The WWE announced Saturday that Roman Reigns underwent emergency surgery for an incarcerated hernia. He will not compete against Seth Rollins on Sunday night.
Reigns was in Nashville to promote Sunday's Night of Champions pay-per-view.
"Most of the time, the recovery time for something like this in terms of returning to physical activity is between four and six weeks," WWE physician Dr. Chris Amann told WWE.com. "This was a pretty significant hernia, so it will probably be closer to six weeks."
This might actually end up being a slight blessing for the WWE, as they had Reigns' match versus Rollins this past Monday, and would likely be looking for a way for the match not to happen. This allows them to just strike the match off the card without any convoluted explanation.
As far as longer-term, that will all depend on his recovery. The WWE could and probably will hold Reigns out of action (at least in-ring action) until after Hell In A Cell.
That could actually help him, as long as he’s able to make non-physical appearances on RAW in the meantime. Assuming Rollins will go back to facing Dean Ambrose soon, Reigns only has one more place to go in his feud with The Authority, and that’s a match with Triple H.
While that match might have been nice at Hell In A Cell, this could elongate the feud, potentially to the end of the year before the build to the Royal Rumble starts.
With a dwindling number of main event faces on the roster right now, this injury has some bigger ramifications for the overall main event scene.
With Daniel Bryan out, Reigns was firmly the No. 2 face, right behind John Cena. If Dean Ambrose returns, that helps the picture, though he’s likely simply going to work with Rollins.
So, the waiting game begins for WWE, and the fans, as to when Reigns actually will return.