After WWE rebranded FCW into NXT, Seth Rollins became the inaugural NXT Champion. Alongside fellow wrestlers Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns, he debuted on WWE's main roster at the 2012 Survivor Series as part of a faction called The Shield.
He won his first main roster championship while with the group, the WWE Tag Team Championship with Reigns. Following the team's first breakup in June 2014, Rollins went on to become a two-time WWE Champion, two-time Universal Champion, two-time Intercontinental Champion, one-time United States Champion, five-time WWE/Raw Tag Team Champion (with Reigns, Ambrose (twice), Jason Jordan and Braun Strowman), the 2014 Money in the Bank winner, the 2015 Superstar of the Year and the 2019 Men's Royal Rumble winner.
Upon capturing the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in 2015, and after winning his first Intercontinental Championship, he became the 29th Triple Crown Champion and the 18th Grand Slam Champion. 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 or worked with. He was the cover athlete for video game WWE 2K18. He has been twice named the No.
1 wrestler in the world by Pro Wrestling Illustrated's PWI 500 list. In a long interview with Sports Illustrated, Roman Reigns recalled Rollins’ match against Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam: “I was so proud of him and what he did at SummerSlam against Brock Lesnar.
He obviously had one of those weeks where the Twitter machine and the Internet went nuts on him, but he bounced back and answered the call”.