WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins tore the ACL, MCL and medial meniscus in his right knee on Wednesday and will be out 6-9 months. A tournament to determine a new champion will take place later this month at Survivor Series.
The injury occurred at Wednesday's WWElive event in Dublin, Ireland. As we reported here on Wrestling News World, Rollins was working Kane in a No Holds Barred main event when he landed hard on his feet during a turnbuckle spot and his knee buckled, bending medially. The following photo of the injury circulated social media shortly after it happened:
Rollins received assistance to the back and was unable to put weight on his right leg. We originally heard WWE feared he had at least one torn cruciate ligament but didn't write anything because there was nothing we could confirm as of Thursday morning. WWE confirmed the injury on Thursday afternoon with this post on dot com, also having the news reported by Jonathan Coachman and ESPN.
The injury nixes the planned WWE World Heavyweight Championship match between Rollins and Roman Reigns at Survivor Series and couldn't have come at worse time with John Cena away on approved time off and Randy Orton out with a significant shoulder injury. The injury will also put a significant dent in plans for Wrestlemania 32 as Rollins will most likely be unavailable. Six months would put him out until early May, with nine causing him to miss the majority of the summer. There had been a lot of talk of doing Triple H vs. Rollins, something completely out the window for the immediate future.
Rollins was replaced by Big Show in the main event of Thursday's WWE live event in Cardiff, Wales.