Following a successful surgery on his torn pectoral, it has been stated that ‘The American Nightmare’ Cody Rhodes could be missing a little bit more action than originally anticipated. Rhodes has been given a rehab time of 9 months, leaving him out of the squared circle until March of next year. Many wrestling fans presumed it would be a 6 month maximum wait before we get to see Cody capitalise on his newfound appreciation and momentum, penning him as a likely winner of the Royal Rumble in January, however if this recovery date is to go by, then I doubt we’ll be seeing him much before WrestleMania.
The news was revealed on last night’s episode of SmackDown Live, where Michael Cole spoke of Cody’s surgery and how the doctors were able to reattach the damaged tendons. Cody suffered the injury prior to his match at Hell in a Cell against Seth Rollins, but decided to go ahead with the match and suffer through the agonising pain for the sake of a cracking main-event. Dave Meltzer awarded Cody’s performance an honorary five stars, the first WWE match to receive such award since 2011.
So if anyone was hoping to see Cody Rhodes at live events such as Clash at the Castle, Crown Jewel and Royal Rumble, I’d think again. There’s of course the chance that Rhodes could pull a John Cena and beast through his rehabilitation, returning far sooner than originally expected. This could be part of an elaborate work from WWE to give the fans a huge, surprising moment come January. But who knows.
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