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Ryback suffers knee injury, will miss Battleground

Just when we were falling in love with Flyback!

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On Wednesday, WWE announced that Intercontinental Champion Ryback suffered a right knee injury during RAW on Monday night and will subsequently be removed from Sunday's Battleground pay-per-view. Ryback himself clarified that the injury is actually a staph infection, which showed up on Tuesday morning:

Ryback had been set to defend his title in a triple threat match against Big Show and The Miz. No word yet as to whether Miz vs. Big Show will go on as a one-on-one match.

If you recall, Ryback's current Intercontinental title reign -- his first singles title in WWE -- began when he won an Elimination Chamber match for the belt, which was vacated due to Daniel Bryan's post-WrestleMania injuries. So the title continues to be somewhat snakebit.

Ryback was in action on Monday in a tag match with Randy Orton against Sheamus and Big Show. The match saw Ryback hit a couple of unusual moves for him: a plancha and a big splash off the top that resulted in a pinfall for his team.

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