It was just a couple days ago that word started making the rounds that Sami Zayn is injured, and that’s why he was booked to lose to Bobby Lashley without putting up much of a fight at Money in the Bank this past weekend. Thanks to an interview he gave WWE.com, we now know the extent of it, and it’s pretty bad.
From the man himself (full interview here):
Well, right now I’m in Birmingham, Ala. I just underwent surgery for my right shoulder, a.k.a. my good shoulder. So, I’m out for a little while with that. I guess people don’t know about this injury; I’ve been working with it for some time. I don’t know exactly when I tore it. I think I tore it, or initially injured it, on a Montreal Live Event. Which is ironic because I injured my left shoulder — now somewhat famously — in Montreal in my [Raw] debut against John Cena. And at a Live Event this past August wrestling Jinder Mahal, I think I injured it then.
But then my left shoulder, a.k.a my bad shoulder, started to act up again as well. That shoulder hasn’t quite been the same since surgery anyway, so I had just kind of gotten used to the fact that that shoulder was the bad one. But it started to get progressively worse, so basically, long story short, it turns out I have two torn rotator cuffs. The left one and the right one are both torn. I just underwent surgery on the right one, and then in about six or seven weeks, I’ll be undergoing surgery on the left one, and hopefully I can come back healthy and happy.
So, really, Zayn is one of the toughest people you know because he’s been all messed up for a while now and it’s barely registered. That doesn’t cushion the blow of the bad news, that he’ll be out until at least 2019 and his best hope is that he’ll be ready in time for WrestleMania 35 next April in New Jersey.
What makes this even more of a shame is, as he says in the full article, he’s been finding his voice again as a performer and really finding his character in WWE. His run alongside Kevin Owens has been a lot of fun.
Get well, Sami.