Seth Rollins is a Grand Slam Champion, a WrestleMania Main Eventer and also a pioneer of the global phenomena that is NXT. Rollins, who was the inaugural NXT Champion, had a good run in the developmental brand. Of course, NXT wasn’t as popular when he performed there but it was a great experience for him and his peers.
Rollins recalled an interesting story on Lilian Garcia’s podcast from his days on the developmental brand. The Architect revealed that during his early days on the brand, he was forced to get drunk by his fellow Superstars. Rollins refused to gave in to the pressure and ended up drinking only a beer and nothing else.
He also said that except for one person, every other Superstar who had forced him into drinking apologized to him.
h/t wrestlezone.com for transcript
I was 25-26 and it was my first international tour with the company. I was still in NXT. We were in Egypt. I went to bed and got called to come downstairs and hang out. I’m like, “Ok, cool.” It was guys that I respected as far as my colleagues were concerned. I was literally asleep at 1 in the morning when the phone rang.
I kinda knew what I was getting myself into in that they were gonna get me to try to drink. Fun fact: I’ve never been drunk….I did have a drink that night. I had a beer. I sipped on it. I’ll stay up as late as you guys. We’ll all hang out; but, I’m not gonna take shots. I’m not getting drunk. I’m not gonna act a fool…that’s not in my character; but, you can’t pressure me to drink. Then it turned into a, ‘You think you’re better than us,’ type thing.
At the end of the day aside from one – and again, we won’t mention names here – every single person in that room that tried to pressure me into doing something I wanted to do….apologized to me for it. People sober up….I’m cool with hanging out, with being a part of the team; but, that’s not the way I roll.