Seth Rollins Issues Statement On His Injured Knee

As noted, WWE Superstar Seth Rollins re-injured his right knee during the closing segment of this past Monday’s RAW during Samoa Joe’s attack.

Rollins is getting his knee evaluated in Birmingham, Alabama.

Rollins issued the following statement:

Wanted to take a second to thank everyone who has reached out to me over the last two days. Life doesn’t always go your way, but that is no excuse to surrender. If anything, obstacles exist to help us grow and evolve.

This reinjury to my surgically repaired knee is real and a lot is up in the air right now, but one thing remains constant: my resolve. This doesn’t end for me until I’ve reclaimed the throne. And for me, fighting and defeating Triple H is the only way. I will work harder than I ever have and push myself beyond what I know. This isn’t over. The only way to wear the crown is to slay the king. I know what must be done and there’s nothing that can stop me.

Wanted to take a second to thank everyone who has reached out to me over the last two days. Life doesn’t always go your way, but that ….

— Seth Rollins (@WWERollins) February 1, 2017

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Results and takeaways from the 30th annual WWE Royal Rumble

From top to bottom, the card for this year’s Royal Rumble looked to be one of the best ever. Most of the night lived up to the hype and 52,020 screaming fans inside the Alamodome agreed.

The RAW Women’s Championship would open the show and I have to hand it to both ladies.  Bayley and Charlotte had a good match.  I loved the buildup itself and the match did a good job of telling the story.  Bayley, the lifelong fan, against Charlotte, the blue blood raised in the business.  The ending to this match was fitting as Charlotte was able to successfully defend her title and move her record to 16-0 in PPV championship matches.  A record which no WWE superstar can lay claim to.

The Universal Championship match between Kevin Owens and Roman Reigns had its moments. This. for me, was a letdown.  The stacked chair spot outside the ring was nice and Jericho suspended in a shark cage above the ring was gold.  Even better was the spot where Jericho still played a part in the match as he was able to throw down some brass knuckles to his best friend, Kevin.  Having Braun Strowman interfere in this match made no sense to me at all until RAW the following night and in the end Owens was able to put away Roman and retain his WWE Universal Championship.  The biggest problem for me in this match was the fact Kevin again needed outside help to retain and there was a real opportunity here to make him look like a stronger champion heading into the stretch toward WrestleMania.  At this point, it doesnt matter to me who takes it from him because he has rarely been able to defend it without some sort of help.  Owens deserves better than to look like such a weak champion and it doesnt do much to put over the guy who eventually takes it from him.

Cruiserweights up next and I wont spend much time on it.  Solid match that did not disappoint but no suprise in the end.  Neville has already proclaimed himself “King of the Cruiserweights”.  Plus, he is the main draw in the division (no disrespect intended towards Rich Swann).  Neville should have a good run as WWE Cruiserweight Champion and the division itself should benefit from it.

WWE Championship match between AJ Styles aka that guy from Atlanta and John Cena is up next.  Several scenarios could have played out here and the one who would have benefited the most from winning this match was AJ.  This match, for my money, was the best of the night and depending on the rest of 2017, could easily be a Match of the Year candidate down the road.  I do not mean to take away anything from Cena, but clearly AJ carried him for the best part of this match.  Cena tying Ric Flair’s record with his 16th World Championship for this fan is a slap in the face.  Cena can wrestle when he wants to but for me Ric Flair will always be the greatest pure wrestler of all time.  AJ should have won this match and a new champion should have been crowned at Elimination Chamber.  For me, it just makes more sense.

Last, but not least, we have the Royal Rumble match itself.  I shall call it for what it really was and that is a disappointment.  This show was good from the start and the ending simply played out terrible.  To quote good ole JR, it looked like a wreck on I-95!  This match had Goldberg, Lesnar, Undertaker, Strowman, Big Show, Jericho, and so many others.  With the right booking, it could have indeed been the best Royal Rumble match of all time.  Instead Taker, Lesnar, and Goldberg didnt even enter the Rumble until numbers 29, 26, and 28 respectively.  This did a lot to build up the anticipation for the live crowd but seeing the main draws in the match so late entering was so anticlimactic that I was left not even caring about the winner in the end.  A winner I might add that came outta nowhere (pun intended) Randy Orton!  The only way I will appreciate an Orton victory in this match is if Bray Wyatt can go on and win the WWE Championship at the Elimination Chamber.  It gives us what I believe we all want to see which is a great match at Mania between Bray and Orton.  I was disgusted to see Roman enter at No. 30 and it seems they felt sorry for him losing his title match so they just threw him in the Rumble.  It appears though that his elimination and subsequent staredown of the Undertaker should solidify a match between the two of them at WrestleMania.  Goldberg eliminated Lesnar 20 seconds after getting into the Rumble match.  That sets up a final encounter between the two at WrestleMania, which should be big money.

All in all, the Rumble was solid and the Rumble match did give us a better roadmap for WrestleMania.  I only wish the Rumble match itself had been thought out better and given us more surprises.  Tye Dillinger as the only suprise entrant was the only perfect 10 as far as the Rumble match was concerned.

What are your thoughts?  Things you would like to have seen at this year’s Rumble?  Predictions heading into WrestleMania?

 

 

 

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Rollins Hurt? I Guess It’s Time To Play The Game …

IT’S TIME TO PLAY THE GAME!  Of course, by “game” I’m referring to the game in which we, as a wrestling community, freak out and try to figure out what Triple H’s WrestleMania involvement will be given the breaking news that Seth Rollins may in fact be seriously injured and miss WrestleMania for the 2nd straight year.  Now of course, this could all be a work to help bridge the gap between now and WrestleMania, but when has that ever stopped the internet from doing its thing?  Not on my watch!

I mean, you would think that by now the dust would have settled post-Royal Rumble, right?  Not so fast, my friend!  At this very moment, wrestling fans across the globe are left more in the dark than ever.  Not only is there uncertainty around the Road to WrestleMania itself, but now half the matches we knew were a mortal lock are up in the air, with the other of course being Goldberg vs. Lesnar.   We have been conditioned that every year Triple H will carve out a WrestleMania opponent far in advance and that his storyline will work its way throughout the year.   This year was no different, as Seth Rollins had essentially been pinned Triple H’s opponent since he was screwed out of the WWE Universal Championship.   However, now with the reports of Rollins potentially being out for an extended period of time, we are left wondering what exactly is in store for The King of Kings on April 2nd.

So I guess there is only one thing left to do ….  Fantasy Book the whole FREAKEN thing!

Here are my top 5 picks for Triple H’s WrestleMania 33 opponent:

  1. Kurt Angle

Who better to save the day than your Olympic Hero?  Fresh off the announcement of his Hall of Fame induction, rumors have been swirling like a Lesnar F-5 regarding when and if, Kurt Angle will grace a WWE ring.  So it begs the question, why not have Kurt pinch hit for Rollins?  He’d have no problem having a great match with The Game and in the process provide the ultimate baby face to counteract Triple H’s current character.  It’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser and can lead to a no-brainer scenario where Angle can eventually cross paths with Triple H’s newest henchman, Samoa Joe, who coincidentally has quite the history with Angle from their time in TNA.

  1. Finn Balor

The Demon.  The man who ironically lost his WWE Universal Title reign to injury as well.  The parallel to Rollins is evident as it comes, with the only piece missing being some sort of dissention with Triple H.   So how could we manufactory a feud that doesn’t really have a premise?  Well, first off we’d need Triple H to give Finn a reason to take issue with him.  That reason goes back to the concept of the “B+ Player” (Daniel Bryan storyline).  Triple can call out all the B+ Superstars that the fans clamored for to be Champion, who have now proven themselves to be fragile and injury prone.  Throw some body paint on Finn and we’re good to go.

  1. Sami Zayn

There is a built in feud between Sami Zayn and Stephanie McMahon that we can draw from here.  Sami is the guy who Stephanie looks at in pity.  She doesn’t see him as a Champion.   In fact, she doesn’t even want him on her own brand.  This is the premise we go with!  Have Triple H come out and offer an open challenge of his own.  He can call out the entire Raw roster and just when you think no one is there to answer the call, Sami Zayn makes his way to the ring to accept his WrestleMania moment, except to Sami’s dismay, he’s laughed off and not deemed worthy of the spotlight with the Cerebral Assassin.   Eventually Zayn finds a way to force Hunter’s hand and off we go to Orlando.  5 Star match like you read about.

  1. Shane McMahon

I actually pegged Shane as Triple H’s WrestleMania 33 opponent one year ago as I was leaving AT&T Stadium.  The seeds have been planted going all the way back to Mick Foley’s “Tell All” Podcast with Shane-O-Mac, where Shane dodged and ran around questions regarding his relationship with his real life Brother-In-Law.  Is there real resentment or tension there?  I don’t know, but who cares!  It’s the perfect struggle for Stephanie to manage between her Husband and her Big Brother from now until WrestleMania.  If you want to spice it up, put up the rights to the next NXT call up for Raw or Smackdown, making it both business and personal.

  1. CM Punk

LOOK IN MY EYES, WHAT DO YA SEE? … THE CULT OF PERSONALITY!

You want to talk about what’s best for business?  Look no further than CM Punk.  Punk is the only opponent where there wouldn’t be a need for a single promo, package or word to be spoken in order for us fans to understand what this match-up is all about.  All these two need to do is show up.  After all, Triple H went out of his way to put Seth Rollins out of action, clearly showing that nothing has changed and that once again “The Authority … Always … Wins!”   You know who hates authority more than anyone?  CM Punk.  You know who has never “headlined” WrestleMania?  CM Punk.

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