Seth Rollins has been making the media rounds this week to promote the 2023 WWE SummerSlam pay-per-view event.
While speaking on the SI Media Podcast, the WWE World Heavyweight Champion opined on his “complex” relationship with Cody Rhodes, and more.
You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:
On his relationship with Rhodes: “Our relationship is very complex. I think that’s the best way to put it. I think there’s a mutual respect there. Obviously, I think when you have two guys at our caliber, there’s respect, but there’s also a level of competition. There’s a healthy jealousy in some capacity on both sides. He has mentioned recently that we both [are] vying constantly to be the top guy on the top show Monday Night Raw, and that’s the truth. And so, there’s respect. Friendship, I don’t know that I would go that far, but yeah, it’s very complex situation between the two of us, that’s for sure.”
On Rhodes’ accomplishments: “What Cody’s been able to do, kind of coming out of his father’s shadow, which is a very difficult thing to do, and making his own path. And the way he’s done it [is] by being here in WWE, leaving, starting a rival promotion, coming back, and really defying expectations to get to the top of the card and stay at the top of the card. You can’t say anything bad about Cody’s work ethic.”
In a separate interview with CBS Sports, Rollins commented on always having a chip on his shoulder, how he keeps busy even if he’s not on a show, and more.
You can check out some highlights from that interview below:
On the chip on his shoulder: “Oh, there’s always a chip on my shoulder. It never goes away. I’m never just coasting, I’m never just okay with being okay. If it’s not wanting to win a world championship or establish a world championship, now I’ve got people, as you mentioned, calling my world championship a secondary world championship. So now I’m out here trying to prove everybody wrong on that end. I’m not gonna be naive and think that we ain’t got a lot of work to do. Establishing a new title is difficult work. It is a hard job, and somebody’s gotta do it, and I am very honored to have the responsibility to be the guy to do that. So there’s always a chip on my shoulder. anytime we go to any arena in the country and anybody else gets credit for filling a house or being on top or popping a rating or anything like that, I’m always gonna feel slighted by it. Not in a way that I’m jealous. I’m thrilled. Business is huge. We are the hottest ticket in town. Anywhere we go, we’re sold-out next and right. Houses are up, ratings are up. It’s crazy to be a part of WWE right now. But I’m always wanting to be the guy, always wanting to be the marquee, whatever it is, that’s where I want to be.”
On keeping busy even if he’s not on a show: “If I feel like I’m not there, I’m gonna be hustling. I’m like Michael Jordan. I’m gonna find something, even if there’s nothing, even if there’s everything cooking, cruising perfect, I’m gonna go out and I’m gonna find something to piss me off. I’m gonna find something that I can sink my teeth into. I’m gonna make an enemy out of somebody so that I got something to work for. That’s just how I operate, that’s how I flow. I don’t know how to do it any other way.”