World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins recently spoke about his chronic back injury during an episode of WWE’s The Bump.

Seth addressed dealing with the injury as the champion and the balance between pride in pushing through pain and concern for his future well-being.

Rollins acknowledged that most wrestlers deal with nagging injuries, and while his injury might be more severe, he knows how to manage it. He emphasized that he won the World Heavyweight Championship with a broken back and has been defending it with the injury, reassuring fans that the championship is in good hands.

“It is what it is. All of us have something. We’ve all got some sort of nagging injury, we’ve all got something that’s pulling at us, telling us we need to slow down. That’s just part of the game. I know that. Everybody knows that. Now, my injury might be a little more serious than some people. But I know how to manage it. I told Shinsuke, I told the world. I won the World Heavyweight Championship with a broken back.”


“I’ve been defending the World Heavyweight Championship with a broken back. So even though Shinsuke’s the first guy to really target that injury, I feel like I know what it takes to manage it. I’ll be just fine, I promise you. I promise everybody out there who’s concerned. I’m gonna be fine. I promise you guys, I will be fine. The championship is in good hands.”

When asked about considering fighting through the injury a badge of honor, Rollins expressed mixed feelings. He takes pride in pushing boundaries and working through pain, but he’s also aware of the risks. He doesn’t want to jeopardize his future and potentially end up with health issues that could affect his quality of life.

“That’s a tricky question. In some sense, yes. Obviously there’s some pride in being able to work through pain and work through suffering. But at the end of the day, I know the risks. I know what can happen if something goes wrong, so it’s 50/50. I love being someone that can push through boundaries, that can push limits and all that stuff. But at the same time, I don’t want to risk my future. I don’t want to put myself in a position where it’s going to be difficult for me to have a life with my family in my future.”

” I don’t want to end up in a wheelchair when I’m 50 years old. So I’ve got to tow that line. I’ve got to be very careful with how I handle this and how I mitigate whatever’s going on back there to make sure I can still give the audience what they deserve, give the championship what it deserves, and make sure that I’m gonna be okay for the future.”

Rollins recently defended his title against Shinsuke Nakamura at WWE Payback.

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