For those of you who wish to avoid spoilers from the SmackDown tapings that occurred last night (May 28, 2013) in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, go no further than this point right here because there will be spoilers, though they are relatively minor.
Kofi Kingston, you see, was put in a match with Ryback that, upon first glance, was booked as a squash to help push "Big Hungry" on his way to his WWE championship 3 Stages of Hell match with John Cena at the Payback pay-per-view (PPV) on June 16 in Chicago. And while that was certainly accomplished along the way, it wasn't the only reason WWE had for booking the match that way.
Indeed, Kingston was soundly beaten in just a couple minutes and then put through three tables. Outside of showcasing Ryback's vicious streak, it was designed to write Kingston off television for 4-to-8 weeks so he can get surgery on a faulty elbow.
Sampson further diagnosed that Ryback's attack actually accelerating Kingston's already-existing elbow injury. As a result, the three-time Intercontinental Champion will undergo surgery this Thursday and is expected to be out-of-action for 4 to 8 weeks.
And there you have it.
The injury appears to be legitimate but Ryback putting Kingston out of action was an angle to kill two birds with one stone.
Maybe that's why Dean Ambrose got the United States title when he did. That's an interesting thought, no?