217 lb (98 kg)
Wrestling Society X
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
May 28, 1986 (age 29)Buffalo, Iowa, United States (
Davenport, Iowa, United States
GixxSeth RollinsTaj the DestroyerTyler Black
Seth Rollins takes out Baron Corbin with a steel chair: Raw, June 17, 2019
- Seth Rollins takes out Baron Corbin with a steel chair Raw June 17 2019
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- Independent circuit 20032009
- The Age of the Fall 20072009
- ROH World Champion 20092010
- Florida Championship Wrestling 20102012
- NXT 20122013
- The Shield 20122014
- The Authority 20142015
- Injury 2015 present
- Personal life
- In wrestling
- Championships and accomplishments
Rollins debuted on WWE's main roster in 2012 alongside Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns as part of The Shield. He is a former WWE World Heavyweight and United States Champion (being the first and only wrestler to hold both titles concurrently), a former WWE Tag Team Champion (with Reigns), the 2014 Money in the Bank contract - which he successfully cashed in during the main event of WrestleMania 31 - and the 2015 Superstar of the Year Slammy Award.
Prior to signing with WWE, Lopez wrestled as Tyler Black for Ring of Honor (ROH), where he held the ROH World Championship once and the ROH World Tag Team Championship twice (with Jimmy Jacobs), and was the winner of the 2009 Survival of the Fittest tournament. He also wrestled for various independent promotions including Full Impact Pro (FIP), where he was a one-time FIP World Heavyweight Champion, and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), where he was a one-time PWG World Tag Team Champion (also with Jacobs). Along with CM Punk and Daniel Bryan, Rollins is one of the only three men who have won the WWE World Heavyweight and ROH World championships. Industry veteran Steve "Sting" Borden described Rollins as the best wrestler he has ever worked with, adding: "I've never seen somebody as talented".
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Independent circuit (2003–2009)
Colby Lopez, as Gixx, debuted in 2003 for Scott County Wrestling (SCW). He also worked for Ian Rotten's Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South (IWA) and entered the Ted Petty Invitational Tournament, defeating Sal Thomaselli before being eliminated by Matt Sydal in the quarterfinals in Hammond, Indiana, on September 23, 2005. He later won the SCW Heavyweight Championship, and spray-painted the championship belt black to mark "The Black Era" in SCW.
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.
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 legitimate back injury that sidelined him for several weeks before ultimately causing him to retire. Brave returned to competition in 2012. During this time Black pursued a singles career, competing in Pro Wrestling 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 Jimmy 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.
The 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 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 six-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.
ROH World Champion (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 2009 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 was his final ROH appearance.
Florida Championship Wrestling (2010–2012)
On August 8, 2010, Lopez had signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and was assigned to their developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) in September. Lopez was offered contracts from TNA and ROH, but Evan Bourne 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, as Seth Rollins (a name he states is an ode to Henry Rollins), 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 where they fought to a 1–1 draw. Following this, Rollins, along with Hunico, Richie Steamboat and Jinder Mahal, participated in the FCW 15 Jack Brisco Classic tournament. On January 13, 2011, Rollins defeated Hunico in the finals to win the tournament and became the inaugural FCW 15 Champion.
On March 25 at a live event, Rollins and Richie Steamboat defeated Damien Sandow and Titus O'Neill to win the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship. Rollins and Steamboat eventually lost the championship to Big E Langston and Calvin Raines.
In July 2011, Rollins began a 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. The match ended in a draw with neither men scoring a fall and, as a result, 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. On September 22, Rollins lost the FCW 15 Championship to Damien Sandow by way of disqualification after Ambrose attacked Sandow late in the match.
Rollins made his WWE television 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.
When WWE rebranded FCW into NXT Wrestling, Rollins' NXT television debut took place on the second episode of the rebooted NXT taped at Full Sail University, where he defeated Jiro. Rollins entered the Gold Rush Tournament to crown the inaugural NXT Champion where he defeated Jinder Mahal in the tournament finals on the August 29 NXT (taped on July 26). Rollins earlier defeated Drew McIntyre in the quarter-finals and Michael McGillicutty in the semi-finals. On the October 10 NXT, Rollins had his first successful defense of his title after he beat 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.
On the January 2, 2013 episode of NXT, which was taped on December 6, 2012, Rollins successfully defended the NXT Championship against Corey Graves, before losing it on the January 9 episode of NXT taped on the same date to Langston in a No Disqualification match. After losing the title, Rollins kept his feud with Graves going and attacked him during his number one contender's match for the NXT Championship with Conor O'Brian. Rollins then accepted Graves' challenge and defeated him in a lumberjack match to end the feud.
The Shield (2012–2014)
Rollins made his main roster debut on November 18, 2012, at the Survivor Series pay-per-view alongside Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns. They assaulted Ryback during the triple threat main event for the WWE Championship, allowing CM Punk to pin John Cena and retain his title. The trio declared themselves "The Shield" and vowed to rally against "injustice". The Shield denied working for Punk, but they routinely emerged from the crowd to attack Punk's adversaries. This led to a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match being set up for the TLC pay-per-view, where Ambrose, Rollins, and Reigns defeated Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan and Kane) and Ryback in their debut match. The Shield continued to aid Punk after TLC, attacking both Ryback and The Rock in January 2013. On Raw on January 28, it was revealed that Punk and his manager Paul Heyman had been paying The Shield and Brad Maddox to work for them all along.
The Shield then quietly ended their association with Punk while beginning a feud with John Cena, Ryback, and Sheamus that led to a six-man tag match on February 17 at Elimination Chamber, which The Shield won. The Shield had their first Raw match the following night, where they defeated Ryback, Sheamus, and Chris Jericho. Sheamus then formed an alliance with Randy Orton and Big Show to face The Shield at WrestleMania 29, where The Shield emerged victorious in their first WrestleMania match. 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, which The Shield won. On the May 13 episode of Raw, The Shield's undefeated streak in televised six-man tag team matches ended in a disqualification loss in an elimination match against John Cena, Kane, and Daniel Bryan.
On May 19 at Extreme Rules, Rollins and Reigns defeated Team Hell No in a tornado tag team match to win the WWE Tag Team Championship. Rollins and Reigns made their first televised title defense on the May 27 episode of Raw, defeating Team Hell No in a rematch. On the June 14 episode of SmackDown, The Shield's unpinned/unsubmitted streak in televised six-man tag team matches ended at the hands of Team Hell No and Randy Orton when Daniel Bryan submitted Rollins. Bryan and Orton then faced Rollins and Reigns at Payback for the WWE Tag Team Championship, but Rollins and Reigns successfully retained the titles. Further successful title defenses followed against The Usos on July 14 during the Money in the Bank pre-show and The Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O'Neil) at Night of Champions.
In August, The Shield began working for chief operating officer (COO) Triple H and The Authority. At Battleground, a fired Cody Rhodes and Goldust earned their jobs back by beating Rollins and Reigns in a non-title match. On the October 14 episode of Raw, Rollins and Reigns lost the WWE Tag Team Championship to Cody Rhodes and Goldust in a No Disqualification match, following interference from Big Show. At Hell in a Cell, Rollins and Reigns failed to regain the tag team title in a triple threat match. Tension was then sown in The Shield while their recent lack of success continued with a loss to CM Punk in a handicap match at the TLC pay-per-view. At the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, Rollins entered the Rumble match at #2; he had three eliminations and spent the second longest time in the match at 48 minutes before being eliminated by teammate Reigns. The next night on Raw, The Shield competed in a six-man tag team match against Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, and John Cena with all three members of the winning team qualifying to enter in the Elimination Chamber match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The Shield lost the match via disqualification after The Wyatt Family interfered and attacked Cena, Bryan, and Sheamus. The Shield wanted revenge and a six-man tag for The Shield against The Wyatt Family at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view was arranged, in which The Shield lost. On the March 3 Raw, The Shield lost a rematch against 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. On the March 7 episode of SmackDown, Rollins stated The Shield reconciled despite their long-running tension after venting their frustrations on each other.
Later in March, The Shield began a feud with Kane turning all of the members of The Shield into fan favorites in the process. At WrestleMania XXX, The Shield defeated Kane and The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn), thus winning their second WrestleMania match as a group. The Shield then feuded with Triple H, the COO of WWE and leader of The Authority, who then reformed Evolution with Batista and Randy Orton to take on The Shield. The Shield defeated Evolution at the next two pay-per-views, Extreme Rules and Payback, in what turned out to be their last matches as factions for both Evolution and The Shield.
The Authority (2014–2015)
On the June 2 episode of Raw, after Batista left Evolution and WWE, Triple H revealed his "plan B", which turned out to be Rollins attacking Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns and rejoining The Authority, turning heel once again. Rollins later explained his actions by stating that The Shield would not be a success without him and Ambrose and Reigns were not his brothers, like they claimed, but business partners to help him move up in WWE. On the June 17 episode of Main Event, Rollins, acting on behalf of The Authority, entered himself into the traditional Money in the Bank ladder match for a WWE World Heavyweight Championship contract at Money in the Bank, which he won after Kane knocked out Ambrose and held the ladder in place for Rollins to climb. Rollins defeated Ambrose twince, at Battleground, in July, via forfeit, after their match was called off by Triple H since Ambrose attacked Rollins backstage, and in August, at SummerSlam, in a lumberjack match. On the August 24 episode of Raw, Rollins defeated Ambrose in a Falls Count Anywhere match and injured him after executing a Curb Stomp through cinder blocks. Rollins was scheduled to face Reigns at Night of Champions, but the match was cancelled after Reigns had a legitimate emergency hernia surgery, with Rollins winning the match via forfeit. On the September 29, episode of Raw, Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury aligned themselves with The Authority and statred acting as bodyguards to Rollins. At Hell in a Cell, Rollins defeated Ambrose in a Hell in a Cell match after Bray Wyatt interfered and attacked Ambrose, officially ending their feud. At Survivor Series, Rollins captained Team Authority in a five–on–five elimination tag team match against Team Cena, in which Rollins was the sole survivor and was eliminated by Dolph Ziggler. Rollins continued his feud with Cena in December at TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs, which led to a tables match, which Cena won. On January 25, 2015, at Royal Rumble, Rollins competed for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, against Cena and Brock Lesnar, which Lesnar won. In February, Rollins started a war–of–words feud with The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, claiming that he can host the show better than Stewart.
Randy Orton returned from an absence and attacked Rollins following his match at Fastlane, which led to a match at WrestleMania 31, where Orton defeated Rollins. Later that night, Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank contract during Lesnar and Reigns' fifteen minutes match, making it into a triple threat match, which Rollins won pinning Reigns to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship for the first time in his career. Rollins continued his feud with Orton after WrestleMania, which led to a steel cage match, with Orton's RKO banned and Kane as the gatekeeper, at Extreme Rules, where Rollins retained his championship. In May, tension rose between Rollins and Kane, after the latter announced Rollins' title defence against Orton and Reigns at Payback, and after Dean Ambrose defeated Rollins on an episode of Raw, he was added to the match. At the event, Rollins retained his championship, after performing a Pedigree (Triple H's finishing move). Rollins retained the championship against Ambrose, on May 31, at Elimination Chamber, after he got himself disqualified for shoving the referee, and, on June 14, at Money in the Bank in a ladder match. At Battleground, Rollins retained his championship by disqualification against Lesnar, after The Undertaker attacked Lesnar.
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, Jon Stewart attacked Cena. With the win, Rollins became the first and only wrestler to hold both championships simultaneously. 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.
On November 4, during a match against Kane at a house show in Dublin, Ireland, Rollins tore his ACL, MCL and meniscus, which required surgery and 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 221 days.
Lopez is of Armenian, German and Irish descent. His real-life surname, Lopez, comes from his Mexican-American stepfather.
On February 9, 2015, a nude photo of former NXT wrestler Zahra Schreiber, reportedly Lopez's girlfriend, was posted to his social media accounts, the contents of which are automatically republished by WWE.com. Soon after, nude photos of Lopez were posted on the Twitter page of his then-fiancee, Leighla Schultz. In response, Lopez apologized for "private photographs that were distributed without [his] consent".