Seth Rollins wasn’t always the Architect. He was once known as Tyler Black where he ran as a top name on the indie wrestling scene for years before coming to WWE.
WWE is in Chicago for a show tonight and before he went to the building, Rollins took some time to drive around and revisit some of his old stomping grounds. He’s come a long way since those days, but the streets he used to drive are still there.
“Driving around this city before the United Center gig tonight and I can’t help but be flooded with Chicago independent wrestling memories. Can’t tell you how thankful I am to have cut my teeth in this here at @AAWPro and #IWAMS. Sorry in advance for all the incoming tweets..”
“I remember going to one of my first independent shows here when I was 16. It was #PCW Dream Night in like 2002 or 2003. I knew then pro wrestling was for me.”
“I remember @JimmyJacobsX throwing the #IWAMS title in the garbage at @AAWPro and feeling the tide start to turn towards Berwyn.”
“I remember my first (and last) no rope barbed wire match with my partner @MBrave13. The most scared I’ve ever been going into a match and the most relieved I’ve ever been after the 1, 2, 3.”
“I remember all the insane #TPI tournaments held in the Chicagoland area. 2004 sticks out to me
asmaybe one of the best weekends of wrestling I ever had as a fan. Look for the pink Shadows Fall trucker hat in the back corner of the stands.”
“I remember going to the @ringofhonor Frontier Fieldhouse shows as a fan….and then making my ROH debut there in Age of the Fall. What a moment. I got to have so many fun matches in that arena with @FightOwensFight @KassiusOhno @SamoaJoe @HideoItami just to name a few.”
“I remember so much so fondly of this city…and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention @CMPunk and @ColtCabana. Two guys who changed the game for Chicago wrestling. They made Chicago feel special. Made me feel like this place could lead to the rest of the world…”
“…I’m eternally grateful for the inspiration and motivation Punk and Cabana provided me at a very formative age. Helped shape my work ethic in wrestling for years to come.”
Rollins did say a lot in a handful of tweets, but it was important for him to let fans in on his inner monologue.
Seth Rollins will make even more memories as he creates a lasting impression on young fans who look up to him when they watch him work in the ring. It all started for Rollins in buildings much smaller than the United Center which is something he hasn’t forgotten.
Seth Rollins could have bigger things in store for him in 2019. With WrestleMania coming up the trajectory might see him in another marquee match and monumental moment for his career.