Yesterday news broke that Roman Reigns was rushed in for emergency surgery. He was diagnosed with an incarcerated hernia, considered a serious medial situation, and WWE promised further updates throughout the day.
WWE.com has posted an update after speaking with company physician Dr. Chris Amann:
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
Interestingly, Dr Amann said Roman Reigns developed pain “after his match on Friday night,” which was in reference to Reign’s battle with The Miz on Smackdown. But since Smackdown was taped on Tuesday, the doctor likely just wanted to play nice.
When asked about the recovery time, Dr. Amann explained:
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 [Sunday],” 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.
That’s not good. Obviously, Reigns is out for tonight’s Night of Champions. Assuming this is a legit injury (which now sounds more likely), Rusev will likely miss the next Pay-Per-View, Hell in a Cell, and will likely not see action again until Survivor Series. What this means for his push is unclear; however, WWE is in its Fall lull, so fortunately, Reigns will be back in plenty of time for Wrestlemania season. He’s already an early favorite to win next year’s Royal Rumble.
For those who are unaware, an incarcerated hernia is much worse than a traditional “sports hernia.” Dr. Amann described the injury:
This is a completely different type of hernia than sports hernia,” Dr. Amann said. “A sports hernia usually refers to a tear in the lower abdominal wall that attaches to the ligaments. That type of tear typically occurs from repeated activity or sports. Roman had what’s called an inguinal hernia. It can sometimes come from sports, but sometimes people are born with these. It is treated differently than a sports hernia.
WWE has masterfully used the WWE Network throughout the weekend as an update center for this situation. In doing so, the network has seemed more like a legitimate “sporting news” source (think “ESPN”) rather than a Netflix knockoff.
We wish Roman Reigns a speedy and healthy recovery. Tune in to tonight’s Night of Champions to find out the latest on Roman Reigns, and who might take his place against Seth Rollins.