Seth Rollins has made quite the impact since making his long-awaited return to WWE TV on Sunday.
Following up a surprise appearance at Extreme Rules - in which he pedigreed Roman Reigns - by being handed a World Heavyweight Title shot at Money in the Bank on this week's RAW, it has been quite the few days for The Architect.
'Broke my heart'
Nevertheless, even the adrenaline-fueled last 72 hours or so can't quite make up for six months out of action through injury. Speaking in an interview with ESPN, Rollins revealed just what was the toughest part about being away from the WWE for so long.
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Rather than having to give up his World Heavyweight Title despite not losing it in the ring, or having to swap the thrill of competing in the squared circle on a near nightly basis for twice daily rehab sessions, it was one particular thing that hurt Rollins the most:
"It was really an emotional challenge for me to accept the fact that I was going to miss WrestleMania," the former Shield member explained when speaking to Jonathan Coachman.
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"Biggest WrestleMania in the history of the company. From the moment I got hurt I knew that it was kind of going to be out of the question for me to return that soon.
"And just know that I put so much work in throughout the year, eight months with that title (and) everything I had done night after night, and knowing that I was going to miss WrestleMania and not be there for that...that broke my heart."
Had he not suffered a torn ACL, MCL, and medial meniscus in his right knee during the WWE's European Tour in November 2015, there is no doubt that Rollins would have played a major role in what was a record-breaking 'Mania in Dallas, Texas earlier this year.
Even if he weren't able to hold onto the title until April, a main event slot would still very much have been in the running, such was his position in the company.
Instead, the 29-year-old Superstar had to watch on as his fellow wrestlers performed in front of over 100,000 fans.
"That was really, really hard to come to terms with. Something I'm going to have to take some time to get over," Rollins continued.
"But here we are, rockin' 'n rollin' again, so I'm trying not to dwell on all that."
While missing out on 'Mania 32 clearly had a huge impact on Rollins, it also appears to have been a motivating factor in the star's impressive rehab.
Now that he is back and fighting fit, you just know he is looking to make up for lost time.
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