Seth Rollins has been one of the major players in WWE since debuting on the main roster in The Shield faction in 2012. He followed his run in the group with a WWE ‘Money In Bank’ win and then cashed in his briefcase at Wrestlemania 31 in the middle of the Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns main event.
Rollins was the champ for over six months, but he blew out his ACL during a November European tour. He had to forfeit the WWE Championship and was on the shelf for quite awhile. He had to miss Wrestlemania 32 due to the injury and didn’t come back until May 22nd at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view.
WWE has been teasing a Rollins vs. Triple H match for nearly six months. The possible Wrestlemania 33 match is now in jeopardy after Rollins legitimately re-injured his surgically-repaired knee on Monday Night Raw.
I’m usually pretty shy about noting an injury when it comes to pro wrestling, especially one that fits so well in a feud. Many insiders reported the injury and Rollins even mentioned it himself on Twitter.
If you watch Samoa Joe’s attack on Rollins on RAW, you can see the moment his injury happened. Joe put on the Coquina Clutch submission and went to take him down to the ground at around the 3:20 mark of the video below.
Rollins was flailing and all of Joe’s weight took him to the ground while his right knee was in a weird position.
Rollins was expected to see specialists this week to have his knee evaluated. Some ‘insiders’ have already heard he may only be out for eight weeks, which would be cutting it close for the early-April Wrestlemania 33 show.
I really don’t trust any wrestling ‘insiders’ unless they are named Dave Meltzer or Bryan Alvarez, so until I hear Rollins’ prognosis from them, I’ll be skeptical.
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