Seth Rollins exclusive: Dean Ambrose left WWE because he ‘wanted freedom’ and working with Brock Lesnar was ‘a great experience’
Finally, after years of having Brock Lesnar dominate the Universal title scene, Raw finally has a full-time world champion.
Seth Rollins is the top star on Monday Nights and for a lot of fans, it has been a long time coming.
The Architect rose to prominence as part of The Shield alongside Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns back in 2012 and they went on to become one of the greatest factions in WWE history.
Now, Ambrose has just departed the company and Roman Reigns made the switch to SmackDown during the Superstar Shakeup, meaning for the first time ever, Rollins is totally independent of his Shield brothers on a show.
talkSPORT caught up with the King Slayer ahead of the WWE’s tour to the UK in a couple of weeks time and we asked him what it meant to finally stand alone, is he excited?
“Oh yeah, I mean, it was the end of an era the other night with the final chapter of The Shield for sure. For the past six or seven years, everything has revolved around the three of us in some way, shape or form. You mentioned [Dean] Ambrose leaving and Roman [Reigns] going to SmackDown, it really is a lot of extra pressure on me to just be the man, be Seth Rollins, be Monday Night Rollins! Kind of put the show on my shoulders and with SmackDown moving to FOX in the fall, it’s going to be a huge deal for them as well so it’s going to be a dog fight between Raw and SmackDown, man.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge, looking forward to a lot of new competitors and matchups with the Shakeup and everything, so it’s definitely exciting. Obviously nerve-racking and everything because it’s kind of the first time we have jumped into these waters, but I’m excited to see how far I can swim,” Rollins said.
History tells us Rollins can swim pretty far. A former Royal Rumble and Money in the Bank winner as well as a three-time world champion, Rollins has organically risen to fan favourite status with his stellar work in between the ropes.
That work helped win the Royal Rumble and gained him an opportunity at Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 35. Ambrose once stated how difficult it was to work with Lesnar on the Grandest Stage of Them All from his own experiences at WrestleMania 32, so how was it for Rollins?
“Brock’s an interesting cat, man,” Rollins started. “He’s a moody dude that goes with the flow of how he’s feeling and at the end of the day, going into this match with him, I’d heard a ton of horror stories and wasn’t really sure what to expect. But, when the dust settled, I put his head into the mat, pinned him 1,2,3 and, in my opinion, the right man came out on top. So, for me, it was a great experience working with him. Who knows what the next time – if there is going to be one – will be like but WrestleMania, for me, was a big win.”
Speaking of Ambrose, the Lunatic Fringe has departed the company and while everyone is guessing what’s next for the former WWE champion, even those closest to him like Rollins, only have a basic idea.
What’s Ambrose going to do next?
“Oh god, so tough to say! You know, he’s really someone that keeps his cards close to the vest and even at the back end when I was trying to pry into what he was getting himself into after this, I think the cool thing was he didn’t even really know,” Rollins said. “He didn’t really have any big plans. For him, he just wanted the freedom to make his own decisions for the first time in the last eight or nine years. It will be cool to see where he ends up or where he takes his talents whether that be to another wrestling promotion or somewhere else in the entertainment field, or, you know, maybe he just wants to sit at home play with his dogs, be with his wife and have a family – who knows?
“I’m excited as a friend just to see what he’s going to get himself into because he’s one of the most talented dudes I’ve ever come across and he’s got a lot to offer, so I can’t even begin to speculate.”
Seth Rollins and a host of your favourite WWE Superstars will touring the UK on 8-17 May! Visit Ticketmaster and get your tickets for a show near you.
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