When Sin Cara was attacked by The Shield on the most recent edition of SmackDown, it seemed as though it might lead to the exciting luchador taking some time off. While nothing is certain yet, that may very well be the case.
According to WWE.com, Sin Cara suffered a "serious" right knee injury during the attack and he was forced to undergo surgery. Neither the nature of the surgery nor a potential timeline for his eventual return have been released, however.
Sin Cara himself addressed the injury on Twitter, but he didn't offer any specifics either. He simply thanked the fans for their support and called the procedure a "mini surgery."
Although the injury was obviously not caused by The Shield in actuality, I have to believe that it's legitimate and is something that Sin Cara has been dealing with for a while. Much like the WWE did with CM Punk a couple weeks ago, Sin Cara's injury was simply written into a storyline.
Whether Sin Cara's injury is a minor one that required arthroscopic knee surgery like Punk's or a more significant one remains to be seen, however. Sin Cara has had knee issues in the past, though, as a ruptured patellar tendon kept him out of action for six months in late 2011 and early 2012.
Speculating on an injury is inexact, but my best guess is that it's much closer to Punk's injury. My reasoning behind that theory is that Sin Cara was allowed to wrestle in a tables match at TLC and was also the one who took a sick bump through the table. On top of that, he faced Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow on Raw and SmackDown, respectively, and didn't appear to be hampered.
Had Sin Cara's injury been significant, he wouldn't have been wrestling without restrictions. Knees are tricky, and you never know whether or not the surgery is going to be effective, but I'm fairly confident that Sin Cara's ailment won't require a great deal of recovery.
Even so, this is the third speed bump that Sin Cara has hit during his brief WWE career. He has now injured his knee twice, and he also was suspended 30 days for violating the company's wellness policy early in his tenure. At some point, the WWE brass may start to wonder whether it can rely on him to remain healthy and in condition to compete.
Sin Cara's injury also has implications for Rey Mysterio. For the past few months, Sin Cara and Mysterio have been teaming together, and the results have been favorable. Sin Cara, in particular, has really benefited from Mysterio's presence, and Mysterio has been able to remain fresh while splitting the in-ring time with the younger high-flyer.
During Sin Cara's match with Sandow on SmackDown, The Shield emerged, and it was in possession of Mysterio's mask. This would seem to indicate that they got to Mysterio as well, and his "injury" is being described as a serious neck affliction. Truth be told, Mysterio isn't injured as well, and his absence is simply meant to make The Shield look stronger.
Since the WWE is working an injury angle with Mysterio, that is another thing that leads me to believe that Sin Cara's injury isn't that bad. Perhaps the WWE figures that it can keep Mysterio off television while Sin Cara recovers from his actual injury before having them return together to seek revenge on The Shield.
While both Sin Cara and Mysterio are off television, the tag-team division will not be quite as deep as we have become accustomed to, but it should continue to thrive. The main feud continues to be Team Hell No against Team Rhodes Scholars, with The Prime Time Players just outside title contention.
How serious is Sin Cara's knee injury?
A new face team may be able to step up and assert itself in Sin Cara and Mysterio's absence, though, and there are several options. The Usos, Team Co-Bro and the team of Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd all have a big opportunity. In fact, a little time off may do Sin Cara and Mysterio good in terms of getting healthy, and it could solidify the tag-team division a bit as well.
Although it's unclear what the future plans are for The Shield, Mysterio and Sin Cara would represent a good feud for the group. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins would serve as the tag team with Roman Reigns accompanying them and lending a helping hand when needed. Both Sin Cara and Mysterio are popular and could continue the process of putting The Shield over.
The Sin Cara injury report that the WWE has produced may make it seem as though he'll be out of action for a significant amount of time, but the circumstances surrounding the situation suggest that it probably won't be more than a month, and we'll see both him and Mysterio competing in the near future.