Seth Rollins was injured during his tussle with Samoa Joe on this week’s Monday Night Raw, WWE announced on Wednesday. Is this real, or is it just a part of the storyline?
Unfortunately, Rollins is legitimately injured, Wrestling Observer has confirmed. Pro Wrestling Sheet also reported that the injury is real. Rollins suffered an injury to the same knee where he experienced an ACL tear last year, something that took him out of action for six months.
We don’t yet know the extent of the injuries or how long this will keep Rollins out of the ring, but he is scheduled to be examined by WWE doctors later this week.
Rollins himself commented on the news by posting a photo of his knee on Twitter, writing, “Wish I could say it was just a bad dream.”
The timing of this injury could not possibly be worse. This week on Raw, a storyline that had been brewing for five months finally reached a climax: Seth Rollins confronted Triple H, with Rollins wanting to exact his revenge after Triple H betrayed him during a Universal Championship match. Ever since late August, Rollins had been demanding to speak to Triple H, but it took until January 30th’s episode of the show for that to happen. At the conclusion of the event, Triple H unleashed Samoa Joe on Seth Rollins rather than fighting him himself.
This feud was expected to lead to a match at WrestleMania 33, which takes place on April 2nd. Depending on the seriousness of the injury, Rollins may no longer be able to perform at the show, making this the second WrestleMania in a row he has to miss due to a knee injury. If Rollins’ injury is as severe as the one he suffered last year, that would mean he wouldn’t be back in the ring until July 2017.
Although this injury is legitimate, it looks like it is already starting to be incorporated into the storyline; on Twitter, Samoa Joe responded to the news by implying he intentionally injured Rollins at Triple H’s request.
Remaining in character, he also mocked fans who were upset by the news of Rollins’ injury.