Colby’s wrestling career started in 2005 when he wrestled under the ring name Gixx. He then joined ‘Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South’ and entered the ‘Ted Petty Invitational Tournament.’ He was eliminated in the QFs by Matt Sydal on September 23, 2005.
Later, he joined ‘NWA Midwest’ and teamed up with Marek Brave. The duo won the tag team championship and went on to defend the title successfully.
He made brief appearances in ‘TNA Wrestling,’ ‘Full Impact Pro,’ and ‘Pro Wrestling Guerilla.’
He became known as Tyler Black and soon became part of the ROH (Ring of Honor) along with teammates Jimmy Jacobs and Necro Butcher. In 2007, they won the ‘ROH Tag Team Championship.’ After losing to the then popular wrestler McGuiness, Jacobs broke the partnership with Colby (Tyler). In June 2008, Tyler defeated Jimmy Jacobs in a steel cage match.
In September 2009, he defeated several wrestlers like Chris Hero, Colt Cabana, and Austin Aries to win the ‘ROH World Championship.’ He defended his title seven consecutive times before losing it to Roderick Strong in 2010.
In 2010, Colby joined WWE under the ring name Seth Rollins. He defeated Trent Barreta in his debut match. On January 13, 2011, he won the ‘FCW 15 Championship.’
After getting involved in a feud with Dean Ambrose, Rollins fought him in three consecutive matches. In the final match, he won against Dean by pinning him. Later, he lost his title to Damien Sandow as Ambrose intervened to beat up Sandow, thereby disqualifying Rollins.
He was featured in John Cena’s gym video and won the ‘FCW Heavyweight Championship.’ Later, when FCW was transformed to NXT, he won the ‘Gold Rush Tournament’ by defeating Jinder Mahal in the finals.
Rollins appeared alongside Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns, and attacked Ryback to allow CM Punk pin John Cena. The trio started calling themselves ‘The Shield.’ It was later revealed that CM Punk had quietly associated himself with ‘The Shield.’
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‘The Shield’ continued its journey, beating many superstars in several six-men tag team matches. However, their run ended in 2014 when Triple H asked Rollins to attack his teammates and join ‘The Authority.’
Later in 2014, Rollins won the ‘Money in the Bank’ contract after Kane helped him defeat Ambrose in a ladder match.
Rollins took part in a triple threat match against John Cena and Brock Lesnar, which was won by Brock Lesnar. Rollins cashed his ‘Money in the Bank’ contract to convert a match between Lesnar and Reigns into a triple threat match and won the ‘World Heavyweight Championship’ by pinning Reigns.
He won the ‘United States Championship’ after defeating John Cena in August 2014. He became the first man to win both the titles simultaneously.
In November 2014, he suffered a knee injury and was asked to rest for six to eight months.
He made his comeback in a match against Reigns and won the ‘Heavyweight Championship’ title. However, he lost it minutes later to Ambrose in another match.
He had a feud with Triple H and Samoa Joe in early 2017.
He made his video game debut with ‘WWE 2K14.’ He was then featured in subsequent games, such as ‘2K15,’ ‘2K16,’ ‘2K17,’ and so on.
He made his film debut with ‘Sharknado: The 4th Awakens’ in 2016. In 2017, he lent his voice to ‘The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-WrestleMania!’ The same year, he played ‘Brett’ in John Stockwell's action-horror film ‘Armed Response.’
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Meanwhile, he appeared as himself in TV shows like ‘The Daily Show’ and ‘Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition’ in 2015.
Ambrose and Rollins defeated Cesaro and Sheamus to win the ‘Raw Tag Team Championship’ at ‘SummerSlam’ in 2017.
In August 2019, Rollins won a #1 contender's tournament to challenge Samoa Joe for the ‘UpUpDownDown Championship.’
In 2020, he played ‘Byron’ in Miguel Arteta's American comedy film ‘Like a Boss.’
Awards & Achievements
Rollins has won the prestigious ‘Slammy Award’ nine times in WWE.
He has also won awards like the ‘Best Briefly Resuscitated Storyline,’ ‘Most Painful Injury of the Year,’ ‘Most Puzzling New Finisher,’ ‘Most Smothered In-Ring Potential,’ and ‘Runner-Up Wrestler of the Year.’
Rollins has won the ‘ROH World Championship,’ ‘ROH World Tag Team Championship,’ ‘ROH World Tag Team Championship Tournament,’ and ‘Survival of the Fittest’ in the ROH.
He successfully conquered the ‘FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship,’ ‘FCW 15 Championship,’ ‘FCW Florida Tag Team Championship,’ and the ‘First FCW Grand Slam Championship’ in the ‘Florida Championship Wrestling.’
He won the ‘Feud of the Year,’ ‘Most Hated Wrestler of the Year,’ ‘Tag Team of the Year,’ and ‘Wrestler of the Year.’ He was also ranked No. 1 in the PWI 500 list in 2015.
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In WWE, he has been the WWE Tag Team Champion, WWE United States Champion, WWE World Heavyweight Champion, and Money in the Bank winner.
He has also won the ‘NXT Championship’ and ‘Gold Rush Tournament.’
Personal Life & Legacy
Seth has no faith in religion and God. He currently lives in Iowa.
His favorite sport is football. He is a huge fan of ‘Chicago Bears.’
He co-founded ‘The Black & The Brave Wrestling Academy,’ a professional wrestling school located in Moline, Illinois, with his former teammate Marek Brave.
Rollins dated his former NXT co-star Zahra Schreiber.
He was in a relationship with Leighla Schultz. Nude photos of Rollins’ rumored girlfriend on his social networking account led to their separation.
His favorite movie is ‘Fight Club.’ He draws inspiration from retired wrestler Shawn Michaels.
It was confirmed on May 13, 2019 that Rollins is in a relationship with WWE wrestler Rebecca Quin, better known as Becky Lynch. It was also stated that they had announced their engagement on August 22, 2019.