When Seth Rollins tore multiple ligaments in his right knee at a WWE live event back in November 2015, the initial timetable for his return to in-ring action was put at between six-to-nine months.
That, of course, was all depending on how The Architect's body responded to the long, gruelling rehabilitation process following surgery.
Well, according to reports citing discussions backstage at Sunday's WrestleMania 32, it looks like Rollins may be on course to meet the most optimistic expectations.
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That's after WrestlingInc's Raj Giri revealed in his 'Exclusive Backstage WrestleMania 32 Notes' that, although Rollins was limping at the AT&T Stadium, "people were saying he might be back as soon as next month."
A May return for the former Shield member would mean a layoff of six months all told. Considering the severity of Rollins' injury - he tore his ACL, MCL and medial meniscus - that would be an impressively quick comeback for the 29-year-old.
Of course, this is far from concrete but, with the possibility seemingly being openly discussed behind the scenes at 'Mania, it certainly doesn't seem out of the question.
The WWE, and Rollins himself, will surely be erring on the side of caution regarding his return, however.
Although the organization is crying out for big names stars such as Rollins, John Cena and Randy Orton to make their comebacks from injury ASAP as fans grow tired of current storylines, rushing the Superstar back before he is one hundred percent would be a big mistake.
Nevertheless, with speculation growing of a May comeback, when would fans be most likely to see the return of the former Heavyweight champion?
The WWE has two pay-per-views taking place in May; Payback on May 1 and Extreme Rules on May 22. If the organization wanted to give Rollins the biggest pop possible on his return, one of these dates would surely make the most sense.
You'd think, though, with Extreme Rules being towards the end of the month that would be more likely.
Then again, the WWE could use Rollins' comeback to spice up a Raw show at any point in May. Considering the way fans were getting involved with his character before his injury last year, the powers that be know they can rely on the ex-Shield man to cause a stir.
There may, however, be one other obstacle for Rollins to overcome besides his injury. That's after the WWE announced this week that the wrestler would be starring in WWE Studios' latest movie 'Temple'.
According to the press release accompanying the announcement, filming for the movie begins today, April 6.
We've seen before that movie commitments can keep healthy stars off screen for some time. WWE fans will be hoping this isn't the case for Rollins when he is given the all clear.
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