Rollins Update – knee surgery complete, WWE films procedure

By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

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Seth Rollins (artist Travis Beaven © PWTorch)


Nov. 11 Update: Seth Rollins underwent right knee surgery this week, according to photos released on WWE’s website.

Cameras were on-hand to film Rollins as he was prepared for surgery, and the procedure was documented by photographer Steve Gates.

The theme of Rollins’s recovery is rebuilding his knee, which will make for a good feature and video package when he does return to action. WWE says Rollins will miss 6-9 months.



Seth Rollins is scheduled for surgery next week to repair his torn-up right knee. Rollins spoke out on the injury this weekend, walking WWE’s website through what happened in his match against Kane on Night 1 of WWE’s European Tour.

“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. 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. … 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,” Rollins said.

Rollins is scheduled for a visit with Dr. James Andrews’s office in Birmingham, Ala. on Sunday, a consultation on Monday, and surgery with Dr. Dugas on Tuesday. “Then the (rehab) journey begins and we start rebuilding the machine, if you will,” Rollins said.

WWE released a timeline of 6-9 months recovery for Rollins, but Rollins said he’s not putting time constraints on himself, just listening to his body.

Rollins said the frustrating thing is he doesn’t feel pain and compressions is helping reduce the swelling in his knee, but he knows the lack of stability in his knee makes it imperative to have surgery. “Emotionally (I) 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,” Rollins said.

Rollins is being forced to give up the WWE World Hvt. Title, so he views the next champion almost like a UFC situation coming out of the WWE Title tournament at the next PPV.

“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,” Rollins said.

“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.”

Rollins closed with a teaser of a babyface turn when he comes back after feeling support from WWE fans.

“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,” Rollins closed the interview.

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