REVIEW: WWE ‘Seth Rollins: Building The Architect’ 3-Disc DVD – How ‘The Future’ Became ‘The Man’

May 31, 2017 by Mark Armstrong

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Seth Rollins has become one of WWE’s most important performers in the relatively short time he has been a part of the main roster (just over four-and-a-half years at time of writing). From being a member of the fondly-remembered faction The Shield to striking out on his own to become “The Man”, Rollins has put on plenty of outstanding matches during his WWE tenure, and having just turned 31, he’s likely to deliver many more topnotch battles in the years to come.

All of which makes him a pretty ideal candidate for an in-depth DVD profile, which we get here with “Seth Rollins: Building The Architect”. This three-disc set includes 19 matches (and a few moments) spanning 2011-2016, backed up by pre-match comments from Rollins on those bouts and/or those specific points in his career, which includes some revelations along the way.


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I should note that the DVD clearly tries to differentiate itself from the 2015 Home Video offering “Destruction of The Shield”, meaning that most of The Shield’s most memorable matches, along with some important singles bouts for Seth Rollins (such as his first NXT title win over Jinder Mahal; who would have thought at the time that both men would hold the WWE Championship someday?), are not included here in this one. Also, the Curb Stomp manoeuvre is shown, but any references to the move by announcers are removed, which is bizarre when you think about it.

WWE 'Seth Rollins: Building The Architect' DVD - Curb Stomp Edited Out?
WWE 'Seth Rollins: Building The Architect' DVD - Interview with Rollins

Disc One

FCW – February 6, 2011
Jack Brisco Classic Final Match
Seth Rollins vs. Hunico

The opening match on this DVD determines the winner of the Jack Brisco Classic. It takes its time to get going, but it does build to an entertaining climax in front of a fairly quiet FCW crowd.

FCW – August 14, 2011
FCW 15 Championship Match
Seth Rollins (C) vs. Dean Ambrose

Beforehand, Seth notes how this was something of a dream match for fans who followed both men’s careers on the indies. This FCW clash has the greatest historical significance for being their first televised battle, and the two men would be linked on-screen for years to come.

FCW – February 23, 2012
FCW Championship Match
Leo Kruger (C) vs. Seth Rollins

After some fascinating footage of Rollins preparing for a season of NXT (the original reality show version) that never happened, we’re taken to his most significant moment in FCW as he unseats Leo Kruger as FCW Champion. It’s also interesting to watch a match where Byron Saxton plays a full-on heel on commentary after hearing him as a generic babyface announcer for so long.

WWE - Seth Rollins Wins The FCW Championship!
WWE 'Seth Rollins: Building The Architect' DVD - vs. Big E Langston in NXT

WWE NXT – January 2, 2013
NXT Championship Match
Seth Rollins (C) vs. Big E Langston

We’re guided through the revamp of NXT, of which Rollins played a key role by becoming the first NXT Champion. Once The Shield arrived at Survivor Series 2012, though, Seth’s NXT days were over, save for this final title defence against Big E Langston, who at the time had adopted an obsession with “5” not too dissimilar to Tye Dillinger’s current use of “10”.

WWE Elimination Chamber 2013 – February 17, 2013
Six-Man Tag Team Match
The Shield vs. John Cena, Sheamus & Ryback

Though less memorable than the faction’s debut match at TLC 2012, this was just as important as the trio picked up a major win over three top babyfaces. Seth explains beforehand how he helped to convince the powers that be that The Shield needed to win this one.

WWE WrestleMania 29 – April 7, 2013
Six-Man Tag Team Match
The Shield vs. Randy Orton, Sheamus & Big Show

Overshadowed by other matches on the night, this six-man tag team bout is nevertheless one of the highlights of that Mania and a great way to kick the main show off. It also provides the three Shield members with their first WrestleMania moment, and it definitely wouldn’t be their last.

WWE Monday Night RAW – April 22, 2013
Six-Man Tag Team Match
The Shield vs. Team Hell No & The Undertaker

This was The Undertaker’s first match on RAW since 2010, and it would prove to be his last match on Monday nights as well. However, the lasting impression is of The Shield holding their own against the legendary Dead Man, as well as Kane and Daniel Bryan in this memorable TV battle.

WWE 'Seth Rollins: Building The Architect' DVD - The Shield vs. The Undertaker & Team Hell No

WWE Battleground 2013 – October 6, 2013
If The Rhodes brothers lose, they & Dusty lose their jobs
The Shield vs. Cody Rhodes & Goldust

With the jobs of the Rhodes family at stake, this doubles clash succeeds on an entertainment level and an emotional level, especially when watching this in hindsight as it’s Dusty’s final major angle in wrestling.

Disc Two

WWE Monday Night RAW – June 2, 2014
The Shield Disintegrates

Strangely, there’s then a 15-month gap between matches! Still, we get to see the full angle where Seth Rollins destroyed The Shield from within, a swerve that nobody saw coming on the night.

WWE - Seth Rollins Destroys The Shield with Steel Chair Shots!
WWE 'Seth Rollins: Building The Architect' DVD - vs. Brock Lesnar & John Cena in Triple Threat

WWE Royal Rumble 2015 – January 25, 2015
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat Match
Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena vs. Seth Rollins

One of the best triple threat matches ever in WWE, this is the match that truly made Rollins in WWE, grabbing people’s attention with a stunning performance that likely contributed to the success he would attain at WrestleMania 31.

WWE WrestleMania 31 – March 29, 2015
Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton

This match is largely remembered for one move only. That’s understandable, though, because Orton’s match-winning RKO reversal of an attempted Curb Stomp is outstanding. The content of the match before the finish is gripping as well, though it wouldn’t be the last fans saw of Rollins that night.

WWE WrestleMania 31 – March 29, 2015
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat Match
Brock Lesnar (C) vs. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins

Indeed, Seth would interrupt the hard-hitting Lesnar vs. Reigns match to cash in Money In The Bank and, moments later, capture his first WWE Championship. For Rollins, his run on top began here, as he became “The Man” in grand fashion. As for Lesnar and Reigns, a proper rematch has still yet to take place.

WWE Money In The Bank 2015 – June 14, 2015
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match
Seth Rollins (C) vs. Dean Ambrose

I personally wasn’t a fan of this match. It’s good, no doubt, but it feels like a match which goes long for the sake of it, and Ambrose making a comeback from several three powerbombs into barricades and a powerbomb onto a pile of chairs is pretty ridiculous. It unquestionably has its moments, but I preferred some of their other PPV collisions to this one.

WWE Monday Night RAW – August 3, 2015
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Seth Rollins (C) vs. Neville

In contrast, this fast-paced scrap is fantastic. It reminded me of the times when Triple H’s World Title seemed in jeopardy against a “lesser” opponent; indeed, fans are given reason to believe that Neville can pull off the unthinkable, and one near-fall in particular is heart-stopping. A superb battle.

WWE 'Seth Rollins: Building The Architect' DVD - vs. Neville on RAW
WWE - Seth Rollins Holding Both WWE Championship & United States Championship Belts

WWE SummerSlam 2015 – August 23, 2016
WWE World Heavyweight Championship vs. WWE United States Championship Match
Seth Rollins (C) vs. John Cena (C)

This double-title clash from SummerSlam showcases Rollins as “The Man” in the midst of his memorable WWE Championship reign, even if the finish (involving Jon Stewart of all people) leaves a lot to be desired.

Disc Three

WWE Live In MSG – October 3, 2015
WWE United States Championship Steel Cage Match
John Cena (C) vs. Seth Rollins

A forgotten battle from recent times (which has Cena’s title at stake rather than Seth’s, which still seems strange), this is one of the better Steel Cage matches from the last few years, highlighted by Rollins’ attempted frog splash off the top of the cage.

WWE Monday Night RAW – December 21, 2015
Superstar Of The Year – Slammy Award Presentation

Unfortunately, Seth suffered a major knee injury a few weeks later and was forced to vacate the WWE title. This short cameo appearance at the Slammys reaffirms Seth’s desire to return, and provides evidence that fans were ready to back Rollins as a solo babyface; as it turned out, Rollins would make a surprise return as a heel at Extreme Rules 2016.

WWE - Seth Rollins Returns to Collect Slammy Award
WWE - Dean Ambrose Cashes In Money in the Bank on Seth Rollins!

WWE Money In The Bank 2016 – June 19, 2016
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Roman Reigns (C) vs. Seth Rollins

This match marked Rollins’ proper return to Pay-Per-View following his knee injury. Both men give it their all in this battle, with the best spot being Rollins reversing a Reigns spear attempt into a Pedigree. Though Seth captured the WWE Championship, he wouldn’t leave with the gold thanks to Dean Ambrose cashing in Money In The Bank.

WWE Battleground 2016 – July 24, 2016
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat Match
Dean Ambrose (C) vs. Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns

The brand extension being reinstated days earlier meant that this match, the first main roster collision between all three Shield members, was rather overshadowed. It’s a strong effort by all involved, though I expect a rematch on a grander stage in the future at some point.

WWE 'Seth Rollins: Building The Architect' DVD - The Shield Triple Threat Match
WWE - Seth Rollins Injurs Finn Bálor in SummerSlam Title Match!

WWE SummerSlam 2016 – August 21, 2016
WWE Universal Championship Match
Seth Rollins vs. Finn Bálor

If you can ignore the annoying crowd reactions towards the look of the Universal Championship (sure, it didn’t look pretty, but why spoil a match over it?), this is a really good back-and-forth match, made more impressive by the fact that Bálor suffered a torn labrum minutes into the contest!

WWE Monday Night RAW – November 21, 2016
WWE Universal Championship No Disqualification Match
Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins

The compilation closes with a fairly recent RAW outing, by which time Rollins had been turned babyface following an attack by Triple H (HHH took so long to provide an explanation that their eventual grudge match didn’t make it to this DVD). This is an exciting brawl, with Sin Cara – sorry, Chris Jericho – getting involved in the finish.


The Architect Verdict

Considering that “Destruction of The Shield” contained most of the key WWE matches involving the trio prior to 2015, the new “Seth Rollins: Building The Architect” DVD is probably as good a collection as one could expect at this point in Seth’s career.

Even with the restrictions and a few minor omissions, this three-disc set contains a ton of thrilling matches, complemented by some candid comments in between them. So whether you know him as “The Architect”, “The Kingslayer” or just “The Man”, if you’re a fan then this round-up of Rollins encounters is well worth a look, and no doubt a compilation that you’ll thoroughly enjoy.

WWE - Seth Rollins in FCW, Florida Championship Wrestling

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  1. James says:

    Fantastic review! I’m still going to skip this one though. Dean Ambrose needs his own DVD set. He is clearly the best and most talented to emerge out of The Shield.
    Jusy my opinion of course

  2. Shane C Montgomery says:

    I would love for this to be on Blu-ray but since everyone is sick of me belly aching about the lack there of, I will try to complain less, just this one last time. This Rollins release is going to be fun to watch. As far as June releases, is there anything else on the schedule other than the PPV double feature? No three disks set of any kind and if not is there a chance something might be released in June last minute?

  3. Brad Attitude says:

    I hope the Kurt Angle dvd gets reviewed like this.

  4. some guy says:

    If you look closely you can see a camera monitor in that Seth interview shot. Surprised no one caught that, pretty unprofessional imho

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