WWE released an update today on Seth’s debilitating knee injury in the form of a video and photos from his reconstructive surgery yesterday. The photos have been added into the gallery.
This past week at the beginning of the European tour Seth had the chance to meet some very excited fans in Dublin, Ireland. I’ve added 7 photos to our gallery which you can check out below:
Seth Rollins’ WWE World Heavyweight Championship reign, which began with his historic Money in the Bank contract cash-in at WrestleMania 31 and has since been heralded as being among the most memorable in the modern era, came to a sudden halt when he was injured during WWE’s tour of Dublin, Ireland this past week and was forced to vacate the title. WWE.com caught up with the former champion for an exclusive interview to see how he’s feeling just days after the injury, his thoughts on the future of the World Title at Survivor Series and how The Architect plans to rebuild.
WWE.COM: It has been a crazy few days for you, how are you feeling physically and emotionally?
ROLLINS: You know, overall, I think I’m in a pretty good spot. Physically, my knee doesn’t hurt. Like, one thing people don’t understand, a common question is, “How much pain are you in?” The ligaments don’t have nerve endings, so, that’s a good thing and a bad thing, but I don’t feel any pain, it’s just a lot of instability in the knee capsule. So, I’m doing a lot of compression to kind of reduce the swelling and stuff like that. Emotionally … could be better. Obviously it’s a tough spot to be in. I’m mostly just looking forward to getting the surgery done and getting better every day.
WWE.COM: If you could, walk us through the injury. How did it happen?
ROLLINS: Let’s see, we were in Dublin, Ireland, first night of the tour and I was in the main event. I was setting up to do something I’ve done a million times — flipping over my opponent while he was standing on the second [rope]. I landed underneath him and then picked him up for a Powerbomb. And for whatever reason, I just landed on the inside of my right foot, instead of flat with my feet and my knee gave. If you’ve seen the video, you know it looks pretty graphic. It didn’t feel as graphic though. It just felt like my knee dislocated and then kind of popped back in. So, I hustled back up and got underneath, made sure my feet were steady and delivered the Powerbomb. Then, I did a self-evaluation real quick to see what was going on. I realized my knee was pretty unstable and noticed that it felt like it was flopping around. I didn’t feel like I had a lot of control under it. I was able to move around enough to finish the match, hit a Pedigree and get the win. Afterwards, I just laid there and [tried to] figure out what was going on. Again, I wasn’t in a whole bunch of pain, I just felt like my knee wasn’t right. I wasn’t really sure of the extent of the damage until the next morning when I got the MRI.
WWE.COM: So, all of that considered, would you classify the injury as a freak accident?
ROLLINS: You know, it’s one of those things, that yeah, it’s a bit of a freak accident, but I was just talking to a friend of mine, who is a physical therapist and may be doing the work on my knee moving forward, and he kind of summed it up as a “complex accident,” as in, there are a lot of factors that led up to it and not just a freak thing, you know? And that’s just part of me going as hard as I have for as long as I have.
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins has torn his right ACL, MCL and medial meniscus, and will not be able to defend the title against Roman Reigns at Survivor Series. A tournament to determine a new champion will instead take place at the event.
As first reported on Twitter by ESPN, Rollins suffered the injury last night at a WWE Live Event in Dublin, Ireland, and is expected to miss six to nine months of action. Details surrounding the Survivor Series tournament have not been finalized. The event takes place Sunday, Nov. 22, and will air live only on WWE Network.
Roman says based on your energy, he says he is proud to be in Denver. He is also proud to be the Number One Contender and the next WWE Champion. He wants to talk about Seth Rollins. He is good in the ring, but he is good at other things. He is good at brown nosing and kissing the Authority’s ass. He does not like people who lie to his face and stab him in the back. Seth has been lucky enough to be champion since Wrestlemania, but that is where it ends. Nothing will stop him from becoming the next WWE World Champion and you can…BELIEVE THAT.
Seth Rollins makes his way onto the stage. Are you going to believe that Roman is going to do something that no one else has been able to do and take his WWE Championship. He does not believe Roman. He also wants to know if Roman gave him a compliment. Seth says Roman is good too. He wouldn’t have recruited Roman for the Shield if he wasn’t good. At Wrestlemania, you stood toe to toe with the Beast Incarnate, Brock Lesnar. You took everything he had to dish out and gave back just as good. How did that night end for you Roman? Seth reminds Roman he cashed in his contract and won the match to become the WWE Champion. Seth says he rewrote history by doing something that no one else had done before. When history is written about you, you were good, but you will always be second best. These people, they will only remember you as the guy who used to carry his bags.
Roman tells Seth to carry himself down here and see who the real man is. Seth says he will do this right now, but after taking a few steps down the ramp, he pauses and then heads closer to the ring until…the music for Triple H plays and he is joined by Stephanie McMahon the revolutionary. Stephanie says if we are going to do this, we are going to make this official. Stephanie asks how many people want to see Seth Rollins versus Roman Reigns? How many want to see them face each other for the WWE Championship. You are going to get it…but not tonight. Hunter says he knew they could get them. Hunter wants to know how high are the people to believe that they would do this. Stephanie says they are not going to give that match away in Denver. That match will take place at Survivor Series. Hunter mentions that since Roman is itching for a fight, let’s have a traditional five on five Survivor Series elimination match. Hunter says a team captained by and chosen by Seth Rollins will face a team captained and chosen by Roman Reigns.
Backstage: Kevin Owens is walking in the back and Seth Rollins is happy to see him. Seth says that was huge out there. Kevin thanks him and wants to know where is this going. Seth says Wrestlemania is right around the corner and what better match than champion versus champion Kevin Owens versus Seth Rollins. Kevin says he likes the sound of that. Seth asks if Kevin likes the sound of Kevin being on Team Rollins. Kevin says he likes the idea of the Wrestlemania match and he says he is in. He tells Seth that he owes him one.
Raw begins as is tradition with someone talking and this week it is Triple H and Stephanie McMahon (who is no longer billed as one of the principal owners of WWE).
We see photos from the main event of last night’s Hell in a Cell pay per view and then the biblical attack by the Wyatt Family on the Undertaker.
Stephanie says that we saw battles of mythic proportions at Hell in a Cell.
Hunter says that from the get go with the triumphant return of Alberto Del Rio to defeat John Cena to become the new United States Champion. Last night was the emergence of the next generation of WWE Superstars.
Stephanie says the man leading the next generation had the biggest win of the night against Kane. He is the man . . . Seth Rollins.
Seth comes out and we see photos of the match between Kane and Seth Rollins from last night.
Stephanie points out Seth has been WWE Champion for a long time, he has changed the course of WWE History.
Hunter says he has not made it easy with the people who have been put in front of him.
Stephanie says you are still champion. Hunter says you proved them right.
Stephanie says their reputations were on the line when they picked him from The Shield to lead the superstars and Divas. This is just like her husband, Triple H, has done through the years.
Hunter says that Seth won and stood by his beliefs and by winning, Kane is no longer Director of Authority. You have made the WWE better. Hunter says they are proud of Seth, and Stephanie agrees.
Seth hugs Hunter and Stephanie. He says that he is speechless for the first time ever. Seth says he exorcised his greatest demon when he defeated Kane and kept his title. He ousted Kane as Director of Operations. Seth says he never would have had this opportunity to show the world how great he is if not for two visionaries, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H.
Stephanie says that Seth is the greatest start of his generation but he has left them in an awkward situation. Hunter says that Seth has cleaned out the WWE by beating everyone there is to beat. Now someone has to dig, scratch, and claw to fight their way to earn their right and the privilege to step into the ring with Seth Rollins. That is what people are going to do tonight. The winners from last night are going to compete in the ring. The winners of the matches will compete in a Fatal Four Way. The winner of that match will earn the right to be called the Number One Contender and earn the right to get into the ring with you. They will have gained the privilege to be beaten by Seth Rollins.
Roman Reigns’ music plays and he makes his way to the ring and he seems okay after last night’s Hell in a Cell Match against Bray Wyatt.