World Wrestling Entertainment lost its World Heavyweight Champion for a significant period of time in November 2015 when Seth Rollins suffered a serious knee injury. The injury could keep Rollins out of action up through WrestleMania 32. That is unfortunate for Rollins, as he will now likely miss out on what would be a great payday. He will also now be out of the championship picture during what is the biggest time of the North American pro wrestling calendar. The hope, moving forward, will be that Rollins will be able to return to action as good as he was on the day that he picked up the knee injury.
Injuries are an unavoidable part of sports and of sports entertainment. In competitive sports, franchises that are in leagues such as the National Football League or the National Basketball Association have to install a “next man up” mentality whenever a starter is sidelined because of an injury. That is also the case for the WWE as the 2015 holiday season approaches. There are now several members of the WWE roster who will, per storyline, be given an opportunity to “win” the WWE World Heavyweight Championship via a tournament that will conclude at the annual Survivor Series pay-per-view event.
Some of the performers who may be involved in that tournament have held the WWE World Heavyweight Championship during their careers. They could be given another chance to run with the ball heading into what is known as the WrestleMania season. The WWE could, however, choose to use the Rollins injury as a reason to go in a completely different direction. Maybe those running the company will give somebody else the title as a way to mix things up and generate some buzz among diehard wrestling fans and among those who only casually follow the product these days.
10 Samoa Joe
8 The Undertaker
7 Bray Wyatt
5 Dean Ambrose
4 Finn Balor
3 Roman Reigns
2 John Cena
1 Brock Lesnar
Much like with John Cena, Brock Lesnar was supposed to be away from the WWE for some time. One has to imagine, though, that Lesnar's phone was buzzing even before the WWE learned that Rollins would be sidelined because of a serious knee injury. Lesnar is the biggest single draw that the company has these days. Why not put the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on him at the start of the biggest portion of the season? Lesnar is the hero that WWE fans need and deserve right now. Rollins returning from an injury and then defeating Lesnar would be a way for the Rollins character to be even more over than he was when he got hurt.
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