Ray Tamarra/GC Images(NEW YORK) — It wasn’t a big name like John Cena or Brock Lesnar who walked away with the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 31 on Sunday night.
It was Seth Rollins.
You may have heard the young wrestler’s name kicked around over the last few months, but who is the new champ?
Here are five things to know:
1 – He Cashed In to Win
Rollins wasn’t booked on the title shot, it was Lesnar and Roman Reigns, but he cashed in using his Money in the Bank contract from an earlier event win to swoop in and snag the crown after the other two had worn each other out.
Lesnar was the champion, beating Cena at SummerSlam, now it’s Rollins. But we’ll see for how long!
A photo posted by Seth Rollins (@wwerollins) on Feb 5, 2015 at 8:35pm PST
2 – His Real Name Isn’t Seth Rollins
Rollins was born Colby Lopez in Buffalo, Iowa. He was also the former partner of Reigns and the two were Tag Team Champions as part of The Shield.
3 – He’s One of the Youngest Champs
Rollins, 28, is one of the first champions to win the title at WrestleMania and actually be younger than the event itself. WrestleMania has been a blockbuster event for 31 years now.
A photo posted by WWE (@wwe) on Mar 29, 2015 at 8:16pm PDT
4 – He’s Big into Crossfit
Wonder how he gets so jacked?
Well, Rollins posts videos and pics as part of Team Collins for Crossfit. He’s pretty passionate about it.
A photo posted by Seth Rollins (@wwerollins) on Mar 27, 2015 at 3:01pm PDT
“Doing my best post 15.5, bro-sesh Arnold impression,” he wrote earlier this week.
A photo posted by Seth Rollins (@wwerollins) on Mar 28, 2015 at 3:31pm PDT
He even used Crossfit to prep for his championship!
A photo posted by Seth Rollins (@wwerollins) on Mar 24, 2015 at 3:57pm PDT
A photo posted by Seth Rollins (@wwerollins) on Mar 15, 2015 at 2:52pm PDT
5 – He’s Considered a Villain in the WWE
Wrestling villains are often called “heels,” and Rollins is the latest in wrestling. Just look how he won. Rollins waited until the right time to strike after his opponents were worn down and had beaten each other up.
Bleacher Report columnist Chris Roling even went as far as to write: “It’s what the best cowardly heels do. They strike at the opportune time when the odds are heavy in their favor and succeed (or run away and try again).”
Roling continued, “Sit back now and enjoy how Rollins intends to counter Lesnar, Reigns, Orton, John Cena, Daniel Bryan and many more gunning for his top spot. And expect him to do so with a masterful plan.”
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