As WWE’s Payback 2023 approaches, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins has provided a crucial update on the condition of his back. Rollins is set to defend his championship against the formidable Shinsuke Nakamura at the upcoming premium live event, scheduled for Saturday, September 2.
Fans were left speculating about the cryptic exchange between Rollins and Nakamura during the August 14 episode of Raw when Nakamura whispered something to the champion, visibly affecting him. It was later revealed that Nakamura had conveyed, ‘I know about your back,’ referencing Rollins’ history of back injuries.
Speaking candidly on WWE After The Bell, Rollins shed light on the nature of his ongoing back issues, disclosing that he has been dealing with fractures in two vertebrae in his lower back. These injuries have persisted for the past four or five years and can lead to excruciating pain during flare-ups.
Rollins elaborated on his injuries, saying,
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“My back sucks. I’ve had these injuries for four or five years now. I have two stress fractures in the lowest vertebrae you can possibly have in my lower back and occasionally they flare up.
“If they accrue too much damage, it can become extremely painful and it can be very difficult for me to get through matches and it can be very difficult for me to get up for the morning activities for days sometimes. So there is absolutely a danger in that.”
Despite these challenges, Rollins has continued to perform at an elite level, but the nature of his back injuries adds an element of unpredictability to his championship matches.
In addition to his health update, the WWE World Heavyweight Champion recently shared his thoughts on what he perceives as a ‘void’ in the WWE women’s division, and he also acknowledged the success of AEW All In London, showcasing his engagement with the broader wrestling landscape.