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The Real-Life Diet of Seth Rollins, Wrestling Star and CrossFit Jesus
Writer Credit: Mick Rouse
Site Credit: gq.com | View Original Article

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
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Seth Rollins Reveals his dream match
Writer Credit: Vineet Ramakrishnan
Source Credit: Times of India

Last year at WWE SummerSlam, Seth Rollins found himself at the cusp of history as he was in the main event to determine the inaugural WWE Universal Champion against Finn Balor, and even though the Architect came up short against the then hot favorite Balor. This year, Rollins may not be main eventing a stacked card, but he still has the chance to walk away with gold with his former Shield partner Dean Ambrose as they will vie for the RAW Tag Team Championships going up again the Champions – Shemus and Cesaro.
Ahead of the mega-event, Rollins, in a media interaction, talks about his childhood SummerSlam memories, his dream match and how the injury layoff helped him refocus.

What are your childhood SummerSlam memories?
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Published by Ash on August 22nd, 2017
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Published by Ash on August 22nd, 2017
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Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose def. The Hardys
The band is back together, and the dream matches have already begun. Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins opened their unlikely Raw Tag Team Title reign by declaring the evening to be a “party” and inviting any team in the locker room to step to them, seemingly expecting Cesaro & Sheamus to come looking for a rematch. Instead, they got a gentleman’s challenge from The Hardy Boyz, and it was exactly as epic as you might have imagined. (Cesaro & Sheamus scouted from the locker room.)

The Most Exhilarating Tag Team In History didn’t just hang with the younger tandem, they came awfully close to defeating the new champions after Matt Hardy hit The Lunatic Fringe with the Twist of Fate to tee him up for Jeff Hardy’s Swanton Bomb. However, Rollins superkicked Matt right after Jeff tagged in, and Ambrose got his knees up to block the Swanton, leaving The Charismatic Enigma alone to suffer the one-two combo of Rollins’ ripcord knee and a match-ending Dirty Deeds.
(Recap Via: WWE.com)

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Ambrose & Rollins vs. The Hardys (WWE YouTube Clip)
Get Inside Superstars Heads Before Their Battles at SummerSlam (WWE.com Exclusive)
Full Match Video (Coming Soon)

Published by Ash on August 22nd, 2017
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Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose def. Sheamus & Cesaro (For the Tag Team Titles)
With The Lunatic Fringe briefly kayoed, Sheamus metaphorically tore Rollins to pieces, while Cesaro leapt over the outside barricade and literally tore apart a beach ball that had been making its way through the capacity crowd. Even though Ambrose roused to life and helped get his team back in the match, “The Bar” held a narrow advantage by the skin of their fingertips. Even as Ambrose & Rollins got more and more innovative, the titles remained just beyond their reach, usually because either Cesaro or Sheamus saved the other from disaster. (The King of Swing had the biggest save of all, bailing Sheamus out of a potential double powerbomb.) Now, it was Ambrose who found himself isolated and trapped in Cesaro’s Sharpshooter after Sheamus flattened Rollins with a rolling senton to the outside. The champs took full advantage of the two-on-one, hitting a top-rope clothesline-powerbomb combo and landing a cheap shot after a brief distraction of the referee.

This wasn’t exactly overwhelming to The Lunatic Fringe, who all but dared the champions to hit him with their best shot. So, they did, setting him up for a double-team White Noise variation. But the move never hit home. Rollins repaid Ambrose’s earlier assault and rose to life, connecting with a springboard hurricanrana that hurled Cesaro into his partner, then superkicking both champs and blasting the legal man Sheamus with his ripcord knee to the face. Ambrose provided the finishing touch to The Alabaster Gladiator, hitting Dirty Deeds to break “The Bar” and win the Raw Tag Team Titles.
Given that the new titleholders celebrated their win with the old-school Shield fist bump, allow us to sum it up in the only way that feels appropriate: “November, Echo, Whiskey, Charlie, Hotel, Alpha, Mike, Papa, Sierra.”
(Recap Courtesy of WWE.com)

Photos:
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Videos:
Ambrose & Rollins “Own” Tag Team Wrestling (WWE.Com Exclusive)
Tag Team Title Match (WWE YouTube Clip)
Do Rollins & Ambrose Have a Team Name? (WWE YouTube Clip)
SummerSlam Kick-Off Show – Seth & Dean in the Social Media Lounge(WWE YouTube Full Video)
Full Match Video (Coming Soon)

Published by Ash on August 21st, 2017
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Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose Re-Unite
After a tense couple weeks between the two former Shield members, the two met in the ring at the start of Raw for an equally tense meeting. Seth starts off by accusing Dean Ambrose of lying, Seth believes Dean wants a reunion and he knows Dean realizes they could take over “this place.” Seth then extends his fist, but Dean just glowers at it. He shouts at Seth “are you kidding me?!” Dean rants about Seth making him look like a fool last week after he put himself on the line. Seth tells Dean he understands the mistrust as sometimes he doesn’t even trust himself.

Seth says he knows that perhaps their differences are what made them a powerful team and that they could without a doubt dominate the division, but he also questions whether this reunion is a bad idea. Seth goes to walk out of the ring, but is interrupted by a slap on his shoulder by Dean who now extends his fist to Seth. Seth goes to refuse and walk away, but this sparks a shoving war and soon both men are in a full on fight. They take each other down in the ring and exchange fists, Seth gets up and leaps onto Ambrose’s back and the two end up outside of the ring on the floor. They briefly go after each other on the outside before collapsing and being interrupted by some familiar music. The tag team champions arrive in full force with the intent to destroy the Shield reunion of sorts before it even gets started.

Old habits die hard though, Dean and Seth easily rally to work in tandem to knock both champions out of the ring, and send them packing! Fired up the two celebrate in the ring and stare each other down. They finally shove their fists together in their signature stance! The crowd explodes for the reunion they have been waiting for. Soon after Kurt Angle’s music hits and he announces a match between Seth/Dean vs. The Tag Team Champions. Seth and Dean remain posed fist bumping and grinning ear to ear as Raw goes to commercial break.

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Published by Ash on August 15th, 2017
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Sheamus def. Seth Rollins
Say what you will about Dean Ambrose; the man keeps his promises.

The Lunatic Fringe told Seth Rollins he was done bailing out his former brother-in-arms last week, and he stayed true to his word in emphatic fashion during The Architect’s rematch with Sheamus on Raw. Whereas Rollins surprised the Raw Tag Team Champion last week, The Alabaster Gladiator reversed his fortunes in Round 2, pinning Rollins with a roll-up of his own off an assist from Cesaro.
The cohesive Raw Tag Team Champions proceeded to lay a lengthy beating on Rollins after the match — one that only got worse when they realized that Ambrose would not be coming to the rescue.

Seth Rollins Saves Dean Ambrose
Say what you will about Seth Rollins; he won’t leave a man hanging.
Despite Dean Ambrose refusing to come to The Kingslayer’s aid after his match against Sheamus, Rollins lent Ambrose a hand after The Lunatic Fringe found himself in hot water of his own with the Raw Tag Team Champions. The main difference was that Ambrose had won his match, an epic, scientific affair with Cesaro wherein the two Superstars traded a wide array of old-school holds and locks before they broke out the heavy artillery.

Down to the wire, The Lunatic Fringe won off a roll-up, and when the champs swarmed him, Rollins arrived to drive them back. Ambrose was seemingly won over by The Architect’s actions and offered him the customary Shield fist bump, but Rollins left him high and dry this time around. Turnabout is fair play.

Photos:
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Match Video (Full) – Coming This Week
Seth Rollins vs. Sheamus (WWE YouTube Clip)
Seth Rollins Saves Dean Ambrose (WWE YouTube Match Clip)

Published by Ash on August 8th, 2017
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Article Credit: Sportingnews.com
Writer: By Brian Fritz @BrianFritz from the “Between The Ropes” Podcast

No one ever wants to suffer an injury, especially one as big as the one Seth Rollins experienced in November 2015. He was on a roll at the time and arguably the biggest heel in the WWE. Rollins was riding high. Then during an overseas match with Kane, his momentum came to a halt as he tore the ACL, MCL and medial meniscus in his knee. It would be more than seven months before “The Architect” returned to the ring.

There was a positive as he was offered a role in the WWE Studios movie “Armed Response” and now had the time to do it.
The movie, which also stars Wesley Snipes and Anne Heche, finds Rollins and a team of highly trained soldiers looking into the disappearance of another team. As they investigate, they find themselves trapped inside a military compound controlled by artificial intelligence and things quickly get out of control.

Sporting News spoke with Rollins about being in his first feature film, fighting Anne Heche, recovering from his knee injury during filming, becoming a good guy in WWE, and getting the cover of the upcoming WWE 2K18 video game. “Armed Response” will be available on digital download and limited theatrical release beginning on Friday, August 4.

SPORTING NEWS: How was the movie making experience for “Armed Response” for you overall seeing this is the first feature film you’ve done?
SETH ROLLINS: Yeah, this is the first one. It was cool. Honestly, it was a good experience. I had no idea what it was going to be like going in. I had no preconceptions or anything like that. I was going in with an open mind and it was a lot different than what I’m used to doing live shows all the time. It was super-interesting and a fun experience, a learning experience for me.

SN: How would you explain this movie is someone asked you? Is it a horror movie, it is a thriller?
SR: I’d call it more of a suspense-thriller. There are some elements of action and horror but that’s not the predominant theme. It’s more of a suspense thriller, a whodunit trying to figure out how the other Special Forces team was supposed to be manning this outpost and have gone missing. There’s a lot of elements of who, what, when, where, stuff like that.
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Published by Ash on August 5th, 2017
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Video Clip Credit: Saban Films on YouTube

Article Credit:”For the Win” on USA Today (ftw.usatoday.com)
Writer Credit: By Josh Barnett

Seth Rollins is used to the instant feedback that comes from a live WWE audience. His music hits and he knows what the fans think. He executes a move and he knows whether the fans like it or not. That is among the things that makes Rollins’ feature film debut so unique in Armed Response, which comes out Friday in theaters in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Phoenix and video-on-demand platforms.

Rollins filmed the movie in late 2016 when he was still sidelined after knee surgery in November 2015. He’s been waiting months to see how the fans will react. “Something like this was a lot different than what I’m used to,” he told For The Win. “There’s no audience watching you with a boo or a yeah whenever something bad or good happens. I’m very curious to see what our fanbase is going to think of it and what the response will be overall to my performance.
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Published by Ash on August 5th, 2017
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WWE’s Seth Rollins on Playing the Jerk in Armed Response

Article Credit: Ign.com, Follow them on Twitter: @IGN
Writer Credit: By Matt Fowler (Writer at IGN & member of the Television Critics Association.
Twitter at @TheMattFowler & Facebook at Facebook.com/MattBFowler


Video Clip Credit: Saban Films (Theatrical Release Distributor on Behalf of WWE Films)

Before WWE Superstar Seth Rollins heads into SummerSlam on Sunday, August 20th, you can watch him suit up for some spooky action in Armed Response – a new paranormal thriller from WWE and KISS legend Gene Simmons that opens in theaters and On Demand on Friday, August 4th. Starring Wesley Snipes, Anne Heche, Dave Annable, and Simmons himself in a cameo role, Armed Response follows a team of special forces soldiers as they investigate an artificial intelligence gone wrong inside a secret high-tech facility known as The Temple.

Rollins, in his very first movie roll, stars as one of the most brutal members of Snipes’ highly-skilled black ops unit and as the mystery deepens and the danger rises, Rollins’ Bret starts to become more and more unhinged. I had the pleasure of speaking to Rollins about his first foray into film and what it was like to go toe-to-toe with…Anne Heche.

IGN: When did you film Armed Response?
Seth Rollins: It was all shot in April of 2016, I want to say.

IGN: Yeah, you looked pretty mobile and I was wondering how it coincided with your knee injury.
Rollins: I was right at the end of my rehab period. So I got hurt and had surgery in November of 2015 so this was probably five months or so out from that. I was at the very end of my rehab so I was moving around pretty well, though I still had a ways to go before I was ring ready, but I was certainly silver screen ready.
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Published by Ash on August 5th, 2017
Filed in Interviews, Media Appearance, Rollins News

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