Seth Rollins has opened up about why he likes playing his current on-screen character, comparing The Drip God to The Joker.
Upon returning to action at the Royal Rumble, Seth Rollins has dialled his character all the way up to 11. His ego has gone spectacularly unchecked, while his suits have ranged from ostentatious to down right remarkable.
The has led to the self-styled ‘Drip God’ and his somewhat unique wardrobe becoming one of the most talked about aspects of Monday Night Raw. As Rollins prepares to challenge for the WWE Championship at Day 1, the former World Champion sat down with Josh Martinez to discuss his current flamboyant character.
Reflecting on the origins of the character, Seth Rollins explained that he wanted to do something fun and different, while looking to the likes of Ric Flair and Macho Man Randy Savage for inspiration.
“Honestly, it was just about doing something different and doing something fun. It all started when we were in the middle of the pandemic and we were doing shows in front of no crowds and we were doing the ThunderDome stuff. A lot of the content I was seeing on our TV and basically in wrestling and entertainment was real dark,
Basically, it was just kind of felt laborious to watch it and sit through it because there wasn’t a lot of fun.
So, thinking back to the characters of my youth and the guys like the Nature Boy Ric Flair, the Macho Man Randy Savage, and Gorgeous George further back. Guys like that where they were just peacocking all the time,” he stated. “I wanted to find my own version of that and make it fun to hate somebody. So, I just thought it would be totally different from what I’ve ever done, and so here we are.”
Continuing on, Rollins compared the character to comic book and movie legend The Joker, adding that the unpredictability of The Drip God is what makes it fun.
“If the Joker were a narcissist going through a midlife crisis. I guess that’s the best way to really put it,” he stated. “I don’t really know any other way to really do it, it’s a lot, there’s a lot happening. But the cool thing about the character is it can go any which way.
“There’s a lot of unpredictability with it, I think that’s fun,” Rollins stated. “You can have matches like a Hell in a Cell with Edge, but you can also have television segments where I just laugh with my best friend Bayley for five minutes. I just think there’s not a lot of characters on our television program that can do all these different things. So that’s my approach to where I’m at right now.”
At WWE Day 1, Seth Rollins will compete in a Fatal-Four-Way match against Kevin Owens, Bobby Lashley and WWE Champion Big E. At the event, Rollins will be looking to win back the championship he hasn’t held since 2016.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.