Last year at Wrestlemania 32 Seth Rollins, one of the biggest stars on WWE’s roster, was there but instead of having a legendary moment in front of a record-setting crowd he was watching backstage nursing a knee injury. A year before Rollins left Wrestlemania with the WWE Championship above his head and started the greatest run of his entire career. He went on to defeat men like Kane, John Cena, Sting and others in a championship reign that would continue until November. During a non televised event Rollins was defending his championship in a match against Kane when he suffered a devastating knee injury. He would go on and tough it out finishing the match and retaining his title but was forced to hand over the WWE Championship.

As Seth Rollins sat backstage at AT&T Stadium he had to watch Roman Reigns, the man who won the WWE Championship after Seth vacated, challenging for the championship in the main event against Triple H, the man Seth was scheduled to face at this event. WWE cameras were filming Rollins for a comeback documentary and captured the frustration he felt as he walked out of Wrestlemania before the show was over. Knowing he was watching other people take a spot that rightfully belonged to him only fueled his journey to recovery. Two months later after Roman Reigns successfully defended his title against AJ Styles Rollins made his triumphant return and let it been known he wanted his championship back.

However, Seth Rollins’ return from injury has not gone the way he had hoped. While Rollins would defeat Reigns for the WWE Championship he would lose it mere moments later as Dean Ambrose used his Money in the Bank briefcase, which give the holder a WWE Championship match whenever they choose, to become the new champion. Just as quickly as he climbed back to the top of the mountain he fell back down. Over the summer Rollins would be unsuccessful in a triple threat match for the championship against Ambrose and Reigns while also losing against Finn Bálor in match to crown the first WWE Universal champion.

His bad luck would continue from there. It turns out Bálor got injured in that match and just like Rollins vacated it. A new champion would be crowned in a match pitting Rollins, Reigns, Kevin Owens, and Big Cass against each other. After Big Cass was eliminated, with three people left Triple H made his first appearance since Mania and helped Rollins eliminate Reigns. It seemed as if the man who helped Rollins to the top was going to do it again.  Triple H had different plans though. As he helped up Owens for Seth he turned around and gave his former apprentice a pedigree. Once again Rollins was looking up at someone holding a championship that he deserved.

Over the fall, Seth Rollins expressed his frustration with Triple H’s actions and tried to get him to come out and face him. This continued with no response form Triple H. Rollins eventually crashed an NXT event, a Triple H ran WWE developmental system, and called him out in his ring. For the first time in months he showed his face but made security get Rollins before he could get to him. With this man at his fingertips Rollins was desperate to get at him. After getting into Stephanie McMahon’s face Triple H came and finally was in the ring. Right as the two were finally going to fight NXT star Samoa Joe debuted destroying Rollins to the point that he was left where he was a year before, with a serious knee injury. Yet again a potential match with Triple H at Wrestlemania was in doubt.

Since then Rollins has been hard at work in rehab and even made a return attacking Triple H. With Rollins not at 100% though he was ultimately beat up as Triple H beat his injured knee with his own crutch. It is clear that if Seth does make it to Wrestlemania he will not be as healthy as he would if he just sat watching from the sidelines again. With Wrestlemania only two weeks away on April 2  Rollins may finally get the two things he wants, a spotlight match at Mania and a match against Triple H. What he needs to remember is that this moment could even further derail a career that has not been the same since his first injury.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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