KELLER & POWELL FLAGSHIP (12/5)
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WWE issued a statement saying Samoa Joe injured Seth Rollins’s knee on Monday Night Raw. At first it sounded like it could possibly be a storyline, playing up how severe the beatdown was of Seth on Monday. However, Joe didn’t concentrate on Seth’s knee at any point in the beatdown. PWTorch sources say the injury is legitimate. It’s also potentially serious, causing Seth to yet again miss WrestleMania and again delaying the scheduled grudge match with Triple H.
WWE.com has footage of Seth leaving the arena on crutches, looking dismayed at the situation.
Seth appeared to be just fine during the beatdown, but when Joe applied his sleeper at the end, Seth’s foot appears to get caught on the mat as they went down, twisting his right knee awkwardly. Seth posted on Twitter, “Wish I could say it was just a bad dream.” This is the same knee that was injured prior.
Wish I could say it was just a bad dream. pic.twitter.com/mr5vu1MEVp
— Seth Rollins (@WWERollins) February 1, 2017
Keller’s Analysis: This appears to be just a fluke injury, as Joe yanked Seth to the mat and Seth’s boot just caught on the canvas. This either reshuffles WWE storylines, if the priority is to make sure Triple H is in a significant top match on the show, or it just erases Triple H’s match against Seth. There’s enough depth on the card to absorb a loss of one it’s top four or five matches, and this is one of those. The hope, of course, is that Seth can still work with a knee brace at WrestleMania or be fine by WrestleMania, but the early fear among WWE sources is he could miss four-to-six months. I don’t know if Joe will take any heat for this, but between injuring Tyson Kidd in NXT and now Seth on Raw in his debut appearance, it’s not the type of record you want.