He also worked for Ian Rotten's Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South (IWA) and entered the Ted Petty Invitational Tournament, defeating Sal Thomaselli before being eliminated by Matt Sydal in the quarterfinals in Hammond, Indiana on September 23, 2005.
He later won the SCW Heavyweight Championship and spray-painted the championship belt black to mark "The Black Era" in SCW.
He soon joined NWA Midwest and won the promotion's tag team championship with Marek Brave.
The two successfully defended the NWA Midwest Tag Team Championship against Ryan Boz and Danny Daniels, Brett Wayne and Hype Gotti and Jayson Reign and Marco Cordova several times in early 2006.
If that isn't the cutest thing you've heard all day!
In the photo above, Franco wrote “Boom boom, NAKED and Afraid. For reals.” Then in the photo on the left, Franco captioned, “See if me and seth can make it, NAKED and AFRAID!!!! This is how we do it.” Well, it’s just another run-of-the-mill-weekend with Franco and Rogen.
Rollins debuted on WWE's main roster in 2012 alongside Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns as The Shield.
Thankfully, their friendship has only gotten stronger since then, and Franco totally credits Rogen with helping him get through the media circus surrounding The Interview when theaters were pulling the movie after North Korea's threats.
"At one point he texted me and said ‘I’m glad it’s you I’m going through this with,'' Franco said of Rogen.
Rollins won his first main roster championship while with the group, the WWE Tag Team Championship, with Reigns.
Following The Shield's first breakup in June 2014, Rollins has gone on to become a two-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion, one-time Intercontinental Champion, a one-time United States Champion, a three-time WWE/Raw Tag Team Champion (with Reigns, Ambrose and Jason Jordan, respectively), the 2014 Money in the Bank winner and the 2015 Superstar of the Year.