WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPION
Colby LopezD.O.B: 28 May, 1986
Birthplace: Buffalo, Iowa
Trained By: Danny Daniels
Colby Lopez was born in Buffalo, Iowa. He is of Armenian, German and Irish descent.
Professional Wrestling Career
In 2003 Colby Lopez debuted for SCW under the ring name Gixx. He also appeared in the IWA Mid-South territory and took part in the Ted Petty Invitational Tournament. He was eventually knocked out of the tournament at the quarter-finals stage by Matt Sydal.
Whilst with SCW he won the SCW Heavyweight championship, which he spray painted black, to mark the ‘Black Era.’
On the 25th May, 2007 during a match The Briscoes, Marek Brave suffered a serious back injury that would put him out of action for quite some time. During Brave’s absence, Tyler Black would embark on a singles career with the PWG promotion.
During this period, Black also became the FIP World Heavyweight champion by defeating Go Shiozaki on December 20th. Black would later forfeit the championship to Davey Richards on May 2, 2009, because he was unable to compete.
Ring of Honor
At Ring of Honor’s Man Up in September, 2007, Tyler Black made his debut alongside Jimmy Jacobs and Necro Butcher. The trio attacked the Briscoe Brothers and hung Jay Briscoe from the rigging. Jimmy Jacobs announced that the trio were called The Age of the Fall.
Due to the controversial nature of the angle ROH decided to pull the footage, but they did temporarily show it due to fan request.
Later the same evening Black faced Jack Evans in a dark match. The match ended when Jacobs and Necro Butcher interfered on behalf of Black. During the attack, The Irish Airborne would make the save on behalf of Evans, setting up a six-man tag match between the two teams. The six-man match ended in a no contest after Necro Butcher attacked the referee.
The Age of The Fall would go on to feud with The Vulture Squad and then later The Briscoe Brothers. The feud with the Briscoe Brothers led to a match at Final Battle 2007, in which Black and Jacobs defeated The Briscoe’s to become the ROH World Tag Team Champions.
They held the titles until January 26th when they lost the belts to the No Remorse Corps in an Ultimate Endurance match.
At Up For Grabs, Black and Jacobs won an eight-team tournament to become the ROH World Tag Team Champions for the second time. They later lost the championships to Kevin Steen and El Generico at Driven.
At Death Before Dishonor VI, Black would again challenge for the ROH World Heavyweight Championship in a Fatal-4-Way match against Nigel McGuinness, Bryan Danielson and Claudio Castagnoli. He once again came up short in his quest for the gold, as McGuinness retained the title.
At Final Battle 2008, Black faced Austin Aries in a match to become the number one contender for the ROH World Championship. Aries won the match to earn a shot at McGuinness’ championship. After the match Jacobs turned his back on Black and attacked him along with Aries.
At Full Circle, Black defeated ROH World Champion Nigel McGuinness in a non-title match. The following night McGuinness was set to defend his title against Austin Aries, but Aries refused to compete. Black took Aries spot in the match, but once again failed to capture the championship after the match ended in a time limit draw.
At Violent Tendencies on June 26th, Tyler Black ended his feud with former partner Jimmy Jacobs by defeating Jacobs in a steel cage.
In September, 2009, Black underwent surgery to fix a bulging disc in his neck.
ROH World Champion
On October 10th, Black began his quest to win the 2009 Survival of the Fittest tournament. He defeated Kenny King in the first round followed by Claudio Castagnoli, Colt Cabana, Delirious and Chris Hero to reach the final of the tournament where he would face Roderick Strong. Black defeated Strong and won the tournament, which earned him a shot at the ROH World Championship.
He would get his title shot against Austin Aries at Final Battle 2009. The match ended in 60-minute time limit draw.
Not happy with the inconclusive ending ROH commissioner, Jim Cornette made a rematch between Black and Aries for the ROH World Championship at ROH’s eighth anniversary show. This match would have a judging panel of three men in order to decide a unanimous winner. Cornette would be one of the judges and both Aries and Black would be able to select one judge each. Aries chose Kenny King, whilst Black opted for Roderick Strong.
Tyler Black defeated Austin Aries via pinfall to become the ROH World Champion for the first time.
Black had promised Roderick Strong a shot at the title in a singles match following his selection as a judge during his match with Austin Aries. Black’s first title defence however, became a triple threat match with both Strong and Aries. Black successfully won this match at The Big Bang! (2010) to retain the championship.
Black also successfully defended his title against Davey Richards at Death Before Dishonor VIII.
It was around this time that news was leaked that Black had signed a developmental contract with WWE. The ROH fans reaction to this news caused Black to turn heel on the August 20th ROH tapings. His new heel persona saw him criticize the fans who were labelling him a sell-out. Lopez would later say that this was based on his real feelings on the matter.
Also, as a part of his heel persona, Black would threaten to leave ROH with the World Championship and take it with him to WWE. He would also refuse to put the championship on the line in a match against Davey Richards.
On September 11th at Glory By Honor IX, Black lost the ROH World Championship to Roderick Strong in a no-disqualification match with Terry Funk as the special guest enforcer. This was Black’s last appearance for ROH.
WWE Developmental; Seth Rollins
While still wrestling for ROH it was announced that Colby Lopez had signed a developmental deal with WWE on the 8th August, 2010. He was also offered contracts at this time by ROH and TNA, but was convinced by Matt Sydal to join the WWE. Upon signing with WWE, he was assigned to their developmental territory, FCW.
After finishing up his contractual obligation with ROH on the 11th September, Lopez, as Tyler Black would make his WWE debut in a dark match against Trent Barreta before a Smackdown taping.
On September 30th he would make his first appearance for FCW, using the name Seth Rollins. Lopez says the name is a tribute to Henry Rollins. His first appearance was in a defeat to Michael McGillicutty.
On November 4th Rollins would face Hunico in the first ever FCW 15 match under 15-minute Iron Man rules. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.
On the back of this, Rollins, Hunico, Jinder Mahal and Richie Steamboat went on to compete in the FCW 15 Jack Brisco Classic Tournament. On January 13th, Rollins defeated Hunico in the finals of the tournament to become the inaugural FCW 15 Champion.
Rollins then began to team with Richie Steamboat and the pair defeated Damien Sandow and Titus O’Neil on March 25th to become the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship. They eventually lost the titles to Big E Langston and Calvin Raines.
In July 2011, Rollins began feuding with Dean Ambrose with the pair fighting to a 0-0 draw during a 15-minute iron man match for the FCW 15 Championship. The draw allowed Rollins to retain his championship.
Due to the draw, a rematch was booked two weeks later with a 20-minute time limit. Once again this match ended in a 0-0 draw. This led to another match, this time with a 30-minute time limit.
On September 18th the pair fought to a 2-2 draw in the 30-minute time limit Iron Man match. This time the match went to sudden death, in which Rollins scored a pinfall to win the match 3-2 and retain his championship.
On September 22nd, Rollins defended his FCW 15 Championship against Damien Sandow. Rollins lost the title by way of disqualification after Dean Ambrose attacked Sandow.
Rollins then entered the Gold Rush Tournament, which was set up to crown the inaugural NXT Champion. He defeated Drew McIntynre in the quarter-finals and Michael McGillicutty in the semi-finals to set up a match against Jinder Mahal with the winner being crowned the first ever NXT Champion. Rollins defeated Mahal to win the title.
Rollins would then successfully defend the championship against McGillicutty and Mahal in the coming weeks.
On November 18th, 2012 Rollins made his debut on the WWE main roster as part of The Shield.
On January 2nd, Rollins retained his championship against Corey Graves after The Shield interfered on behalf of the champion.
On the 7th January edition of NXT, Rollins defended his NXT championship against Big E Langston. The rest of the NXT locker room prevented a repeat of the previous weeks Shield interference and Big E defeated Rollins.
Rollins and The Shield then entered a brief feud with Corey Graves, which ended in Seth Rollins defeating Graves in a lumberjack match.
Main Roster; The Shield
At Survivor Series, Rollins made his WWE main roster debut alongside Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns. The trio interjected themselves in the WWE Championship Triple Threat match and attacked Ryback, allowing current champion CM Punk to retain the championship via pinfall over John Cena.
The group would call themselves The Shield and said they were in the WWE to fight injustice. They denied working for CM Punk, but they often appeared through the crowd to attack him foes.
The Shield then continued to help CM Punk by attacking The Rock and Ryback.
The Shield would then quietly drift away from their association with Punk and head into a feud with John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus. At Elimination Chamber, The Shield would defeat Cena, Sheamus and Ryback in a six-man tag match. They backed this victory up the following night by defeating Ryback, Sheamus and Chris Jericho.
The Shield would eventually lose a six-man tag match via disqualification at the hands of Team Hell No and John Cena on May 13th.
At Extreme Rules, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns defeated Team Hell No to become the WWE Tag Team Champions. They would go on to successfully defend their championships against Team Hell No and again at Payback against Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton. More defences followed against The Usos at Money In The Bank and The Prime Time Players at Night of Champions.
On October 14th Reigns and Rollins lost the Tag Team Titles in a no-disqualification match to Cody Rhodes and Goldust on RAW after the Big Show interfered. They would receive a rematch at Hell In A Cell but would fail to regain the championships. With this loss the first seeds of disharmony among the group were seen.
The group then lost to CM Punk in a handicap match at TLC.
At the Royal Rumble, Rollins entered the match as number 2 and spent 48 minutes in the match before being eliminated by Shield team mate, Roman Reigns.
The following night on RAW, The Shield faced Bryan, Sheamus and John Cena in a six-man tag match with the winners if the match winning entrance into 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. This led to a six-man tag match between The Shield and The Wyatt Family.
The match took place at Elimination Chamber and was won by The Wyatt Family. On March 3rd, The Shield got their re-match with The Wyatt Family. The Shield again lost the match and Seth Rollins walked out on Ambrose and Reigns during the bout. He would later claim that he was tired of being the glue that held the group together. On March 7th, Rollins announced that The Shield had reconciled their differences.
The Shield would then enter a feud with Kane, which would turn the group face once again. This led to a match at Wrestlemania XXX that saw The Shield take on Kane and The New Age Outlaws. The Shield won the match taking them to 2-0 at Wrestlemania.
Following this match The Shield then entered into a feud with Triple H and The Authority, which led to Triple H reforming Evolution to take on The Shield. The Shield would defeat Evolution at both Extreme Rules and Payback.
The Authority; Mr. Money In The Bank
On the June 2nd edition of RAW, Batista left Evolution, leading to Triple H proclaiming that he had a ‘Plan B’. Later that night, Triple H’s plan B came to fruition when Seth Rollins turned his back on Reigns and Ambrose, attacking them both with a steel chair and leaving The Shield to defect to The Authority. Rollins said that Ambrose and Reigns were not his brothers but were business partners who would not be successful without him. He also said that the fans were wrong, he hadn’t sold out, and he had bought in.
Rollins would then enter a feud with Dean Ambrose which saw Ambrose attack Rollins at every opportunity.
In his first match as a member of the Authority, Rollins defeated Kofi Kingston with his trademark Curb Stomp.
On June 17th, Rollins announced that he would be entering the annual Money In The Bank match at the Money In The Bank.
Rollins went on to win the Money in the Bank match after Kane knocked Dean Ambrose off the ladder, and held it steady, allowing Rollins to capture the briefcase. The following night on RAW, Ambrose promised to stop Rollins ever cashing in the briefcase.
Rollins and Ambrose were then booked to face each other at Battleground but Ambrose attacked Rollins before the match, causing Triple H to call off the match and award the victory to Rollins via forfeit.
The two would eventually face each other at SummerSlam in a lumberjack match that was won by Rollins. The following night on RAW, Rollins Curb Stomped Ambrose through cinder blocks which put him out of action. This angered Roman Reigns and the two began feuding.
At Night of Champions, Rollins was due to face Reigns but the match never happened because Reigns needed legitimate emergency hernia surgery. Rollins declared himself the winner via forfeit.
Rollins would then issue an open challenge, which was answered by the returning Dean Ambrose. Later in the evening Rollins attempted to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase on Brock Lesnar, but was fought off by John Cena before he could cash in.
At Hell in a Cell, Rollins defeated Dean Ambrose in a Hell in a Cell match after Bray Wyatt interfered and attacked Ambrose.
At Survivor Series, Rollins captained Team Authority in a traditional Survivor Series match against Team Cena. Rollins survived until the end, but was pinned by Dolph Ziggler after interference from Sting. This defeat meant that The Authority lost their power. Rollins would then continue a feud with John Cena, who was the only person who could bring The Authority back to power. At TLC, Rollins defeated Cena in a tables match.
Rollins continued his feud with Cena, trying to get Cena to bring back The Authority. On the December 29th edition of RAW, Rollins and The Big Show took guest host, Edge, hostage and threatened to re-injure his neck if Cena didn’t bring back The Authority. Cena would oblige Rollins’ request and reinstate The Authority.
As a reward for bringing them back, The Authority put Rollins into the World Championship match at the Royal Rumble against John Cena and Brock Lesnar. Despite interference from J&J Security, Rollins was unable to win the championship.
The following night on RAW, The Authority tried to convince Orton to rejoin them. It originally appeared as though Orton had accepted the offer, however, on the March 9th edition of RAW Orton left Rollins alone during their handicap match with Roman Reigns and then attacked him. This led to a match between Orton and Rollins at Wrestlemania 31, which Orton won.
WWE World Heavyweight Champion
Later that night, after his loss to Randy Orton, Seth Rollins successfully cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase during the match between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar. He pinned Reigns to win his first WWE World Heavyweight Championship. By doing this he became the first man to cash in at Wrestlemania, the first to cash in during an ongoing match and the first man to have held both the NXT Championship and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
After becoming the champion, Rollins continued his feud with Randy Orton and defended the championship against him at Extreme Rules inside a steel cage. Rollins won the match.
Tensions between Rollins and Kane began to boil over with Rollins publicly criticizing Kane’s performance and his position within The Authority.
At Payback, Rollins successfully retained the championship against Roman Reigns and Randy Orton and Dean Ambrose in a Fatal-4-Way match. During the match Kane sided with Rollins and helped him win the match, Rollins also used the Pedigree during the match.
At Elimination Chamber, Rollins defeated Dean Ambrose via disqualification to retain the championship. Ambrose initially defeated Rollins, but the referee reversed the decision because Rollins had pushed him.
Dean Ambrose got his rematch for the title against Rollins at Money In The Bank, in a ladder match. Rollins once again retained the championship in a closely fought match. The following night on RAW, Brock Lesnar returned and it was announced that Rollins would defend the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Lesnar at Battleground.
The match between Lesnar and Rollins was a seriously one-sided affair with Lesnar dominating the match throughout. However, before Lesnar could seal the victory, the lights went out and The Undertaker attacked. The match was originally reported by WWE.com as being a no contest; however, the following night on RAW, Lilian Garcia announced that Brock Lesnar won the match via disqualification, meaning that Rollins retained the championship.
On July 20th, Rollins once again renewed hostilities with John Cena after he refused to accept Cena’s challenge for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. This led to a match the following week for the United States Championship. John Cena retained the championship via submission. During the match Rollins connected hard with a knee to Cena’s nose, which caused a legitimate broken nose.
On the 3rd August episode of RAW, Rollins challenged Cena to a winner takes all match at SummerSlam for both the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and the United States Championship. John Cena accepted the challenge on the August 11th edition of Tough Enough.
At SummerSlam, Seth Rollins defeated John Cena, to add the WWE United States Championship to the WWE title he already held. During the match, Jon Stewart, whom Rollins had been feuding with, came to the ring and hit Cena with a steel chair, allowing Rollins to win the match.
The following night on RAW, the Authority held a statue unveiling in honour of Rollins, but as the covering was removed, the trophy turned out to be Sting, who seemingly challenged Rollins to a match at Night of Champions, for the championship.
The following week on RAW, it was announced that Seth Rollins would not only defend the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Night of Champions against Sting, but he would also defend his United States Championship on the same night against John Cena.
Losing The United States Championship; Escaping With The WWE Championship
At Night of Champions, Seth Rollins pulled double duty in back to back matches. After a gruelling match with John Cena, Rollins would lose the United States Championship to the leader of the Cenation.
As soon as the match was over, Sting made his entrance and Rollins’ defence of the WWE Championship began. The match went back and forth, but ultimately, Rollins retained the championship after scoring the pinfall with a roll-up pin.
No sooner had Rollins defeated Sting, Sheamus‘ music hit and Mr. Money in the Bank made his way to the ring to cash in, but just before the referee could ring the bell, Kane made his return and attacked Rollins. Meaning Sheamus couldn’t cash in his contract and Seth Rollins retained the WWE Championship.
Injury; Vacating The Title
On November 4th, in Dublin, Ireland, Seth Rollins was injured in a match against Kane. After testing, it was revealed that Rollins had torn both his ACL and MCL and would be out of action for 6-9 months. This meant that Rollins had to vacate the championship.
Return From Injury, WWE World Heavyweight Championship Pursuit (2016-Present)
At Extreme Rules, Rollins made his long awaited return from injury after Roman Reigns had successfully defended his WWE World Heavyweight Championship against AJ Styles. Rollins attacked Reigns as he celebrated his victory.
The following night on RAW, Rollins told the crowd that he didn’t need them to win back the championship that he never lost before confronting Reigns. This led to Shane McMahon announcing a match between Rollins and Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Money In The Bank.
On February 9th, 2015, a nude photograph of NXT wrestler Zahra Schreiber was posted online on Lopez’s social media accounts. Seeing as Lopez’s accounts are linked with WWE.com, the contents are automatically republished on the website. Soon after, Lopez’s then-fiancee, Leighla Schultz’s twitter account posted nude photographs of Lopez. Lopez would later apologize for ‘Private photographs that were distributed without [his] consent.’