Seth Rollins is a bad guy in the world of professional wrestling, and he sometimes gets that reputation when dealing with WWE Fans.
While he insists that he “loves” the fanbase in a new interview with the Orlando Sentinel, he is not afraid of calling out the types of fans that he hates.
He also dishes on the possibility that he may one day “take the Rock’s (Dwayne Johnson’s) place” as the biggest star to come out of the WWE.
On the fan point, Seth Rollins has this to say.
“I’m not mean to fans because I’m a bad guy. I’m mean to them because they’re rude. If they stalk me at the airport at 4 in the morning, don’t expect to get a picture. That’s not OK. They can’t hang outside my hotel or come to the gym and stare at me for a half hour and expect me to be like ‘Cool. Awesome.’ My favorite thing is to just run into fans coincidentally. Today the National Car Rental guy recognized me and got so excited and wanted to take a picture. Awesome. It was a fan that happened to run into me. To me, there’s a distinct difference. Don’t get me wrong — our fanbase is super passionate and I love them, but there’s a difference between stalking me at the airport and just happening to see me.”
To this point, what Seth Rollins has to say definitely makes sense. Fans can be overzealous if not dangerous, and a long line of celebrity stalkers are proof of it.
Some of those celebrity stalkers can even turn violent and that is just as true in the wrestling world as it is in Hollywood.
Also during the Seth Rollins interview, the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion answers a question about the possibility that he may one day leave for Hollywood.
“If the opportunity presents itself, I’m not opposed,” Rollins said. “Right now I’m focused on the heavyweight championship, but I’m not opposed to taking (The Rock’s) spot at some point.”
Should Seth ever be in the position to “take the Rock’s spot,” it will be interesting to see how far outside of the WWE he would be able to venture.
As a NXT original, it’s likely that the McMahons locked down some favorable contract terms from the beginning of Seth’s run, and with its own WWE Studios brand responsible for such hits as The Marine and 12 Rounds, it’s possible that fans could see the champ turn up in a future installment of either series, or maybe in a highly-anticipated sequel to Leprechaun: Origins.
The McMahons seem to play nice with mass media and they don’t have to have ownership of a performer, but it’s hard to imagine that Vince wouldn’t be kicking himself a little for letting Dwayne Johnson get away.
As for other details from the interview, Seth Rollins reveals that he’s never leaving the midwest and, in spite of living close to Chicago, he’s a St. Louis Cardinals fan and is hoping the Cards end the long-suffering Cubs World Series hopes, so he can make fun of his friends.
One question that was not asked, unfortunately: how are things between him and his girlfriend, Zahra Schreiber, since she posted pics on her Instagram that appeared to endorsed the Nazi symbol?
It’s assumed the couple is still together, but it would have been interesting to see how that dynamic is going since his employer canned her.
Zahra insisted, TMZ reported, that she is “not an anti-Semite.” Aside from that, she did take full responsibility for the mistake.
What do you think of Seth Rollins, fans?
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