Without a doubt, Seth Rollins is the biggest star of WWE's current generation. The ultra-talented athlete has been leading the stars of tomorrow, ever since he debuted on NXT. Since moving to the main roster in 2012, Rollins has made a major impact, both in the Shield and as a solo competitor, becoming one of the company's top stars. However, it seems like he has hit another speed bump.
According to WWE.com, Rollins re-injured the knee this past Monday on #RAW when he was viciously attacked by Samoa Joe. And while many of us speculated that the injury angle might be part of a storyline, PWInsider confirmed that Rollins was getting examined in Birmingham, Alabama. So the injury is undeniably legitimate.
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It's safe to say that Rollins' injury couldn't have come at a worse time. The Road to WrestleMania is easily the WWE's busiest and most lucrative time. And with it literally being all hands on deck, the possibility of WWE temporarily losing one their top stars at such a critical time is something that most of us fans couldn't bare to think about.
Is History Repeating Itself?
Seth Rollins won the WWE Championship in 2015 at WrestleMania when he cashed in his 'Money In The Bank' briefcase during the main event of Roman Reigns vs Brock Lesnar. He held that title for almost the rest of the year, until he was injured in a match with Kane in Dublin. Rollins tore the ACL, MCL, and medial meniscus in his knee and was forced to vacate the championship as he would be out of action for six to nine months. He would return to action in May 2016 and has been competing ever since.
However, as WWE have commented on the fact that his knee has been "re-injured", it's possible that Rollins might have done the same damage to his knee all over again. And if this is the case, then he will likely be out of action for many more months to come.
Rollins himself commented on how hard it was not being able to compete at WrestleMania last year, thus we have to wonder if he will find himself in the same boat this year? I certainly hope not.
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Is This Why He Wasn't At The Royal Rumble?
Seth Rollins is currently embroiled in a rivalry with WWE legend — and Chief Operating Officer of the company — Triple H. Last week's RAW saw the Game cost Rollins his spot in the Royal Rumble match. And while this made sense from a storyline standpoint, I found myself in awe of the decision to remove Rollins from the Rumble match. After all, Rollins is a major draw and would have certainly helped liven the match up a little more, so why on earth remove him from it, when they could have furthered the storyline by having Triple H show up and eliminate him? It was inexplicable, or so we thought.
If the higher powers knew about Rollins' injury before the weekend, they likely removed him from the #RoyalRumble match for his own safety. And if they did know, it suddenly doesn't seem so illogical now that Rollins wasn't in the match. Moreover, they probably had him appear at NXT Takeover during the weekend to anger Triple H further, giving them an excuse to execute the vicious beating at the hands of Samoa Joe on RAW.
This storyline beating would allow WWE to write Rollins off TV for a while, until his injury heals. The company did something similar in 2007 when #SmackDown's World Heavyweight Champion, The Undertaker injured his bicep and they had Mark Henry brutally assault him in order to write him off TV. Much like the Phenom returned and got his revenge on Henry, you can rest assured that if this is the case, Rollins will come looking for Triple H when he heals up.
Will Rollins Miss WrestleMania 33?
We know that Seth Rollins was crushed not to be part of WrestleMania 32 last year, especially after having such a successful outing at the event the previous year. Thus, his entire #TV storyline this year has been built around his desire to reclaim his throne and compete on the "Grandest Stage". But now with the re-emergence of his knee injury, Rollins' WrestleMania hopes are once again in jeopardy.
As for the company, it felt the effects of not only Rollins' absence last year but also John Cena, Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton who were all unable to compete due to injuries. Thus, if Rollins does miss WrestleMania again this year, it will surely come as a blow to WWE as he was due to take on Triple H in one of the main event matches. If the knee injury does keep him out of action past 'Mania, then officials will have to scramble to find another opponent for the Game, and fast.
Rollins recently took to twitter to thank everyone for their support, and promised to reclaim his throne, by taking down Triple H.
So while we don't yet know how severe Seth Rollins' knee injury is, it truly couldn't have come at a worse time for both the Architect and the WWE. With WrestleMania well and truly on the horizon, we were finally going to see Rollins take on the legendary Triple H — after months of dragging it out — to settle their rivalry once and for all. But now all of that is up in the air, until his knee injury is officially diagnosed.
No matter the extent of his injury, one thing is certain — Seth Rollins will redesign, rebuild and reclaim.
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(Source: WWE.com, PWInsider.com, Seth Rollins's official Twitter)