The WWE Universe is holding its breath as Seth Rollins’ in-ring career faces an uncertain future due to a persistent and troubling back injury. Currently embroiled in a fierce feud with Shinsuke Nakamura, Rollins is slated to defend his coveted World Heavyweight Championship at Payback. However, recent developments surrounding his back injury have cast a shadow of doubt over his ability to continue his storied wrestling career.
The feud between Rollins and Nakamura ignited when Nakamura executed a shocking betrayal, targeting Rollins after a Six-Man Tag Team Match dubbed “The Judgment Day.” In a backstage segment, Nakamura left Rollins and the entire WWE Universe stunned with cryptic words, whispering to Rollins, “I know your back.” This ominous statement alluded to Rollins’ well-documented back injury, hinting at Nakamura’s intent to exploit this vulnerability to seize the World Heavyweight Championship at Payback.
Rollins publicly acknowledged the gravity of his back injury on the final episode of WWE Raw before Payback. In a backstage interview, he candidly revealed, “Well, the truth is, it’s not something I really like to talk about publicly. But if we’re being completely open here, I do have two fractures in my lumbar spine. I have been living with that injury for over four years, and it doesn’t get better by itself. As a matter of fact, it gets worse, and the truth is, I don’t know what the end game is. I don’t know how much longer I’m going to be able to do this at the level I’m currently running at.”
While Seth Rollins’ injuries have often become part of WWE storylines, his recent disclosures have shed light on the harsh reality he faces beyond the scripted drama of the squared circle. In a revealing conversation on Logan Paul’s Impaulsive Podcast, Rollins divulged the extent of his physical woes, stating, “My knee has been bugging me since before WrestleMania , I was having an issue with that. My neck is acting up. My lower back has been on me since 2019, probably I should get some surgery on that, but I’m trying to just do whatever I can to make sure I don’t need it because I have a couple of stress fractures back there.”