Rollins has headlined numerous major pay-per-view events for WWE, including WrestleMania 31. Industry veteran Sting, who wrestled his final match against Rollins, described him as the most talented professional wrestler he has ever seen.
Colby Daniel Lopez was born on May 28, 1986, in Buffalo, Iowa. He is of Armenian, German, and Irish descent. His surname, Lopez, comes from his Mexican-American stepfather. As a teenager, he was an introvert and a big fan of rock music who lived a straight edge lifestyle. Part of his current ring name is a tribute to former Black Flag singer Henry Rollins.
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 remove the footage from the pay-per-view that was being taped at the event.
However, the footage was heavily requested by ROH fans, so it was shown on the ROH Videowire for the week of September 15. Later on in the event, Black faced Jack Evans in a dark match, which ended when Jacobs and Necro Butcher interfered leading The Irish Airborne to help Evans. A six-man tag team match between The Age of the Fall and Jack Evans and The Irish Airborne ended in a no contest when Necro Butcher attacked the referee.
Along with Jimmy Jacobs and Necro Butcher, Black wrestled against The Vulture Squad (Jack Evans and Ruckus) in several handicap matches during early October, Black then teamed with The Age of the Fall against Jack Evans, Ruckus and Jigsaw in a six-man tag team match the following month at Glory by Honor VI: Night One on November 1. The following night, Black defeated Alex "Sugarfoot" Payne, but was attacked by The Briscoe Brothers following the match. He appeared with The Age of the Fall in their match against The Briscoe Brothers during the main event. At Final Battle 2007, Black and Jacobs defeated The Briscoe Brothers to win the ROH World Tag Team Championship.
At Final Battle 2008, after Black lost a number one contender match to Austin Aries, Jacobs turned on him, and Black was then attacked by Aries. At Full Circle, Black was given a non-title match against then ROH World Champion Nigel McGuinness on January 16, and defeated McGuinness. The following night, number one contender Aries refused to face McGuinness, so Black faced McGuinness instead, but was unsuccessful as the match ended in a time limit draw. On June 26 at Violent Tendencies, Black defeated Jimmy Jacobs in a steel cage match to end their feud.
ROH World Champion (2009-2010)
In September 2009, Black had surgery on a bulging disc in his neck. On October 10, Black defeated Kenny King in a first round match and then Claudio Castagnoli, Colt Cabana, Delirious, Chris Hero and Roderick Strong in the finals to win the 2009 Survival of the Fittest tournament, which earned him a match for the ROH World Championship. On December 19 at Final Battle 2009, ROH's first live pay-per-view, Black wrestled then ROH World Champion Austin Aries to a 60-minute time limit draw. Because of this draw, then ROH commissionerJim Cornette booked the two in a rematch between February 13, 2010 for the company's Eighth Anniversary Show. The booking saw Cornette set up a judging panel with himself on and one person picked by each competitor, in order for there to be a decisive winner in case of another draw. Aries picked Kenny King while Black picked Roderick Strong, whom he guaranteed an ROH World Championship title shot should he win. At the event, Black pinned Aries to win the ROH World Championship.
On April 3, Black retained the title in a three-way elimination match against Austin Aries and Roderick Strong at The Big Bang! pay-per-view, thereby depriving Strong of his championship chance in a singles match. He also retained the title on June 19 at the following pay-per-view, Death Before Dishonor VIII, in a match against Davey Richards. Black turned into a villain at the August 20 tapings of Ring of Honor Wrestling after news broke that he had signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). His new villainous character involved him criticizing the fans who were labeling him a sell-out for signing with WWE, a feeling Lopez has stated was based on true feelings. He also threatened to take the ROH World Championship with him to WWE and refused to put the championship at stake in a match with Davey Richards on August 28 which he then lost by submission. On September 11 at Glory By Honor IX, in what would have been his final ROH appearance, Black lost the ROH World Championship to Roderick Strong in a no disqualification match with Terry Funk as a guest enforcer, ending his reign at 210 days after seven successful title defenses.
In July 2011, Rollins began a feud with Dean Ambrose. Ambrose and Rollins had their first match for the FCW 15 Championship in a 15-minute Iron Man match on the August 14 episode of FCW, which ended in a draw with neither men scoring a fall and, as a result, Rollins retained his title. A subsequent 20-minute rematch for the title two weeks later resulted in a similar 0-0 draw. A second 30-minute rematch for the title on the September 18 episode of FCW went to a time limit 2-2 draw and the match was sent into sudden death rules, where Rollins scored a pinfall to win the match 3-2. On September 22, Rollins lost the FCW 15 Championship to Damien Sandow by disqualification after Ambrose attacked Sandow late in the match.
When WWE rebranded FCW into NXT, Rollins' NXT TV debut took place on the second episode of the rebooted NXT at Full Sail University on June 27, when he defeated Jiro. Rollins entered the Gold Rush Tournament to crown the inaugural NXT Champion where he defeated Jinder Mahal in the tournament finals on the August 29 episode of NXT. Rollins earlier defeated Drew McIntyre in the quarter-finals and Michael McGillicutty in the semi-finals. On the October 10 episode of NXT, Rollins had his first successful defense of his title after he beat McGillicutty. During the November 15 tapings of NXT, Rollins pinned Mahal again in his second successful title defense; the episode of the match aired on December 12 due to tape delay.
On the January 2, 2013 episode of NXT, Rollins successfully defended the NXT Championship against Corey Graves, before losing it the next week on NXT to Langston in a No Disqualification match. After losing the title, Rollins continued to feud with Graves and attacked him during his number one contender's match for the NXT Championship with Conor O'Brian. Rollins then accepted Graves' challenge and defeated him in a lumberjack match to end the feud.
The Shield then quietly ended their association with Punk while beginning a feud with John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus that led to a six-man tag match on February 17 at Elimination Chamber, which The Shield won. The Shield had their first Raw match the following night, where they defeated Ryback, Sheamus and Chris Jericho. Sheamus then formed an alliance with Randy Orton and Big Show to face The Shield at WrestleMania 29, where The Shield emerged victorious in their first WrestleMania match. The following night on Raw, The Shield attempted to attack The Undertaker, but were stopped by Team Hell No. This set up a six-man tag team match on the April 22 episode of Raw, which The Shield won. On the May 13 episode of Raw, The Shield's undefeated streak in televised six-man tag team matches ended in a disqualification loss in a six-man elimination tag team match against John Cena, Kane and Daniel Bryan.
In August, The Shield began working for Chief operating officer (COO) Triple H and The Authority. At Battleground on October 6, a kayfabe fired Cody Rhodes and Goldust earned their jobs back by beating Rollins and Reigns in a non-title match. On the October 14 episode of Raw, Rollins and Reigns lost the WWE Tag Team Championship to Cody Rhodes and Goldust in a No Disqualification match following interference from Big Show. At Hell in a Cell on October 27, Rollins and Reigns failed to regain the titles in a triple threat match also involving The Usos. Tension was then sown in The Shield while their recent lack of success continued with a loss to CM Punk in a handicap match at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs on December 15. At the Royal Rumble on January 26, 2014, Rollins entered the Rumble match at number 2, had three eliminations and spent the second longest time in the match at 48 minutes before being eliminated by teammate Reigns. The next night on Raw, The Shield competed against Daniel Bryan, Sheamus and John Cena in a six-man tag team qualifying match to enter the Elimination Chamber match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, but lost the match via disqualification after The Wyatt Family interfered and attacked Cena, Bryan, and Sheamus. The Shield wanted revenge and a six-man tag team match against The Wyatt Family at Elimination Chamber on February 23 was arranged, in which The Shield lost. On the March 3 episode of Raw, The Shield lost a rematch against The Wyatt Family when The Shield's poor teamwork led to Rollins walking out during the match, with Rollins claiming that he had enough of being the glue holding the group together. On the March 7 episode of SmackDown, The Shield reconciled, despite their long-running tension after venting their frustrations on each other.
On the June 2 episode of Raw, after Batista left Evolution and WWE, Triple H revealed his "plan B", which turned out to be Rollins attacking Ambrose and Reigns to rejoin The Authority and turn heel again. Rollins later explained his actions by stating that The Shield would not be a success without him and Ambrose and Reigns were not his brothers, like they claimed, but business partners to help him move up in WWE.
On the June 17 episode of Main Event, Rollins, acting on behalf of The Authority, entered himself into the traditional Money in the Bank ladder match for a WWE World Heavyweight Championship contract at Money in the Bank, which he won after Kane interfered. Rollins defeated Ambrose twice, the first being at Battleground in July via forfeit (after their match was called off by Triple H after a pre-match attack by Ambrose on Rollins backstage) and the second in August at SummerSlam in a lumberjack match after hitting him with his Money in the Bank briefcase following interference from Kane. The following night on Raw, Rollins defeated again Ambrose in a Falls Count Anywhere match by referee stoppage after Kane interfered again and helped Rollins execute a Curb Stomp on Ambrose through cinder blocks. In September, Rollins began feuding with Roman Reigns and a match between the two was set up for Night of Champions, but Reigns developed a legitimate incarcerated hernia which required surgery prior to Night of Champions, resulting in Rollins being declared the winner via forfeit, but he was then attacked by a returning Ambrose. Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury started acting as bodyguards to Rollins during his feud with Ambrose, culminating at Hell in a Cell where Rollins defeated Ambrose in a Hell in a Cell match after the returning Bray Wyatt interfered and attacked Ambrose. Following Hell in a Cell, Rollins started a storyline where tension began growing between Rollins and Randy Orton due to The Authority's preferential treatment of Rollins, leading to a singles match between the two on the November 3 episode of Raw, which Rollins won. After the match, Orton attacked The Authority, but was overpowered, resulting in Rollins performing a Curb Stomp on Orton onto the steel ring steps, putting him out of action. At Survivor Series on November 23, Rollins captained Team Authority in a five-on-five elimination tag team match against Team Cena, in which Rollins was the sole survivor and the last man eliminated by Dolph Ziggler, resulting in The Authority being ousted from control of WWE. Rollins continued his feud with Cena in December at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs in a tables match, which was won by Cena.
On the December 29 episode of Raw, Rollins held guest host Edge hostage and threatened to further injure his neck in order to force to Cena to reinstate The Authority, to which Cena reluctantly acquiesced. As a result, The Authority rewarded Rollins by adding him to Cena's WWE World Heavyweight Championship match against Brock Lesnat at the Royal Rumble, which Lesnar won after pinning Rollins. After weeks of teasing a reunion with The Authority, the returning Randy Orton attacked Rollins, which led to a match between the two at WrestleMania 31 on March 29, which Rollins lost. Later that night, Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank contract during Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns' WWE World Heavyweight Championship match, thus turning it into a triple threat match and pinned Reigns to win the title for the first time in his career. This made Rollins the first man to cash in his Money in the Bank contract at WrestleMania and during a title match. Rollins continued his feud with Orton after WrestleMania 31, which led to a steel cage match for the championship with Orton's RKO banned and Kane as the gatekeeper at Extreme Rules on April 26, where Rollins retained after interference from Kane. In May, tension rose between Rollins and Kane after the latter announced Rollins' title defense against Orton and Reigns at Payback. When Ambrose defeated Rollins in a non-title match on the May 4 episode of Raw, he was added to the match, thus making it a fatal-four way match which Rollins won after performing a Pedigree on Orton. Rollins then retained the championship against Ambrose on May 31 at Elimination Chamber after getting himself disqualified and on June 14 at Money in the Bank in a ladder match.
At Battleground on July 19, Rollins retained the championship by disqualification against Lesnar after The Undertaker interfered and attacked Lesnar. Rollins then re-ignited his feud with John Cena and defeated him in a Winner Takes All match at SummerSlam on August 23 for both the WWE World Heavyweight and the United States Championships after Jon Stewart interfered and attacked Cena with a steel chair. With the win, Rollins became the first and only wrestler to hold both championships simultaneously until he went on to lose the United States Championship back to Cena at Night of Champions on September 20, but was able to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Sting (in Sting's final match) later that night. On October 25 at Hell in a Cell, Rollins successfully defended the championship against "Demon" Kane and as a pre-match stipulation, "Corporate" Kane was fired as Director of Operations.
On November 4 during a match against Kane at a WWE live event in Dublin, Ireland, Rollins tore the ACL, MCL and medial meniscus in his knee while attempting to execute a sunset flip powerbomb. The injury required surgery and it was estimated it would take Rollins out of action for approximately six to nine months, therefore he was forced to vacate the WWE World Heavyweight Championship the next day and thus ending his reign at 221 days, though WWE recognizes his reign as lasting 220 days and ending the day he got injured. On the December 21 episode of Raw, Rollins (on crutches) made a special appearance to accept his Slammy Award for 2015 Superstar of the Year and during his acceptance speech, claimed he would redesign and rebuild himself, as well as winning back the WWE World Heavyweight Championship which he never lost.
Feud with Triple H (2016-2017)
At Extreme Rules on May 22, Rollins returned from injury to attack Roman Reigns with a Pedigree after his WWE World Heavyweight Championship defense against AJ Styles. The following night on Raw, Rollins addressed the fans and said that he did not need anyone on his side, with Shane McMahon announcing a match between Reigns and Rollins for the title at Money in the Bank. Meanwhile, critics wondered if WWE was "leaving money on the table" by not slotting Rollins as a fan favorite and Reigns as a villain, as this was the opposite of what fans wanted (fans were cheering Rollins and booing Reigns). At Money in the Bank on June 19, Rollins defeated Reigns to win his second WWE World Heavyweight Championship, thus also giving Reigns his first clean loss in singles competition on the main roster, only to lose the championship minutes later to Dean Ambrose, who cashed in the Money in the Bank contract he won earlier that night and defeated Rollins for the title. In July, Rollins failed to regain the renamed WWE Championship in matches against Ambrose on both Raw and SmackDown before Battleground. In the 2016 WWE draft on July 19, Rollins was drafted to Raw as the brand's first draft pick. At Battleground on July 24, Rollins lost the triple threat match against Ambrose and Reigns for the newly renamed WWE World Championship, which became exclusive of SmackDown. Because of this, the WWE Universal Championship was introduced the following night on Raw and Rollins was scheduled for the inaugural title match against Finn Bálor, who won two qualifying matches on Raw to face Rollins for the title at SummerSlam on August 21, which he failed to win.
After Bálor relinquished the title on the August 22 episode of Raw due to a legit shoulder injury sustained at SummerSlam, Rollins faced Big Cass, Kevin Owens and Roman Reigns in a four-way elimination match for the title; but Triple H hit him with a Pedigree and allowed Owens to win the championship. Rollins turned face once again. Rollins started a feud with Owens,facing him at Clash of Champions and Hell in a Cell, failing both times due to several interferances from Chris Jericho. This lead to a feud with Jericho, defeating him at Roadblock: End of the Line.
In January, Rollins started a feud with Triple H leading into WrestleMania. On January 28, Rollins appeared at NXT TakeOver: San Antonio, interrupting the show and calling out Triple H, who came out only to order security to remove Rollins from the ring. On the January 30 episode of Raw, Rollins (who had been banned from the Royal Rumble the night before) confronted Stephanie McMahon and once again called out Triple H, demanding answers. Later that night, Triple H came out explaining that he betrayed Rollins because he felt that he was "a failure on his own" and before Rollins could confront Triple H he was ambushed from behind by the debuting Samoa Joe, who trapped Rollins in the Coquina Clutch and choked him out. During the attack, WWE announced on their website that Rollins re-injured his knee. On the February 27 episode of Raw, Rollins explained his knee injury told Triple H that he would be at WrestleMania 33. An injured Rollins returned on the March 13 episode of Raw to save Mick Foley from an attack by Triple H, signifying he was cleared by doctors, but was attacked by Triple H once more. In their non-sanctioned match at WrestleMania 33, Rollins defeated Triple H after executing a Pedigree.
After WrestleMania 33, Rollins began a feud with Samoa Joe, whom he defeated at Payback on April 30 to give Joe his first singles loss on the main roster. At Extreme Rules on June 4, Rollins competed in a fatal five-way Extreme Rules match to determine the number one contender to the WWE Universal Championship also involving Bálor, Joe, Reigns and Wyatt, which was won by Joe.
The Shield reunion (2017-2018)
On the July 10 episode of Raw, Rollins saved former stablemate and long-time rival Dean Ambrose from an attack by The Miz and the Miztourage (Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas). After failing to gain Ambrose's trust, Rollins offered Ambrose to attack him with a steel chair as retribution for Rollins' betrayal, but Ambrose refused and the two were then ambushed by Miz and the Miztourage, which resulted in Raw General ManagerKurt Angle scheduling a handicap match for the following week on Raw, which they won. In the following weeks, Ambrose and Rollins started a feud with Raw Tag Team Champions Cesaro and Sheamus and eventually getting a title match at SummerSlam. The two kept distrusting each other, argued in the ring on the August 14 episode of Raw and eventually brawled with each other but then fought off Cesaro and Sheamus and did a fist bump - something Ambrose had refused thus far - to a loud ovation. At SummerSlam on August 20, Ambrose and Rollins defeated Cesaro and Sheamus to win the Raw Tag Team Championship.
After weeks of feuding with The Miztourage and Cesaro and Sheamus (against whom they successfully defended their championship on September 24 at No Mercy and on the October 16 episode of Raw), both common enemies of Ambrose and Rollins as well as of former Shield teammate Roman Reigns, they officially reunited with Reigns on the October 9 episode of Raw, reforming The Shield. The Shield was scheduled to face the team of Braun Strowman, Cesaro, Kane, The Miz and Sheamus on October 22 at TLC in a 5-on-3 handicap Tables, Ladders and Chairs match, but health issues kept Reigns out of action. He was replaced by Kurt Angle. Ambrose, Rollins and Angle went on to win the match. Ambrose and Rollins were scheduled to face SmackDown Tag Team ChampionsThe Usos in a non-title match at Survivor Series, but they lost the title back to Cesaro and Sheamus on the November 6 episode of Raw due to SmackDown's New Day distracting the champions, ending their reign at 78 days. This led to a match between The Shield and The New Day at Survivor Series on November 19, which The Shield won.
On the December 25 episode of Raw, Rollins teamed with Jason Jordan and defeated Cesaro and Sheamus to become the new Raw Tag Team Champions. Rollins helped Jordan defeat Cesaro on the January 1, 2018 episode of Raw. On the January 8 episoide of Raw, Rollins and Jordan teamed up with Roman Reigns to take on Bálor Club (Finn Bálor, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson) in a losing effort. The following week on Raw, Rollins faced Bálor in a rematch from SummerSlam and defeated him after interference from Jordan by performing a Blackout (previously known as the Curb Stomp), the first time the move had been used in nearly three years. At the Royal Rumble on January 28, Rollins entered at No. 18 in the Royal Rumble match, but he was eliminated by Reigns. Right after the Royal Rumble match, Rollins and Jordan lost the tag team titles to Cesaro and Sheamus, ending their reign at 34 days. Rollins and Jordan's tag team was dissolved on February 6 after Jordan had neck surgery.
On the February 12 episode of Raw, Rollins competed in a fatal five-way match against Finn Bálor, Apollo Crews, Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy to determine the final entrant in the Elimination Chamber match to determine the number one contender for the Universal Championship at Elimination Chamber, but it ended with Rollins and Bálor simultaneously pinning Wyatt, resulting in both being added to the match. On the February 19 episode of Raw, Rollins participated in a seven-man gauntlet match against Roman Reigns, John Cena, Bálor, Elias, The Miz and Braun Strowman (Rollins defeated Reigns in the first fall and then Cena, before being eliminated by Elias), wrestling for one hour and five minutes, the longest performance in a match by any wrestler in Raw history. At Elimination Chamber, Rollins was the fifth man eliminated by Strowman. At WrestleMania 34 on April 8, Rollins became the first man to pin The Miz at WrestleMania as he defeated Miz and Balor in a triple threat match to win the Intercontinental Championship and to become the twenty-ninth Triple Crown Champion and the eighteenth Grand Slam Champion in WWE history, respectively.
Rollins would reteain the title for two months, including several open challenges. He finaly lost the title against Dolph Ziggler on the June 18, 2018 edition of Raw after a distraction by Ziggler's ally Drew McIntyre. At Extreme Rules, Ziggler defeated Rollins to retain the title in a 30-minute Iron Man match. On the August 13 episode of Raw, Ambrose returned from his injury and assisted Rollins in taking out Ziggler and McIntyre. At SummerSlam, Rollins reclaimed the Intercontinental Championship from Ziggler with backup from a returning Dean Ambrose.
After that, Ambrose and Rollins joined Universal Championship Roman Reigns to reform The Shield, helping him in his feud against Braun Strowman. At Hell in a Cell, Ambrose and Rollins faced McIntyre and Ziggler for the Raw Tag Team Championships, which they failed to win. However, on the October 22 edition of Raw, Reigns relinquished the Universal title due to a returning bout of leukemia, and Rollins won the tag titles with Ambrose in the main event later that night. After the match, he was attacked by Ambrose, marking the end of The Shield once again. On the 5 November edition of Raw, Rollins lost the Raw Tag Team Championships in a handicap match to AOP. At Survivor Series, Rollins defeated United States ChampionShinsuke Nakamura in an interbrand Champions vs Champion match. Next Night on Raw, Rollins had a successful Intercontinental title defense against Ziggler. Rollins again defended the title against Raw's Acting General Manager Baron Corbin in a TLC match.
Rollins performing the Avada Kedavra on Baron Corbin
During his time in FCW, Rollins used a Superkick to a kneeling opponent called Avada Kedavra as finisher. When Rollins joined The Authority, he used Triple H's Pedigree as finishing manouver. During his feud with Triple H, he used a knee strike as finisher, also called Ripcord Knee.
In 2014, Lopez and his former tag team partner Marek Brave started The Black & The Brave Wrestling Academy, a professional wrestling school in Moline, Illinois.
On February 9, 2015, a nude photo of former NXT wrestler Zahra Schreiber, reportedly Lopez's girlfriend, was posted to his social media accounts, the contents of which are automatically republished by WWE.com. Soon after, nude photos of Lopez were posted on the Twitter page of his then-fiancée, Leighla Schultz. In response, Lopez apologized for "private photographs that were distributed without [his] consent". On February 25, 2016, Lopez revealed that he had broken up with Schreiber, but he did not say what caused the split.
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