WWE.com announced yesterday that Roman Reigns has been forced to undergo emergency surgery for an incarcerated hernia.
This surgery, the day before tonight's epic Night of Champions pay-per-view means that Roman will not be able to compete in his match against Seth Rollins and could be out for a further 6-12 weeks as he recovers.
This means the creative team are having to try and re-write weeks of shows to accommodate the loss as well as finding a way around the highly anticipated clash that was set to take place tonight.
WWE.com released the following, from an interview with WWE Physician Dr Chris Amann:
"I was in contact with both Roman and the surgeon who performed the operation in Nashville today. Roman had developed acute abdominal pain in his hotel room last 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."
The surgery is said to have gone well and it seems Roman's return could be sooner than first thought:
"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 tomorrow," 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 were planning to make an announcement on the Network last night to let the WWE Universe know of the new plans for Night of Champions, but when WWE's back up plan also fell through, there was no announcement, so it is left to the fans to speculate what is going to happen tonight in Nashville.