Colby Daniel Lopez (May 28, 1986) is an American professional wrestler, signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on the Raw brand under the ring name Seth Rollins . He is a two-time WWE Universal Champion, a two-time WWE Champion, six-time WWE Raw Tag Team Champion, two-time Intercontinental Champion, the inaugural NXT Champion and one-time United States Champion. In Florida Championship Wrestling he is a former FCW Florida Heavyweight Champion, FCW 15 Champion and FCW Florida Tag Team Champion with Richie Steamboat and is the first FCW Grand Slam Champion, the most decorated FCW star in its history. In Ring of Honor he is a former ROH World Champion.
In Pro Wrestling Guerrilla he is a former PWG World Tag Team Champion. He has competed in Scott County Wrestling, AAW: Professional Wrestling Redefined, Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South, the National Wrestling Alliance, and Wrestling Society X. In several promotions, Lopez was the tag team partner of Jimmy Jacobs, with the team known as Doin' It For Her. He was once a member of The Age of the Fall along with Jacobs, and several other wrestlers.
Professional wrestling career
Early career (2005–2006)
Making his debut in 2005, Black started out with Scott County Wrestling (SCW), the federation in which he would hone his skills under the name Gixx. He also began wrestling for Ian Rotten's IWA Mid-South and later entered the Ted Petty Invitational tournament, defeating Sal Thomaselli before being eliminated by Matt Sydal in the quarter-finals in Hammond, Indiana on September 23, 2005. He also won the SCW Heavyweight Championship, and spray-painted the championship belt black to mark "The Black Era" in SCW. He later won the IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Championship as well.
He soon joined NWA Midwest winning the promotion's tag team championship with Marek Brave. The two successfully defended the championship against Ryan Boz and Danny Daniels, Brett Wayne and Hype Gotti, and Jayson Reign and Marco Cordova several times in early 2006. He also faced Eric Priest and A.J. Styles in singles matches.
Independent promotions (2007–2010)
On May 25, 2007, while in a match with the Full Impact Pro (FIP) Tag Team Champions The Briscoes in Melbourne, Florida, Black's tag team partner Marek Brave suffered a back injury that sidelined him for several weeks. During this time Black pursued a singles career, competing in Guerrilla (PWG) where he defeated Joey Ryan on June 10 and former mentor Danny Daniels at the supercard Point of No Return '07 on June 16.
At PWG's Life During Wartime on July 6, 2008, Black teamed with Jacobs to win the PWG World Tag Team Championship by defeating Roderick Strong and El Generico, who was a replacement for Jack Evans. At FIP's event on December 20, 2008 Black defeated Go Shiozaki to win the FIP World Heavyweight Championship. At FIP's event on May 2, 2009, Davey Richards was awarded the FIP World Heavyweight Championship by forfeit when Black was unable to compete.
Ring of Honor
Age of the Fall (2007–2009)
At the Ring of Honor (ROH) pay-per-view taping of Man Up in September 2007, Black made his debut, alongside Jimmy Jacobs and Necro Butcher, with the three attacking the Briscoe Brothers, hanging Jay Briscoe from the rigging that had been used during the ladder match earlier that night. Jacobs announced that the three had formed a stable called The Age of the Fall. The angle was so controversial that ROH decided to remove the footage from the pay-per-view that was being taped at the event. However, the footage was also heavily requested by ROH fans, so it was shown on the ROH Videowire for the week of September 15. Later on in the event Black faced Jack Evans in a dark match, which ended when Jacobs and Necro Butcher interfered leading The Irish Airborne to help Evans. A six-man tag team match between The Age of the Fall and Jack Evans and the Irish Airborne ended in a no contest when Necro Butcher attacked the referee.
Teaming with Jimmy Jacobs and Necro Butcher against The Vulture Squad (Jack Evans and Ruckus) in several handicap matches during early October, he teamed with The Age of the Fall to against Jack Evans, Ruckus and Jigsaw in a 6-man tag team match the following month at Glory by Honor VI Night 1 on November 1. The following night, Black defeated Alex "Sugarfoot" Payne, but was attacked by The Briscoes following the match. He appeared with The Age of the Fall in their match against The Briscoes during the main event. At Final Battle 2007, Black and Jacobs defeated the Briscoes to win the ROH World Tag Team Championship. They lost the titles one month later on January 26 to the No Remorse Corps (Davey Richards and Rocky Romero) when competing in an Ultimate Endurance match also involving The Hangmen 3 (Brent Albright and BJ Whitmer), and the team of Austin Aries and Bryan Danielson.
At Take No Prisoners, ROH's sixth pay-per-view, Black challenged Nigel McGuinness for the ROH World Championship in a losing effort. At Up For Grabs, Black and Jacobs won an eight-team tournament to win the ROH World Tag Team Championship for a second time. The two lost the championship at Driven to the team of Kevin Steen and El Generico. Black had a second chance at the ROH World Championship at Death Before Dishonor VI in New York City, when he faced McGuinness, Danielson and Claudio Castagnoli in a three-way match, but McGuinness retained. At Final Battle 2008, Black lost a number one contenders match to Austin Aries. Following the match, Jacobs turned on Black, and Black was then attacked by Aries. At Full Circle, Black was given a non-title match against the ROH World Champion Nigel McGuinness on January 16, and defeated McGuinness. The following night, number one contender Aries refused to face McGuinness, so Black faced McGuinness instead, but was unsuccessful as the match ended in a time limit draw. On June 26 at Violent Tendencies, Black defeated Jimmy Jacobs in a steel cage match to end their feud.
Singles star (2009–2010)
In September 2009, Black had surgery on a bulging disc in his neck. On October 10 Black defeated Kenny King in a first round match and then Claudio Castagnoli, Colt Cabana, Delirious, Chris Hero and Roderick Strong in the finals to win the Survival of the Fittest tournament; this earned him a match for the ROH World Championship. On December 19 at Final Battle 2009, ROH's first live pay-per-view, Black wrestled ROH World Champion Austin Aries to a 60-minute time limit draw. Because of this draw, ROH commissioner Jim Cornette booked the two in a rematch between February 13, 2010 for the company's Eighth Anniversary Show. The booking saw Cornette set up a judging panel with himself on and one person picked by each competitor, in order for there to be a decisive winner in case of another draw. Aries picked Kenny King while Black picked Roderick Strong, whom he guaranteed a title shot should he win. At the event, Black pinned Aries to win the ROH World Championship.
On April 3, Black retained the title in a three-way elimination match against Austin Aries and Roderick Strong at The Big Bang! pay-per-view, thereby depriving Strong of his championship chance in a singles match. He also retained at the following pay-per-view, Death Before Dishonor VIII, on June 19, in a match against Davey Richards. Black turned heel at the August 20 tapings of Ring of Honor Wrestling, after news broke that he had signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). His new heel character involved him criticizing the fans who were labeling him a sell-out for signing with WWE, a feeling Lopez states was based on true feelings. He also threatened to take the ROH World Championship with him to WWE, and refused to put the championship at stake in a match with Davey Richards on August 28 which he then lost by submission. On September 11 at Glory By Honor IX Black lost the ROH World Championship to Roderick Strong in a No Disqualification match with Terry Funk as a guest enforcer. This would mark his final appearance for the company.
World Wrestling Entertainment
Florida Championship Wrestling (2010–2012)
On August 8, 2010, it was reported Lopez had signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment, to debut with their developmental promotion Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) in September. Lopez had been offered a contract with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and was renegotiating with ROH but Evan Bourne (formerly Matt Sydal) convinced him to join WWE. On September 14, 2010, Lopez (as Tyler Black) made his WWE debut in a dark match prior to the SmackDown taping, defeating Trent Barreta.
Lopez debuted for FCW on September 30, using the name, in a loss to Michael McGillicutty. Rollins then faced Hunico on November 4 in the first ever 'FCW 15' match under 15 minute Iron Man rules. Following this, Rollins, along with Hunico, Richie Steamboat and Jinder Mahal, participated in the FCW 15 Jack Brisco Classic tournament. Rollins qualified for the finals on January 13, 2011 where he defeated Hunico to win the tournament and become the first FCW 15 Champion.
On March 25 at a live event, Rollins and Richie Steamboat defeated Damien Sandow and Titus O'Neill to win the Florida Tag Team Championship. On May 12, Rollins and Steamboat lost the championship to Big E. Langston and Calvin Raines.
From July 2011, Rollins would feud with Dean Ambrose. Ambrose and Rollins had their first match for the FCW 15 Championship in a 15-minute Iron Man match on the August 14 episode of FCW TV. The match ended in a draw with neither men scoring a fall, so Rollins retained his title. A subsequent 20 minute rematch for the title two weeks later resulted in a similar 0–0 draw. A second 30-minute rematch for the title on the September 18 episode of FCW TV went to a time limit 2–2 draw and the match was sent into sudden death rules, where Rollins scored a pinfall to win the match 3–2. Of note, an entire episode of FCW TV was dedicated to hyping and showing the third match in the series. On September 22, Rollins lost the FCW 15 Championship to Damien Sandow after Ambrose attacked Sandow late in the match, causing Sandow to win the decisive fall by disqualification and therefore win the title.
Rollins made his WWE TV debut in a video package that aired during the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view in February 2012, where he was shown working out with John Cena in Cena's gym; Rollins was also featured in a speaking role. On February 23, 2012, he defeated Leo Kruger to become the new FCW Florida Heavyweight Champion.
NXT Champion and the Shield (2012–2014)
In June 2012, Lopez, as, debuted on the second episode of the sixth season of WWE NXT taped at Full Sail University as a high-energy maverick, where he defeated Jiro. On the August 1 episode of NXT, Rollins was inserted into the Gold Rush Tournament to crown the first NXT Champion, where he defeated Drew McIntyre in the quarter-finals. On the August 15 episode of NXT, Rollins defeated Michael McGillicutty in the semi-finals of the Gold Rush Tournament. On the August 29 episode of NXT, Rollins defeated Jinder Mahal in the finals of the Gold Rush Tournament to become the inaugural NXT Champion. On the October 10 episode of NXT, Rollins had his first successful defense of his title against McGillicutty. During the November 15 tapings of NXT, Rollins pinned Mahal again in his second successful title defense; the episode of the match aired on December 12 due to tape delay.
At the Survivor Series pay-per-view on November 18, Rollins, alongside Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns, attacked Ryback during the triple-threat main event for the WWE Championship, which led to CM Punk pinning John Cena to retain his title. The trio of Rollins, Reigns and Ambrose declared themselves "The Shield" and vowed to rally against "injustice" while denying that they were working for Punk, but would routinely emerge from the crowd to attack Punk's adversaries such as Ryback, The Miz, Kane, and Daniel Bryan, who had attempted to save Kane. This led to a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match being set up for the TLC pay-per-view pitting the three men of the Shield against Ryback and Team Hell No (Kane and Bryan), which Ambrose, Reigns and Rollins won in their debut match.
During the January 2, 2013 episode of NXT, which was taped on December 6, 2012, Rollins, now part of the Shield, defended his title against Corey Graves; as Graves was about to win the match, Ambrose and Reigns attacked him to cause a disqualification, but Rollins retained his title. On the January 7 episode of NXT taped on the same date, Rollins faced Big E Langston in a no disqualification title match. The NXT locker room neutralized the other Shield members, and Langston defeated Rollins to win the title. Rollins and the Shield later, despite CM Punk and Mr. McMahon's orders, interfered in the WWE Title match at the Royal Rumble allowing CM Punk to defeat the Rock. McMahon, however, upon request of the Rock restarted the match.
In the months after they debuted as a united front, The Shield was literally unstoppable as a unit. They bested the imposing grouping of John Cena, Sheamus & Ryback at WWE Elimination Chamber. At WrestleMania 29, The Shield made victims of Randy Orton, Sheamus & Big Show in what was The Show of Shows debut of "The Hounds of Justice." The following night on Raw, The Shield attempted to attack The Undertaker but were stopped by Team Hell No. This set up a six-man tag team match on the April 22 episode of Raw, where The Shield emerged victorious. Four days later on SmackDown, the Shield's assault on the Undertaker resulted in him being triple-powerbombed through the announcers' table.
On May 19 at Extreme Rules, after Ambrose won the WWE United States Championship, Rollins and Reigns defeated Team Hell No in a tag team tornado match to win the WWE Tag Team Championship. At Battleground, a fired Cody Rhodes and Goldust earned their jobs back by beating Rollins and Reigns in a non-title match. The Shield teamed with The Real Americans to defeat the Rhodes brothers, The Usos & Rey Mysterio at Survivor Series, but Rollins was eliminated from the bout. The Shield was less fortunate at WWE TLC, where an errant spear from Reigns allowed CM Punk to pin Ambrose and beat the entire Shield in a 3-on-1 Handicap Match. On the December 30 edition Raw, Rollins accepted an open challenge from Punk to face The Shield's "best" member, but was unsuccessful in his attempt to defeat the former WWE Champion.
All three members of The Shield competed in the 2014 Royal Rumble match. Rollins scored three eliminations along with Ambrose and spent the second longest amount of time in the match after entering at #2. Later in the match Rollins with eliminated, along with Ambrose, by their teammate Roman Reigns after Ambrose attempted to eliminate Reigns. The next night on Raw, The Shield would compete in a six-man tag team match against Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, and John Cena with all three members of the winning team qualifying to compete in the Elimination Chamber match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Rollins along with the rest of The Shield lost the match by disqualification after The Wyatt Family attacked John Cena. This would set up a feud between The Shield and the Wyatt Family which would lead to a six-man tag team match at the upcoming Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. He and the rest of The Shield were defeated by The Wyatt Family at the Elimination Chamber event, when Reigns was pinned. On the March 3 Raw, the Shield lost a rematch with the Wyatt Family when the Shield's poor teamwork led to Rollins walking out during the match; Rollins claimed that he had enough of being the glue holding the group together.
However, The Shield quickly got back on the same page and began a feud with Kane, turning all members of The Shield faces in the process. During this feud, Kane was joined by the New Age Outlaws to battle The Shield in a six-man tag-team match at WrestleMania XXX, which The Shield won. The Shield then started feuding with Evolution. The two teams clashed at Extreme Rules where The Shield came out as the winners. In a rematch with no holds barred and elimination rules at Payback, the Shield eliminated all three of Evolution without losing a member.
Money in the Bank and the Authority (2014–2015)
On the post-Payback Rawon June 2, Triple H intended to continue Evolution's feud with The Shield, but Batista quit; Triple H thus resorted to "Plan B", which consisted of Rollins abruptly attacking Ambrose and Reigns from behind with a steel chair, thus turning heel. He then handed the chair to Randy Orton, who also assaulted Reigns and Ambrose. Rollins then stood over his former teammates with Triple H and Orton. Triple H promised that Rollins would explain his actions, but on the June 6 edition of SmackDown, Rollins instead stated that only he deserves to know why he betrayed Reigns and Ambrose. Later, he won the match against Dolph Ziggler, who interrupted his promo just before their match, and attacked Big Show during his match with Randy Orton. on June 9 Raw, Rollins was interviewed by Michael Cole, after the rest of the Shield had come out and made vow to keep on fighting Evolution. In the interview, Rollins stated that the Shield would not be a success without him, that Ambrose and Reigns were not his brothers, but just business partners.
On the June 17 episode of Main Event, Rollins announced a second ladder match at Money in the Bank and appointed himself as the first entrant. Rollins promptly became embroiled in a feud with Dean Ambrose, with Rollins attacking Ambrose during his matches. On the June 23 episode of Raw, after Ambrose cost Rollins a win over Rob Van Dam, Rollins convinced Triple H to add Ambrose to the ladder match. At Money in the Bank, Rollins won the briefcase after Kane knocked out Ambrose and held the ladder for him. The next night on Raw, Ambrose stated that every time Rollins would attempt to cash in his Money in the Bank contract, Ambrose would attack Rollins and stop him from getting a championship opportunity versus Dean Ambrose was scheduled at Battleground, but Ambrose was ejected from the arena by Triple H. Later that night, Rollins came out and announced that he had won their match by forfeit. Rollins would then get attacked by Ambrose and a vicious brawl ensued where both men had to be pulled apart by both The Authority and security. Rollins was then shown leaving the arena into the parking lot, where Ambrose was hiding in the trunk of a car and attempted to attack Rollins with a tire iron before Rollins managed to drive away. On the August 4 edition of Raw, Rollins lost the Beat The Clock Challenge when Ambrose distracted him during his match to pick the stipulation for their match at SummerSlam. Later in the week on Smackdown, Ambrose revealed the stipulation to be a Lumberjack match against Rollins at SummerSlam. They fought at the SummerSlam pay-per-view where Rollins defeated Ambrose. The next night on Raw, Ambrose attacked Seth during a backstage interview. This led to Rollins curb stomping Ambrose through cinder blocks and injuring him; putting him out of action for weeks.
Rollins was then scheduled to face Roman Reigns at Night of Champions, however Reigns had to pull out of the match due to legitimate emergency hernia surgery. At the PPV, Rollins declared himself the winner of their match by forfeit and issued an open challenge, which prompted Ambrose to return to attack Rollins. Later that night, Rollins interfered in the main event and attempted to cash in his Money in the Bank contract on Brock Lesnar, only to be seen by John Cena. For the next several weeks Rollins would be attacked and blindsided by both Cena and Ambrose until Ambrose and Rollins faced off at the main event of Hell in a Cell, in a Hell in a Cell Match, which Rollins won via pinfall, after Bray Wyatt interfered and attacked Ambrose. During the match, both Rollins and Ambrose fell from the cell through announce tables.
Rollins would lead Team Authority in a Traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series Tag Team Elimination match in the pay per view's main event. Rollins survived until the end until he was defeated by Dolph Ziggler who received an assist from Sting as he made his in-ring WWE debut. Due to the Authority's loss in the match, the Authority were ousted from power. Rollins would continue his feud with John Cena leading to a Tables Match at Tables, Ladders and Chairs...and Stairs with the stipulation that if Rollins was victorious, Cena would lose his No. #1 contendership for the World Title. Rollins would twice send Cena through a table with the help former members of the Authority, but at the pay-per view Roman Reigns returned, preventing Big Show from attacking John Cena, which allowed Cena to win the match. On the December 15 episode of Raw, defeated John Cena in a steel cage match with help from WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar after shaking hands with Paul Heyman.
On the December 29 episode of Raw, Rollins took out guest host Christian and held guest host Edge hostage; threatening to paralyze him with a Curb Stomp to the MITB briefcase with the help of Big Show and J&J Security, forcing John Cena to reinstate the Authority. When Cena obliged, Rollins went ahead with the attack anyway before Cena thwarted him. After, Cena was beaten down, Rollins along with his cohorts proceeded up the ramp. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon then appeared and celebrated their return. The Authority announced the following week that Rollins would be added to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match between Cena and the champion Brock Lesnar on January 25 Royal Rumble pay per view; making the match a triple threat. At Fastlane, Rollins teamed up with Kane and Big Show to face Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan and Ryback in a winning effort. During the post-match beatdown, Randy Orton returned from injury and attacked Kane and Big Show while Rollins escaped. The next night on RAW, Orton would rejoin the Authority however tensions would rise between Orton and Rollins. On the March 9 episode of Raw, Orton betrayed Rollins after a match and viciously beat him down.
WWE World Heavyweight Champion (2015)
This led to a match between Rollins and Orton at WrestleMania 31, which Orton won. Later that night, Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank contract during the WWE World Heavyweight Championship main event between Brock Lesnar and former Shield stablemate Roman Reigns, making it a triple threat match. Rollins curb stomped Lesnar and Reigns before pinning Reigns to win the match and his first WWE World Heavyweight Championship. He became the first man to cash in a Money in the Bank contract at WrestleMania, as well as the first man to cash in during a match in progress. By winning the title, he gained a spot on the next morning's episode of Today. Rollins is the first and only (so far) to have held the NXT championship and won the WWE World Heavyweight championship. On the April 6 edition of Raw it was announced that will defend the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Randy Orton at Extreme Rules. That next week, Orton announced that the title match will be a Steel Cage match, with Rollins adding the stipulation that the RKO is banned after defeating Kane in that same night. Throughout April, Rollins and Kane failed to see eye-to-eye, with Rollins openly criticizing Kane's job performance. Nonetheless, at Extreme Rules, Rollins defeated Orton by escaping the cage. In May, Rollins and Kane kept to criticize each other after Kane announced that, by vote on the WWE App, Rollins would defend the title against Orton and Reigns in a triple threat match that later became a four-way match when Ambrose defeated Rollins, and as per pre-stipulation by Kane, Ambrose was added to the match, which lead to Triple H return on screen on the May 11 episode of Raw, where he announced that if Rollins would lose the title at Payback, Kane would no longer be the WWE's Director of Operations. At Payback, Kane sided with Rollins, who ultimately won the four-way match, after performing a Pedigree (Triple H's finishing move) on Orton. He retained his title once more at Elimination Chamber against Ambrose after being disqualified for shoving a referee. Rollins defeated Ambrose again in a ladder match at Money in the Bank. Rollins faced Lesnar at Battleground, which ended in a no contest when The Undertaker returned.
Rollins then re–ignited his feud with John Cena, and defeated him in a 'Winner Takes All' match at SummerSlam, on August 23, for both the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and the WWE United States Championship after Jon Stewart attacked Cena with a steel chair. With the win, Rollins became the first and only wrestler to hold both championships simultaneously. On September 7, Rollins was taunted by Sting while he keeps his statue and being reminded by Sheamus. During his match with Ryback in a Champion VS Champion match, he was distracted by Sting because of his statue which caused him to lose the match when Ryback rolled him up for a pin. Rollins tried to search for his missing statue, he encounters The New Day, Edge, Christian and the Dudley Boyz. He later teamed up with The New Day to face John Cena and the Prime Time Players at the main event but lost after Cena defeated Kofi Kingston. Rollins was taunted again by Sting and this time he lighted up the place to reveal a garbage truck where he humorously pushes the statue and being destroyed by the garbage truck. Sting happily tells Rollins to see him at Night of Champions. After destroying the statue, Rollins angrily shows his tantrum and angrily stomps it for what Sting had done. But during Raw off-air, he was confronted by Cena knowing of what happened to his statue after being destroyed by Sting. Cena knocks him with Attitude Adjustment to celebrate with the audience and the battered Rollins immediately left.
Rollins lost the United States Championship back to Cena, at Night of Champions on September 20, but was able to retain the World Heavyweight Championship against Sting. On October 25, at Hell in a Cell, Rollins successfully defended the championship against "Demon" Kane, and as a pre–match stipulation, "Corporate" Kane was fired as Director of Operations.
Injury, Return, and feud with Triple H (2015-2017)
On November 4, during a match against Kane at a house show in Dublin, Ireland, Rollins tore the ACL, MCL, and medial meniscus in his knee while attempting to execute a sunset-flip powerbomb. The injury required surgery and it was estimated it would take Rollins out of action for approximately six to nine months. As a result, Rollins was forced to vacate the WWE World Heavyweight Championship the next day, ending his reign at 220 days.
On the December 21 Raw, Rollins (on crutches) made his first televised appearance since the injury to accept the Slammy Award for 2015 Superstar of the Year. During his acceptance speech, he claimed he will redesign, rebuild, and reclaim the WWE World Heavyweight Championship which he never lost.
At Extreme Rules 2016, after Roman Reigns defeated AJ Styles in an Extreme Rules match to retain the WWE World Championship, Rollins made his return, planting Reigns with a Pedigree. Shane McMahon announced that Rollins will face Reigns for the title at Money in the Bank. At the event, Rollins defeated Reigns clean to win the WWE Championship for the 2nd time. However, the reign was short lived as Money in the Bank winner and Seth's best nemesis, Dean Ambrose, cashed it in on Rollins to win the title. Shane McMahon announced a Triple Threat Match between Rollins, Reigns and Ambrose at Battleground. On the WWE Draft episode of Smackdown Live, Rollins was the first overall pick for Raw. However Rollins was given two championship matches against Ambrose but he failed twice to win. At Battleground Rollins failed to win the tittle after Ambrose pinned Reigns to retain the tittle.
On the Raw following Battleground Rollins was named one of the number one contenders for the new raw exclusive championship the WWE Universal Championship due to him not being pinned at the event. Finn Balor won two qualification matches to become the other number one contender. At SummerSlam 2016 Rollins failed to defeat Balor who would go on to win the match and the tittle. However Balor was forced to relinquish the championship after Rollins injured him during their championship match. A Fatal 4-way elimination match would decide the new champion where Rollins defeated Sami Zayn to qualify. On the night Rollins faced Big Cass, Kevin Owens, and Roman Reigns. During the match after Cass was eliminated Triple H returned to help Rollins eliminate Reigns and seemingly was going to help him eliminate Owens however Triple H helped Owens eliminate Rollins instead turning Rollins face for the first time since 2014.
On the following Raw, Rollins confronted Owens, Mick Foley and Stephanie McMahon during Owens championship celebration. McMahon denied any knowledge of Triple H plans to attack Rollins, which would infuriate Rollins. After this Owens began to berate Rollins causing him to attack Owens cementing his face turn. McMahon initially suspended Rollins for the attack, but Mick Foley overruled it and granted him a rematch against Owens for the WWE Universal Championship at Clash of Champions, where Rollins lost due to interference from Chris Jericho. At Hell in a Cell on October 30, Rollins once again failed to capture the Universal Championship in a Hell in a Cell match after Jericho was able to enter the cell and assist Owens to get the win.
On November 7 on Raw, Seth Rollins was revealed as the last and final member of Team Raw along with Roman Reigns, Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho and Braun Strowman but the five men ends up in a brawl which leads them to battle at the Fatal 5-Way Match on its main event until Owens had won due to Reigns knocks him with a Superman Punch and lands on the unconscious Jericho after he was hit from Rollins' Pedigree to secure the win. After losing in the main event during the off-air, Rollins angrily calls out Owens to fight him in an unofficial one-on-one match for his Universal Championship as requested by the WWE Universe but was interrupted by Jericho who beats Rollins on the ground until the arrival of Enzo Amore and Big Cass to rescue Rollins and to take down both Owens and Jericho while knocking them out of the ring. Rollins also entertains the WWE Universe to cheer Amore as well as watching both him and Big Cass happily entertained the audience and they trade insults on both Jericho and Owens. Rollins continue to watch them who entertained the audience for fun until Jericho angrily faces him for taking the List of Jericho earlier in the show. Rollins calls Jericho a "Sparkle Crotch" and knowing he was mad after losing to him in their first match and warns him that he can't beat him especially he wanted to write on the list that Jericho hates being called that name. Jericho forced Rollins to apologize to both him and Owens and also for bringing both Amore and Cass here in the ring. The trio briefly had a group talk while both Jericho and Owens did the same as Jericho angrily demands an apology to the trio only to be trapped by Rollins who shook his hand as he, Amore and Big Cass quickly took down both Jericho and Owens as Rollins manages to knock Jericho out of the ring while Owens was knocked outside the ring by Big Cass with a Big Boot as the trio happily entertained the audience in the ring.
Rollins teamed with Jericho, Owens, Reigns and Braun Strowman as part of Team Raw at Survivor Series on November 20 in a losing effort. On the post-Survivor Series' Raw episode, Rollins failed again to win the WWE Universal Championship from Owens in a no disqualification match after interference from Jericho. The following week on Raw, Rollins attacked Jericho in the parking area while Jericho was attempting to leave the arena. At Roadblock: End of the Line on December 4, Rollins defeated Jericho. On Raw's December 19 episode, Rollins teamed up with Roman Reigns against both Owens and Jericho but the battle ended in a disqualification due to Strowman knocking Reigns down to the outside of the ring and allowing both Owens and Jericho to gang up on Rollins. Both Rollins and Reigns were knocked down by Strowman by hitting them with a running powerbomb. During the off-air, after being knocked down by Strowman and being pummeled by both Owens and Jericho, Reigns knocked Owens down with a Superman Punch while attempting to make a body slam and hit Jericho with a Spear. Rollins immediately knocked Owens with a Pedigree. Both Rollins and Reigns noticed the shark cage about to be put into the ring as Jericho entertained the audience after being knocked out. Both Rollins and Reigns manage to capture Jericho while he attempted to escape and lock him inside the shark cage and both happily entertain the audience while lifting the shark cage where Jericho was being held . But when Owens attempted to rescue him, they humorously put him inside the shark cage along with Jericho while he comically kicked Rollins while he tried to touch Reigns' face when they locked them up inside the shark cage. Rollins made some "Yes!" chants to entertain the audience as the shark cage was raised and lowered several times with both Owens and Jericho held inside before the cage was lowered one last time to let them out.
In January Rollins announced himself as a entrant in the 2017 Royal Rumble, but on the Raw before the rumble to Sami Zayn after Triple Hs music distracted him. Rollins then appeared at NXT TakeOver: San Antonio to call out Triple H who would send out security after Rollins. On the January 30 episode of Raw, Rollins (who had been banned from the Royal Rumble the night before) confronted Stephanie McMahon and once again called out Triple H, demanding answers. Later that night, Triple H came out explaining that he betrayed Rollins because he felt that he was "a failure on his own" and before Rollins could confront Triple H he was ambushed from behind by the debuting Samoa Joe, who trapped Rollins in the Coquina Clutch and choked him out. During the attack, WWE announced on their website that Rollins re-injured his knee. In a February interview with Corey Graves, Rollins said he would be at Wreslemania 33. Rollins returned on a March episode of Raw to save Mick Foley from an attack from Triple H and then challenge Triple H to a non sanctioned match at WrestleMania where he would defeat Triple H.
Various Feuds, Raw Tag Team Champions and Reunion with The Shield (2017)
After WrestleMania 33, Rollins began a feud with Samoa Joe, whom he defeated at Payback on April 30 to give Joe his first singles loss on the main roster. At Extreme Rules on June 4, Rollins competed in a fatal five-way Extreme Rules match to determine the number one contender to the Universal Championship also involving Bálor, Joe, Reigns and Wyatt, which was won by Joe. He later had a feud with Wyatt on June 12 who called him a false prophet and other names in the previous weeks and Wyatt continued to taunt him while showing his "godlike" powers. Rollins later celebrated being the cover of the video game WWE 2K18 on June 19 only to be interrupted by Wyatt to play mind games. But when Wyatt arrived to take a sacrifice on Rollins in the dark, Rollins immediately took him down with a cross body. Rollins later faced off against Curt Hawkins on June 26 on Raw where he easily won as Wyatt intervened and issued a challenge at the Great Balls of Fire PPV and warned him that he will be burned. But on July 3, Rollins immediately defeated Curt Hawkins in a one-on-one match in order to shut his mouth and make a bold statement on Wyatt, questioning him whether he was a man or a coward. At Great Balls of Fire, he finally faced Wyatt in a valor fight but lost when Wyatt delivered the Sister Abigail on him. Rollins had a rematch with Wyatt in July 10 on Raw to get his retribution but was unsuccessful when Wyatt headbutted his eye injury which was inflicted in their match at Great Balls of Fire and hit him with Sister Abigail. Rollins was confronted by the Miz and his Miztourage and despite his eye injury, they ganged up on him but was rescued by Dean Ambrose who hits the trio with a steel chair and also hitting the Miz's back three times before Curtis Axel drags him away.
On July 17, 2017, Seth Rollins confronted Dean Ambrose who addressed to everyone about dealing The Miz and the Miztourage and was unwilling to team up after Rollins had turned heel against him and Roman Reigns three years ago to which he offers to apologize for his actions but Dean refused his apology knowing that he can't be trusted. Therefore, both were soon pummeled by the Miz and his Miztourage by hitting them with a steel chair. After the incident, both Rollins and Ambrose were in the locker room after getting pummeled by The Miz and the Miztourage despite the both of them remaining in bad terms. They were visited by Raw's GM Kurt Angle and they were given a match the next week against the Miz and the Miztourage in a 2-on-3 Handicap Match. On July 24 during the 2-on-3 Handicap Match main event on Raw, Rollins managed to knock the Miz one time after he nearly pinned Ambrose and both team up to take on a suicide dive on the Miztourage. When the Miz attempts to hit Ambrose with a Skull Crushing Finale, Rollins kicked him in the face, allowing Ambrose to knock him with Dirty Deeds for the win. Despite their win however, Ambrose still can't trust Rollins as he walks away when he tried to make a friendly fist bump on him.
Rollins later faces Sheamus in the next night on Raw but was quickly defeated by Sheamus with a roll-up pin. However, Rollins was soon mauled by both Sheamus and Cesaro. On Raw's August 14, Rollins arrives to see Ambrose who was unsure if he was still playing games. Rollins convinced Ambrose if they teamed up they can run this place and he was no longer playing games but Ambrose still refuses to teamed up until both had a brawl because of last week's main event after defeating the Miz and the Miztourage. Their brawl was interrupted by The Bar who beats them both. Rollins was soon ganged by both Sheamus and Cesaro as Ambrose rescued him but was mauled by both of them only for Rollins did the same to him. After taking down the Bar out of the ring, both Rollins and Ambrose finally gives a friendly fist bump as a reunion. On August 19 during the WWE 2K18 event, Rollins and Ambrose nearly had a brawl on both Sheamus and Cesaro.
Rollins and Ambrose fought both Sheamus and Cesaro at SummerSlam for the Raw Tag Team Titles. Despite the assault made by Sheamus and Cesaro on either of the two, Rollins is able to outsmart Cesaro by knocking at Sheamus with a hurricanrana to save Ambrose and allowing him to defeat Sheamus with Dirty Deeds to win the Tag Team Titles. On Raw's August 21, both Rollins and Ambrose celebrate their win at SummerSlam as the new Raw Tag Team Champions. The Hardy Boyz arrive to congratulate them and both Matt and Jeff propose them to have a an impromptu dream match tonight which Rollins idolizes the siblings and he and Ambrose agreed to face them and Matt calls the referee to make their tag team match begin. Both teams are equally matched, trying to save their partners from getting a pinfall and serving as high flyers. Both teams had a brawl as Ambrose knocks Matt out of the ring while Rollins did the same to Jeff and both knocks them out with their Suicide Dive. Despite the odds, Matt manages to hit Ambrose with a Twist of Fate but was knocked down by Rollins with a kick. Ambrose managed to counter Jeff's Swanton Bomb and was tagged by Rollins to knee him to the face and Ambrose hits him with Dirty Deeds to win the match.
On Raw's August 28, Rollins faces off against Cesaro in the singles competition while both Ambrose and Sheamus are outside of the ring to watch the battle. When Rollins went to attack Cesaro, he was distracted by Sheamus making Ambrose to have a brawl with him. Rollins was knocked by Cesaro with an uppercut to make a roll-up pin to win the match and to the disappointment of both him and Ambrose. They later fought both Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson on the next episode on Raw in September and despite the distractions made by both Sheamus and Cesaro, Rollins knocks Cesaro out using Anderson as a weapon made a roll-up pin for the victory. Rollins and Ambrose also watch both Sheamus and Cesaro being attacked by Gallows and Anderson but both overpowers them and warns the two of them to fight for the Raw Tag Team titles at No Mercy. On September 11, Rollins and Ambrose ambushed both Sheamus and Cesaro at the entrance ramp when they are about to face Gallows and Anderson in a tag team match but they were ganged up soon by both teams. Rollins and Ambrose made a counterattack towards both teams before being stopped by referees and officials. Later both were teamed up with the Hardy Boyz against Sheamus, Cesaro, Anderson and Gallows in an Eight-Man Tag Team Match and both teams of Matt, Jeff, Rollins and Ambrose win when the siblings distract both Sheamus and Cesaro after taking Anderson down with two Twist of Fate. Rollins lands a knee to Anderson's face while he attempted to ambush on both, allowing Ambrose to hit Anderson with Dirty Deeds to win the match. On September 18, Rollins and Ambrose interrupted The Bar's speech for their match at No Mercy until the arrival of Gallows and Anderson who called them both as nerds which Ambrose warns them both not to call them a nerd which escalates a brawl between both teams and they manages to take them out of the ring. Three teams fought on a Triple Threat Tag Team Match but due to Ambrose unleashes Anderson with Dirty Deeds he was thrown away by Sheamus to steal the pin for their victory. In No Mercy both Rollins and Ambrose made their first title defense victory against Sheamus and Cesaro after the latter accidentally hit Cesaro with a Brogue Kick, allowing Rollins and Ambrose to defeat him. After No Mercy on September 25, Rollins gives a pack of ice to Ambrose on the locker room after he was defeated by Braun Strowman and accusing Rollins for being "predictable". Rollins informs Ambrose to tell the Raw GM Kurt Angle to face Strowman next week. Later, he faces Sheamus in a one-on-one match but won.
In the next episode they participated along with the other WWE Superstars and Executives to hold a moment of silence in the Las Vegas tragedy. Afterwards, Rollins faces off against Braun Strowman after Ambrose failed to defeat him in the previous night but was unsuccessful and Strowman continued to hit Rollins with a running powerbomb. Before he can assault Rollins, Ambrose arrive to stop him but he too was unsuccessful and they were attacked soon by both Sheamus and Cesaro.
On October 9, Rollins and Ambrose arrive with Roman Reigns to reformed The Shield against Sheamus, Cesaro, The Miz and the Miztourage during his talk show on The Miz TV. After taking the group down, The Miz was cornered by both Rollins and Ambrose as he tried to escape into the ring but was blocked by Reigns allowing Ambrose to hit him with Dirty Deeds followed by their group's Triple Powerbomb and made a fistbump gesture on their reunion. In Raw's October 16, both Rollins and Ambrose retain the Tag Team titles from both Sheamus and Cesaro. Unfortunately, their Shield brother Reigns was defeated by Strowman due to Kane's intrusion during their Steel Cage match and their fight against The Miz, Kane, Sheamus, Cesaro and Strowman into a 5 on 3 Handicap Tables, Ladders and Chairs match on WWE TLC. Their main event match in WWE TLC soon changed when Reigns was replaced by Raw's GM Kurt Angle to join with Rollins and Ambrose in his absence against The Miz, Kane, Strowman, Sheamus and Cesaro as both reacted about the change stipulation of their main event match at the locker room to inform Angle that the rules of The Shield is like a war zone. During the 5 on 3 main event match, the three men took down Strowman after being viciously attacked by Kane and send him into the garbage truck making the match into a 4 on 3 Handicap. Angle arrives to take down both Sheamus and Cesaro while both Rollins and Ambrose took down Kane but Angle was knocked down from The Miz with a Skull Crushing Finale and was kicked out from a near pinfall. Rollins, Ambrose and Angle cornering the Miz by kneeing him to the face followed by Ambrose to hit him with Dirty Deeds and Angle knocks him with an Angle Slam. The group defeats the Miz with a Triple Powerbomb to win the match. On October 23 on Raw, both Rollins and Ambrose teamed up with AJ Styles against the Miz, Sheamus and Cesaro but wins until Kane attacks them after the match. They were present during the Raw's underseige made by the Commissioner of SmackDown Live Shane McMahon after Kurt announces the battle between Team Raw and Team SmackDown Live at the Survivor Series. They tried to ambush the SmackDown Superstars but they were taken down by many of them. Both Rollins and Ambrose battle Sheamus and Cesaro with the Raw Tag Team titles on the line on November 6 but due to The New Day's intrusion and being chased away from the rest of the Raw Superstars led by Raw's GM Kurt Angle, Rollins was rolled up by Sheamus to win the Tag Team titles.
In the next Raw episode, Roman Reigns rejoined again with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose after his absence in the previous weeks and they were present when Stephanie McMahon questions Kurt Angle about his leadership in the Survivor Series. Reigns wants a match against The New Day on the Survivor Series. If they win against The New Day, they will allow Angle on Team Raw to beat Team SmackDown Live. The trio later had a match against The Miz, Sheamus and Cesaro after they had mocked about the Shield on The Miz TV and they defeated the Miz and it's was the first time in three years to have a match on Raw. They were interviewed during the backstage fallout and Reigns claimed that The New Day are not on their level. On SmackDown Live's November 14, The Shield was present along with other Raw Superstars and Kurt Angle launched a counter under siege against the SmackDown Live Superstars and Shane McMahon by interrupting the match between The New Day, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn after the New Day declared they were ready to face them on the Survivor Series. The Shield manages to maul the New Day when Owens and Zayn leave the ring until The Usos join the fray to fought the Shield and were followed by Sheamus and Cesaro to help the Shield take down The New Day and The Usos during the siege. The Shield managed to restrain Shane after being attacked by Braun Strowman and after Angle threatens Shane for the Survivor Series, he allows The Shield to land a Triple Powerbomb on Shane followed by Angle's Angle Slam when they watch Angle took down Shane. In the Survivor Series, The Shield fought The New Day equally followed by a brawl. After taking another brawl, they defeated the New Day by taking Kofi Kingston down with a Triple Powerbomb over the top rope to secure their win. After Team Raw wins at the Survivor Series and their win against The New Day, The Shield were the guest on Miz TV on Raw's November 20 where Reigns issues a challenge against The Miz for his Intercontinental Title. But due to being guard by the Miztourage, Ambrose informs Rollins to deal with the Miztourage first before facing Sheamus and Cesaro for the Raw's Tag Team titles and they made a brawl while the Miz escape and witnesses Axel being hit by Ambrose's Dirty Deeds and the group's Triple Powerbomb. Rollins later arrives to distract Sheamus during his match against Ambrose by knocking Cesaro with a suicide dive and he had a brawl with Cesaro which allows Ambrose to hit Sheamus with Dirty Deeds to win the match. Rollins and Ambrose later arrive to have a brawl against Sheamus and Cesaro when they tried to interrupt the Intercontinental title match between Reigns and The Miz in Raw's main event as their distractions allows the Miz to hit Reigns with Skull Crushing Finale but he kicked out by a near fall. Both Rollins and Ambrose successfully took down The Bar which allows Reigns to defeat The Miz to win the Intercontinental title as Rollins and Ambrose celebrate Reigns' victory. During the off-air on Raw after the main event, an irrate The Miz coldly berating The Shield until they arrive to confront him from behind which Ambrose knocks him down as the group drives The Miz through the announcement table with their Triple Powerbomb before walking away in satisfaction. On November 27, Rollins had a match with Cesaro and defeats him and he declares that he and Ambrose are coming for The Bar for their Raw Tag Team titles. However, on Raw's December 4 episode, they failed to regain the Raw Tag Team titles to The Bar due to distractions made by Samoa Joe. On December 11 before their singles competition, Rollins and Ambrose watch Samoa Joe's mocking address about them calls Reigns to come face to face with Joe. As the brawl escalates and the intrusion of both Sheamus and Cesaro, Rollins and Ambrose arrive to rescue Reigns but they were soon overpowered by Joe, Sheamus and Cesaro. Rollins faces off against Sheamus but winning the match when Sheamus misses the Brogue Kick allowing him to knock him with a knee. Despite his win, Rollins' fellow Shield brothers, Reigns retains the Intercontinental title against Cesaro while Ambrose was quickly defeated by Joe who gave him his Coquina Clutch. On the next Raw episode in December 18, Rollins faces off against Jason Jordan to determine to face Joe and despite the attacks on Joe outside of the ring, Rollins defeats Jordan with a knee to win the match but was brutally attacked by Joe and gives Jordan a cheap shot while being restrained by the referees and officials. Rollins later team up with Ambrose and Jordan to fight Joe, Sheamus and Cesaro but lost due to Ambrose injured his right triceps after Cesaro lands a boot to his face. They were soon attacked by the trio while Joe brutally attacks Ambrose while further injuring his right triceps. Because of Ambrose's injury on his right triceps and was out of action for 6–9 months due to Joe's brutal attack, The Shield disbands once again as Reigns would go on a feud with Joe to avenge Ambrose while Rollins was forced to teamed up with Jason Jordan to battle against Sheamus and Cesaro for the Raw Tag Team titles on December 25.
Regaining the Raw Tag Team Champions (2017-2018)
Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan successfully win the Raw Tag Team titles against Sheamus and Cesaro as the Raw's GM Kurt Angle congratulated on their victory during the off-air. In the New Years edition on Raw, Rollins and Sheamus watch the battle between Jordan and Cesaro. But when Sheamus distracts Jordan, Rollins takes him out on a brawl and allows Jordan to defeat Cesaro. Despite Jordan's victory, Rollins was disappointed towards his tag team partner. But on January 8, both Rollins and Reigns were disappointed on Jordan's overzealous attitude after interrupting Reigns' speech but they were confronted by the Balor Club led by Finn Balor with Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson as he calls Jordan a nerd causing him to snap but was calmed down by both Reigns and Rollins. They fought against them in a three on three tag team match but lost when Balor defeated Rollins. Rollins later faces Balor while Jordan, Gallows and Anderson are outside of the ring but The Bar arrive to take down both. When Balor misses the final blow and tries to take Rollins down, Jordan trips Balor on the ground, allowing Rollins to knock him with a Curb Stomp to win the match. As Jordan congratulates Rollins for the win, both escaped before Gallows and Anderson arrive on the ring.
On Raw's 25th Anniversary before facing The Bar on the Royal Rumble, Rollins and Jordan are the guest in Christian's The Peep Show and also became disappointed on Jordan's arrogance which he was criticized by The Bar when they interrupt the show including the WWE Universe which resulted in a brawl but Rollins accidentally knocked Jordan out leaving him in a shock. During the off-air, Rollins was present along with the Balor Club, D-Generation X led by Triple H and Scott Hall where Triple H reflects their emotional moment on their historic venue. Afterwards, Rollins was having fun around with the audience along with Finn Balor.
During the Royal Rumble, Rollins realized that Jordan became weak and incompetence in the Tag Team match after being taken down by The Bar which results them for costing the Raw Tag Team titles when he was badly defeated from both of them. On Raw's February 5, Rollins teamed up with Reigns to battle against the Bar for the Raw Tag Team titles. But due to Jordan's interference to beat Sheamus outside of the ring resulting to their win by disqualification much to both Reigns and Rollins' disappointment and annoyance who lost the match. Rollins angrily scolds Jordan for his interference in the Tag Team Championship match against The Bar especially his selfish actions he had done on the Royal Rumble only to be halted by Raw's GM Kurt Angle as Rollins tells him that he could take Jordan himself before stomping them away angrily.
Singles Competition and Intercontinental Champion (2018)
Rollins later faced "Woken" Matt Hardy, Bray Wyatt, Apollo Crews and Finn Balor in a Fatal 5-Way Match for the Men's Elimination Chamber match at the Elimination Chamber but resulted in a controversy where both him and Balor pinned Wyatt. After the match, both Rollins and Balor were arguing in front of Raw's GM Kurt Angle in whoever made it to the Elimination Chamber match. But Angle made the solution to the controversy between them is both of them were now participants in the Elimination Chamber where he added up both of them along the with five competitors to make it seven men inside at the Men's Elimination Chamber Match. Balor tells Rollins to see him and the others at the Elimination Chamber.
On February 19 before Elimination Chamber, Seth Rollins participates in the Seven-Men Gauntlet Match and he fought Roman Reigns in the first match. Despite their equal footing in the match, Reigns first rolled up Rollins but he outsmarts him with a roll-up pin to win the Gauntlet match. He later faces John Cena which he manages to defeat him by hitting him with knee and kicks followed by a Curb Stomp to win the match. He soon faces off against Elias but was quickly defeated and being eliminated in the Gauntlet Match.
In the Elimination Chamber, Rollins participates in the seven man Elimination Chamber match which he was eliminated along with Cena, The Miz, Balor and Elias by Braun Strowman leaving him and Roman Reigns to battle against each other which Reigns had won to become the No. 1 contender against Brock Lesnar in WrestleMania 34. Rollins later faces off against The Miz in Raw's February 26 where The Miz wants to know about who was his WrestleMania opponent. Rollins managed to take down the Miztourage who distracted him during his match with The Miz until he defeats him with a cross body. But was interrupted by Balor who stole Rollins' moment of victory causing him to walk away, allowing Balor to face The Miz who was defeated by him. On March 5, both Rollins and Balor crashed the Third Annual Mizzies led by The Miz and his Miztourage and The Miz challenges both into a 2 on 3 Handicap Match which Rollins accepted knowing he wanted to shut his mouth. During the Handicap match both Rollins and Balor were arguing before they took down The Miz and the Miztourage who were ambushing on both of them. Rollins quickly tagged on Balor who attempting to finish off The Miz to defeat him with a Curb Stomp for a win. Therefore, Raw's GM Kurt Angle arrive to announce The Miz's WrestleMania match was against both Rollins and Balor in a Triple Threat Match. On the next Raw's episode, Rollins and Balor are the guests in The Miz TV and both men are having a tension between them. They also glared The Miz due to being their opponent as they took him down. But Rollins beats Balor down on the ring while walking away. Rollins later battles Balor in a one-on-one match which Balor demonstrating his wrestling moves at him. Rollins manages to hit with a suplex on the top rope but was outsmarted by Balor to win the match with a roll-up pin. On March 19, Rollins manages to rescue Balor after he won against The Miz and the Miztourage and they took down both Gallows and Anderson. Rollins eventually knocks The Miz with the Curb Stomp after taking down both Dallas and Axel and informs Balor about their Triple Threat Match on WrestleMania 34 for the Intercontinental title. During the exclusive, Rollins' main reason of saving Balor from The Miz and his Miztourage was to have a rematch with him on the next two weeks on Raw when he told Raw's GM Kurt Angle to book their match. On Raw's March 26, both Rollins and Balor faced The Miz and the Miztourage on The Miz TV but their actions turned out to be a ruse as both Dallas and Axel took them down as The Miz joined the fray until the arrival of Gallows and Anderson to beat both Axel and Dallas. Balor manages to beat The Miz but escapes when Rollins attempts to knock him with a Curb Stomp only to be knocked off by Balor. Rollins was finally given a rematch with Balor while The Miz serves as the guest commentator. Rollins and Balor remained in their equal footing until Balor gives him the upper hand and both are always in a near pinfall. Rollins narrowly avoided Balor's finisher and knocks him with a kick but Balor misses the Curb Stomp and attempts to rolled up Rollins. But Rollins defeats him with a Curb Stomp to win the match.
On WrestleMania 34, Rollins, Balor and The Miz battle at the Triple Threat Match for the Intercontinental Championship and despite Balor's momentum to knock them both outside of the ring and defeating The Miz with his finisher, he was knocked down by Rollins with a Curb Stomp and defeating The Miz with another Curb Stomp to win the Intercontinental title.
After WrestleMania 34, Rollins celebrates his title victory over both Balor and The Miz. Balor later arrives to congratulate Rollins and comparing him and Rollins as the better man and also wants to challenge him for the Intercontinental title. Both were soon confronted by The Miz and his Miztourage where The Miz would invoke his rematch clause against Rollins in Backlash for the Intercontinental title on the line when he, Rollins and Balor were negotiating. The Miz and the Miztourage wanted to face both Rollins and Balor tonight which they did until the return of Jeff Hardy after recovering from an arm injury at last year's No Mercy arrives to join up with Rollins and Balor. The Miz and the Miztourage soon leave after refusing to face the trio and both Rollins and Balor allow Jeff to entertain the audience for his return.
Before their match against The Miz and the Miztourage in the Raw's main event, Rollins, Balor and Jeff had a weird encounter with Jeff's older brother "Woken" Matt Hardy after their tag team match with Bray Wyatt and was delightful to see his brother's full recovery from an arm injury on last year's No Mercy. Matt informs Jeff about his win at the Andre the Giant's Battle Royale with Wyatt's assistance and Wyatt meets Jeff for the first time who called him as Brother Nero. Afterwards when Jeff leaves them in a shrug where Balor was asking him, both Rollins and Balor were shrugged to see him leaving. They fought The Miz and the Miztourage at the Raw's main event when the group ganged up on Jeff until he made a tag to Rollins who was firing up to knock the group down which it was followed by Balor who took down the Miztourage while Rollins defeated The Miz with a Curb Stomp to win. Rollins, Balor and Jeff finally demonstrated their high flying finishers including his Curb Stomp on the Miztourage. During the off-air after taking down Axel, Rollins congratulates Jeff for his return on Raw and he refers to him as Brother Nero after their weird encounter with his older brother Matt and Wyatt on backstage which makes the WWE Universe cheer upon him as Jeff entertains everyone until him and Balor happily shrugged. Rollins happily questions each and anyone of the WWE Universe if they had a beach ball in which he entertains them that it was their time to have a party tonight which some of them give Rollins and Jeff some two beach balls after he points out one of the them carrying a beach ball as they kept it to end the night. Rollins was later interviewed during the exclusive where he was asked about the shake-up between both brands. If he was chosen on SmackDown Live, he would be facing AJ Styles.
On April 16, Rollins teamed up with Strowman, Balor, Bobby Lashley and Bobby Roode against Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens and both The Miz and the Miztourage in a 10-man Tag Team Match in which Strowman managed to defeat The Miz after the Miztourage leave him in the ring knowing that he was moving to SmackDown Live during the Superstar Shake-up.
On the next episode on Raw which is April 23, Seth Rollins is among the other Raw Superstars are present during the 10-bell salute in honor of the late Bruno Sammartino. Later, Rollins was met by both Dallas and Axel after leaving with The Miz in the previous night. When both decided to join Rollins as the new members of The Shield, he refuses their offer while walking away. Rollins later teamed up with Balor against both Dallas and Axel after both refuses their offers to join in either of their respective groups in a Tag Team Match. Rollins managed to defeat Axel with a Curb Stomp followed by Balor's finisher to win the match. In April 30, Rollins entertains all of the audience when he reflects all of his efforts in the previous years. He was confronted by Balor who told him that his efforts are the same as his and challenges him for the Intercontinental title. They were soon confronted by both Dallas and Axel who wanted both of them to become the new Four Horsemen. But Rollins refused the offer again causing both to have a brawl between him and Balor. After taking both of them down, Balor knocks Rollins with an elbow to the face. Rollins made his title defense against Balor in a one-on-one match with both having an equal momentum and Balor tried to rolled up on Rollins twice but backfired and Rollins knocked him with a superkick. Rollins defeats Balor with a Curb Stomp to defend his title.
At Backlash, Rollins finally faced The Miz to defend his title for the second time and The Miz continuously targeted his knees which it was previously injured in the previous years by locking it with Figure four leglock but failed. Rollins manages to knock The Miz with a Curb Stomp to retain his title.
After Backlash, Seth Rollins defends his title for the third time against Mojo Rawley on Raw's May 7. Despite Rawley's efforts to defeat him, Rollins defeats him with a Curb Stomp to retain the title. On May 14, Rollins made an open challenge for his Intercontinental title as Kevin Owens wants to challenged him for the title. Both men fought each other in the Intercontinental Championship Match but he won after knocking Owens with a Curb Stomp and covers with a pin to retain his title. In the next night on Raw, Rollins teamed up with Roman Reigns against both Owens and Jinder Mahal. Despite winning the Tag Team match against both of them, both him and Reigns are attacked by Mahal with a steel chair. On May 28 which was Rollins' 32nd birthday, he defends his Intercontinental title against Mahal in a one-on-one match. But due to Sunil Singh's interference, Rollins uses this as a weapon against Mahal to get him out of the ring. However, the match ends up in disqualification when Rollins hits Mahal with a steel chair after he attacked him and Reigns in the previous night with the same chair. By the time Rollins celebrates his birthday while standing in the announcement table while handling a steel chair due to his win by disqualification, he was smashed by Elias with his guitar on his back and was heavily knocked down to the ground. Rollins was later helped by both referees and medical personnel out of the arena after being smashed on his back by Elias with his guitar and was mentioned by Elias with a mocking interview during the exclusive and his reason for attacking Rollins because of his birthday.
Rollins began a feud with Elias on Raw's June 4 after smashing him with his guitar on his back and finally interrupts his disrespectful performance. He carries the steel chair against Elias who carries his guitar. Rollins manages to hit Elias as his guitar was dropped as Rollins confronts him but was attacked by Mahal. When they ganged him up from the previous week, Reigns arrives to rescue him from both of them. Both Rollins and Reigns teamed up once again against both Elias and Mahal who were their opponents in the Money in the Bank. Despite their efforts, Rollins was defeated by Elias when he hits him with a DDT on the steel chair. On Raw's June 11, Rollins disrupts Elias as they escalate the brawl which he took him out after he sang a mocking song about him. Rollins angrily berates Elias for being such a coward and for sneaking him from behind and smashed his back from his guitar two weeks ago and wants to name for himself. Rollins also likes Elias' other talents like both a singer and a performer aside from being a wrestler until he saw Elias' prized guitar which he was given from the famous artist John Mayer. Due to the audiences' cheer upon him, Rollins smashed his prized guitar with a Curb Stomp and mocks Elias by playing his smashed guitar.
In the Money in the Bank both Rollins and Elias fought one-on-one after he sang a mocking song one last time. Despite the efforts made by Elias in a match, Rollins defeats him with a roll-up pin to retain the title. But on Raw's June 18, Rollins defends his title against Dolph Ziggler with Drew McIntyre on his side. The battle ends with both Rollins and Ziggler are fighting each other for a roll up but was defeated by Ziggler with a roll-up pin to become the sixth time Intercontinental Champion, much to Rollins' shock. Despite Ziggler's victory, Rollins was ganged up by both Ziggler and McIntyre and knocking him down with a combination of both a Zig-Zag and a Claymore. Afterwards, Rollins soon walks out of the arena after being defeated and ganged up by both Ziggler and McIntyre and blames himself for his loss which he creates a feud between both of them as Ziggler mentioned him wanted to cancel his moniker as "Monday Night Rollins" during the exclusive.
Feud with Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre (2018)
Seth Rollins faces off against Dolph Ziggler in an Intercontinental Championship rematch on Raw's June 25 but due to the intrusion of Drew McIntyre, the match ends in disqualification. When both attempted to use their combined finishers, Roman Reigns arrives to rescue Rollins after he lost the tag team match against The Revival due to finding out of Bobby Lashley's strategy to stole his moment during the tag team match. Reigns spears Ziggler down as he makes a brawl on McIntyre and knocks him down with a Superman Punch. After being rescued by Reigns, Rollins was interviewed during the exclusive and was angered on McIntyre's interference in the match knowing he was the most "problem" aside from Ziggler.
On July 2, Rollins was interviewed outside of the arena but was interrupted by Ziggler who bumped into him. Both men began to argue because of McIntyre's interference two weeks ago but was stopped by the referees. He later rescues Reigns from being ganged up by both Ziggler and McIntyre after Reigns reveals about Lashley who became his opponent in Extreme Rules. Rollins manage to take McIntyre out of the ring and escalates a brawl on Ziggler before McIntyre drags him out. The brawl Rollins did to Ziggler was after he was interrupted during the interview. During the Tag Team Match, Reigns was dragged by The Revival to ganged up on him which resulted in a disqualification and Rollins helps him took them down but was immediately took down by both Ziggler and McIntyre with their combined finishers. On July 9, Rollins entertains the audience about his nicknames and mentioning both Ziggler and McIntyre who challenges Ziggler for the Intercontinental title in an Iron Man Match in Extreme Rules until he was interrupted by both. Despite Ziggler's arrogance, Rollins was asking about McIntyre's college degree but he mocks him for being a comedian. Rollins also mocks McIntyre about why he listens to Ziggler like a dog on a leash and knowing of McIntyre's secrets which Ziggler knew about the photographs of him with so many sheep in Scotland which causes McIntyre to snap in rage and challenges Rollins into a one-on-one match tonight which Rollins happily accepts and continues to mock him as a "bad man" in a sheep sound. McIntyre tries to attack Rollins but he quickly escapes while continuing to mock McIntyre. Before the main event match with McIntyre, he was encountered by Jinder Mahal and Sunil Singh and Mahal sensed Rollins' error of his ways but during Indian meditation session, Rollins left the scene leaving both behind.
During the high-stake main event match, Rollins nearly defeats McIntyre but because of Ziggler's intrusion, he accidentally stomps Ziggler with a Curb Stomp allowing McIntyre to defeat him with a Claymore and McIntyre will never be barred on ringside during him and Ziggler' Iron Man Match in Extreme Rules. During the off-air on Raw after being defeated by McIntyre, Rollins teamed up with Roman Reigns after having an extreme brawl with Bobby Lashley earlier and Braun Strowman against Ziggler, McIntyre and Kevin Owens in a Six-Man Tag Team Dark Match as Reigns noticed the sneak attacks and distractions made by both of them during the match. Despite their combined efforts, Strowman after being tagged by Rollins while teaming up with Reigns to knock both McIntyre and Owens while both were entertaining the audience to cheer upon him, he defeats Ziggler with a running powerbomb to win the match.
In Extreme Rules, both Rollins and Ziggler are in equal momentum and getting the most pinfalls to each other. When Rollins defeats Ziggler with a pinfall, the time was over and their match was a draw causing both to have a rematch. But due to McIntyre's intrusion when Rollins knocks him down, Ziggler defeats him with a Zig-Zag to retain the title.
On July 16, 2018, Seth Rollins was alongside Roman Reigns, Bobby Lashley, Kevin Owens, Finn Balor, Drew McIntyre and Elias wanted to get the opportunity to beat Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal title as Raw's GM Kurt Angle made a Triple Threat elimination match for the No. 1 Contenders Match next week. Rollins battled Lashley and Elias in a Triple Threat Match but was unsuccessful.
On July 23, Rollins was present along with other Raw Superstars about Stephanie's announcement of the first ever all-women's pay per view WWE Evolution. Later on, he rescues Finn Balor from being ganged up by both Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre after his match with McIntyre ends up in disqualification. Raw's GM Kurt Angle restarted into a Tag Team Match as Rollins teamed up with Balor against both Ziggler and McIntyre. Despite McIntyre's effort and attempting to take a combined move with Ziggler, Rollins knocks Ziggler and accidentally lands on the turnbuckle and manages to throw McIntyre out of the ring to Curb Stomp Ziggler to win the match. Both Rollins and Balor happily watch on their defeated opponents.
On Raw's July 30, Rollins battles against McIntyre with Ziggler was outside of the ring. His interference caused him to win by disqualification when Rollins had a brawl with Ziggler and knocks him over with a Suicide Dive. After the match during the mid-interview with Renee Young, Rollins was ambushed by both Ziggler and McIntyre and was taken by the one of the referees to the infirmary for medical attention.
Royal Rumble Winner and WWE Universal Championship Reign
On January 27, 2019 at Royal Rumble 2019 Seth won the men's Royal Rumble match earning a WWE Universal Championship match with then champion Brock Lesnar. On April 7, 2019 at WrestleMania 35 Seth Rollins defeated Brock Lesnar to become the WWE Universal Champion. The next night on Raw he defended the title against Kofi Kingston in a Winner Take All match for both the Universal and WWE Championship. At Money in the Bank he sucessfully defended the title against AJ Styles.
Lopez is of Armenian descent. His real-life surname, Lopez, comes from his Mexican-American stepfather.
In 2014, Lopez got engaged to his long term girlfriend Leighla Schultz. They had been together for seven years prior to their engagement. The couple lived together in Davenport, Iowa.
In My Son is a WWE Superstar on March 3, 2017, Lopez started a wrestling school in Buffalo, Iowa which was the outside of his hometown in Davenport as his wrestling school business was supported by his real-life mother Holly Franklin.
After months of speculation, it was confirmed on May 13, 2019, that Lopez was in a relationship with fellow WWE wrestler Rebecca Quin, better known as Becky Lynch. WWE subsequently acknowledged the relationship on their website. The couple announced their engagement on August 22, 2019.
On September 10, 2019, Lopez found out that he had a brother and a sister after taking a DNA test.
On May 11, 2020, it was announced on Raw that Lopez and Quin are expecting their first child together. On December 7, Quin and Lopez welcomed their first daughter, named Roux.
- Finishing moves
- As Seth Rollins
- Superkick, sometimes to a kneeling or seated opponent – 2010–2011; used a signature move thereafter
- The Stomp – 2012–2015; 2018–present
- Diving high knee, sometimes while springboarding − 2012–2014; used a signature move thereafter
- Fall forward single-underhook DDT – 2015
- Pedigree – 2015–2017, 2019; adopted from Triple H
- Ripcord Knee / King's Landing / Revolution Knee (Wrist lock transitioned into a short-arm high knee) – 2017–2018
- Skywalker (Standing shiranui) – 2012–2013; used as a signature move thereafter
- As Tyler Black
- As Seth Rollins
- Signature moves
- Slingblade (Variation of a sleeper slam where the opponent runs and appears to do a lariat takedown but spins around the opponent's shoulders and takes them down)
- Belly to back suplex lifted and twisted into a reverse STO
- Falcon Arrow
- Falling DDT
- Frog Splash
- Inverted hurricanrana
- Reverse STO to the Second Turnbuckle
- Pendulum Backbreaker
- Phoenix Splash (Corkscrew 450 Splash)
- Running shooting star press
- Somersault senton
- Small Package Driver (Fisherman DDT followed into a small package, sometimes from the top rope)
- Snap Suplex
- Stinger splash
- Springboard clothesline
- Springboard Moonsault
- Standing moonsault
- Suicide Dive
- Tree of woe double foot stomp
- Tope Con Hilo
- Turnbuckle Powerbomb
- Tag teams and stables
- "The Architect of The Shield"
- "The Architect"
- "The King Slayer"
- "The Beast Slayer"
- "The Monday Night Messiah"
- "The Black Hand of Raw"
- Entrance themes
- "American Love" by Haste The Day (IWA Mid-South)
- Battle On" by War of Ages
- "The Haunted" by Walls of Jericho
- "Flesh It Out" by Blues Saraceno (NXT)
- "Special Op"' by Jim Johnston (WWE; December 16, 2012 – June 2, 2014, January 29, 2022; used while a part of The Shield)
- "The Second Coming" by CFO$ (WWE; June 9, 2014 – July 24, 2017)
- "The Second Coming" (Burn It Down) by CFO$ (WWE: July 31, 2017 - May 4, 2020; February 12, 2021 - April 9, 2021)
- "The Rising" by Def Rebel (May 10, 2020 - January 31, 2021)
- "Visionary" by Def Rebel (April 11, 2021 - Present)
Championships and accomplishments
- AAW: Professional Wrestling Redefined
- Florida Championship Wrestling
- Full Impact Pro
- Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South
- Mr. Chainsaw Productions Wrestling
- MCPW World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Ring of Honor
- Scott County Wrestling
- SCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- World Wrestling Entertainment
- WWE Championship (2 times)
- WWE Intercontinental Championship (2 times)
- WWE United States Championship (1 time)
- WWE Tag Team Championship (6 times) - with Roman Reigns (1), Dean Ambrose (2), Jason Jordan, (1) Braun Strowman (1) and Buddy Murphy (1)
- WWE Universal Championship (2 times)
- Money In The Bank (2014)
- Eighteenth Triple Crown Champion
- Nineteenth Grand Slam Champion
- Slammy Award for Breakout Star of the Year (2013) – with Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns as The Shield
- Slammy Award for Faction of the Year (2013) – with Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns as The Shield
- Slammy Award for Double Cross of the Year (2014) - Betraying The Shield and joining the Authority
- Slammy Award for Faction of the Year (2014) - with Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns as The Shield
- Slammy Award for Anti-Gravity Moment of the Year (2014) - Diving off the balcony at Payback
- Slammy Award for Match of the Year (2014) - Team Cena vs. Team Authority at Survivor Series
- Slammy Award for Superstar of the Year (2015)
- Rollins' finisher Avada Kedavra is named after the killing curse in Harry Potter.