The past few days have been filled with news stories detailing Seth Rollins’ knee injury and commentaries describing what the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion truly means for Vince McMahon and the WWE.
What it’s been lacking, however, is insight from the man himself. Rollins sat down and spoke with WWE.com recently, describing any and everything that’s going through his head just three days removed the injury and two days removed from finding out he’d require surgery and 6-9 months of recovery before he could step back into the ring.
Luckily for Rollins, he’s not in any sort of pain at the moment. Not physically, at least.
“Emotionally … could be better. Obviously it’s a tough spot to be in,” he told WWE.com. “I’m mostly just looking forward to getting the surgery done and getting better every day.”
As he looks back at the video — which had the internet a buzz moments after it happened as fans feared the worst — he realizes what went wrong. Attempting a move he’d successfully completed hundreds of times before, Rollins said he mistakenly landed on the inside of his foot, instead of flat footed like he normally does.
“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,” he said. “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.”
Rollins is less than a week away from having his knee surgically reconstructed on Tuesday. It’ll be a long road ahead of him if he’s to follow doctor’s, and likely WWE’s, orders by taking the proper amount of time before he gets back to work. A painstaking process of rehabbing and preparing for his return, hopefully fan support will help ease the journey.
“For someone who is as universally despised as I am, I was pretty overwhelmed with the amount of love that I received from all of the fans in the WWE Universe,” Rollins said. “All of the well wishes and, just in general, all the concern that everyone had for me as a person and as a performer. So, I don’t do this very often, but I would like to extend a thank you to them.”