The WrestleMania press junkets this week are, like the show itself, different than ever before.
Typically talent will talk about their storyline or feud, and the experience of performing in front of tens of thousands of people. Instead, they’re spending as much or more time talking about the unique creation and presentation of WrestleMania 36 - filmed in advance, without fans in attendance, and shown over two nights, and the real world situation which led to those changes.
In two separate interviews, Raw power couple Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch gave us some insight into how they’re dealing with life on lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic.
You can see why the relationship works in their answers, and it’s not just because Seth told Hollywood Life Becky isn’t “one of those fussy types”. In his answers and her’s to Sporting News, it’s clear there are common interests and a common outlook on life.
For instance, both mentioned cooking and remembering how privileged they are.
Rollins: “Obviously, no one knows how long this process is going to take. We’re taking advantage of the downtime and cook some dinners, watch movies, and hang out.
We don’t really get a lot of time to do that. So you know, we are going to get full nights of sleep. We are going to hang out with my animals. Just enjoy quality time as opposed to work time, which is where we spend most of our time doing. Luckily she is not one of those fussy types that need a whole lot to be entertained, so I am okay and I will be alright. I think she is down with drinking beers and hanging out.
There is a lot of gratitude that goes into the last few weeks. A lot of times our job runs us ragged, and we complain, as all of us do, about our workplaces. ‘[We] are frustrated or are overworked and underappreciated’ and stuff like that. I think with this situation, it certainly makes you take a look at the brighter side of things.
You look around, and you see that over three million Americans filed for unemployment last week which is unheard of, and the fact that we [in the WWE] are still able to have employment. Not only that, but it’s a job that I love, and I still get to take part in that job during this time, even if it is in an abbreviated fashion. There is something very humbling and a lot of gratitude that goes along with all of that so, hopefully, when we come out of this crisis, it will be something we can take with us moving forward in our day-to-day lives.”
Lynch: “I am privileged enough that I still get to go, whether there are crowds or not, go out there and perform for people at home watching and hopefully give them a little bit of a break. And also, really just things that you don’t really get the time to do a lot of the time, like catching up on movies and documentaries and changing your workouts a little bit. It makes you a little bit more creative. And then cooking. I love cooking and I’m never at home to cook.”
That attitude is allowing the couple to deal with a situation none of us have ever had to deal with before. Even though Becky says it’s affected their wedding plans (rumor had it the pair were scheduled for some time off after ‘Mania):
“Yeah, but like everything you adjust and you move forward. At the end of the day, as long as we have our health and as long as we have the people that we love and care about, that’s the main thing.”
Good thing she’s not the fussy type. Hopefully she’s also not the TikTok-type, because that’s one thing her fiance does not abide!
“I hate TikTok! The internet is a great cheerleader right now since there is a great amount of time where positivity is going around, and I don’t want to spread negativity, but look, we have way too much time on our hands, and TikTok is not… I mean, read a book!”
A lesser man would point out the irony of Rollins telling people to stay off social media, but I’m just happy these two have each other.
For more from Lynch and Rollins (including some actual WrestleMania talk), check out Sporting News’ entire interview with her here, and Hollywood Life’s piece on him here.