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31 Days of Wrestling (12/1/15): Seth Rollins Cashes In

Welcome to December, Henrinites!

The first day of the last month of the year is upon us, and with it comes a large wave of nostalgia as we bid goodbye to 2015 and welcome 2016. It's definitely been a crazy year for the world of professional wrestling.

Having said that, we're proud to introduce this month's feature, the 31 Days of Wrestling series. For each day of December, we'll be highlighting one moment of wrestling from the last 11 months' worth of matches and shows. Now, these are not necessarily the best matches per se. Rather, these are the moments we think best summarize what wrestling in 2015 was like.

Without further ado, welcome to 31 Days of Wrestling, and we hope you enjoy this series!

#1: Seth Rollins cashes in his Money in the Bank briefcase at Wrestlemania

Kicking things off for Day 1 of 31 is the man one can say had the biggest rise in stock this past year — Seth Rollins.

2014 saw Rollins build his stock up as one of the young names to watch for in the WWE. He was able to hold his own as a singles star following a successful run with the Shield, highlighted by capturing the Money in the Bank briefcase in June. Rollins entered 2015 as the Authority's poster boy, and was booked in a match against former Authority ally Randy Orton at WrestleMania, WWE's biggest stage. Unfortunately, a well-timed RKO from Orton resulted in Rollins picking up the loss. At the end of the night, however, it was Rollins who had the last laugh.

Rollins capitalized on the brutal beatdown between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns, taking the opportunity to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase and win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Rollins went from being merely an up-and-comer to being the man of the WWE.

Rollins' cash-in was pulled off beautifully, as many fans were dreading the likely title reign of Roman Reigns. The successful cash-in provided an alternative that hardcore smarks seemed to prefer, and it was all the more satisfying seeing Rollins run away with the title at the biggest stage of them all. People loved it, as evidenced by this video taken at a local viewing party.

Over the next 221 days, Rollins cemented himself in the upper echelons of the WWE, being able to defend his title against the likes of John Cena, Randy Orton, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns. Unfortunately, his first championship reign was cut short due to an injury he picked up, and was forced to vacate the title. Despite ending 2015 on a sour note, Rollins has firmly established himself as one of the WWE's best assets, and we look forward to seeing his star soar even higher when he returns next year.

What do you think of the year Seth Rollins has had? What was your reaction to his successful cash-in at WrestleMania? Let us know in the comments section below!

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