Colby Lopez is a 35-year-old wrestler from Buffalo, Iowa. Lopez wrestles for WWE and performs on SmackDown under the ring name, Seth Rollins.
Lopez started his wrestling career in 2005 working on the Iowa independent scene under the name Gixx. He then joined Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South (IWA) and wrestled under the ring name, Tyler Black. Soon after, he joined National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and won the promotion’s tag team championship with Marek Brave.
Lopez is also well known for his work for Ring of Honor where he was known as Tyler Black. While wrestling for Ring of Honor, he won the ROH World Championship once and the ROH World Tag Team Championship twice with Jacobs, as well as the winner of the 2009 Survival of the Fittest tournament.
Seth Rollins’ WWE Debut
In 2010 Lopez signed a developmental contract with WWE and was assigned to Florida Championship Wrestling. He was renamed Seth Rollins and made his in-ring debut on September 30 in a losing effort to Michael McGillicutty. When Florida Championship Wrestling was rebranded to NXT in 2012, Seth Rollins became the first ever NXT Champion after winning a tournament. He lost the title to Big E after his main roster debut in 2012 at Survivor Series.
Rollins made his debut alongside Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns attacking Ryback and in the process, helping CM Punk win his match. They had their first match at TLC defeating Daniel Bryan, Kane, and Ryback. Rollins had his first WrestleMania match teaming with Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns to defeat Big Show, Randy Orton, and Sheamus.
At Extreme Rules 2013, Rollins teamed with fellow Shield member Roman Reigns and together they won the WWE Tag Team Championships defeating Daniel Bryan and Kane. They lost the belts to Goldust and Cody Rhodes later that year. At WrestleMania XXX, Rollins teamed with Reigns and Ambrose again to defeat Billy Gun, Road Dogg, and Kane.
Seth Rollins Wins Money In The Bank
After a feud with Evolution, Seth Rollins betrayed his fellow Shield members. In 2014, he won the Money in the Bank ladder match and feuded with Dean Ambrose throughout 2014. In 2015 he cashed in at WrestleMania 31 on Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar winning his first singles championship. His WWE Championship run proved that Rollins was a main event star in the WWE with feuds against Randy Orton, John Cena, Dean Ambrose, Brock Lesnar and more.
At SummerSlam 2015, Rollins faced John Cena in a winner takes all match for the WWE and United States Championships. Rollins won the match becoming a double champion. He lost the United States Championship back to Cena a month later, and he also had to vacate his WWE title due to injury.
Rollins won a second WWE title by defeating Roman Reigns but lost it minutes later to Dean Ambrose cashing in his Money in the Bank contract in 2016. The Shield reformed in August 2017 and Rollins won tag team gold with Ambrose.
At WrestleMania 34, Rollins defeated Finn Bálor and The Miz in a triple threat match and won the Intercontinental Championship for the first time. His first reign ended at 71 days. He regained the title at SummerSlam but lost it to Dean Ambrose in December ending his second reign at 119 days.
The Year of Seth Rollins
The year 2019 was the year of Seth Rollins. He won the Royal Rumble Match and defeated Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 35 to become the new Universal Champion. He had feuds against Baron Corbin and A.J. Styles. He lost the title back to Lesnar but won it back at SummerSlam. He had additional feuds with Braun Strowman and Bray Wyatt.
Late 2019, Seth Rollins became the Monday Night Messiah turning heel for the first time in years. He was partnered with Murphy, Austin Theory, and AOP but eventually only stayed with Murphy. Rollins won the RAW Tag Team Championship with Murphy on the January 20, 2020 episode of RAW after defeating the Viking Raiders. He competed in the 2020 Royal Rumble and was the final entrant only to be eliminated by the winner, Drew McIntyre.
Rollins and Murphy lost the WWE Tag Team Champions to The Street Profits on March 2nd and failed to reclaim the titles at Elimination Chamber a week later. Rollins then began feuding with WWE Champion, Drew McIntyre, which led to a match at Money in the Bank that Rollins lost. Since then, Rollins has been feuding with Rey Mysterio and his son, Dominik, who Rollins defeated in a street fight at SummerSlam. At PayBack 2020, Rey Mysterio and Dominik defeated Rollins and Murphy.
Seth Rollins Heads To SmackDown
At the 2020 WWE Draft in October, Seth Rollins was drafted to Friday Night SmackDown. Rollins was a member of Team SmackDown at Survivor Series 2020. He was eliminated first by Sheamus in the match. Following the match, Rollins took paternity leave to be with his fiancée, Becky Lynch (Rebecca Lynch) who gave birth to the couple’s first child, a daughter, on December 7th, 2020. Rollins is slated to return to WWE SmackDown on January 1st, 2020.
Career Championships and Accomplishments
- Absolute Intense Wrestling
- AIW Intense Championship (1 time)
- All American Wrestling
- AAW Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- AAW Tag Team Championship (2 times)
- Florida Championship Wrestling
- FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- FCW Florida Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- Jack Brisco Classic (2011)
- First FCW Grand Slam Champion
- Full Impact Pro
- FIP World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South
- IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Mr. Chainsaw Productions Wrestling
- MCPW World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- NWA Midwest
- NWA Midwest Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
- PWG World Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- Ring of Honor
- ROH World Championship (1 time)
- ROH World Tag Team Championship (2 times)
- ROH World Championship No. 1 Contender Tournament (2008)
- ROH World Tag Team Championship Tournament (2008)
- Survival of the Fittest (2009)
- Scott County Wrestling
- SCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- 30 Man Prestige Rumble (2007)
- World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
- WWE World Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- WWE Universal Championship (2 times)
- NXT Championship (1 time, inaugural)
- WWE Intercontinental Championship (2 times)
- WWE United States Championship (1 time)
- WWE (Raw) Tag Team Championship (6 times)
- Money in the Bank (2014)
- Men’s Royal Rumble (2019)
- Gold Rush Tournament (2012)
- Twenty-ninth Triple Crown Champion
- Eleventh Grand Slam Champion
- Slammy Award (9 times)
- WWE Year-End Award for Best Reunion (2018)