The WWE babyface side just got a lot thinner. Roman Reigns will not only be missing WWE Night of Champions but will be missing some ring time over the next few weeks. Reigns underwent emergency surgery and has been placed on the D.L.
News broke Saturday that Reigns had emergency surgery for an incarcerated hernia. The surgery will keep him on the shelf for a minimum of 4-6 weeks and up to three months. WWE.com has a brief interview up on their website with Reigns’ surgeon Dr. Chris Amann.
“I was in contact with both Roman and the surgeon who performed the operation in Nashville [Saturday]. Roman had developed acute abdominal pain in his hotel room [Friday] night after his match,” Dr. Amann told WWE.com. “This wasn’t related to a specific injury that occurred in the ring. Roman has had a pre-existing hernia for some time, which unfortunately had become acutely painful, which led to him going to the emergency room in Nashville. He was found to have a large hernia that was unable to be reduced, which means pushed back into the abdominal cavity. As a result, it was necessary to perform an emergent operation to open up the hernia sac and try and push it back into the abdominal cavity.”
“At the time of the surgery, surgeons found a loop of small intestine was caught in the hernia sac, which would account for the pain and discomfort that Roman was having earlier in the evening,” Dr. Amann explained. “The surgeons released the hernia sac so the intestine could be pushed back into the abdominal cavity. Once they were satisfied blood supply had returned to the intestine after releasing the hernia, they went ahead and completed the procedure. A mesh was placed over where the hernia had occurred to prevent future occurrences.”
Now that the surgery has gone well, the clear next thought was when will the WWE Universe be able to see the powerhouse back in action.
“Roman has been transferred to the recovery room and is doing quite well. The plan is to keep him overnight, give him IV antibiotics to prevent infection and make sure the intestinal function returns to normal before discharging him from the hospital. If everything goes well, that should be [Sunday],” Dr. Amann said. “Most of the time, the recovery time for something like this in terms of returning to physical activity is between four and six weeks. This was a pretty significant hernia, so it will probably be closer to six weeks.”
WWE.com also asked Dr. Amann to elaborate on how this hernia differs from sports hernias, which sports fans know often lands top athletes on the injured list.
“This is a completely different type of hernia than sports hernia,” Dr. Amann said. “A sports hernia usually refers to a tear in the lower abdominal wall that attaches to the ligaments. That type of tear typically occurs from repeated activity or sports. Roman had what’s called an inguinal hernia. It can sometimes come from sports, but sometimes people are born with these. It is treated differently than a sports hernia.”
The injury was something that Reigns has been reportedly carrying around with him that got worse over the weekend. Dave Meltzer on his latest F4Wonline.com podcast reports that Reigns will not be rushed back into competition. Meltzer reports that sending him back into the ring too early or even training would ruin the recovery and put him right back where he was.
Obviously Reigns will not be wrestling Seth Rollins at N.O.C. Nothing has been confirmed at this point regarding a new match for Rollins. Dean Ambrose makes the most sense as a replacement. Ambrose is away filming a movie and his movie is scheduled to wrap on Sunday. However, if the movie runs over the schedule he may not be available for the match. It is possible that Rollins doesn’t wrestle but I would bet he wrestles someone, even a Kofi Kingston.
This is a complete guess but I’d throw Batista out there as a wild card. Meltzer speculated the same thing on his podcast. Everything I have been hearing is that he is on his way back. I think it’d be a great way to solidify his babyface turn. Plus, if Lesnar wins you have your next challenger in Batista. It’s not a classic by any means but Lesnar vs. Batista could carry them for a few weeks until Reigns and maybe even Bryan returns.
Losing Reigns is a huge blow to the company that has seen the babyface roster greatly depleted over the last several months. If you go back to early this year the company has lost CM Punk, Daniel Bryan due to injury, Reigns due to injury, and Ambrose temporarily although he should be back shortly. It would not surprise me to see Sheamus get a bigger push due to necessity.
I hate to talk about someone benefitting from this but it’s a reality in pro wrestling. Dean Ambrose is the next man up and Ambrose could take as much advantage of this as Bryan did when Punk’s spot opened up. Reigns has clearly been positioned higher than Ambrose on the cards. If Ambrose can continue the momentum he had before he left over the next several weeks, the WWE may have no choice but to bump him up over Reigns or make him equal. It is up to Ambrose at this point to grab that bull by the horns and take it.
If I were Reigns I’d be worried. No matter what anyone tells him, his spot is in trouble. Ambrose is great and it would not shock me to see him blow up over the next few weeks. The only thing Reigns can do is step up his game when he returns which I imagine is something he’s going to do.