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The Architect. The Man. Seth freakin' Rollins.

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Colby Lopez (born May 28, 1986), is an American professional wrestler currently working for WWE under the name Seth Rollins since 2010. He debuted in 2003 for Scott County Wrestling as Gixx. He has previously worked in Ring of Honor (where he was a one-time World Heavyweight Champion and a two-time World Tag Team Champion with Jimmy Jacobs), Full Impact Pro (World Heavyweight Champion), Pro Wrestling Guerilla (World Tag Team Champion with Jimmy Jacobs), NWA Midwest (Tag Team Champion with Marek Brave), IWA Mid-South (Light Heavyweight Champion), Mr. Chainsaw Productions Wrestling (World Heavyweight Champion), Absolute Intense Wrestling (Intense Division Champion), All American Wrestling (Heavyweight Champion and Tag Team Champion with Brave and Jacobs, again) and various other independent promotions as Tyler Black.

He began work as Rollins on the developmental grounds at FCW, where he was an FCW World Heavyweight Champion, a Tag Team Champion (with Richie Steamboat), and the inaugural and longest reigning FCW 15 Champion. After FCW became NXT, he became the inaugural NXT Champion. He was promoted to the WWE main roster as one-third of The Shield in late 2012. In June 2014, he betrayed the Shield to align with The Authority. In the fall of 2016, he turned face after being betrayed by Triple H. In WWE, he was a one-time United States Champion, a two-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion, and a two-time (Raw) Tag Team Champion (once with Roman Reigns and currently with Dean Ambrose). He also won the Money in the Bank contract in 2014 and Superstar of the Year Slammy Award in 2015.

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     General 
  • Fragile Speedster: Even though he's not small, he uses high flying moves which put him in jeopardy of getting injured.
  • Genius Bruiser: In droves. His nickname as "The Architect" and at least one promo/interview referencing his strategy in regards to the Shield implies that he, not Ambrose as originally thought, was actually the primary brains behind their Art of War tactics. When the dissension between Ambrose and Reigns threatened to break up the team, he's the one who pulled a Rage Quit on them during their second match with the Wyatt Family—which may have seemed like just another nail in the Shield's coffin at the time, but was in fact done as a ploy to bring them back together.note 
    • This goes as far back as the backstory behind his Ring of Honor debut with the Age of the Fall group. Not only was it acknowledged by both Black and Jacobs that their conversations about the state of society leading to the decision to form the group was mutual, but Black was credited as being the man behind the entire "Project 161" blog campaign promoting the stable. This plot point would in fact be revisited as part of the backstory for the Shield, revealed as a result of the three talking together during their days at NXT and becoming disillusioned by the popularity contest-driven nature of the WWE machine. Suddenly his claims to have created the Shield are starting to gain weight.
    • FCW briefly ran a storyline involving Paige as a mysterious stalker, also implied to be a hacker, with some interest in him which, if the promos Dusty Rhodes had Paige practicing for the gimmick are any indication, was planned to be romantic. She could be seen helping him out and standing up for him on several occasions. Just by how it sounds (and looks), this angle seems to have had potential for showing some of these chops for both characters—at least, had it not been dropped two to three weeks going in.
  • Glass Cannon: He pretty much uses his body as an attacking ram, which puts him in jeopardy of getting injured.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Admits on Up Up Down Down that he had a pretty bad temper as a teenager, breaking a number of Playstation controllers and at least two televisions.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Especially back in Ring of Honor when his beard was at Perma-Stubble length instead of Beard of Evil length, but he still qualifies. As noted in Mr. Fanservice, Seth is very good-looking — something that everyone has taken note of. His appearance on the third episode of the sixth season of WWE Tough Enough has one female contestant remarking how he's a "hottie", and Dean Ambrose has many nicknames for him mocking this — including calling him Justin Bieber.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He was one of the foremost ones back in Ring of Honor and probably the most conventional one of The Shield and he kept the title upon joining The Authority. One starts to wonder if part of WWE's motivation behind the heel turn was to change his ring gear to something that involved tight latex and didn't include a shirt.
  • Power Stable:
    • (in Ring of Honor, Full Impact Pro, Pro Wrestling Guerilla, and All American Wrestling): The Age of the Fall (as Tyler Black).
    • (in WWE and NXT): The Shield, were made to serve as muscle for Triple H, Randy Orton and Stephanie McMahon, until they rebelled.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: The End Of Heartache by Killswitch Engage, whit him using Fixation On The Darkness in Full Impact Pro specifically. He had The Haunted by Walls Of Jericho in Ring Of Honor. In the FCW, he used Battle On by War of Ages. (Which seemed to inspire his NXT and current theme.)
  • The Rival
    • Brodie Lee has been transitioning between partner and foe for awhile back in the indies and it was briefly rekindled their feud in WWE as part of The Shield vs The Wyatt Family, as has Delirious. Being his co tag team title holder did not stop him from facing Marek Brave a few times in the NWA and AAW either. To a lesser extent, Trik Davis.
    • The American Wolves and Chris Hero were recurring nuisances during his run as Ring Of Honor World Champion
    • Had a minor feud with Dolph Ziggler after the latter called him out being a traitor and a Sell-Out. They fought on pretty much every WWE main-roster show (Raw, SmackDown, and Main Event) for at least a week straight, with Seth winning each time.
    • In FCW—>NXT, he and Dean Ambrose had a longstanding rivalry. This resumed in much more venomous fashion after The Shield fractured.
  • Sell-Out
    • He sold out Marek Brave to Jim Jesus in AAW.
    • He threatened to take the Ring Of Honor World Championship with him to WWE after fans called Tyler Black a sellout for signing with the larger company. Roderick Strong, whom he had promised a title shot to before and never given one on one due to Austin Aries's rematch clause, beat him for the title to stop this from happening.
    • As of June 2014, in WWE itself he gets chants of "You sold out!" since betraying The Shield to go back to The Authority. He claims that he bought in.
  • Shout-Out
    • Did Hulk Hogan's listening pose to taunt Jimmy Jacobs when Tyler Black was being cheered on challenging him for the MCPW Heavyweight championship.
    • His Finishing Move at one point was a Superkick that he called the Avada Kedavra. No, seriously. He also used a Shiranuinote , called the Skywalker. And to top it all off, his finisher on NXT (and, eventually, in WWE) was a running Curb Stomp called the Blackout, a mention to his days as Tyler Black. Additionally, the Blackout's main roster debut came at Survivor Series — at the expense of Daniel Bryan.note 
    • Moving onto wardrobe, the lion figure on the Authority shirt Seth wore to the ring on 6/20's SmackDown looked suspiciously like the coat-of-arms for Gryffindor House. Then again, it could also be a reference to House Lannister. Really, considering what a nerd the man is, it could conceivably be a Shout-Out to both. One can also assume his golden WrestleMania 33 attire that looked like golden scalemail and The Kingslayer nickname were both a nod to Jaime Lannister.
      • Google 'House Lannister sigil' and then look at the shirt again. Then, remember that the guy Rollins has aligned himself with wouldn't be terribly out of place in that series, character-wise; hell, with his winning his 'throne' in 'battle', marrying into the most powerful family, his continued love for brawling even as an authority figure, and his use of a hammer as a signature weapon, he nearly is a character from said series. note 
  • Smug Snake: So very much when he's a heel.
  • Suicide Attack: Subverted. He goes for over-the-top-rope flips and dives - high risk moves generally referred to as "suicide dives" - with some regularity. However, he has this remarkable ability to land on his feet, far more often than not.
  • Tag Team:
    • The Black and The Brave with Marek Brave in NWA Midwest, AAW, FIP and IWA Mid-South.
    • Besides Age Of The Fall, DIFH with Jimmy Jacobs in PWG and ROH.
  • Team Killer: Him turning on The Shield could be seen as an this as he was the one that formed the group (according to him) and was the one that inevitably brought it down. While him turning might have strengthened Roman and Dean's bond, the two decided to operate separately with their own tactics to take on the Authority and Seth.
  • Theatrics of Pain: Almost to near-Ziggler-esque levels at times. It makes their matches together very... interesting. Look at Rollins's sell of Daniel Bryan's Busaiku Knee.
  • Tournament Arc
    • Won a Survival Of The Fittest in ROH, a series of qualifying matches for a six way elimination match that was originally an extension of Maryland Championship Wrestling's Shane Shamrock Memorial Cup till the RF Video scandal. He outlasted previous winners Delirious, Chris Hero, and Roderick Strong, as well as Colt Cabana and Claudio Castagnoli
    • Won the The Jack Brisco Classic in FCW, and The Gold Rush Tournament in NXT.
  • True Companions:
    • Subverted with Seth Rollins' relationship with Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns of the Shield in kayfabe; while the Shield was presented as a brotherhood and Ambrose and Reigns honestly considered Seth their brother, Seth himself only saw them only as business partners and was only too willing to "sever" their relationship when he believed it to be in his best interest. In Real Life, the trope is played straight with the friendship between Colby (Rollins), Jon (Ambrose), and Joe (Reigns). While Seth was pinning Roman to steal the world title at WrestleMania 31, Colby could be heard thanking Joe, which had to have meant a lot to the latter considering the circumstances which led to that decision.
    • Same goes for Jimmy Jacobs for Tyler Black. During the course of their tag team/friendship, which spanned across various promotions, it was clear that the two respected and valued one another, until it eventually dissolved over competitive jealousy and other assorted BS like almost every other team in the history of the business has at some point. In real life, Chris (Jimmy) has been one of Colby's closest friends and truest supporters over the course of his entire career.
  • Villainous Friendship:
    • Seth appeared to have one with Dean and Roman during Shield's heel days that continued after the Shield turned face. The validity of their past friendship has been thrown into question by Seth's claims that they were just business-partners to him. That doesn't change all the times he's been seen risking his own neck to protect them and save them from opponents, working to keep the Shield intact and on-top, or celebrating victories with hugs and playful hair-tussles. Either that's just how Seth runs his business endeavors, he was a good actor deliberately playing the part of a friend to manipulate Dean and Roman, or he was lying when he said he never cared about them like they did him. As the years go on, it seemed he really was acting, but after Hunter betrayed him, it became clear he was just lying and that he genuinely did care for Dean and Roman.
    • Tyler had this with Jimmy Jacobs back on the independent scene, between the Doin' It For Her tag team at Wrestling Society X and the Age of the Fall stable in Ring of Honor, before Jacobs turned on him as the end result of various issues between the two.
  • Vocal Dissonance: One of his greatest qualities as a heel is his nasally, obnoxious voice, as one critic described it, it always sounds like he's saying "Mooom".
  • Weak, but Skilled: He has less physical power to back his moves up than, say, Roman Reigns, but compensates by being very dexterous in the ring, making use of combat-rolls and other assorted acrobatics to stay out of reach of his opponent as he whittles them down. The commentators have taken to using words like "technician" and "mechanic" when describing Rollins' role in the Shield.
    • Subverted somewhat in kayfabe and real life, both his SummerSlam match with John Cena and his crossfit records show that while not at monster levels he is in fact a very strong man in his own right. He's very cut (which was concealed and somewhat because of his strange ring gear) and is capable of hoisting guys the size of Roman Reigns up on his shoulders for several seconds when he performs his turnbuckle powerbomb.
  • We Used to Be Friends:
    • Black and Jimmy Jacobs, natch.
    • Also, Rollins and Dean Ambrose (and to a lesser degree, Roman Reigns).
  • What Have I Become?: Whether face or heel, Tyler Black or Seth Rollins, at virtually any point in his career prior to June 2, 2014, he could best be described character-wise as a hard rebel with a purpose who usually knows very well what he's doing and how. His Authority run, on the other hand? Yeah — no. This is what he finally picked up on after getting injured again in 2017 prior to his WrestleMania match with Triple H; he liked who he used to be before he allowed Hunter to corrupt him and he wanted that person back.

     As Seth Rollins 
  • Adult Fear: He held Edge, who retired due to the danger of paralysis from multiple neck injuries, hostage and threatened to break his neck. Perhaps his most disturbing threat was that Edge would not be able to hold his daughter.
    • Perhaps invoked more directly when Rollins threatened to show up at the home of Stephanie McMahon, suggesting that one of her children might answer the door.
  • Ain't No Rule: Apparently there isn't one that says you can't cash in Money in the Bank on a Championship match already in progress. Rollins was either the first one to figure this out or the first with the smarts and sheer Brass Balls to try it.
  • And Then What?: This was part of the Heel Realization Seth finally had about his previous behavior when he sided with The Authority after getting injured by Triple H's proxy Samoa Joe.
    "I gave up everything to stand next to you. Every friendship I ever had, everything that made me who I was — I gave that up to stand next to you, and for what? For what!?"
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • Dean Ambrose, going back to their FCW days. They apparently mended their fences long enough to form The Shield and become "brothers," but their rivalry re-ignited, twice as bitter as before, with Seth's betrayal.
    • Triple H and his various proxies (which he used to be one of) became this after Hunter betrayed him and cost him the Universal title. Said proxies included Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, and Samoa Joe.
  • Ax-Crazy: On RAW's last episode for 2014, Rollins threatened to Curbstomp Edge onto his Money in the Bank briefcase, the same Edge who retired due to neck injuries, unless John Cena reinstates the Authority. Cena agrees to Rollins' demands, only for Rollins to try and Curbstomp Edge anyway.
  • Badass Beard: Oh yes. Though not to the degree of Daniel Bryan or any of the current/former members of The Wyatt Family.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Inverted. Since his 2014 Face–Heel Turn, he alternates between wearing his ring gear, a combination of his ring gear and one of his t-shirts, or a handsome suit. Typically, he will come out in a suit to cut a promo, only to get beat up or run out of the ring by Dean Ambrose. If Rollins comes out for a fight, though, he comes out in his ring gear. In other words, he's much more likely to lose a confrontation if he's wearing a suit, and much more likely to at least rough up his opponents if he's in SWAT gear.
  • Bash Brothers: With both his Shield stablemates. Even when Ambrose and Rollins were still on the rocks, the two of them fought like a well-oiled machine. When they finally buried the hatchet, it was clear the two of them hadn't lost a beat.
  • Batman Gambit: He's nicknamed "The Architect" for good reason. He successfully pulled one of these off on his own stablemates. When the incessant bickering between Ambrose and Reigns threatened to tear The Shield apart, Rollins made a statement by leaving the ring during a six-man tag match, resulting in Reigns and Ambrose catching a serious beat-down from all three members of The Wyatt Family (although they didn't go down without a fight). Reigns and Ambrose called Rollins out on the following episode of SmackDown, and that was the payoff. Rollins made them realize that, to put it simply, they're The Shield, and it's obvious that Reigns and Ambrose can coexist when necessary (as they had each other's backs when Rollins abandoned them). He preached a surprisingly powerful sermon, basically telling Ambrose and Reigns to get their game together so The Shield can "Take this place back!"
    • At one point during the promo, Rollins even refused to retaliate when Dean Ambrose punched him square in the mouth out of frustration — the implication was that Rollins letting Ambrose get the anger out of his system was worth it, since a fight between the two would accomplish nothing.
    Rollins: [after being punched in the face by Ambrose] Are we done here? ... or are we done? [extends his fist, implicitly imploring Reigns and Ambrose to do the same]
    Reigns: [glares at Rollins, then places his fist alongside]
    Ambrose: [appears to be mouthing off defiantly to Reigns and Rollins, but, somewhat reluctantly, completes the pose]
  • Battle Strip:
    • In a dark house match against Ambrose in June 2014, he lost his vest to Ambrose, who used it to beat him. Rollins regained the upper-hand, then took the initiative of taking off his own shirt... for no apparent reason. Well, besides the obvious.
    • After transitioning to new ring gear, he routinely wore a special top or t-shirt down to the ring, which he would remove for matches.
  • Beard of Evil: As a heel.
  • Berserk Button: After his second attempt to get the WWE Universal Championship fails courtesy of Kevin Owens, Rollins didn't take too kindly with Owens calling him a failure; and Owens gets a receiving end of a beating from Rollins, right in front of Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley!
  • Broken Pedestal: As he was the member of the Shield commonly treated as The Heart of the team and the one directly responsible for keeping the group together when Reigns and Ambrose were at each other's throats, was in fact the first one to outright turn on the rest of the team.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Courtesy of Dean Ambrose after Seth's betrayal of The Shield. For a taste of Dean's antics — he stole Seth's Money in the Bank briefcase (again), insinuated that Seth had something embarrassing stashed in there after rifling through it, and rigged it to explode green slime in Seth's face when Seth finally reclaimed it; Seth's flailing to get his slimed suit jacket off looked worryingly like a Villainous Breakdown. Finally, his briefcase suddenly started vibrating afterward in front of the rest of the shocked Authority, with the implication that it was a vibrator (though Seth insisted that it was an electric razor). Dean later said that he was deliberately aiming to humiliate Seth because he knew it was one of the worst things he can do to an egomaniac like Seth, but he still had no qualms about laying a beatdown on Seth whenever he felt like it.
    • Becoming WWE World Heavyweight Champion did not help in the least.
      • He may have won the title, but his life arguably got worse in the process, then being on the shitlist of practically every main-eventer on the show, including Randy Orton.
      • Dean Ambrose stole the belt and hijacked it for at least a month (because he felt he had legitimately earned it).
      • He had to defend the title against Brock Lesnar, without any aid from J&J and Kane thanks to Lesnar taking them out. He subsequently got his ass kicked, and only The Undertaker's interference saved his title.
      • When it seemed his fortunes are finally looking up and he became a dual champion by beating John Cena for the US title thanks to Jon Stewart (It Makes Sense in Context), Sting returned and set his eyes on the world title. Sting would go on to destroy a special statue the company made of Rollins and generally make his life hell.
      • Then came Night of Champions, a show where every championship would be defended, meaning he would wrestle two matches in one night. To top it off, Sheamus all but stated that he would cash in his Money in the Bank contract that night after those two matches, meaning he potentially would have to wrestle three matches in one night. He ultimately lost the US title back to Cena, only beat Sting thanks to a lucky roll-up, and was saved from Sheamus when Kane returned with fire, brimstone, ''and'' mask to tombstone him.
      • Kane being back was (of course) no reprieve, as he would terrorize Seth for weeks and nearly drag him to hell. Rollins would finally get past Kane, injuring himself and vacating the world championship in the process.
  • By the Hair:
    • After the Shield refused to help him like good little Co-Dragons, an angry Kane reached over the top rope as they were leaving, grabbed Seth by his hair, and yanked him into the ring with the intention of delivering a serious beatdown. Lucky for Seth, Roman intervened via spear.
    • It may be worth noting that Ambrose has threatened to rip Seth's "dirty, stinkin' hair out by the roots!" for his betrayal. That hair seems to be his enemies' go-to attack point.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder
    • Betrays The Shield for The Authority. Wins Money in the Bank. Promptly starts making overtures to Randy Orton about how he wouldn't hesitate to cash in if Orton ever won again. Then, to top it all off, he tries to engineer a situation where Orton removes the "Lesnar problem" for Rollins and wears himself out doing so, giving Rollins the perfect opportunity to yank the championship. Hell, he almost explicitly said that he's much more interested in looking out for himself than for the Authority's interests, whatever those may be — during two separate villainous breakdowns, he claimed not to care about The Authority's opinion and also declared that he doesn't need The Authority (he apologized for both upon realizing what he had just said).
    • As soon as Triple H and Stephanie started putting him over as the company "standard bearer" and the Authority's top priority, he wasted no time in curb stomping Orton as soon as possible for his troubles. Rinse and repeat after Randy rebelled to attack him over it. Needless to say, when Orton returned, things went rather poorly for Seth. Proving he'd learned absolutely nothing from that, Rollins promptly betrayed Kane once he ceased being useful. Once Kane returned, that didn't go very well for Seth either. He had to get injured, return, fail to win the Universal title, be cast aside by Triple H and placed in the role of his previous victims, and then get injured again in order to finally learn his lesson and get over being this trope personified.
  • Complexity Addiction: Rollins' attempt to play mind games with Randy Orton ultimately resulted in this. Rollins challenged Orton to a match in the main event of Raw, then proceeded to create the illusion that everybody in The Authority progressively stopped supporting him, only to have them show up to help him when it came time for the main event and brag about how smart his plan was. However, there are 3 reasons why it wasn't: 1) He didn't use The Reveal to any tactical advantage, just choosing to show up with them to brag, 2) his entire plan resulted in an end game that had the exact same result as just showing up, meaning that everything he did was for the sake of himself, and 3) Randy Orton himself already stated directly to Rollins at the beginning of the show before Rollins implemented the plan that he knew it was a trap and was ready for this exact scenario. So Rollins ran an overly complicated scheme that accomplished nothing purely for himself.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • A literal instance of this trope if Rollins dominates a match.
    • While he's hardly a weakling, his role as an arrogant Dirty Coward leads to him taking a few one sided beatings at times. His match against Ambrose in Hell In the Cell was essentially a cathartic mauling until Wyatt intervened.
    • He was on the receiving end during his match against Brock Lesnar at Battleground in 2015, and the only reason he kept the championship was because of The Undertaker's interference.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • Good news, Rollins, you finally got that pesky Dean Ambrose off of your back after Curb Stomping him through cinder blocks. The bad news? Now you've got the full attention of his friend and other former Shield mate, the more durable and destructive Roman Reigns. Have fun with that.
    • By "generously" offering an open challenge at Night of Champions, he gave Dean Ambrose carte blanche to return and beat the crap out of Rollins. Then, later in the night, Rollins ends up costing John Cena his one and only rematch for the WWE World Title against Brock Lesnar for an (aborted) attempt at a cash-in, incurring not only Ambrose's wrath once again, but Cena's as well. Randy Orton even lampshaded this the following night on Raw, saying he, Kane and The Authority had to put out the proverbial fires Rollins ends up starting himself.
    • On the August 3, 2015 episode of RAW, Rollins offered an open challenge for his WWE World Heavyweight Championship... to anyone shorter than 6 feet tall and under 200 pounds. He intended to challenge El Torito, a midget mascot of Los Matadores, but instead Neville came out since he fits the criteria of Rollins' challenge. Rollins was forced to go through with the match, although he came out victorious in a rare clean victory.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: At the 2016 Money in the Bank pay per view, Seth Rollins handed Roman Reigns his first clean pinfall loss in a one-on-one match on the main roster. No outside interference, no sneak attacks, no MITB cash-ins, Rollins defeated Reigns all on his own. Yeah, he got a delayed kickout via ref bump at one point, but it still spent some time as the cleanest loss Roman Reigns has taken since 2012 in FCW when he was wrestling under the name Leakee.
  • Dirty Coward: During his alliance with the Authority, Rollins often had help from Kane and J&J security to either help him in a match or to beat up someone. In fact, if it not because of the Authority, Rollins' first World Championship reign would be short. However, the moment the person they jumped at begins to fight back, Rollins will be the first person to leave the ring, leaving his cohorts getting their assess kick.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Appeared along with Reigns (then called Leakee) in a promo about John Cena at Elimination Chamber 2012.
  • Easily Forgiven: Zigzagged with his former Shield stablemates. While Roman Reigns was willing to give Rollins a second chance when the latter turned face, Dean Ambrose still had not forgotten Rollins' earlier betrayal and continued to distrust him despite them both being faces. It wasn't until they teamed up to challenge Sheamus and Cesaro for the RAW Tag team titles in the build up to Summerslam 2017 that they finally managed to reconcile, and even then it nearly imploded had Sheamus and Cesaro not stupidly decided to go out and attack them.
  • Evil Costume Switch: For the large part, averted. Apart from a couple Authority-esque suits he has come down to the ring in, Seth continues wearing his Shield uniform (sometimes complete with the Shield patch!) even weeks after defecting. They could just as easily have him wear his old trunks or Underwear of Power, raising suspicions that someone is a troll. Eventually started to play this straight, wearing leather tights that look like they could fit on an X-Men villain.
  • Evil Laugh: Loves to do them in his promos. Good luck finding any in his singles run without one.
  • Evil Power Vacuum: His Novemeber 2015 injury could not have come at a worse time. With Sting, Randy Orton, and Daniel Bryan injured, and John Cena and Brock Lesnar on leave, his status as WWE World Heavyweight Champion meant he was the only bonafide main eventer they had for the rest of the year. With him gone and out until after WrestleMania season, the main event scene was all but destroyed as the company lacked both a top face and a top heel.
  • Expy:
    • He has often been compared by fans (and even Jim Ross) to CM Punknote  during his NXT run. There's even a bit of facial resemblance there. It's quite apt that when CM Punk guest-starred on the show, he would confront and eventually congratulate Rollins.
    • He's also drawn a number of comparisons to Jeff Hardy for his looks and willingness to take huge bumps.
    • The original simple long black tights version of his post-Shield attire uncannily resembles Masahiro Chono's classic ring gear.
    • As a character, was very quickly moving into the territory of "The Game" Triple H and "The Ultimate Opportunist" Edge expy, in the sense that they're all long-haired men with talent and passion about what they do in the ring, but their biggest strength is their ruthless genius in manipulating others and stepping on anyone they need to to get to the top. Also, he's built leaner/smaller than Edge, and relies less on grappling and straightforward fighting and more on speed, agility, and crash-and-dodge tactics in the ring—just as Edge did in comparison to Triple H.
      • This may add a new element to the Wham Segment that was Rollins forcing the return of the Authority. By threatening to kill Edge in order to bring Triple H back to power, Seth proved that with the right situation and a single stroke of genius he can even hold his predecessors' futures at the soles of his feet—thus displaying his potential to eclipse both men's evil. Especially since, moments before his attack on Edge and Christian, he responded to Edge essentially calling him another wannabe by saying "I don't need to be you, because I am better than you."
      • The Edge comparisons seem especially fitting post-WrestleMania 31 where Seth totally pulled an Edge move with his Money in the Bank briefcase during the main event. Also, a careful listen to his entrance music after he betrayed the Shield reveals that it sounds somewhat similar to the theme Edge started using when he hit main event status. One's almost got to wonder if it was intentional.
      • The Triple H comparisons seem even more fitting than they already are post-Curb Stomp ban with Seth eventually using the Pedigree as his finisher. Even after Triple H turned on him he continues to use the Pedigree which he stated in a Q&A was a Take That! towards Triple H, who himself is no stranger to holding grudges.
  • Face–Heel Turn:
    • Rollins served as a good guy on NXT prior to appearing with The Shield, but promptly turned heel on the show when his affiliation with the group became prominent.
      • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Because NXT tapes 4 episodes in one sitting, this happened after Rollins debuted on the main roster as a heel but had several weeks of NXT shows where he was still a face.
    • The June 2, 2014 broadcast of Raw, after the Shield defeated Evolution again at Payback '14, Rollins proceeded to attack Ambrose and Reigns from behind.
  • False Friend: To Ambrose and Reigns. They were not pleased when they found out. Ambrose in particular made it his personal mission to beat the living hell out of Rollins.
  • Fatal Flaw: He seems to lack an understanding - or perhaps has a degree of Genre Blindness - about the fact that, especially in his particular line of work, double-crossing someone will lead to said person coming back to kick your ass. It didn't occur to him with Dean Ambrose, which resulted in Ambrose spending the next several months making Rollins's life hell, and repeatedly coming back to feud with him over the next few years. He then betrayed Randy Orton - which, given his resume and reputation for holding grudges, was an even worse idea. And just when you thought he'd learned his lesson, he betrayed Kane - because angering a seven foot psychopath who calls himself The Devil's Favourite Demon was sure to end well....
    • Lampshaded by Orton in the midst of an absolutely brutal beatdown of Rollins once the Viper returned:
    Randy Orton: YOU THOUGHT I WAS JUST GONNA LET IT GO?!!!"
  • Finishing Move: His running/jumping Curb Stomp (previously known as the Blackout and Peace of Mind), not to be confused with the stationary version performed by others on WWE television like Paul Burchill or Cheerleader Melissa. Tyler Black was known for a power bomb into the turn buckle (which is still a signature move of his as Seth Rollins) immediately followed by a super kick, a corkscrew 450º splash and a fisherman's buster into a small package he called "God's Last Gift" as well.
    • After the Curb Stomp was banned from usage in the WWE post-WrestleMania, Seth began using various other moves for finishers, first a single-underhook DDT, then stealing Randy Orton's RKO at Extreme Rules, before eventually settling on Triple H's Pedigree as a tribute.
    • At the April 24, 2017 episode of Raw, he replaced the Pedigree with a new ripcord kneestrike similar to the one Kenny Omega used against Kazuchika Okada at Wrestle Kingdom 11.
  • For the Evulz: His decision to Curbstomp Edge after John Cena had already given into his demands was pretty clearly motivated by this trope.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Injured his knee at a house show in November of 2015, which forced him to vacate the World Heavyweight championship, and put him on the shelf for the next 7 months.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: On the September 29 edition of Raw, after getting his Money in the Bank briefcase back from Dean Ambrose (who mentioned he keeps some sick stuff in there), everybody in the Authority is standing around when they hear a buzzing. After checking and realizing it's nobody's phone, they realize the vibrating sound is coming from the briefcase. Rollins quickly snatches it up and snaps, "It's an electric razor!" Rollins has a full beard. Like most wrestlers, he does shave his armpit hair, so it easily could be an electric razor, but that's not nearly as funny.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Seth Rollins was stoked when he won the United States title from John Cena at SummerSlam in 2015, becoming a dual champion in the process. However, as Cena pointed out, the following pay-per-view event required all championships to be defended, which meant Rollins had to wrestle twice in one night.
  • Groin Attack: Has been on the receiving end of these rather often, once via hot dog tongs. Even Jon Stewart of The Daily Show has gotten in on the action.
  • The Heart: Operated as this in The Shield. When the relationship between Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns became strained over the course of their late 2013 feud with their former unwitting client CM Punk, one could argue that he was the one keeping The Shield together. Eventually it reached a breaking point…for Seth, causing him to Rage Quit during a match against the Wyatt Family, which he amazingly used to bring the two back on the same page and ultimately mend the cracks in the Shield. Deconstructed when Rollins revealed that one of the reasons he turned on the Shield was being tired of being the one that made them get along.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • Subverted; though the Shield turned face, Rollins told Randy Orton that he never actually left "the dark side," implying that he never got the desire to meet out actual justice like Ambrose and Reigns and had only played along for the sake of staying in the Shield.
    • Seems to have gone this way officially after Triple H turned on him to give Kevin Owens the WWE Universal Championship, to the extent of semi-reforming his old partnership with Roman Reigns to battle Owens and Chris Jericho. Taken Up to Eleven at Survivor Series 2016, where he instigated a temporary Shield reunion with Reigns and former Arch-Enemy Dean Ambrose to destroy common foe AJ Styles.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: During his Lumberjack Match against Dean Ambrose on SummerSlam 2014 Ambrose used Rollins' own Curb Stomp Finishing Move against him.
    • A week after Curb Stomping Ambrose through a pile of cinder blocks, Rollins attempted the same on Reigns, only for it to backfire, barely dodging a cinder block chucked by Reigns at Seth's head.
    • Ambrose himself was about to return the cinder block favor at Hell in a Cell, and would have followed through had Bray Wyatt not interfered.
    • Furthermore, on the 18 May 2015 episode of Raw, Ambrose came within a hair's width of returning the cinder block favor unless the Authority agreed to grant him a WWE World title match at Elimination Chamber. Bonus points because this is the same method Rollins used to force John Cena to bring back the Authority. And even after Triple H and Stephanie agreed to his demands, Ambrose still tried to drive Rollins' head through the cinder blocks, just like how Seth tried to kill Edge anyway.
  • Homage: After the Shield split and his singles run began, he started using Eddie Guerrero's "Three Amigos" triple vertical suplex sequence, until he was either told to stop or realized on his own that it might be a bad idea to use a signature move of a beloved performer who has been pretty much canonized while playing the role of "loathsome chickenshit heel".
    • After his return from injury in mid-2016, he also starting using the frog splash, with JBL acknowledging it on a few occasions as an Eddie move.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: With Dean Ambrose. It eventually got so bad during mid-2017 that even male wrestling fans, who usually ignore the homoerotic component in wrestling, were starting to see their relationship as less platonic and more romantic in nature. The fans can't be blamed for seeing something that isn't there when WWE seems to be fanning the flames, constructing an interview segment and later a promo video based around the question "Are Seth and Dean getting back together?"
  • Hostile Show Takeover: A minor example; Seth took over, well, NXT Takeover: San Antonio to call out Triple H.
  • Hypocrite: Lampshaded by Roman Reigns. The night after Money in the Bank 2016, he called out Dean Ambrose for cashing in his Money in the Bank contract and "stealing" his championship moment when he himself did the exact same thing last year at WrestleMania 31.
  • I Have the High Ground: Seems to break the HSQ once per PPV.
  • Invincible Villain:
    • After betraying the Shield and aligning himself with the Authority, Rollins went on a long winning streak. Before, he would rarely win a single match and, along with Dean Ambrose, was normally the one who was pinned during tag team matches. And if he loses, chances are there will be a rematch where Rollins has the last laugh. This include forcing John Cena to bring back the Authority, about a month after the stable was disbanded after losing to Team Cena at Survivor Series.
    • He normally received help from the Authority during his matches as a heel, making one-on-one matches more of a handicap match, even the triple treat match against Brock Lesnar and John Cena on Royal Rumble 2015. Even without the Authority's help, Rollins will still find ways to win his matches.
    • This continued throughout his first world championship reign. Dean Ambrose pinned him at Elimination Chamber 2015, but the first referee of the match reversed the decision to a DQ, so Seth retained his title. He even walked out off Battleground 2015 still the champion against Brock Lesnar (an even more Invincible Villain) after The Undertaker interfered, and would go on to defeat John Cena at SummerSlam (with John Stewart's help), Sting at Night of Champions and finally Kane at Hell in a Cell. His reign only came to an end when he injured his leg. In May 2016, he returned as the company's top heel and defeated Roman Reigns in the next PPV to reclaim his championship. Unfortunately, his celebration was cut short by Dean Ambrose.
    • As Finn Balor pointed out, Rollins was still favored by Stephanie even after the Authority was officially disbanded as he was automatically chosen for their match on SummerSlam to determine the inaugural WWE Universal Champion, while Balor himself had to win two matches on the same night to qualify for the match.
  • I Was Only Pretending To Like You: Retroactively comes into play if Rollins' claims about his feelings on his former Shield brethren are true. They had declared themselves brothers and were often seen goofing off and treating each other with surprising affection, but Seth apparently never considered them anything more than his business-partners. Possibly justified with regards to Ambrose. They did not exactly get off to the best start in FCW, even becoming Arch Enemies. Having fought with him before, Seth may have wanted Dean on his team as a brawler he understood and could control, but if he never got over his old grudge, he would never be able to bring himself to honestly like Dean. If he was anticipating the Shield's eventual break-up (maybe even at his own hands) early enough, he might have avoided letting himself care about Roman, either.
  • Irony: See Broken Pedestal.
  • It Meant Something to Me:
    • It was implied that Seth's feelings on his ex-teammates were a little more complicated than he asserted, in one of RAWs that might have slipped some people's notice because of the exit music playing covered up most other sounds: during one of the confrontations between Seth and Roman after Seth Curb Stomped Dean through cinder blocks and put him out of action, as Seth was retreating, he was yelling angrily at Roman, who reportedly yelled back, "You're no brother of mine!" Surprisingly, that stopped Seth dead in his tracks and he actually looked shocked and even hurt. Guess he can dish it but he can't take it. It kicked in again at Payback 2015 when the three ex-Shield members and Randy Orton faced each other were in a four-way match for Seth's WWE title. When one thing led to another on the outside and the three had Orton surrounded, Seth was the one who called for them to put him through the table just like old times, and following the Triple Powerbomb he celebrated the moment as much as anyone, ended up putting his arms around Reigns and Ambrose and even called for their old fist pose before being reminded physically that (A) they were all still in a match and (B) that he'd long screwed this up.
    • This came into play again in the lead-up to Battleground 2016 during a segment of the Ambrose Asylum. Seth went on to reminisce with Ambrose and Reigns about all the good times they had, coming off as very sincere, and even calling Roman "Uce." Of course, being the only heel in the ring, he tried to turn it around at the end by stating his absolute favorite memory was betraying Roman and Dean.
    • Following his Heel–Face Turn after Triple H betrayed him, he very slowly transitioned from still being the same arrogant Manchild but just against The Authority to regaining the renegade sense of honor that defined his career prior to betraying the Shield, occasionally teaming with Reigns and even collaborating with Ambrose along the way. It culminated in his match against Triple H at WrestleMania 33, during which he wore a golden version of his outfit with various "singed-in" designs — including a shield with his logo inside it at the heart of the outfit. This deliberate homage was confirmation enough hidden in plain sight that yes, the Shield did matter to Seth Rollins.
  • It's All About Me: Oh, my god, this guy is not a team player. He established this after betraying the Shield, but he's also shown himself to be more than willing to sell out his own Authority teammates if it'll advance his own career. Hell, he pretty much said at one point that if Randy Orton won the championship back, Seth wouldn't hesitate to cash in on him.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: His assertion that the two remaining members of the Shield couldn't function together without him because of their differences in personality actually turned out to be completely true. Although Ambrose and Reigns are still allies and friends after a certain fashion, they quickly stopped teaming together directly after Seth turned on them. Reigns wasn't happy about the betrayal, but he decided the best way to go about foiling the Authority's plans was to swipe the WWE World Heavyweight Championship out from under their noses. Ambrose, on the other hand, is somewhat less measured, and took Seth's betrayal really personally.
  • Kick the Dog: While threatening to Curbstomp Edge in order paralyze or even kill him due to his pre-existing neck injuries (and taunting all the while that he wouldn't be able to hold his young daughter again), was definitely evil, it was evil with a purpose in it, since Rollins was doing it to force John Cena to bring back The Authority. Trying to break Edge's neck after Cena agrees, though, just goes to show what a cold-blooded monster Rollins is.
  • The Kingslayer: Not quite a literal example, but he gained this In-Series Nickname after beating "The King of Kings" Triple H at WrestleMania 33 in an unsanctioned match.
  • Laser-Guided Karma:
    • His November 2015 injury and relinquishment of the title could be seen as this, considering all the heinous things he's done since his Face–Heel Turn (including the manner in which he won the title in the first place)
    • A more notable example was at Money in the Bank 2016. Rollins had won his first WWE World Heavyweight Championship by cashing in his contract at WrestleMania on a weakened Roman Reigns. Dean Ambrose does the exact same thing to win his first WWE World Heavyweight Championship after Rollins had just won it back after his return from injury. Not only is it karma for the aforementioned event, it's also karma for everything Rollins has done to his former brothers since the betrayal, particularly during his blood feud with Dean. Michael Cole fittingly called it "The Ultimate Payback".
    • After two years being an Invincible Villain and an overall jerkass to everyone around him, karma finally catch up to Seth Rollins, especially after the 2016 Brand Extension. He went from failing to win the Universal Championship time after time, to being betrayed by the very man he betrayed the Shield for and is also banned from the 2017 Royal Rumble. Furthermore, until WrestleMania XXXIII, Seth Rollins does not have the same winning edge he had during his initial singles run.
  • The Leader: When he turned heel in 2014, he claimed that he was the leader and mastermind behind the Shield and that without him they are nothing. He also claims that he was the only one capable of making Dean and Roman get along and work together. Between his crafted successes, Money in the Bank status, and Randy Orton's recent championship failures, Seth has even gradually moved into this position among the Authority's wrestlers.
  • Light Is Not Good: Wore white pants and boots at SummerSlam 2015, possibly as a Shout-Out to Triple H wearing lily-white trunks and boots at WrestleMania XX.
  • Manchild: His Dirty Coward championship run and alliance with the Authority combines into something approximating a tantrum-throwing little kid who talks a big game because he knows his proverbial mom and dad (in this case, Triple H and Stephanie) will bail him out when he gets himself in trouble.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Is very good at twisting people's emotions to his advantage, whether it's worming his way into their hearts and making them trust and care about him, or deliberately playing on their anger with him to provoke and distract them long enough for them to lose a match. He is certainly not above manipulating his own team-mates to get them to play their parts in his plans, as seen when he manipulated Ambrose and Reigns—who had been on the verge of fighting and possibly destroying the Shield—by forcing them onto the same page by providing them with a common enemy—himself. He then persuaded them to let go of their issues with him and with each other in order to keep the Shield whole.
  • Multicolored Hair: In WWE, one side of his hair is bleached blonde. He said in a shoot interview that he specifically had it done to look less generic, as NXT was featuring a lot of guys with long, dark hair.
  • My Greatest Failure: Though he never quite says it out loud, it's obvious that Seth considers breaking up the Shield and allying with the Authority to be the biggest mistake of his life. Seth was so desperate to make up for it that he was willing to let Dean hit him on the back with a steel chair at one point.
  • Never Live It Down: In-universe, both played straight and defied. On commentary, Corey Graves and Michael Cole believe that it's been far too long since Seth destroyed The Shield to continue holding it over Rollins' head. Dean Ambrose, however, refuse to trust Seth again after what he did. Roman Reigns was also resistant to Rollins' efforts, but since he never managed to find it in himself to hate Seth (at least, not like Dean did), they made up eventually. For that matter, Seth was unable to forgive himself for what he did until Roman and Dean did.
    Rollins: [on an upcoming 2-on-3 handicap match; Rollins and Ambrose vs The Miztourage] It's not just The Miz out there. He's got Axel. He's got Dallas. That's three dudes we gotta worry about.
    Ambrose: You have to worry about three guys. I have to worry about four.
  • Oh, Crap!: He's terrified of Dean Ambrose (for good reason). His face upon seeing Ambrose (who hadn't been seen since Rollins curbstomped his head through cinder blocks well over a month prior) jumping out of a cab and making a beeline straight for the ring was a textbook "Oh, dear God, anybody but him" expression. Generally, he gets this expression any time Ambrose shows up.
    • Also flashed a very quick one during an encounter with Roman Reigns that ending with Reigns chucking a cinder block at Rollins' head.
    • Ditto when he kicked Brock Lesnar in the back of the head, only for it to do absolutely nothing except piss off an already enraged Lesnar even further.
      • The face he made when he found out Brock Lesnar was his next opponent at Battleground had this written all over it.
    • A more humorous example would be a few weeks after SummerSlam 2017, where, during a segment involving every major tag team on RAW, he realized the Club was about to call his tag team partner Dean Ambrose a nerd.
  • Precision F-Strike: A downplayed version (natural, given WWE's content rating, which has only ever gone as far PG-13), as he felt the need to tell everyone that he is "Seth Freakin' Rollins" during one of his many tirades.
  • Rage Quit: On the March 3, 2014 episode of Raw, he grew frustrated with Reigns and Ambrose's constant bickering and miscommunication, and walked out on them during a match with The Wyatt Family, leaving Reigns and Ambrose to get hammered.
  • Red Baron:
    • "The Architect" towards the end of the Shield's initial run.
    • "The Future of WWE" during his time as Mr. Money in the Bank.
    • "The Man" during his initial WWE World Heavyweight title reign.
    • Began referring to himself as "Seth Freakin' Rollins" during his initial WWE World Heavyweight title reign.
    • "The Kingslayer" towards the end of his feud with Triple H.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: While Roman has somewhat forgiven Rollins after his Face turn in late 2016, Ambrose surely hadn't. The two began an uneasy alliance on mid-2017 in which Rollins tried to convince Ambrose that he had changed, but Dean remained suspicious. It took weeks of on-and-off teaming and bickering before the two finally buried the hatchet and reunited as a team.
  • Regretful Traitor: Despite his many despicable acts, more than once throughout his heel run Seth was shown to regret breaking up The Shield, only to immediately try and cover up his real feelings. After Triple H betrayed him, Seth was forced to confront those feelings, and while he never quite says it out loud, it's obvious that in reality, breaking the Shield is the biggest regret of his career.
  • The Rival: While Roman Reigns was definitely not on good terms with Rollins following the betrayal, their animosity and opposition to one another was far more competitive than personal in comparison to that between Ambrose and Rollins. Reigns had a far easier time teaming with Rollins again after he turned back face, even though the relationship remained somewhat uneasy.
  • Sanity Slippage: Kane's return and development of a split personality has not had the best effect on Seth's mind.
  • Shame If Something Happened: While trying to draw Triple H out of hiding, he confronted the man's wife and asked her what would happen if he showed up at their family home, and one of their kids answered the door.
  • Signature Move: A reverse STO that smashes an opponent's head into one of the turnbuckles, which Rollins usually uses as a counter. Also a Turnbuckle Powerbomb.
  • Slipknot Ponytail: For a while after he debuted, he'd wear his hair tied back. He has started doing it again when he appears in a suit.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: His first WWE World Heavyweight Championship reign was built on this. Despite never pinning Brock Lesnar to take Lesnar's title, barely escaping with his title many times, and losing cleanly to John Cena and Dean Ambrose in non-title matches, Rollins claimed to be the greatest world champion in WWE history.
  • The Strategist: Eventually revealed as the brains behind the Shield's tactics.
  • Trash Talk: Seth Rollins was perhaps the most irritating member of The Shield because of it.
  • Troll: Hence the Fan Nickname "Seth Trollins."
    • Seth was in full-on troll mode when he cashed in Money in the Bank at WrestleMania for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, from the sprint to the ring to the curb-stomping frenzy to the way he grabbed the title and sprinted back out and up the ramp before celebrating on the stage, doing the old "Seth Metal" swing of the belt and getting the fireworks display that was obviously meant for either Roman or Brock, all while posting the biggest shit-eating grin he's ever had in his life.
    • During a match with John Cena on the July 27, 2015 episode of Raw', Seth accidentally broke Cena's nose with a knee to the face. The following Monday, Seth debuted a new t-shirt reading "Never Shuts Up" and "U Can't C Knee" parodying Cena's recycled "Never Give Up" t-shirts.
  • Tsundere: To Dean Ambrose during their reconciliation storyline in 2017. Admittedly, he only started acting like that after having to endure weeks of Ambrose's own tsundere behavior.
  • Turn Coat: From the Shield.
  • Ur-Example:
    • In WWE's developmental, where he was the first FCW 15 Champion, the first FCW Grand Slam Champion,note  and the first NXT Champion.
      • He also went on to be the first NXT Champion to win a WWE main roster championship (WWE Tag Team Championship).
    • Hell in a Cell, where both him and Dean Ambrose were the first to have both opponents fall out of the cell. Sure, Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley, and Rikishi all fell down, but this is the first time in history where both opponents fell... at the same time.
    • WrestleMania 31, where he cashed in his Money in the Bank contract on Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns while the match was still going on and winning the championship. This bodyslammed the trope so many ways, being the first to:
      • …cash in Money in the Bank at WrestleMania.
      • …make a cash-in during the match and turn it into a Triple Threat.
      • …make the champion (Lesnar) lose the belt indirectly by pinning the challenger (Reigns) instead.
      • …transform the traditional main event into a different match outside what was advertised.
      • …be the "3rd man" (i.e. not being a champion nor a Royal Rumble winner) to win it, while keeping traditional fashion (the yearly Money in the Bank). Daniel Bryan may have been the first to win it as the "3rd man", but Bryan won it in an unusual way by making demands to Triple H in a match and reinstate himself to the main event if he won due to massive popularity and major dissatisfaction from the Royal Rumble, especially when he was not part of it.
      • …win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and/or the main event of WrestleMania as an NXT alumnus and NXT champion.
      • …win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and/or the main event of WrestleMania while being younger than WrestleMania itself.
    • At SummerSlam he completely defied his usual Badass Decay fare for a night and defeated John Cena in a winner-take-all match to become the first ever WWE World Heavyweight and United States double champion.
  • Was It All a Lie?: Claimed that the brotherhood between him and the rest of the Shield was never real. However, his behavior kept indicating, there was a very good chance he was lying and just didn't want to admit it.
  • Was It Really Worth It?: Initially, he thought it was — Seth got everything he wanted when he became The Authority's golden boy. Became Mr. Money in the Bank thanks to Kane, cashed in to become World Heavyweight Champion at WrestleMania despite Dean Ambrose's best efforts, beat John Cena at SummerSlam with minimal help to be the United States Champion at the same time, received constant praise from Triple H and Stephanie McMahon as the new cornerstone of WWE…but then he got injured, and was subsequently betrayed by Triple H and replaced with Kevin Owens not long after he came back, with absolutely no back up because he alienated most of the locker room, including his two closest friends/"brothers". While reflecting back at this, Seth realized that he got all his success by completely losing sight of the person he used to be, the person he really was, and alienating two of the most important people in his life. He soon came to the conclusion that no, it wasn't worth it. It wasn't worth it at all.
  • Wham Line: Coincidentally also the last line on the last RAW of 2014 (12/29/14):
    Rollins: Thank you, John! Thank you! But damn, you gotta know me better than that. I'm gonna kill him anyway.
  • Why Won't You Die?: Has asked Dean Ambrose this on an episode of WWE SmackDown after helping Cesaro beat him down.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Bromantic version with Dean Ambrose in 2017, in which the two constantly teased whether or not they would get back together as a team. That being said, you'd be forgiven for think it was the traditional version, considering the sheer amount of Homoerotic Subtext throughout that storyline.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers himself and Dean Ambrose to be "wrestling soulmates", as stated in The Destruction of The Shield DVD. This is especially apparent during their feud over the FCW 15 title, which is defended in fifteen minute iron man matches. They went the first two matches without falls, and the second match had five-minute overtime. Even their third match, which was thirty minutes, ended in a draw with two falls a piece, forcing them to go into sudden death overtime, which isn't really much of a victory for either man. That series of matches is considered to be among the best in the history of FCW prior to its repackaging as NXT, and really highlights their inability to have a bad match against each other.

     As Tyler Black 

  • Blood Is the New Black: Pun aside, Tyler smeared himself with Marek Brave's blood after betraying him in AAW.
  • Book Ends: Age of the Fall both started and finished with him as part of a loaded post-match run-in segment culminating in someone being hung from their ankles above the ring. (Fittingly, the latter hanging was missing the gratuitous symbolic bloodshed which was the hallmark of the former.)
  • Borrowed Catch Phrase: Tyler Black taunted the RoHbots with "You Can't See Me" at ROH Tag Wars 2010 in reference to the fact he'd be leaving for WWE soon.
  • The Dragon: He was responsible for spreading Age Of The Fall, not just to the general public through their blog and such but also into other promotions, Full Impact Pro only being the most obvious.
  • Emo Teen: In Wrestling Society X, he and Jimmy Jacobs formed an emo tag team called D.I.F.H. (Doin' It For Her).
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Back during the Age of the Fall days, Tyler Black and Joey Matthews were down for filming Jimmy Jacobs' stalking of his ex-girlfriend Lacey after she left Jimmy and the stable for Austin Aries…until Jimmy decided it was good idea to attack her with his favorite railroad spike. Black and Matthews immediately stopped the video, expressing they didn't sign up for this. Ultimately this would be the beginning of the end for Black and Jacobs' partnership.
  • Family-Unfriendly Violence: His Ring of Honor debut as Tyler Black in the Age of the Fall group consisted of them hanging a badly injured Jay Briscoe upside down over the ring so that his blood would rain down onto Jimmy Jacobs while Jacobs pontificated to the audience on his philosophy before naming the stable. Talk about an Establishing Character Moment, huh?
  • Irony: Who would have thought the Briscoes would be some of his first supporters as ROH World Champion? See Book Ends above for Age of the Fall if you missed the significance.
  • Jobber: On TNA Impact. After he won the ROH World Championship, TNA was trying to get him to come back so presumably they had other long term plans but Matt Sydal convinced Black to sign with WWE instead.
  • No-Sell: When wrestling Jimmy Jacobs in MCPW, he popped right back up after a body slam and gave one to Jacobs that did keep him down for a while. Then Tyler Black no sold a drop kick and turned it into giant swing. Black did sell being hit and choked with a chain though; in fact, he passed out!
  • Not That There's Anything Wrong with That: The AIW fans would chant "You Are Gay!" at Tyler Black. Johnny Gargano agreed, but didn't hold it against Black.
  • Paint It Black: After winning the Scott County Wrestling Heavyweight Championship he spray painted it black as the symbol of "his era's" beginning.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: As part of the Age of the Fall with Jimmy Jacobs.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: When Amazing Kong was on her campaign to get an NWA World Heavyweight Championship match, Tyler Black was the only man brave enough to get in the ring with her after Silas Young no showed an NWA Midwest event. Black just wanted to stick to mat wrestling though, Kong wanted to prove a point and demanded he fight.


Alternative Title(s): Tyler Black

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