Seth Rollins doing an interview on Comcast Xfinity's TV Blog is more than just a reminder that, yes, pay-per-view (PPV) is still an option for watching this Sunday's SummerSlam show.
It's also a reminder that the Architect is really skilled at the Reality Era game of blending work and shoot in interviews. Rollins weaves in and out of talking about his friendships with Daniel Bryan and Adrian Neville that started while they were toiling on the independent scene while also dropping in kayfabe comments about his recruiting Roman Reigns to be the powerhouse of The Shield.
So who can say how truthful he's being when he describes his former Shield-mate and current blood rival Dean Ambrose? It's pretty fun to think about as you pick apart this quote, though:
Dean Ambrose is a strange case. He's definitely a guy that marches to the beat of his own drum. He does that in the ring and outside of the ring. I traveled with him for two years - he's very aloof, he's prone to getting lost or being forgetful. But when it comes to what we do in the ring, he is some sort of savant, because he's ultra-talented in the ring. A talent like that doesn't come along very often, someone who can really captivate a crowd with their voice and their movement, and he's pretty incredible. I'm looking forward to getting in the ring with him. I don't really know how to combat his chaotic style, but I think we'll figure something out.
The last few sentences are clearly part of the match build - they two have faced off many times before in Developmental, and I'm sure the pair are planning out spots that will at times allow Dean's "chaotic style" to get the best of Seth and others where Rollins will be able to "combat" it.
But it's hard to deny that the Lunatic Fringe is a singular talent with a unique way of capturing the audience's attention. Would you really be surprised to learn that he's truly an absent-minded genius who has trouble focusing on the day-to-day but flips a switch when it's time to perform?
Check out the whole interview to decide for yourself. Rollins is as hyped for Sunday as many of us, and whether it's work, shoot or most likely both, the man many of you refer to as Traitorface doesn't lack for confidence. When interviewer David Onda asks him if he thinks the SummerSlam main event of Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena is one of those matches that the wrestlers backstage will huddle around a monitor to watch , Rollins countered...
I think Ambrose vs. Rollins is one of those matches.