Eight months after Triple H turned his back on him, Seth Rollins will go into WrestleMania 33 despite an injured knee to go face-to-face with The Game in a non-sanctioned match.
An attack from Samoa Joe back in January reaggravated Rollins knee injury putting his WrestleMania status in serious doubt, but Rollins will go into the showcase of immortals to take on Triple H even though he is not at 100%.
Over two-and-a-half years ago, Seth Rollins turned his back on The Shield to form an alliance with Triple H and The Authority and it was a move that would bring the Architect tremendous success.
After capturing the Money in the Bank briefcase just weeks after joining forces with The Game, Rollins would successfully cash in at WrestleMania 31 stunning Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar to win the WWE Championship for the first time.
Things would only get better for the WWE Champion over the coming months as he would see off the likes of former Shield brother Dean Ambrose, Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar, as Rollins was without a doubt the WWE’s most valuable player in 2015.
Rollins added John Cena to his list of victims at SummerSlam as he became the first man to hold the WWE and United States Championship at the same time and as a reward of his amazing success, The Authority rewarded him with a statue in his honour.
Despite losing the United States title back to Cena, he continued to stay on top as WWE Champion seeing off Kane and Hall of Famer Sting to continue his amazing run.
However everything came crashing down for the Architect in November 2015, when Rollins suffered ACL, MCL and medial meniscus tears in his right knee when taking on Kane at a live event in Dublin, Ireland, ruling him out of action for seven months.
Rollins promised to “Redesign, Rebuild and Reclaim” and would make his return to WWE by attacking Roman Reigns at Extreme Rules to set his sights on reclaiming the title he never lost.
Rollins did exactly what he set out to do by becoming WWE Champion for a second time with victory over Reigns at Money in the Bank, but his reign would last just a matter of minutes as Ambrose successfully cashed in on Rollins to win his first WWE Championship.
Despite the loss, Stephanie McMahon and The Authority still regarded Rollins as their man and made him the number one pick in the brand extension, as he once again set his sights on reclaiming the title in a much-anticipated Shield Triple Threat match.
After Ambrose successfully retained the WWE Championship at Battleground, Raw was without a world champion which forced them to bring in the new Universal Championship, but Rollins would be denied the chance to win the gold after defeat to Finn Balor at SummerSlam.
Unfortunately for Balor a seriously shoulder injury meant the Irishman had to relinquish the title just a day after winning it, giving Rollins another chance to become Universal Champion in a Fatal 4 Way against Reigns, Big Cass and Kevin Owens on the 29 August episode of Raw.
After Triple H returned to take Reigns out of the equation it looked like he would help Rollins win the title, but in a shocking twist Triple H nailed Rollins with a pedigree to hand Kevin Owens the Universal Championship.
A few months would pass as Rollins made it clear he wanted Triple H and just days before the Royal Rumble, he thought he finally got what he wanted as The Game’s music hit. However, it was only a distraction to cost the Architect his spot in the Royal Rumble match.
An upset Rollins would storm his way into the ring at NXT Takeover: San Antonio to call out Triple H and while the COO made his presence known, he had security escort Rollins out of the building.
Triple H would come to Raw two nights later but as Seth Rollins headed towards the ring, he was ambushed by Samoa Joe, who made his main roster debut and left Rollins lying in the middle of the ring after making him pass out to the kodjia clutch.
Unfortunately for Rollins that ambush by the former NXT Champion would see him legitimately suffer a reoccurrence of his knee injury after tearing his MCL is his right knee.
Rollins returned to Raw a few weeks later on the 27 February edition of Raw and admitted it did not look likely that the doctors could clear him to compete at WrestleMania.
Triple H told Rollins that he was responsible for all of his success and warned Rollins that if he turns up at WrestleMania, he will destroy what he created. An unphased Rollins told the COO that he will be at the showcase of immortals with the aim to destroy The Game.
As we got an insight into Rollins rehabilitation just four weeks before WrestleMania as he aimed to be fit for the show, but Triple H believed it was important for Rollins to listen to the doctors and save himself a potentially career ending beating at WrestleMania.
The Architect would come to Raw the very next week to ambush Triple H but a cheap shot from The Game turned the tide, as Triple H attacked Rollins with his own crutch and locked in the submission hold to inflict more pain on his injured knee.
Triple H had warned Rollins but told him that if he wants to turn up at WrestleMania he must sign a hold harmless agreement in that when he ends his career in Orlando, Rollins cannot sue anyone and will only have himself to blame.
With the match still very much up in the air six days before WrestleMania, Rollins came to Raw to sign the agreement to face Triple H in a non-sanctioned match and told Triple H he will stop at nothing to gain redemption over his former mentor.
Triple H cheap shot his WrestleMania opponent by kicking the table into Rollins’ injured knee, but the former two-time WWE Champion fought back to nail him with his crutch and dumped the Cerebral Assassin over the top rope.
It has been seven months in the making after Triple H turned his back on Rollins to cost him the Universal Championship, as Rollins heads to Orlando to face The Game despite a knee injury.
I was gutted to hear of Rollins’ injury back at the end of January because this has been one of my favorite rivalries coming into WrestleMania. I am not certain that Rollins is fully fit for his showdown with the King of Kings and I hope it does not make matters worse for him.
The non-sanctioned stipulation makes me wonder if this will be an actual match or just a brawl, but when Shawn Michaels went into SummerSlam 2002 for an unsanctioned fight with Triple H is was an actual match.
If this turns out to be just a brawl, I can see these two men scrapping it out back-and-forth until Samoa Joe ambushes Rollins to make it a 2-on-1 assault. This would set things up nicely for Finn Balor to make his return from injury and help Rollins overcome the attack.
I am really intrigued to see how this all unfolds. If is turns out to be a match with a clear winner, there is no doubt in my mind that Rollins will come out on top and gain his revenge on Triple H.
Winner: Seth Rollins