When looking at this year's WWE SummerSlam lineup there was a big name that was left out. I'm talking about Sheamus. He wasn't on WWE television this week, which led fans to speculate that he might be injured. It turned out that he is.
The WWE doctors have determined that he has a torn labrum (shoulder joint) and that he will be out of action for 4 to 6 months.
Here's the story courtesy of WWE.com.
MRI results indicate that Sheamus has suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder and will require surgery, scheduled for next week. As a result, The Celtic Warrior is expected to be sidelined for four to six months, WWE.com has learned.
The injury occurred during the Money in the Bank All-Stars Ladder Match and was further aggravated over the following weeks. During that intense match, Sheamus was thrown off the top rope and sent crashing through a ladder at ringside, landing hard on his left leg and left shoulder.
There's a reason why they don't have more than two of those matches in a year. The physical risks are high and obviously Sheamus paid the biggest price.
During WWE’s tour of South Africa, Sheamus’ leg started to heal, but he discovered his range of motion limited in his shoulder and he experienced sharp pains radiating down his arm, he said. During a pre-Raw workout, Sheamus felt another sharp pain in his shoulder and notified WWE medical staff.
“We performed a specialized MRI with a dye inserted to highlight the structures within the shoulder joint," said WWE ringside physician Dr. Chris Amann. "Doctor Samson and I both reviewed the film, and it appears that Sheamus has a cartilage [SLAP] tear.”
As a result, Sheamus will undergo arthroscopic surgery next week to fix the tear, which doctors hope will offer him the best chance of recovery and the best outlook for a normally functioning shoulder.
"I’ve never in my whole life had to have surgery,” Sheamus said. “I’ve always worked through pain. For the first time in four years, I’m going to be out of action.”
What does this mean for his on screen character? He'll be off television for the rest of the year and it will give him some freshness when he returns. It's never a good thing for somebody to be hurt, but I can understand those with the mindset that some time away would benefit his character.
Sheamus is a guy that has been featured on television as much as anybody in WWE the last four years. He's even featured more than John Cena because Cena's rarely on Smackdown. It seems like he was wrestling on television every week the last few years. Since he was pushed heavily in 2009 and he beat Cena for the WWE Title at TLC in 2009 he's been one of the most durable guys in WWE. As he said in the article, he's never had any kind of surgery before.
He's a guy that always works hard all the time. I like a lot of his longer matches because he gets the crowd involved, his moves generate a reaction and he does a great job of telling a story. I think sometimes his babyface character isn't likable because he can be too much of a bully or they have him saying bad jokes. However, more often than not I like his performances.
Since the diagnosis is 4-6 months that means we can write him out until the end of the year. Four months would be early January. What's at the end of January? The Royal Rumble. That seems like a good time for a return.
The good news for Sheamus is that it won't knock him out of the WrestleMania season either. He'll come back fresh either as a face or heel and we could see him back in the WWE Title or World Title picture soon after.
It's interesting to note that on WWE's Facebook page on Wednesday morning it says 4-6 weeks, which is different than 4-6 months that it says on the website. I believe it is 4-6 months because a torn labrum requires surgery, then you are in a sling for a month and by the time you get back to full strength it's at least four months.
This tweet from Sheamus at 10:35amET Wednesday morning confirms it:
The "up to half a year" part means six months at the most. Considering he's a guy that is in phenomenal shape and will work very hard to get back, I think four or five months is more likely.
Get well soon, fella. Injuries are a shameful thing. Get it? Hope so.
TJRWrestling.com is a site that is mostly about wrestling columns and reviews of shows, but we will post breaking news updates like this as well. Thomas Briggs should have more about this in the Thursday Headlines tomorrow too.