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Seth Rollins Shows Chicago Some Major Love During Bears Podcast Appearance

The WWE Superstar peels back the curtain to talk about his Bears fandom and wrestling in the Windy City

By Chris Phelan
Split image of Seth Rollins and Justin Fields #1 of the Chicago Bears

With the 2022 NFL season finally underway, it’s no surprise that many WWE Superstars want to get in on the action.

Just last week, WWE cameras caught up with football fans like the Usos, Ricochet and the Street Profits to ask who they think will win this year’s Super Bowl. Some surprising allegiances to specific NFL teams were revealed. Who knew Ricochet was such a big supporter of the Philadelphia Eagles?

Maybe it was the fact that Seth “Freakin” Rollins felt left out of the Super Bowl winner prediction video by WWE brass, but it should come as no surprise that he appeared on NBC Sports’ "Under Center: Chicago Bears" podcast this past Wednesday. 

While this particular podcast didn’t end with the host brazenly challenging the guest to a match after the interview was complete, the Superstar still had a lot to say about the Bears' upcoming season.

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With Rollins originally growing up in Iowa, the podcast’s host wasted no time asking him how in the world he ended up a Bears fan (a fandom that hasn’t been the most fruitful over the past few decades).

“It’s in the family, man. I grew up watching Bears games Sunday afternoons at my grandpa’s. It’s always been the Bears for me. Win, lose or… well, mostly losing. I’ve always been there," he explained.

Rollins’ “never say die” attitude, which was a hallmark of his time with The Shield early in his WWE career can be traced back to his Chicago football fandom. After all, when a team lets you down as much as the Bears have, you learn to pick yourself up time and time again leading to truly memorable and iconic victories for the former WWE champion.

The conversation moved on to the city of Chicago itself, the home of many unforgettable WWE moments over the years, as well as Rollins’ thoughts on the Windy City,

“Chicago’s always a great city. It’s a great professional wrestling town, period," Rollins said. "It’s always been great for WWE. We had a Hell in a Cell pay-per-view there not too long ago which was one of the most electric experiences I've ever had in my life in the ring. I always feel a little extra love from the Chicago crowd – I think they know I’m a Bears fan and a Bulls fan so they kinda get the vibe. There’s a lot of love.”

If that’s not a ringing endorsement of the amazing fans that sell out Chicago every time WWE rolls into town, we don’t know what is!

Inevitably, it being a Chicago podcast after all, Rollins was asked which current Bears player would make the best WWE Superstar. He didn’t hold back with his response, immediately endorsing 25-year-old linebacker Roquan Smith,

"Let me think here… who's got the personality, man? To me, I love Roquan just because he's so smart and I think he's super intense and he brings the physicality every single time," Rollins explained. "So, if I had to pick one, he'd probably be the guy because I think he can make an immediate impact. I think he can just be tossing dudes left and right, you know?"

Based on his 2021 highlight reel alone, we’d agree with Rollins’ sentiment that Smith would be an excellent addition to Monday Night Raw. Maybe Rollins is in the market for a bodyguard, who knows?

It was a brief yet entertaining appearance on the podcast for the Superstar. Especially since he has more important things to attend to in the next few days.

Rollins was a busy man on Raw a few days ago, and he’ll be even busier this Monday night as he challenges Bobby Lashley for the WWE United States Championship, set up by that intense backstage confrontation with the champion.

Bobby Lashley has held the United States title for over 75 days now. Will Rollins be the one to take that championship away from him? It’s one of the countless reasons to tune into Raw this Monday Night, live on USA Network!

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