Brace yourselves, WWE fans, this isn’t kayfabe. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins will be out at least six months after he tore his ACL, MCL and medial meniscus in his right knee while performing in Dublin on Wednesday night. WWE confirmed the injury via ESPN’s Jonathan Coachman on Thursday afternoon.
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While Rollins is out, WWE announced it would strip his title and hold a tournament to crown a new champion at the “Survivor Series” pay-per-view Nov. 22. WWE did not release any details on the participants, but it’s likely that Roman Reigns, a former tag team partner of Rollins, will be involved. He was supposed to contend for the title in a one-on-one match against the 29-year-old at the event.
Clawing your way to the top of the WWE food chain is the ultimate goal of almost every pro wrestler, but it’s beginning to seem like a bad-luck charm. Rollins, whose real name is Colby Lopez, is the second pro wrestler this year who has had to give up a title because of injury: In May, audience favorite Daniel Bryan was forced to relinquish the Intercontinental Championship belt after suffering a possibly career-ending head injury.
Bryan’s return status remains unknown.