#33 The Shield — “Special Op”
The voices of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns filled the arena, crackling through military walkie-talkies as they called out seemingly random terms: “Sierra. Hotel. India. Echo. Lima. Delta.” Anyone who ever did a stint in the Boy Scouts immediately recognized the phonetic alphabet spelling of the word Shield, but by that time it was already too late. The punishing crunch of militant guitars had kicked in and The Hounds of Justice had encircled their yard — the ring — ready to devour their latest prey.
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.
In an exclusive interview with WWE.com, The Icon Sting sat down and talked about his recent injury that he received during his match at Night of Champions against Seth for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
In the interview, Sting had nothing but good things to say about Seth. You can read what he said below:
WWE.COM: How would you describe competing against Seth Rollins?
STING: The biggest pleasure. I’m honored. After 30 years and working with some of the best and some of the greatest, [Rollins] is, I’m telling you, he’s got to be the best I’ve ever worked with. I mean, this guy has it. And I think he’s just scratching the surface on what he will do. I’ve never seen somebody as talented. He’s working two [matches] on Raw, two [matches] on the pa-per-view, he’s involved in every other segment and it’s physical. He’s got guys coming from every angle. There’s a lot on his plate. He’s carrying a lot, and he’s handling it. He’s proven he can do it. I’m just glad I had a chance to work with him. He’s the kind of guy who could be in there with a broomstick and make something very interesting happen, a match that people would love somehow.
WWE.COM: That’s incredibly high praise coming from Sting.
STING: Really, I can’t say enough. He poked his head in the ambulance and said, “Man, I’m so sorry. I don’t know what happened.” I said, “Seth, don’t worry about it. It’s not your fault.” And he, for 15 minutes, he said, “I just wanted to tell you what an honor it was, what a pleasure. I can’t believe I had a chance to get in the ring with you and work with you. I was you for Halloween when I was a kid.” He was on and on about it, but man, this young guy, he doesn’t have any idea how much I appreciate being able to work with him.
The Undertaker won’t be the only wrestler in the building at the Wizard World Tulsa pop culture convention.
Seth Rollins, fresh off a victory over Sting in a world heavyweight championship bout at the WWE Night of Champions, has been announced as a Wizard World Tulsa guest. The convention is scheduled Oct. 23-25 at Cox Business Center, and Rollins is booked for an Oct. 24 appearance, which includes a 1 p.m. question-and-answer session. Rollins is the second pro wrestling celebrity to commit to the event. The Undertaker, previously announced as a guest, will make a Saturday-only appearance at the show. Mike Tyson, Motley Crue singer Vince Neil, actor Bruce Campbell and three actors from “The Walking Dead” TV series (Norman Reedus, Sonequa Martin-Green, Alexandra Breckenridge) are scheduled to attend the second annual Wizard World Tulsa con.
Other guests include Sean Astin (“Lord of the Rings” trilogy), Christian Kane (“Angel,” “Leverage,” “The Librarians”), Bex Taylor-Klaus (“Arrow,” “Scream”), Taryn Manning (“Orange is the New Black”), Tricia Helfer (“Battlestar Galactica”), Milo Ventimiglia (“Heroes,” “Gotham”), Ted Raimi (“Xena”) and Jason David Frank (“Power Rangers”). The guest list also includes voice actors Mark Meer (Mass Effect video game), Charles Martinet (video game voice of Mario and other characters), Kevin Conroy (“Batman: The Animated Series”) and Phil Lamarr (“Family Guy,” “Futurama” and voice of Green Lantern). Among comic book guests are artist Neal Adams and former Marvel Comics editor in chief Jim Shooter.
Go to wizardworld.com for information about tickets, photo ops, autographs and days in which celebrities are scheduled to appear.
Sometimes amid all the drama over what’s “best for business,” Superstars lose sight of what matters most in the WWE Universe — becoming the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. It’s the top prize in all of sports-entertainment, signifying the best in the business. The prestigious honor was first achieved by Buddy Rogers all the way back in 1963 when he defeated Antonino Rocca in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Since then, a who’s who of squared-circle legends have been able to call themselves a WWE World Heavyweight Champion. But, which of these competitors was the greatest champion?
The WWE Universe might not necessarily be in agreement on this, but let’s be honest: Seth Rollins isn’t just blowing smoke when he calls himself “The Future of WWE.” Handpicked by The Authority to usher in a new era of sports-entertainment, The Architect shocked the world when he rushed the ring in the middle of WrestleMania 31’s main event to cash in his Money in the Bank contract and defeat both Roman Reigns and defending champion Brock Lesnar on The Grandest Stage of Them All.
Since that career-defining accomplishment, Rollins has turned back challenges from Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Randy Orton, survived a one-on-one encounter with The Beast Incarnate with his title reign intact and captured John Cena’s United States Championship, becoming the first Superstar in history to hold the U.S. and WWE World Heavyweight Titles simultaneously. Before the age of 30, this incredible athlete has accomplished what it takes some competitors a lifetime to achieve. Forget potential: The future is now. — JAMES WORTMAN