Former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins was injured at a WWE live event back in November. His injury came at a terrible time, as WWE had already lost both Randy Orton and Cesaro due to injury, and John Cena was off shooting a reality show.
Prior to the Royal Rumble back in January, WWE.com put out a video where they predicted who the surprise entrants would be in this year’s Rumble, and one of the names that was mentioned was Seth Rollins. They noted that Rollins’ rehab was ahead of schedule, and that he may end up making his return during the thirty-man match. Of course, Rollins never ended up returning during the match, and he’ll probably be out of action until July.
The severity of Rollins’ injury forced WWE to strip him of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, and because of that, the belief among the fans is that Rollins will be the top contender for the title he never lost upon his return. But, according to Cageside Seats, that won’t be the case.
“When Seth Rollins returns, which should be within the next couple months, he’s not expected to be in the main event picture, at least not right away.”
Rollins was originally scheduled to drop the WWE World Title to Roman Reigns at last November’s Survivor Series, but, of course, the knee injury that he suffered prevented him from doing so.
Rollins was also scheduled to wrestle Triple H at WrestleMania 32, but his knee injury forced WWE to change the show’s main-event to Roman Reigns vs. Triple H.
There are a ton of WWE returns that are scheduled for this summer — John Cena, Randy Orton, and Seth Rollins are all expected to be back in the ring by August at the very latest. It’s also expected that all three of those men will return to the company as babyfaces, although Rollins’ babyface run probably won’t last all that long.
As for why Rollins won’t be in the WWE World Heavyweight Title picture upon his return, well, as of this writing, the reason is unknown. But, there’s a very good chance that it’ll be because he’ll end up feuding with Triple H when he returns to WWE television.
Also, it’s been known for quite some time that WWE wants to do another Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar match, which may end up taking place at SummerSlam. If that’s the case, then it makes sense to leave Rollins out of the WWE World Title picture following his return.
There is a rumor going around that Rollins will return at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view in July, where he’ll end up winning the MITB briefcase for the second time. If that ends up happening, Rollins would join CM Punk as the only WWE superstar to win the Money in the Bank ladder match on two separate occasions.
Rollins was pushed as WWE’s top heel prior to his injury, but it’ll be hard to put him back into that position following his return, as he’ll likely be one of the biggest fan-favorites when he gets back into the ring.
There are a ton of intriguing future match-ups for Rollins, and one of them is AJ Styles. The two men have wrestled each other on the independent-scene, but they haven’t crossed paths in WWE. Rollins has said on numerous occasions that he would love to go one-on-one with Styles in a WWE ring, so don’t be surprised if the two men end up in the ring with each other shortly after Rollins returns from injury.
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