WrestleMania 34 opened with an exciting triple threat match for the Intercontinental Championship between Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, and the defending the Miz. Using the power of the Night King, probably, Rollins picked up the victory and the title.
Seth Rollins’ win came after months of hard work and great wrestling on Raw. He recently handed John Cena his first clean loss on Monday night in years and spent the most time anyone has spent wrestling a single match on Raw in the show’s history on the same night, for CrossFit Jesus’ sake!
The Kingslayer’s win at Mania added his name to the history books once again because it made him WWE’s 19th Grand Slam Champion, an accomplishment last achieved by Randy Orton at Fastlane. That means Rollins has won the tag team championship and three singles (a primary and two tertiary) championships. He’s the last member of the Shield to reach Grand Slam Champ status (which is wild, because he was the first Shield member to become a world champion), and every one of his championship reigns has been memorable.
So while that IC match is still fresh in our minds, before the sure-to-be-eventful Monday Night Raw Rollins after WrestleMania, let’s take the time to take a look back at Seth Rollins’ title wins.
Seth Rollins won his first title with Roman Reigns at Extreme Rules 2013, when they defeated Team Hell No in a tornado tag match to become WWE Tag Team Champions. Earlier in the night, Dean Ambrose defeated Kofi Kingston for the United States Championship, so the rising stars of the Shield left that PPV with a lot of gold.
Rollins won the WWE Championship for the first time at WrestleMania 31, when he cashed in the Money In The Bank briefcase during the main event. This moment was deservingly dubbed The Heist Of The Century, and we heard about it a lot going into WrestleMania this year. Both competitors, Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns, had already wrestled a brutal match. The Architect (who had wrestled Randy Orton earlier in the night) managed to Curb Stomp Reigns while Lesnar was out of the ring to pick up the title.
Rollins, still in glorious, nasal laughing heel mode, went on to win his first secondary title at SummerSlam 2015 while still WWE Champion. He defeated John Cena in a Winner Takes All Match after Jon Stewart, host of SummerSlam and noted enemy of Seth Rollins, looked like he was going to try to interfere with a chair on Cena’s behalf, but ended up hitting Cena with said chair. Rollins was then able to hit the Pedigree, pin Cena, and walk out of the PPV with two belts AND in that white Power Ranger gear. What a legend.
What will the future hold for Seth? We can only guess, but we know that right now, he’s happy he can call himself “Grand Slam Rollins.”