WWE star John Morrison (John Hennigan) tweeted this earlier today:
I'm about to get an operation to fix my neck- I will return @RonKillings
One time my dad awoke from anesthesia and went right into telling jokes about a soy protein bar...
F4WOnline and PWTorch have confirmed that it is a legitimate injury, with the injury angle on last week's Raw having been booked in case he needed surgery and time off. No more details are available as of yet, like the specific injury, the surgery required, if it had been a lingering problem or was something that happened suddenly, etc.
On the heels of Edge's retirement due to his own spinal injury, the reports that CM Punk is taking a hiatus when his contract expires in a few months, and now the shelving of someone they were trying to position as a top level babyface, WWE's depth issues keep getting worse. While I'm unsure whether to count Edge since he was on borrowed time ever since his original spinal fusion surgery, if you count him, I believe that this is at the third major neck injury in WWE over the course of the last year, with the third being Triple H's. It doesn't have the "epidemic" feeling that the series of major neck injuries in the company several years ago did, but it's not a good sign.
Update by Keith Harris - According to WWE.com, John Morrison will be out for weeks, not months, as the injury is not as serious as we originally feared and suspected:
John Morrison will be sidelined between four and six weeks due to a pinched nerve in his neck suffered at the hands of R-Truth last week on Raw....
After an MRI confirmed the diagnosis, Morrison was treated by Dr. Joseph Maroon, a renowned neurosurgeon and medical director of WWE. In a procedure to alleviate pain and weakness in his arm, Dr. Maroon created a small incision in the back of Morrison’s neck and removed a bone spur and a small fragment of the C5-C6 disc from around the nerve root. He noticed immediate improvement in strength and decreased numbness in his arm in the recovery room.
"This is considered minimally invasive surgery," said Dr. Christopher Amann, WWE’s senior ringside physician. "Unlike other procedures, such as those undergone by John Cena and Edge, the typical recovery time is four to six weeks."