Seth Rollins says WWE superstars are 'no longer cartoon characters'

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Despite its PG rating, there is little argument that the moves we see on WWE programming today are extremely dangerous and certainly high-risk.

Whether it be a Cesaro swing, an RKO or even a straight forward Brogue Kick, there are so many signature and finishing moves which the WWE superstars on today's roster possess which could cause a lot of damage.

Whilst this is all part of what makes the sports entertainment company as interesting and as successful as it is, the resulting injuries which occur following the pressure put on these sportsmen and women's bodies is doubtlessly very real.


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Rollins' View

As reported by WrestlingNews.Co, one big name of WWE at the moment who has a strong view on this subject is current WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins.

Rollins spoke to Men's Journal about what WWE superstars today put themselves through in order to stay at the top of the company, as well as how different this is now compared to wrestling some years ago.

Rollins said: "If you look at the wrestlers in the ’80s and ’90s compared to what we do today, I think training in that lifestyle is just asking for injuries."

He added: "We take so many more bumps than those guys did, and we do so much more high-risk stuff. We’re athletes now. We’re not cartoon characters anymore. To do what I do 250-300 nights a year, if I didn’t train like this, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do at this level."

Speaking specifically about body building, it is interesting to hear Rollins' response given the stature and physical ability of so many of the biggest names on the roster at present:

"I think body building is slowly drifting out as a place holder for athletic training, and I think slowly but surely, people [are] understanding they have to train functionally to do this well for a long time."

Hard Work 

It is a well-known fact that these WWE superstars are always working extremely hard in order to maintain their highest levels of fitness and strength so they are able to perform week in, week out, in a way which not only please the company, but the WWE Universe, too.

What is interesting about Rollins' answers in this interviews is how he feels many of the professional wrestlers within WWE today are putting their bodies at a higher risk than the biggest names did some 20 or 30 years ago.

With its PG rating and the prohibition of blading as well as the use of certain props, it would be understandable to think that the WWE superstars are somewhat more protected than they were back then.

However, with Ryback's recent announcement regarding his withdrawal from Battleground this coming Sunday night through injury, it is clear that what these athletes put themselves through is still very much a risk even if it is of a milder viewing.

With this in mind, if the WWE Universe were not able to witness such acrobatic and high-intensity moves inside the ring, it would surely detract from what WWE is and why it is as popular and successful as a company today. 

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