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November 16, 2015 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Seth Rollins injury, Wrestlekingdom 10 matches

There’s never a good time for a champion to go down, but the knee injury to WWE champion Seth Rollins (Colby Lopez, 29) on the first night of the company’s European tour exposed just how little depth the company has on top.

With Daniel Bryan out due to concussion issues, Randy Orton out due to shoulder surgery and John Cena on sabbatical, believed to be hosting a network reality television show, the company, on one of its biggest house show tours of the year, was left with one star babyface–Roman Reigns, and with Kevin Owens as the closest thing to a main star heel.

Rollins was wrestling Kane for the WWE title in the main event on 11/4 in Dublin.  Rollins did a spot where he came off the top rope with a sunset flip that was to continue into power bombing Kane off the top rope through a table.  However, on landing, Rollins’s right knee gave out and he collapsed.  He did get up and followed by power bombing Kane through the table, and finished the match, winning with a pedigree.

He was diagnosed with a torn ACL, a torn MCL and a torn medial meniscus.  He underwent reconstructive knee surgery on 11/10, performed by Dr. Jeffrey Dugas of the Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, in Birmingham, AL.  He’s expected out of action for six to nine months, putting him out of WrestleMania and making SummerSlam 2016 as a likely return period.

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