a full salary and we’re open, but it’s to-go only. We’re trying to make sure it’s business as usual as much as it can be, but our No. 1 priority is making sure our employees are paid so they can support their families and we’re kinda doing that by any means necessary. We started a program on our website, you know, if you have a dollar, give a dollar. I’m donating a large chunk to make sure they’re paid and taken care of, as well, for the time being. It’s a big struggle, but we’re still there and still churning out coffee for the community.
They also discussed what he and Becky Lynch are up to, what he’s learned about himself and more.
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