Just one year ago, Evan Bourne wasn’t far away from winning his first ever title in the WWE, the WWE Tag Team Championship.
He and Kofi Kingston would go on to have a pretty successful run with the belts and restore at least some legitimacy to the WWE’s tag team division.
But late 2011 and early 2012 weren’t kind to Bourne, who was suspended for 30 days in November for violating the Talent Wellness Program and then again for 60 days in January for doing the same.
Things only got worse when Bourne suffered a bad foot/ankle injury that presumably has delayed his return to TV.
Bourne himself, however, provided us with an update on his injury and in-ring return earlier today.
Injured WWE wrestler Evan Bourne says he has "no clue" when he will be 100 percent healed from his recent foot injury that sidelined him beyond his 60-day Wellness Policy suspension. Bourne did suggest on Twitter Wednesday that he's targeting a return between the end of the summer and WWE's next European Tour in November.
"I follow up with the doc in a few weeks and I may have a better idea then. #endofsummer," Bourne tweeted. "My foot should* be healed by November! I would love love love to be on #RAW or #SMACKDOWN international tours. #ineedfrequentflyermiles."
What a rough go-round for Bourne.
While I was extremely disappointed in him when he essentially failed two consecutive Wellness tests, I definitely see the value that he brings to the WWE and really enjoyed his pairing with Kofi Kingston as Air Boom.
Unfortunately for Bourne, he’s one strike away from getting fired, and that leads me to believe that he might even be in jeopardy of getting future endeavored before then.
We’re right around the time of year where inactive or infrequently used superstars get the axe, and as talented as Bourne is, his latest mishap (the injury) may be the nail in his WWE coffin.
You just have to wonder how long the WWE is willing to hang on to Bourne without getting any use out of him.
I, for one, don’t want to see him go and would love to see him as part of a rejuvenated tag team or perhaps even Cruiserweight division, but his unfortunate circumstances might spell the end of his career.
If that isn’t the case, though, I’m pulling for Bourne to get back in the ring soon and to get his career back on track as well.
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