From NXT To ESPN: 5 Moments That Have Established Seth Rollins As The Future of WWE

Ever since the days of his reign as the first-ever WWE NXT champion, it’s clear that WWE sees Seth Rollins as a uniquely talented individual. It’s something that wrestling fans knew years earlier, when Rollins wrestled under his Tyler Black moniker in Ring of Honor, earning championship gold by sharing the company’s tag straps as well as landing its top title.

Despite all the wailing and gnashing of teeth from those who complain that WWE doesn’t push its young talent, Seth Rollins has emerged as a main event stalwart on Monday Night RAW and pay-per-view events. Most recently, he has also become a standard bearer of sorts for WWE, representing the sports entertainment monolith in high profile crossover endeavors. The path to his current role in WWE includes a number of milestones that served as a test for Seth’s mettle and marketability, and through each of these watershed moments, Rollins emerged as a stronger performer and personality.

5. Debut With The Shield (2012)

Alongside Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins made his WWE debut as part of a group of a vigilante collective known as The Shield. They established themselves as a formidable force by beating down Ryback, who had been cast as one of the roster’s most dominating singles competitors up to that point. With Roman Reigns, Rollins captured the WWE tag titles, but as a trio, The Shield proved integral to key WWE storylines for the better part of two years, menacing some of the promotion’s top talents, including John Cena. They ultimately joined forces with Triple H and the Authority, ushering in one of the most pivotal developments in the career of Seth Rollins.