Seth Rollins: One year on from The Shield

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Just over a year on from the destruction of The Shield, this article is going to take a look into how Seth Rollins' career has progressed after leaving the group.

A little over a year ago, the night after Payback, Rollins turned on his Shield brothers, attacking them both with a chair, joining Triple H and The Authority. This night will be remembered for years, as the night that Seth Rollins sold out, or bought in depending on how you view it.

The following week Seth Rollins came down the ring to explain his actions, claiming that Triple H had come to him with a proposal that he could not refuse. He had done everything he possibly could with The Shield and it was time for him to break free and do his own thing.


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Many people questioned Rollins' choice, saying that he wouldn't be able to survive without The Shield and he was quickly thrown into a rivalry with Dean Ambrose, which created some epic matches.

Quickly after joining Triple H, Rollins was entered into the 2014 Money in the Bank ladder match, along with Dean Ambrose, who was added into the match at Rollins request.

Mr. Money in the Bank

Just when it looked like Rollins choice had come back to bite him, Kane stepped in, pulled Ambrose off the ladder and helped Rollins up it to take the briefcase.

After becoming Mr. Money in the Bank, Rollins was declared 'the undisputed future of the WWE' by The Authority, a claim which reared its ugly head every time Rollins was near a mic.

There were a handful of times Rollins tried to cash in the MitB briefcase only to be stopped by Dean Ambrose. One of his attempts sparked a fued with both John Cena and Dean Ambrose after he interrupted a match between Cena and Brock Lesnar, where it looked like Cena had Lesnar beat.

Rollins then proceeded to go through some interesting rivalries, and participated in an absolutely amazing match at Royal Rumble against both John Cena and Brock Lesnar. This triple threat match was the best we have seen Rollins since he entered the WWE a few years ago, and he was only seconds away from winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship before Lesnar managed to drag himself back into the ring, still managing to manhandle Rollins.

After this failed attempt at winning the title, Rollins tried to take former Shield compatriot Roman Reigns' Royal Rumble win away from him, fighting Daniel Bryan on an episode of Raw to decide who would face Reigns at Fastlane, however he lost the match after a Reigns superman punched him without the referee seeing.


Rollins still went on to main event WrestleMania though, however not in the way that most people expected. Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank contract just when it looked like Roman Reigns had Brock Lesnar beaten, to complete what has been dubbed 'the heist of the century' to come out of WrestleMania WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

Finally over the last few months Rollins has successfully defended his championship against Dean Ambrose and most recently Brock Lesnar, although that was just due to interference from a certain Phenom.

I think it's fair to say that Rollins has been rather successful since he destroyed The Shield, however how much longer he will cling on to that title is yet to be seen.

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