WATCH: Seth Rollins Thanks Roman Reigns While Pinning him to Win the WWE Title at WrestleMania 31

Published 05/01/2021, 1:11 PM EDT
WWE Wrestling: WrestleMania 31: Seth Rollins victorious in ring with belt during event at Levi’s Stadium. Santa Clara, CA 3/29/2015 CREDIT: Jed Jacobsohn (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn /Sports Illustrated via Getty Images) (Set Number: X159445 TK1 )


At WrestleMania 31, Seth Rollins pulled off the heist of the century by winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. He cashed in his MITB contract during the main event and came away with the biggest prize. However, there’s a moment many missed while Rollins pinned Roman Reigns.

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Seth Rollins thanks Roman Reigns while pinning him

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When Roman Reigns won the Royal Rumble match, every member of the WWE Universe turned on him instantly. They couldn’t stand seeing Reigns in the same spot as their hero Daniel Bryan. But before that divisive moment, something magical occured.

Seth Rollins put on the performance of a lifetime against Brock Lesnar and John Cena in a triple threat match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. While Rollins didn’t win, he certainly cemented himself as a main event talent.

At WrestleMania, Rollins proved why he’s the future of WWE, building on his impressive performance against Cena and Lesnar. He interrupted Lesnar and Reigns‘ brutal slugfest and took advantage of the situation.

WWE Wrestling: WrestleMania 31: Seth Rollins victorious in ring during event at Levi’s Stadium.
Santa Clara, CA 3/29/2015
CREDIT: Jed Jacobsohn (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn /Sports Illustrated via Getty Images)
(Set Number: X159445 TK1 )

He hit a Curb Stomp on Lesnar after kicking Reigns out of the ring. As he went for the second Curb Stomp on Lesnar, the Beast popped up and grabbed him for an F5, only for Roman to flatten him with a Spear. This left Roman prone to a Curb Stomp by Rollins for the win.

As Rollins pinned him, he could be heard saying, ‘Thank you so much’ to Reigns. This was a genuine moment from two of WWE’s biggest stars, and a gesture of gratitude from one Shield brother to the other.

Rollins’ reign as WWE World Heavyweight Champion

After winning the title at WrestleMania, Rollins went on an incredible heel run. Despite being a devious heel who always escaped with the title, his reign was significant and made him a huge Superstar. In his first defence, he knocked off Randy Orton by hitting him with his own move.

Rollins defended the title against Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Randy Orton at Payback, but a mini Shield reunion stole the show. His feud with Ambrose resulted in two stellar matches, including an excellent ladder match at Money in the Bank.

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Undertaker might’ve helped him retain the title against Brock Lesnar at Battleground, but there wasn’t anyone to save him from John Cena. Well, that wasn’t exactly how things went down. Jon Stewart helped Rollins pin Cena to retain his title and win the United States Championship.

At the following PPV, Rollins dropped the US Title to Cena but defended his WWE Title against Sting. Rollins’ reign was about to enter a new level of excellence after beating Kane, but his unfortunate knee injury left him sidelined for months.

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Nathan Fulgado

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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