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The Shield Addresses Their Opponents
The Shield may have formalized their reunion last week with their trademark fist bump, but for the first time in three years, Raw opened with the crackle of “Sierra, Hotel, India… ” and the sight of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns donning black and marching through the audience to surround someone in the ring — in this case, Raw General Manager Kurt Angle, who quickly turned over the mic and made his exit.

It was awesome (as the WWE Universe chanted), and if there were any concerns that The Hounds of Justice had lost a step, they immediately launched into a scorched-earth proclamation to pick up right where they left off at WWE TLC. And even though Ambrose’s tough talk inadvertently got Braun Strowman added to the upcoming TLC Match last week, The Lunatic Fringe only doubled down on his resolve — he reiterated that The Shield could take on any number of opponents and challenged their TLC foes to throw down on the spot.

The Miz, Braun Strowman and The Bar came to the stage to oblige, but Angle got between the two squadrons, reminding them that The Bar would challenge Ambrose & Rollins for the Raw Tag Team Titles and Strowman would battle The Big Dog in a Steel Cage Match tonight. It was enough to stop the fists from flying, but there’ll be no such restraint on anyone’s part come Sunday.

Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose vs. Sheamus & Cesaro
Perhaps it was the thrill of being back in black, but Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins were even more rabid than usual in a successful retention of the Raw Tag Team Titles against Cesaro & Sheamus, whose opportunity had only been sanctioned hours earlier.

After getting taken out early, The Lunatic Fringe re-entered the match like a house on fire in relief of Rollins, who had been neutralized for a stretch. The Bar upped the ante with Ambrose running rampant, mixing both smarts (Cesaro wisely avoided another slingshot into the ropes) and power (Sheamus hoisted Ambrose up for a Cesaro springboard uppercut). But Rollins provided the final boost for his brother, rushing the match and instigating a brawl that The Lunatic Fringe closed out with Dirty Deeds to The King of Swing for the victory.

Main Event Mayhem Backstage & Roman Reigns is def. by Strowman

Raw General Manager Kurt Angle banned The Miz, The Bar and The Shield from ringside to prevent outside interference and preserve the integrity of Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman in a Steel Cage, a match that would determine the complexion of the big TLC Match on Sunday. But he didn’t say anything about inside interference, and now Strowman’s victory expands The Shield’s opponents from four to five as a result.

To be fair, the rival teams ignored Angle’s initial decree as well, rushing the cage despite the General Manager’s orders. The Miz’s crew struck first, with The Bar cutting Roman off at the pass when he tried to escape the cage after momentarily felling Strowman. The Shield quickly neutralized the interference, but The Monster Among Men hauled Reigns over the cage right into a superplex, and when the brawl between The Shield and The Bar continued into the parking lot, Miz himself locked them out of the arena by closing the door of the loading dock.

Reigns managed to fight his way back into contention by hitting Strowman with three Superman Punches and a Spear, but the tide quickly turned when the arena plunged into red light and Kane rose from beneath the ring to administer two bone-rattling chokeslams to the former WWE Champion. Strowman followed up with a Running Powerslam, The Big Red Monster piled on with a Tombstone, and a second Running Powerslam from The Gift of Destruction earned the decisive pinfall and expanded his squadron by one for Sunday in the process. And, as Miz informed the WWE Universe, in case that wasn’t enough of a hint, The Devil’s Favorite Demon was, indeed, his final teammate for WWE TLC. Dean Ambrose said The Shield could take on five opponents and win. The Hounds of Justice are about to be put to that exact test.

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Published by Ash on October 17th, 2017
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The Shield Interrupts Miz TV
Miz and his group of goons are starting off Raw & Miz is handing out his awards when Roman Reigns finally has enough of his jeering and appears on the entrance ramp. The Miz mocks Roman and the fact he is standing on the ramp “all alone.” The Miz makes reference to the rumoured Shield reunion, to which Roman replies “Rumours? What Rumour?” At that statement the crowd begins to get hyped and Dean Ambrose appears, then Seth Rollins appears with his music screaming “Burn it Down!” All three men pause as the crowd roars in excitement and then start towards the ring with ambition. The three split up to surround the ring. The attack leaves the Miz hiding for cover outside the ring, before his found and retrieved for a triple power-bomb. The Shield stand proudly in their signature pose, leaving a path of destruction laying around them.

*Announcement made that the Shield will face the Miz, Cesaro and Sheamus at TLC

The Shield Destroy Braun Strowman
The Shield’s handiwork was not complete with just one destructive attack tonight though, as they would confront Braun after his match with Matt Hardy. The Shield stops Braun at the top of the ramp and they all stare each other down. Braun doesn’t back down and heads straight for Roman Reigns. All three men pounce and drag Strowman over to the announce desk. With a huge three man effort, Braun also gets a triple power-bomb for his effort.
Backstage following the commercial break, all three men (particularly Seth Rollins in this segment as he has a huge smirk he can’t wipe off the whole time) are confident about their chances at TLC!

*Later announced in Kurt Angle’s office – Braun Strowman is now in the TLC match

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The Shield Attack Braun Strowman

Published by Ash on October 10th, 2017
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Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose Talk Backstage
After Dean’s challenge to Strowman last week, it’s Seth’s turn to try his hand with the monster among men. A focused Seth tries to hit Braun with as many fast punches as possible, then tries to throw him off his game with a slap. Strowman clearly angered replies “are you stupid?!” as Seth races around the ring to outsmart the big man. Seth gets launched in the air, stepped on with the huge boots of Braun, and gets his arm wrapped painfully around the ring ropes. None of this keeps Seth down for the moment though, as he battles back only to be caught by a huge fist that sends him out of the ring onto the floor. After our commercial break, Seth tries again unsuccessfully to go top rope and ends up meeting the floor again. He uses the ring post to stand, only to get run into the barricade by Strowman. A tenacious Seth goes right back to work in the ring, attacking Braun with super-kicks. The superkicks rattle Braun, but not enough as he hits his running power-slam. The move proves to be lights out for Seth. The punishment isn’t over though as Strowman strikes for a second time and was going back for a third (only to be interrupted by Dean Ambrose). The bar enter to pick up the scraps and take Dean and Seth out even further, adding insult to injury.

Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose confront Roman Reigns Backstage
Backstage Roman is favoring his shoulders and is sore after his beating at the hands of the Miz & his newest friends, The Bar. Roman is joined by Dean Ambrose and he rises to his feet to stare him down. Shortly after, Seth enters the room. The three stare at each other with those familiar determined, hungry glares we’ve seen so many times the past. Each man understanding with no words needing to be said. Seth slowly nods his head, as does Dean Ambrose, and the two leave Roman Reigns in the locker room. Could this be foreshadowing what is to come next week on Raw? Justice may be served once again, and the Miz would be advised to be careful what he wishes for when he taunts the hounds of justice.

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Published by Ash on October 3rd, 2017
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Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose Talk Backstage
After Dean Ambrose surprisingly challenged Braun Strowman, Seth Rollins greets his partner backstage and hands him a pack of ice. He tells Dean that sometimes he just needs to chill out and relax, think a little bit. He says Dean should have let him know of his intentions to face Braun so he could have his back. Dean Ambrose on the other hand feels that Seth could think less and thereby be less predictable. Seth starts to tell Dean off, but Dean cuts him off and finishes his sentence for him. Seth comments “okay that was good, but I bet you won’t know what I’m going to say next.” Seth declares that he will visit Kurt Angle and he will challenge Braun next week on Raw. Dean chuckles and said “I didn’t know you were going to say that.” Seth then heads off for his match with Sheamus, Dean wishes him luck and says he’ll be watching. As Seth leaves, Dean mumbles “that Braun thing probably wasn’t a good idea though.”

Seth Rollins def. Sheamus
Under ordinary circumstances, having Dean Ambrose banged-up in the locker room might put Seth Rollins at a disadvantage against Sheamus. But The Celtic Warrior’s tag-team partner, Cesaro, was reduced to moral support in a suit thanks to his gruesome dental injury, which put the bout on an even keel.

And, in this case, it was Rollins who came away with the win. Not that Sheamus didn’t give him a fight; The Celtic Warrior did his best to repay Rollins for The Swiss Cyborg’s injury, targeting The Kingslayer’s face with a vicious variety of kicks and knees. Rollins ended up landing the blows that counted, connecting twice with Sheamus’ face — first with a kick, then the ripcord knee for three.

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Published by Ash on September 26th, 2017
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The Tag Team Division Brawls

Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins’ unlikely reunion and Raw Tag Team Title run has held the rest of the division at bay for weeks, but in a confrontation between champions and challengers, Cesaro & Sheamus declared the “nostalgia ride” will only last until the two “brothers” remember they can’t stand each other. Add Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson into the mix and toss ‘em in a Triple Threat, and it turns out “The Bar” might be right to think the champs aren’t as bulletproof as they seem.
Granted, The Architect and The Lunatic Fringe don’t seem to hate each other anymore — the only thing that really sets Ambrose off is being called a nerd — but Ambrose & Rollins made their first significant mistake as a team all the same.

After suffering a Magic Killer and “The Bar’s” spin on a 3D, The Kingslayer finally reached Ambrose, and the champions took everyone out with a pair of synchronized suicide dives. But Sheamus sneakily tagged himself in right before The Lunatic Fringe hit Dirty Deeds on Anderson, tossed Ambrose from the ring and stole the pinfall. Score one for “The Bar,” but they’ll likely need a little more than opportune timing to regain the Raw Tag Team Championship come Sunday.

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The Tag Team Division Implodes (WWE YouTube Clip)
Full Match Video (Coming Soon)

Published by Ash on September 19th, 2017
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The Tag Team Division Brawls
It’s every tag team for themselves on Team Red. A week after Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson threw down against Cesaro & Sheamus, who are next in line for Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins’ Raw Tag Team Titles, a match was sanctioned between “The Bar” and the good brothers, only it never quite got off the ground after Cesaro & Sheamus got into it with the champs at the commentary table. Gallows & Anderson were quick to join the scuffle, which led to a massive three-way brawl among the teams.

Ambrose & Rollins were game for a match against both tandems, but Raw General Manager Kurt Angle, looking to keep his champions in one piece as WWE No Mercy approaches, offered a compromise instead: Find another team to join them, and they would get to tee off on Cesaro, Sheamus, Gallows and Anderson all they wanted in an Eight-Man Tag Team Match.

Seth Rollins/Dean Ambrose & The Hardys def. Cesaro/Sheamus & Gallows/Anderson
Cesaro & Sheamus predicted that, when it came down to it, Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins would turn on each other and cost themselves the Raw Tag Team Titles, but that day didn’t come on Raw. In fact, “The Bar” ironically couldn’t keep their own impromptu alliance together for Team Red’s main-event, an Eight-Man Tag that teamed them, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson against Ambrose, Rollins & The Hardy Boyz.

True, the former champs were initially a well-oiled machine alongside the good brothers, despite fighting them for two straight weeks. They even managed to cut Ambrose off from his allies for almost the entire match. But once Seth Rollins tagged in, all bets were off: The Kingslayer singlehandedly took the fight to both Gallows & Anderson, and a pair of Twists of Fate to The Suntan Biker Man were enough to prompt “The Bar” to call it a day and make their exit. With Anderson left alone in the ring, a unified one-two of Rollins’ ripcord knee and Ambrose’s Dirty Deeds spelled the end of the match, a display of perfect teamwork that nonetheless didn’t seem to shake “The Bar’s” confidence as their title match nears… at least, not yet.

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Main Event Tag Match (WWE YouTube Clip)
Chaos Erupts Among Tag Teams (WWE YouTube Clip)

Published by Ash on September 12th, 2017
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Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose on Commentary
While Sheamus & Cesaro prepared to take on Heath Slater and Rhyno, Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose happily took a spot at the commentary table to survey the ongoing match and discuss their newfound unity. Seth confidently declared that he has no doubts, or uneasy feelings towards the partnership. Ambrose states that he has no ill feelings towards Seth for his past betrayal by simply noting “these things happen.” Seth chuckles and says his partner is a forgiving guy. The two agree that though they have been “at war” in the past, they are stronger and the best when they are together. They note that Sheamus and Cesaro took some time to get along and only became the 2nd or third best tag team out there.

Ambrose confidently proclaims, “the moment we signed on the doted line, those guys were screwed.” The two finally say “this is the bar now.” As Seth stands up and holds his title proudly in the air and their taunt their upcoming No Mercy opponents following the match.

Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose def. Anderson & Gallows
Cesaro & Sheamus showed they’re not slowing down anytime soon with their win over Heath Slater & Rhyno, but Raw Tag Team Champions Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins are right there with them. The champs defeated Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson, a move that won’t exactly earn them good-brother status but definitely does wonders for their momentum as their showdown with “The Bar” looms large in the distance.

They might need it, too: Cesaro & Sheamus jaw-jacked with Gallows & Anderson before the match and lurked, stone-faced at ringside for the entire bout … at least until they attempted to interfere.
Rollins used Anderson as a human projectile to thwart the intrusion, rolling his foe up for the win moments later. And then Cesaro & Sheamus surprised everyone by going after the good brothers instead of the champions, getting the better of a brief, but intense fight. Even when their plans go awry, they still set the bar, and might just dictate the pace as well.

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Full Match Video (Coming Soon)

Published by Ash on September 5th, 2017
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Cesaro def. Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins has been jaw-jacking with The Usos all weekend, but he and Dean Ambrose might have a far more present danger to worry about, as The Kingslayer fell to Cesaro in a singles match that pitted one-half of the Raw Tag Team Champions against one-half of the tandem they defeated to win the titles. And it’s all because of the other half of that tandem, as Sheamus forced Rollins to take his eye off the ball by swiping at the ropes while The Architect was preparing to fly. While Ambrose scrapped with The Celtic Warrior on the outside, Cesaro uncorked a home-run uppercut to Rollins that put him down for three. The only person who was happier than Cesaro about the win was Sheamus, who challenged Ambrose to a match on the spot.

Dean Ambrose def. Sheamus
It’s a split series for the current and former Raw Tag Team Champions, as Dean Ambrose knocked off Sheamus just moments after The Alabaster Gladiator’s impromptu challenge to The Lunatic Fringe. The Celctic Warrior was riding high after Cesaro scored a win over Seth Rollins, and The Lunatic Fringe quickly showed his foe that his eyes were bigger than his stomach. Through a series of impressive reversals (that tornado DDT!), some gritty perseverance through a banged-up back and an assist from Rollins — who bailed his partner out of White Noise behind the ref’s back — Ambrose planted Sheamus with Dirty Deeds for the 1-2-3.
(Recap Credit: WWE.com)

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Seth Rollins vs. Cesaro (WWE YouTube Clip)
Dean Ambrose vs. Sheamus (Seth at Ringside) (WWE YouTube Clip)

Published by Ash on August 29th, 2017
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WWE Superstars Attend the WWE 2K18 Kickoff Party During SummerSlam Weekend
On Friday night during the WWE 2K18 SummerSlam Kickoff Party, a heated on-stage interview featuring Raw Tag Team Champions Cesaro & Sheamus and their imminent pay-per-view opponents, Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose, suddenly descended into all-out bedlam.
As a sea of security guards swarmed between them, the two tandems fought to try and reach each other amidst a barrage of flying chairs and water bottles.

In a WWE.com exclusive video, not only did Cathy Kelley shed additional light on the volatile incident that took place during the WWE 2K18 event, but she soon found herself in the middle of a second altercation between the two teams during her report.

A Brawl Breaks Out During the 2k18 Event

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Published by Ash on August 22nd, 2017
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The Real-Life Diet of Seth Rollins, Wrestling Star and CrossFit Jesus
Writer Credit: Mick Rouse
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Professional athletes don’t get to the top by accident. It takes superhuman levels of time, dedication, and focus—and that includes paying attention to what they put in their bellies. In this series, GQ takes a look at what fit people in different fields eat on a daily basis to perform at their best. Here’s a look at the daily diet of WWE star Seth Rollins.

For years, wrestling fans were hyping up Seth Rollins as one of WWE’s brightest young stars. Nowadays, he’s a certifiable main eventer and a video game cover star, to boot. And as one of the flag bearers ushering in a new generation of professional wrestling, he knows a thing or two about what it takes to both look and perform well. (He’s not known as CrossFit Jesus for nothing.) Ever wonder what it really takes to achieve videogame abs or how much food you need to eat in order to step between the ropes? We caught up with the WWE’s resident kingslayer ahead of SummerSlam to answer all those questions and more.

GQ: You were recently announced as the cover star to this year’s WWE 2K18 video game, and the Internet has had a lot of fun talking about how realistic your character in the game looks, specifically the care for detail when it came to your abs. So let me ask you: are abs made in the kitchen or in the gym?

Seth Rollins: I think it’s a bit of both, you know? Obviously, you can be skinny and have some abdominal definition, but for them to really pop, if you will, you’re going to have to put in some time. You’re going to have to do some core exercises and lift some weights, some resistance. Otherwise you’re not going to build any muscle in that area, which is what’s going to help you be able to show them off a little bit more.

GQ: You were recently announced as the cover star to this year’s WWE 2K18 video game, and the Internet has had a lot of fun talking about how realistic your character in the game looks, specifically the care for detail when it came to your abs. So let me ask you: are abs made in the kitchen or in the gym?

Seth Rollins: I think it’s a bit of both, you know? Obviously, you can be skinny and have some abdominal definition, but for them to really pop, if you will, you’re going to have to put in some time. You’re going to have to do some core exercises and lift some weights, some resistance. Otherwise you’re not going to build any muscle in that area, which is what’s going to help you be able to show them off a little bit more.

It’s no secret at this point that the WWE maintains one of the crazier schedules in sports and entertainment. You guys are going pretty much non-stop, all day long doing media, working out, driving to shows, putting on said shows. So what does an average day look like for you when it comes to eating?

It sort of depends on if I’m home or away, but when I’m on the road, generally I like to find a good, local breakfast restaurant. That’s my first go-to in the morning. It’s one of the ways I can feel like I’m doing something with my time other than just working. Generally I have some sort of balanced meal. Three to five eggs for me is good. Whole eggs. I’m not an egg whites guy. I can’t deal with egg whites. I need the flavor of the yolk, and I like the fat of it, as well. So I’ll have that and some sort of potato. If I’m not feeling potatoes and I’m feeling extra spicy, I’ll throw in a pancake or something like that. But they key is just one, for a little bit of carbs to help balance out the diet. If you order three or more pancakes and throw them in my face, I’m going to eat them all. And then I’ll have a coffee, too. Usually from there I’ll go to the gym.

Do you do anything special for a pre-workout, or is your breakfast essentially your pre-workout?

If I’ve had coffee in the morning, I won’t mess with a pre-workout [supplement] because I don’t want to overload on caffeine. I like the caffeine that I do take to be effective and useful, so instead of a pre-workout I’ll just kind of ride the morning caffeine wave into the gym. During the workout it’s mostly just water that I’m drinking. If I’m not feeling hydrated, sometimes I’ll take a little electrolyte supplement that I can just put in my water to help me absorb and hydrate a little better.

Like one of those tablets that just dissolves right into your water?

Yeah, like a Nuun tablet. Those are really effective as far as helping me absorb a good ratio of potassium and sodium and magnesium. Electrolytes without the added sugar of a sports drink.

What about post-workout? What is your go-to after you’ve finished working out?

Afterwards I’ll have a shake, which is usually a pretty heavy shake as far as carbohydrates and protein are concerned. Then I’ll go find some more food. Lately I’ve been—for the first time in my career, actually—traveling with food on the road. One of the things that I wanted to do with my diet in the last few months was create some more consistency. Sometimes when you’re on the road—you mentioned our schedule. Between media, workouts, driving, the shows themselves, there’s a lot of room for, I guess, diversity in terms of what we’re eating and when we’re eating depending on what town, or even what country, we’re in. There are all sorts of stuff as far as how we get our food. So for me, I started traveling with meals in the last month or so, really trying to create some consistency in my diet. It’s been a little bit of a hassle, but it’s also been useful and effective. I feel, particularly in my macro counts, just a consistency and a good balance. Plus this way I always have food on me, as opposed to having to go out and try to find stuff. I’ve been packing a lot of frozen meals into a very large Yeti cooler over the course of my travels recently.

What type of frozen meals are you typically bringing along with you? Do they follow any sort of dietary restrictions?

I like fats. I think fat is important. I think there is a reason we have it. Obviously it’s part of our dietary makeup, so I don’t avoid it. I think a lot of people fall into the diet trap of starving themselves or eating things that don’t taste good for the sake of getting in better shape or having a better physique. I think there has to balance there. I don’t avoid carbs. I don’t avoid protein. I think it’s just, again, about balance and finding what works for you and your body. For me, having a higher protein, higher carbohydrate, and middle-of-the-road fat count usually gets the job done as far as my energy needs and for my physique.

For your main meals, what type of fats—I’m guessing we would classify them as “healthy” fats—do you prefer?

I’m a big avocado brother. I love the avocado. So if I can get some avocado in a meal, that’s a big win. Otherwise I try to find a good, solid, fattier piece of meat. It doesn’t have to be crazy. I don’t need to go find olive oils or coconut oils—which are fine—or something like that to get the fat. I find that if you, for example, use a chicken thigh as opposed to a chicken breast, you’re going to be able to get a more flavorful chicken. You’re still getting your protein in and, at the same time, you’re going to be able to get a little bit more fat in there, which is going to help fill you up and give you a little more energy throughout the day.

One thing I wanted to ask you about: You have your own wrestling school now, the Black and Brave Wrestling Academy. I was curious how much focus you put on nutrition for the people who attend your school when they’re first coming in?

That’s one of the main questions I get from my students when they first come in. Now, mind you, these are mostly young kids—18, 19, 20 years old. A lot of them, to be fair, have not participated in athletics before. They’re just wrestling fans that want to give it a shot and see what it’s all about. But they usually come in undersized. And again, they’re still young kids, so they’ve got a lot of size to put on. They’re also usually poor kids that are just trying to make ends meet. They don’t come in with a bunch of money that makes it easy for them to find good foods all the time. So my general advice to them is to eat a lot. They think they know what eating a lot is, you know? And then they’re like, “Why can’t I gain weight?” Well, chances are you’re not eating nearly as much as you think you are. What I always tell them to do is track how much they actually eat for about a week and just see how the calories lay out. Nine out of 10 times when they do that, they’ll find that they’re not eating nearly as much as they thought they were. So my first bit of advice is to just max yourself with food because you need the sustenance as a kid. Being as young as they are, they’ve got a metabolism that’s probably pretty high and the workload that they’re putting themselves through at my academy—they’re doing a lot of work. Far more work then they’ve probably ever done in their lives over the course of three months. So I just tell them to eat and eat and eat until they can’t eat anymore. For someone who is already in good shape or has the size already, then I can work from there to help mold them into what they want to look like. But, for the most part, the guys just don’t eat enough and they need the sustenance if they want to grow.

Spitball a number to me for an average kid who you see come in. How many calories are they usually in taking versus how many they really need to be?

I would say they’re probably eating half of what they need to be eating. They’re probably putting in 2,000 to 2,500 calories, which is pretty normal. If they’re really trying to gain size, they could probably go up to 4,000 calories. Which sounds insane, but if you really want to gain weight and put size on, that’s really the only way to do it. Calories in versus calories out.

Part of the problem, too, is with my program, what they’re doing in the ring and what they’re required to do in the gym, they’re burning a lot of calories. They’re burning a lot more than what they’re used to.

You and I have spoken about this in the past, but you’re huge into CrossFit. Because you’re putting yourself through pretty demanding, high-intensity workouts on top of everything else you do, I’m sure you’re putting an even bigger emphasis on making sure you’re getting calories in.

Yeah, I feel like it’s a never-ending process of tearing yourself down and building yourself back up. I sort of see fitness in that sort of way, making little strides along the way. I think people are impatient with their fitness and their bodies. They’ve got to understand that it takes years and years to get yourself to where you want to be. It’s not an overnight thing. There’s no quick fix. It’s just a matter of being disciplined and working hard. For me, since I found CrossFit seven years ago, my metabolic output has been a lot more than when I was not doing CrossFit. I’m burning more calories, so I need to eat a little bit more. Which is good for me. It lets me play around with my diet a little. That way I can enjoy my food as opposed to hating what I eat all the time.

SummerSlam is Sunday in Brooklyn, and along with WrestleMania, that show has become a sort of milestone on the WWE calendar. Do you allow yourself to have a celebratory meal to mark the occasion after such a big show?

Not necessarily, but I’m also not one to shy away from celebrating with food. I’m not somebody who has to discipline themselves too much, unless I’ve really gone off the rails for weeks at a time. If there’s a special occasion, a birthday, an outing with friends, or even just a food I really want to try—like, if I’m in New York and there’s something on the news saying you’ve got to go try this crazy ice cream cookie doughnut sandwich or something, I’m not shy about having that. Or a cheat meal, or whatever you want to call it. I just think that, again, comes back to having a good relationship with food. Not having it be such a strict thing all the time where you’re constantly fighting against what you’re eating to get to a point where you’re like, “Now I get my cheat meal! Now I get to reward myself!” I try not to think about food that way. I enjoy eating. I enjoy the process of it, and I don’t want it to become something that I dislike, you know?

It doesn’t need to become another job for you.

Exactly.

Published by Ash on August 22nd, 2017
Filed in Interviews

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