NEW ORLEANS — Seth Rollins walked into WrestleMania last year under the gold banner of a Kingslayer. This year, he walked in with the blue eyes of The Night King, and fittingly enough, he brought winter with him.

The Architect is now Intercontinental Champion for the first time, snapping the eighth reign of the preening champion The Miz and denying Finn Bálor to join joined his Shield brothers as a Grand Slam Champion.

Finn Bálor drives Seth Rollins and Miz into the ringside barricade: WrestleMania 34 (WWE Network Exclusive)

WrestleMania 34 gets off to a furious start with a heated Triple Threat Match between Intercontinental Champion The Miz, Seth Rollins and Finn Bálor: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

If there was one advantage for the incumbent titleholder Miz, it was that Bálor and Rollins were drawn to each other throughout the entire match, fittingly enough given the long rivalry that has recently reignited. Miz, who had hoped to pit the two of them against each other to bolster his own chances, found a lot of success as a spoiler, pouncing with a Skull-Crushing Finale to Rollins, torturing Bálor in the Figure-Four Leglock and catching an airborne Rollins with a bulldog off the top rope.

To his credit, he also dismissed The Miztourage from ringside prior to the opening bell, preferring to go it alone in order to set an example for his newborn daughter, Monroe Sky. As it turns out, he could have used them.

Rollins was a force of nature, appearing without warning and striking without mercy. He broke up the Figure-Four to Bálor by Frog-Splashing Miz, and, crucially, he had no problem biding his time until the opportune moment. That turned out to be after Bálor had landed a pair of Coup de Grâces to The Miz, one to the back and one to the chest. When The Extraordinary Man attempted to cover the champion, Rollins swooped in with a stomp that took Finn out of the running. As Miz struggled to his knees, Seth tuned up the band and administered a second stomp to The A-Lister to win the title.

Now Rollins, who has seemed like a new man since a record-setting Gauntlet Match in February, has the gold to back it up. The Kingslayer has claimed the throne. Say hello to Seth Rollins, Intercontinental Champion, first of his name. Long may he reign.

NEW ORLEANS — Seth Rollins walked into WrestleMania last year under the gold banner of a Kingslayer. This year, he walked in with the blue eyes of The Night King, and fittingly enough, he brought winter with him.

The Architect is now Intercontinental Champion for the first time, snapping the eighth reign of the preening champion The Miz and denying Finn Bálor to join joined his Shield brothers as a Grand Slam Champion.

Finn Bálor drives Seth Rollins and Miz into the ringside barricade: WrestleMania 34 (WWE Network Exclusive)

WrestleMania 34 gets off to a furious start with a heated Triple Threat Match between Intercontinental Champion The Miz, Seth Rollins and Finn Bálor: Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

If there was one advantage for the incumbent titleholder Miz, it was that Bálor and Rollins were drawn to each other throughout the entire match, fittingly enough given the long rivalry that has recently reignited. Miz, who had hoped to pit the two of them against each other to bolster his own chances, found a lot of success as a spoiler, pouncing with a Skull-Crushing Finale to Rollins, torturing Bálor in the Figure-Four Leglock and catching an airborne Rollins with a bulldog off the top rope.

To his credit, he also dismissed The Miztourage from ringside prior to the opening bell, preferring to go it alone in order to set an example for his newborn daughter, Monroe Sky. As it turns out, he could have used them.

Rollins was a force of nature, appearing without warning and striking without mercy. He broke up the Figure-Four to Bálor by Frog-Splashing Miz, and, crucially, he had no problem biding his time until the opportune moment. That turned out to be after Bálor had landed a pair of Coup de Grâces to The Miz, one to the back and one to the chest. When The Extraordinary Man attempted to cover the champion, Rollins swooped in with a stomp that took Finn out of the running. As Miz struggled to his knees, Seth tuned up the band and administered a second stomp to The A-Lister to win the title.

Now Rollins, who has seemed like a new man since a record-setting Gauntlet Match in February, has the gold to back it up. The Kingslayer has claimed the throne. Say hello to Seth Rollins, Intercontinental Champion, first of his name. Long may he reign.