Yesterday (June 29), The New York Post published an interview with Seth Rollins. The Monday Night Messiah was asked about a couple of hot topics - and they’re ones that are going to intersect for him soon, if they haven’t already.
On the subject of his pregnant fiancée Becky Lynch, Rollins gave us an update on how she’s adjusting to life without WWE. He also gave his best guess on whether or not The Man will return to wrestling once she’s a mom. That answer came with the same caveat Lynch has been giving when she answers it.
“Oh, she hates it [staying home]. She doesn’t hate not being around the business. Obviously, any kind of entertainment industry is gonna stress you out, so she doesn’t miss that part of it. She missed the go, go, go. She missed having goals in mind. She missed having something to work toward. And it’s hard because I’ve never been a pregnant person, so she’s in a position too where she’s had to just walk away and stop abruptly, her job. It wasn’t like most other women who are pregnant are able to still work their jobs while they’re pregnant and slowly transition out for a short period of time. The nature of our industry, she can’t do that.
“For her to go just a million miles an hour to nothing and then to try to figure out, ‘What do I do now?’ in the middle of a pandemic as well, where there is just not a lot to do in general, is definitely a test for her. But she misses being out there and going and doing stuff and being active and having goals and career-oriented stuff. That’s just how she defined her person over the years. It’s definitely a challenge for her. She’s awesome and she’s getting through it, but it’s different for her for sure.
“Oh yea, I expect so [that she’ll wrestle again at some point]. Obviously that’s gonna be up to her and how she feels. Who knows what happens after childbirth once she becomes a mother, I don’t know. I believe she has aspirations to return. I think she would rather go out on her own terms whenever that time may be as opposed to stepping away for a child. I think she has aspirations to return, but I don’t know. Things can change between now and December.”
Rollins also addressed the COVID-19 outbreak at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, where Raw, SmackDown & most PPV matches have been filmed since late March. He’s diplomatic, but does acknowledge some of the chaos which was reported about the past two weeks.
He also makes it sound like he’s traveling back and forth from his home in Iowa for tapings, which ties into concerns Roman Reigns recently expressed about if other WWE Superstars are handling the pandemic the same way he is. It’s also something Seth probably will be advised against continuing to do as Lynch gets closer to her due date.
“It’s been a struggle in the sense that there have just been a lot of decisions that have to be made quickly as far as travel is concerned because now that we’re doing added testing and those swabs every single time before these tapings, that puts you in a little bit of a hole as far as your travel is concerned because now you are going to have to leave a day early, and when you don’t know you have to leave a day early until it all comes up it becomes a bit of a hassle. We had to make some changes to the taping schedule last week, which is going to force us to go back down again this week to do some more tapings.
“As we as a country and the world really just start to learn more about this thing, we are just trying to get a protocol in place that makes sense for everybody in WWE. I’m for one extremely happy that we’re testing every time before we go in. That will hopefully minimize the risk of people getting sick in the Performance Center and obviously us passing it out into the general population. The fact that we’re testing is definitely great.
“The extra travel days is what it is, not a big deal. But this week was crazy. It was a lot of people scrambling to make decisions and to try to figure out what the best order of operations is regarding this situation since we had not had this problem yet. Luckily, I think we have some good stuff coming up as far as we’re gonna handle this. The communication has been a lot better toward the tail end of this than in the beginning. It was (laughs) tricky at first, but we’re all along for the ride.”
Check out The Post’s whole interview with Rollins, where he also talks about his program with Rey Mysterio and working with his “acolytes” Murphy & Austin Theory, here.