An update has been given with regards to Seth Rollins being able to compete at WrestleMania 40 following a recent injury.
In the main of WWE Raw on January 15th, Seth Rollins defeated Jinder Mahal to retain the World Heavyweight Championship. That result was expected, but what wasn’t expected was an injury to Rollins that could lead to the World Champion missing a significant amount of time.
The injury occurred when Rollins did a Lionsault (or quebrada), which is a moonsault off the middle ropes. That’s the move that that Chris Jericho has been doing for over 30 years. When Rollins landed the move, his knee hit the mat hard. It’s possible that Rollins tweaked the knee before that, but that’s when it appeared that he was feeling it.
Despite the pain, Rollins wrestled for a few more minutes and finished the match. Following the injury news, WWE has pulled Rollins from upcoming live events.
After several days without any kind of update, which led to some worry among fans that it was a serious injury, there was an update on Friday. Fightful Select reports that Rollins told people backstage that he didn’t think it was an ACL tear similar to what Rollins suffered in November 2015 when he was the WWE Champion.
Fightful adds that Rollins sustained a torn MCL and a partially torn meniscus. Those injuries could require surgery, but they could only be a 4-6 week thing instead of missing nine months like a Torn ACL injury. There is a hope that Rollins will be able to avoid surgery. It’s not yet known how WWE will address it on television, but on Smackdown, they advertised that Rollins would start Raw with an update on his health.
Will Seth Rollins Be Able To Compete At WrestleMania?
Ever since CM Punk returned to WWE at Survivor Series last November and Seth Rollins freaked out about it, there were rumors that Rollins would face Punk at WrestleMania 40. It has since been confirmed that Seth Rollins facing CM Punk is the planned World Heavyweight Title match at WrestleMania 40. As a reminder, WrestleMania 40 takes place on April 6 and April 7 in Philadephia. That means there are about two and a half months before WrestleMania takes place.
While speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer remarked that WWE was still planning on doing the Rollins-Punk match at WrestleMania, but it also could change as they learn more about Rollins’ injury.
“As of an hour ago, Seth Rollins and Punk are still scheduled for WrestleMania. As far as that could change? Yes. I was told yes, it could change, but it’s up in the air. But right now, he’s still on WrestleMania. I heard yesterday he was pulled from some house shows. And whatever, how long to be determined. But it’s a significant injury, but we don’t know how significant, I mean, as far as, like, how long we’ll be out right now. But, yeah, so that’s the basic gist of it.”
“And decisions will have to be made. If it’s a month thing, though, they should probably just go with their plans. If it’s, you know, going to be two months or more, I mean, you could always do an interim if it’s going to be a couple of months. Or you could just stip him, which they’ve done many times before, and change plans.”
It was added by Meltzer that if Rollins has arthroscopic surgery, he’ll be back for WrestleMania, but if he has invasive surgery, he would likely be out for WrestleMania.