Seth Rollins talks storytelling.
As the current WWE Universal Champion, Seth Rollins is the face of Monday Night Raw. During his WWE run, Rollins has gone from Shield member to Authority favorite to anti-Authority and now an underdog against monsters and mythical creatures. Speaking to the Houston Chronicle, Rollins discussed the storytelling aspects of WWE.
"Wrestling is a wacky medium that allows you to tell stories different ways. Foley’s a great example. He’s an amazing storyteller who has done it different ways. He was great in the ring. He was great at making his injuries entertaining. And he was also athletic when he had to be. Our audience now asks for the storytelling, but they also enjoy a faster-paced style. A little more high-flying style. It’s more action packed," said Rollins. "You transition into different slayers. Beast Slayer. Hey, there’s always something out there to slay. There’s always something out there to slay. You find a way to make a new monster. The arc of my character over seven years has been all over the place. And there’s an infinite number of places to go from here."
When asked about the evolution of wrestling from a slower, more methodical style to a more high-paced, high-flying style fans are treated to today, Rollins replied, "Yeah, it’s interesting seeing that evolution from the outside perspective. In the ring it’s a little different. The pace and energy and style aren’t different than what you’re accustomed to. But I agree, if you tune out for a decade and come back it doesn’t look the same. It’s a different audience. Attention spans are shorter, everybody has the internet on their cell phone. So wrestling is a different product and we’re catering to that audience. You have to try to stay ahead."
Rollins was able to unleash his pace and energy this past Monday on Raw when he battled Humberto Carrillo. Despite a great effort from Carrillo, Rollins was able to pick up the victory. Rollins is set to take on "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt in a Falls Count Anywhere match at WWE Crown Jewel on Oct. 31.