Seth Rollins

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Seth Rollins
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Rollins at Wrestlmania XXX Axxess in April 2014.
Birth name Colby Lopez[1]
Ring name(s) Gixx[1]
Seth Rollins[2]
Taj the Destroyer[1]
Tyler Black[1]
Billed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[3]
Billed weight 217 lb (98 kg)[3]
Born (1986-05-28) May 28, 1986 (age 28)
Davenport, Iowa[1]
Resides Davenport, Iowa
Billed from Des Moines, Iowa[4][5]
Davenport, Iowa[3]
Trained by Danny Daniels[1]
Debut 2003[5]

Colby Lopez[1] (born May 28, 1986) is an American professional wrestler. He is signed to WWE under the ring name Seth Rollins, where he is the current holder of the Money in the Bank briefcase for a WWE World Heavyweight Championship opportunity. He is a former member of the stable The Shield, where he was a WWE Tag Team Champion with The Shield's Roman Reigns, and was the inaugural NXT Champion while at WWE's development territory NXT. Lopez previously performed under the ring name Tyler Black.

Lopez also was 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, making him the most decorated FCW star in its history. He first gained notoriety in Ring of Honor, where he is a former ROH World Champion.

He has competed in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (where he is a former World Tag Team Champion), Scott County Wrestling, AAW: Professional Wrestling Redefined, Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South, the National Wrestling Alliance, and Wrestling Society X. In several promotions, Black was the tag team partner of Jimmy Jacobs, with the team known as Do It For Her.[6]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Early career and independent circuit (2003–2009)[edit]

Lopez, as Gixx, debuted in 2003 for Scott County Wrestling (SCW). He also worked for Ian Rotten's IWA Mid-South, and 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.[7] 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.[8] He also faced Eric Priest and A.J. Styles in singles matches.

In 2006, he attended Wrestlemania XXII in which he told himself it'd be the last show he sees as a fan.[9]

He briefly appeared in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and teamed with Jeff Luxon in a loss to The Latin American Xchange (Homicide and Hernandez) on Impact in October 2006.[10]

Tyler Black in 2008.

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 before ultimately causing him to retire. Brave returned to competition in 2012.[11] During this time Black pursued a singles career, competing in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG) where he defeated Joey Ryan on June 10[12] and former mentor Danny Daniels at the supercard Point of No Return '07 on June 16.[13]

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.[14][15] At FIP's event on December 20, 2008 Black defeated Go Shiozaki to win the FIP World Heavyweight Championship.[16] 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.[16]

Ring of Honor[edit]

Age of the Fall (2007–2009)[edit]

Main article: The Age of the Fall
Black (left), in the ring with Age of The Fall leader Jimmy Jacobs at a Pro Wrestling Guerrilla event.

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 rem
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