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.