Fan favourite Cody Rhodes seems certain to miss WWE ’s huge UK stadium show this year following successful surgery on a torn pectoral muscle.
Former AEW hero Rhodes made headlines earlier this month after wrestling at Hell in a Cell with the horrific injury.
The star is said to have torn his pectoral clean from the bone whilst weight training ahead of the clash with Seth Rollins.
With the injury so bad, it has been widely reported that Rhodes was only ranted clearance to compete with the logic that no further damage could be done.
The 36-year-old put in a scintillating performance against The Visionary to pick up the win. Fightful in the US has noted that Rhodes’ desire to press ahead with the match has gone down a storm with colleagues backstage.
Nonetheless, Rhodes and fans here in the UK will count the cost of the painful injury that saw almost an entire side of the star’s upper body turn purple and blue.
Following successful surgery to repair the damage this week, WWE confirmed on their social media channels that the son of legend and Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes will be on the sidelines for nine months.
“Rhodes had successful surgery on Thursday performed by Dr. Jeffrey Dugas to reattach his pectoral tendon," read a short statement.
"Rhodes will face a long recovery and will be unable to compete for nine months.”
By those timescales appears certain he’ll miss the mammoth stadium show at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, Clash at the Castle, in September – at least as far as competing is concerned.
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It’s very possible that the company have overstated the recovery period slightly – the guts Rhodes showed having sustained the injury will surely mean they’ll want to portray him as having returned to action well ahead of schedule, whenever that may be.
As a guide, John Cena made a comeback after just four months following a similar injury in 2008, though it is not publicly known how comparative his injury is to that sustained by Rhodes.
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A decade after Cena, another WWE legend in Triple H was back in action following a four-month absence having torn his pec.
Even a best-case scenario would therefore surely rule Rhodes out of the Wales spectacular which is in just three months.
Rhodes will have been high on the wish-list of stars to see for British fans, who’ll end a wait of 30 years for a stadium show here – the last being Summerslam at Wembley Stadium in 1992.
Scot Drew McIntyre is a dead cert to feature, with hopes he’ll challenge Undisputed Universal Champion Roman Reigns.
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