Back in November, Seth Rollins, who was the WWE World Heavyweight Champion at the time, suffered a knee injury while attempting a sunset flip/powerbomb combination from the top rope. When Rollins landed, his knee buckled, and he tore nearly everything.
The original prognosis following Rollins’ knee operation is that he would be out of action for six to nine months, which led many to believe that the former WWE Champ would return in the middle of the summer, and that WWE would then begin building to a match between Rollins and Triple H, which was originally going to happen at WrestleMania 32.
Just days before the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, WWE.com named five superstars who may make their return during the Rumble match, and Seth Rollins was on that list. It was noted that Rollins’ rehab is way ahead of schedule, and while he obviously didn’t make his return at the Royal Rumble, the video on WWE’s website suggested that he’s going to make his in-ring return a lot sooner than expected.
As of right now, WWE’s top two matches for WrestleMania 32 seemed to be locked in, as it’s looking like Triple H will defend the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Roman Reigns, and Brock Lesnar will go one-on-one with Bray Wyatt.
Could Rollins return before WrestleMania 32 and actually wrestle at the event? Anything’s possible, especially since his rehab is ahead of schedule.
If Rollins did return in time for the event, who would he wrestle?
Well, we still don’t have an obvious opponent for Undertaker. Some people have suggested that “The Deadman” will end up wrestling the Wyatt Family’s Braun Strowman, which is probably the direction that WWE is going in, even though it hasn’t been made official yet.
There’s no one who would make the argument that Braun Strowman would be a better opponent for Undertaker than Seth Rollins would be. So, if Rollins is able to wrestle on the show, then WWE may look to put him against “The Phenom.”
There’s also a chance that if both Rollins and John Cena are able to recover from their respective injuries in time for WrestleMania 32, WWE will put the two of them against each other in a one-on-one match. Of course, it’s a match that we’ve all seen before, but it would be a way to get them both on the card without scrapping any current plans.
While Rollins is ahead of schedule, him being healthy enough to wrestle in early April does seem a little far-fetched, especially considering the severity of his injury that he suffered back in November. If Rollins is able to return and wrestle in the spring, it would only be five months after he completely destroyed his knee, which would be an incredible recovery.
In professional sports, most athletes who suffer the exact same injury that Rollins suffered are out for at least nine months, and if they come back too soon, they’ll end up blowing out their knee again, which is something that WWE obviously doesn’t want to happen.
When Rollins won the Slammy Award for “Superstar of the Year,” he gave a speech that led many to believe that he was going to be a babyface upon his return, whenever that may be. Typically, whenever someone returns from injury, they’re always a babyface, so it’s unlikely that Rollins would be any different, especially considering the rumor that Dean Ambrose will be turning heel soon, which leaves plenty of room on the babyface side for Seth Rollins.
As for when exactly Seth Rollins will be in a WWE ring, well, that remains to be seen. As previously noted, the WWE.com piece suggested that Rollins will be back sooner than expected, but even with that in mind, it would still be a huge surprise if he were able to wrestle any time before this coming summer.
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