During the climactic stages of the WWE Universal Championship match between Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens, Owens connected with a scary looking gutbuster from the top rope on Rollins. Based on the referee’s immediate reaction to tend to Rollins—and Rollins favoring his ribs for the remainder of the match—the former WWE World champion was clearly in pain.
Reports Monday morning suggested just that as Rollins is said to have suffered a rib injury as the top overall draft pick had trouble breathing backstage. WWE.com currently has a story on Rollins’ injury, which could indicate it’s not as serious as it looked.
Last night’s Raw-exclusive WWE Clash of Champions pay-per-view topped Nielsen’s social media TV ratings with 183,000 Twitter interactions among 44,000 unique authors. On Facebook, Clash of Champions drew 251,000 and 151,000, respectively. These figures weredown from SmackDown’s Cena-less WWE Backlash pay-per-view, which did 282,000; 44,000 on Twitter and 311,000; 49,000 on
Clash of Champions marks the second consecutive pay-per-view match for the Universal Championship where a wrestler was unnecessarily injured with a risky maneuver. Seth Rollins was the culprit last month at SummerSlam, when he used the Buckle Bomb on Finn Balor, causing serious injury to the former Universal champions’ shoulder.