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Seth Rollins Speaks On His Injury, What's Next


We're in for a long, sad stretch with a Seth Rollins-shaped hole in our hearts. But thankfully we have this thing called the Internet to keep us updated on the latest happenings with the now-former WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

WWE.com recently sat down with Rollins to see where his head is at, and what's next for him over the next six to nine months that he's on the shelf, and we've got highlights right here. 

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On how he feels physically and emotionally

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.


On how he recalls the moments leading up to the injury and how it happened 

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.

Fan footage of the moment of injury. Grisly. 

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.

On whether he considers the incident a freak accident

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.

On his next steps for consultation, surgery, and rehabilitation 

I head to Birmingham, Alabama on Sunday for a consultation on Monday and then Dr. Dugas will perform the surgery, which will basically be the reconstruction of my knee, on Tuesday. Then the journey begins and we start rebuilding the machine, if you will. Nowadays, rehab begins minimally the day and week of. Working on range of motion, working on stim machines, ice and getting information down. So I’m going to be doing whatever I can as far as that’s concerned. We’ll see. You kinda gotta listen to your body and see what it gives you, but yeah, definitely as soon as I can get in there and start moving around.

On how he sees the future of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

You know, for me, over the last seven months I really put my stamp on that title as mine. I’ve defended it against literally everyone that has come at me and done it successfully, so for me to have to vacate the title like that, I’m not afraid of whatever happens at Survivor Series. Whoever happens to come out with the championship, as far as I’m concerned, they’re an interim champion and kind of just holding on to my title until I get back. They can look at it however they want, but for me, I’m the best and I’ve never lost my title. So, when I get back, I plan on picking up where I left off.


On how he feels as a heel champion regarding the outpouring of fan support he's received 

Well, you know, for someone who is as universally despised as I am, I was pretty overwhelmed with the amount of love that I received from all of the fans in the WWE Universe. All of the well wishes and, just in general, all the concern that everyone had for me as a person and as a performer. So, I don’t do this very often, but I would like to extend a thank you to them. Their support means a lot to me and it’s going to go a long way in my recovery and help me mentally get back to where I was at. So yeah, it’s very interesting to see how quickly people’s minds can change when it comes to something like that—it says a lot about the human condition. I'll be back stronger and better than I was before. That's a guarantee. You ain't see nothing yet.

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We can't wait to see the Captain back in action and doing more superhuman stunts that we've literally never seen from a WWE competitor before. 

Rollins is a noted CrossFit aficionado who has never held back from building his body into what he believes to be the ultimate wrestling machine. Here's hoping all the training he's done helps his body recover fully from what could be a career-altering injury.



Got any thoughts on where the WWE is taking the World Heavyweight Championship scene from herehere? Drop us a line in comments section, and let's have a good debate on it.



All photos are from WWE. 

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