Seth Rollins will be making his first appearance on WWE television since he reinjured his right knee tonight. Although he’s only been promoted for a sit down interview with Michael Cole, PWInsider are reporting that Rollins is actually in Green Bay for the show – meaning he very well could appear in front of the live crowd on TV.
To hype the big return, WWE.com gave an update on his condition in their Raw preview article:
“At this point, it seems unlikely that Rollins will be able to compete at this year’s WrestleMania. That would mean that the former WWE Champion will miss his second consecutive Show of Shows, this time thanks to Triple H’s “Destroyer.” Will Rollins confirm this unfortunate news, or will he have another message entirely for The Cerebral Assassin and The Samoan Submission Specialist?”
All this is most likely a wrestling ‘work’. Although Rollins’ estimated time for recovery is two months – which puts his in-ring return on the week of Wrestlemania 33 – the expectation backstage is that he’ll be ready to face Triple H in time.
But as Triple H is well aware, you’ve got to have a Plan B.
Wrestling News World are reporting that Finn Balor is The Game’s backup opponent for Wrestlemania 33 in case Rollins can’t get medically cleared in time. Dave Meltzer reported in the most recent Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Balor’s return is being targeted for early March, and that he’s already being advertised for WWE live events next month. He’s said to have a role at Wrestlemania 33, but nobody knows exactly what just yet. Perhaps that’s because WWE don’t know themselves, waiting to see how Rollins’ recovery progresses before they commit Balor to a match elsewhere.
Triple H, however – answering one of his many catchphrases – is most definitely ready, posting on Twitter:
— Triple H (@TripleH) February 25, 2017
Vitamins and hard work, kids. Take ‘em. Take all the vitamins.
Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe – WWE are seemingly fine with retrofitting the storyline reason for Triple H’s match. The Game is getting a Wrestlemania 33 match no matter the opponent. The other Mania match-entitled member of the McMahon-Helmsley dynasty is Shane McMahon, who is currently rumoured to face AJ Styles.
It’ll be a great match because Styles seems physically incapable of anything else, but the Phenomenal One could have a spectacular match if put with a better worker.
Shinsuke Nakamura told Yahoo Japan last week: “If the [WrestleMania] opportunity presented itself, I want to do it. AJ doesn’t have an opponent yet, I’d like to fill that spot.”
And Styles revealed which NXT star he’d most like to face at his recent Wizard World appearance: “Oh man. I mean, can I say what everybody wants me to say? Nakamura.”
According to Wrestling News World again, that match-up isn’t as FANTASY WARFARE as it sounds. They report that WWE are already running through a list of potential call-ups for anywhere between now and immediately after Wrestlemania 33 – which include Nakamura, The Revival and…best till last… ‘The Drifter’ Elias Samson.
If you ask me, WWE have a lot of people to fit onto the Wrestlemania 33 card already, with two brands worth of wrestlers and the part-timers. Calling up people from NXT before Wrestlemania would make that headache worse.
Which NXT wrestlers would you like to see called up to the main roster? Put all the good ones on Smackdown in the comments below…